A Mad Hatter banner in downtown Coconut Grove.
A Mad Hatter banner in downtown Coconut Grove.
Courtesy of Mad Hatter Arts Festival

This Year's Mad Hatter Arts Festival Introducing Vintage Market, Beer Garden

An annual artistic tradition, the Mad Hatter Arts Festival is coming up on its 11th year. For each edition, hatted Grovites spend two days browsing aisles of art, enjoying an outdoor movie screening, and celebrating the creative spirit of Coconut Grove. From fedoras to sombreros to trucker caps — anything goes as far as headwear.

Dubbed the Mad Hatter for a reason, the event encourages creative caps. "Each year, the hats and the costumes are better," says Teresa Sorrento, the festival's director. "Overall, the festival is often described as being reminiscent of 'the old Coconut Grove days.' It's lighthearted and a great way to spend a memorable afternoon with your family and friends."

New to the festival this year is a vintage and artisan marketplace. "In the marketplace, besides the always wonderful paintings, we have a fabulous vintage vendor who recently closed her shop in Brooklyn and moved back to Miami with all her goodies," says Sorrentino.

"Plus, there will be other vendors with vintage accessories and repurposed items, handmade musical instruments, vintage textiles, two booths with vinyl LPs, essential oils, handmade soaps and body products, macrame, succulents and air plants, ceramics, jewelry, jams, and jellies — just to give you an idea."

There will also be a participatory drum circle, hat contest, and food for sale from the Barnacle Society's concession stand and various other food vendors. Plus, Sorrentino adds, organizers have confirmed the addition of a beer garden. Specifically, it's a mini Gramps — a smaller version of the popular Wynwood haunt. 

Saturday night will include a film screening on the Barnacle's lawn. Attendees can watch Walt Disney's original Alice in Wonderland while lounging on a blanket or beach chair with a bottle of wine. Picnics are welcome, as are well-behaved, leashed pets. "The festival is going to really be fantastic this year," Sorrentino concludes, so tap on your old ten-gallon and head to Coconut Grove this weekend.

The festival takes place Saturday, November 21, and Sunday, November 22, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Barnacle, 3485 Main Hwy., Miami. Free with the regular $2 park admission. The movie screening is $5 for ages 6 and up and $3 for ages 2-5.

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