55th Space Coast Art Festival Selects Space Coast Daily Park As It’s New Home
By Space Coast Daily // October 10, 2019
55th annual event will feature free admission, fine arts vendors, food court, live music, robotics and more
ABOVE VIDEO: The 55th Annual Space Coast Art Festival is set for October 19-20 at Space Coast Daily Park in Viera, Florida.
BREVARD COUNTY • VIERA, FLORIDA – Brevard’s longest running art festival at 55-years-old, The Space Coast Art Festival, is moving to a new location – Space Coast Daily Park, located in Viera, Florida, just north of Melbourne.
Viera is a well-established vibrant upscale master planned community built from the ground up.
“We feel that this new location will provide a high-end clientele for our artists, in a venue that is becoming the most popular outdoor events center in Brevard County. The Park is just off I-95, near the new Viera Boulevard exit and is easy to reach from all of central Florida,” said Marilyn Grigsby, President of The Space Coast Art Festival Committee member (SCAF).
The journey to this new location has been filled with obstacles for the Space Coast Art Festival committee of volunteers.
After 50 years holding an annual art show in downtown Cocoa Beach, SCAF received a letter in February of 2014 from the City of Cocoa Beach, signed by the mayor and all the Commissioners, asking the dedicated committee members to relocate the show, due to the planned beautification projects plus the construction of a new Fire Station. Thus began a search of every possible alternative site within Cocoa Beach, but no suitable location was found.
Port Canaveral approached SCAF about holding the show at the Port and the committee did that for two very successful years. It was a beautiful location, spacious, easy to access, and the Exploration Tower provided the event with space for a temporary office and room for final judging.
Unfortunately, in 2016 the Port decided the art show was too large to accommodate, along with the traffic it created. Even worse, the port did not inform the committee of their decision until 90 days prior to the Show, making it impossible to relocate the Show that year, resulting in the show being cancelled, costing SCAF $35,000.
In 2017 and 2018 the committee held the show at the riverside Manatee Sanctuary Park in Cape Canaveral. This beautiful Park was a great setting but once again there were problems. It was not visible from A1A making it difficult to find, parking was a problem, and proper signage was fraught with difficulties.
In 2019, the committee found the best location in Brevard County for the SCAF. An extensive search was made by the President, Marilyn Grigsby, and several of the Board Members. After much consideration, Space Coast Daily Park was selected as the dream location and negotiations began.
“SpaceCoastDaily.com is Brevard’s #1 community news and information source with free articles and videos and the latest in news and events,”said Grigsby.
“Because of this outreach they (Space Coast Daily) have the ability to widely publicize the events that are held at their Park. Some of those recent events have been the Space Coast Music and Seafood Fest, Willie Nelson Concert, and the Space Coast State Fair.”
The 30-acre venue includes parking for 4,000 visitors, on-site dry camping for artists (only $35 per night), a Food Court, and much more.
An electronic sign will be placed at the entrance of the show prior and during the show. Extensive advertising will be placed in and beyond Brevard County by both SCAF and SpaceCoastDaily.com. Artists will have free parking and there is no charge for visitors to enter the show.
“Thanks to Space Coast Daily owners, Giles Malone and Tom Palermo, who have been most gracious with the help and generosity, we feel like we have found a super location,” said Buzz Petzos, SCAF committee member and former Mayor of Cape Canaveral. “Giles and Tom have embraced our event as they understand the vital importance of art for Brevard.”
The Space Coast Daily Park is visible from I-95 and the nearby exit provides easy access to the Show. Viera is near shopping, restaurants, hotels, the top-rated Brevard Zoo, the Viera Wetlands which is a magnet for local wildlife, and much, much more!
The Space Coasts Art Festival will be held on its new dates, October 19- 20, 2019.
ABOVE VIDEO: Space Coast Daily’s Giles Malone, speaks with Marilyn Grigsby and Sandra Walder, members of the Space Coast Art Festival committee, about the 55th annual Space Coast Art Festival.
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