Things To Do

President’s Day Weekend Guide 2015



Calling all captains, skippers, sailors and seafaring folks: If you love boats, there’s no better place to be than in Miami this weekend, as the Greatest Boat Show in the World features more than 3,000 boats and 2,000 exhibitors from all over the world. In fact, this event is so big it needs three locations (see below), two of which are at marinas where you can actually take the vessels out for a test-sail.

Whatever floats your boat, it’s here: powerboats, yachts, catamarans and sailboats from 6 to 100 feet, plus engines, cutting-edge marine electronics, nautical gifts, sailing gear, and the latest charter info. There are also seminars for everyone from newbie sailors to old salts, where you can learn hands-on skills training, essential boating safety, close-quarters maneuvering skills, anchoring, powerboating made easy — you name it.

Love boats but aren’t quite sure you’re ready for the sea? Check out the new Sailing Simulator at Strictly Sail Miami at Miamarina, which offers virtual sailboat rides where you can get a feel for the water and experience how a boat reacts to wind and waves.

Details: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday-Monday at Miamarina at Bayside, 400 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday-Monday at the Miami Beach Convention Center, 1901 Convention Center Dr.; and at the Sea Isle Marine & Yachting Center, 1635 N. Bayshore Dr., Miami;; $20, $35 two-day pass, free for kids 15 and under.



The Wynwood Art District has become world-renowned for the vibrant, edgy murals that street artists have created all over town (it’s even recognized as one of the coolest neighborhoods in the world by Vogue mag). But even if public displays of graffiti aren’t your thing, there are still myriad reasons to check out Art Wynwood, starting with the 70 international galleries that will present emerging, cutting-edge, contemporary and modern works in the 100,000-square-foot pavilion. You can see art from Paris, London, Bogotá, Vienna, Dusseldorf, Montreal, Seoul, Mexico City and more, plus U.S. hubs New York, San Francisco and, of course, Miami.

You can even see art created in front of your eyes at Art Wynwood’s collaboration with Cash, Cans & Candy, an international festival of street art from Vienna presented by Galerie Ernst Hilger. Young, up-and-coming artist Boicut, whose work combines impulsive lines with a fresh colorway to find the perfect balance between the shapes, has been lined up to show off his technique.

And for parents who desire the freedom to peruse the site unencumbered by the distraction of their offspring, Miami Children’s Museum will provide the Artrageous Kids Center all day Saturday. It’s a safe playroom for children 3-13, with activities including art explorations, games, puzzles and stories under the supervision of its staff.

It’s worth the walk a few blocks away to check out BURST! A Celebration of Arte Povera, at the University of Miami Art Gallery at the Wynwood Building, 2750 NW 3rd Ave., Suite 4, which pays homage to the Italian art movement of the late-‘60s/early-‘70s that utilizes found objects, bursts of color and recycled materials.

Details: 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday-Sunday, and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday, at Art Miami Pavilion, 3101 NE First Ave., Miami;; $20, multi-day pass $45, students 12-18 and seniors $15, kids 12 and under free.



Ever dream of owning a piece of art by Keith Haring, Banksy or Shepard Fairey? Well, if you’ve got the dough, give it a go this weekend, as Fine Art Auctions Miami (FAAM) will hold its third-annual Urban & Street Art Auction at SPACEBY3 in the uber-cool Wynwood art District.

Works by Haring (graffiti god whose whimsical yet socially and politically charged art coincided with a major movement in early-‘80s New York), Banksy (a mysterious figure whose ephemeral public pieces cause an instant, international phenomenon whenever and wherever they surface) and Fairey (best known for his Obey Giant sticker campaign and his Barack Obama “Hope” poster) will be displayed and available for purchase, along with items by Faile, Ron English, Phase2 and KAWS, among many others. Last year’s event brought in $1.3 million, including the sale of Banksy’s controversial “Kissing Coppers.”

SPACEBY3, which launched mid-November in impeccable timing for Art Basel Week, is the perfect spot for this show, with its 22-foot high, arched ceilings and nearly 34,000 square feet of space.

And its huge, blank-canvas walls are ideal for one of the coolest features of this exhibition – the creation of live art. R&B superstar and aspiring street artist Chris Brown (“Run It!,” “Kiss Kiss,” “No Air”) will show off his chops by working hand-in-hand with artist KAI on Friday, and then team up daily with London Police and a group of local artists led by Abstrk to create custom walls inside the building. The results will be up for sale on Monday, with 50 percent of the proceeds benefiting the Arts & Business Council of Miami.

On Saturday from 6-10 p.m., check out FAAM and the Guntram von Habsburg Foundation’s cocktail party to present previews of all works that will be auctioned off Monday (RSVP to to attend).

Details: Starting at noon daily from Friday-Monday at SPACEBY3, 2100 N. Miami Ave., Miami;; free.



As explosively hot and cutting-edge as the Wynwood Arts District has become, it wouldn’t be what it is today without the Bakehouse Art Complex, which celebrates its 29 years as the area’s visual arts pioneer with The Reunion. This show, on view through March 27, features the work of more than 20 of its alumni artists, including Robert Apfel, Christian Bernard, Pablo Cano, Armando Chagon, Xavier Cortada, Maggie Davis, Luis Diaz, Felix Estrada, Ross Ford, Veronica Garcia, Marina Gonella, Juan Griego, Patricia Schnall Gutierrez, Tracey Hagen, Babette Herschberger, John La Huis, Richard Labarbera, Henry Mar, Maria Sonia Martin, Gustavo Oviedo, Beatricia Sagar, Carrie Sieh, Suza Talbot, Alicia Torres and Marcos Valella.

