Charity & Entertainment in South Florida
Miami Book Fair International Street FairFriday - Sunday, November 20 - 22 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The Miami Book Fair
, in its 32nd year, opened November 15 with the popular "Evenings With" series, featuring six nights of readings and discussions with noted authors from the United States and around the world. The Street Fair gets under way on Friday with its Festival of Authors, more than 450 authors reading and discussing their work, including the Latin American and Spanish authors who participate in the IberoAmerican Authors Program. Thousands of South Florida schoolchildren will help kick off the Street Fair, making the trip downtown to hear authors and participate in Children’s Alley activities, including theater, arts-and-crafts, storytelling and readings by children’s book authors. Comics and graphic novels are once again featured, and a new section just for kids and teens, as well as presentations over the weekend by renowned graphic novelists and illustrators. More than 250 publishers and booksellers exhibit and sell books, with special features like the antiquarians, who showcase signed first editions, original manuscripts and other collectibles. Admission is free on Friday; on Saturday and Sunday, adults are $8, 13 to 18 and over 62, $5, and Book Fair and Literati Society members are free. Miami Dade College, Wolfson Campus
300 N.E. Second Avenue, Downtown Miami
Meet Jewelry Designer Alexis BittarFriday, November 20 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Join Stylist Elysze Held for a one-on-one Q&A with jewelry designer Alexis Bittar. Enjoy mimosas and brunch bites as you preview the collection featuring lucite and semi-precious stones and metals that encompass bold and colorful designs. RSVP please.Neiman Marcus Designer Jewelry, Level One
9700 Collins Avenue, Bal Harbour
11th Annual Wine & Food Fest
Friday, November 20 from 6:30 p.m. until 10 p.m.
At the 11th Annual Wine & Food Fest an interesting showdown is planned, with "New World" wines competing against the same varietals from the "Old World" for recognition as Best of Show in each class. Tickets are $85 p/p, and proceeds will benefit the Rotary Club of Key Biscayne Foundation's charitable work.
Fairways on the Key
6700 Crandon Boulevard, Key Biscayne
Fall Flavors @ FairchildNovember 20 from 7 to 11 p.m.
The Fairchild Palms
will celebrate Fall with Fall Flavors @ Fairchild
, a culinary tour event where you will enjoy gastronomia from local chefs and restaurants under the stars in the gorgeous Fairchild Garden. Sample wine, spirits and craft beer selections; delight your palate with a cornucopia of culinary flavors; and enjoy live music and entertainment. Dress attire: stylish, of course! Tickets are $55 for early birds. Parking is free.Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
10901 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables
305-379-0400 Abbigail Webb
Pirates of Penzance
Friday - Sunday, November 20 - 22
Three performances of The Pirates of Penzance will play at Pinecrest Gardens over the weekend. This fresh take on one of Gilbert and Sullivan's most popular comic operas is a hilarious farce of sentimental pirates, bumbling policemen, dim-witted young lovers and an eccentric Major-General. Set sail with this classic comedy that boasts one of the most famous patter songs in musical theater history. Performances are Friday at Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 7:30. Tickets are $30 for adults, $25 for seniors and $20 for students with a valid student ID.
11000 Red Road, Village of Pinecrest
Miracle on 136th Street Holiday Parade
Saturday, November 21 beginning at 11 a.m.
The Falls will ring in the holidays with the 19th Annual “Miracle on 136th Street” Holiday Parade, led by Celebrity Grand Marshal Raini Rodriguez of The Disney Channel's Austin & Ally series. Be one of the first 100 to meet Raini at the American Girl store at 11 a.m. and receive a signed photo. The parade gets underway at 4 p.m. with floats, marching bands, giant puppets and more. At 6 Raini will perform live at Center Court. .
8888 S.W. 136th Street, Miami
59th Annual Vizcaya BallSaturday, November 21 at 7 p.m.
The 59th Annual Vizcaya Ball
will celebrate A Return to the Gilded Age and All That Glitters, set at the gracious and elegant Vizcaya Museum and Gardens
. The black-tie affair benefits the preservation of Vizcaya, a beautiful National Historic Landmark. A red carpet entrance will kick off the festivities leading guests into the Courtyard for the cocktail reception. The evening will continue with entertainment and an elegant dinner overlooking Biscayne Bay. Guests will be able bid on silent auction items throughout the evening and dance the night away to the sounds of the Steve Chase Band. A spectacular fireworks display high above the historic stone barge will top off the evening. This year’s Ball Committee members include Honoree Chair Swanee DiMare and committee members Lesli Ann Brown, Sonia Gibson, Linda Levy Goldberg, Cathy Jones, Nicole Lozano, Christina Martin, William Meyersohn, James W. Murphy, Alexa Wolman and Suzy Buckley Woodward. Tickets are $750 per person, or tables of ten begin at $7,500. Pictured: David and Christy Martin. Vizcaya Museum and Gardens
3251 S. Miami Avenue, Miami
305-860-8404 (Tickets and Info)
Miami Heart WalkSunday, November 22 at 8 a.m.
