A queer festival, a bike ride and BBQ? Check out these fun February events

The first Giralda Under the Stars for 2018 is Jan. 5. (Facebook)

We don’t know about you, but there’s something in the air for 2018. We’re loving what this new year is bringing and has already brought to our wonderful city like a plethora of independent film screenings, mind-blowing tributes to music’s biggest legends, and even world-class jazz concerts on North Miami Beach. Check out where we think you should be in the coming weeks in our latest culture guide:

Thursday, February 1

Abundant Soul Conversations – Intimate talks with remarkable women to help guide these conversations with you. Josie Castañeda from Curandera Remedies, Business Coach Luly B., Ines Hernandez, SVP of Community Development at Citi, and Pilar Guzman, founder of Half Moon Empanadas. They’ll be talking about SUCCESS: What it means to you, how we let go of expectations, how we create the full lives we want to be living.

Where: Bodhi Wellness. Time: 6:30PM – 8:30PM. Tickets: Get them here.

The Princess Bride – Movies On The Mile – Every first Thursday of the month, join the Gables Cinema and the City of Coral Gables for Movies on the Mile. This FREE monthly outdoor film series features classic films fun for the whole family. Screenings take place at the plaza on 150 Miracle Mile, courtesy of the McBride Family.

Where: McBride Family Plaza. Time: 7PM – 9PM. Tickets: Free w/ RSVP.

JAILAI Live Music Happy Hour – Add the band Jaialai as another name to know in Miami’s rock scene. Their first EP includes three songs that are chill enough to serve as background music but also groovy enough to be the centerpiece of a listening party.

Where: Floyd Miami. Time: 7PM – 1:30PM. Tickets: Free w/ RSVP.

Friday, February 2

Fractal Beach 2018 – Fractal Beach is an annual transformational gathering celebrating music, art, yoga, movement, and conscious culture held on the shores of Historic Virginia Key Beach Park. It is presented by Massive Ideas, a Miami-based event production company.

Where: Historic Virginia Key Beach Park. Time: 12PM – Midnight, February 2nd – 4th. Tickets: Get them here.

The Wailers LIVE in The Design District – For this special performance, enjoy the sounds of the legendary The Wailers. Steered by famed bassist and founder Aston “Familyman” Barrett, and joined in solidarity with original Wailers’ guitarists Julian Junior Marvin and Donald Kinsey, The Wailers continue to create musical history.

Where: 140 NE 39th ST. Time: 6PM – 9PM. Tickets: Free w/ RSVP.

Giralda Under the Stars: Valentine’s Edition – Every first Friday of the month from November – April 2018, the community promenade will come alive with outdoor dining and jive to the rhythm of local bands. Make sure to come early and fill those bellies with the delicious local eats of Restaurant Row’s vibrant selection of eateries. This month, catch Brendan O’Hara & Yoli Mayor.

Where: Giralda Plaza. Time: 7PM – 10PM. Tickets: Free w/ RSVP.

Laser Fridays – On the first and third Friday, rock out with a retro throwback to the classic laser light spectacles you know and love. From Pink Floyd to Daft Punk, Frost is fusing music from some of the greatest artists of our time with old-school laser light visuals—all under the Planetarium’s 67-foot dome.

Where: Frost Science Museum. Time: 7PM – 1AM. Tickets: Get them here.

Saturday, February 3

2018 Miami International Map Fair – Now in their 25th year, the Miami International Map Fair is the longest running map fair in the world. The fair brings internationally acclaimed dealers, collectors, experts and 2,000 guests to explore the past and the future through maps.

Where: HistoryMiami. Time: 10AM – 4PM, February 3rd – 4th. Tickets: Get them here.

To Ray With Love: Maceo Parker & The Ray Charles Orchestra – A spectacular tribute to a true American music icon, from one of his most adoring and most celebrated fans. Maceo Parker joins forces with The Ray Charles Orchestra & The Raelettes for a spectacular program honoring his hero. This show premiered at the famed Hollywood Bowl and Monterey Jazz Festival and is a South Florida exclusive performance.

Where: South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center. Time: 8PM – 11PM. Tickets: Get them here.

Carrie Mae Weems: Past Tense – Through photography, video, installation, and performance works, Carrie Mae Weems has created a complex body of art that investigates family relationships, gender roles, racism, classism, and politics. Through music, text, projection, and video, this new performance-lecture takes us on a deep dive into the enduring significance of the iconic Antigone and her profound relevance to our contemporary moment.

Where: MDC Wolfson Campus. Time: 7:30PM – 9:30PM. Tickets: Get them here.

Nick Monaco at Floyd – The man, the myth, the sexual creature named Nick Monaco is a transformative artist who forever intrigues, tantalizes and delights. Like a butterfly climbing from a delicate chrysalis, Nick Monaco is a majestic sight to behold, and especially to be heard. Many moons ago, he spread his musical wings and began to fly, and today he soars.

Where: Floyd Miami. Time: 10PM. Tickets: Get them here.

