By Jennifer Agress and Yours Truly
Looking for new and special things to do in Miami in May ? Try one of the events listed below. We love them—and we think you will, too!
THE RETREAT BY FUNKSHION
Friday, May 3rd to Sunday, May 5th
To kick off the month of May, the Miami Design District will host a special weekend of fitness, health, and wellness called The Retreat by Funkshion. Brought here by the creators of Funkshion Swim Fashion Week, this event will start with the The Retreat Welcome Party in Paradise Plaza on Friday night, and continue with a bevy of events all day long on Saturday Sunday. Here are just some of the happenings you can get excited about: yoga with global influencer and yoga instructor, Sjana Elise Earp; the Self-Awareness, Self-Love and Self Care Workshop with International Psychic Medium, Erica Korman; the Chakras Detox Experience with the Abrahamson Center; a fashion show; different breakfasts, lunches and happy hours; a PYROGIRLS HIIT Class; panel discussions and more. The Retreat by Funksion will be based in Paradise Plaza, which is located at 151 NE 41st Street. For a full schedule of events and related ticket information, click here. Street parking, public parking garages and valet are nearby.
SEVEN FIRES BY LATIN FOR GLORY
Friday, May 3rd to Sunday, May 19th
Local artist Gloria Hernando of Latin for Glory will present her newest art series, Seven Fires—a prelude to her new art collection, Elementa—at the Miami Design District. Marking her first painting collection, the bold exhibit will feature artwork that explores the first of the six elements of her collection: fire, light, air, earth, water and metal. This series marks a turning point in her artistic career, being bolder, larger, and more conceptually complex than any other work she’s ever created. It will include seven large-scale paintings, the signature piece “Ignis,” and supporting pieces, like the “Memory Throne” (a sculpture she made in collaboration with Miami Marine Stadium). Over three weekends, the artist will celebrate her new series with various events, like an opening cocktail reception and Seven Fires preview, a female-driven panel discussion, and a closing ceremony, where attendees will be able to see the result of a live painting that Gloria will begin on day one of the exhibition. The exhibit will be located at 151 NE 41st Street #223. For more information about Seven Fires and related events, click here. It will be open to the public Monday through Saturday, from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., and on Sundays, from Noon to 5 p.m. It will be closed on May 12th, from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. for a special event. Street parking, public parking garages and valet are nearby.
FASHION + TEXTURES
Thursday, May 9th
Head to Cosentino Miami City Center for FASHION + TEXTURES, a celebration of Latin American fashion and design. Just for this occasion, the store will be transformed into a chic pop-up shop and activation space, showcasing exquisite clothing, jewelry, and accessories from 20+ Latin American designers. Hours are 11:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Cosentino Miami City Center is located at 3898 Biscayne Boulevard. Street parking, public parking garages and valet are nearby.
WINE SPECTATOR’S GRAND TOUR MIAMI
Friday, May 10th
Join Wine Spectator’s Grand Tour Miami for an unforgettable evening drinking wines from 200+ of the world’s finest wineries! Taking place at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach, you can mix and mingle with top winemakers and estate owners from the world’s best wine-growing regions. Added bonus? Every wine available for sampling has been rated 90 points or higher by Wine Spectator, everyone will leave with a souvenir RiedelTM tasting glass, and a delicious buffet will be set for attendees to enjoy with their wine. The Fontainebleau Miami Beach is located at 4441 Collins Avenue. This event will run from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., and VIP ticket holders will gain special access from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. General admission tickets are priced at $200 per person and VIP tickets are priced at $325 per person. All tickets can be purchased here. Hotel valet is available.
FOUNTAINHEAD PRESENTS: ARTISTS OPEN
Saturday, May 11th
This month, The Fountainhead will host Artists Open, the first-ever, Miami-Dade County-wide open artist studio day. Supported by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, 16 art complexes and more than 225 artists will open their studios to the public. These studios will be spread out all over Miami-Dade County, and include venues like Bridge Red Art Complex, Fountainhead Studios, Visual Art Group, The Collective 62, Laundromat Art Space, ArtHood 56, Bakehouse Art Complex, Oolite Arts, Mana Contemporary 777, and Deering Estate. This event will take place at multiple locations throughout South Florida. It will run from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. For a full roster of participating artists and art complexes, click here.
LIMÓN DANCE COMPANY PRESENTS: LIMÓN DANCE COMPANY
Saturday, May 11th
A night of dance awaits! For this program, Limón Dance Company will bring music to life through a powerful combination of movement and technology. The first two pieces are José Limón masterworks: The Exiles, an intimate and moving story of immigrants and refugees all over the world, and Psalm, a a choreographed piece that expresses urgency, joy and anguish. The third performance, Radical Beasts in the Forest of Possibilities, from choreographer Francesca Harper, will use a lot of digital effects. Finally, Colin Connor’s The Weather in the Room is a fresh, playful and touching take on how quickly relationships can shift. The South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center is located at 10950 SW 211th Street. The show will begin at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $25 per person and can be purchased here. Free parking is available onsite.
TASTE OF THE NATION
Friday, May 17th
Join Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign at one of Miami’s most popular tasting events, Taste of the Nation for No Kid Hungry. Hosted at Ice Palace Films Studio, this 31st-annual event will feature a silent auction and gourmet cuisine, artisan beer, craft cocktails and decadent desserts crafted by the city’s top chefs, sommeliers, mixologists and brewers. The event will be led by none other than Timon Balloo of SUGARCANE | raw bar grill (Chef Chair), Cesar Zapata of Phuc Yea (Co-Chair), Paula DaSilva of The Ritz-Carlton Fort Lauderdale (Co-Chair), and Alex Kuk and Diego Ng of Temple Street Eatery (Co-Chairs). All of the proceeds will support No Kid Hungry’s work to end childhood hunger in America. Ice Palace Films Studio is located at 1400 North Miami Avenue. This event will run from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tickets are priced at $125 per person until May 10th, when they increase to $150 per person. Tickets can be purchased here.