Things To Do


The season in Miami is about to reach its peak, and all on one day this weekend as the event world collides in full force.

Saturday, March 26 will feature 20 major events ranging from wine and food to electronic music to art, sports and home improvement. If you can’t find something to do this Saturday then you may just be a really boring person.

Here’s a look at Event-pocalypse Miami 2011.

If you like to eat and drink small amounts with large crowds

Coral Gables Wine & Food Festival

When: 7:30 – 10 p.m.

Where: Ponce de Leon Boulevard between Miracle Mile & Sevilla Ave.

Tickets: $65 per person regular admission, $150 VIP

Details: Dewar’s, Crown Wine & Spirits, Premier Beverage Company (representing over 30 different wines) and over 30 Coral Gables restaurants will be pouring & dishing their best. Proceeds benefit The American Lung Association in Florida.

A Taste of Brickell

When: Noon – 10 p.m.

Where: 1201 Brickell Bay Dr.

Tickets: $5 – $10

Details: The first ever event of its kind in Brickell will be located to the left side of the Jade condos in Brickell, but will also have an international wine garden in the center of the festival. Over 50 restaurants and vendors are slated to participate.

For the sports fans with money and country club aspirations

Sony Ericsson Open

When: 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Where: Crandon Park Tennis Center, 7300 Crandon Blvd, Key Biscayne

Details: Taking place through April 3, this men’s and women’s tennis tournament is unofficially considered the fifth grand slam among the pro ranks. At 8 p.m. on Saturday men’s world No. 1 Rafael Nadal will be playing at center court. For ticket information, please visit

For the sports fans with little money and cracker jack dreams

Miami Hurricanes baseball vs Georgia Tech

When: 1 p.m.

Where: Alex Rodriguez Park at Mark Light Field, 6201 San Amaro Drive, Coral Gables

Tickets: $10 – $20

Details: The Hurricanes face the Yellow Jackets in the second of a three-game series against their Atlantic Coast Conference opponent.

For the electromusic heads who are the future of Miami-Dade

Ultra Music Festival

When: Noon – Midnight

Where: Bicentennial Park in Downtown Miami

Details: The ultimate party spot each March for more than 40,000 electronic and dance music enthusiasts, over 200 musicians and DJs perform during the three-day festival on various stages. On Saturday headliners include Deadmau5, Underworld, Kaskade, Moby, Steve Aoki and Carl Cox. Tickets have been sold out for months, but expect plenty of scalpers outside.

For those same electroheads who were unable to get Ultra tickets

Swedish House Mafia

When: 2 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Where: Tent on 8th Street and Ocean Drive on Miami Beach

Details: The trio of DJs known as the Swedish House Mafia bring back their Masquerade Motel from an impressive showing during Halloween 2010 for a “One Night Stand” of music during Ultra weekend. Over 10 DJs will be performing at the sold out event, along with Axwell, Steve Angello and Sebastian Ingrosso (a.k.a. Swedish House Mafia).

For the bikini and trunks set who don’t like sand in their toes

Ultra Week Pool Parties

When: Noon

Where: Surfcomber Hotel (1717 Collins Ave., Miami Beach) and Shelborne Hotel (1801 Collins Ave., Miami Beach)

Admission: $40 – $60

Details: Ultra weekend brings with it plenty of pool parties highlighted by top DJ acts who want some fun in the sun. Headlining at the Surfcomber will be Boris and Mind Control, while at the Shelborne it’s Bob Sinclar, Pete Tong and DJ Jazzy Jeff.

For the wanna-be fashionistas who don’t want to pay for tickets

Funkshion Fashion Week Miami Beach

Where: Tents at 8th Street and Ocean Drive on Miami Beach

Details: For the 15th anniversary of the Funkshion fashion shows, expect some razzle dazzle as the event on Saturday will coincide with the performance of the Swedish House Mafia at their Masquerade Motel on Miami Beach. Starting on March 22, the fashion shows will spotlight fashion trends for fall/winter 2011 and shows begin at 7:30 p.m. on most nights. Best of all, the majority of shows are free and open to the public. For more information click here

For those who haven’t lost their homes in foreclosure

Home Design and Remodeling Show

When: Noon – 10:30 p.m.

Where: Miami Beach Convention Center, 1901 Convention Center Drive, Miami Beach.

Tickets: $10

Details: Miami’s premier home improvement event features thousands of products and services on display. Homeowners can experience the products and services first hand, talk one-on-one with the experts and get personalized advice to plan individual home improvement projects. Consumers can shop onsite, compare products in person and save with the special show prices offered throughout the event. Highlighting this year’s show – Andrew Downward from HGTV’s Divine Design. There is a Wine and Cheese Night on Saturday from 4 p.m. to closing. Purchase a glass of wine at the Wine Bar and enjoy complimentary cheese. Show runs March 25-28.

