Tag: arts and culture
- Are you a drummer at heart? Interested in Native American culture? Whether you fancy a Native American dish or want to buy handmade crafts or participate in one of the many drum competitions, the Thundering Drums Native Gathering promises a weekend celebrating cultural identity.
- Ready to shop till you drop, Cedar Key style? Spend your weekend at the Cedar Key Arts Festival, held at the beachfront City Park on historic 2nd Street.
- See the work of a master in St. Augustine as the PICASSO Art & Arena exhibition showcases 39 works by Spanish artist Pablo Picasso.
- The Key West Mystery Blob started out as a small street art project but has quickly gained a loyal following. Have you had any Blob sightings?
- The Weekend: See the cultural side of St. Augustine. Devote a weekend to exploring the prolific art scene and discover some unexpected treasures.
Start Here: Convenient to downtown's shops and restaurants, the Old Powder House Inn whisks you back to another era with its old-fashioned décor and attentive staff. Sit on the porch of this quaint Victorian (where gunpowder was once stored), sip a cocktail and listen to the click-clack of horse hooves as they pass on the brick streets. Guests rave about the homemade cookies — grab one in the lobby as you make your way out to explore.
1. Plan your trip for the first Friday of the month, so you can enjoy the First Friday Artwalk downtown. Hide Tide Gallery is just down the street, where you'll find ocean-inspried works by a slew of Florida artists. From there you can pick up a map of the other participating galleries, accessible on foot or via a free trolley that runs from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
2. The next day, visit the Lightner Museum — housed in Henry Flagler’s former Hotel Alcazar — where Thomas Edison’s 1877 phonograph and a Tiffany stained-glass window of St. Augustine are highlights. Take the winding stairway to find off-the-radar pieces like the 19th-century Balloon Back sofa from Burma and a huge antique button collection.
3. For dining, try 95 Cordova. Tucked inside the Casa Monica Hotel, the cozy hideaway gets a Middle Eastern vibe courtesy of lush fabrics, Moorish archways and the gorgeous ceiling, hand-painted with 24-karat gold. For an appetizer, try their unique take on fried green tomatoes with creamy smoked jalapeno sauce, goat cheese and basil oil.
- See the many sides of Florida at the "Artistic Representations of Florida Throughout 500 Years" at the 22nd Floor Gallery at the Capitol in Tallahassee from now until April.
Whether on foot, bicycle, WaveRunner or boat, these larger-than-life sculptures on the beach at this Civil War-era fort should be on your Key West must-see list.
- A visual feast of the highest caliber, Art Basel in Miami Beach is the can’t-miss art show of the year with over 260 international galleries and works by more than 2,000 artists. The week-long art show boasts every kind of medium imaginable (and unimaginable); get ready for creativity overload. Here’s our top five must-sees for the week at Art Basel Miami.
- The must-see collection of found-object metal sculptures by Stanley Papio is full of surprises at Fort East Martello in Key West.
- Want to hear the stories behind some of your favorite hit songs? Check out the inaugural Downtown Key Largo Songfest in the Florida Keys from October 19 to 20.