By Jennifer Agress and Yours Truly
As they say, the beat goes on in Miami this month, from spring garden festivals and cultural events (including one with Yo Yo Ma), to a family evening under the stars, fitness happening, unique dinners and more. Looking for April events Miami? Check out our list below. We love them—and we think you will, too!
THURSDAY, APRIL 5TH
Donald Judd: “Paintings”
Leading American artist Donald Judd was a pioneering artist from 1959 to 1961, and starting this month, the Institute of Contemporary Art Miami will have some of his rare or never-before-seen paintings up on display. While he was most known for his large-scale sculptures, he quietly experimented with painting to help him play with different patterns, colors and shapes—making this particular exhibition a rare deep dive into the creative process behind his work. The Institute of Contemporary Art is located at 61 NE 41st Street. The exhibit will kick-off with an opening party on April 5th, which will start with a Member Preview at 6 p.m., followed by a cocktail reception at 7 p.m. Admission to the opening event is free with RSVP. The exhibit will stay up through July 15.
FRIDAY, APRIL 6TH
Giralda Under the Stars
This is the last Giralda Under the Stars of the season! Taking place along the new pedestrian-only promenade along Giralda Avenue called “Giralda Plaza,” this monthly event is a fun night out in Coral Gables for the whole family. Reserve a table at any of Giralda Plaza’s delicious restaurants (like Miss Saigon, The Local Craft Food & Drink and Talavera Cocina Mexicana, to name a few), and as you dine with family and friends, enjoy live music from Florida bands The Sh-Booms and KIDS, as well as drink samples, people-watching, restaurants spilling out onto the streets, and more. Giralda Under the Stars takes place at Giralda Plaza, which runs from 120 to 142 Giralda Avenue. This event will take place from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. The event is free, but dining at local restaurants is priced as usual.
SUNDAY, APRIL 8TH
The Luxe List + FIT
After its November 2017 debut, Marketing Clique’s The Luxe List, which creates niche-driven networking events and marketing campaigns, is back to add a little flair to the South Florida workout scene. Taking place at the SLS Brickell rooftop pool, this day of wellness will include workout classes from Vixen Workout and UFC Kickboxing class, a swimwear fashion show, a mini massage station, Harvest Coconut drinks, a live DJ, goodie bags, product giveaways, fun photo stations and more. SLS Brickell is located at 1300 South Miami Avenue. This event will be open to the public from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets start at $25 per person and can be purchased here.
THURSDAY, APRIL 12TH
Russian Art Exhibit at Wolfsonian–FIU
Kicking-off with a VIP preview event on April 12th, the Wolfsonian-FIU will welcome two Russian-themed art exhibits—Constructing Revolution: Soviet Propaganda Posters from Between the World Wars (from the Bowdoin College Museum of Art) and Red and Black: Revolution in Soviet Propaganda Graphics (featuring Constructivist works from The Wolfsonian’s library collection). The first offers a peek into graphic design during the 1917 Russian Revolution through 50+ Soviet propaganda posters, some of which are by big names in Russian art, like Vladimir Mayakovsky and Alexander Rodchenko. The second collection gives us a peek into constructivism during the early years of the Soviet Union. This collection has everything from books and periodicals, to bookplates and portfolio plates. It relates to the first exhibit by demonstrating the contribution of Constructivism to Soviet graphic design. Wolfsonian—FIU is located at 1001 Washington Avenue. The opening party will take place on Thursday, April 12th, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Constructing Revolution: Soviet Propaganda Posters from Between the World Wars will run from April 13th through August 12th, 2018. Red and Black: Revolution in Soviet Propaganda Graphics will run from April 5th to August 5th, 2018.
SATURDAY, APRIL 14TH
Taking place at Laundromat Art Space—a nonprofit art gallery and residency in Little Haiti, supported by The Knight Foundation and presented by The Rise Up Gallery—DREAMLAB is an experiment in art exploration that takes place in both the physical and virtual realm. The artist, Paola Cassola, is a multimedia artist who has excelled in the world of journalism, photography, dance, theater and performance art. After exploring the power of psychology and mental health at the Carl Jung Institute in London and Casas Das Palmeiras in Rio de Janeiro, this artist set out to do a series of interactive performance works that forced her and her viewers to be their most vulnerable selves. Displayed both online and through a physical gallery, her Miami exhibit centers around individual and societal hopes and dreams, and is a direct response to the violence, environmental threats and political extremism apparent in the world today. Here, participants’ dreams will be handwritten and exhibited according to the artists’ vision. Open for at least the whole month of April, this interactive art exhibit will include workshops about dreams, invite experts to talk about dreams, and depend largely on the active participation of the community, as the exhibit itself will morph throughout the show into an ending that not even the artist can predict. Laundromat Art Space is located at 5900 NE 2nd Avenue. This exhibit will open on Saturday, April 14th and will run through the end of May.
