5 culturally stimulating events to experience authentic Miami

photo from: http://www.nws.edu/events-tickets/wallcast-concerts-and-park-events/

photo from: http://www.nws.edu/events-tickets/wallcast-concerts-and-park-events/

Anyone unfamiliar with Miami’s finer cultural offerings may envision “quintessential” Miami entertainment as nights spent hitting the dance floor at LIV, but the Magic City has much more to offer its classy and curious citizens than its famed nightlife.

From the burgeoning art scene in Wynwood to musical performances at the Adrienne Arsht Center to a slew of quirky events that occur throughout South Beach, below are a few ways you can expand your worldview and add some cultural spice to your South Floridian lifestyle.

1. The South Beach Seafood Festival
When: Oct. 21-24, 2015
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If you’ve spent one too many nights at Joe’s gorging on stone crab, perhaps it’s time to expand your palate’s horizons. Though the world-famous institution will be making an appearance at The South Beach Seafood Festival, it’s not the only mouthwatering cuisine you’ll find at the event. Experience the freshest seasonal seafood dishes Miami’s finest culinary minds have to offer. Enjoy tantalizing, creative hors d’oeuvres and an open bar, and rub shoulders with Miami’s most discerning foodies.

2. The New World Symphony WALLCAST
When: Beginning October 10
Location: New World Center

You’ve never seen the symphony quite like this before. Become immersed in a sensory experience that’s fun for the whole family or for a romantic evening: Visual and audio technology bring music to life on a 7,000-square-foot projection wall at Miami Beach SoundScape at New World Center. The best part? The shows are free and open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis. Check out upcoming events here.

3. Authentic salsa dancing classes
When: Varies
Location: Multiple

Is it a surprise to anyone that Miami is a city with a vibrant salsa scene? Some of the city’s top-rated classes include Latin Dance Movement, Salsa Fever Miami and VK Dance Studio, located on Miami Beach. At VK Dance Studio, founded by legendary instructor and choreographer Viktor Kanevsky, choose from a variety of classic and Latin dance styles, and learn moves you never thought you’d master.

4. Get jazzy
When: Wed. and Thurs. nights from 8-11PM (mostly jazz); Nov 20-22. (SIB jazz fest)
Location: The Betsy Hotel & Sunny Isles Beach

Miami may be well known for its Latin-inspired music events and flavor, but traditional jazz also has a place to call home in the Magic City. The (mostly jazz) Live Music Series, which takes place at The Betsy South Beach hotel, is a jazz-enthusiast’s dream: Live performances range from improv to renditions of classic numbers, and occur every Wednesday and Thursday nights from 8-11 p.m. For jazz lovers seeking an all-in-one experience, the Sunny Isles Beach Jazz Festival will take place this year on the weekend of November 20th and will feature names like Shenita Hunt, Carole Ann Taylor, Lisanne Lyons and Maryel Epps. Tickets to select events are currently available.

5. Design Miami/
When: Dec. 2-6, 2015
Location: Meridian Avenue and 19th St., South Beach

If you’ve experienced Art Basel Miami Beach in the past, you know the annual event offers exposure to some of the greatest minds and creators in the art world, who come together from around the globe. Design Miami/ takes this concept to another level with exhibitions showcasing cutting-edge work from some of the world’s most distinguished designers, as well as emerging big names. Collectors, enthusiasts, and gallerists alike are sure to find delight in this can’t-miss event that’s part art fair and part exhibition.

How do you expand your cultural horizons in the Magic City? Tell us in the comments.

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