Is a beach vacation on your summer bucket list? We've got a better idea for you: the perfect Miami staycation. Enjoy the sunshine close to home and take advantage of all that the Magic City has to offer without dealing with annoying airport delays or traffic en route to your destination. What if we told you that your dream tropical getaway could be free? We're giving away the ultimate Miami staycation prize pack that includes a three-night stay at the Carillon Hotel with two spa treatments at the resort's luxury spa, $250 to get around town, a $200 credit from Resy for a dinner reservation, two signature blowouts from Glam & Go and two annual memberships to the New Tropic to experience Miami like a local. Ready to live it up? Click here to enter. Want more? Sign up here to stay in the know.
When it comes to life in the Magic City, Miamians like to play the long game. We don’t get caught up in the minutiae or complain (too much) about things like traffic and weather. Does that make us complacent? Maybe. But we'd rather focus on the positive—because every small step accomplished is a cause for celebration and Instagram posts! While the rest of the country may think we are underachievers, a true Miamian appreciates the little things in life, like these everyday victories. 1. Making a call on your cell phone without it being dropped by MetroPCS (or any other mobile carrier for that matter). 2. Getting on the 836 during rush hour and finding out there are zero accidents blocking the road. 3. Having a lazy weekend without any commitments—a weekend entirely free of a bachelorette/bachelor party, birthday brunch, baptism, bris, bridal shower, baby showers and all showers (including bathroom showers). 4. Riding the Metromover when it doesn’t smell like a toilet. 5. Missing the meter maid—yes! 6. Getting into LIV without having to bribe or blackmail the doorman. 7. Going on a Tinder date with a person who’s within five years of the age he/she claimed to be. 8. Meeting a potential partner over 30 who isn’t divorced and/or has a bunch of illegitimate children. 9. Finding a metered spot in South Beach that still charges less than $4/hour. 10. Getting the last almond croissant at Panther Coffee. 11. Missing the Brickell Avenue bridge—or any bridge in Miami for that
Surrounded by coral reefs, national parks and beautiful beaches, Miami is abundant in coastal beauty. But with boundless natural resources comes great responsibility. This Earth Day, do your part to help preserve Miami for years to come by checking out these fun, eco-focused events. 1 Hotel and Homes South Beach: “There’s Only 1” The nature-inspired hotel has a full weekend of free events planned. Plant an herb garden, learn about dune restoration on a curated Citi Bike ride (Sat at 10am), dine on locally grown, sustainable dishes at Chef Matthew Kenney's Plnthouse (Sat 1–4pm) and take a take sunset yoga class on the terrace (Sat at 6pm). Through Sun. Miami Seaquarium Head over to Miami’s foremost authority on all things marine life and participate in events like the Biology by the Bay lecture/happy hour, Beneath the Waves Film Festival, Lionfish Derby and a beach cleanup. Plus, Miami Seaquarium will offer 50 percent off admission on Earth Day when you purchase tickets online using the promo code “earthday.” Through Sun. The Miami Beach EDITION: Earth Day at Tropicale The EDITION has made a lot of waves in environmental sustainability. In addition to cutting out plastic water bottles and recycling their soap and shampoos through organization Clean the World, the hotel is hosting a fundraiser at poolside restaurant Tropicale to benefit the Surfrider Foundation Miami Chapter. Participate in a beach cleanup, check out pop-ups from Gee Beauty, Maiyet and Raw Elements and
Fri 21 Buzz Art Auction Bid on cool street art from some of the country’s top graffiti artists when the traveling Buzz Art Auction makes a stop in Miami this weekend. There’ll be food, cocktails and dancing to keep you busy between bidding, which starts at just $1. A portion of the night’s proceeds benefit New World Symphony. Wynwood Life Art Festival Fusing art, music, food and fashion, the weekend-long street celebration features pop-up art galleries, a style lounge hosting runway shows and a culinary showcase led by prominent Miami chefs. More than 20 local bands and DJs also take the stage, including Afrobeta. Sat 22 Find Your Perfect Match with Clinique and Nikki Novo What does finding love and shopping for beauty products have in common? Both require patience and plenty of trial and error. Cut to the chase faster this Saturday with help from Clinique and Miami relationship expert Nikki Novo. Learn about and get matched for the brand’s new BIY Blend It Yourself Pigment Drops product and then receive some one-on-one dating advice from Nikki. Soundwaves Head down to Key Biscayne for a waterfront Earth Day celebration at Rickenbacker Marina. Catch performances by Colombian reggae-fusion band Locos por Juana and DJ sets by Soulixer and Nadia Harris, among others. The laid-back beach bash promises plenty of opportunities to drink craft beer, jam outdoors and ogle the downtown Miami skyline unobstructed. Andrew McMahon with Atlas Genius + Night Riots McMahon, form
Parents whose kids are curious about the theater have more than one way to introduce them to the performing arts. Miami’s children’s theaters and big-name playhouses offer a range of programs that both foster a love of performance and develop talent with classes, productions suitable for and starring youngsters, and backstage experiences with real Broadway actors. For everyone from precocious tots to tweens with real theatrical aspirations, here’s where Miami’s next generation of entertainers earn the spotlight. Miami Children’s Theater Founded in 1996, MCT bills itself as a “children’s theater for children and by children,” offering a range of performance options from its home base at the multimillion-dollar Russell Theater at the Dave and Mary Alper JCC. In addition to no-audition-needed beginner classes for actors ages 6 to 13 (which close with a final show) and full-scale company productions that you can take the kids to see (up next: Ragtime), MCT partners with Pinecrest Gardens and Coral Gables Youth Center for off-site performances. Area Stage Company This South Miami theater company gives youngsters a glimpse into its world via a constant stream of kid-friendly productions and a range of classes that cover acting, voice and dance. Programs are available to students ages 5 to 25 in both group and private settings, but it’s the near-monthly shows featuring tons of local talent that will both entertain and impress children onstage and off. This summer, the conservato
Just when you thought Miami had all but missed the unicorn food trend, The Salty Donut surprises us with a new rainbow creation. Beginning this Friday, the popular Wynwood bakery will sell a special colorful doughnut made from hand-dyed brioche that's been injected with a homemade citrus marshmallow fluff and topped with a vanilla bean glaze and marshmallow crisps. Nightlife impresario and philanthropist David Grutman, his wife Isabela and the team behind the Salty Donut conceived the whimsical dessert as a way to raise funds for Style Saves, a fashion-focused nonprofit that provides underprivileged children with school supplies. Half of the proceeds from each sale will benefit the organization. The limited-edition doughnicorn, which will be priced at $10, goes on sale Friday, April 21, and will only be available for two weeks. It is a unicorn, after all. Want more? Sign up here to stay in the know.
