Miami’s landmark Museum Park transforms into a “Carnival of Dreams” complete with a field of dreams, art village, science treehouse, waterfront zipline & waterskiing squirrel!

Written by Community Newspapers


PhilanthroFest, the nation’s largest community engagement festival, presents their carnival-inspired event to connect people, passion and philanthropy. PhilanthroFest will take place between PAMM and American Airlines Arena) from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. with the goal of connecting potential volunteers, donors and supporters to causes and non-profit organizations. The event will bring together dozens of artists, over 100 causes, and thousands of attendees looking to engage and learn about what the community has to offer and ways to give back. By transforming 30 acres at Museum Park into a carnival dreamland, PhilanthroFest will offer locals the opportunity to dream, create and inspire while enjoying an interactive experience with food, music and dance performances, games, live giveaways and special surprises throughout the day. Organizations will share their mission, offerings and engagement options in the various Community Walks featuring causes focused on City & Environment, People & Education, Innovation & Entrepreneurship, Health & Wellness and Arts & Culture.

“We’re excited to have the community come out to get involved in causes they are truly passionate about. It’s fun and instantly rewarding for the individual and the community,” says Estrellita S. Sibila, JD, LL.M, Executive Director & Co-Founder of PhilanthroFest.

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This year’s PhilanthroFest takes the concept of giving to a whole new level with a carefully curated carnival theme where imaginations soar and dreams become reality. Special zones are dedicated to unique engagement opportunities for children and parents alike:


Entertains the whole family with special performances by a variety of performers including participating arts and culture groups. The festival aims to introduce children to philanthropy and inspire the next generation of giving through the Giving Circle. The Giving Circle offers children the opportunity to play interactive carnival games and collect PhilanthroCoins as they win! The children can donate their PhilanthroCoins to any charity they choose. At the end of the festival, the participating cause with the most PhilanthroCoins will be named the Giving Circle Winner.


Bounce, soar, learn and unleash your creative spirit with fun interactive adventures including a 20-stop Scavenger Hunt sponsored by Yelp, a 30 foot slide, a bounce castle, and an obstacle course. Plus, there will be a rare appearance by world-famous Twiggy: The Waterskiing Squirrel followed by paw signings with her fans.


A special area for children of all ages presented by The Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science. Enjoy live science demonstrations and engaging hands-on activities with real scientists including a rocket launcher blast off.


Real heroes don’t always wear capes, and many of our real-life hometown heroes from all 5 branches and local precincts will be on hand to give kids tours of police cruisers, firetrucks and military vehicles.


Enjoy one of the newest parks in Miami by kicking back with your family and friends on the field of dreams. Fly a kite with your kids, catch an afternoon yoga class.


If you’re looking for creative inspiration, don’t miss the Culture Walk which will feature artist tents and an area devoted to arts & culture related causes. There will also be a 200 ft. zip line overlooking Biscayne Bay. Alberto Carvalho, Superintendent of Miami-Dade County Public Schools, along with local celebrities will be riding PhilanthroFest’s zip line at 2 p.m. using a GoPro camera to record their experiences!

Attendees are encouraged to interact and engage with the causes and performers on-site, sign up to volunteer and donate time, talent or treasure to causes that align with their passions and values in meaningful ways. 

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