Coconut Grove Arts Festival Back for 51st Anniversary

The festival runs through Monday.

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    The Coconut Grove Arts Festival kicked off it's 51st anniversary Saturday, with festivities continuing through Monday. NBC 6's Laura Rodriguez has the story. (Published Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014)

    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.

    Coconut Grove Arts Festival

    [MI] Coconut Grove Arts Festival
    The 51st Annual Coconut Grove Arts Festival will take place this weekend. Alexander Mijares, who created this years official poster, stopped by the 6 in the Mix set to talk about his work. (Published Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014)

    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.

    CGAF: Festival Overview

    [MI] CGAF: Festival Overview
    Last minute preparations are underway for the opening of the 51st Annual Coconut Grove Arts Festival presented by Terra Group and Grove at Grand Bay. (Published Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014)

    "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.