Explore some of the city’s best spring and summer events | Miami Calendar
“Vanitas: Fashion and Art”
Through July 20; Bass Museum Of Art
“Vanitas,” the Latin translation for vanity, has also come to describe a form of still life art that communicates the utterly transient nature of life. “Vanitas: Fashion and Art” brings the two together to showcase avant-garde ready-to-wear and couture fashions as well as innovative paintings, sculptures and new media offerings.
April 11-13; Ziff Ballet
The acclaimed Miami City Ballet delivers another jaw-dropping performance as it dances—or more aptly, flamencos—its way through the trials and tribulations of the main character’s journey. The high-energy, Spanish-influenced tale features a dazzling production of macho bullfighters and sensual gypsies.
“Rose and the Rime”
April 23 – May 18; Carnival Studio Theater
Presented in partnership with The House Theatre of Chicago, the whimsical yet optimistic “Rose and the Rime” opens with a decades-long winter plaguing Radio Falls, Mich., and chronicles one girl’s vivacious outlook on saving her hometown from an evil witch. (305-949-6722; arshtcenter.org)
Blue Man Group
May 13-18; Ziff Ballet
Combining comedy, action, music and technology, the Blue Man Group gives a performance of a lifetime. From the beating of drums to the rainbow-colored splashes of paint flying through the air, the group’s act doesn’t disappoint—whether you’re 5 or 50 years old. In fact, you may get pulled up on stage by one of the blue creatures to star in one of their acts. (305-949-6722; arshtcenter.org)
June 7-8; Coconut Grove
The 38th annual Miami/Bahamas Goombay Festival celebrates the merge of American and Bahamian cultures. Each year, hundreds of vendors offer tastes of traditional cuisines and crafts amongst the crowds of costumed performers, musicians and spectators. (305-461-5506; coconutgrove.com)
“Tinkertoy: Build Your Imagination”
June 7 – Sept. 14; Miami Children’s Museum
The Miami Children’s Museum brings imaginations—capable of the greatest architectural feats of all—to life with this interactive “Tinkertoy” exhibition based on the beloved construction set. It’s an ideal outing for the youngest of builders to the oldest engineers in the family, bridging the generational gap with creative construction challenges and other activities. (305-373-5437; miamichildrensmuseum.org)
Summer Shorts Festival
June 12 – July 6; Carnival
Theater lovers in search of a good old-fashioned belly laugh will adore the Summer Shorts Festival, co-presented by Miami’s City Theatre and the Adrienne Arsht Center. Featuring a fantastic lineup of scripts penned by some of the country’s best comedy writers, the Summer Shorts Festival is a great way to snicker into summer.
Taste of the Nation South Florida
June 17; Loews Miami
Big names and bold flavors collide for a good cause at Loews Miami Beach Hotel. Organized by the nonprofit organization No Kid Hungry, which helps to end childhood hunger in the United States, the Taste of the Nation event will feature fare from more than 50 of the top chefs and mixologists in Miami. In addition to savoring gourmet cuisine, enjoy live music as well as live and silent auctions. (nokidhungry.org)
22nd Annual International Mango Festival
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
Celebrate the mango as an object of beauty and admiration and, of course, a delicious fruit at the 22nd annual International Mango Festival. The event features a wide range of products and demonstrations starring the colorful stone fruit. Embedded in South Florida history (mangoes been grown in the state for more than 200 years), this festival will surely give your palate a new appreciation for the tasty treat.
Aug. 1 – Sept. 30;
Various locations across Miami
Join the fun in this mouthwatering restaurant showcase, which highlights the very best of Miami’s culinary landscape over two fun-filled months of festivities. During August and September, Miami’s top restaurants offer three-course meals that feature signature dishes and more created by world-renowned chefs. From happy hour specials to half-priced wine, foodies won’t go hungry at this popular event. (305-539-3000; ilovemiamispice.com) L