FAVE 5 reasons to visit Playalinda Festival of the Arts

By Allison Walker Torres, Entertainment Reporter/Anchor
Last Updated: Friday, February 02, 2018, 4:20 PM EST

Happening this weekend is an art festival that could actually make you — and your kids — smarter.

The Playalinda Festival of the Arts has an eclectic array of live music, community arts displays, interactive robotics and more. Organizers describe it as "compelling art and cutting-edge technology merge with a coastal landscape and local culture at a celebration of a community in the midst of a renaissance."

In basic terms, they're proud of Playalinda Beach's beauty and the very smart NASA folks who live there. So why not celebrate?

Our cameras were there during set-up Friday morinng. Here are our FAVE 5 things:

1. Jared Burnett

The well-known electric violinist is among the lineup at this weekend's Playalinda Festival. His mom was  a music teacher and he rosined up his bow at the age of three. His style is contemporary/modern, and plays anything and everything from Bruno Mars to Lady Gaga. Jared is performing Friday night at 6 and 7:15 p.m.

2. Space Coast FabLab

Your kids can get super hand-on inside this booth, and even play with robots. Founder Tabitha Kriegh showed us how kids can create their first circuit using color-friendly technology.

"It's understanding that all a switch is is connecting things where electrons can flow through," she demoed.

Your kids can even hold a "very smart" prosthetic arm made by four college students.

"It has sensors that can sense when your muscles tense," she said. "So it could go pick up a cup, it could say hi, it could say, "I love you."

3. Daniel Jude

This singer-songwriter is a rock star in his Titusville community. Adding to the swoon factor, Jude became a professional model at the age of 19 with Ford Models NYC. His music is influenced by the world of fashion and the sounds and styles of New York City and Miami.

Jude and his band are performing at 8 p.m. Friday.

4. Pinwheels

You, too, can express your inner artist by contributing to a pinwheel-packed community art display that takes over a huge patch of lawn.

"So this is the simplest way we could bring kinetic art to the area," said Cathy Musselman of the Greater Titusville Renaissance. "We started with 200 [pinwheels] and we'll have other kids coming out."

Everyone is welcome to get hands on and make their own pinwheel to add to the collection.

5. Art Everywhere

In addition to the nearby kids' art show, more than 100 artists have their pieces on display.

"There's all different types of mediums - there's oil, acrylic, digital," festival chairman Michael Foster told us. "Yeah, it's a good, good variety."

The art is set up both indoors and outside.

The festival is taking place in Titusville at Titus Landing. It runs 5-9 p.m. Friday, noon-9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, 1-5 p.m. Sunday.