Sunday, February 4

Underline Cycling Club Free Bike Ride – Travel to Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden from the University Metro Rail Station for some snacks, refreshments, a free entrance to the garden grounds and a special look into The Underline’s future plant selection by their expert partners at Fairchild! Feel free to join them on your ride back for a 13-mile round-trip ride.

Where: University Metrorail Station. Time: 9:30AM – 11AM. Tickets: Free w/ RSVP.

Wigwood Pool Party & BBQ – Free entry with RSVP! This event will feature a BBQ and pool party hosted by The Broken Shaker at the Freehand Miami! Come relax by the pool, drink some of their special punch, and grab a burger or two. Enjoy some beats and a expect a surprise or two!

Where: The Broken Shaker. Time: 1PM – 7PM. Tickets: Free w/ RSVP.

Wigwood ‘18 – WIGWOOD is an annual festival featuring all types of queer performances, live acts, DJs, and vendors. The second annual Wigwood will not only be a festival, but a queer cultural revolution!

Where: Miami Scottish Rite (2nd) and Gramps (3rd). Time: 8PM – 4PM, February 2nd – 3rd. Tickets: Get them here.

Brickell City Centre Presents: The Big Game Bash – It doesn’t matter who you’re rooting for, or if you’re just there for the commercials, come on over to the heart of Brickell and catch the momentous occasion outside! Thanks to Brickell City Centre, they will be projecting the championship under the moonlight for a community-friendly and epic moment. Enjoy the great weather, grab a local beer or munch of Miami’s favorite eats.

Where: 700 Brickell Ave. Time: 5PM – 10PM. Tickets: Free w/ RSVP.

Monday, February 5

Market Monday at Arsht – Every Monday, The Arsht Center invites the community over for a special farmer’s market and creative celebration. Peruse the stalls curated by the Urban Oasis Project, sip brews at the BRAVA Biergarten, catch free dance workshops, Kid’s Storytime, Chef Allen’s farm-to-table dinners this time themed after Romeo & Juliet and more!

Where: The Arsht Center. Time: 4PM – 8:30PM. Tickets: Free.

International Noise Conference Pre-Party – The infamous creative party is back this year with an even wilder pre-party curated by POORGRRRL. Featuring performances by local artists like KUNST, DED COOTER, BYRDIPOP, KEANU ORANGE, DJ HUSKY BOI (including DJ DICK TRICKLE), KING FEMME, LAUREN PALMA, LUZ OSCURO, ADAM GERSTEN, E-DAD, JOSIE, JOHN VALE, REWROTE.

Where: Floyd Miami. Time: 10PM. Tickets: Free.

Tuesday, February 6

Elderbrook (LIVE) – Miami! Floyd is excited to be welcoming Elderbrook to Floyd Miami for a special edition of Slap & Tickle. The London based musician kicks off his North American Tour on Feb. 6th!

Where: Floyd Miami. Time: 10PM. Tickets: Get them here.

Wednesday, February 7

Talks: Nato Thompson – Join Locust Projects and ArtCenter/South Florida for a conversation with Nato Thompson, artistic director of Philadelphia Contemporary, former artistic director of Creative Time.

Where: Little Haiti Cultural Complex. Time: 7PM – 9PM. Tickets: Free w/ RSVP.

Jazz at The Yard – Wednesdays are for live jazz under the stars featuring Miami music luminaries living in our midst. These shows are curated by Chad Bernstein of Guitars Over Guns. Visit this special show for a GroundUP Music Festival edition with Snarky Puppy’s own, Michael League!

Where: The Wynwood Yard. Time: 8PM – 11PM. Tickets: Free.

Thursday, February 8

WeWork Ponce Launch Party – Join WeWork on Thursday, February 8 from 6:00pm – 9:00pm as they celebrate the opening of their fifth building in Miami, WeWork Ponce De Leon. Enjoy drinks by Mac’s Pubs, bites by MyCeviche and Ms Cheezious, and live music from some of Miami’s favorites like Ella Herrera and Xperimento. Bring a friend and help them toast to our first Coral Gables location.

Where: WeWork Coral Gables. Time: 6PM – 9PM. Tickets: Free w/ RSVP.

Michael League From Snarky Puppy – Michael League, leading man behind the world-renown Snarky Puppy and 3rd Grammy-winning-artist will be performing live with the Ball & Chain Trio on the Pineapple Stage from 8pm to 10pm. This event is free and open to the public but guests must be 21 and over to attend.

Where: Ball & Chain. Time: 8PM – 10PM. Tickets: Free.

Friday, February 9

GroundUP Music Festival 2018 – The second annual GroundUP Music Festival returns to the beautiful North Beach Bandshell for another weekend of world-class musicianship and live performances. Enjoy incredible and intimate sets like: 3 Nights of Snarky Puppy, plus The Wood Brothers, The Flecktones Trio feat. Béla Fleck, Victor Wooten and Futureman, Robert Glasper and more! Plus local food and artisanal vendors, and in-depth workshops with your favorite artists.

Where: The North Beach Bandshell. Time: 1PM – 4AM, February 9th – 12th. Tickets: Get them here.

