Annual Mad Hatter Arts Festival brings in the season in a zany, fun, and artsy way

The 15th Annual Mad Hatter Arts Festival featured a little zany and a lot of fun at The Barnacle Historic State Park. [PHOTO: Kress Communications]

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Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland tells us that sometimes you have to fall down a rabbit hole to get to where you need to be. But you didn’t have to do all that, if all you needed was a family-fun weekend adventure – right in the heart of Coconut Grove.

The 15th Annual Mad Hatter Arts Festival, Nov. 23-24, brought out hundreds to celebrate the start of the season in a most zany and wonderful way at The Barnacle Historic State Park and along the sidewalks of Main Highway.


This juried event featured artists with works in all types of media, such as original art and hand-crafted items, as well as select dealers of vintage, antique, repurposed items, and collectibles, and plants.

For the young and not so young, the Mad Hatter Arts Festival truly was a great way to celebrate the “old Grove spirit” with the entire family. As always, music was a big highlight of the Festival, plus activities for kids of all ages, including a special “Tea Party” with fruity sips and sweets.

The Mad Hatter Arts Festival is just one of the many of the annual events the Barnacle Society hosts throughout the year, along with moonlight concerts and outdoor films — all geared to help raise funds to support this lovely Historic State Park.

About The Barnacle
The Barnacle was built in 1891 and offers a glimpse of frontier life during The Era of the Bay, when all travel to and from Miami was by boat. Situated on the shore of Biscayne Bay, this was the home of the Ralph Middleton Munroe, one of Coconut Grove’s most charming and influential pioneer.

To become a volunteer, a member, or for general information visit or call the Park Ranger station at 305-442-6866. The Barnacle Historic State Park is located at 3485 Main Hwy., Coconut Grove, FL 33133.

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