Hop Aboard the Buskerfest Loop
The fourth annual Buskerfest Miami Street Performance Festival will feature local musicians, poets, dancers, comedians, and other artists converging on Miami’s Metromover throughout downtown and along the Mover’s inner loop stops. Here’s your chance to see and hear the talented performers of our city, and it’s all free. Hop aboard Friday, December 9. The fun starts at 4:00 p.m. and concludes at 9:30 p.m. For some soulful sounds, head on over to the Tina Hills Pavilion in Bayfront Park (301 Biscayne Blvd., Miami), to hear Miami band Ketchy Shuby perform at 8:00 p.m. www.buskerfestmiami.com.
North Miami’s Enchanted Place
For nearly 30 years, people from all over South Florida have come to a quiet North Miami cul-de-sac to see a very grand display of holiday lights and displays on housetops, trees, and front yards. It’s an annual gift from the neighbors in what’s come to be known as Holiday Lights at Enchanted Place. This annual drive-up tradition goes from 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. nightly from Friday, December 9, through Friday, January 6. It’s all located on the namesake street, Enchanted Place, also called 137th Terrace, which runs along NE 16th Avenue, parallel to Enchanted Forest Elaine Gordon Park. www.facebook.com/Enchanted-Place-of-North-Miami
Find Armloads of Crafts at This Holiday Fair
Miami Theater Center’s annual Holiday Craft Bazaar offers us the opportunity to stock up on one-of-a-kind presents for Christmas, Chanukah, or Kwanzaa -- or for no other reason than getting cool handmade knickknacks from local vendors at great prices. The theater (9806 NE 2nd Ave., Miami Shores,) transforms into a fair on Saturday, December 10, from noon to 6:00 p.m. You’ll find everything under the sun, from gingerbread cookies to jewelry, scented candles, and more. From 2:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m., Santa Claus will be present for photos, so be sure to bring the family to the free fun-filled festivity. www.mtcmiami.org.
Full-Moon Kayak Tour at Oleta
Explore a mangrove forest leading out to Biscayne Bay as the moon’s reflection shimmers in the water, then head to a “secret” island, where a bonfire and s’mores await. Yes, we’re talking the Full-Moon Kayak Tour at Oleta River State Park (3400 NE 163rd St., North Miami Beach), scheduled for Sunday, December 11. Meet up at the BG Oleta River Outdoor Center within the park at 5:30 p.m., to choose your watercraft (tour/rental prices range from $20 to $100 depending on the vessel). The two-and-a-half-hour guided tour departs at 6:00 p.m. Visit www.bgoletariveroutdoor.com/tours/ to register. Park entrance ranges from $2 (pedestrians and cyclists) to $6 per vehicle.
A Week of the Nutcracker Ballet
The Miami City Ballet dancers continue their annual holiday tradition of delighting audiences of all ages with performances of the revered Nutcracker Ballet at the Ziff Ballet Opera House (1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami). Performances run from Saturday, December 17, through Saturday, December 24. With music by Tchaikovsky and the classic choreography of George Balanchine, the story follows a young girl, Clara, whose bravery brings her Nutcracker Prince to life. He leads her to the Land of the Sweets to meet the Sugar Plum Fairy and watch the “Waltz of the Flowers,” the “Waltz of the Snowflakes,” and other unforgettable numbers. Tickets: $25 to $89. www.arshtcenter.org.
Fort Lauderdale’s Waterway Lights
Historian and BT contributor Paul George leads this HistoryMiami Holiday Lights and History on the Intracoastal boat tour and will narrate the back stories of historic waterfront estates fitted with dazzling holiday lights on the New River. Join him Sunday, December 18, at the Haulover Marine Center (15000 Collins Ave., North Miami), where the vessel will depart promptly at 5:00 p.m., and return at 7:30 p.m. Among the stops: the Stranahan House, an old trading post built in 1901, which was then converted to the home of Fort Lauderdale settlers Frank and Ivy Stranahan. Members: $45; non-members: $55; children under 12: $25. Get tickets at www.historymiami.org.
A Barrel of Laughs from Chanukah Chutzpah
Standup comedian Sarge, whose material centers around growing up a black Jew in America, has performed for the troops in Iraq and starred on CBS’s Late, Late Show with Craig Ferguson, among others, but on Thursday, December 22, and Friday, December 23, he’s all ours as he performs in The Chanukah Chutzpah Tour: Kiss My Mezuzah at the Aventura Arts and Cultural Center (3385 NE 188th Street, Aventura), with 8:00 p.m. show times both nights. Strong language not suitable for children. Tickets: $35 to $45. www.aventuracenter.org.
From Vienna to Miami: New Year’s Concert Returns
For the tenth year, dancers and performers from Vienna bring Old World charm to the Adrienne Arsht Center’s Knight Concert Hall (1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami,) with the Salute to Vienna: New Year’s Concert on Friday, December 30, at 8:00 p.m. (tickets: $45 and up). The program features the Vienna State Opera Ballet and the Vienna Boys Choir, and beautiful waltzes, along with excerpts from Johan Strauss the Younger’s operetta Die Fledermaus (The Bat). This traditional concert also features professional dancers with classical ballet, polkas, waltzes, and contemporary ballroom dancing in an unforgettable way to ring in the New Year before New Year’s Eve. www.arshtcenter.org.
Coconut Grove’s Mango Strut
Dubbed the weirdest parade in the universe -- and one that surely puts the “nut” back in Coconut Grove,” the 35th annual King Mango Strut is guaranteed to bring laughs to anyone who witnesses or participates in its wackiness. Organizers urge marchers to choose costumes that offer satirical takes on recent local and national news stories, and even offers up ideas on the website. This year’s theme is Zika versus King Mango. The four-hour strut starts at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, December 31, at the corner of Commodore Plaza and Main Highway, in Downtown Coconut Grove. Check www.kingmangostrut.org for a map of parking locations.
Rapper Pitbull Performs at Bayfront Park for NYE
If ringing in the New Year with Mr. 305 himself is on your bucket list, then head over to Bayfront Park (301 Biscayne Blvd., Miami,) for Pitbull’s New Year’s Revolution, for the hottest free concert and family event to welcome 2017. The affair, which will be broadcast live on Fox, features a food and wine festival (ticketed), food vendors, and a grand display of fireworks at midnight. The bash starts at 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 31, and lasts until 12:30 a.m. For more information, e-mail
Compiled by BT contributor Caitlin Granfield. Please send information and images to