Wednesday, January 18, 2017

#ThankYouMiami Looks Back at 2017 Events

Our new Events page has been a huge hit and we're extremely excited to continue to update it for you on a regular basis. (We will be adding a new roster of upcoming events for you at least once a week!) That said, we don't want to forget all of the great events that we had an opportunity to share and enjoy with you. We will therefore be putting together one post a quarter where we archive all of the social calendar good-good we brought to you in case you want to walk down memory lane or want to look back any event details for reference. Here's three "hurrahs!" for the incredible events we've already seen this year:

The Taste of Downtown Food Festival
Saturday, January 14 at 6 p.m.
Biscayne Boulevard between SE 2 Street and NE 1 Street, Downtown
As part of Biscayne Green's one month public space intervention, wherein a large portion of Biscayne Boulevard has been converted into a new active public space, Prism Creative Group is curating a series of food, music, networking, and movie events. On Saturday, the space will be converted into a food festival featuring 12+ eateries, live acts, handcrafted libations and more fun. You may see some friendly faces we've raved about before like our friends at Manna Life FoodToro Toro, and Jar + ForkRegister here.

Saturday, January 21 at 12 p.m.
401 SW 3 Avenue, Brickell
The food blogging dynamos behind The Hungry Post regularly organize events around indulging in food and drink. Their first one was at Cantina La Veinte in 2016 and has since hopped around to other delicious venues in the neighborhood. To kick of 2017, they are hosting their next #BlurryBrunch at the River Yacht Club where you can dine on fizzy cocktails in, as they joke, "close proximity to some shiny vessels". Table reservations are required. For more info on the event and how to reserve your table, read more here.

Peruvian Heritage at SuViche
Saturday, January 21 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
2751 N Miami Avenue, Wynwood
We love a good reason to celebrate! In honor of Chilcano Week, SuViche is offering a happy hour for from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. with $5 traditional Peruvian cocktails at the restaurant's Wynwood and Las Olas locations. On Saturday, starting at 2 p.m., they will also be offering $18 bottomless Chilcanos (staple Peruvian Pisco cocktail, handmade with homemade Macerados, ginger ale and a dash of bitters).

CIC Presents MiamiLand
Saturday, January 21 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
1951 NW 7 Avenue, Overtown
The Cambridge Innovation Center, CIC Miami for short, is a new entrepreneur hub and work space  in the University of Miami's Science & Technology Park that aims to boost local start-ups. To celebrate its launch they will be transforming their 1st and 6th floors into spaces filled with interactive exhibits, community partners, entertainment, food trucks, and drinks. The party will kick-off at 6 p.m. with a fireside chat featuring CIC CEO Tim Row and UM President (and Mexican!) Dr. Julio Frenk. Register for this free event here.

Copa Room Miami Grand Opening
Friday, January 27 from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m.
1235 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach
The space previously occupied by the club of our college days, Mansion, has a new tenant and they're throwing a party to end all parties to celebrate their arrival. Copa Room is primed to become Miami's only all inclusive entertainment complex. (We're talking one-of-a-kind Vegas-style shows with professional entertainers, acrobats, and premium open bar all night.) The best part? You can come as you are—tuxedo, shorts and every dress code in between to suit your mood. Purchase your tickets here. Florida residents get 50% off tickets with a valid Florida drivers ID at the door.

A Taste of Heaven (Chocolate Tasting)
Saturday, January 28 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
21900 SW 157 Avenue, Redlands
Earlier this month we told you about our incredible A Taste of Heaven experience absorbing the tropical Miami vibes of Patch of Heaven Gardens and devouring the delicious five-course meal prepared with cacao by Cao Chocolates. The reprise on January 28 is your chance to take part in this unique event. Proceeds from the event will benefit the creation and expansion of the existing forest and cacao trees on the gorgeous 20-acre property. Purchase your tickets here.

Problem Kids CD Release Party
Saturday, January 28 from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m.
56 NW 29 Street, Wynwood
The Wynwood Yard will play host to the CD release party for local band, Problem Kids. If you're looking for live (and free) music on Saturday, come support local talent and celebrate their new album Caribbean Slang. Their spanglish rhymes set to hip-hop, funk, and tropical beats is the perfect accompaniment to a beautiful evening under the stars at the Yard. For more info on the event, read more here.

VeritageMiami Presents "Craft Beer Tasting"
Thursday, February 9 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
2520 NW 2nd Avenue, Wynwood
Hurricane Matthew may have prevented VeritageMiami from taking place in October, but he did not stop the party indefinitely. United Way of Miami-Dade's annual festival fundraiser, which was postponed, is back for four days of upscale wine and food wonder with craft beers, fine wines, culinary treats, celebrity chefs, one-of-a-kind auction experiences and spirited bidding to support their work transforming lives in our community. As one of their most popular events, the Craft Beer Tasting will bring bites from local restaurants and brews from top-notch local, regional and national craft breweries to Wynwood Walls. Pro tip: Splurge for the VIP ticket which allows you access at 6 p.m. so you can eat and drink your fill before the crowds arrive. It's well worth the extra $20. Purchase your event tickets here.

