Mad Hatter Arts Festival
November 16-17, 2013
The Mad Hatter Arts Festival celebrates its 9th year with a return to The Barnacle and along the sidewalks of Main Highway. This juried event features artists of all types of media. Chalk It Up! the street painting will be nearly on Commodore Plaza. Street painting dates to the 16th century Italy when artists traveled from town to town transforming streets in to temporary art galleries. This truly ephermeral art form is experiencing a 21st century renaissance. The theme is Through The Looking Glass.
As always, music is a highlight of the Mad Hatter, plus there is a participatory drum circle, various hat contests to enter, and activities for kids of all ages. Food will be available for purchase from The Barnacle Society’s concession stand or venture into the Village for drinks and treats at participating restaurants and eateries. Return with a picnic to The Barnacle on Saturday evening when the gates reopen at 6pm for a special screening of the classic, Alice In Wonderland. Movie begins at 7pm with no entry after 7:15. Movie tickets are $5 per person for ages 6 and over; $3 for ages 2-5 and free for ages under 2.
The Mad Hatter Arts Festival is a fun, zany art and music festival, held each autumn in the historic village of Coconut Grove, located on lovely Biscayne Bay. “The Grove” has a deep Bohemian history of quirky artists and musicians. In fact, the name of the festival draws its inspiration from a popular 1970s song Coconut Grove written by John Sebastian of the internationally famous group, the Lovinâ€™ Spoonful.
The two-day event celebrates its ninth year on Saturday, November 16 and Sunday, November 17, with artists exhibiting on the grounds of The Barnacle Historic State Park and on the sidewalks along Main Highway. Other components of the Festival can be seen around the Grove. Bring your friends, bring your family, and join the fun â€œ…in Coconut Grove.â€