Mingle with these artists while enjoying open studios, yummy drinks, food by Los Chamos Food Truck and music by Boxwood.

Saturday afternoon brings IlluminArts at the Bakehouse, a concert billed as Art Talk Meets Art Song. Inspired by the alumni artists’ works on display, the concert features pianist and composer John Musto, soprano Amy Burton, and tenor Michael Slattery.

Details: The Reunion: 7-10 p.m. Friday at the Bakehouse Art Complex, 561 NW 32nd St., Miami; 305-576-2828 or RSVP at; donations accepted. IlluminArts: 2-4 p.m. Saturday; $20, $10 students, artists, musicians (present business card for discount).



There’s something for every artistic taste at this festival that stretches over nearly a mile of historic Coconut Grove: More than 360 globally recognized artists fly south to show their stuff, starting with this year’s creator of the festival poster, French-American artist Duaiv. His breezy, colorful work “Voiliere” — French for “sailboat” — perfectly captures the essence of South Florida’s marine imagery.

Stop by the CGAF Gallery, housed in the Mayfair atrium, where you’ll find a wide range of works from emerging artists to maste

rs, solo to group shows, side by side under shelter away from the hot sun.

You don’t have to love the visual arts to have a blast: Plenty of music lovers flock to the festival for the outstanding live performances. This year’s highlights include Zach Deputy (5 p.m. Saturday), whose sound involves the “looping” of many elements, including, bass, guitar, beat-boxing and traditional drum sounds. It’s a compelling style that he labels “island-infused, drum ’n’ bass gospel ninja soul.” Equally riveting is the Bright Light Social Hour, a psychedelic Southern-rock band from Austin, Texas, that will take the stage at 5 p.m. Sunday in support of its upcoming second album, “Space Is Still the Place.” And don’t miss Orlando ska revivalist band Beebs & Her Moneymakers, a Vans Warped Tour favorite that takes the stage at 5 p.m. Monday.

Foodies will want to stop by the Culinary Pavilion, where local and national chefs will give cooking demonstrations throughout each day.

There’s even a special place just for kids — the Children’s Trust Art Alley, an all-day area featuring clowns, puppets, face-painting, theater, balloon animals, trapeze artists, jugglers, karaoke shows — well, you get the idea.

Details: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday-Monday along the streets of McFarlane Road, South Bayshore Drive and Pan American Drive in Coconut Grove;; $15, kids 12 and under free.



Lords and ladies, gentlemen and wenches, get ready for the latest fairy-tale chapter in the Ren-Fest storybook. Shakespeare wrote that “all the world’s a stage,” and nowhere will you find that to be more true than at this paradise for lovers of all things Renaissance. Here, you’ll find jousting knights on their majestic steeds, sword fighters, wandering minstrels, swashbuckling pirates, magicians, jugglers, musicians, bawdy comedians, dancers and jesters performing all around you, all in splendid costumes and with the mind-set from a simpler, more magical time.

Raise a tankard of ale or cider and gnaw on a turkey leg as you stroll from stage to stage (there are 10 in all), taking in the continuous barrage of entertainment, or witness glass-blowing, blacksmithing, coin-minting and jewelry-making.

President’s Day Weekend marks the second of six Ren-Fest-themed weekends, “Time Travelers,” during which you’ll encounter all kinds of adventurers from across the millennia, including pioneers, aliens, Browncoats and more. And don’t miss CosPlay Monday, where anything goes, from anime to superheroes.

Details: 10 a.m.-sunset Saturday-Monday, running on weekends through March 15, at Quiet Waters Park, 401 S. Powerline Rd., Deerfield Beach;; $21, $9 kids 6-11, free for 5 and under.



Named for the Jamaican village of Nine Mile, the birthplace and final resting place of reggae legend Bob Marley, the 22nd annual 9 Mile Music Festival celebrates his legacy with performances by a few of his sons — Stephen, Damian and Julian — plus SOJA, Jessie Royal, Capelton, Tanya Stephens, The Green and IQulah Rastafari. You’re sure to hear beloved Bob Marley songs such as “One Love,” “Three Little Birds,” “Buffalo Soldier,” “Exodus,” “Stir It Up,” “No Woman No Cry” and “Jamming,” among many others.

But one of the true “can’t-miss” acts of the show, created by Cedella Marley Booker way-back-when to honor her son’s music and philosophy, is the coming-out party of the first third-generation Marley performer — Jo Mersa Marley, Stephen’s son. He provides an update on the traditional reggae sound, adding a bit more of a pop-dance quality, and will take the stage in support of his debut EP, “Comfortable.”

The Marley clan has always strived to have a positive influence on the community, and this festival is no exception, having collected over the years more than two million canned goods to donate to shelters in Miami. So don’t forget to bring four cans of food!

Details: 12:30-11 p.m. Saturday at the Miami Dade County Fairgrounds, 10901 SW 24th St., Miami;; $52.83 plus four cans of food, $173.74 VIP.