Street Art for Mankind Exhibition
Friday, February 10 through Monday, February 20
7401 NW Miami Court, Little River
Following their UN exhibition in NYC, Street Art for Mankind has partnered with Villa Azur and Brasserie Azur to bring their exhibition to Miami. 35 street artists from around the world will unite here to create unique and monumental paintings that bring to light the tragic reality of child labor and child slavery. Funds raised from ticket and art sales will benefit the "raid and rescue" and "child-friendly village" work of Nobel Peace prize winner Kailash Satyarthi. Click here to purchase your tickets and get more information on the exhibition's events, tours, and classes.

South Beach Wine and Food Festival
Wednesday, February 22 through Sunday, February 26
Miami Beach and Miami
There are only a handful of quintessentially South Beach experiences we have never pursued, the annual South Beach Wine and Food Festival (SOBEWFF, for short) is one of them. Whether you're a returning fan or attending for the first time, you cannot miss this year's festival. Not only is there more involvement from the local food community (Foodie Tribe is an official partner!), but this year's tribute dinner is also on point with Anthony Bourdain as host and Chef Jose Andrés as the guest of honor. Other "So Miami" events we're hoping to attend include "Salty, Sweet & Savory Treats" featuring The Salty Donut and "Croquetas and Champagne" on Saturday night. Purchase your SOBEWFF and event tickets here.

Complements & Dichotomies Exhibition
Thursday, February 23 through Saturday, February 25
1111 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach
While you're on the Beach for SOBEWFF, walk off your indulgences by taking a trip west to the Herzog and De Meuron building on Lincoln Road. There the Young Artist Initiative, in partnership with Lincoln Road's #OnLincoln series, will be hosting a three-day exhibition that evokes the study of duality between function and aesthetic in art, architecture and design. The exhibition itself will exist as an experiential art form through its collection of immersive artistic interpretations from a curated group of emerging artists, architects, and designers. Purchase your tickets here.

Gilt Sample Sale
Friday, March 3 through Saturday, March 4
59 NW 14 Street, Miami
Formerly the Gilt City Warehouse Sale, Gilt City, in partnership with Style Saves, brings the Gilt Sample Sale back to Miami for two days of on-site styling, on-demand tailoring, luxurious pop-up shops, a Gilt City concierge and more! We're talking 80% off of shoes, clothes, handbags, and home décor from designers like Prada, Balenciaga, and Valentino. For only $25 you get first dibs on Friday from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Purchase your tickets here.

Mardi Gras Miami-Style Carnaval Block Party
Saturday, March 4 from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
325 NW 24 Street, Wynwood
Concrete Beach Brewery is closing NW 24 Street for a block party to celebrate Mardi Gras and the launch of their new beer of the same name (available for a limited time only on tap at the Social Hall and in limited release as 12 oz. cans at select retailers across Miami). Like Mardi Gras, the high-energy street festival will fuse culture, music, food and drinks to celebrate the international diversity of Miami. Festival goers are encouraged to dress the part and, those who arrive in Carnaval costume, will have the chance to win a VIP party at the Social Hall for up to 10 people. $1 of each Mardi Gras beer sold during the event will benefit the Rhythm Foundation. RSVP here.

LaudyPOP Festival
Friday, March 10 from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.
3109 East Sunrise Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale
Food and art mesh for an evening of outdoor culinary tastings, live performances and art displays in LaudyPOP's debut year. The Fort Lauderdale festival will highlight the area's rising cultural and culinary hidden gems and local talent. Guest will indulge in everything from appetizers to decadently sweet desserts from local hotspots like Beauty and the Feast, Tsukuro, and Ocean 2000 served on "pop"sicle-like sticks or skewers for an easy, grab-and-go experience. Get your tickets here—they're only $55 before January 31.

VeritageMiami Presents "Fine Wine Tasting"
Wednesday, March 15 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
358 San Lorenzo Avenue, Coral Gables
United Way of Miami-Dade's annual festival fundraiser, which was postponed in October due to Hurricane Matthew, is back for four days of upscale wine and food wonder with craft beers, fine wines, culinary treats, celebrity chefs, one-of-a-kind auction experiences and spirited bidding to support their work transforming lives in our community. The Fine Wine Tasting allows wine snobs like us to sample wines from around the globe (paired with food from South Florida's top dining destinations) within the elegant setting of the Shops at Merrick Park. Pro tip: Splurge for the VIP ticket which allows you access at 6 p.m. so you can eat and drink your fill before the crowds arrive. It's well worth the extra $20. Purchase your event tickets here.

