25 things to do for President's Day Weekend in Miami
This weekend Coconut Grove Arts Festival, Miami International Boat Show, Art Wynwood and Miami.com Parties will keep you entertained, but we have a few more events in Miami to put on your radar.
So many activities, so little time. Good thing we have an extra day to tackle all the fairs, parties, happy hours, performances and concerts going on this President’s Day weekend. Here are 25 things to try to have checked off your list by Monday night.
1. Street Art
Art Wynwood returns for its second year, filling the 100,000-square-foot Art Miami Pavilion (3101 NE First Ave.) with cutting edge and contemporary art, not to mention the street art that has become associated with the district with a commissioned work by renowned street artist Jesse Geller, made of acrylic panels that will enclose the VIP area. Also on display throughout will be the 20-foot “hanging murals” created last year by Aiko, Ron English, Logan Hicks, Futura, Swoon, Kenny Scharf and How&Nosm. Tickets $10-$35.
2. Weekend Happy Hour at Haven Lounge
Your guide to Miami’s nightlife, movies, restaurants and concerts — that is, The Miami Herald’s Weekend Section — gets happy at Haven (1237 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach) at a happy hour Friday night hosted by celebrity photographer Manny Hernandez. Complimentary drinks and a special dinner menu are available from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Spirits by Wodka Vodka and Alibi American Whiskey.
3. Get on board
How do you showcase more than 3,000 boats from 2,000 companies for 100,000 visitors? Well, the first thing you have to do is secure not one, but three venues. That’s how they do things at the annual Miami International Boat Show & Strictly Sail. The event, which takes place at the Miami Beach Convention Center (1901 Convention Center Rd.), Sea Isle Marina (1635 N. Bayshore Dr.) and Miamarina at Bayside (400 Biscayne Blvd.) today through Monday, gives serious shoppers a chance to get in the captain’s seat. Head to the New Yacht & Power Boat Show at Sea Isle Marina and take a “test drive” of the latest models. Tickets $20-$85.
4. Take an art walk
Very few events in Miami can boast that they have been around for 50 years but the Coconut Grove Arts Festival hits that milestone this year, offering another chance to celebrate art, food and music. The event, taking place 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday through Monday along the streets of Coconut Grove, boasts nearly a mile of booths filled with arts and crafts by more than 380 internationally recognized artists, 15 of whom are from Miami. Bring your walking shoes. Admission $10.
5. Freestyle frenzy
Your ’80s playlist comes alive at Legends of the ’80s, a concert featuring party favorites like Lisa Lisa (Lost in Emotion), George Lamond (Bad of the Heart), Information Society (What’s on your Mind) and many more singing the songs you danced to in high top Reeboks and acid-washed jeans. The show starts at 7 p.m. Saturday at the BankUnited Center (1245 Dauer Dr., Coral Gables). Tickets $44.65-$65.65.
6. Noire Miami launch party
Noire Miami is Miami.com’s newest editorial addition, a guide to events and stories of importance to Miami’s black and Caribbean communities. Contributors Rochelle Oliver and Dexter Bridgeman host a launch party from 7-9 p.m. Monday at Room Service (929 Washington Ave., Miami Beach) with complimentary cocktails by Moet Nectar Imperial and Hennessy and a special dinner menu.
7. Gear up
Sailors can get their hands on the latest gear, accessories and hardware from top industry suppliers at Strictly Sail Miami. The Miami Beach Convention Center will showcase marine engines, electronics and accessories, nautical gifts and apparel, services and more. Bonus: Many vendors will be offering deals, so this may be the right time to upgrade or stock up.
8. Galleries Galore
This year Art Wynwood has added 20 galleries to its roster, bumping the number of exhibitors up to almost 70. Expect compelling offerings from NOMAD, the Belgian gallery that focuses on artists from Africa and its Diaspora. From Mexico, Alfredo Ginnochio Gallery will present works from 20 artists including Hugo Lugo, Claudio Gallina and Bruno Wildmann. New York will be represented by galleries such as Hollis Taggart, with a broad selection of big names in modern and contemporary art from Warhol to de Kooning and Rauschenberg.
9. Musical moments
When you run out of arms to carry your artwork at the Coconut Grove Arts Festival, enjoy the musical entertainment. Jazz, rock and Latin fusion bands kick off at noon each day in Peacock Park and the shows culminate with headliners like the Chirino Sisters, who perform at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Elsten Torres at 5 p.m. Sunday and South Florida pop sensation Cris Cab at 3:30 p.m. Monday.
10. Marvel at monarchs
The Museum of Science and Discovery in Fort Lauderdale (401 SW Second St.) has a new eye-popping 3D feature, Flight of the Butterflies, that follows expert Dr. Fred Urquhart on his decades-long journey to track the monarch butterfly’s migration from Canada to Mexico. Witness a larger-than-life evolution of egg to caterpillar to pupa to beautiful butterfly and marvel as the insects fly overhead, seemingly within arm’s reach. Tickets $7-$9; Combo tickets (exhibit plus movie) $15-$19.
11. Brush up on your boating
Having trouble docking or anchoring? Confused by your new boat’s electrical system? Need to learn the proper way to weather a storm? The Miami International Boat Show & Strictly Sail offers five days of seminars with experts who can troubleshoot and make recommendations so you are prepared for anything. Master sailor Jimmy Cornell, who has sailed 200,000 miles, will be offering a master class in long-distance cruising, a rare chance to get insight from a nautical veteran. Also visit Fred’s Shed at the Convention Center for free sessions offering practical advice on a number of topics. For those who want a hands-on experience, Discover Boating hosts 60-minute and three-hour clinics aboard a variety of power boats and sailboats.
