An annual artistic tradition, the Mad Hatter Arts Festival is in its 11th year. 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 — any headwear goes. “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,” Sorrentino says.
There will also be a participatory drum circle, a hat contest, and food for sale from the Barnacle Society’s concession stand and other vendors. 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 takes place Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Barnacle (3485 Main Hwy., Coconut Grove). The event is free with regular $2 park admission; the movie screening costs $5 for ages 6 and older.