Ah… festival season in South Florida, when just about every weekend brings at least one outdoor event filled with sunshine, festivity and whatever strikes your fancy. On Feb. 8-9, however, Coral Gables is supersizing its festival weekend — and hosting eight fests in one.
The Coral Gables Mega Festival of the Arts, on Alhambra Circle between Ponce de Leon Boulevard and Le Jeune Road, features five free fests from 10am-6pm both days. Families will be especially interested in the Kid and Family Fest, featuring over 50 booths of all things for kids, including exhibits, products, art and food, plus Lego movie characters, music by School of Rock and other entertainment for the kiddies. There’s also Bo’s Dog & Pet Festival, with over 40 booths of pet products and services from adoption to apparel, plus pet art, demos and entertainment.
Of course, there are plenty other free festivities for Mom and Dad, such as the Fine Arts Festival, showcasing 13 categories of art and over 200 artists from around the country; the Home Show, spotlighting the art of the home with over 100 booths and 85 products companies; and Fashion Fest, with 100-plus booths featuring jewelry, apparel, hats, shoes, accessories and more.
The three ticketed events include, on Feb. 8, the 10th Annual Food, Wine & Spirits Festival, 2-6pm, $39-$99; and Craft Beer Fest, 6-10pm, $29-$49. On Feb. 9 from 2-6pm, a launch party for the Hukilau Seafood Festival, scheduled for April 18-19, features a Hawaiian/Polynesian theme with food, drinks, music and Leis for all. Tickets range from $20-$59.
For more information, visit www.coralgablesartfestival.com or call 305-812-7626.