A Day in Overtown: Where to Visit, Eat, Stay,and Entertain

A new place to stay in Overtown with rates starting at $100 a night
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By Josie Gulliksen

 

Places to visit, where to eat, where to stay, entertainment, and the annual not to be missed event on July 13:  here’s your guide for a day exploring Overtown, one of Miami’s most historic areas. There’s no better neighborhood to find authentic soul food or experience an amateur night showcase that’s modeled after the historic Apollo Theater’s long-running one in New York City. And rivaling Wynwood’s famous street murals are those of the late artist Purvis Young, born in Overtown. The building façades and architecture harken back to the early 1900s when black performers played, ate and stayed here. A new B & B, too, a bargain at rates starting at $100 a night.

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Things to Do April ’19

Lots of things to do in Miami in April, from foodie events,  the 40th Annual Spring Plant Sale and the Beach Polo World Cup, to a month-long poetry festival, a Japanese “Hatsume” festival, the creative “Palette Project”,  and wine tastings . Looking for something new to do in the Magic City? Try one of the events listed below. We love them—and we think you will, too!
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Best Farmers Markets

Now is one of the best times of the year to go to Miami farmers’ markets, the peak of the growing season. And just in time, we’ve curated our list of the best of the crop from all around town. In many of them you can also find local crafts people selling everything from soaps and candles to home decor items; home made jams, jellies, breads and pastries; stands offering tantalizing light bites for breakfast or lunch; and in the case of Lincoln Road, antiques and collectibles. Check out our five picks.
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Battle of the Baguettes, An Event

Love baguettes? How about other breads? If so, or just want to do something different this Sunday, head to The National Hotel, Collins Avenue’s elegant and cinematic Art Deco hotel. It’s the Baguette Battle Miami, a “best baguette” competition on Sunday, March 17th from noon to 3 p.m.and it’s open to the public. Created by French Morning, the first digital French magazine in the United States, the event will gather South Florida’s top bakers and over 200 foodies. Since 2016, French Morning has hosted the annual Baguette Battle in Miami at The National Hotel, followed by the first Croissant Battle Miami in 2018.
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You’re Invited: Special Event March 13

Ever consider starting your own blog or just interested in what the perks are of being a blogger? Do you have questions on food, fashion, culture or entertainment in Miami (and I’ll talk “off the record” as well)? Join me for a complimentary Happy Hour with drinks and light bites as I give a talk on Miami’s hot spots. I’ll also share tips on growing a blog on Wednesday, March 13 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. We’ll also do a drawing on wonderful gift items including gift certificates to a fave “go to” restaurant with friends, North Italia (see my review) and more!  Can’t wait to see you there! Read on for more details.
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Best Bet: A Special Day

Combine serious people watching as in a “blue carpet” , food by David Grutman of Komodo, and Swan and Bar Bevy fame, entertainment by Snoop Dogg and Mark Ronson, and thoroughbred racing for the richest prize in North America, and you know it’s a special day in Miami. It’s the Pegasus World Cup Championship Series 2019 to be held January 26. If there was a doubt that this wasn’t an uber event, that’s dispelled when you know races as well as the celebrities and live entertainment will be aired on NBC.
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