By: Jennifer Agress and Yours Truly
Lots of things to do in Miami in April, from foodie events, the 40th Annual Spring Plant Sale and the Beach Polo World Cup, to a month-long poetry festival, a Japanese “Hatsume” festival, the creative “Palette Project”, and wine tastings . Looking for something new to do in the Magic City? Try one of the events listed below. We love them—and we think you will, too!
Note from Karen: Just four days left to enter the drawing for the $150 dinner for two at Semilla!!!
O, MIAMI POETRY FESTIVAL
Monday, April 1st to Tuesday, April 30th
If you love poetry, this is your month! Sponsored by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the O, Miami Poetry Festival exists because of a mission to get every single person in Miami-Dade County to hear a poem. Happenings are scattered across unexpected poetry venues throughout Miami—like the Little Haiti Cultural Complex, Brickell City Centre, Little River Cooperative Farm, Miami Beach Gardens, Gramps, The Great Escape Room and more. This festival brings poetry to the Magic City in lots of different formats, including 40+ free poetry events and 20 poetry-related projects. Most of these are also free.
HATSUME FAIR: A ONE-OF-A-KIND CELEBRATION OF SPRING
Saturday, April 6th to Sunday, April 7th
Experience this special event at Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens, which will turn the tranquil park into a vibrant Japanese festival with Taiko drumming, martial arts demonstrations, Samurai sword fighting, costume and fashion show contests.Then there’s arts, crafts, plants, street fair food and—for the kids—favorite anime, comic book and pop culture characters come to life. Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens is located at 4000 Morikami Park Road in Delray Beach. Admission to this fair is included with the price of admission to the grounds. One-day admission is $15 per adult (age 11+), $10 per child (age 4-10) and free for Fairchild members and young children (up to age 3).
MICHAEL’S FARM TOUR AND MARKET
Sunday, April 7th
Located in Homestead, Michael Borek Farms is a third-generation family farm that sources many of Miami’s top restaurants! It’s known for producing only the finest heirloom and vine ripe tomatoes, heritage eggplant, sweet corn, salad greens, assorted herbs, microgreens, edible flowers, sunflower sprouts, wheatgrass and more. Plant lovers can go here once a month for a farm tour and market hosted by Michael Borek, himself. Michael Borek Farms is located at 19051 SW 147th Avenue.
GRAND TASTING TOUR: MIAMI
Wednesday, April 10
Raise your glass! 20 wineries from Paso Robles, California—including Ancient Peaks Winery, Barr Estate Winery, Castoro Cellars, DAOU Vineyards & Winery, Denner Vineyards, Eberle Winery, Harmony Cellars, Austin Hope & Treana Tasting Cellar, J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines, JUSTIN Vineyards & Winery, Opolo Vineyards, Sextant Wines, Tablas Creek Vineyard, TH Estate Wines, The Farm Winery, TOP and Vina Robles Vineyards & Winery—are coming to South Florida to share their top 100 vintages. At this tasty weeknight in Miami, which will take place at Briza on the Bay from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., the winemakers themselves will be there pouring tastings of their wines and telling you everything you want to know about them. For your enjoyment, a selection of cheeses will be available to pair with the wines you taste. Briza on the Bay is located at 1717 N Bayshore Drive. Tickets are priced at $40 per person and can be purchased here. All tickets are non-refundable. Attendees must be 21+ at the time of the event.
SPRING GARDEN FESTIVAL + 40TH ANNUAL SPRING PLANT SALE
Saturday, April 13th to Sunday, April 14th
Celebrate the spring season at Miami’s prettiest garden: Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden! Running from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day, this outdoor, two-day event will have fun for the whole family: like live music, good food and drink vendors, kids activities, and of course—lots and lots of plants. A highlight of the day is definitely the Spring Plant Sale, where expert horticulturists and plant vendors from South Florida sell hundreds of rare and local plant varieties.They are also are on hand to give shoppers tips and tricks on how to care for the products they buy. Throughout the weekend, the Garden House will host lectures from different plant experts, cooking demonstrations by top Miami chefs and the 12th Annual Fairchild “Artists in Bloom” Exhibition and Sale. The sale will feature art by students and instructors involved in Fairchild’s onsite art classes. When you need a break, head to the Spring Beer Garden for craft beer flights from local breweries. Fairchild Tropical Botanic Gardens is located at 10901 Old Cutler Road. Admission to these events is included with the price of admission to the grounds. Admission is $25 per adult, $18 per senior (age 65+), $12 per child (age 6-17), and free for Fairchild members and young children (up to age 5).
BEACH POLO WORLD CUP
Thursday, April 25th to Sunday, April 28th
There’s polo, and there’s beach polo. Taking place right on our Miami Beach shores, the four-day Beach Polo World Cup brings together some of the best professional and amateur polo players and ponies for heart-pumping matches like no other. Throughout the tournament, six international teams will compete for the coveted trophy. To amp up the weekend even more, look for a series of offsite polo, fashion and luxury events. If you purchase VIP tickets, you’ll get to enjoy the matches from shaded lounge areas, with a full bar and catering during the tournament itself. The matches take place right on the sand at Collins Park, at the 22nd Street entrance to Miami Beach. VIP tickets start at $150 per person and can be purchased here.
EVENING OF ART
Friday, April 26th
Calling all art lovers! From 7 p.m. to 11 p.m, Lowe Art Museum will host its most significant annual fundraiser: Evening of Art. Attracting philanthropists, artists, art collectors and gallerists alike, this event invites everyone to celebrate contemporary Middle Eastern art. And to really make it an art party, there will be progressive cocktails, heavy hors d’oeuvres and desserts in the museum’s stunning galleries, as well as the second edition of the “Palette Project”. This original project is a collection of exclusive works on palettes by nearly three dozen artists from Miami and New York, all of which will be up for bid by digital silent auction. Lowe Art Museum is located at 1301 Stanford Drive. Tickets for the event start at $250 per person and can be purchased here.
TROPICAL BRUNCH AT PINECREST GARDENS
Sunday, April 28th
Join Culinary Society Les Dames d’Escoffier Miami for their 11th Tropical Brunch in the garden. You’ll get to sample their “home cooking” which for them is gourmet, as you can imagine. Sip wine, beer and brunch cocktails in lush Pinecrest Gardens. Raffle prizes, live DJ too. Noon to 3 p.m. If purchased before April 10, ticket price is $40; afterwards, it’s $50 for adults and $25 for children. For tickets, click here.