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Fall Garden Festival & the 78th Ramble

Friday - Sunday, November 9 - 11 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Shop the largest plant sale and get gardening tips from Fairchild experts; browse for treasures at the Fairchild Flea Market and start your holiday shopping with beautiful handmade crafts. There will be beer garden, delicious delights from vendors, and cooking demos by Chef Maury Crespo. Have fun with hands-on science projects, carnival games, face painting, music, great food and more! Buy tickets online and save - admission online $19.99 ($25 at the door) and $9.99 for kids 6 to 17 ($12).

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
10901 Old Cutler Road, Miami


An Inspired Collaboration

Friday, November 9 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Meet fashion designer Mi Jong Lee and artist Britten at “An Inspired Collaboration,” where you'll enjoy an art-to-wear show and a display of canvases inspired by the fashion. Mi Jong's art-to-wear was influenced by American artist Georgia O'Keeffe, and Colorado-based Britten's mixed medias paintings owe their inspiration to the designer's 2019 Spring Collection. Hosted by Foley & Lardner LLP, the evening is open to the public.

Coconut Grove Gallery & Interiors
2884 Bird Road, Coconut Grove


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Jazz Roots - Leonard Bernstein 100 and Beyond

Friday, November 9 at 8 p.m.

The season begins with a centennial celebration of America’s greatest and most loved classical music superstar, Leonard Bernstein. The JAZZ ROOTS concert will feature some of the 20th century’s most iconic music reinterpreted and reimagined for today. The evening will include performances by Grammy Award winner Jon Secada, vocalist Ann Hampton Callaway, saxophonist Kirk Whalum, The Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra and others. Six-concert subscriptions range from $232 to $760.

Arsht Center's Knight Concert Hall
1300 Biscayne Boulevard, Downtown Miami


12th Annual Wild About Kids Gala

Saturday, November 10 from 6:30 p.m. to midnight

Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade will host its annual black-tie "Wild About Kids Gala," themed "A Night in Havana." The evening kicks off with a cocktail reception, followed by dinner and dancing. Guests will enjoy an evening of surprises - Norwegian Cruise Line's on-board production of "Havana," music by Albita Rodriguez, unique auction items, a raffle giveaway of a 3-wheel motorcycle and so much more. Gala chairs are Andrew Stuart, member of Boys & Girls of Miami-Dades Executive Board, and president and CEO of Norwegian Cruise Line, and his wife Allison Stuart, and Exeutive Committee member Olga Guilarte is the special event chair.

JW Marriott Marquis Miami
255 Biscayne Boulevard Way, Miami
305-446-9910, Ext. 13


Plaza Health WOD&C 2018

David Feder

Saturday, November 10 at 8:30 p.m.

David Feder has carved out a niche of his own, playing a signature blend of Flamenco-infused Folk music. His laid back style easily disguises the complexity of his blazingly deft finger picking. Three decades of island-living in the Florida Keys has influenced Feder’s breezy, approachable, and sophisticated music. Playing from his heart, he shows us more than just a glimpse of his soul. His musicianship incorporates miles of style, (savvy yet innocent, intelligent yet accessible) woven into a personal journey telling stories about life through the strings of his guitar. Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 day of performance.

South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center
10950 S.W. 211th Street, Cutler Bay


Buika: Tiger Eyed World Tour

Sunday, November 11 at 7:30 p.m.

Latin Grammy winner and singer-songwriter BUIKA returns to the Arsht Centers Knight Concert Hall on a world tour of her newest album, Tiger Eyed. Equally fearless in her music as she is in her life, BUIKA’s sensual, soulful voice is revered as “the voice of freedom” on NPR’s All Things Considered list of “50 Great Voices.” Tickets are $39, $49, $69 and $89 VIP.

Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts
Knight Concert Hall
1300 Biscayne Boulevard, Downtown Miami


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This weekend only, Jaguar is hosting an event for you - yes YOU. Really, if you're interested in a one-of-a-kind experience, come to Mana Wynwood Convention Center to see a spot sexy for grownups but fabulous for kids. See for yourself the sports cars only racers can drive, eat the best of Miami offerings, and take the ultimate selfie. Don't believe us? Ask Jazmin de la Lama...

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The Women's Event

Wednesday, November 14 at 10 a.m.

Womens Philanthropy of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation will host "The Womens Event," a brunch buffet that brings together hundreds of Jewish women of all backgrounds to celebrate friendship, community and philanthropy. Through their commitment of time and support to the Annual Federation Campaign, these exceptional women are helping to care for those in need, fund vital programs and strengthen Jewish life in Miami, in Israel and in more than 70 other countries around the world. Sara Bejar is President of Women's Philanthropy and Ilene Kossman is Campaign Chair. Jeffrey Scheck is Federation Board Chair and Isaac K. "Ike" Fisher is General Campaign Chair.

Hilton Miami Downtown
1601 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami


30th Annual Festival of Chefs

Wednesday, November 14 at 6:30 p.m.

