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Thursday, January 09, 2014

Camp on Virginia Key during GrassRoots Festival

Back for it's third year, the Virginia Key GrassRoots Festival offers something completely different than any other music festival in Miami. Held on the pristine sands of the Historic Virginia Key Beach Park, camping is available on the main festival grounds, just steps from the sparkling Atlantic Ocean. Virginia Key is a short ride from downtown Miami, but is quiet and secluded from the hustle and bustle of the city, creating the perfect setting for this one-of-a-kind festival.  

Tent camping and Vehicle Camping are available, centrally located to all the Festival's amenities such as 24-hour food vendors, 4 stages of entertainment, the bathhouse & its hot showers, morning yoga & Tai Chi classes, and so much more. Campers can come stay for single nights or all four nights of the festival, taking place Thursday February 20 through Sunday February 23 2014.

There is a Family Campground on-site as well, farther away from the stages but still close to the Kids' Village. This hub for young ones offers art projects, games, music workshops, story time, kids' yoga, a playground, and all kinds of creative explorations all day long.

At the foundation of it all is a diverse lineup of over 40 bands from all over the world. These include Latin Grammy Award-winning Afro-Colombian group ChocQuib Town, Zimbabwe's national treasure and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Oliver Mtukudzi, International Bluegrass Hall of Fame legend Del McCoury, Latin Grammy Award-winning Best New Artist Sie7e, Americana music institution & festival founders

Donna the Buffalo, current Reggae chart toppers John Brown's Body, plus tons of hometown heavy-hitters like Spam All-Stars, Locos Por Juana, DJ Bill Kelly, Suénalo, Elastic Bond. For a few days each year the Virginia Key barrier island becomes a site for musical bliss, creative expression, community gathering, and arts celebration.

Ticket prices are low, just $25-40 per day or $100-120 for all four days. Kids 12 and under are free. Tent camping is $25 per night or $50 to stay four all nights. Vehicle camping (for any car, truck or van up to 20 feet) comes with a free tent pass and is $50 per night or $100 to stay all 4 nights. RV passes are $150.

For more information about the festival visit Facebook, Twitter and Instagram: @GrassRootsMiami. Tickets are available and questions answered at 786-409-5261.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow! This sounds pretty awesome and the prices are hovering around reasonable.

Luckily Miami residents have such a short memory and have forgotten how the Nine Mile festivities and revelers destroyed the the area and left the grounds covered in trash the last time there was an event here.

As someone who spent many a night camping out at Jimbo's (for free) I hope y'all enjoy the sand fleas and mosquitos.

January 09, 2014 9:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What's there to destroy at the Virginia Bch park? Nothing! You camped out @ Jimbo's where folks use every abandoned bus, trailer, boat or bush to dump behind and what with all those tree's blocking the wind what would one expect. Otherwise, the park has a direct Northeasterly breeze & modern educated people who bath can easily deal with no see ems and a few thousand mosquitos!

January 09, 2014 3:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's attitudes like yours that make me think that we should think twice about events like these in ecologically delicate areas. Take this attitude and multiply it by a thousand event goers and it creates a serious problem.

You say,"What's there to destroy at Virginia Bch park? Nothing!"

The Virginia Key Beach Park Trust might disagree with you there.
From their website, which I'm sure a bathed and educated one such as yourself has already referenced, "The Virginia Key Beach Park Trust is committed to the preservation and maintenance of the barrier island's natural eco-systems. The unique plant and endangered animal varieties that converge at Historic Virginia Key Beach Park give testsament to some of the oldest surviving flora and fauna species in South Florida".

Since you are a self-proclaimed educated person I would like to recommend an article from March 2013 in the New Times which begins, "Garbage covered protected dunes at Virginia Key on Monday morning".

As someone who just stated that there is nothing to destroy at Virginia Key Beach, you should pay particular attention to the words "preservation", "unique", "endangered", and "protected" and how they are used in the above paragraphs.

I think the results of this event should be seriously watched to make sure we don't, over time, destroy another one of Miami's singular and unique places.

January 09, 2014 5:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

horrible location to have this it destroys one of the last eco systems we have left in miami and between the fleas, mosquitos and other bugs including the lyme desease ticks that are all over that would not catch me dead there.this event should be held at dolphin stadium.easy to clean the mess after the event and no fleas,tick .why dont people think before they plan these events in miami.

January 09, 2014 7:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sure there was trash; because that's what humans do. When I say nothing to destroy I mean there was no building smashed, no broken windows, no trees were cut down, no benches thrown into the surf & no truck loads of sand stolen or plants pulled out of the ground while screaming out in plant talk - - - I say again, what's there to damage? Trash blowing on a sand dune can be cleaned up in a few hours. It's just humans being human and no I do not bath regularly! Virginia Key was beautiful 40 years ago and likewise today. I know because I've slept on the beach several hundred times getting in the water as the sun set so that I could be the 1st under the bear cut bridge to get the lobster. I never said the park had nothing worth destroying you dumb twit, I said there was nothing that party goers could destroy or would even want to. People like you are the problem lying or misleading purposefully!

January 09, 2014 7:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i agree dolphin stadium is a great location for this event

January 09, 2014 8:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anon 5:00 PM U write that Virginia Key Park is a ecologically delicate area! So what? So is every square inch of earth & ocean, air & space within 1-billion light years of our fantastic space ship plantet Mother Earth, if you take into consideration super nova's. After all, all life forms inhabit ecologically delicate areas with a temperature range of just 1.75 degrees. Virginia Key is about as delicate as a 9.5 earthquake. It survived 10/15 ice ages & direct human intervention for about 200 years & guess what, it's still there, just hanging around and people like you can't diminish that FACT using dramatic phrases such as "ecologically delicate area" because it isn't delicate at all and cannot be destroyed by natural or human
activity because it just sits there! Grow up & stop trying to scare the children!

January 10, 2014 9:02 AM  
Anonymous Prof. Bignami said...

Well, there is a lot of ignorance being professed here. I am the person (marine biologist with a PhD) that broke that story about the trashed VKBP last year...and I have to say it is disappointing to think that people believe that just because an ecosystem is "sitting there", that is can withstand major stressors like the many festivals on the key. Let me assure you that there has been a lot of time and money put into restoring the VKBP to the state it is in now (please note, this is NOT a pristine state, but just better than it was), and it can easily be undone if irresponsible actions are allowed to persist. Just because you, as an individual, may not recognize the degradation of an ecosystem does not mean that it hasn't or isn't occurring. The attitude that is professed above...namely that nature can take the SO FAR FROM CORRECT! Just look around Miami, or the world for that matter. Open your eyes and realize that we are responsible for helping to ensure that the natural environments, which we so greatly impact through human endeavors, are able to persist. Anything less is a total cop-out.

January 14, 2014 3:29 PM  

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