Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Art Festivals

Don’t let Florida’s laid-back vibe fool you. The state hosts a wide variety of arts and crafts festivals year-round, attracting serious art collectors and enthusiasts from around the world. At any given Florida festival, you’ll find a booth selling quintessential handmade seashell rings next to a hand-blown glass sculpture vendor. Round out your festival experience by sampling fresh Florida fare while listening to the island sounds of a steel drum band.

Mount Dora Arts Festival

Mount Dora is a charming central Florida town featuring New England-style architecture, eclectic boutiques and a lake filled with alligators. The Mount Dora Arts Festival is one of the largest in the state, attracting almost 300 artists from around the world. The festival, which takes place each February, features booth upon booth of fine art, such as oil paintings, watercolors, acrylics, sculpture and photography. Regional musical entertainment keeps the crowd hopping, while several food courts tempt guests with traditional fair food. Admission to the festival is free.

Key Biscayne Art Festival

Key Biscayne is an affluent island community located minutes from downtown Miami. The Key Biscayne Art Festival takes place each March and features life-size sculptures, paintings, jewelry, photography and ceramics, among other works of art. Located in the town’s Village Green, the art fair is free for attendees.

Downtown Sarasota Festival of the Arts

Sarasota offers more than miles of sugar sand beaches, blue-green Gulf waters and swaying sea grass. Each February, the city hosts the Downtown Sarasota Festival of the Arts. The festival features rows of handmade jewelry, pottery, ceramics, photography and paintings from more than 100 American artisans. The festival’s green market is filled with exotic flora, gourmet food and spices, and handmade soaps. Admission is free.

Coconut Point Arts Festival

Attracting over 150,000 guests each February, the Coconut Point Arts Festival features more than 330 artisans from around the world. Browse booths featuring watercolor, photography, mixed media artwork, glass items, wood handicrafts and sculptures, and other fine art. Sample the culinary treats at the Global Food Village, where you will find everything from arepas to fresh fruit smoothies. Admission is $10 per person.

By Elizabeth Arnold

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