ART DECO WEEKEND
JAN 15 – JAN 17, 2016
What began as a small grassroots festival produced by the Miami Design Preservation League has grown into one of the largest celebrations of Art Deco architecture in the nation. Today, South Beach’s Art Deco Weekend has evolved to include musical performances, fashion shows, walking tours, movie screenings, a lecture series and a showcase of antique cars. Held annually over a three-day weekend in January, over 400,000 people come out for the festivities. The event is free and family-friendly with many activities for children. It’s a must-see spectacle for anyone interested in the history of South Beach.
During the annual Art Deco Weekend celebration, Ocean Drive closes to traffic and makes room for pedestrians to stroll past vendors selling antiques, art pieces, photography, vintage clothing and food. True Art Deco aficionados and those curious about the design movement can delve into some of the more serious events of the weekend, namely the lecture series. With a different theme every year, the speaker’s draw on their expertise in topics like Art Deco furniture, art as architecture or Miami Beach’s centennial.
The Music Festival, produced by musical director Doug Wimbish, jazzes up the soiree with live music by the beach. Films like The Great Gatsby, Annie and Chicago are screened, invoking the bygone era. In 2011, a fashion component was introduced, which has proven to be quite popular with local designers presenting Art Deco-inspired clothing on the runway. Of course, the best way to experience South Beach’s Art Deco treasures is to visit the various hotels and buildings and learn about their history. There are several walking tours offered all weekend (and year round) led by local architects, historians and preservationists. You’ll gain a better understanding of the unique characteristics of Miami’s Art Deco architecture. Depending on your interests, you may wish to sign up for a tour with a particular focus, such as organized crime, gay and lesbian, Lincoln Road, Jewish Miami, neon lights, Espanola Way and even a cocktail crawl.
Art Deco Weekend is a uniquely Miami-style soiree, and you can expect to see drag queens, stilt walkers, tourists and locals alike ambling down Ocean Drive. A happy vibe permeates the entire weekend. It’s one of the major highlights on the annual calendar-and for good reason.
Along Ocean Drive, Between 5th an 15th Streets
1001 Ocean Drive
Miami Beach, FL 33139
MIAMI INTERNATIONAL BOAT SHOW
FEB 11 2016 – FEB 15 2016
The Miami International Boat Show, held annually in mid-February over President’s Day Weekend, is one of the greatest boat shows in the world. Whether you’re coming to shop for a new sailboat, yacht, powerboat or fishing boat, brush up on the latest in marine electronics or just check out what’s new on the boating scene, you’ll enjoy the Miami International Boat Show.
Not shopping for a new boat? Whether you’re satisfied with a boat you already have, or not in the market for a boat, there’s something for all marine life enthusiasts in the booths, shops and displays set up across all venues.
New Yacht & Power Boat Show at Sea Isle Marina features motor yachts, sports yachts, center consoles, high performance boats, sport fishing vessels, compact trawlers, bluewater manufacturers and down east style motor yachts. Boats are displayed along five piers and the sea wall.
There’s more to do at the boat show than gawk over multimillion dollar yachts, although we all know how fun that can be. Take a seminar on how to DIY (do it yourself) boat maintenance and repair on your boat. Learn about marlin fishing or watch a tug-o-war competition on fishing chairs.
Tickets are available for daily passes or a 5-Day Pass. Buy one ticket and it’s good for all boat show sites and includes free access to shuttle buses and even water taxis. You’ll receive a wristband that will give you access to all of the sites and transportation. The water taxi runs between the New Yacht & Power Boat Show at Sea Isle Marina and Strictly Sail Miami at Miami Marina at Bayside. The show is a five day event that starts at 10 AM and runs until 8 PM Friday, Saturday and Sunday and 6 pm on Thursday and Monday.
