87nd Annual Royal Poinciana Fiesta

June 8 - June 16, 2024

Miami-Dade County’s Longest-Running Festival

Presented by the Tropical Flowering Tree Society

10:00 AM Simpson Park and South Miami Avenue Walking Tour presented by Dade Heritage Trust. View a South Florida natural hammock and the Royal Poinciana tree-lined South Miami Avenue. Start at DHT Headquarters, 190 SE 12th Terrace. Free, but donations are welcome.

2:00 PM Royal Poinciana Symposium at the Pinecrest Library, 5835 SW 111th Street, Pinecrest, in partnership with the Miami Pioneers and Natives of Dade. Steve Pearson, former Director of the Gifford Arboretum and past president of the Tropical Flowering Tree Society, will present the history of the Royal Poinciana, its origins in S. Florida and its use by early settlers, as well as information on the care and horticultural aspects of the tree, and the inspiration it has provided in art, music, and poetry. The event is free and free parking available in surrounding area.

6:00 – 9:00 PM Poinciana Fiesta Celebration Party and Reception in the Garden House of Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, 10901 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables. Starting at 6 PM, trolley tours of Fairchild. Starting at 7 PM, refreshments will be served including Royal Poinciana Punch. At 7:30 PM, presentations will take place for the 2024 Royal Poinciana Fiesta Queen and Court scholarship recipients and the Larry Schokman Book Award recipient. Poinciana cake will be served at the end of the presentations. There will be a special display of renowned Key West artist Ray Rolston’s vibrant works featuring Royal Poincianas. It will be curated by the late artist daughter, Michelle Rolston, who will be in attendance. Limited edition Royal Poinciana Fiesta posters will be available for sale. This event is free and open to the public, but guests are requested to bring a dish to share or make a donation. New memberships in the Tropical Flowering Tree Society are encouraged. Park and enter at the Fairchild South Entrance on Old Cutler Road (the old, traditional entrance to Fairchild) donations are welcome.  

7:00-9:00 PM Painting Royal Poinciana Trees.  A “cocktail party with a paintbrush”.  Join in for a fun experience painting Royal Poinciana Trees at this unique event, no previous art experience necessary.  All supplies are included. Take home a wonderful DIY painting!  This event will be $45 per person.   (Very limited seats available).  Wine and light refreshments.   Miami Art Club, Mall of the Americas/Midway Crossing #18, 7795 W. Flagler Street, Miami.  Entrance near Marshall’s blue sign.

9:00 AM Tree Planting: The Tropical Flowering Tree Society, along with the Opa-locka Preservation Association, and TREEmendous Miami will host a tree planting in the historic city of Opa-locka as part of the 2024 Royal Poinciana Fiesta. Opa-locka is Miami-Dade’s only municipality of a unique Moorish Revival design. A ceremony will kick-off the plantings at the historic Opa-locka Seaboard Air Line Railroad Station located at 490 Ali Baba Avenue, Opa-locka, FL, with other larger specimens being planted strategically throughout the city limits.

10:00AM – 1:00PM Father’s Day Bike Tour led by Bike Walk Coral Gables and Dade Heritage Trust. Make it a family event. It starts at the Coral Gables Museum, 285 Aragon Avenue, Coral Gables. Celebrate the magnificent Flame Tree on this tour of our best Royal Poincianas in full flower. Bring your own bike. Parking in nearby garage. Cost: Adults $10, Children under 12 $5.
RSVP: http://coralgablesmuseum.org/portfolio-item/gables-bike-tours/

2:00-5:00 PM The Royal Poincianas Trolley Tour begins at the Coral Gables Library, 3443 Segovia Street, highlighting the best trees and blossoms of the 2024 season. Narrated by two poinciana experts and past presidents of the Tropical Flowering Tree Society. Tickets $25 pp.  Sold out please book early next time.  Please arrive on time.  Free parking available in surrounding area next to the Coral Gables LibraryCoral Gables Library, 3443 Segovia St, Coral Gables, FL 33134

With support from the City of Coral Gables, TREEmendous Miami, Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden, Dade Heritage Trust, Bike Walk Coral Gables, CORAL GABLES GARDEN CLUB, The Villagers and Individual Supporters of the Royal Poinciana Fiesta.