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Mayrav Estrin

Mayrav Estrin

Mayrav Estrin was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, and currently studies Motion Pictures at the University of Miami. In her move from Brooklyn to the 305, Mayrav is itching to find everything that makes Miami, well, Miami! Whether it’s digging through a thrift store, discovering a delicious plant-based ice cream shop, or going to the movies and writing about them on her blog, cinephileprincess.net, Mayrav is passionate about locating hidden gems everywhere she goes.

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The best December Events in Miami

The best December Events in Miami

Welcome to the busiest month of the year in Miami. December sees the return of snowbirds and, this year, international tourists, who can finally make their way back to our shorelines, assuming their winter post on our sparkling Miami beaches. The holiday season makes it feel extra festive with its Christmas light displays spread across Miami while the drop in humidity makes the surge in traffic easier to bear. But it all kicks off with Art Basel Miami Beach and Miami Art Week—a whirlwind of festivals, events, parties and after-parties at many a South Beach club. Below, your guide to the best December events in Miami. If you’re staying in town, it’s bound to be eventful. RECOMMENDED: Miami events calendar

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Vibra Urbana Festival

Vibra Urbana Festival

Release your inner reggaeton rockstar at the Vibra Urbana Festival at the Miami-Dade Fair & Expo! With a lineup of the biggest names in reggaeton, including Anuel AA, Don Omar, Rauw Alejandro and more, this all-ages event is sure to have you busting your moves (or perreando, as the reggaetonistas say). Enjoy food and drink on-site as you relish in the sounds of the country’s largest reggaeton music festival.

Miami Comedy Festival at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

Miami Comedy Festival at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

Laugh your ass off as you join some of the biggest names in comedy at the Miami Comedy Festival at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. Featuring comedy legends Mike Epps, Gary Owen, Marvin Dixon, Desi Banks, Dominique, Sommore, Arnez J, Lavell Crawford, Tony Rock and Tommy Davidson, you are sure to leave this festival with a smile from cheek to cheek.

Beyond Monet: The Immersive Experience

Beyond Monet: The Immersive Experience

Take a walk on the wild side of Claude Monet. Beyond Monet: The Immersive Experience is a multisensory art experience at Ice Palace Studios that is brought to life with cutting-edge projection technology, music and sound effects. The beloved impressionist artist’s most famous artworks, like Water Lilies, break free from their frames to surround and encapsulate the viewer.

SOBEWFF Artisan Food Market

SOBEWFF Artisan Food Market

If your mouth waters when you think of Korean bibimbap, cinnamon bread, pastelitos, and dumplings, you need to run to the SOBEWFF Artisan Food Market that has set up a monthly residency on Lincoln Road. The market started as a pop-up for local food artisans to promote their business during the height of the pandemic and now has more than 75 vendors from all around South Florida selling their creations in Miami Beach for the next six months. Upcoming dates: Nov 28, Dec 19, Jan 23, Mar 27 and April 24. Michigan Ave between Lincoln Lane North and Lincoln Lane South

"My Name Is Maryan" at MOCA

"My Name Is Maryan" at MOCA

This trailblazing exhibition will showcase four decades of the Jewish/Polish Maryan S. Maryan’s depictions of his Holocaust experiences. The artist is recognized as one of the first to address these experiences through visual art. For the first time, many of his unique figurative paintings, sculptures, drawings and films will be on view to the public at the Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami.

"Betye Saar: Serious Moonlight" at ICA

"Betye Saar: Serious Moonlight" at ICA

The legendary Betye Saar, a trailblazer in readymade and Black feminist art since the 1960s, presents an array of rarely exhibited site-specific installations at ICA Miami. Her work addresses social issues of race and gender through images that use commercial objects, narrative worlds and powerful monuments. This unique exhibition will feature work from 1980 through 1988, and heavily explores themes of the African-American experience, Black feminism and the African Diaspora.

Croquetapalooza

Croquetapalooza

If you like croquetas, well, I have some good news for you: the 8th annual Croquetapalooza is coming to the 305 on Saturday, December 4th. Host Burger Beast has loved the Cuban snack since childhood, and this event encapsulates everything special about living in Miami: from cafecito and flan to copious amounts of croquetas. Enjoy at your own risk, deliciousness guaranteed.

Forest & Field of Light

Forest & Field of Light

Want to treat yourself to a sensory explosion in nature? Pinecrest Gardens invites British artist Bruce Munro to create one of his trademark, immersive light installations inspired by the area’s unique landscape and vegetation. The result: a one-of-a-kind, site-specific piece featuring more than 6,000 fiber-optic illuminated glass spheres that cascade across several acres—from the Gardens’ Cypress Slough and Hardwood Hammock to its natural rainforest. To sum it up simply, it's stunning.

"Skin: Living Armor, Evolving Identity"

"Skin: Living Armor, Evolving Identity"

From humans to animals, this vital organ serves as our protector in the natural world. "Skin: Living Armor, Evolving Identity," presented by the Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science, hosts the east coast premiere of this bilingual, multi-sensory experience. The exhibition explores the beautiful and complex organ through interactive activities, specimens, and explorations on a topic that is far from skin-deep.

Pictures at an Exhibition featuring Frost Symphony Orchestra

Pictures at an Exhibition featuring Frost Symphony Orchestra

World-renowned Maestro Gerald Schwartz conducts Pictures at an Exhibition at the Knight Concert Hall. His concert features the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music Symphony Orchestra in this performance of 10 Movements inspired by Russian composer Modest Mussorgsky.

Cuento de Navidad - A Christmas Carol

Cuento de Navidad - A Christmas Carol

Do you want to see the Dickens classic updated with a feminist, Miami twist? Look no further; Area Stage Company will host a musical production of Cuento de Navidad (A Christmas Carol), adapted by Nuria Ferrer Muñoz-Seca and Constanza Espejo. A collaboration between Area Stage Company and PAFF (Primer Acto Florida Foundation) this Spanish language production is playing at the ASC Black Box Theatre. Get pumped to see the classic play told by female ghosts-transmitting the universal values of love, charity, and mercy.

Family Pops Under the Stars

Family Pops Under the Stars

Are you looking for a way to enjoy the holidays and get into the festive spirit with your whole family? Join the Alhambra Orchestra as they perform at Pinecrest Gardens. There is something for everyone to enjoy from holiday tunes, movie music, and light classics at this outdoor orchestral concert.