MIAMI MARINE STADIUM PARk & BASIN;
3501 RICKENBACKER CAUSEWAY-VIRGINIA KEY
KEY BISCAYNE, FL 33149
FOOD NETWORK & COOKING CHANNEL SOUTH BEACH WINE & FOOD FESTIVAL
FEB 24 2016 – FEB 28 2016
Food & Drink Sponsored by everybody’s favorite cooking show channel and presented by the top food magazine in the country, the Food Network and Cooking Channel South Beach. Wine & Food Festival is one of the most highly regarded of its kind. The event is returning to Miami Beach Feb. 25-28, 2016.
Take several dozen celebrity chefs and culinary personalities, such as Daniel Boulud, Martha Stewart, Anne Burrell and Bobby Flay.
Add twice the amount of impressive wine, craft beer and artisanal liquor makers.
Toss to mix thoroughly and garnish with farm-to-table style cooking events and demonstrations.
Serve to thousands of guests annually on the last weekend of February.
What is your creation? Perhaps obviously, Food Network and Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival, which has raised more than $18 million for the Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management at Florida International University. The festivities always start on a Thursday – this year, February 19 – and continue throughout the evening on Sunday. Events include demonstrations, tastings, parties, seminars, tribute meals with famed chefs and more.
Concocted by Festival Founder and Director Lee Brian Schrager, who also serves as the Vice President of Corporate Communications & National Events for Southern Wine & Spirits of America, Inc., SOBEWFF is one of the events that is most looked forward to by both locals and visitors. Now in its 14th year, the festival has also established itself as a favorite among the highly regarded chefs and other industry professionals who lead demonstrations and seminars. Part of the festival’s appeal, for both presenters and party-goers, is location, location, location… Many of the events, including the Whole Foods Market Grand Tasting Village featuring MasterCard Grand Tasting Tents and KitchenAid Culinary Demonstrations, take place directly on the beach. As in, the enormous tents housing hundreds of chefs and winemakers are literally pitched on the sand. For winter- weary folks, the gentle waves and sea breezes season the bites and quaffs irresistibly.
VARIOUS LOCATIONS THROUGHOUT SOUTH BEACH. MIAMI, FL 33139
ULTRA MUSIC FESTIVAL
MAR 18 2016 – MAR 20 2016
Party people from around the world descend on Miami in late March for the annual Ultra Music Festival, a three-day electronic dance music (EDM) party held across eight stages at Downtown’s sprawling Bayfront Park. Attracting upwards of 70,000 ravers and revelers each day, the party started in 1999 as a humble one-day festivity on South Beach. Over 15 years later, it’s the world’s premiere EDM festival spawning 10 other festivals worldwide throughout the year in destinations as far and wide as Ibiza and Tokyo.
The festival overlaps with Winter Music Conference (WMC) and the week is commonly referred to as Miami Music Week (MMW) with DJs spinning at various satellite pool parties and late night bashes at clubs across town. In 2015, Ultra became an 18 and over event where previously all ages were welcome.
The biggest names in EDM headline Ultra’s main stage, while emerging talents and live artists are found at seven other stages throughout the park. Past headliners include Tiesto, David Guetta, AVICII, Skrillex and Swedish House Mafia. Other major artists include Moby, Fatboy Slim and The Chemical Brothers. Live sets performed by such diverse artists as Snoop Dog and MIA are crowd pleasers, and Madonna even dropped in for a surprise appearance.
It’s a high-energy crowd of music lovers, Spring Breakers, rave newbies and veterans coming together to jump and groove to disco, techno, dub-step, house, trance, hardcore, pop and industrial music. It’s an overwhelming and euphoric experience with a sea of people dancing together while major pyrotechnics, confetti and laser lights flash to the beat of the music.
While Ultra is no doubt the main event of the week, the entire city is filled with incredible parties and events. It’s possible to see your favorite DJs in more intimate settings throughout the week, so even if you don’t get a ticket to Ultra, there are plenty of reasons to visit Miami for MMW.
301 N. BISCAYNE BLVD. MIAMI, FL 33131