RIDES AND GOOD TIMES
The Miami-Dade County Fair returns, offering 100 rides, live shows, carnival food, games and more family fun. Ends April 11. Miami-Dade County Fair Expo, 10901 SW 24th St., Tamiami. $9 admission. Details: (305) 223-7060 or www.fairexpo.com.
FOR THE KIDS
Miami Bridge Youth and Family Services holds its 2010 gala, themed "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland." 7-10 p.m. Club 50 at the Viceroy Miami Hotel, 485 Brickell Ave., Miami. $150. Details: (305) 636-3520 or firstname.lastname@example.org or www.miamibridge.org.
Celebrate the history of the Miami River at the 14th annual Miami River Day Festival. Features historical reenactments, live music, food, children's activities and boat tours. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Lummus Park, 250 NW North River Drive, Miami. Free. Details: (305) 644-0544 or www.miamirivercommission.org.
Indulge in cuisine from more than 30 Coral Gables restaurants and a selection of wine pours from around the world at the seventh annual Coral Gables Wine & Food Festival, benefiting the American Lung Association South Florida's research, education and patient assistance programs and the International Bronchitis Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. The block will be closed to auto traffic for the event, which features entertainment by local artist "Live Bait" and deep discounts on select wines. 7:30-10 p.m. 100 block of Giralda Avenue between Ponce de Leon Boulevard and Galiano Street, Coral Gables. $50. Details: 954-524-4657 or www.coralgableswineandfood.com.
Photographer Karl Koslowski leads a digital photography lesson followed by a walk through a historical exhibit and the site of the former Parrot Jungle. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Pinecrest Library, 5835 SW 111th St., Pinecrest. $30-$35. Details: (305) 375-1621 or www.hmsf.org.
Rabbi Mayer Abramowitz recounts his personal experiences and role in Bricha, a secret operation charged with moving 250,000 Jewish refugees through Poland into the US-occupied zone of Germany and then to Palestine after World War II. Held in conjunction with the Jewish Museum of Florida's exhibit on "Florida Jews in the Military." 2 p.m. Jewish Museum of Florida, 301 Washington Ave., Miami Beach. Free. Details: (786) 972-3175 or www.jewishmuseum.com.
The Florida Heart Research Institute and the Miami Science Museum host "Heart of a Chef," a "foodalicious family festival" featuring a laser show, local celebrity chef cook-off, cupcake and chef-hat decorating and more. 4-7 p.m. Miami Science Museum, 3280 S Miami Ave., Coconut Grove. $10-$30. Details: www.heartofachef.org.
FAR EAST DOWN SOUTH
Expose yourself to other cultures at a traditional Thai New Year festival at the Wat Buddharangsi Thai Buddhist temple. The festivities kick off with monks chanting in Pali and other religious rituals, followed by performances by Thai singers, classical dancers and children's games. Arts and crafts, plants and authentic Thai cuisine will be sold. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Wat Buddharangsi of Miami, 15200 SW 240th St., Homestead. Details: (305) 245-2702 or www.watmiami.org
THE BAY OF PIGS
The University of Miami Institute for Cuban and Cuban-American Studies presents a screening of the documentary "Brigade 2506" followed by a panel discussion on "The Failure of the Bay of Pigs." Panelists include Esteban Bovo Caras, who was a B-26 pilot during the invasion and is currently curator of the Brigade 2506 Museum; Brian Latell, senior research associate at the Institute for Cuban and Cuban-American Studies; and Felix Rodriguez Mendigutia, who was chief of the "Las Villas" five-man infiltration team and is currently president of the Bay of Pigs Veterans Association. 7 p.m. screening. 8 p.m. discussion. Casa Bacardi at the University of Miami, 1531 Brescia Ave., Coral Gables. Details: (305) 284-2822 or www6.miami.edu/iccas/.
COURT CARE BENEFIT
The YWCA of Greater Miami-Dade hosts a cocktail party benefiting its Court Care Program, which ensures that children and infants are cared for while their parents attend court proceedings. 5:30-7:30 p.m. BNY Mellon Financial Center, 1111 Brickell Ave., 30th floor, Miami. $60. Details: email@example.com.