The Coconut Grove Arts Festival is the star of the long President’s Day Weekend this month but there’s also the South Beach Wine & Food Festival, Miami International Map Fair at HistoryMiami and plenty of performances at the Arsht Center. Here are several highlights for the month of February.
1. Miami International Map Fair
Back for the 23rd year, this fair offers antique maps, rare books, panoramas, globes and atlases from dealers from around the globe.
2. Filmgate Interactive
Annual creative conference that explores the intersection of new technology and meaningful storytelling through screenings, interactive exhibits, creative labs and networking events.
Feb. 3-5 at Various locations throughout Miami; www.film-gate.org
3. Miami City Ballet: Program III
Miami City Ballet’s Program III includes Polyphonia by Christopher Wheeldon, Walpurgisnacht by George Balanchine with music by Charles Gounod and The Fairy’s Kiss choreographed by Alexei Ratmansky and music by Igor Stravinsky.
4. Florida Renaissance Festival
Travel back in time to the days of kings, queens, knights and jesters at this annual festival with artisans, performers, jousting knights, wandering minstrels, magicians and characters entertaining the crowds, and all the medieval-style fun and games throughout the event.
5. Bon Jovi
The Jersey Boys bring their This House is Not For Sale Tour to Broward where they’re sure to perform well known hits including “You Give Love a Bad Name,” “Wanted Dead or Alive” and “Livin’ on a Prayer” plus new songs from their latest release “This House is Not For Sale.”
6. Art Wynwood
Art Wynwood brings together 70 international galleries presenting emerging, cutting edge, contemporary and modern works. The fair also highlights street art, murals, pop surrealism and other contemporary movements.
7. Miami International Boat Show
The giant boat show gets a brand new venue and gives the seafaring a chance to sign up for seminars, stock up on gear and gadgets and get up to date on the latest innovations in maritime technology.
8. Coconut Grove Arts Festival
Coconut Grove gets invaded by hundreds of artists who set up shop along a one-mile stretch to offer fine arts and quality crafts at this festival that draws thousands of locals and tourists in search of unique art work. The event also features family fun activities, live music and food from around the world.
9. Model Beach Volleyball Tournament
The genetically-blessed from top modeling agencies come together to compete in a co-ed beach volleyball tournament with professional volleyball players and celebrities.
10. Virginia Key GrassRoots Festival of Music, Art and Dance
Multi-cultural, family-friendly annual festival returns with a line-up featuring The Blind Spots, Locos por Juana, Fabi, Uma Galera, Electric Piquete, Nativos Jammin Orquestra, Giant Panda Guerrilla Dub Squad, Donna the Buffalo and Big Mean Sound Machine.
11. Food Network/Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival
South Beach Wine & Food Festival is the ultimate foodie convention featuring a multitude of events hosted by Food Network and Cooking Channel personalities, celebrity chefs, cook book authors and top wine and spirits brands.
12. Borscht Film Festival
Celebrating its 10th year the offbeat festival this year is titled Borscht Diez and features 28 commissioned films by 28 local filmmakers, all with a Miami theme. Many of the films featured at Borscht go on to national recognition.
13. Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
America’s premier African-American dance troupe returns to the Arsht for five shows featuring several of their latest acclaimed premieres as well as their masterpiece Revelations.