December is such a pleasant time to be in Miami, it is not only the cooler sunny skies that are the magnet but also the barrage of top line events that start kicking off in and around the city, the art fairs, food festivals, boating events are all getting under way in the midst of the Christmas frenzy and New Year fireworks.
For our nature lovers, this is the perfect time to get out and soak it all up, our State and National Parks are teeming with wildlife, enjoy!
Art Basel Miami Beach is without a doubt one of the premiere events in the world art scene and certainly one of the most prominent in the U.S. This long weekend in early December is traditionally the unofficial kick-off to the city's busy art and cultural calendar and is quite unique in that it spawns so many other events and satellite exhibitions, if you are into arts and design, this is definitely the time to be in Miami.
When? Thursday through Sunday December 5 - 8, 2013, noon to 8:00 p.m., last day until 6:00 pm
Where? Main Exhibition Hall at Miami Beach Convention Center
How Much? Day Ticket $42, Evening Ticket (after 4:00 p.m.) $32, Students and Seniors $26
Satellite fairs and events will pop up in and around the city, keep an eye specially in the up-and-coming districts of Wynwood and the Miami Design District.
Some events in the periphery of Art Basel:
Sailboats, Yachts, Barges, Gondolas, Kayaks... ANYTHING that floats, all decked up with thousands of lights and a merry spirit, traversing the waters of the intracoastal, what could be more fun this holiday season?! On its 42nd year, the Winterfest Boat Parade has become one of the most awaited events, and this year with the theme "Passport to Paradise" the Ft. Lauderdale shoreline will be coming alive once again.
Some fantastic entries and surprises in the past have included the Circus barge, complete with elephants and acrobats, a floating bus, a fire truck, Mickey and Minnie... can't wait for this year's parade!
When?: Saturday December 14, 2013
Where?: Intracoastal Waterway from Ft. Lauderdale to Pompano Beach
How Much?: Free along parade route, Grandstand viewing areas available.
More info: Winterfest Boat Parade
The King Mango Strut is the wackiest of the wackiest, it's a parade that was born as the antithesis of the King Orange Bowl parade way back, when struters were rejected by King Orange for being too "irreverent" so they decided to start their own King Mango parade, and irony of ironies, the King Orange Bowl Parade does not exist any more.
So what is it? It's a parade with a party atmosphere on a fun and laid back afternoon the last Sunday of the year. The theme or rather themes of the parade are well, anything and everything that made the headlines this year, Mango style of course, meaning, it is a parody of the year's highlights all in the name of fun. Like for example? Everything and everybody is fair game, the TSA, the Pope, twinkies, the Royal Family, politicians, specially politicians ...
Who participates? Anybody can participate, as in, "be on the parade". This is not an over the top parade, the "floats" are not fancy structures or designs, it is all very relaxed with hilarity and fun as the only requirement.
Is it ok for kids? Yes, the Pre-Mango Strut activities begin with the Little Miss Mango Pageant for kids 5 to 12, it is a VERY competitive pageant and all contestants are expected to win, the winners get to ride in the opening "float" of the parade!
So take part or just come to watch, bring a cooler, a folding chair, and be ready to spend the funniest and craziest time, check it out:
When?: Sunday December 29, 2013, parade starts at 2:00 p.m., after-strut street party and dancing afterwards
Where?: Downtown Coconut Grove from Green Street to Coco Walk then back to Commodore Plaza
How Much?: Free!
More Info: www.kingmangostrut.org
When?: December 31, 2013, midnight
Where?: Bayfront Park 301 N. Biscayne Blvd., Miami, FL 33132
Where to Park?: There is limited, paid parking at Bayfront Park. You can also park at Bayside Marketplace nextdoor or take the Metrorail to the Government Center Station then transfer to the Metromover Inner Loop to Bayfront Park.
How Much?: FREE
No bottles, cans, coolers or personal fireworks are allowed at the park.
When? Saturday December 7, 2013 - 8:00 p.m.
Where? BB&T Center (Formerly BankAtlantic Center), Sunrise, Florida
How Much? $60+
When? Sunday December 8, 2013 - 7:00 p.m.
Where? The Fillmore Miami Beach At Jackie Gleason Theater, Miami Beach, FL
How Much? $70+
When? Friday December 20, 2013 - 7:00 p.m.
Where? BB&T Center (Formerly BankAtlantic Center), Sunrise, Florida
How Much? $90+
When? Tuesday December 31, 2013 - 9:00 p.m.
Where? American Airlines Arena, Miami FLorida
How Much? $100+
When? Friday and Saturday December 6-7, 2013 - 8:00 p.m.
Where? Knight Concert Hall At The Adrienne Arsht Center, Miami, FL
How Much? $70+
Ben Brantley of The New York Times calls it "the best musical of this century." Entertainment Weekly says it's "the funniest musical of all time." From South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, it's The Book of Mormon, winner of nine Tony Awards including Best Musical. Jon Stewart of The Daily Show calls it "a crowning achievement. So good it makes me angry."
