Wynwood Green: A family-friendly outdoor fest

By | January 31st, 2012 | No Comments

-- photo from the I Am Your Villain Facebook page

These days, historic Puerto Rican enclave Wynwood may typically make headlines for the opening of a hip restaurant or bar, or perhaps the completion of a monumental graffiti mural. But there’s a new event in the burgeoning art gallery district where bringing the entire family — even your dog — is regarded as “cool”.

Sundays on the Green, a monthly festival that mixes environmentally friendly vendors, skateboarding, art, children’s educational activities, and music, kicked off on Sunday, Jan. 29. Celebrated in a 12,000-square-foot lot at 572 N.W. 23rd Street, just east of I-95, the project is the brainchild of a collective known as Wynwood Green. The group is lead by Daniel Wills, owner of recording studio Armory Studios, on whose lawn the event takes place. Also on board: WVUM, 305Green, the artists collective Ground Up Collective, and party supplier I Am Your Villain.

The idea behind Sundays On The Green is to provide a space to encourage environmentally friendly practices, support charities and community organizations while also uniting the families that make up Wynwood’s eclectic community.

“I wanted it to be more of a community based thing, with environmental education so that it’s fun for kids,” says Wills, who adds inspiration for the party came from his native England. “It’s a very much European kind of event, like in London there’s a lot of outdoor type of events during the weekends that basically integrate everything into being a day out with the family.”

The first Sundays on the Green featured a talk on how to recycle cooking oil, a cooking class for kids, and vendors selling items ranging from organic baby clothing to spandex made from parachute material, among other things. There was also a “grown-ups” event at night with beers and live music to wind down the weekend. Despite a rainy afternoon, turnout for the event was good, says Wills.

Wills hopes to get more sponsors for February’s daytime program, possibly including Whole Foods Market and the Miami Community Redevelopment Agency, to help “create a bigger and better message in every way.”

“I don’t think there’s anything like this in Miami,” he says. “The other events that are daytime events during the weekend are very strictly either a farmers market or a skateboarding event, or this or that, but they’re not reaching a wide audience like we did. We had such great variety of things going on,” Wills said.

What: Sundays on the Green
Where: 572 N.W. 23rd St.
When: Every last Sunday of the month, 12 p.m. – to 7 p.m.

See a photo gallery from the first Wynwood Green on the Facebook page of IamYourVillan.

This post was produced in partnership with Open Media Miami.

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