A Fantastic Woman – Red Carpet Premiere – On one level, writer-director Sebastián Lelio (Gloria) creates a vivid depiction of the petty injustices and prejudices that outsiders face in any society. But Lelio’s masterful tonal control and the intensity of Vega’s presence create something more universal: a lyrical melodrama about coping with the loss of love. A Fantastic Woman is Chile’s nominee at the Academy Awards.

Where: Coral Gables Art Cinema. Time: 7PM – 10PM. Tickets: Get them here.

Saturday, February 10

1 Year Anniversary Union Jam – Celebrate the first anniversary of Little Havana’s new tap room and beer store with delicious taps by local and national favorites like J. Wakefield Brewing, MIA Beer Company, Angry Chair Brewing, Hidden Springs Ale Works, Cycle Brewing, Civil Society Brewing, Proof Brewing Company, American Craft Aleworks, Unseen Creatures Brewing & Blending, Coppertail Brewing Co, Central 28 Beer Co. . Their kitchen will be open and operated by the homies at Tacos and Tattoos, and more surprises!

Where: Union Beer Store. Time: 12PM – 2AM. Tickets: Free.

EGBE Festival – The Egbe Orisa Traditional Arts’N Cultural Festival aims to heighten, enrich, cultivate the African culture to the community via Live Entertainment, Delightful Cuisine, Designer Fashion(s). Come and interact with royal and distinguished leaders from all over Africa. “It is through knowledge of culture and tradition we can stand as one people, thus the reason for the Egbe Festival.” Ifawuyi Esuloju Eyioriwaase, Event Organizer

Where: Historic Virginia Key Beach Park. Time: 12PM – 10PM. Tickets: Get them here.

Paramount’s Laser Spectacular: Pink Floyd – Surrounded by walls of concert-quality sound, listeners are swept away on a mind-expanding journey driven by cutting-edge lasers, high-definition, large-screen video projection and stunning lighting effects, all choreographed to the music of Pink Floyd. This year’s show celebrates Pink Floyd’s massive chart-topper Dark Side of the Moon, an album that sold more than 40 million copies and spawned hits like “Money” and “Us and Them,” as well as timeless classics from The Wall. This visual and audio extravaganza will blow your mind!

Where: Parker Playhouse, Fort Lauderdale. Time: 8PM. Tickets: Get them here.

Cie. Hervé Koubi: What The Day Owes To The Night – Acclaimed choreographer Hervé Koubi makes his Miami debut with a highly physical, stunningly fluid work for 12 French-Algerian and West African male dancers that combines capoeira, martial arts, urban and contemporary dance. Dressed in white flowing costumes, they exude grace and masculinity amid a backdrop of imagery evocative of Orientalist paintings and Islamic architecture. The piece is Koubi’s exploration of and reconnection to his Algerian heritage, set to a musical score that combines Sufi Music and Bach with Nubian composer Hamza El Din.

Where: Olympia Theater. Time: 8PM – 11PM. Tickets: Get them here.

A Rhondavous w/ III Points – Space Invaders presents A #Rhondavous w/ III Points doing the most as A Club Called Rhonda & III Points come together for the first time ever to bring two big & beautiful nights of body music to two of the greatest cities in the world. WITH YOUR SELECTORS: Beautiful Swimmers, Benji B, Honey Soundsystem, GODDOLLARS & Paradise, Kim Ann Foxman, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs. & SUPPORT BY: Brother Dan, Deejay Ray, Legs Benedict, Ms. Mada.

Where: Club Space. Time: 11PM – 3PM. Tickets: Get them here.

Sunday, February 11

Shaker Sunday: Mardi Gras BBQ – One of Miami’s favorite hangs is celebrating #FatTuesday early with a Louisiana Style Mardi Gras BBQ poolside. Bring your appetite!

Where: The Broken Shaker. Time: 2PM – 7PM. Tickets: Free.

Monday, February 12

Market Monday at Arsht – Every Monday, The Arsht Center invites the community over for a special farmer’s market and creative celebration. Peruse the stalls curated by the Urban Oasis Project, sip brews at the BRAVA Biergarten, catch free dance workshops, Kid’s Storytime, Chef Allen’s farm-to-table dinners this time themed after Pride and Prejudice and more!

Where: The Arsht Center. Time: 4PM – 8:30PM. Tickets: Free.

Wednesday, February 14

Moonlight & Music: Valentine’s Day Concert – Celebrate your love at a romantic, outdoor concert under the stars at the Deering Estate’s “Moonlight & Music” Valentine’s Day Concert featuring vocal powerhouse Yoli Mayor, from the 12th season of NBC’s America’s Got Talent, and Alejandro Elizondo.

Where: Deering Estate. Time: 7PM – 10PM. Tickets: Get them here.

Thursday, February 15

Nu Deco at The Arsht: Gershwin, Stevie Wonder, & Jacob Collier – Nu Deco Ensemble begins their new partnership with the Adrienne Arsht Center with a musical collaboration featuring the music of Stevie Wonder + George Gershwin. Nu Deco will be joined on this performance by two-time GRAMMY award-winning singer, composer, arranger, producer + multi-instrumentalist based in London, England – Jacob Collier!

Where: The Arsht Center. Time: 8PM – 11PM. Tickets: Get them here.

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