Miami Valentine’s Day 2016 Events to Treat Your Sweetheart To

Miami Valentine’s Day Events to Treat Your Sweetheart To
Guest column by Doug McCallister

If you haven’t already started making plans, you’d better get to work! Don’t worry; there are some foolproof events going on in the Miami area that’ll make this Valentine’s Day special.

Love-In And All That Jazz
When: 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Where: Marjorie and William McDonald Center
17501 NE 19th Ave.
North Miami Beach, FL 33162
Price: $15 per person or $120 for table of 10 people

If you two love the romantic vibe of the Jazz Age, this is going to be your perfect Valentine’s night out. There will be a collective vow of love with a champagne toast, a full-course dinner, dancing to the swing of the 20s with a live band, raffles, live entertainment, and more.

When: 3:00 pm
Where: Abdo New River Room at the Broward Center
Price: $45 per ticket

Love live musical theatre? You two might get a kick out of catching a Valentine’s Day matinee performance.

“Feisty, frothy and fun, two one-act musicals reveal how danger and illusion can spark the fiery flames of attraction. From a delightful romp to elude sexual ennui in turn-of-the-century Vienna to a modern look at affection and disaffection of two Manhattan couples summering in the Hamptons, this Off-Broadway sensation that successfully moved to Broadway is a sweetheart of a musical perfect for the Abdo New River Room’s intimate stage.”

Valentine’s Evening at Turnberry Isle Miami
When: 6:30 pm – 12:00 am
Where: Turnberry Isle Miami
19999 W. Country Club Dr.
Aventura, FL 33180
Price: $250 per couple

You can reserve a moonlit couple’s cabana, enjoy champagne and roses by the pool with a private table and a 5-course pre fixe menu. Turnberry Isle Miami has three different Valentine’s special resort packages, but you can’t beat some quality time alone with your honey in a beautiful setting. And, if you need help saving up to cover the cost of your romantic evening, check out these money-saving tips.

A President’s Day Eve (Valentine’s Day) Improv Show
When: 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Where: Just the Funny Theatre
3119 Coral Way
Coral Gables, FL 33145
Price: $10 (online pre-sale) or $12 (at the door) per ticket

Maybe you two like to break away from the standard Valentine’s Day stuff and you’d rather laugh together. A Miami Improv Festival team, Society Circus Players are appearing in their first full-length show of 2016. Live, hilarious, and unscripted comedy is a fun way to make your Valentine’s Day date a memorable one.

Brunch & Bubbles
When: 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Where: Cibo Wine Bar
45 Miracle Mile
Coral Gables, FL 33134
Price: $35 per person

This year, Valentine’s Day falls on a Sunday. Not ideal. So if you can’t spend the evening with your date, opt for an early celebration instead! An Italian brunch buffet that includes made-to-order eggs, fresh juices, traditional breakfast items, a waffle station, pizza station, fresh handmade pastas, seafood, antipasti, cheese, and artisan breads and pastries. And of course; half-off bottles of champagne.

Eyes WIIIIIIDE Shut – Valentine’s Day Funtasm
When: 7:00 pm
Where: 11040 SW 217th Terrace
Miami, Florida 33170
Price: $27.37–$64.29

Up for a very risque adventure? If you’re game to try just about anything, and if you’re tired of the same old Valentine’s Day routine, this is the event for you. A footnote in the event description says, “This one is for the Singles who are ready to mingle…and the Couples who enjoy them. Mask REQUIRED, but as always…Clothing OPTIONAL.”

Romantic Dinner and Cinema
When: 7:00 pm – 12:00 pm
Where: Bianca at Delano South Beach
1685 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach
Price: $100 per person

The classic “dinner-and-a-movie” date just got a major upgrade. Enjoy a three-course meal where menu highlights include lobster risotto, Insalata Rossa with red oak leaf, radicchio, grapefruit, pomegranate seeds, beets and goat cheese, then a chocolate mousse dome and a glass of champagne to top it all off. While you dine in the Delano orchard, they’ll be screening romantic classic cinema in the moonlight.

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The Perfect Summer Concert Outfit

Summer will be here in just a few short weeks. What do you have planned? Besides summer vacations, quality time with friends and family and reading a good book by the pool, there are also some incredible concerts to watch! Your calendar is no doubt booked solid with all of your favorite artists and now all that’s missing is the perfect concert outfit.

