Culturally stimulating events on the menu
The winter and spring seasons in South Florida bring more than just cooler weather: they also usher in a variety of events ranging from musical theater to international boat shows.
With the holiday season finally coming to a close and Miami regaining some level of normality, what a better way to kick off the year than with a few culturally stimulating events. With so many to choose from, deciding on what to fill your already crowded schedule with can become a task of its own.
Here are some noteworthy happenings that the season has to offer.
“Once,” the eight-time Tony award-winning Broadway musical, comes to Miami as part of its national tour. The musical, a celebration of life and love, tells of an Irish musician and a Czech immigrant drawn together by shared love of music. The musical will run Feb. 4-9 at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Ziff Ballet Opera House, Miami. Details: (305) 949-6722 or www.arshtcenter.org.
GROVE ARTS FESTIVAL
The Coconut Grove Arts Festival, recently named one of the nation’s top five art fairs by America’s Best Art Fairs, will return for its 51st anniversary and feature more than 360 artists from across the globe. The nearly mile-long festival is comprised of fine arts, quality crafts, culinary arts as well as a variety of other vendors and live performances. The festival runs Feb. 15-17 on South Bayshore Drive, Coconut Grove. Details: www.cgaf.com.
FOOD & WINE FEST
The annual Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival comes to town with a jam-packed schedule sure to satisfy the best of foodies, with several unique dinner experiences, parties and seminars. The 2014 program also includes new events featuring the 2014 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Models, new and renowned chefs including Giada De Laurentiis and Bobby Flay, as well as Caymus Vineyards owner and winemaker, Chuck Wagner. The festival runs Feb. 20-23 at various locations. Details: www.sobefest.com.
A master of comedy and entertainment, once known for her comedic role in “Sister Act,” Whoopi Goldberg, makes a much-anticipated return to the stage in Miami. Intent on delivering a new, wickedly funny stand-up show, Ms. Goldberg promises an evening of laughter. The comedic set will be immediately followed by a Q&A session. The show is March 1 at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Knight Concert Hall, Miami. Details: (305) 949-6722 or www.arshtcenter.org.
Miami Dade College’s MDCulture presents the 31st annual Miami International Film Festival, with an array of films spanning from biographical cinematography to romantic comedies. The festival’s two non-competitive categories, Cinema 360° and Doc-You-Up, will include 42 films from 22 countries from across the globe. A full line-up is to be released Jan. 28. The festival runs March 7-16 with screenings and show times at several theaters. Details: www.miamifilmfestival.com.
JAZZ IN THE GARDENS
The City of Miami Gardens presents the ninth annual “Jazz in the Gardens” music festival, set to be hosted by D.L Hughley. The three-day festival will feature live performances from Stanley Clarke, Jamie Foxx, LL Cool J, Kelly Rowland, Anthony Hamilton, Trey Songz, Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, Rachelle Ferrell, Boney James and Mint Condition. The festival will be March 14-16 at Sun Life Stadium, 2269 NW 199th St., Miami Gardens. Details: www.jazzinthegardens.com.
The Sony Open returns bring tennis athletes back to Miami for its 31st year. The two-week tournament schedule includes four rounds of men’s and women’s matches, qualifying matches, semi-finals, finals and a special kid’s day event. The tournament is March 17-30 at Crandon Park Tennis Center, 7300 Crandon Blvd., Key Biscayne. Details: www.sonyopentennis.com.
SOBE COMEDY FESTIVAL
The ninth annual South Beach Comedy Festival takes over the Fillmore Miami Beach at Jackie Gleason for a five-day comedy extravaganza. This year’s line-up includes late-night television host, comedian and actress, Chelsea Handler. Full line-up set to be released soon. The festival will take place April 1-5 at the Fillmore Miami Beach, 1700 Washington Ave., Miami Beach. Details: www.southbeachcomedyfestival.com.
Miami Fashion Week will celebrate its 16th anniversary during its 2014 edition. The fashion week, dedicated to resort and pre-spring collections, will showcase some of the world’s leading fashion talent. Events will take place May 15-18, mainly at the Miami Beach Convention Center, 1901 Convention Center Dr., Miami Beach. Details: www.miamifashionweek.com.
The 20th South Florida Boat Show returns to Miami exhibiting hundreds of boats, varying from 8-foot inflatable’s to catamarans. The three-day annual event allows attendees the opportunity to compare makes and models, and catch up on the trends and accessories. The show will run May 30-June 1 at the Miami Beach Convention Center, 1901 Convention Center Dr., Miami Beach. Details: www.southflaboatshow.com.
As the season picks up and the event invites start pouring in, the city prepares for another eventful season of flavorful culture to make 2014 another unforgettable year.