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Saturday, July 25 – 11AM – 7PM
Overtown Business District, NW 3rd Ave Between 8th & 11th St
City of Miami Commissioner Keon Hardemon, SouthEast Overtown Parkwest CRA, and Headliner Market Group presents the 5th Annual Overtown Music & Arts Festival with thousands of festival-goers expected in Historic Overtown for a day full of family fun, local art, delicious food, youth zone, and live performances free for the entire family. An all star lineup of national and local artists will grace the stage with live performances by Melanie Fiona, Raheem Devaughn, Carl Thomas, Mya, Glenn Jones, and Bobby V, and local performances from the Deep Fried Funk Band and South Florida’s local comedian and singer Larry Dogg who will be doing a tribute to Frankie Beverly & Maze.
Additional festival highlights include a special gospel explosion and a family fun experience with an interactive Youth Zone for the kids with festival-style entertainment for toddlers to teens, including arts and crafts, bounce houses, storytelling, interactive workshops, fitness competitions, dance performances, giveaways, and tons of resources for families. Local Overtown businesses and vendors will also showcase artwork, unique crafts, ethnic cuisine, and more.
Once known as “Miami’s Little Broadway” and “Colored Town”, Overtown previously hosted music greats such as Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington, and Aretha Franklin. In the past, the city was frequently visited by international guests seeking to enjoy the unique food, music, and entertainment the community had to offer. The Overtown Music & Arts Festival presents an opportunity to celebrate the rich heritage and culture of the historic neighborhood and to promote economic development and community enrichment. More than 5,000 festival goers have attended the festival over the past four years, and this year is expect to grow even more.
The festival is free for the entire community. For more information, visit www.OvertownMusicArtsFestival.com.