Come for the zines, stay for your health

GO TO THIS: West Kendall Zine Fest is back next weekend with their third edition of the festival, and they’ve tripled the number of vendors since the first fest.

WHY TO TRY IT: Support the work of South Florida’s creatives in a unique place. With more than 80 vendors, this year’s WKZF is the most expansive yet. Shop zines, art, crafts, design, vintage wares, and more from your favorite artists, designers, and makers. Chow down on empanadas and sip some cold brew from Milly’s special WKZF menu, and get your dance (or shoegazing) on to live music and DJs.

The fest is becoming even more experiential this year, with photo booths and art installations. For the artists and makers, José Atencio, one of WKZF’s co-founders, sees it as a “catalyst to create and to pick up some unfinished creative projects and present them to a crowd that’s interested in finding out what’s new.”  

MOST SURPRISING FACT: Atencio and co-founders Bryan Herrero and Andre Alvarez became besties and the idea for  the festival was born within 24 hours of their meeting. Even more impressive? They pulled off the first fest less than three weeks later.

HOW TO TRY IT: Head to Milly’s Empanada Factory in West Kendall on Sunday, April 21st between noon and 7 p.m. For more info on the festival’s lineup, check out their Instagram. WKZF suggests biking, ridesharing, or taking public transportation.

🍍WELLNESS TIP: If all that isn’t enough to convince you, maybe it will help to know that creativity and the arts are actually good for your health. In fact, according to Psychology Today, studies have found that “participation and/or engagement in the arts have a variety of outcomes including a decrease in depressive symptoms, an increase in positive emotions, reduction in stress responses, and, in some cases, even improvements in immune system functioning.”


By The New Tropic Creative Studio
The WhereBy.Us Creative Studio helps clients big and small engage locals, through campaigns that use creative marketing, storytelling, events, and activations to build community, conversation, and impact.