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Lion Dance for Chinese New Year at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel


You’re going to love the list of Things to Do in Miami we have for you this month — and they start this week!!


Friday, February 1st
Come experience a special WHITE OUT edition of Pulse: Late Night, at the New World Symphony! Starting at 9 p.m., this popular event invites guests to wear all white, immerse themselves in the evening’s innovative musical experience, and watch as the New World Center transforms into a late-night lounge with club-style lighting and video. DJ Le Spam will be there, of course; as will DJs and orchestra members performing jazz by Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, Shostakovich, Gershwin, and world premieres by NWS alumnus Sam Hyken. New World Symphony is located at 500 17th Street. Tickets start at $40 and can be purchased here.

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Pulse at the New World Symphony



Friday, February 1st to Sunday, February 3rd

Taking place at Miami Design District’s The Moore Building, Design on a Dime brings together top interior designers, home design brands, celebrities, and more for three days of fun, design, and most importantly, raising money and awareness for a good cause. Hosted by Housing Works, a leading AIDS-service and advocacy organization, this event challenges interior designers to create unique room vignettes curated with donated merchandise from well-known home décor brands and artists. All merchandise in these one-of-a-kind rooms is then sold at upwards of 80% off the retail price to thousands of design-savvy attendees. Like it does every year, this event will attract some of the best names in the business: like A. Keith Powell, Aaron Mapp, All Things Taj, B+G Design, Britto Charette, David Charles Klein Design, Eolo A&I Design, Errez Design Studio, KAKAR House of Design, Michael Dawkins Home, MS2 Design Studio, RS3 Designs, and so much more.

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Design on a Dime


The star-studded weekend will kick off with a “Chairman’s Dinner” on Friday, February 1st, at 8 p.m., on the Moore Building’s private, rooftop garden. Then, on Saturday, February 2nd, it will host its Opening Night Reception “VIP Preview” night, from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Immediately following, ticket holders can shop the home décor and art curated by participating designers and meet the design creators and Co-Chairs. On Sunday, February 3rd, the “Public Sale” will open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., where the general public can shop whatever is still left. The Moore Building is located at 191 NE 40th Street. Tickets start at $50 per person, and can be purchased here.



Saturday, February 2nd

Head to The Wolfsonian-FIU and participate in “Discovering Design Free Family Day: My Own Textile Town!” From Noon to 3 p.m., creators of all ages can make their own tapestries with fabric cut-outs that represent everyone’s favorite things about Miami. Perfect for kids, the art experience will follow with a reading of Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen, which tells the story of a girl named Annabelle, and how she magically transforms her whole town with a magic box of yarn. The Wolfsonian-FIU is located at 1001 Washington Avenue. This event is free and open to the public.

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Make Your Own Tapestries at the Wolfsonian Museum- FIU



Multiple dates, starting Monday, February 4th

The Mandarin Oriental, Miami has long been one of South Florida’s most coveted Asian-inspired hotels, and with the Chinese New Year just around the corner, it’s no surprise that the hotel is going all out to celebrate. On the actual holiday, Tuesday, February 5th, guests can head to YAKU by La Mar, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., for a special themed ‘Year of the Earth Pig’ celebration with a special Pisco Punch, a Lion Dance through the hotel at 7 p.m., and Rolls Royce’s new Cullinan luxury vehicle, which will be available for guests to test drive. Special Asian-fusion menu items will also be available, including Ceviche Chifa with salmon, pickled veggies, wonton, and sesame leche de tigre; Wan Tan with shrimp, Chinese sausage, and tamarind sauce; Conchitas Chiferas with grilled scallops and garlic chips; and Steamed Buns with house-made pork char siu, picked veggies, and rocoto hoisin.

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YAKU by La Mar


From February 5th to February 19th, La Mar by Gastòn Acurio will also join in the fun by offering a special menu item—Long Life Noodles with glass noodles, water chestnuts, Chinese mushrooms, and a pork belly stew with confit Peruvian peppers sauce. From February 6th to February 19th, MO Bar + Lounge will offer a specialty cocktail, When Earth Pigs Fly, with bacon fat-washed bourbon, honey syrup, Peychaud’s Bitters, and a bacon garnish; as well as a special bar snack: Black Bean-Glazed Baby Back Pork Ribs with peanuts, cilantro, and garlic chips.

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Rolls Royce Cullinan 2019


Of course, it’s not just about the food! That same Rolls Royce Cullinan from YAKU by La Mar will be onsite from February 4th to February 8th, and guests are free to use it at their leisure. In honor of the Chinese New Year, the bright red luxury vehicle will be parked at the front of the hotel, and a Rolls Royce Performance Specialist will be on hand to drive guests to a destination within two miles, or to let them test drive it themselves. All guests who sign a waiver will be entered into a raffle to be able to drive the vehicle for a whole week. Want to celebrate the Chinese New Year by relaxing? You can! Special spa deal too.

Mandarin Oriental, Miami is located at 500 Brickell Key Drive. For dinner reservations, contact La Mar directly at 305.913.8358. For spa reservation, contact the spa at 305.913.8332.



Saturday, February 9th

Presented by Infiniti of Coral Gables, Coral Gables Community Foundation’s “Tour of Kitchens” is one of The City Beautiful’s quintessential lifestyle experiences! During this annual event, participants visit Coral Gables’ most exquisite private residence kitchens, indulge in gourmet samplings and desserts from the City’s best restaurants, and shop home goods from local shops.

The festivities start at 9 a.m. with a lavish breakfast, coffee, and mimosas in the Infiniti of Coral Gables showroom. Then, from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., attendees will embark on the tour—which is entirely self guided—and visit the homes in whatever order they choose. In case you’re wondering, this isn’t your average kitchen tour! Beatrice Row will welcome guests with champagne as they enter the classic Gables rowhouse, Snaidero will provide aperol spritzers to guests as they bid on a $100,000 value kitchen with appliances, and collectively, every house will have food samples from Coral Gables restaurant favorites,

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Annual Tour of Kitchens


The event will finish with a closing party at Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery, which will run from 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. and include champagne, coffee, a silent auction, and treats from Seasons 52, Frice Cream, The Biltmore, Maroosh Mediterranean Restaurant, and more. Infiniti of Coral Gables is located at 2701 South Le Jeune Road. Tickets are priced at $75 per person and may be purchased online here. Participants can upgrade their experience by reserving a luxury vehicle from Majestic Limos (use the code TOUROFKITCHENS to get 10% off) to drive them from place to place. Proceeds from the Tour of Kitchens benefit the Coral Gables Community Foundation and its Culinary Arts Fund, which provides support and scholarships for the Culinary Arts Program at Coral Gables Senior High School.

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Newly reopened Norton Museum of Art



Starting Saturday, February 9th

After a $100 million expansion and renovation, the Norton Museum of Art will relaunch this month with new exhibitions, a new look, 37% more gallery space, an 11-piece sculpture garden, a reflecting pool with a 43-foot canopy, classrooms, a 210-seat auditorium, a 9,000-square-foot event lawn, and a 3,600-square-foot great hall with a lounge and coffee bar. With this new design, don’t miss the new Nina Chanel Abney exhibition, which includes a collection of bold, graphic paintings known for their powerful narratives and ability to address some of the crucial injustices of our time—like racial inequality, gender discrimination, and gun violence, to name a few. The Norton Museum of Art is located at 1450 South Dixie Highway. The Nina Chanel Abney exhibit will be on display from February 9th to June 25th.


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