This year, the young fest and its cofounders are marking a milestone. “We’re celebrating our big third birthday," Atencio says. "That’s kind of how we are treating it. A lot of primary colors, balloons.” He jokes, “We want to welcome you to a 3-year-old’s birthday party.”
The 2019 festival welcomes long-time WKZF collaborator Nicole Spencer as an official member of its team. Spencer developed this year’s branding, from the festival’s logo to motion graphics and other design elements.
This Sunday, April 21, Milly’s Empanada Factory will host the publishing, design, and arts festival in the shopping center's parking lot, attracting zine lovers from all corners of Miami-Dade County. The festival has gained some extra display space this year from the neighboring bodega, which is allowing the festival to use its parking area. A diverse lineup includes more than 80 vendors featuring zines, apparel, festival firsts such as furniture design, face painting, and more. You can expect to see works by Baghead; Chloe Martini and Jenny Bird; Sally Hunter; Goochsoup; and many others. The event is free and open to the public.
“We have tripled in size since year one,” Atencio proudly proclaims. “I looked at the first year’s lineup, and looked at this year’s lineup, and it really has shown how we have grown, how West Kendall’s recognition has grown. We have people coming down from West Palm. We have someone coming down from Orlando.”
The expansive music lineup will include sounds by Technique Records, Ant Puke, Balloutboy, Frankie, DJ Spacey, Palomino Blond, and Las Rosas’ the Love Below party.
West Kendall Zine Fest. Noon to 7 p.m. Sunday, April 21, at Milly’s Empanada Factory, 13911 SW 66th St., Miami; 305-791-1848; millysfactory.com. Admission is free.