The one-day ticket to the Sixth Annual Florida International Wine Challenge gets you an unlimited sampling of more than 500 worldly wines. Sample a variety of sips, such as the merlot of Napa Valley, syrah of Portugal, and malbec of Argentina, while participating in contests, raffles, and taste-testing activities. If you decide to fill your stomach with solids after the wine tastings, you can make dinner reservations at The Palms Hotel & Spa's Essensia Restaurant & Lounge and choose any two free bottles of wine from the tasting with no corkage fee to complement your meal. Tropical-reveling guests will appreciate the tranquility of The Palms Hotel & Spa, a luxurious resort with a sensational view of the oceanfront.
During a trio of deftly danced works, Miami City Ballet's Program I captures the playful exuberance of Jerome Robbins' Fanfare, the provocative sensuality of George Balanchine's Bugaku, and the high-leaping grandeur of Theme and Variations—Balanchine's opulent ode to tippy-toes set in a dazzling 19th-century ballroom. Choose from the following options:
Like the patient pinot in its oaken barrel, the Miami International Wine Fair just gets better with age, and this year promises to send your taste buds to the foreign climes of Chile, Lebanon, Uruguay, Thailand, and more on the quest for the perfect bottle of grapey goodness. For $45, today's Groupon gets you an evening of wine tasting and oenophile camaraderie at the eighth annual Miami International Wine Fair (a $75 value). Your general-admission pass gets you into the grand tasting on either Saturday, September 26, or Sunday, September 27, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Go on Saturday to make the most of your pass by attending a post-fair cocktail party. Drink your fill of wild gossip about the 2009 un-oaked chardonnay scandal with fellow wine-buffs and industry professionals.
The Flavor of Broward showcases complex bouquets of wines from around the world—and their interplay with plates from upscale South Florida restaurants. Top chefs and eateries serve gourmet samples at festival booths, and visitors wash down their food with wine, rather than with a wine glass full of more food. Entertainment for the other senses, such as live music and a car show, rounds out the event.
Ever since football became too rambunctious for the limited confines of mess halls, it has been performed in stadiums. During this year's Pro Bowl weekend, celebrate the only sport legally allowed in football stadiums with today's Groupon. For $7, you get a single-day entry to the South Florida FanFest at the Miami Beach Convention Center—tickets normally cost $15 at the door. The exhibition, a 200,000-square-foot sports-memorabilia and card show, is the largest of its kind in Florida and is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on January 29–31. There is no purchase limit, so pick up a few to attend all three days. Gift a few to your old high-school football teammates to relive the glory days of the Bash Brothers.
Miami Takeover unites South Beach's comedians, parties, and clubs into a single, multiday itinerary. But the guest list includes folks from across the country. The destination party experiences include the whole package: all-access passes to the festivities, air fare, hotel accommodations, meals, and even drinks. And local residents can get in on the fun, too, as they also offer tickets sans travel packages. Residents and transplants alike will have the opportunity to mingle at the Meet and Greet, which kicks off the festival.
This year's four-day extravaganza includes a comedy show at the Miami Convention Center?hosted by funny man Eddie Bryant?the Sexy on the Beach Day Party, and an all-night Shorts and Sandals event at Nikki Beach. The weekend culminates in the Cirque du Wylie, a five-hour dance party at Mansion Night Club featuring tunes by VYBE, Sugar Bear, and Dee Jay Casper, the world's only ghost DJ.