Saturday, March 04, 2006

Things I Miss about Miami - Part II

In Part I, I talked about Restaurants. Part II, given the time of year, the weather, and this particular weekend and the next, I will concentrate on Festivals I miss about Miami.

2. Festivals - The weather in Miami, is perfect for year round outdoor festivals. Some of them hotter than others, but never the less a great experience. Usually, at any given month, if you don't have anything to do on a wikén, there is an outdoor festival you can go to. Here are my favorites:

Sunday on the Mile - This wonderful family event (you can take the kids without any problems) on Miracle Mile, is continuously held the Sunday previous to Calle 8. Initially, it was the event that launched "El Carnaval" that would end with Calle 8, but it grew into its own Latin Jazz Festival with greats such as Nestor Torres and Arturo Sandoval...and yes, all this plus staple Tango and Rumba Flamenca shows for free. As in the other festivals, the food kiosks and the beer, together with how agradable it is to walk around the stages in the Mile, are a definite plus. If you've never been and you are in Miami tomorrow Sunday March 5th, I recommend this festival. Specially if you like Latin Jazz.

Coconut Grove Art Festival - True, if you go every year, there is not enough variety, and chances are you will see a lot of the same artwork. But it is still great to be walking around in the Grove, sitting down at Peacock Park to eat or drink a cold one, while listening to great free music. The best this festival has to offer is the food, the music, the ambiance and of course the beer!

Coconut Grove Food Festival - Again, you can't beat walking around the Grove, or laying down on the green at Peacock Park with a great plate of food and a cold one. And once you are done, go back up for more food and another cold one. The free music is a plus.

and last but CERTAINLY NEVER least....drumroll please..........

Carnaval de la Calle 8 - If you are in Miami Sunday March 12 and you have never been, you have to go. I would only miss this if I absolutely, positively had no one to go with. You can say what you want about the people that go, the amount of people, the drunkards, the thiefs, the perverts. But man where else in the world can you go and listen to Hansel y Raul, El Gran Combo, Los Hermanos Rosario, Gilberto Santarrosa, Grupo Niche and Willy Chirino for free??? Where else can you enjoy drinking a cold one, while eating arroz con frijoles, and listening to great music? This just has no comparison, I don't care what anyone says.

So, what's your favorite festival in Miami, or where you live? Come on share!! I did.

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