By: Jennifer Agress and Yours Truly
There’s so much going on in Miami in March 2018, from a leading seafood festival, craft beer tastings, and live music and dance offerings to more for garden and art lovers. Looking for something new to do in the Magic City? Try one of these events listed below. We love them—and we think you will, too!
THURSDAY, MARCH 8TH
Veritage Miami Presents: Craft Beer Tasting
Head to this popular event and you’ll spend the night tasting beers from local, regional and national craft breweries—like Barrel of Monks Brewing, Biscayne Bay Brewing Company, Concrete Beach Brewery, Funky Buddha Brewery, Dogfish Head Brewery, J. Wakefield Brewing, Peroni Brewery, The Tank Brewing Co., Veza Sur Brewing Co. and Wynwood Brewing Company, to name a few. Taking place at Wynwood Walls, this walk-around event will also feature tasty bites from South Florida restaurants. Wynwood Walls is located at 2520 NW 2 Avenue. The event will start at 7 p.m. Tickets are priced at $55 per person and can be purchased here.
THURSDAY, MARCH 8TH
Flamenco Festival Miami: Ballet Nacional de España
Taking place at Downtown Miami’s Knight Concert Hall, this celebration of dance brings the best Flamenco dancers in the world to the Adrienne Arsht Center complex. During this weekend-long event, be prepared to be dazzled by two of the most talented Flamenco groups in the world: Ballet Nacional de España and Andalusian Voices. Directed by Antonio Najarro, the internationally-acclaimed Ballet Nacional de España (BNE) will return to Miami for three nights—from March 8th through 10th—in honor of its 40th anniversary season. Andalusian Voices, which will perform the final night of the weekend, will bring together an all-star cast of Spain’s leading vocalists: Carmen Linares, Arcángel and Marina Heredia. During this last night, expect performances of everything from gypsy flamenco to modern interpretations of the classic Spanish dance, all featuring Ana Morales, a prior principal dancer of Ballet Flamenco de Andalucia. Knight Concert Hall is located at 1300 Biscayne Boulevard. Ballet Nacional de Españahe will perform on March 8th and 9th, at 8 p.m., and on March 10th, at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. Andalusian Voices will perform on March 11th, at 7 p.m.
FRIDAY, MARCH 9TH
16th Annual International Orchid Festival
Love orchids and free from March 9th to 11th? Head to Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden for the 16th Annual International Orchid Festival! This three-day festival welcomes lovers of the precious flower to peruse and buy 10,000+ orchids. Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is located at 10901 Old Cutler Road. The festival will run from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day. Entrance to the festival costs nothing more than the price of admission to Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, which is free for Fairchild Members and children up to five years old, $25 per adult, $18 per Senior (age 65+) and $12 per child (age 12+).
SATURDAY, MARCH 10TH
17th Annual Miami Beach Garden Tour
On Saturday, March 10th, 2018, meet at Miami Beach Botanical Gardens to embark on a tour of Miami Beach’s most beautiful gardens. A VIP cocktail party will be held earlier in the week, and starting at 10 a.m. that Saturday, your day will begin with the Miami Beach Garden Club’s Flower Show, the Gems & Junque sale, a plant sale and tours of the city’s residential gardens. Adding to their allure, every garden is different; expect pools, water views, secluded patios, lavish decor, creative plantings and more. Miami Beach Botanical Gardens is located at 2000 Convention Center Drive. This event will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tickets are available for $30 per Miami Beach Botanical Garden Member, and $35 per non-members and any tickets bought after March 5th. Entrance to the VIP Cocktail Party is priced at $75 per person, and includes the price of your tour. All tickets can be purchased here.
SATURDAY, MARCH 17TH
Jazz in the Gardens
Taking place at the Hard Rock Stadium, on both March 17th and 18th, Jazz in the Gardens (JITG) is the fastest growing jazz and R&B festival in America. Back for its 13th year, this event will be hosted by nationally-syndicated radio personality, Rickey Smiley; and will bring together the world’s top R&B, soul, jazz, hip-hop and funk artists like Chaka Khan, Anita Baker, Fantasia, Smokey Robinson, Tasha Cobbs Leonard, Pieces of a Dream, Walter Beasley and Avery Sunshine. Last year, this event welcomed 70K+ guests, both for the music and to peruse the American and Caribbean fare, artwork, handbags, clothing and memorabilia available for purchase. This year should be no different! Hard Rock Stadium is located at 347 Don Shula Drive. JITG will kick-off with its first performance at 4 p.m. on both days. Parking will open at 2 p.m., and gates will open at 3 p.m. Tickets start at $69 per person, and can be purchased here.
SUNDAY, MARCH 25TH
14th Annual Deering Seafood Festival
Taking place at the 450-acre beautiful Deering Estate, the 14th Annual Deering Seafood Festival, one of South Florida’s most highly anticipated events, will return on Sunday, March 25th. This tasty festival brings together Florida’s freshest fish and seafood from area restaurants and caterers, celebrity chef demos, live music and fun-filled adventures for the kids—like the “Deering Discovery Cove,” where kids can experiment and explore the wonders of nature, as well as rock climbing and the “Li’l Shrimp Kids Zone” with inflatables. When you’re not indulging in bites and beverages from Golden Rule Seafood, Devon Seafood & Steak, Paella Party, Landshark, Chill-N and more, spend your day watching live local chef demos; dancing and grooving to the tunes of Pan Paradise Steel Drum Band, Caribbean Crew and Blackstar; buying local art and jewelry from Artists Lane; and being amazed by the Virgin Islands stilt walkers and free-spirited Bahamian Junkanoo musicians. Deering Estate is located at 16701 SW 72nd Avenue. The festival will run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tickets start at $20 per adult, and can be purchased here. All proceeds benefit the Deering Estate Foundation, to be used for environmental education, preservation and programming.
MARCH 9 – 18
MIAMI FILM FESTIVAL
There’s enough choice and quality films this year to please the most demanding cinephile. Culinary events, after the film happenings, and even appearances by French film star Isabelle Huppert and Spain’s greatest living director, Carlos Saura. For more information, click here.
MARCH 15 -18
ART BOCA RATON
Showcasing contemporary, modern and emerging art, sculpture, photography, works on paper and installations, Art Boca Raton offers a broad range of art to both beginning and seasoned collectors. The fair will encompass dealers carefully selected by a curatorial committee in order to assure dealer quality and exclusivity. The opening gala preview Vernissage (by separate ticket) will benefit the Boca Raton Museum & Art School on March 14th .Daily, sponsored “Art After Dark” evening events will be held at Boca Raton Museum for collectors to enhance their knowledge and appreciation of collecting contemporary art. Visiting artists will be honored each night. The fair will sponsor a full collector lecture series on current trends in collecting. For tickets, click here.