We’re turning up the spice, since we’re in the throes of Hispanic Heritage Month. This weekend brings the two-day Coral Gables Hispanic Cultural Festival and the Ritmo Festival in Hialeah.
Returning to downtown North Miami is the free WLRN-hosted MOCA Folk Night on Saturday. With Halloween knocking at the door, the Alhambra Orchestra is hosting a Spooky Symphony on Sunday afternoon.
Celebrating Hispanic Culture
Downtown Coral Gables becomes a colorful and salsa-fueled party Saturday from noon to 11 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. during the Coral Gables Hispanic Cultural Festival at Biltmore Way and LeJeune Road. Highlights of the festival include performances by musical acts including Miami favorites Locos Por Juana, Ojeda and Daniel Martin. Brush up on your domino skills for the tournament, scope out art and enjoy shows by flamenco and folkloric dance groups. Admission is free.
Rhythm’s gonna get you in Hialeah
You’ll be moving to the rhythm all night during the El Ritmo Festival in Hialeah Saturday from 6-10 p.m. at Milander Center for Arts & Entertainment The outdoor street festival features something for everyone, from performances by Diana Naranjo, Mariachi Voces de America, Orquesta Seleccion Latina and DJ Nancy Starr, to an art exhibition titled La Mano Hispana. Food trucks will have food for sale. Admission is free.
Folksy jazz night at MOCA
After a summer hiatus, the Folk Night at MOCA is back on Saturday from 7-10 p.m. WLRN’s Michael Stock, host of the station’s Folk & Acoustic Music Show, hosts the evening, which features musical performances and more. Playing her brand of quirky banjo with a touch of comedic interaction is Valerie C. Wisecracker. Also taking the stage is Miami’s legendary jazz performer Nicole Yarling. Dr. Caren Niele will provide storytelling. Admission is free.
Scary classical tunes at Arsht
The Alhambra Orchestra and Greater Miami Youth Symphony are presenting a Halloween-themed Spooky Symphony for the entire family to enjoy on Sunday at 4 p.m. at the Arsht Center for the Performing Arts. Conductors Huifang Chen and Timothy Shade lead their respective groups through a program of music from Jurassic Park, Harry Potter & the Socerer’s Stone, The Dark Knight and Wicked. To make the afternoon complete, kids should come dressed in Halloween costumes and enjoy the multimedia presentation. Admission is free and arrival by 3 p.m. is strongly encouraged.
Pumpkins and hay rides at Fort Lauderdale Fall Fest
Hay rides and arts & crafts shows are always an indication fall has arrived, and that’s what you’ll find on Saturday at the Fall Fest at Mills Pond Park in Fort Lauderdale from 3-6 p.m. The family festival features a Halloween costume contest with prizes, face painting, pumpkin decorating and, yes, hay rides and arts & crafts. Admission is free.
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