For parents who want to get their kids out of the house

Family Fest: Rhythms of the World

When: 11:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Where: Adrienne Arsht Center, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami

Admission: Free

Details: Starts on the Parker and Vann Thomson Plaza with free entertainment, including performances by Ballet Brika at 11:30 a.m., Perú Expresión at 12:10 p.m., and Lee Koon Hung Lion Dance Show at 12:50 p.m. Families will also be able to enjoy make-and-take your own drum at Craft Corner in the West Plaza; Rhythms of Africa Drumming Workshop for Kids in the Carnival Studio Theater (11:30 a.m., noon, 12:30 p.m., and 1 p.m.); and Story-telling Corner, left of the stage in the Plaza (11:30 a.m., noon, 12:30 p.m., and 1 p.m.). The fun continues at 2 p.m. with a free performance by the Miami Music Project Orchestra in the John S. and James L. Knight Concert Hall.

For those who can’t wait for Art Basel but speak Spanish


When: Noon – 8 p.m.

Where: Miami Beach

Convention Center, 1901 Convention Center Drive, Miami Beach.

Tickets: $12 at the door and admission is free from noon to 2 p.m. daily.

Details: Opening on Friday, March 25, Arteaméricas is the premier fair of art from Latin America that showcases the latest trends in paintings, sculpture and multimedia. Galleries from all over Latin America will be participating in this ninth edition, representing hundreds of emerging artists and renowned masters. Show ends Monday, March 28.

For those into more classical dance and not glow sticks

Romeo and Juliet

When: 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Where: Ziff Ballet Opera House at Adrienne Arsht Center, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami

Tickets: $20 – $175

Details: The Miami City Ballet’s performance of Romeo and Juliet. Choreographer John Cranko’s acclaimed full-evening version of the world’s most famous love story is internationally acknowledged as one of the most important works in the history of ballet.

Where all the kids at Ultra told their parents they were going

Miami-Dade County Fair

When: Noon – Midnight

Where: 10901 SW 24 St., Miami

Tickets: $10, children under 5 are free

Details: Ranked the largest fair in Florida, The Miami-Dade County Fair celebrates its 60th year with an event that includes rides, games, food and live entertainment. Saturday night will feature Grammy Award Winner Luis Enrique, a pioneer of the romantic salsa movement, at 9 p.m. His “Ciclos” record won the 2010 Grammy Award winner for Best Tropical Album. Runs through April 3.

For artists looking to one day cash in on their talents

Spoken Soul Festival 2011

When: 6 – 10 p.m.

Where: The Stage, 170 NE 38th St., Miami

Admission: Free

Details: There will be women DJs, belly dancing, poets, fine artists, designers and more. The event, which is part of a three-day festival to help advance the careers of women artists, will be an opportunity for women to network and show support for each other’s work.

For people who can’t get enough of D-List Reality Celebs

Celebrity Boxing 25

When: 7:30 p.m

Where: Passion Nightclub at Seminole Hard Rock,

Admission: $35 – $90

Details: With such notables as former pro baseball player Jose Canseco and Tiger Woods’ mistress Devon James on the fight card, how could this celebrity boxing event go wrong? Oh yeah, Charlie Sheen (he of #winning fame) has been offered $50,000 to referee three rounds of Canseco’s boxing match against fitness guru Billy Padden.

For those who want to dress up in bow ties, tuxedoes and gowns

MDGLCC Gala Awards

When: 6 p.m.

Where: Hilton Miami Downtown, 1601 Biscayne Blvd.

Tickets: $95 – $175

Details: The 10th anniversary of the Gala Awards for the Miami-Dade Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce. Event includes a VIP champagne reception and silent auction, dinner buffet, awards presentation and dancing. Wearing the color purple is encouraged.

Miami Science Museum’s 2011 Galaxy Gala

When: 7 p.m.

Where: JW Marriott Marquis & Hotel Beaux Arts, 255 Biscayne Blvd. Way, Miami

Tickets: $500

Details: The gala will provide a preview of what’s in store at the new museum, with a virtual underwater tour that simulates the 600,000-gallon aquarium, silent auctions in lunar and solar-themed rooms, and live entertainment by Soul Survivors.

MiaSci Young Patrons’ BIG BANG After Party

When: 11 p.m.

Where: JW Marriott Marquis & Hotel Beaux Arts, 255 Biscayne Blvd. Way, Miami

Tickets: $50

Details: This portion of the evening pays homage to the museum’s planetarium through spectacular lighting effects and dazzling performance artists. The entertainment will be provided by Latin fusion funk band Xperimento and two DJs and will include a premium open bar and gourmet dessert bar.

City Year Miami Red Jacket Ball

When: 7 p.m.

Where: The Ritz-Carlton South Beach, One Lincoln Road, Miami Beach

Tickets: $250 for dinner; $50 for after-party (or $75 per couple)

Details: The Red Jacket Ball, presented by Comcast, is City Year Miami’s annual benefit gala and all proceeds go to support City Year programs in the schools and communities. More than 450 citizens, business and community leaders, and City Year Miami corps members will attend. This year’s honorees are César Conde, President of Univision and Mike Dee, Chief Executive Officer of the Miami Dolphins. Cocktails and silent auction begin at 7 p.m., dinner at 8:30 p.m. and an after-party kicks off at 10:30 p.m. Wearing the color red is encouraged.