The Coconut Grove Arts Festival kicked off its 51st anniversary with more than 380 artists on display on a beautiful South Florida day.
The festival, which celebrates visual arts, culinary arts and performing arts, runs through Monday, Feb. 17 and attracts hundreds of people from across the country.
Many of the artists have been practicing their craft for several years, but 2014's official festival poster artist Alexander Mijares, only started painting 3 years ago.
"Having this opportunity at such an early start in my career, to me it's a blessing," Mijares said.
The business major turned artist said the Coconut Grove scenery inspired his acrylic painting.
Culinary demonstrations and the many food stands are also a big attraction for many visitors.
"I love to learn and watch because I love to cook," said one guest.
NBC6 is a proud sponsor of the festival. Members of Team 6 will be at the NBC tent every day greeting visitors.
The festival takes place at 3390 Mary St, Miami, FL 33133. Admission is $15 for adults. Children 12 and under enter for free. Gates open from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.