Charity & Entertainment in South Florida
International Chocolate FestivalFriday - Sunday, January 20 - 22 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The International Chocolate Festival
is back at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
. Enjoy fine chocolate samples from artisan chocolatiers, lectures on chocolate making and demonstrations from Miami's master chefs and chocolatiers! Take the ChocoWalk to learn about the life cycle of a cacao plant, with stops in the Rainforest and more. Find out everything you ever needed to know about chocolate from the experts. Tickets are $25 for adults, $18 for seniors, $12 for children (6 to 17) and free for Fairchild members and children 5 and younger.Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
10901 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables
2017 PawpurrazziFriday, January 20 from 7 to 11 p.m.
Join the Humane Society of Greater Miami
for a “Sparkling Affair” to benefit homeless animals at the 2017 Pawpurrazzi
. More than 500 of Miami’s most influential philanthropists and their doggies will come together for a truly unforgettable night. This year’s event celebrates the memory of Patricia Wallace, an extraordinary woman and humanitarian who strove to make our community a better place for cats and dogs and whose passion and dedication helped make Pawpurrazzi bigger and better every year. Honorary Chairperson, Penny Stamps along with 2017 Chairmen, Milton J. Wallace and Bunny Bastian, will bring the pet-loving community together to help raise much needed funds to support more than 400 homeless and abandoned animals cared for by the Humane Society. The night begins with a fabulous cocktail hour for the humans and a unique “pup”tail hour for their furry companions. As guests enjoy their sweet concoctions, they may also take part in an exciting silent auction featuring top-of-the-line designer names. Upon entering the “sparkling” Treetop Ballroom, a savory, five-star dinner and a must-watch “Great Pets Who Walk in Front of Great People” runway show are just a couple of the fabulous highlights that await guests. Ticket prices are $550, $750, $1000 and $2,000 per person. Dogs are special guests!Jungle Island
1111 Parrot Jungle Trail, Watson Island, Miami
305-749-1815 (Laurie Hoffman)
"Between Riverside and Crazy" Special PreviewFriday, January 20 at 7 p.m.
Join Orchestra Miami
at GableStage for a special benefit performance of Between Riverside and Crazy
, a play by Stephen Adly Guirgis. Through the generosity of producer/director Joseph Adler, enjoy a preview of the play that has won numerous awards including the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the 2015 New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Play. It is about a retired police officer faced with eviction that uses dark comedy to confront questions of life and death. Tickets are $40 - or name your own price since this performance will benefit Orchestra Miami. A wine & cheese reception kicks off the evening at 7, and the performance is at 8 p.m.GableStage at the Biltmore Hotel
1200 Anastasia Avenue, Coral Gables
Redland Riot Road RallyeSaturday, January 21 beginning at 10 a.m.
This leisurely automobile adventure through Miami's bountiful countryside is a wonderful opportunity to learn a bit about the one-hundred-year history of the pioneer era AND stock up on fresh produce, orchids, exotic fruits and home-made delicacies. Along the way, you'll find answers to a few cryptic questions, and you could win a prize package! Gather at Cauley Square before 10 a.m. to get your questions and a map of the area. Visit local attractions like Burr's Berry Farm, Fruit & Spice Park, Knaus Berry Farm, Florida Pioneer Museum, Robert is Here Fruit Stand, Schnebly's Winery & Brewery and more! Cost to attend is $10 per team. Get the most correct answers before 5 p.m. and win a basket of gift certificates worth less than one million dollars!Begin at Cauley Square
22400 Old Dixie Highway, Redland area of Miami
305-794-1541 Robin Burr
The Race of ChampionsSaturday & Sunday, January 21 & 22
The Race of Champions
, a captivating and competitive entertainment two-day event in sports, will make its US debut at Miami’s Marlins Park, transformed into a cutting-edge race track. The race brings together some of the world’s greatest drivers from motorsports’ elite leagues, including Formula 1, NASCAR, IndyCar, Le Mans, MotoGP and Rally X, and sets them free to battle head-to-head in superfast identical racecars. See Kurt Busch, Juan Pablo Montoya, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Travis Pastrana, Sebastian Vettel, Petter Solberg, Tom Kristensen, Tony Kanaan, Felipe Massa and more! Day one will result in the most talented drivers in motorsports competing for the title of Champion of Champions
