MIAMI (CBSMiami) — Whether you’re a foodie, art lover or a marathon runner, this Valentine’s day weekend is set to be packed with activities, people and traffic.
Artists spent the day getting ready for the Coconut Grove Arts Festival which is expected to draw more than 100,000 people to the Grove.
“Year after year the people come. They’re interested. They’re excited. They want to hear about the artwork, about how it’s made and then they want to take it home with them which is the best,” said artist Marlene Rose.
The festival will also cause some traffic tie ups since the event is displaying nearly one mile of art, food and fun this weekend.
The festival will be located adjacent to Biscayne Bay. It runs along the streets of McFarlane Road, South Bayshore Drive and Pan American Drive.
That’s only the beginning. Right next door is the St. Stephens Art Show. CBS4 is a sponsor of the show which features additional artists and lots more to see and do.
Then there’s the Miami International Boat Show which is expecting about 120,000 people.
The Miami Beach Convention Center, Bayside and near the Venetian Causeway will see gridlock through the streets.
Taking place in Mid-Town is Art Wynwood.
It’s another art festival showcasing top international, national and local art galleries. Located in the shopping district of Mid-town with plenty of eateries to plan your post art walk dinner but plan for a long drive as well.
Organizers of Art Wynwood said it’s no coincidence the boat show and the art show fall on the same weekend.
“This weekend is a long holiday weekend. It’s the busiest weekend in Miami and also many collectors are here for the boat show so we have a shuttle that brings people back and forth to and from the boat show so we have a very nice crowd of very serious collectors and art enthusiasts alike,” said Grela Orihuela with Art Wynwood.
The yacht and brokerage show will also have a billion dollars’ worth of high end boats along Indian Creek Waterway at Collins Avenue from 41st to 51st Streets through Monday.
In Fort Lauderdale, Sunday morning streets will be shutting down up and down A1A for a marathon.
The starting line begins at the Museum of Discovery and Science on Las Olas Boulevard.
Northbound and southbound lanes of A1A will be shut down until Spring Street.
With so much going on this weekend South Floridians said the shows and festivals aren’t the only ones benefiting.
“All the restaurants are packed. It’s very, very good for the economy,” said Barbara Wallace who is attending the art shows.