February is not only the month of love and Valentine’s Day, although we know that’s exciting too. This month has lots going on outside of the romantic holiday; from medieval festivals to a hypnotic laser show, and even a swimsuit model party, there’s plenty of events to mark down on your calendar.
Martini With a Twist
Its Cocktail Hour: The Show! This performance put on by New York City based dance company Ballets with a Twist, will certainly leave your eyes wide with wonder. This show, created by artistic director and choreographer Marilyn Klaus, reinvents the glamour and excitement of classical entertainment by taking cocktail favorites like Mai Tai, Martini, and Manhattan off of the menu and onto the stage through vibrant interpretations. Revel in a night full of mind-bending choreography, intoxicating music and incredible costume design! To fit the theme of the show, cocktails will be served all night so you can see your drink acted out on stage!
A Southern Affair
New this year to South Florida is the Beer, Bourbon, & BBQ Festival. With 60+ beers, 40+ bourbons, and lots of BBQ, there will be more than enough to keep you and your taste buds entertained. Regular admission includes a souvenir tasting glass, unlimited sampling of beer and bourbon, and all extra activities and shows like the live Rock & Blues concert, seminars in the Tasting Theater, games like giant jenga, and more. BBQ plates are extra but they promise to keep the “portions heavy and the prices low!”
Not Another Brick in the Wall
Cutting-edge lasers and high-definition, large-screen video projection will allow you to experience Pink Floyd like you never have before. The Parker Playhouse presents Paramount’s Laser Spectacular featuring the music of Pink Floyd. This show is considered a “mind-expanding journey” as the trippy-psychedelic sounds of Pink Floyd are accompanied by a colorful, immersive light show and concert-quality sound. Songs from Dark Side of the Moon and The Wall will be played, two of Pink Floyd’s top charting albums.
Thou Shall Slayeth
Feb 10-Mar 25
Travel back in time at the 26th Annual Florida Renaissance Festival. This huge festival offers so much to do that it’s hard to accomplish it all in one day! Tour the artisan’s village where you can purchase handcrafted items and unique souvenirs, get your medieval feast on and eat like a king with hearty portions, “drynk” all you can with favorites like liquor on a stick, and enjoy over 100 performers, games, and shows! Don’t forget to dress up as your favorite medieval figure–it makes it all the more fun!
Drop Your Anchors!
Spend the day after Valentine’s not in a dress or a suit but in shorts and flip flops! The 2018 Progressive® Insurance Miami International Boat Show® is back for another great time in South Florida. The five biggest days in boating will happen at the Miami Marine Stadium Park & Basin where enthusiasts will get the chance to board, browse and buy over 1,400 boats. A Sailor’s Paradise, Strictly Sail Miami®, will include over 50 sailboats, all in-water exclusively on Pier 9. Sailing gear and accessories will be showcased at Sailor’s Cove along with seminars by top professionals. New food and beverage items will make their debut this year as well as a new VIP deck lounge. Set sail towards this show for a boat-full of fun!
Star-Struck at SI
Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue will be celebrating their 2018 release in no other than the sandy beaches of Miami with their SI Swimsuit Island Festival. This event will host some of the biggest musical acts, offer a high-end culinary experience, include appearances by the models of SI and celebrity guests, and provide time for fan interactions. It’s for an amazing cause too, as “Good Vibes” will ensue; this charity event will benefit hurricane relief for the Caribbean islands that were greatly affected last year. You can expect glamorous events and opportunities like dinners with super chefs, VIP activations, and concerts by stars that will not disappoint. Support the hurricane relief efforts while having a superb time amongst stars!
Browse over 360 internationally-recognized artists at one of the most stellar art festivals: Coconut Grove Arts Festival! Every year, thousands of people flock to Miami’s original arts district to partake in this three-day event. Celebrity chef-led cooking demos, as well as food tastings will go on throughout the weekend, making for delicious dining options. Music is provided by iHeartRadio and live performances will take place on the stage of the beautiful Peacock Park. Lots to do and lots to see at Coconut Grove—you’ll want to go all three days!
Sobe Food ‘N Fun
At the 17th Annual Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival, over 90 events will provide every gourmand with something to sip and savor. The events that take place over the five-day festival appeal to all different interests and personalities. Some claim to be for the human rights activist, others are for the pet-obsessed, the night owl, the fitness fiend and more. All proceeds will go to the Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management at Florida International University, so you can indulge guilt free!
By Aaliyah Pasols