Coconut Grove Arts Festival Announces Partnership With New Times

The Coconut Grove Arts Festival (CGAF) announced today their partnership with New Times for the second year in a row. We will once again take over the main stage to curate live entertainment for the three-day long fest. Monty Trainer, president of the arts festival, confirmed the partnership, along with our publisher, Adam Simon. 

“Each year we like to introduce elements to our programming that can offer our festival patrons something engaging and different from their previous experience. Sometimes these new programs are so successful they become staples at CGAF,” said Trainer. “The three-day series of live music curated by Miami New Times is definitely one of our attendees’ newest favorites!”

Aside from the music showcase and in true CGAF fashion, over 360 artists will have their work on display and for sale to the public — from paintings to jewelry to patio decor, you name it, and you're likely to find it underneath one of the white tents set up along McFarlane Road. Plus, food — there is always plenty of food vendors. 

Adding to Trainer's excitement about the partnership, Simon gloated saying, "New Times has the pulse of the local music scene, and by curating the music lineup, we hope to put a spotlight on one of the many elements that make up this great festival.”

Although the lineup of musical acts has yet to be announced, guests can expect a mix of pop, rock, blues, and even Latin fusion. Last year's lineup included acts such as Zach Deputy, Bright Light Social Hour, Suénalo, Carly Jo Jackson, and local band the Magic City Hippies. 

Stay tuned for the full 2016 music stage lineup announcement in the coming weeks. 

The 53rd Annual Coconut Grove Arts Festival
February 13-15, 2016 at Peacock Park. Visit

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Carolina del Busto is a freelance writer for Miami New Times. She nurtured her love of words at Boston College before moving back home to Miami and has been covering arts and culture in the Magic City since 2013.