Local Businesses Will Be on Full Display and Celebrated at Festival

The 3rd Annual Uptown Avenue 7 Arts & Culture Festival kicks off this Saturday at the Arcola Lakes Library Plaza from 11a.m. to 7p.m. Powered by Commissioner Jean Monestime & the NW 7th Avenue CRA this festival will feature the MUCE Pop up art exhibit, live musical performances, parade of cultures,  Lunch & Learn with the CRA, Uptown Job Fair, vendors showcase, intimate chats with Northside Police, kid zone, prizes and musical headliner Howard Hewett.

With support from Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and Arcola Lakes Public Library, this festival comes alive at the intersection of culture and commerce. All activities are free to the public and food will be available for purchase. Event goers are encouraged to RSVP for exclusive offers & prizes. Also to fully enjoy your Uptown Avenue 7 Arts & Culture festival, attendees should bring lawn chairs and blankets to have seating. Event organizers are fostering a comfortable vibe while you enjoy a day of fun with love ones and the community.

Musical icon, Howard Hewett rose to fame as the lead vocalist for Grammy award-winning R&B/Soul  group Shalamar. With a career that spans more than 40 years, Hewett is bringing his vocal magic to this free community event. Attendees can also satiate their palettes with cultural cuisine from heritage food trucks like Roots ‘n Seeds Cantina with Chef Fernando Gomez, Caribbean Bites and Delights, and Latin Fixin’s (specializing in American-Peruvian cuisine).

Attendees are also encouraged to shop local for the holidays in the Uptown Vendor Village with 23 heritage vendors featuring some of South Florida’s best crafters and artisans. Patrons who RSVP can win big with Uptown Heritage Dollars that provide discounts on selected vendor items. For those who like to try-before-you-buy, featured vendors will demo their products and services in the NW 7th Avenue CRA lounge between 12pm-4pm. See Full CRA Lounge Schedule here.

This festival is a part of the NW 7th Avenue CRA’s mission to re-imagine the Corridor as the next destination to work, shop, and play.

“This annual celebration will put Northwest 7th Avenue on the map as a vibrant cultural and commercial corridor, and I’m proud to be a part of it,” said Monestime.

Job -seekers are encouraged to attend the Uptown Job Fair during the festival.  Get to know the businesses and apply for available positions on the NW 7th Avenue Corridor. 

“We are committed to ensuring that our local neighborhoods and new residents alike have the opportunity to get to know each other, the businesses, and the artisans who make the corridor thrive,” said Dr. Mae Bryant, Chair of the NW 7th Avenue CRA.

All activities are free, some are limited capacity and require rsvp which include:

Dinner & Conversation with North Side Police: Patrons can get to know their local officers, initiatives on safety and how they can support the efforts to make safer neighborhoods.

Family Yoga: Get the entire family moving. Mats provided, bring water and shake the chakras in the CRA Lounge and Kid Zone.

$50K Lunch & Learn with NW 7th Avenue CRA: For registered businesses only. Limited to 20. Get to know more about what the CRA has to offer for new and established businesses looking for a new place to call home. Capital Improvement grants, land acquisition, and support with business development are all possible.

The Uptown Avenue 7 Arts & Culture Festival is FREE and made possible by: Commissioner Jean Monestime, the NW 7th Avenue CRA, the Miami Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, GMCVB Multicultural Dept., MUCE, Miami Urban Contemporary Experience, Arcola Lakes Library, Northside Police, SAVRAPP, and Transportation Envy, LLC.

Event Address: Arcola Lakes Branch Library, 8240 Northwest 7th Avenue, Miami, FL 33150

For more information on the festival visit www,uptownavenue7.com

This article was edited by Janey Tate. Follow her on Twitter @Janey_Tate. To send Hy-Lo News your story ideas, click here.

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