Film Fest Features International Slate
Miami-Dade College’s 34th annual Miami Film Festival features more than a hundred films from 40-plus countries, as well as onstage talks with directors and actors, lavish parties, and special screenings for kids. The festival runs from Friday, March 3, through Sunday, March 12. Screenings take place at various venues throughout Miami, including downtown’s historic Olympia Theater (174 E. Flagler St.) and the Coral Gables Art Cinema (260 Aragon Ave.) Actor Richard Gere stars in the opening-night film, Norman: The Moderate Rise and the Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer, at the Olympia at 7:00 p.m., Friday, March 3. Film festival tickets start at $10. www.miamifilmfestival.com.
A Walking Tour of MiMo Architecture
Miami Modern architecture, known as MiMo, is yours to appreciate during the MiMo on the Beach Walking Tour, held Saturday, March 4. During the guided tour, a collaboration between the Miami Design Preservation League and the North Beach Development Corporation, you’ll visit and hear all about these historic buildings while learning how to discern the characteristics of MiMo architecture, which became popular in the post-World War II years. The 90-minute tour departs from the southeast corner of 73rd Street and Collins Avenue at 9:30 a.m. Tickets: $25; students and seniors: $20. Visit www.mdpl.org.
Food, Wine, and Dance
Miracle Mile in Coral Gables will boast live music, food, and art during the 19th annual Carnaval on the Mile, taking place Saturday, March 4, and Sunday, March 5, from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. The Kiwanis Club of Little Havana hosts this free outdoor party, bringing more than 40 musicians to three stages between LeJeune Road (SW 42nd Avenue) and Douglas Road (SW 37th Avenue). The ticketed cork-and-fork event ($50) showcases Miami’s talented female chefs, as they lead cooking demonstrations and food and wine pairings over the two days at the intersection of Alhambra Circle and Salzedo Street, in Coral Gables. www.carnavalmiami.com.
Samba Funk Fusion at the North Beach Bandshell
The Rhythm Foundation’s free monthly Dance Band Night features Batuke Samba Funk, a much-loved local quintet composed of Brazilian samba performers and U.S. funk musicians who mix samba rhythms with classic American funk from the 1970s. Hear them live at the North Beach Bandshell during this all-ages event Thursday, March 9, from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Songs like “Que Pena” and “You Gotta Be” will have you grooving all night. www.rhythmfoundation.com.
Global Cuba Fest Turns Ten
Presented by FUNDarte and the Miami Light Project, Global Cuba Fest, now in its tenth year, seeks to raise awareness of musicians from across the Cuban Diaspora. Performances from Cuban-born musicians and members of Miami’s Nu Deco Ensemble will take place at the Light Box at Goldman Warehouse (404 NW 26th St., Wynwood) at 8:00 p.m. from Thursday, March 9, through Saturday, March 11. Latin jazz soloist Carlos Puig and other greats will perform at the Miami Dade County Auditorium (2901 W. Flagler St., Miami) on Saturday, March 18, from 8:30 p.m. until 11:30 p.m. Tickets start at $15. www.fundarte.us.
Reggae Fest Brings Big Names
Inaugurated 24 years ago by Cedella Booker, the late Bob Marley’s mother, the 9 Mile Music Festival brings Jamaica’s notorious reggae singers to the stage at Virginia Key Beach Park (4020 Virginia Beach Dr.) on Virginia Key. Cedella died in 2008, but her legacy lives on, and you can hear greats like Capleton, Julian Marley, and other reggae sensations Saturday, March 11, from 1:00 p.m. until 12:30 a.m. Local food vendors selling Caribbean-inspired fare will be on site. Tickets cost $60, and a donation of four canned food items is asked upon entry. Parking is $20. Visit www.9milemusicfestival.com.
Orchids from Around the World
During the 15th annual International Orchid Festival at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden (10901 Old Cutler Rd.,), more than 10,000 orchids from all over the globe will be on display and for sale from Friday, March 10, through Sunday, March 12. There’ll be guided walking tours of the gardens, a juried show, garden workshops, and kids’ activities. The event, which celebrates the “Million Orchid Project,” starts at 9:30 a.m. and concludes at 4:30 p.m. on all three days. Cost: $25 for adults; $18 for seniors 65 and up, and $12 for children ages 6 through 17. www.fairchildgarden.org.
Paddle the Oleta River Under a Full Moon
During the Full Moon Kayak and Paddle Tour, guides from BG Oleta River Outdoor Center (3400 NE 163rd St.), will lead you through mangrove trails under a full moon on the Oleta River and Biscayne Bay, to a private island where you’ll make s’mores over a bonfire. The two-and-a-half-hour tour starts at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, March 11, on the waterway in front of the center inside the park, and includes a 15-minute paddle instruction with your choice of kayak or paddle board ($50); or you can bring your own watercraft ($30 charge). Discounts for students. Parking: $4 for a single occupant; $6 for two or more people per vehicle. www.bgoletariveroutdoor.com.
Then Take in the Full Moon on the Miami River
Relax under a canopy of stars during HistoryMiami’s Moon Over Miami River Cruise, as historian and BT contributor Paul George narrates the saga of the river under a full moon. You’ll hear how the river got its name and how the 5.5-mile waterway is the shortest “working river” in the U.S., with its port being a major thoroughfare for commerce. The Island Queen boat departs promptly at 6:00 p.m. from Bayside Marketplace (401 Biscayne Blvd.) in downtown and returns at 8:00 p.m. Sunday, March 12. Members $50; non-members $60. www.historymiami.org.
Not One, But Two Weekend-long Renaissance Fests
Journey to a 16th-century fantasyland populated by trolls, ogres, and wenches during the 25th annual Florida Renaissance Festival, held at the 430-acre Quiet Waters Park (401 S. Powerline Rd.) in Deerfield Beach on Saturdays and Sundays through March 26. The “Ren Fest” features shows and activities the whole family will love, like pirate comedies, musicals, stunt shows, sword fighting, and the much loved “flight of the raptor” bird show. Feast on giant turkey legs and have a pint at the beer garden before browsing more than 100 artisan booths, where you’ll find everything from hand-blown glass to medieval instruments. Each weekend features a different theme, like “Celtic Weekend” on March 18 and 19, and “Vikings and Barbarians” on March 25 and 26. Open from 10:00 a.m. until sunset. Free parking. Tickets: $21 for adults; $9 for children ages 6 to 11; free for children 5 years and younger. www.ren-fest.com.
New World Celebrates 30 Years
Theater, music, and dance combine into a “high-energy, Broadway-style extravaganza” during the New World School of the Arts’ most anticipated annual event, Rising Stars, held at the historic Olympia Theater (174 E. Flagler St.) in downtown Miami. The show ($20) starts at 7:00 p.m. Friday, March 31. A free visual arts exhibit, displaying work made by New World students, precedes the event and will be held at the school’s New World Gallery (25 NE 2nd St.). A VIP celebration commemorating 30 years since New World’s inception takes place at the school after the musical. More info can be found at www.nwsa.mdc.edu.
Compiled by BT contributor Caitlin Granfield. Please send information and images to