Events September 2017 Print

Copper Fest Celebrates Miami’s Melting Pot

The Copperbridge Foundation hosts this festival, bringing people together through the cultural bridges of art, music, storytelling, and community fun. From Thursday, September 7, through Tuesday, September 12, join the celebration of arts programming in North Miami and Little Haiti. Participate in an Afro-Haitian drum and dance workshop, or learn how to salsa at the daylong MOCA Family Fun Day on September 9 (770 NE 125th St., North Miami), in conjunction with the festival. Head to the Little Haiti Cultural Center (212 NE 59th Terr.) on September 10 and see Cuba’s renowned dance troupe DanzAbierta, starting at 5:00 p.m. Most programming is free. For details visit

What’s Your Hack?

The inaugural Art+Hack+Data: Miami Media Art Weekend, sponsored by Arthackdata and the MUD Foundation, invites tech enthusiasts and media artists “to discuss issues in the digital environment.” There’ll be two days of presentations, panel discussions, and collaborative workshops focused on censorship and surveillance protection and creative expression. Free conferences and panels will take place at the Pérez Art Museum Miami (1103 Biscayne Blvd.) and at the Bakehouse Art Complex, (561 NW 32nd St.) in Wynwood on Friday, September 8, and Saturday, September 9, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Works created during Media Art Weekend will go on view at the Bakehouse through October 2.


Get Your Downtown Arts Fix

Downtown Art Days is a three-day happening that features outdoor art instillations, walking tours, music, and family activities at cultural venues in the city center. The celebration is organized by the Miami Downtown Development Authority and runs from Friday, September 8, through Sunday, September 10. The kick-off event, “Drink + Draw,” takes place at the Miami Center for Architecture & Design (100 NE 1st Ave.) on Friday from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. Most events are free. For event times and locations, check


Arts Launch 2017 Heralds Arsht Center’s New Season

Kicking off its 2017-2018 season, the Adrienne Arsht Center hosts a free all-day celebration called Arts Launch 2017, with fun family activities, live performances, and discounted tickets (no handling fees) to more than 40 shows from the upcoming season. Head to the Ziff Ballet Opera House (1300 Biscayne Blvd.) on Saturday, September 9, from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., where there’ll be vendors representing more than a hundred South Florida arts organizations, a Community Arts Village, Broadway demos, dance workshops, cooking demonstrations, and a live concert featuring Locos Por Juana. Food will be available for purchase.


Expo Targets the Entire Family

The all-day Children’s Trust Family Expo encompasses an array of fun and educational activities for children and teens, and serves as a one-stop shop for health, educational, and community resources for parents. This free annual event, held on the grounds of the Miami-Dade County Fair and Expo Center (10901 SW 24th St., Miami), takes place Saturday, September 9, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Entertainment includes rock-climbing walls, face painting, stilt walkers, magic shows, and live music.


Auto Show Features New Models and Classics

Car enthusiasts will love the display of wheels at the 47th annual Miami International Auto Show, taking place at the Miami Beach Convention Center (1901 Convention Center Dr.) over nine days from Saturday, September 9, through Sunday, September 17. Sponsors promise more than a thousand new vehicles from over 40 manufacturers worldwide, as well as classic cars from the 1950s and 1960s in a “Memory Lane” exhibit. Adults, $12; children 6 to 12, $6. Kids 5 and under, free.


SpringGardenHistoryMiami’s Spring Garden Walking Tour

Mosey through the tree-lined streets of Spring Garden, one of Miami’s oldest residential neighborhoods and a hidden gem nestled along the north bank of the Miami River. Historian and BT contributor Paul George leads HistoryMiami’s Secrets of Spring Garden Walking Tour, which features examples of Miami’s early residential architecture and a house known as the “Hindu Temple.” The tour departs from the historic Pink House (1017 NW 9th Court, Miami) at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, September 10, and returns to the same location at 11:45 a.m. Members, $20; non-members, $30; children 6 to 12, $10.


A Peek Into Miami’s Scandalous Past

Learn about Miami Beach’s infamous past -- the bootlegging, organized crime, the gangsters, corruption, and murder -- during South Beach Scandals, the Miami Design Preservation League’s (MDPL) new 90-minute guided walking tour. The tour departs from MDPL’s Art Deco Welcome Center (1001 Ocean Dr.) at 1:30 p.m. on the second Monday of each month (September 11), and includes a dozen stops, like the Villa Casa Casuarina on Ocean Drive, where Gianni Versace was murdered; the site of the Scarface chainsaw scene, also on Ocean Drive; and the locations of former illegal gambling rings on adjacent avenues. Adults, $25; seniors, veterans, and students, $20; children under 12 and MDPL members, free.


Tito Puente Jr. Onstage North Miami Beach


The North Miami Beach Multicultural Committee deserves props for booking Latin music sensation Tito Puente Jr. and his Latin Jazz Ensemble for a free concert on Friday, September 15 as part of the Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration. Puente will bring out hits like “Oye Como Va,” as well as original scores. The two-hour performance starts at 8:00 p.m., with doors opening an hour prior, at the Julius Littman Performing Arts Theater (17011 NE 19th Ave.) in North Miami Beach. Drinks at a cash bar and food will be available for purchase.


Help Clean Our Coast and Waterways

HelpCleanOurCoastAndWaterwaysOn Saturday, September 16, people worldwide put on their sneakers and gloves, and join forces to clean up shoreline litter that includes cigarette butts, food containers, plastic and glass bottles and bottle caps, grocery bags, and more. Sad to say, but according to the Ocean Conservancy, plastic has been found in 62 percent of all sea birds and in 100 percent of sea turtle species. So give something back during the 32nd annual International Coastal Cleanup Day, hosted by the conservancy and, locally, by Choose from among 45 county sites, ranging from Homestead to Sunny Isles Beach, as we try to top last year’s record of removal of more than 15,000 pounds of trash from Miami’s beaches and waterways. The four-hour event starts at 9:00 a.m. at various sites and is followed by a free after-party with live music at Gramps (176 NW 24th St.) in Wynwood at 2:00 p.m. Register at


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