. And day two offers drivers the chance to chase the title of World's Fastest Nation
in a knock out format with the US taking on the biggest stars from around the globe. Saturday pre-show starts at 2 p.m. with racing from 3 to 6 p.m., and on Sunday pre-show activities begin at 11 a.m. with racing from noon to 3. Single-day tickets start at $18; two-day tickets start at $27. On-Site Parking Passes are $25. Luxury VIP packages also available.Marlins Park
501 Marlins Way, Miami
Golden Angels Gala - 25th Birthday BashSaturday, January 21 from 7 p.m. to midnight
Join Jackson Health Foundation
to celebrate 25 years of supporting the Miracles Made Daily throughout Jackson Health System - at the annual Angels Gala
. The 25th Birthday Bash will feature an evening of dinner, dancing, and lots of entertainment to kick off a year of celebrating Jackson's generous donors. The Golden Angel Society - Jackson Health Foundation’s premier giving society, provides the philanthropy that makes the work of Jackson Health Foundation possible. The Golden Angels have a strong commitment to Jackson Memorial Hospital and Jackson Health System’s mission to provide a single, high standard of quality care for the residents of Miami-Dade County. Individual tickets are $1,000 for Benefactor, $1,250 for Honored Benefactor and $2,500 for Grand Benefactor. Tables of ten are $10,000, $12,500 and $25,000 for the same categories. Proceeds from the Golden Angels Gala will benefit the Jackson Health Foundation which serves as the fundraising arm of the Jackson Health System.SOHO Studios
2136 N.W, 1st Avenue, Wynwood Art District
A Party for a Purpose, Savor the Arts
Saturday, January 21 from 8 p.m. until 12 a.m.
The Miami Beach JCC will host its 5th annual Savor the Arts, A Party for A Purpose gala. Tickets are $180 and $150 for guests age 35 and under, and proceeds benefit MBJCC’s Everybody Belongs Scholarship Fund, giving all families in the community an opportunity to be a part of an incredible facility.
Emanuel Luxury Venue
1723 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach
305-534-3206 Michelle Mavorah
Jewish Walking Tour of Miami Beach
Sunday, January 22 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Learn about more than 100 years of Jewish history on Miami Beach, including significant Jewish people and organizations, both past and present. See various architectural styles found in the neighborhood, particularly Jewish contributions. Jewish Museum of Florida - FIU
members $10, non-members $15 - private tours also available by request.Jewish Museum of Florida - FIU
301 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach
España alla Rossini ConcertSunday, January 22 at 7 p.m.
will present España alla Rossini
, an evening that explores the relationship between the Italian composer Gioachino Rossini (1792-1868) and 19th century Spain. The recital will be performed by Rossini vocal specialist Anna Tonna, mezzo-soprano, and Elaine Rinaldi, piano, in the beautiful Ancient Spanish Monastery. Also on the program are Spanish tenor Miguel Borallo and Ballerina Elisabet Torras Aguilera performing the Spanish classical dance style called "Escuela Bolera." Tickets are $40 general admission and $30 for seniors.Ancient Spanish Monastery
16711 West Dixie Highway, North Miami Beach
Annual Members Only: Judges & Lawyers Event
Tuesday, January 24 at 5:30 p.m.
Share a memorable evening of camaraderie, conversation and light buffet dinner with fellow colleagues, as Danielle N. Garno of Greenberg Traurig talks about fashion law and the Federal Trade Commission's advertising disclosure rules in social media. Hosted by the Jewish Museum of Florida - FIU
, the event is free for members of the legal profession, $36 non-members. Jewish Museum of Florida - FIU
301 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach
12th Annual Taste of the Garden
Friday, January 27 from 6:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m.
One of South Florida's most exciting culinary experiences will return to Miami Beach Botanical Garden as premier chefs and restaurants create a magical outdoor dining experience, the 12th Annual Taste of the Garden. Choose from an array of fine wines, creative cocktails and refreshing brews while enjoying live entertainment and a silent auction. Tickets are $90 in advance ($85 for Garden members) and $125 at the door.
