Overtown Music and Arts Festival

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Overtown Music and Arts Festival

Jul 13, 2019

Free

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By: Ashlee Thomas | Jul 5, 2019

Summertime, summer festivals. Overtown Music and Arts Festival (OMAF) brings delicious food, art and music to the heart of historic Overtown, Saturday, July 13, 2019 from 11 a.m.-8 p.m. A sea of bright smiles and beautiful faces, the Overtown Music and Arts festival summons nostalgic imagery of some time past – an Overtown in its prime. Artists like Estelle, Ginuwine, Musiq Soulchild, and Tito Puente Jr. have graced the stage of one summer’s hottest events in Miami.

Free to the public, OMAF is a perfect fit for festivalgoers of any age and is great for the entire family to enjoy. Get those walking shoes, umbrellas, and water bottles ready to enjoy Historic Overtown at the Overtown Music and Arts Festival.

There are many things to do during the festival, so you'll surely have a good time.

Musical Performances

Get ready to raise your voice to the heavens and sing along with gospel stars, Yolanda Adams and Fred Hammond. Patrons will also enjoy the sounds of Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter-producer Tank, R&B sensation & actor Mario, and three-time Grammy winner Ne-Yo. Love Latin music? OMAF has got it covered with the contemporary Mambo rhythms of Tito Puente Jr.

Artist Village

Art truly makes a city pretty, and OMAF is coloring the festival with the Thirty Crowns interactive Art Exhibition. Thirty Crowns is an interactive history exhibition created by Danielle Myers. It features 30 prominent individuals whose contributions stretch through entrepreneurship, athletics, science, the arts, politics and more. The exhibition will detail each person’s accolades and will include elements with which festival patrons can engage.

Hampton Art Lovers at the Ward Rooming House

While attending the festival, be sure to step inside the historic Ward Rooming House. Built in 1925 by Shaddrack and Victoria Ward, it served as a home for both traveling African & Native Americans who needed a safe place to sleep at night during the segregation era. The Ward Rooming House has been transformed into a beautiful art gallery run by Hampton Art Lovers. Enjoy the exhibit Restructuring Identity, an exploration of self from the perspective of Cuban, Dominican, Haitian and Jamaican cultures.

Dine With Local Vendors in Vendors Row

Soul food, conch salad, corn on the cob! Delicious food will be served up and ready to go at the Overtown Music and Arts Festival. Bring cash and card to enjoy libations, ribs, macaroni & cheese, conch fritters and more. Great dishes for lovers of soul food, comfort food and great options for vegetarians as well. There are minimal options for vegans, but just a five-minute drive from the festival you can stop in (before or after) at the famous House of Mac for a delicious version of the Impossible burger.

After filling up on food, don’t forget to take home a keepsake by a local artisan. Jewelry, soaps, statement tees, incense, shea butter, and African print clothing are ready to find a new home. They’re great for gifts and supporting the creative community in Overtown.

T.E.E.S Youth Zone

The family-friendly festival will also feature a full-fledged interactive Youth Zone, powered by the non-profit "Teens Excercising Extraordinary Success" (T.E.E.S.). Activities this year include Arts and Crafts like slime making and chalk the block, Fitness Programs, and What's Cooking, where kids can learn to make Chicken Stir Fry with brown rice, Fried Chicken Sushi Rolls and sugar cookies.

Where to Park

Taxi and car sharing is highly recommended. There is ample free street parking within an estimated 4-10 minute walk to festival grounds.

Insider Tip: For a comfortable and fun day, some essential items you should not forget to bring along are bottled water, sun block, a portable phone charger, hand sanitizer, an umbrella and a backpack.

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