SATURDAY, APRIL 14TH
3rd-Annual National Water Dance at Marjory Stoneman Douglas Biscayne Nature Center
Founded by Miami dancer and choreographer, Dale Andree, National Water Dance is a nationwide dance event that celebrates America’s waterways. Taking place at Key Biscayne’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas Biscayne Nature Center, the Miami installment of this event will feature 70+ professional and student dancers from Conchita Espinosa, South Miami Community Middle School, Dance Now Miami, BrazzDance, Ife-Ile Afro-Cuban Dance Company and more. The purpose of this event is to make dance a vehicle for social awareness and change in the community, and draw much-needed attention to water conservation issues across the nation. Marjory Stoneman Douglas Biscayne Nature Center is located at 6767 Crandon Boulevard. This event will take place on April 14th at 4 p.m.
SATURDAY, APRIL 14TH & SUNDAY, APRIL 15TH
Spring Garden Festival + 39th Annual Spring Plant Sale
There’s no better place to celebrate the fact that Spring has sprung than at Miami’s prettiest garden, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden. During this fun-filled weekend, flower lovers can attend both the Spring Garden Festival and the 39th Annual Spring Plant Sale! And here, attendees can expect everything from craft beers, walking tours, and garden and cooking demonstrations, to local foods, music, kids activities, and plants, plants and more plants. Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is located at 10901 Old Cutler Road. This event will run from April 14th to 15th, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 18TH
Byblos’ Guest Chef Series
For the third edition of Byblos’ Guest Chef Series, Byblos Miami‘s Chef Stuart Cameron will team up with Chef Daniel Serfer, of Mignonette and Blue Collar. For one night only, both chefs will cook side-by-side to prepare a special four-course menu that mixes Serfer’s Southern-style and Middle Eastern influences. And on the menu, guests can expect plates like Foie Gras with cotton candy and nuts, Latkes with crème fraîche and caviar, Squid Ink Tah Dig with lobster and snap peas, and even Chemen Dry Aged Duck with a house pomegranate molasses and jeweled hand-rolled couscous. To end the night on a sweet note, Mignonette’s very own pastry chef, Chef Devin Braddock, will create a surprise dessert that we’re sure you’ll love. Byblos Miami is located at 1545 Collins Avenue. Reservations can be made between 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. here. Plates are served family-style. This dinner is priced at $70 per person. A wine-pairing option is available for $35 per person.
MONDAY, APRIL 23RD
Silk Road Ensemble with Yo-Yo Ma
Inspired by the exchange of ideas that occurred along the historical Silk Road, Silk Road Ensemble—which has one violinist, a violist, two celiists, a bass player, a clarinetist, a table player, someone on the bagpipes and three percussionists—represents countless nationalities and musical traditions from around the world. Founded by Yo-Yo Ma, this musical ensemble has a Grammy Award-winning album and is made up of music teachers, producers, and advocates that aim to promote art in the community by creating “residency programs” in schools, museums and communities. Later this month, music lovers in Miami can get excited to see this group live at the Knight Concert Hall! The Knight Concert Hall is located at 400 SE 2nd Avenue. Tickets start at $50 per person.
FRIDAY, APRIL 27TH
30th Annual Taste of the Nation for No Kid Hungry
Once again, Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign is inviting South Florida residents to eat for a good cause! At Taste of the Nation for No Kid Hungry, Miami foodies can benefit kids in need at Ice Palace Films Studios, where the city’s top chefs, sommeliers and mixologists will come together for one night only for the tasting event of the season. From Burlock Coast Seafare & Spirits, Byblos Miami, Chef Adrianne’s Vineyard, Restaurant and Wine Bar, and Glass & Vine, to KYU MIAMI, Lure Fishbar, R House Wynwood, Area 31 and so much more, this event will bring together 50+ restaurants from South Florida. Together, these culinary masterminds will raise funds to end childhood hunger in America and ensure all children have access to the healthy food they need. Ice Palace Films Studios is located at 59 NW 14th Street. This event will run from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tickets start at $150 per person.