Before the rainy season begins, South Florida has warm and hot days with dry air and the bluest of skies. It is a great atmosphere to walk around in some of its most colorful neighborhoods in airy clothing and sunglasses to see the sights and enjoy people. Take in an outdoor festival displaying various art mediums to see what beauty humans can create with their mind’s eye. South Florida combines the best of urban landscapes, oceanic views and amenities to make worthwhile memories for a family, a couple and for the individual. Here are five South Florida art events in the spring of 2015 that will draw hobby artists and new fans.
Coconut Grove Arts Festival
Along McFarlane Road and South Bayshore Drive
Miami, FL 33133
Date: Feb. 14-16, 2015
Not many people are bonafide art collectors, but everyone is an art observer. At the Coconut Grove Arts Festival, everyone comes together at the beautiful confluence of McFarlane Road and South Bayshore Drive to see artists display their fantastic creations. Families can walk with their kids around Historic Peacock Park or the Coconut Grove Library which has been in the same spot since 1897. General admission is $15 per person and kids 12 and under, along with Metrorail Golden Passport and Patriot passport holders, get in for free.
Carnaval on the Mile
Along Miracle Mile in Downtown Coral Gables
Coral Gables, FL 33134
Date: March 7-8, 2015
Carnaval on the Mile consists of over 120 artists, food and three concert stages with 36 live musical groups. Enjoy food from some of the best around the “City Beautiful” and drinks supplied by the Bacardi company.
2100 Biscayne Blvd.
Miami, FL 33137
Date: March 10-15, 2015
The YoungArts Miami event showcases a program where students work with giants in artistic fields such as cinematic arts, dance, design arts, music and photography. These students then display the time spent with mentors (Placido Domingo, Diana Al-Hadid, Robert Chambers, Shelly Berg and Melissa Burley) in a performance that will dazzle parents and inspire other youngsters.
Midtown Art Gallery
1033 Northwest 6th Street #206
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311
Date: 1st Friday of the month at 6 p.m.
It’s different from a regular happy hour along the coast. It’s where a person could hear beautiful, creative poetry while eating delicious cuisines from around the world. Come out for creator Sharonda Cherry’s “Cuisine and Poetry” event, held the first Friday of the month at the Midtown Art Gallery. Each Friday, a different subject is discussed with poets musing about it, such as does the perfect mate exist? What is sexy? Is Facebook a portal to cheating? One Friday, the menu featured African food, the next Asian/Caribbean fusion.
Art on Display at the PRL Euro Bar
1904A Hollywood Blvd.
Hollywood, FL 33020
Date: ongoing, recurring dailyFrance and New York aren’t the only cities to find art cafes.
PRL Euro Bar, located in Hollywood, almost sits on the county line and is available to fans from Dade and Broward who wish to sit and hear music, waxing philosophic or poetic while looking up at pieces from local artists. The art is on display every day and changes frequently to continue to stimulate crowds.
Eric L Labrador is a freelance writer covering all things Miami. His work can be found on Examiner.com.