Miami Beach Botanical Garden
2000 Convention Center Drive, Miami Beach
305-673-7256 Mary Kistinger
Downtown Miami Historic District Architecture Walking Tour
Saturday, January 28 from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m.
This two-hour walking tour highlights several of downtown Miami’s best historic buildings, most of which are on the National Register of Historic Places. Tour begins with a brief introductory presentation at MCAD, located in the 1912 Old Post Office Building at the center of the City of Miami’s Historic District, and covers a three-block area in the core of the central business district. Cost is $15 and $20.
Miami Center for Architecture & Design
100 N.E. 1st Ave, Downtown Miami
786-361-1207 Adriana Olivia
Pegasus Word Cup InvitationalSaturday, January 28 from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
The Pegasus World Cup Invitational
is the world’s richest thoroughbred horse race! The innovative Pegasus World Cup Invitational, to be contested at 1 1/8 miles on the dirt, is restricted to 12 horses. Twelve owners have reserved a spot in the starting gate for $1 million, and the winner of the race will take home $7 million. The inaugural Pegasus World Cup with its $12 million purse will surpass the Dubai World Cup as the world’s new richest thoroughbred horse race. Enjoy exceptional food and fashion, unique on-site experiences and, of course, world-class thoroughbred horse racing! Tickets start at $100.Gulfstream Park
901 S. Federal Highway, Hallandale Beach
Miami City Ballet GalaSaturday, January 28 at 6 p.m.
Join Miami City Ballet
for the most thrilling event of the season – its annual gala will kick off as the exclusive, first-ever gala event hosted at the famed Faena Forum, set to open during Art Basel 2016! Affectionately known as the gala with the very best dancers on the dance floor, MCB’s black-tie affair will showcase all 51 marvelous dancers in this exquisite and never-before-seen setting. Taking inspiration from the much-anticipated world premiere commission of Alexei Ratmansky’s The Fairy’s Kiss, the gala will transform the new Faena Forum space into a frozen fairytale evening with cocktails, dinner, dancing and surprises. Four hundred notable Miami, Palm Beach and New York philanthropists, together with community leaders and ballet aficionados, will have an unparalleled opportunity to enjoy the architectural wonders of Faena Forum alongside the leading dance artists working in the field today. Proceeds from the gala will support Miami City Ballet’s work both onstage and in our community, bringing the magic of the live performing arts to people from all walks of life. Tables are priced from $25,000 to $100,000 with single seats available for $2,500. All Miami City Ballet dancers will be seated for dinner with table sponsors. For seating and sponsorship opportunities, please contact Eva Silverstein, Director of Development, at Eva@MiamiCityBallet.org or 305-929-7000, Ext. 1400.Faena Forum
33rd & Collins Avenue, Miami Beach
305-929-7000, Ext. 1400 (Eva Silverstein)
85th Diamond Anniversary CelebrationSaturday, January 28 at 7 p.m.
Join Miami’s most influential philanthropists and business and civic leaders who will gather as Miami Lighthouse celebrates 85 years of service to the blind and visually impaired. The celebration gala is presented by Northern Trust along with Platinum Signature Sponsor Florida Power & Light and Entertainment Sponsor Florida Blue. The black tie event will begin at 7 p.m. with a cocktail reception and silent auction, followed by a gourmet dinner and music by Miami Lighthouse musicians. The event is co-chaired by Ali & Ray Casas and Janet & Louis Nostro, joined by an enthusiastic committee of Lighthouse friends and supporters. Proceeds from the 85th Diamond Anniversary Celebration will support the many nationally recognized programs and services to blind and visually impaired program participants of all ages, as well as providing eye examinations and glasses to thousands of underprivileged schoolchildren throughout the State via Miami Lighthouse’s subsidiary the Heiken Children’s Vision Program. Individual tickets are $600, and tables of ten range from $6,000 to $15,000. Sponsorship opportunities are also available. Please call 786-362-7515 for more information. The Biltmore Hotel
1200 Anastasia Avenue, Coral Gables