The Miami Dade Heart Walk is an event to benefit the lifesaving work of the American Heart Association
. Approximately 8,000 walkers are expected to attend, walking individually and in teams, survivors of heart disease and stroke and lifestyle change heroes who are all taking steps toward a healthier lifestyle while raising funds to combat heart disease and stroke, the No. 1 and No. 5 leading killers of American men and women. Proceeds go toward funding research, education and community programs targeting these issues. To learn more or to register a team, go online or call.Museum Park
1075 Biscayne Blvd, Downtown Miami
954-364-5021 (Maria Leon)
Shop for Women of Tomorrow
Now through December 1
Akris Bal Harbour will donate a percentage of sales to the Women of Tomorrow Mentor & Scholarship Program
. Through December 1, please mention the name of the organization at checkout to ensure that your purchase counts! Store hours are Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. Akris Bal Harbour
9700 Collins Avenue, Bal Harbour
Miami Beach Botanical Bazaar
Sunday, November 22 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Miami Beach Botanical Bazaar
is a once-a-year artisan fair held at the Miami Beach Botanical Garden
to celebrate autumn and kick off the holiday shopping season. Browse the booths where you'll find herbs and orchids, locally made soaps and candles, t-shirts and accessories, plus there will be lots of fun and free activities for the whole family. Admission is free. Miami Beach Botanical Garden
2000 Convention Center Drive, Miami Beach
Brunch for the AnimalsSunday, November 22 from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Take your furry friend along for the Humane Society of Greater Miami's Brunch for the Animals
, presented and hosted by the Fontainebleau Miami Beach. Enjoy an array of scrumptious and gourmet food for you and your dog, as well as fabulous shopping, great fun and camaraderie in an elegant, picture perfect garden setting. This annual event raises funds for the care, medical treatments and shelter of more than 400 animals on a daily basis. Always scheduled right before the holidays, you can start your holiday shopping early at an exciting silent auction Chairs are Alan G. Randolph, Steven Rodriguez, Amy Zakarin and Isaac Rosenberg, and Lisa Petrillo, Entertainment and Lifestyle Reporter for CBS4, will serve emcee. Tickets are $200 per person, $50 per child ages 3 to 10 and, of course, the stars of the event are free!Fountainebleau Miami Beach
4441 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach
Pet Photos with SantaSunday, November 22 from 7 to 9 p.m.
Get your pet's photo taken with Santa at Dadeland Mall
. Located in Santa’s Winter Wonderland in Center Court, bring your pet through the main entrance - traditional pets only, please. Dadeland Mall's Center Court
7535 N Kendall Drive, Miami
Straight No Chaser: The New Old Fashioned Tour
Sunday, November 22 at 7 p.m.
If the phrase "male a cappella group" conjures up an image of students in blue blazers, ties and khakis singing traditional college songs on ivied campuses, think again! Straight No Chaser, are neither straight-laced nor straight-faced, but neither are they vaudeville-style kitsch. The band, Straight No Chaser
, has emerged as a pop phenomenon with a massive fan base, numerous nationwide TV appearances and proven success with CD releases! They are neither straight-laced nor straight-faced, but neither are they vaudeville-style kitsch. Their "New Old Fashioned Tour" comes to town on the heels of the release of their new album with the same title. Tickets range from $39 to $99.Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts
Knight Concert Hall
1300 Biscayne Boulevard, Downtown Miami
305-949-6722 Box Office
Christmas Tree Sale to Benefit Boys & Girls ClubsNow through December 15
For more than 35 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade
has been selling Christmas trees and wreaths to help bring holiday cheer into many South Florida households. This festive tradition kicks off on Monday, November 23 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., and will remain open until the trees sell out. One hundred percent of proceeds from the tree and wreath sales will benefit Boys& Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade, which serves thousands of boys and girls in Miami-Dade County with positive programs year-round. The trees, gorgeous hand-selected Fraser firs stand 5 to 14 feet tall with prices starting at $55. Plain and hand-decorated wreaths are also available starting at $35.Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade’s Hank Kline Club
2805 S.W. 32nd Avenue, Miami
YogArtWednesday, November 25 at 6:30 p.m.
, hosted by the Miami Design District, will kick off a new 10-month event series offered monthly and held outdoors in the Design District’s airy Palm Court plaza, Led by certified Jivamukti teacher Dawn B. Feinberg, YogArt will re-energize mind, body and soul through a signature blend of yoga, live music, healthy food and refreshing libations. YogArt events will be held on the fourth Wednesday of each month through July 2016. The hour long session will begin at 6:30 p.m. Tickets for YogArt are $35 per session, available online in advance and on-site the day of the event (subject to availability). Palm Court Plaza at Miami Design District
140 N.E. 39th Street, Miami
6th Annual PG Kids Block Bash
Wednesday, November 25 from 7 p.m. to midnight
Join PGKids to kick off the holiday season with the 6th Annual Fundraising Block Bash! Help raise funds and give back to children in need. Open bar sponsored by Bacardi and appetizers provided by Merrick Park restaurants, plus live entertainment, DJ and a silent auction. Pre-event tickets are $50 per person; at the door $65.
Village of Merrick Park
358 San Lorenzo Avenue, Coral Gables
Bayfront Park's Holiday Tree LightingFriday, November 27 at 7 p.m.
Get in the holiday spirit and enjoy the annual lighting of Bayfront Park's 50-foot Christmas tree! There will be fun for the whole family with holiday music, a holiday marketplace from noon to 9 p.m. and gourmet food trucks from 5 to 10 p.m. The tree is located at 3rd & Biscayne Boulevard. Free and open to all!Bayfront Park
301 N. Biscayne Boulevard, Downtown Miami