Luck of the Irish Party at Brimstone Woodfire Grill
Friday, March 17 at 8 p.m.
14575 SW 5 Street, Pembroke Pines
On St. Patrick's Day, Brimstone Woodfire Grill is going to be lit. They're going to have a guest leprechaun and go-go dancers, for Pete's sake! Plus they're encouraging leprechaun costumes with a prize for the best one. Have plans? Cancel them and join the insanity. You'll be handsomely rewarded with $15 unlimited green beer, $8 Lucky Charms martinis, and $5 shot specials. RSVP to the event here.

"Two Years of Fooq's" at Floyd
Friday, March 17 at 10 p.m.
34 NE 11 Street, Miami
Following a two-year anniversary family-style Persian feast on March 15, Fooq's continues the celebration with a late night soirée at Downtown Miami's newest live music venue, Floyd. Located just steps away from the eclectic eatery, Floyd welcomes guests to celebrate with a live set by New York-based electronic musician, SAINTE VIE. RSVP via e-mail to reservations [at] fooqsmiami [dot] com.

Citi Taste of Tennis
Monday, March 20 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
485 Brickell Avenue, Brickell
Taste of Tennis Miami is back for another year, this time overlooking Miami's gorgeously lit Miami skyline atop the W Miami. The event, which kicks off the week-long Miami Open tennis tournament in Key Biscayne, is your chance to indulge in the delicious fare of local restaurants (think, Nobu, db Bistro Moderne, and Phuc Yea) amidst some of the world's top tennis and Miami's top chefs. Purchase your event tickets here.

Shop Miami Month
Wednesday, March 1 through Friday, March 31
In Miami, every month is themed and March is Shop Miami Month. (As if we needed more excuses to shop, amirite?) This means in shops around Miami the traditional shopping experience has been transformed to be even more creative and interactive than it already is. The best part? All three of the shopping districts in our neighborhood—the Lincoln Road Shopping District, the Española Way/Washington Avenue Shopping District, and the Collins Avenue/Ocean Drive Shopping District—are participating. Beyond South Beach, Dadeland Mall has featured specials and events. Similarly, the Falls is offering an amazing roster of sales, specials and events all month long!

Knight Arts Challenge Community Conversations
Monday, March 20 through Thursday, March 23
West Palm Beach, Allapattah and everywhere in between
The Knight Arts Challenge grants are back for another year and these community conversations happening around Southeast Florida are your opportunity to meet the Knight Arts staff and get your questions answered on how to submit the most competitive 150-worded idea for bringing our community together through art. Grant application submissions will be accepted from March 28 through April 28, 2017. Find more information on community conversation locations and register for a session here.

VeritageMiami Presents "Auction & Bubbly Brunch"
Sunday, March 26 at 11 a.m.
55 Grand Bay Drive, Key Biscayne
United Way of Miami-Dade's annual festival fundraiser, which was postponed in October due to Hurricane Matthew, is back for four days of upscale wine and food wonder. For their final event—their pièce de resistance—United Way will auction one of a kind experiences to support their work transforming lives in our community followed by a delicious brunch of 50 Eggs Inc. (Yardbird, Swine, etc.) fan favorites. Purchase your event tickets or table of 10 here.

Los Fabulosos Cadillacs Concert
Sunday, March 26 at 8 p.m.
400 SE 2 Avenue, Miami
Miami is a melting pot of cultures and there is no better example than the upcoming arrival of Argentine ska band, Los Fabulosos Cadillacs, to our sunny shores. Argentine? Ska? Argentine ska? Yea, it's a thing and this band—best known for their collaborations with Celia Cruz and their song "El Matardor"—has been making it happen since the 1980s. We've been talking about how we have to start giving you a head's up about can't miss concerts. Consider this our first of many. You're welcome, Miami. Purchase your concert tickets here.

2017 Donuts! Fest
Thursday, March 30 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
342 NW 24 Street, Wynwood
South Florida's only donut festival is back for another gathering of the best donut shops that will benefit the good work of United Way of Miami-Dade. We're talking a night of gorging on Mojo Doughnuts, YoNutz and other local and national donut greats, during which you'll get to vote on and crown your favorite. Adding to a truly delicious experience are beverage sponsors Concrete Beach Brewery, Voss, Deep Eddy Vodka, and Nespresso. Tickets, which include unlimited donuts and two beer tickets, won't be sold at the door so don't forget to purchase your event tickets in advance here.

Baguette Battle Miami
Thursday, April 13 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
1677 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach
Join us in judging Miami's best baguettes at the second annual Baguette Battle Miami. The event will gather South Florida's top bakers to present their best baguettes and artisan crafted breads to a panel of judges, who will crown a winner through a blind-tasting contest. Attendees will be treated to a grand tasting of baguettes with a cheese, jam, and charcuterie buffet, as well as a complimentary glass of wine. Purchase your tickets here.

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