It's impossible to explore all of Miami's cultural, culinary, and entertainment hot spots in one day?unless you're attending Palette Miami. The annual shindig corrals a wide swathe of Miami's tastes, sounds, and sights onto the sprawling green spaces of Biscayne Boulevard. There, visitors can sample cuisines from restaurants including Lime Fresh Mexican Grill, Pride and Joy Bar B Que, and Mina's Mediterraneo, then pair them with a beer and saki tasting.
In between bites, participants can peruse goods from local vendors and take in some live entertainment. U2 tribute band U2 by UV adopts the cool swagger of the Irish rockers on hits such as "Even Better Than The Real Thing" and "With or Without You," while Elvis impersonator Pelvis mashes classic Elvis songs with classic rock tunes to create a musical fusion not found since rap-polka.
Leading an eco-friendly lifestyle and enjoying an occasional shopping spree aren't mutually exclusive. Go Green Fashionista proves just that, with events and pop-up shops that highlight green shopping options. Beyond making hats out of fallen leaves, there's also shopping vintage and patronizing designers who work with recycled materials. The organization's team donates to green foundations as they work, too, with missions from planting trees around the world to housing the underserved.
"Imagine a perfect showcase of local culinary artistry paired with premium wines and spirits, minus the velvet rope." For the producers of Eats & Beats, this is their vision. For the participants of Eats & Beats, this will be their experience.
The food, drink, and music event, which is part of the Food and Wine Week, takes over four floors of The Moore Building in the heart of the Design District. Here, ticket-holders drift from floor to floor and table to table sampling signature dishes including barbecue, tacos, and sushi from local restaurants such as Pride and Joy, Red: The Steakhouse, Meat Market, City Hall: The Restaurant, and Nikki Beach. They can pair bites with libations courtesy of Jack Daniels Honey, Chambord Vodka, and Hierbas Ibicencas, and end their meals with cake, cookies, chocolate cake, and other delicacies from the dessert lounge.
As evidenced by the name of the event, the culinary experience will be enhanced with live beats curated by DJ Irie, the official DJ of the Miami Heat.
Inside a meticulously decorated vintage cabaret tent, Orchid serves a veritable feast for the senses with a visual and musical spectacle melding burlesque, daring acrobatics, and circus acts. Amidst the production’s flirtatious costumes, hip-shaking choreography, and playful reimagining of pop songs, transfixed audiences witness the story of a reclusive gardener who creates the entrancing, anthropomorphic titular character. When Orchid comes to life, her beauty and sensuality mesmerize everyone she encounters as she meets the garden’s eclectic inhabitants, including Venus Mantrap and Honeysuckle Rose. Meanwhile, the devious Bee Keeper, a rabid collector of items that begin with the second letter of the alphabet, attempts to foil the gardener’s quest for happiness by destroying his perfect landscape. The production reaches electrifying heights with direction from William Baker, who previously worked with pop superstars Kylie Minogue, Rihanna, and Britney Spears.
More than a Halloween party, the Reel Horror Ball IV’s Night of the Living Dead bills itself as a cinematic production replete with movie-worthy decor, roving zombies, and a dance-crew performance. LMNT’s gallery space hosts the multiple-room event, where costumed partygoers take to a dance floor electrified by 15 DJs, including DJ Irie and Lazerdisk Party Sex. Between songs, guests can refuel at the full bar, pick up snacks from food vendors, or suck the souls of their enemies to keep up their energy throughout the night. Electric Beach MP: As a massive winter gathering of the world's brightest EDM luminaries, the Winter Music Conference warms up its already-balmy South Beach surroundings with slick synths and thumping beats issuing forth from its global cadre of DJs and performers. Not content with simply holding court in light-strewn clubs, the dance masters also hit the sand and surf during Electric Beach, an all-day rave-up held at Nikki Beach, a surfside night spot renowned for its posh perch along the whispering Atlantic. There, revelers move seamlessly from sand to dance floor as more than 20 acts, including Harry Choo Choo Romero, Starkillers, and Miss Nine, keep beats dropping and records spinning from noon until 5 a.m.
Like its imaginative cocktails, Ricochet Bar & Lounge's décor mixes a wide variety of distinct elements to create an alluring final product. Tufted walls, purple marble accents, and reclaimed wood swirls around a 90-foot triangular bar that serves as the lounge's centerpiece. Rotating installations of video art flash across TV screens, and curated drink coasters designed by local artists offer a hip place to rest glasses or elbows during arm wrestling contests. Ricochet's food menu adds to the artistic ambiance, mollifying pangs of hunger with mini paninis, guava and lime lollipop ribs, and other innovative small plates.