Things to do in Miami: Wynwood Life Festival, February 19-20, 2022

Life is slowly but surely returning to its colorful and tangy image in Wynwood.

And what better indicator than to see the Wynwood Life festival back on the calendar?

After a year-long hiatus, the eighth installment of the multi-faceted shindig premieres February 19-20 at Wynwood Marketplace. In line with previous editions, the celebration focuses on the essentials of neighborhood food, music, fashion and art.

“It’s one of our signature festivals,” says Sarah Porter, vice president of Swarm, the event organizer who pre-pandemic hosted more than 100 local events and festivals throughout the season. ‘year. “For us, this is a totally for the community, by the community type event. Our business grew in Wynwood, and we wouldn’t be who we are without all the wonderful businesses here. So let’s celebrate them and all the talented people here.”

For Wynwood Life beginners, the layout is simple. Vendors, artists and attendees load up on the Wynwood Marketplace for a market and festival experience. And, often, the participants end up wandering around the neighborhood because everything is there.

The first 500 people to arrive at the festival each day will receive a goody bag to encourage exploration. Inside the bag, customers will find coupons for neighborhood businesses, like $10 off $50 spent on-site at Asian restaurant Kyu and a free training session at Legacy Fit’s new Wynwood location.

“It just feels like people are more excited than ever to come out,” Porter said. “We don’t know what’s going to happen tomorrow. So coming to experience and be part of something that’s safe and on the outside is very appealing.”

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Fashion remains the cornerstone of the Wynwood Life experience.

Photo courtesy of Swarm

Porter notes that this year’s event is expected to attract up to 5,000 attendees, employs 50 people from the events industry, and has more than 50 participating local businesses and artists.

Confirmed culinary entrants include rooftop lounge #3 Social, Mexican staple Pez Loco and Jamaican cuisine Dukunoo. A dozen boutiques will take part in the fashion show, including Scotch & Soda, Aviator Nation and Marine Layer.

MC Ray Moreno and Mr. Pauer will keep it on the air front, and six live artists are confirmed, including Luis “Styles” Berros and JC Rivera. (The full list of participants is available at wynwoodlife.com.)

“The live art component is so cool,” Porter says. “We have a shipping container/garden and artists are painting while everyone is shopping and having fun. It’s such a vibe.”

And, yes, there will be alcohol.

New this year: two dollars from select exclusive cocktails purchased at the festival site will benefit local charities such as RAW (Re-Imagining the Arts Worldwide), which helps strengthen artistic opportunities for underprivileged local children.

“We all want to give back this year,” Porter said. “And, of course, having a good time along the way.”

Wynwood Life. Noon to 3 a.m. Saturday, February 19 and noon to 9 p.m. Sunday, February 20 at Wynwood Marketplace, 2250 NW Second Ave., Miami; www.wynwoodlife.com. Free entry.

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