By Jennifer Agress and Yours Truly
The first half of this month is always about all things Art Basel, but now that that’s over, there are still so many cool things to do in Miami in December — from fashion and design events to concerts, our picks. We love them—and we think you will, too!
Now through Saturday, December 21st
Calling all design lovers! Presented by COSENTINO, CASACOR Miami—the most complete architecture, interior and landscaping design exhibition in North America—came to Miami during Art Basel 2019 and is sticking around for awhile. Located at Brickell City Centre, this 19-day event brings together 20 established and emerging interior designers from Brazil who focus on a variety of mediums: from minimalism, maximalism and experiential to conceptual, organic and out-of-the-box innovative. There are a series of spaces transformed into designers’ visions, and interior, architectural and landscaping artists are all represented. The common theme through all their presentations? Urban living in Miami. Brickell City Centre is located at 700 Brickell Avenue. Tickets start at $20 and can be purchased here. Garage parking is available onsite.
THE ARA EDIT
Now through Tuesday, December 31st
This December, immerse yourself in Indian heritage through The Ara Edit’s South Asian fashion and home design! Created by a Miami resident of Bengali-American heritage, Nuzhat Ara Hossain, this curated fashion collection was designed to bring together the heritage of India/South Asia and the Western world. All pieces are the work of top Indian designers: Saaksha And Kinni, Shivan and Narresh, Label Ritu Kumar, Studio Tia and House of Masaba. This isn’t The Ara Edit’s first stint in Miami—it has had two pop-ups previously, one at Soho Beach House during Swim Week 2019 and another at The Standard Spa, Miami Beach in November 2019. This time, The Ara Edit will pop-up for a whole month, taking over a spot in Wynwood Block through the end of December. Wynwood Block is located at 2621 NW 2nd Avenue, Suite 21. The store is open Monday through Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and on Saturdays, from Noon to 6 p.m. Street and lot parking are nearby.
MADONNA MADAME X TOUR
December 17th-19th and 21st-22nd
Madonna is coming to Miami! And she’s here for a whole WEEK. The Madonna Madame X Tour will bring Madonna to the stage like fans have never seen her before—in an intimate setting, at the Fillmore Miami Beach, where no phones are allowed. All shows will start at 10:30 p.m. (but you can expect Madonna to take her time actually coming out), and if she follows suit through the rest of her tour, fans can expect her to go out into the audience and sit with them. During this show, you’ll hear old and new hits with rebellious twists: from “Express Yourself” and “Papa Don’t Preach” to “I Rise” and the controversial “God Control.” The Fillmore Miami Beach is located at 1700 Washington Avenue. Tickets start at $136 and can be purchased here. Valet parking is available, and street, lot and garage parking are nearby.
SHOPPING FRIDAYS AT THE WOLFSONIAN DESIGN STORE + COFFEE BAR
Friday, December 20th and Friday, December 27th
Looking for holiday presents for the entire family? Then don’t miss holiday-inspired “Shopping Fridays” at The Wolfsonian Design Store + Coffee Shop! (Note from Karen: last time a friend and I went, we each bought a few gifts). Stop by during the remaining Fridays in December, and get free beer and wine, listen to merry holiday music and shop for whatever you want at 10% off. This store sells everything from designer kitchenware, tableware and chic luggage tags to watches, jewelry, clocks, children’s gifts for all ages, books and more. For more museum shops in Miami, click here (note: be sure to check hours, etc. before going.)The Wolfsonian Design Store is located at 1001 Washington Avenue. The store will be open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on both days. Museum members get a double discount of 20% off on Shopping Fridays. Street, lot and garage parking are nearby.
SOUNDS OF THE SEASON WALLCAST® CONCERT, PRESENTED BY THE CITY OF MIAMI BEACH
Saturday, December 21st
This year, get in the holiday spirit with the New World Symphony at SoundScape Park. During this Sounds of the Season concert, NWS Fellows will wear their best (and funniest!) holiday costumes, and play all the holiday classics: like Leroy Anderson’s A Christmas Festival (1950), Sam Hyken’s Chanukah 5776 (2015), selections from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (2001) by John Williams and selections from Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovksy’s The Nutcracker, Op. 71 (1892). SoundScape Park is located at 400 17th Street. The concert starts at 7:30 p.m. Street, lot and garage parking are nearby.
THE 38TH-ANNUAL KING MANGO STRUT PARADE
Sunday, December 29th
Dubbed the “weirdest parade in the universe,” at this annual Coconut Grove event, there are no rules. Starting at 2 p.m., locals parade down Main Highway in a range of costumes and with homemade floats, all typically designed to make jokes about national figures or major news headlines. And heaven knows, there’s lots of material this year! After the quirky King Mango Strut Parade, the real party begins—Commodore Plaza shuts down until 6 p.m. for post-Strut bands, drinking and dancing! This parade will take place up and down Main Highway, in the heart of Coconut Grove. Commodore Plaza is a small road off of Main Highway, where you see Greenstreet Cafe. Street, lot and garage parking are nearby, and Bike Coconut Grove will offer free bike valet from Noon to 5:30 p.m. in the parking lot of St. Stephens Church.