Any plans you have to diet before summer, stop them immediately. Vicky's House, Coconut Grove's new dessert bar, serves milkshakes so incredibly delicious you'll want to swim in them (sorry waistline!). The '80s-themed spot features a menu of pop-culture inspired shakes, ice cream floats, wine and beer—which you'll grab straight out of a retro fridge or washing machine filled with PBRs. As far as milkshakes go, they run the gamut from over-the-top to how-do-I-even-drink-this—each one more involved and made with ingredients you never thought would pair well together. There's the E.T. Goes to the Movies to Watch The Goonies, a vanilla-based shake served in a chocolate fudge-rimmed glass with caramel popcorn, whipped cream, Hershey's chocolate, Reese's Pieces, cola gummies and a fun-size Baby Ruth. Upping the ante is the Breakfast Club, a vanilla milkshake with a peanut butter rim, Captain Crunch cereal, Miami Smokers bacon, a glazed donut from Salty Donut and a shot of espresso. If you dig the throwback menu, you'll love the spot's full-on '80s vibe, which owner Matt Kuscher (of LoKal, the Spillover and Kush) conceived as a nod to his childhood home in Maryland. He named the restaurant after his mom, Vicky. While we don't personally know Mrs. Kuscher, we can tell you she did have some pretty rad taste—down to the orange floral wallpaper and tiled floor, which Matt recreated with help from a local artist. Every light fixture, refrigerator magnet, toy, Nintendo and report
According to a recent study by TomTom, Miami clocks in as the sixth most congested city in the U.S., which means you’re usually better off taking public transportation or your preferred ridesharing app to get anywhere lest you spend hours stuck in traffic or finding a place to park. But if you do decide to drive, we’ve got you covered with a list of parking hacks to help you find a cheap spot around town. Brickell Don’t be intimidated by Brickell City Centre’s fancy façade. The new shopping mall’s underground garage offers customers two hours of free parking. The best part? No validation is required. Parking in Mary Brickell Village (901 S Miami Ave)? Stop by Publix first and have your ticket validated to receive two hours of free parking. Members of the LA Fitness gym inside the shopping complex pay $1/hour to park. Maybe it’s time you considered a membership? Key Biscayne The beachside areas just after Rickenbacker Causeway offer free parking, though finding a spot does require patience. If you’re heading to the center of town or looking to park closer to Crandon Park (which charges an entrance fee per vehicle), consider parking in the area surrounding Village Green Park, which is free and unmetered. Miami Beach You didn’t hear it from us, but since Miami Beach residents don’t have parking decals, some folks have parked in residential areas during the day with great success. Since you’re a few blocks west from the beach, consider the short walk to the sand your card
Gorillaz will play their first Miami show ever at this year's III Points Music, Art & Technology Festival
Gorillaz is back. After a seven-year hiatus, the British band has just announced a world tour, which includes a stop in Miami as one of this year's III Points Music, Art & Technology Festival headliners. The group's show will be its first Miami performance ever—and the only South Florida date on the band's tour in support of Humanz, their latest album out April 28. Tickets for III Points go on sale online this Friday, but locals can get their hands on them as soon as Thursday in person at the Anderson, beginning at 3pm. Only a limited number of $111 general admission tickets and $245 VIP Foresight Passes will be available. The fifth annual music festival takes place October 13 through 15 at Mana Wynwood. Check back in May for the scoop on this year's full lineup. Want more? Sign up here to stay in the know.
Fri 14 Puplife In honor of National Pet Day on April 11, local event production company Poplife and popular doggy daycare Barkhaus are joining forces for this canine-friendly happy hour. There’ll be food, drinks, music, a photo booth and poo-poo bags available should nature call. The Miami-Dade County Fair & Exposition This is your last weekend to visit Florida’s largest county fair, better known as the Youth Fair, which is chock-full of events and activities for the whole family. Expect more than 90 carnival rides, live concerts, shows and a European-style circus all in one place. Sat 15 Panic! at the Disco The Las Vegas band (with remaining original member Brendon Urie) hits South Florida to support its Death of a Bachelor tour. MisterWives and Saint Motel join them. Classic Cars & Cocktails Let yourself be transported back to the ’50s during this retro-themed installment of the Leah Arts District’s #HIALEAHNOW series. Head to the neighborhood's famed New York-style deli for an afternoon of pastrami sandwiches, car ogling and rockabilly jams. Sun 16 Where Are My Keys? What began as a pop-up concert during Art Basel is now a full-blown music festival in Key Biscayne. This second installment of Where Are My Keys? takes place on the sand at Virginia Key Beach Park and features a full day of music, including performances by Rebolledo, DJ Tennis and Red Axes. Smashed Flamingo Pop-up beer and bourbon garden Smashed Flamingo sets up shop at Ricky’s South B