By Jennifer Agress and Yours Truly
Here’s our monthly picks of the best special things to do in Miami in September — from food, beverage and culture to entertainment offerings. Plus, there’s the Miami Trail Festival bringing together nature and adventure lovers as they participate in different running trails, mountain biking routes and other off-road expeditions.
MIAMI SPICE MONTH
Now to Monday, September 30th
There’s one month of Miami Spice left! If you missed my earlier picks on my top favorites, click here. And if you’re not sure what it’s all about — here’s the scoop: Brought to us by the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau (GMCVB), this is that beautiful time of year where Miami foodies can get reduced-priced, prix-fixe lunch, brunch and dinner menus at Miami’s hottest (and often most expensive) restaurants. There are over 200 restaurants participating in 2019, and every meal comes with one appetizer, one entrée and one dessert. In addition to these discounts, the GMCVB has partnered with beverage and transportation sponsors (like Lyft!) to offer discounts on select cocktails and complimentary rides to and from participating restaurants. Click here to find out where you can dine for a steal. Three-course lunch and brunch menus are priced at $23 per person, and three-course dinner menus are priced at $39 per person. These prices exclude beverages, tax and gratuity. Parking rates and availability vary by location.
23RD-ANNUAL BRAZILIAN FILM FESTIVAL
Saturday, September 14th to Saturday, September 21st
The Brazilian Film Festival is back! Immerse yourself in the culture of Brazil through a series of indoor and outdoor movies all around the Magic City. The week-long event will kick off with a screening of Maria do Carito by João Paulo Jabur at Regal South Beach 18. Some of this year’s other screening venues include: Silverspot Cinema, Florida International University and Colony Theater. Click here to see the full program. Ticket prices and parking cost and availability vary by event.
“REMIX” AT SAGAMORE HOTEL
Starting Wednesday, September 18th
Miami Beach’s historic Sagamore Hotel is known as “The Art Hotel,” and coming this month, it will launch an innovative fine art exhibit that centers around another art form: music. The “Remix” exhibition will showcase works by well-known, emerging, international and local artists alike, all of whom work with a range of mediums. Aiming to both highlight the beauty of the music industry and redefine how it is preserved in the art world, Remix will include more than 100 pieces, from sculpture and photography to painting and mixed media. This exhibit is free and open to the public 24/7, through November 30th, 2019. Hotel valet is available.
“CURRENTS” AT PAMM
Thursday, September 19th
Launched by the Perez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) in spring 2019—in honor of the museum’s 35th anniversary!—CURRENTS, presented by DEFY, is an immersive, audio-visual cultural experience that combines art, theater and music. This edition will feature a live indie rock performance by the band “Men I Trust” on the museum’s waterfront terrace, as well as a flash theater performance of Miami Motel Stories™ by Juggerknot Theatre, which will take place in the art galleries themselves. All-access passes are priced at $5 for members and $24 for the general public, and can be purchased by calling 305.375.1709. Parking is available onsite.
THE GIPSY KINGS FEATURING NICOLAS REYES AND TONINO BALIARDO
Saturday, September 21st
The Gipsy Kings are coming to Miami! Spend your Saturday night moving, groving and shaking at the Adrienne Arsht Center, with the Grammy Award-winning Latin band that knows how to do it best. The Gipsy Kings started their own trend when they came into the spotlight, so expect an electrifying mix of flamenco and salsa from pop musicians from Arles and Montpellier! Tickets start at $42 per person and can be purchased here. Valet is available onsite, and public parking lots are nearby.
THE MIAMI TRAIL FESTIVAL
Saturday, September 21st
If you want to spend an active Saturday in the sun, come conquer Miami’s trails! Taking place on the quaint island of Virginia Key, the Miami Trail Festival brings together nature and adventure lovers as they participate in different running trails, mountain biking routes and other off-road expeditions. Added bonus: someone gets to take home an award! Registration starts at $35 per person and can be completed here.
INTERNATIONAL RUM CONFERENCE
Wednesday, September 25th to Saturday, September 28th
After seven years, the Congreso del Ron is moving across the Atlantic with a new name: the International Rum Conference (IRC). Taking place at the Biltmore Hotel, this event will showcase 300+ of the world’s best rums and be attended by 2,500+ industry leaders and rum enthusiasts from across the globe. This four-day conference celebrates the art of rum making with a rum tasting competition, informational seminars, a public grand tasting event and more. This conference includes both industry-only and public events. Tickets start at $50 and can be purchased here.
80’S-THEMED “ROCK THE DOCK” AT SHOOTERS WATERFRONT
Saturday, September 28th
Fall is here! And that’s a beautiful time to be by the water in South Florida. This season, “Rock the Dock” will transform Shooters into Fort Lauderdale’s hottest concert venue, with free live music and great food and drink specials. This particular concert is 80’s themed, with Rubixx on at 3 p.m. and Stereotomy starting at 7 p.m. There’s free dockage, too—so you can join the fun by car or boat! This concert is free and open to the public. Valet parking is available.