5 Can’t-Miss Events Happening Now in Miami
Tennis and bubbly, anyone?
When people in Miami say “Spring is in the air,” what they really mean is that South Beach is overrun with rowdy tourists and overcrowded music festivals and there’s way too much noise on Collins Avenue at 3 a.m. While we’re not ones to judge, we’d like to shed some light on Miami events that are a bit more…adult.
Here, five must-see, must-do happenings in Florida’s sizzling city that are going on right now. From refined cuisine to a thrilling tennis tournament to art du jour, think of this as an itinerary for the civilized spring breaker.
SURROUND YOURSELF WITH SCULPTURE AT PAMM
Known for its modern design and striking greenery, the Pérez Art Museum Miami is home this season to the fantastic new Matthew Ronay exhibit. This installation is a sculptural blast of color, composed of cool materials and textures (think candy-colored steel and plastic) that come together for a surreal and spiritual vibe. It’s bold, it’s bright and it’s a can’t-miss Miami art moment.
“Project Gallery: Matthew Ronay;” PAMM; through January 15, 2017; 1103 Biscayne Blvd.
WATCH WORLD-CLASS TENNIS AT THE MIAMI OPEN
Top-ranked tennis pros (ones with names like Djokovic and Kuznetzova) flock to Crandon Park each spring for the Miami Open. The two-week event is a great place to watch world-class matches while reveling in an elevated social scene (two of our favorite things). Embrace that Miami spontaneity and check online each morning for stadium tickets (they sell out fast). Feeling extra celebratory? Head to the Moët & Chandon Champagne & Sushi Lounge. Slip out of the sun and sip on Moët Ice Imperial (that’s refreshing bubbly served over ice) and take in the spectacle between matches.
Miami Open; March 21–April 3; Crandon Park
NOSH ON CREATIVE CUISINE IN COCONUT GROVE
Located in the former La Bottega space, Ariete is the new, brightly lit restaurant from chef Michael Beltran (of Cypress Room fame). Though they offer a fresh take on traditional dishes like burrata, local fish and porterhouse steaks, culinary adventurers will also find audacious starters like chicken liver mousse and oysters with bone marrow butter. Pro tip: Get the sour orange doughnuts for dessert.
Ariete; Dinner reservations only; 3540 Main Highway; Coconut Grove
HEAR BEAUTIFUL MUSIC AT MISO
Skip the overcrowded Ultra Music Festival and instead nab tickets to the Miami Symphony Orchestra in May. This year’s Grand Season Finale features virtuoso pianist Lola Astanova, performing Mozart’s stunning Piano Concerto No. 20.
“Grand Season Finale;” MISO; May 15; 6 p.m.; Adrienne Arsht Center
GO OVERBOARD IN LITTLE HAITI
A hub for Haitian culture, Little Haiti is now emerging as an indie arts haven on par with the nearby Wynwood and Design District neighborhoods. Explore the super-cool new Gallery Diet (check out Jonas Mekas’s stunning avant-garde installation) and then slip away for a traditional Haitian dinner at Leela’s Restaurant (the oxtail stew is where it’s at) and soak in the vibrant street art that has colored the neighborhood since the ’90s.
“Jonas Mekas: Let Me Introduce Myself;” Gallery Diet; March 24–April 30; 6315 NW 2nd Ave.