Well, I sure do not love writing this kind of blog post, but, in addition to Art Basel and the Tortuga Music Festival, another beloved South Florida event has been cancelled due to COVID. This time, it is the Coconut Grove Arts Festival, which will no longer take place in 2021.
For 57 years, the Coconut Grove Arts Festival has taken place every Presidents Day Weekend. It hosts over 350 artists from across the world and attracts over 100,000 visitors annually. In addition to the art that is available for sale, there are also concerts, craft opportunities, and food stalls – it is quite the event! I have been attending the CGAF for many years! When I was young it was a fun party weekend with the art being a backdrop. I then came to realize how fortunate we were to have this amazing gathering of artists in our backyard. Either way, this has always been a special weekend in Coconut Grove.
Due to the pandemic, the organizers have decided that the 58th installment of the Coconut Grove Arts Festival must be postponed until 2022. If you have ever been to this Festival, then you know that the throngs of visitors are in close quarters and that social distancing would be impossible, so although I am sad that 2021 will be a year without the CGAF, I do believe that its cancellation was probably the right decision.
Hopefully I will be writing fewer and fewer of these “cancelled event” blog posts moving forward!