Miami Events of the Week - Art About Town

Charity & Entertainment in South Florida


Oktoberfest 2016

Friday, September 23 from 5 to 11 p.m.

The Second Annual Oktoberfest at the Miami Beach Botanical Garden will feature South Florida's best local brewers. Visit the beer garden and enjoy live polka music, incredible food, lawn games, communal tables and lots of beer! Must be 21 and over to attend. Tickets are $45 per person in advance and $55 at the door.

Miami Beach Botanical Garden
2000 Convention Center Drive, Miami Beach


23rd Annual Celebrity Chefs Food Tasting & Auction

Friday, September 23 from 7 to 11 p.m.

Dozens of South Florida’s most creative and talented chefs will once again converge for the 23rd Annual Celebrity Chefs Food Tasting & Auction to benefit the Ann Storck Center. This signature event features a grand tasting of culinary selections created by South Florida’s most creative chefs, surprise live entertainment, a silent auction, as well as opportunities for you to support the children enrolled in the Center’s Early Intervention Preschool. Tickets are $150 each; $1,500 for VIP table of 12.

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
1 Seminole Way, Hollywood
954-584-8000 (Kandi Osman)


Dream Court Opens at Boys & Girls Kendall Club

Dream Court Opens at Boys & Girls Kendall Club
Longtime friends Basketball Hall-of-Famer Nancy Lieberman and Tennis Hall-of-Famer Martina Navratilova were on hand for the dedication of the new Dream Court™ at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade Kendall Club. Lieberman, a two-time Olympian and NBA Sacramento Kings Assistant Coach, gifted the court to honor her friend, Grand Slam title holder Martina Navratilova for her great impact on the game of tennis and as an inspirational leader to women in sports.

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St. Jude Walk/Run to End Childhood Cancer

Saturday, September 24 at 6:30 a.m.

Join the fight and help raise money at the 2016 Miami St. Jude Walk/Run to End Childhood Cancer. St. Jude supporters, in cities across the country, will join together to participate in this family-friendly event.

Tamiami Park
10901 S.W. 24th Street, Miami


Grand Opening of Thomas & Friends®

Saturday, September 24 at 11:30 a.m.

The world’s most beloved blue engine will roll into Miami Children's Museum, featuring the favorite engines and destinations from Thomas & Friends, an interactive exhibit created by the Minnesota Children’s Museum. The STEM (Science Technology, Engineering and Math) -focused exhibit seeks to engage children, ages 2 through 7, and their families in skills that foster STEM literacy through playful learning experiences. The exhibit will be at MCM through January 8, 2017. Admission to Thomas & Friends: Explore the Rails! is included with regular museum admission, which is $20 for adults and children, $15 for Florida residents, and free for children under 1 year and MCM members.

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


Support-A-Scholar Celebration

Support-A-Scholar Celebration
Breakthrough Miami’s 4th annual Support-A-Scholar fundraiser, held at the private home of Miami philanthropist Jeffrey Miller, was produced by 3 Pillars Events. The event raised funds and awareness for Breakthrough Miami's tuition-free academic enrichment programs to motivated students from underserved communities. Guests enjoyed a night under the stars filled with exquisite food provided by local restaurants. The evening’s entertainment included live performances by Dueling Pianos and guests danced into the late hours of the night with sounds by DJ Coco Hara.

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Family Water Party & Wild Animal Show

Saturday, September 24 from noon to 4 p.m.

In celebration of the Curtiss Mansion/Smithsonian Institution's Water/Ways exhibit, a free afternoon of family fun, entertainment and activities are planned at the Mansion. Visit the Smithsonian exhibit, enjoy a Wild Animal World show at 2 p.m. and have an afternoon of fun, entertainment and activities with Save a Reef, the Miami Science Barge, Boy Scouts, the UF Extension Service, face painting and lots more. Make art, participate in water games and learn fun facts about water and wildlife. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Free admission and parking; donations appreciated.

Glenn Curtiss Mansion
500 Deer Run, Miami Springs
305-869-5180 (JoEllen Phillips)


The Chance to Create

Saturday, September 24 from 6:30 to 10 p.m.

