It’s time for the South Miami Rotary Art Festival

Somi ArtThe South Miami Rotary Art Festival returns for its 31st year on the weekend of February 22-23, running each day from 10 am to 6 pm. The annual show continues to be one of the most popular and best attended events in the area.

“When the festival was started in 1984 by John Sorgie, owner of Sunset Quickprint and president of the Red Sunset Merchants Association. He saw the festival as an opportunity to bring shoppers into South Miami,”says Wendy G. Lapidus, Event Chair. Started as a small show with only 25 booths, it has grown into one of Miami-Dade’s most anticipated events.

The Festival features150 exhibits of fine arts and high-end crafts from around the country, multinational food, live music, a beer garden and great raffles. Admission is free and there is ample garage and on-street parking in this exciting area filled with historic buildings, trendy restaurants and unique shops.

The Art Festival is produced entirely by volunteers of the South Miami Rotary Club. “The proceeds from our festival fund college scholarships for South Miami students, elementary and middle school dictionary giveaways, and other local, national, and international service projects,” adds Wendy G. Lapidus.

The South Miami Rotary Art Festival takes place in the vibrant downtown area of South Miami on Sunset Drive (SW 72nd Street) from US 1 to Red Road (SW 57th Avenue) adjacent to The Shops at Sunset Place. The area is filled with historic buildings, restaurants and unique shops. Just three miles south of Miami’s Coconut Grove, South Miami borders the University of Miami and the beautiful neighborhoods of Coral Gables and Pinecrest.

For more information, go to their website at or contact Catherine Miller, marketing director, South Miami Rotary Art Festival at 305-665-1146. 

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