The Miami Open is back to full capacity this year at Hard Rock Stadium. The comfortable spectator oasis offers culture, food, art and entertainment accompanied by the largest video board in tennis to catch all the action. There will be dining delights from Bourbon Steak by Michael Mina, Chī Fa, Kiki On The River, Novecento, Pincho Factory, Sushi Maki and SuViche, and as well as high-end beverage activations. Murals curated through Goldman Global Arts from Wynwood Walls bring world-class art from international artists to the event; and the Miami Open stage will showcase a range of local musicians and DJ’s. The heartbeat of the weekend are the matches, which can be enjoyed from any one of the 14,000 center court seats designed for intimacy, luxury and the world’s most comfortable fan experience; Mar. 21-Apr. 3; MiamiOpen.com.
Party in Paradise
The excitement and energy of the crowd makes the Virginia Key GrassRoots Festival a truly unforgettable experience. When your feet get tired of non-stop dancing during the music & dance-packed days, there are healing arts workshops offered throughout the weekend. You can even camp or glamp onsite; Mar. 11-13; VirginiaKeyGrassRoots.org.
The Aqua Party is a glamorous celebration of community at the gorgeous Key Biscayne Yacht Club. Guests will enjoy fabulous views, delicious cuisine as well as music, entertainment and plenty of surprises. It’s a chance to wear your best Key Biscayne chic and support the Key Biscayne Community Foundation’s charitable efforts; Mar. 26; KBCF.org.
With over 15,000 spectators, 12 agencies and 250 models participating, this year’s Bang Model Beach Volleyball extravaganza is expected to surpass the flamboyance of all past tournaments. It’s become such a tradition that the event even received a Proclamation from the City of Miami Beach designating the first day of play as “Model Volleyball Day.” This year’s edition takes place Mar. 12-13, with an action-packed weekend featuring some of the most attractive and athletic people on the planet. While the event is free to the public, VIP tickets support The Angel Watching Over Me Foundation; @ModelVolleyball; ModelBeachVolleyball.com.
Supporting the University of Miami Frost School of Music, the Encore! concert series presented by the Coral Gables BID showcases the power of live music in an urban core in the heart of Miracle Mile at McBride Plaza. The series runs every two weeks through Apr. 7. “After the success of the opening concert on Jan. 27, we are delighted to offer our visitors, residents and tourists an exceptional music series from talented local artists,” says Coral Gables BID Executive Director Aura Reinhardt. In addition to Encore! the BID also spearheads a variety of annual events throughout the year including Giralda Under The Stars, Coral Gables Culinary Month and Halloween On The Mile; ExperienceCoralGables.com.
A mainstay in springtime for more than a decade, the Jazz In The Gardens Music Festival at Hard Rock Stadium highlights both local and top-name international musicians including Anita Baker and Smokey Robinson. There’s also a wonderful marketplace dedicated to artwork, jewelry and fashion, as well as Caribbean bites. Immersive virtual reality will be available to augment the entire experience; Mar. 12-13; JazzInTheGardens.com.
Toasting To Good Works
Bringing wine, spirits, beer and food lovers together, VeritageMiami welcomes top sommeliers, notable chefs, prestigious wineries, breweries and impressive auction lots. All VeritageMiami events benefit the work of United Way Miami in education, financial stability and health. Now those are causes to raise a glass to; VeritageMiami.com.
Carnaval Miami brings the city alive with a celebration of Latin music, art, food, sports and fashion. Dance in the streets, enjoy fine cuisine, and inspect 150+ artists at the Artist Village during Carnaval On The Mile Mar. 5 & 6; followed by the epic Calle Ocho Music Festival on Mar. 13. There’s also the must-see 40th Annual Domino Tournament (Mar. 7-13) and the 40th Annual Golf Classic (Mar. 10); CarnavalMiami.com.