Since its inception in 1916, the YMCA of Greater Miami has opened its doors to whoever needed it. It welcomed African American youths during the Great Depression, hosted military personnel in the 1940s, and gave Cuban refugees a home in the 1960s. Today, it continues the tradition of depolarizing Miami's fractured populous, remaining a haven for people of all faiths, races, ages, and income. Staffers uphold the YMCA’s core values of honesty, acceptance, and fairness as they ensure each location is a safe place for members to play, exercise, and strengthen family bonds weakened by overzealous games of Monopoly. YMCA of Greater Miami also raises much-needed funding for kids and families who can’t afford the full cost of any of YMCA’s progressive programs.
At the current locations, kids can leap into activities ranging from swim lessons and youth sports to afterschool programs and day camps. Adults, meanwhile, can take Zumba, boot-camp, and aquatic fitness classes or work out within wellness centers replete with strength-training and cardio equipment. Adult basketball and indoor speed-soccer leagues further help guests flex their competitive spirits in an encouraging environment.
For one weekend each year, the flavors and sounds of Peru waft up from the Southern Hemisphere to the streets of Miami. PeruFest USA celebrates Peruvian culture with two full days of food, live music, and contests while also shining a light on other Latin cuisines. Visitors can attend quinoa-cooking demonstrations and classes and enter contests for dishes such as ceviche, which uses citric acid to cook fish rather than the usual method of stuffing hot coals in their gills. Meanwhile, youngsters can attend their own cooking classes, see the elegant gait of the Peruvian Paso during a horse show, and boogie alongside their parents as they watch international dance routines.
At Wynwood Life, an eclectic lineup of musicians and DJs take to the festival's three stages, playing crowd-pleasing sets until midnight each night?at which time, however, they won't turn into pumpkins. Though the stages rock all day long, the street festival shouldn't be confused with a music festival. The fest also intends to celebrate Wynwood's dynamic arts scene. In that spirit, it boasts more than 100 local artisans, showcasing their handmade crafts and jewelry.
The Marlins take the field at Marlins Park: an eco-friendly, 37,000-seat facility equipped with a retractable roof, plexiglass fish tanks behind home plate, and a vibrant sculpture in left-center field that kicks into motion for Marlins home runs. Born in 1993, the Florida Marlins quickly established themselves as contenders in the National League, taking home World Series titles in 1997 and 2003. And today, after some light rebranding to go along with the new stadium, the rechristened Miami Marlins aim to continue traditions new and old, expand their list of Hall of Famers, and train the stadium’s fish to stealthily intercept batting signals.
Seasonal beers like Becks Oktoberfest and Shock Top Pumpkin might rule this Bavarian-themed bash, but Miami Octoberfest has plenty of other attractions to offer. The full-day festival at Marlins Park keeps crowds entertained with a zipline, ferris wheel, and other carnival rides and games, as well as DJs and live music. Between forays to the dance floor, guests can refuel with generous portions of German food.
The Murder Mystery Company's talented troupe of improv actors performs live-action murder mysteries at public and private events to sharpen guests' latent detective skills. Throughout the play, the cast drops hints and misdirects blame, inviting audience members to get involved in a web of intrigue and hilarity. Besides public dinner parties, murder mysteries can unfold during corporate events, team-building exercises, and birthday parties for aging Sherlock Holmes impersonators.