Summer’s end makes way for ‘Moonlight’ concerts at Barnacle Historic State Park

The Barnacle plays host to a popular concert series each year September to May, on the sprawling grounds of this historic Coconut Grove estate.

Most people are sad to see summer come to an end – but not the folks at The Barnacle Society. When school’s about to start and autumn is looming in the breeze, its time to launch a brand new season of “Barnacle Under Moonlight” concerts – here in the best backyard on the bay.

Moonlight concerts are the most popular events at the estate – a venue where you’ll see children playing next to the bay, friends and family sprawled out on the lawn with picnic baskets full of goodies, and local musicians honoring the craft of songwriting. It’s also a perfect opportunity for neighbors to just hang out and enjoy each others’ company.

Concerts are held every second Saturday between September and May, with the following performing artist scheduled to grace the outdoor stage, starting on Saturday, Sept. 8:

  • September – Folk & Blues by Joel Zoss
  • October – “Country Rock with a Twist of Lime,” with Nashville’s Tim Charron
  • November – 70s Country Rock by the Tall Boys
  • December – Folk Singer-Songwriter Rod MacDonald
  • January – Brazilian Indie Musician Andro Baudelaire
  • February – TBA
  • March – Miami-based Indie-Folk Band, American Darling Valve
  • April – Fusion Folk Americana duo Jennings & Keller
  • May – Beth Woods (tentative)

Performances take place at the end of the path, at water’s edge, at the Historical Barnacle State Park, 3485 Main Highway. Guests are invited to come out and enjoy the park’s grounds an hour early at 6 p.m. Lawn chairs and picnics welcome. But leave your pets at home, please.

Park curbside on Main Highway or in one of Coconut Grove’s many lots or garages – and then stroll over to the entrance gate to purchase tickets. Members of The Barnacle Society receive 20 percent off the adult price and free passes to one regular Moonlight Concert per season. Members can join or renew right at the gate. Tickets prices are $10 for adults; $8 for members of The Barnacle Society; $3 for children ages 6 to 9; and free, ages 5 and under.

Watch “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” Aug. 24.

Another really cool way to spend the night out in the Grove is at the estate’s “Movies-in-the-Park” showing of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” on Aug. 24. This program is presented by the Coconut Grove BID (Business Improvement District).

The Barnacle Historic State Park is located at 3485 Main Highway. The park is administered by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and events are sponsored by The Barnacle Society, Inc., a non-profit organization created for the preservation and financial support of this historic site. For information, please call 305-442-6866 or visit and

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