It's here in South Florida, don't miss it!
When? November 26 - December 22, 2013
Where? Broward Center for the Performing Arts Au Rene Theater, 201 SW 5th Avenue, Ft Lauderdale, FL 33312
How Much? $96+
The largest Christmas-Themed Amusement Park and Carnival is back on its 25th year with its 3 million lights, 92" christmas tree, and the carnival rides for little ones and those wanting a little more extreme.
Located in the heart of Miami in Tropical Park, you will no doubt see the lights from the highway as you drive past.
It is a huge sprawling lively event, just coming to see the lights is worth the trip. Tons of entertainment for kids and families round it all up. There are the many live shows, games, magic acts, mazes, all sorts of rides, from carrousels to roller coasters and drop towers and of course, the carnival food!
When? October 31, 2013 to January 5, 2014 5:00pm to Midnight
Where? Tropical Park, on the Palmetto (SR826) and Bird Road (40th Street) 7900 SW 40th Street, Miami, FL 33155
How Much? Adults (10-64) $28.97, Children (3-9) $19.63, Seniors (65+) $19.63
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More Info: Santa's Enchanted Forest
On the First Friday of each month, the Miami Science Museum Planetarium opens up for a great night of family fun. The program includes:
This month's Laser Show line up (each show requires one ticket):
8:00pm "Pop" (Family Laser Show)
9:00pm Best of the Beatles
10:00pm Pink Floyd: Best of the Wall
11:00pm Led Zeppelin
Midnight Bob Marley
When? December 6, 2013
Where? Miami Science Museum Planetarium
How Much? Laser Show - Adults $8 Children $4 (includes laser glasses)
More Info: Miami Science Museum Events
Family Fun Fest is a FREE program at Biscayne National Park brought to you thanks to the many volunteers and park sponsors. It is held on the second Sunday of the month during the "dry and cool" season, December through April with lots of fun and educational activities for kids and adults alike. New for the 2013-14 season is "Family Fun Fest Junior" with lots of activities for toddlers and little ones!
This month's program is named "The Hungry Games". "Survival is never easy, especially if you're hungry. Biscayne's animals have some pretty ingenious ways of getting the food they need: poking, spearing, konking, turning their stomachs inside out, and even stealing dinner. All's fair in the Hungry Games!"
When? December 8, 2013 - 1:00pm to 4:00 pm
Where? Biscayne National Park - Dante Fascell Visitor Center
How Much? FREE!
More info: Biscayne National Park Family Fun Fest
When? Home game schedule below
Where? Sun Life Stadium (Formerly Dolphin Stadium) Miami Gardens, Florida
How Much? $28+
Miami Dolphins Home Games at Sun Life Stadium - December 2013
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The Miami Heat promises to deliver another highly charged exciting season to all of our fans.
Come watch Le Bron James and Co. as they turn up the HEAT at American Airlines Arena once again. Here are this month's home games:
Panthers are pouncing, get over to the BB&T Center to see first-class teams battle it out on the ice!
When? See home game schedule for this month below
Where? BB&T Center, Sunrise
How Much? $12+
The second Saturday of every month is the day, or rather night, to visit this great up and coming neighborhood when the District does the "Art Walk".
Galleries are open to the public and host events, many serving refreshments and cocktails.
This entire area of the city is in constant change. It has been fun watching how it keeps evolving as it tries to find its identity. It is for the design and art lovers out there, as well as the well-heeled fashion trotters.
There is the art galleries, design showrooms, gourmet restaurants, and a roster of top-of-the-line fashion houses, all in a thriving compact area.
When? Saturday December 14, 2013 - 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Where? Roughly between 38th St and 42nd St and N. Miami Avenue and NE 2nd Avenue. CAUTION: The area surrounding the Design District is a very doubtful neighborhood, please exercise caution when getting here and back.
How Much? FREE!
More info and Map: www.miamidesigndistrict.net
Like its counterpart at the Miami Design District, Wynwood is an emerging neighborhood in a decaying part of town that has been revitalized and is transforming the art scene in Miami, but this is where the likeness stops.
Wynwood is best known for its street art and splashy murals and over 70 galleries and counting.
On Second Saturdays, the place is on overdrive, crowds come to enjoy their art and their food trucks. A must for street art lovers, but if you are not into crowds, definitely not for you.
When? Saturday December 14, 2013 - 6:00pm to 11:00 pm
Where? Roughly between Biscayne Boulevard and I-95 and NW 36th Street and NW 20th Street. CAUTION: The area surrounding the Wynwood District is a very doubtful neighborhood, please exercise caution when getting here and back.
How Much? FREE
More info and Map: www.wynwoodmiami.com
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