James Beard Foundations Best Chef South for five consecutive years and Food Comma Hospitality Groups Award-winning Founding Partner and Chef, Jose Mendin, will lead a tribute to South Floridas culinary scene with an evening of featured signature dishes, wine & spirit tastings, silent auction and entertainment, all to benefit the Easter Seals South Florida Culinary Arts High School, a vocational training program for students with autism and other disabilities. Chef Mendin will be joined by a stellar lineup of chefs from more than 30 of the areas most prominent restaurants. Their signature dishes will be complemented by a variety of wine and spirits as well as local award-winning desserts.

Jungle Island
1111 Parrot Jungle Trail, Watson Island, Miami
305-777-6835 (Nanette Molina)


2018 Women of Distinction & Caring Luncheon

Thursday, November 15 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

The 9th Annual Woman of Distinction & Caring Luncheon, hosted by Plaza Health Network Foundation, will honor nine spectacular women: Maria Alonso, Gabriela Rachadell de Delgado, Swanee DiMare, Barbara Black Goldfarb, Cindy Hutson, Virginia Jacko, Laurie Jennings, Annie Neasman, RN, and Darlene Prez, ARNP. Chaired by Norma Jean Abraham with Co-Chairs Josefina Carbonell, Thelma Gibson and Linda Levy Goldberg; Nominating Committee Co-Chairs Trish Bell and Marile Lopez; and Silent Auction Co-Chairs Terri Shikany and Nancy Schwartz, the event begins at 10:30 with a champagne reception and silent auction along with the Sunburst Society Boutiques and Kendra Scott Wall of Treasures. Lunch and the celebration of the nine exceptional honorees will begin at 12:30 with WPLG Chanel 10s Anchor/Reporter Louis Aguirre serving as emcee.

Hilton Miami Downtown Ballroom
1601 Biscayne Boulevard, Downtown Miami
305-297-6863 Ilene Zweig or


La Boheme

November 15 & 17 at 7:30 p.m.

La Boheme, the worlds most beloved opera, is the opening production of Florida Grand Operas 78th Season. Giacomo Puccinis heartbreaking tragedy is scheduled for four performances at the Arsht Center and two at the Broward Center in Ft. Lauderdale on November 15 and 17. La Boheme is set in the frigid cold of a Paris winter in the 1830s and follows the loves and fortunes of a small group of friends: the poet Rodolfo, the seamstress Mimi, the painter Marcello, the musician Schaunard, the philosopher Colline, and the coquette Musetta. Performances are Saturday at 7 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday at 8 and Sunday at 2 p.m. Pre-opera talk one hour before each performance and Opera Talk-Back after the performance with FGO's CEO Susan Danis and the cast. Tickets begin at $15.

Broward Center for the Performing Arts
201 S.W. Fifth Avenue, Ft Lauderdale



Friday & Saturday, November 16 & 17

CONTRA-TIEMPO is a unique and electrifying dance group that engages with their urban Latin community to tell vibrant stories of Latin life in American cities. Their newest production, joyUS justUS, explores joy as the ultimate expression of resistance. In this performance, they spotlight and celebrate the beauty, power and grit within the Latin community that has enabled the community to overcome hardship and triumph over challenge. Performances are Friday at 7:30 and Saturday at 4 and 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $42.

Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts
Carnival Studio Theater
1300 Biscayne Boulevard, Downtown Miami


25th Annual Sara Hopkins Woodruff Spectrum Awards For Women

Friday, November 16 from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

The Gr. Miami & The Keys Chapter American Red Cross will host the 25th Annual Sara Hopkins Woodruff Spectrum Awards For Women Luncheon to recognize outstanding women whose efforts have made significant contributions to the quality of life in South Florida. This year's Honorary Chair is Swanee DiMare, and the Philanthropic Chair is Trish Bell. Past Chair Phillis Oeters will be presented with the Silver Anniversary Lifetime Achievement Award for her extraordinary dedication and service to the Red Cross along with a host of dedicated South Florida women. The event will begin with a cocktail reception, and at 12:30 p.m., honorees and guests will enjoy a luncheon and the awards presentation.

The Ritz-Carlton Coconut Grove
3300 S.W. 27th Avenue, Coconut Grove
561-650-9131 (Jessica Tobin)


Celia: The Musical

Friday & Saturday, November 16 & 17 at 8 p.m.

Take a journey through Celia Cruz's colorful life in Celia: The Musical at the Arsht Center's Ziff Ballet Opera House. Enjoy her legendary hits like "Quimbara," "La Negra Tiene Tumbao," "Tu Voz" and "La Vida es un Carnaval" performed by internationally-renowned singer and actress Lucrecia, as she recalls the Queen of Salsa's career and musical legacy in Celia's own words. This production is entirely in Spanish. Tickets range from $59 to $150.

