The Miami Science Museum hosts "Reptile Day," featuring Animal Planet's "Gator Boys" and National Geographic's "Python Hunters" celebrities, among pet reptile contests and more. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Miami Science Museum, 3280 South Miami Ave., Miami. Free for museum members and children under 3. $10.95 students, seniors and children 3-12. $14.95 others. Details: (305) 646-4200 or www.miamisci.org.
The Adrienne Arsht Center hosts "Family Fest," opening with a "Harmony at Home" theme celebrating diversity, youth and the power of music to bring freedom, hope and harmony. Performances by the Esmia Youth Orchestra with a grand finale by the orchestra's children division and Miami Choral Academy. 11:30 a.m. outdoor activities. 11:45 a.m. Young Contemporary Dance Theatre performance. 12:15 p.m. Voices United performance. 1:30 p.m. orchestra concert. Adrienne Arhst Center for the Performing Arts, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Knight Concert Hall and Parker and Vann Thomson Plaza, Miami. Free. Details: (305) 949-6722 or www.arshtcenter.org.
The second annual "Water Party MIA 2012" raises funds to build at least two water wells for two impoverished villages. Event includes two complimentary cocktails, live music, a fashion show, a silent auction and more. 8-11 p.m. Cafeina Wynwood Lounge, 297 NW 23rd St., Miami. $25-$30. Details: http://mycharitywater.org/water-party-mia-2012.
"Masquerade in the Gardens Gala" at Pinecrest Gardens features gourmet cuisine by Macy's Catering and cocktails by Bacardi. Entertainment include stilt walkers, jugglers, fire-eaters and jazz diva, Debby Orta. 7-11 p.m. Pinecrest Gardens, 11000 Red Road, Pinecrest. $150. Details: http://pinecrest-fl.gov/index.aspx?page=34.
Families are invited to the Museum of Contemporary Art for a special afternoon, of free art activities and performances. Artist Rocky Grimes demonstrates his silk screen techniques and directs teens in creating their own designs. Miami artist Pablo Cano performs a special rendition of his latest production "The Toy Box," featuring marionettes and score by Claude Debussy performed live by pianist Karen Schwartz. 1-4 p.m. Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami, 770 NE 125th St., North Miami. Free. Details: (305) 893-6211 or www.mocanomi.org.
UM's Distinguished Speaker Series hosts lecture by Dr. Edward M. Greltzer, professor of aeronautics and astronautics at MIT. Lecture describes the collaborative enterprise, which brought together the complementary skills of industry, government, and university to team in the conceptual design of new aircraft configurations with step changes in performance. 3:30-4:30 p.m. UM McArthur Engineering Annex, 1251 Memorial Drive, room MEA202, Coral Gables. Free. Details: (305) 284-2580 or email@example.com or www.miami.edu.
French Fashion Show features "Extreme Chic," a line of women's clothing designed by a French designer, and forms part of French Week Miami. 8-10 p.m. City Loft Art Gallery, 2200 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. Free to attend. Details: www.extremechic.com.
The Deering Estate presents free lecture "Digging Miami" by Robert Carr, executive director of Archaeological and Historical Conservancy. He traces the human heritage of the Miami area from its first inhabitants through the arrival of European settlers and up to the early twentieth century. 7 p.m. Deering Estate at Cutler auditorium, 16701 SW 72nd Ave., Palmetto Bay. Free. Details: (305) 755-7848 or www.deeringestate.org.
Twenty of South Florida's favorite chefs serve their culinary creations and 20 popular artists unveil their latest masterpieces at the 24th annual "Festival of Chefs." Also features a silent auction. 7 p.m. Rusty Pelican, 3201 Rickenbacker Causeway, Key Biscayne. $100. Details: (305) 547-4758 or www.southflorida.easterseals.com.