In celebration of its 15th anniversary, Arts for Learning/Miami will host The Chance to Create, a gala to help bring arts education and programs to children across our community. This exciting evening will include live music featuring Grammy-nominated percussionist Sammy Figueroa, a silent auction and the chance to meet and speak to some of Arts for Learning's brightest students. Proceeds from ticket and auction sales will help fund more opportunities for children and youth to experience their brilliance through the arts, Tickets are $250.

Eden Roc Miami Beach
4525 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach
305-576-1212 Sheila Womble


Chefs Up Front Dinner

Chefs Up Front Dinner
More than 100 guests experienced an unforgettable gastronomical evening, raising nearly $40,000 for Share Our Strength’s Cooking Matters program, at the 6th annual “Chefs Up Front” Fort Lauderdale dinner, reception and auction.

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Ask the Gurus: Car Meet & Greet

Sunday, September 25 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Garage Gurus will host Ask the Gurus: Car Meet & Greet where you will have a chance to mingle with top industry professionals and instructors. Bring your classics, customs and exotics for a chance to win a $100 prize. All makes and models welcome. Admission is free.

Garage Gurus Training Facility
11650 Miramar Parkway, #700, Miramar


5th Annual Fashion Gives Back

Thursday, September 29 from 6 to 9 p.m.

Miami Children’s Young Ambassadors (MCYA) will host its 5th Annual Fashion Gives Back, a philanthropic fall runway fashion show with Neiman Marcus Bal Harbour’s Fall Fashion Trends. Again this year a special young patient will be honored and invited to walk the runway with the models in what has now become a tradition and the highlight of the evening. MYCA members Ricky Patel and Wesley Farrell of Farrell and Patel, Attorneys at Law, created the event to raise funds and awareness for Nicklaus Children’s Hospital. Co-Chairs are Zak Mann and Ricky Patel.

The Moore Building
N.E. 40th Street & 2nd Avenue, Miami Design District
786-624-2892 (Rebecca Interian)


High Rollers Casino Night

Thursday, September 29 at 6:30 p.m.

Easter Seals South Florida will host its first High Rollers Casino Night, an evening of a lot of fun for an amazing cause. There will be games, a wonderful silent auction and great prizes. All proceeds from the event will benefit Easter Seals South Florida, helping to raise awareness of Easter Seals’ mission to provide exceptional services, so that children and adults living with autism, Alzheimer’s and other disabilities can live, learn, work and play in our South Florida community. Call for sponsorship opportunities or more information.

Jungle Island
1111 Parrot Jungle Trail, Miami
305-547-4719 Christina Jacomino


Aqua Affair

Thursday, September 29 from 7 to 10 p.m.

Aqua Affair is an annual elegant cocktail party with proceeds benefiting Aqua Foundation for Women, a nonprofit serving and supporting the lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community in South Florida through grants, scholarships, and initiatives. The 2016 Aqua Affair party will feature a “foodie” theme with tasting stations from some of the regions most acclaimed chefs and mixologists as well as open bar, entertainment and a stellar silent auction. Tickets are $85.

Miami Beach Women's Club
2401 Pine Tree Drive
305-576-2782 (MJ Castells)


Ring of Fire, A Hot Ticket

Saturday, October 1 from 8 to 11 p.m.

Tigertail Productions will kick off its full season of music, dance and spoken word events with a fundraising party, Ring of Fire - A Hot Ticket. The event marks Tigertail's 37th year of cultural work in Miami. Held at Miami's historic Koubek Mansion and Gardens, you are invited to arrive in fire-themed costume or in your favorite party attire to enjoy an evening of camaraderie, food, drink, dancing, performance and a fine art silent auction curated by Carol Jazzar. Come as a fire fighter, a fire god/goddess, welder, raku potter, fire-eater or in your "hottest" look. Tickets for one are $130, two $250, four $450.

Koubek Mansion and Gardens
2705 S.W. 3rd Street, Miami