Arsht Center's Ziff Ballet Opera House
1300 Biscayne Boulevard, Downtown Miami


36th Annual Celebration

Friday, November 16 at 8 p.m.

Join Ronald McDonald House Charities® and help provide families with a place where families can support each other and be near their sick child when they need it most. More than 500 families are served annually with beds, hot showers, laundry facilities, comfort and community care. The 2018 Anniversary Celebration will be a night of cocktails, gourmet dinner stations, exciting silent/live auction and dancing. Individual tickets are $200 p/p, and many in-kind and cash sponsorship opportunities are available.

Rusty Pelican
3201 Rickenbacker Causeway, Key Biscayne.


Native America Heritage Celebration

Saturday, November 17 from noon to 4 p.m.

Learn about Native American people from all over the country and their unique cultural traditions! Visit with the Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum staff to learn about the Seminole tribe through arts and crafts and an interactive story time. Create sand paintings based on the Navajo tradition, or step into the Art Studio to try Rock Art. Assemble a shark tooth necklace like the members of Miami’s Tequesta tribe, and play games that were popular with New Mexico’s Zuni tribe. Admission is $15 for Florida residents and free for Museum members and children under 1.

Miami Children's Museum
980 MacArthur Causeway, Watson Island, Miami


2018 Ray of Hope Gala

Saturday, November 17 from 7 p.m. to midnight

The 2018 Ray of Hope Gala, hosted by the Friends of South Florida Autism, Inc., chaired by Katrina Berthe and a gala committee compirised of Erika Duque, Susan Kassab, Deisy Flores, Leiry Flores, Karin Gongee, Inma Gutierrez, Harvey Johnson, Mary Rose Metzcus, Ciciley Nestor, Miriam Ochoa, Vivian Mir, Joe Mir, Francoise Pratt, Jodie Rozencwaig, Ruben Saavedra and Erika Santos. The evening will kick off with a cocktail reception and silent auction, followed by a seated dinner with music and dancing. Tickets are $200, and tables of ten are available for $2,000, and proceeds go towards the organization's Capital Campaign in support of a state-of-the-art facility to include a school building for 300 students, community outreach and programs and services for individuals diagnosed with autism and their families in the South Florida community.

Bloom Ballroom at Jungle Island
1111 Parrot Jungle Trail, Watson Island, Miami
305-823-2700, Ext. 2411 (Dr. Tamara Moodie)


the Vizcaya Ball: East Meets West -- The Silk Road to Vizcaya

Saturday, November 17 at 7 p.m.

This year's Vizcaya Ball paves the Silk Road for philanthropists and guests to explore the Eastern influences of the historic estate. To the naked eye, the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens design was decidedly Italian but woven into its tapestry are influences and inspiration that came from well beyond Europe and reached further east. The estate's Eastern influences will be celebrated as funds are raised for the continued preservation of the National Historic Landmark at the 62nd Annual Vizcaya Ball, presented by Chopard with fashions by renowned designer Naeem Khan. Pearl Baker Katz and Silvia Trinidad serve as Co-Chairs. Individual tickets are $850 and $1,000, and tables for ten guests range from $8,500 (currently sold out) to $25,000. 100% of proceeds benefit the protection and preservation of Vizcaya Museum and Gardens.

Vizcaya Museum and Gardens
3251 S. Miami Avenue, Miami


South Motors Jazz: David Sanborn

Saturday, November 17 at 8 p.m.

One of the most commercially successful American saxophonists for six decades and counting, David Sanborn is a jazz musician at heart, but has transcended genres and musical boundaries throughout his entire career. Rolling Stone says, ". . .David Sanborn has earned an identity all his own. He’s jazz, he’s funk, he’s soul, he’s pop, he’s blues, he’s rock. Most remarkably, he excels in each of these genres with a voice that is forceful and tender, sensuous and subtle." South Motors Jazz series subscriptions are $155 and $180; in advance single tickets $35 & $40; day of concert tickets $50. Gates open at 6:30 p,m,

Pinecrest Gardens
11000 Red Road, Village of Pinecrest
877-496-8499 Tickets
305-988-5089 Info & Dinner


More Interesting Events this Week in South Florida

Friday, November 9 - Sunday, November 11 - 29th Annual Chris Evert/Raymond James Pro-Celebrity Tennis Classic
Friday, November 9 - MDD Performance Series: Mambo Madness
Friday, November 9 - Saturday, November 10 - New World Symphony PULSE: Latin Beats
Saturday, November 10 - Choose Your Sound Benefit Concert
Sunday, November 11 - Natural Sundays in the Garden
October 11 - 28 - Dracula
Sunday, November 11 - 11th Annual Charity Golf Event at TopGolf Miami
Tuesday, November 13 - Latin American and Latinx Art Fund Launch
Thursday, November 15 - 15th Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony and Santa's Arrival at Merrick Park
Saturday, November 17 - The 3rd Annual Miami 2018 Fundraiser for the National Alopecia Areata Foundation