12. Local heroes
Of the 70 galleries exhibiting at Art Wynwood, 15 hail from Miami, many of them from in and around the Wynwood area. “The fair is completely reflective of the district,” says director and partner of Art Wynwood Nick Korniloff. Hardcore Art Contemporary Space, Art Nouveau Gallery, Pan American Arts Project and Oxenberg Fine Art are among the local galleries with works on display.
13. Plan a trip
Forget cruise ships, charters are where it’s at. Plan your next exotic escapade at Vacation Basin at Strictly Sail, where you can learn about charter destinations and romantic getaways. Be careful, you might end up booking a trip on the spot.
14. Go Barefoot
Wine lovers can rub elbows and clink glasses with Barefoot Wines winemaker Jennifer Wall at the Culinary Pavilion at 11 a.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Coconut Grove Arts Festival as she hosts the Barefoot Wine & Bubbly 101 seminar. Wall and Barefoot mixmaster Joe Gonzalez will also be mixing up some Barefoot Moji-TOES, sangrias, and Margari-TOES at 1 p.m. Saturday. Also at the Culinary Pavilion, check out a food demo by chef Giorgio Rapicavoli, founder of the pop-up restaurant Eating House and winner of The Food Network’s Chopped at 4 p.m. Saturday, plus a host of other local star chefs throughout the weekend.
15. Party Patrol
The captain of Miami.com’s Party Patrol, Ms. Vique, hosts a bash tonight to celebrate Miami.com’s five-year anniversary at Story Nightclub (136 Collins Ave., Miami Beach) with music by DJ Tommy Trash. Complimentary cocktails by Bacardi Superior and Oakheart rum from 11 p.m.-midnight.
16. Jump around
The kids will likely bore quickly of the arts and crafts at the Coconut Grove Arts Festival, so make a pit stop at the children’s area in Peacock Park where they can go wild in giant hamster balls, jump like frogs on the bungee trampolines and bounce houses or burn off the excess wiggles in tower slides, obstacle courses and other activities just for them.
17. Bodies in Motion
Led by founder and artistic director Jeanguy Saintus, the Port au Prince dance company Ayikodans returns to the Arsht Center (1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami) to perform four shows this weekend. This performance celebrates the company’s 25th anniversary and will include the full company of dancers, drummers and vocalists. Tickets are $35.
18. Sultry songbird
Miami’s homegrown songstress Nicole Henry performs in support of the release of her latest album, So Good, So Right: Nicole Henry Live at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Colony Theatre (1040 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach.) The jazz/pop vocalist’s performance will benefit the National YoungArts Foundation, a not-for-profit that provides career assistance to emerging artists. Prices range from $125 for VIP tickets, which include a reception that begins at 6 p.m., to $45 for reserved seating.
19. Chow down
When the stomachs start growling after all the shopping at the Coconut Grove Arts Festival, head to the Global Food Village in Myers Park along South Bayshore Drive, where a world of culinary delights awaits along with your favorite pushcart vendors selling buttery arepas, soft pretzels, ice cream and other treats that you can eat while walking.
20. Art Wynwood After Parties
Art is a ton of fun. But you know what’s more fun? Parties. The After Party itinerary for Art Wynwood is pretty serious; each night the soiree moves to a new locale. Friday night VIP ticketholders are invited to hang out at Wynwood Walls, where they can mix and mingle with artists, gallerists and their hangers-on from 10 until midnight. From 7-10 p.m. Saturday the fiesta moves to Bakehouse Art Complex (561 NW 32nd St., Miami), where resident artists will be in house to talk shop ($10 donation for non-VIP ticketholders). On Sunday a swank dinner party at db Moderne will keep the artsy herds entertained. But wait — that’s invite only.
21. Get Dark ’n Stormy
A little drive up Collins Avenue will take you to yet another display of amazing watercraft, the Yacht and Brokerage Show, featuring more than 500 new and pre-owned vessels valued at more than a billion dollars. The fun takes place over a mile-long strip of Indian Creek Waterway from 41st to 51st Streets. Bonus: The free event will feature a pop-up bar by Gosling Rum, the Dark ’n Stormy Island Bar located at 46th and Collins, complete with Gosling Girls pouring Black Seal Rum and Bermuda Gold Rum plus a menu of crazy cocktail concoctions like — of course — the Dark ’n Stormy.
22. Camp out in the “wild”
Get the kids away from their iPads for a weekend by “camping” at the Palm Beach Zoo (1301 Summit Blvd., West Palm Beach) on Saturday night. The overnight adventure will include animal encounters, a night-time Zoo tour and other wild activities, plus pizza dinner and continental breakfast. No need to bring a tent, though. Adventurers sleep in the Pioneer House but will need to bring some of the comforts of home along. $35 per member, $45 per non-member. Visit www.palmbeachzoo.org to register.
23. Year of the Snake
Celebrate the Chinese New Year on Friday at 8 p.m. at the Gusman Center for the Performing Arts (174 E. Flagler St., Miami) with Cultures of China, Festival of Spring, a colorful performance led by the Zhanyou Art Troupe. Tickets $15-$100.
24. Run like the wind
Get up bright and early on Sunday and race across Virginia Key Beach Park (4020 Virginia Beach Dr., Miami) at the Carnaval Miami 10k/5k Run to kick off the month of events hosted by the Kiwanis Club of Little Havana that culminate with the Calle Ocho festival on March 10. The entire family can get in on the fun, running 5k, 10k or the Kiddy Dash. Information at www.carnavalmiami.com.
25. Go fly a kite
Expect to see the 100-foot flying squid, 30-foot flying scuba man, giant rainbows and other enormous kites at the annual Kite Day at noon Sunday at Haulover Park (10800 Collins Ave., Bal Harbour). Adults and kids can enter kite flying contests. $ 6 per car parking.
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