With so many options it’s hard to know exactly what to wear. You could go with a maxi dress, women’s sandals from Reef, a pair of jeans and cowgirl boots, or just a skirt and tee-shirt. Depending on the theme of the concert it’ll be fun to come up with an ensemble that’s comfy and stylish. Here’s an outfit that’ll work perfectly for any concert during the summer:

Button Down Blouse

A cotton blouse is perfect for warmer weather and will complement sparkly accessories and a pair of jeans. Buy one in your favorite color which can be in a baby blue, pink, or polka dot purple pattern. Pair a blouse with a tank top underneath, so if you get hot during the concert you can unbutton your blouse and just wear your tank top.

Leather Flip Flops

You can’t go wrong with women’s leather flip flops that will feel comfy when you’re walking around a lot throughout the concert evening. These durable flip flops are ideal for a variety of events and are perfect when you’re on your feet a lot as your feet won’t get sore. Leather flip flops will also go with any outfit and will look perfect with your button down blouse.

A Simple Necklace and a Lightweight Purse

Since you’re going for the simple yet chic look with your blouse and sandals, a simple necklace with a heart pendant or your name will blend well with your blouse. A lightweight purse such as a crossbody bag or wallet with a strap will work perfectly for a concert. Keep in mind you’ll want to bring a purse that won’t weigh you down but at the same time won’t get lost. If you carry a wallet with a strap you could accidentally set it down somewhere and forget about it. Don’t let that happen! Since your outfit is coming together well, all you need now is the perfect pair of jeans!

Skinny Jeans

Depending on the weather, finish off your outfit with a pair of skinny jeans or jean shorts. Look for shorts that have pockets with jewels or sequins to bring on the glam factor. It’ll all go together quite nicely. Now it’s time for the concert to begin!

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Must-Have Accessories for Sporting Events

Planning a sports event is not an easy task, especially if multiple people have been invited to attend. Admit it, it can make you want to pull your hair out and maybe go a tad crazy. However it can be a fun and successful event if you include the right amount of accessories and plan ahead. From providing team members and their guests with personalized baseball jerseys to using cellophane, photo booths, columns, and balloons as props and accessories, your event is definitely going to be talked about for weeks to come. So it’s time to start planning!

Photo Booths

To set up a fun photo booth section for your guests you’ll need a photo booth background and possibly photo booth props. Choose a sports theme background that is in your team’s colors or create a DIY photo booth background and add your own flair. There’s no doubt your guests will enjoy creating long-lasting memories in front of the photo booth backdrop!

A Personalized Jersey

Everyone loves performance apparel, and there’s no exception at a sporting event! Give your team members and guests a souvenir to take home they will love, such as personalized baseball jerseys from Majestic Athletic. They can go home and wear a jersey that has their team name and colors with pride.


Columns are an excellent way to show your guests where they need to go on the day of the big event. As opposed to them getting confused where the entrance is columns can be strategically placed so that the guests know exactly where to go. These decorative columns also make adding style and color to your event very easy. Also, if you select reusable stretch columns, they can be used in many ways and can match the sports theme and colors you are looking for.


Don’t forget about a banner to congratulate a team, announce something special, or only put your team’s name on. You can place it near the columns or put it underneath a long table – whatever you’d like. Be creative with where you place your banner and make it stand out. Your event is going to be a success!

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Highlight: Panorama Steel band Competition To Showcase The Rich Musical Heritage Of Trinidad and Tobago

Panorama Steel band Competition To Showcase The Rich Musical Heritage Of Trinidad and Tobago

Silver Stars USA Steel Orchestra Looks To Keep Coveted Title of Miami Broward Carnival Steel Band of The Year

panorama201310The scintillating and pulsating music of the steel pan has always played a significant role in the Miami Broward Carnival narrative. This year the Miami Broward One Carnival Host Committee Inc.(MBOCHC) will present their Panorama Steel Band competition on Friday, October 10, 2014 at Central Broward Regional Park from 6pm to 11pm. Silver Stars USA Steel Orchestra is the reigning 2013 Band of the Year. This year, the list of bands competing for the title of Miami Broward Carnival Steel Band Of The Year includes: Silvers Stars USA Steel Orchestra, Pantastics Steel Band, Lauderhill Steel, Resurrection Sound, Karibbean Knights Steel Orchestra and Steel Away Steel Drum Ensemble. Panorama is a favorite of many pan-lovers who will enjoy the melodic, rhythmic and soothing sounds of a music art form that is the heartbeat of the Carnival culture. The National Instrument of Trinidad & Tobago is the Steel Drum and is the only new instrument invented in the 20th Century, Although a part of Carnival for many years, the first Panorama was not held in T&T until 1963. In Miami the steel bands were always a part of Carnival and bands travelled from Orlando and even from New York, to participate in Carnival. The MBOCHC is committed to preserving this rich Caribbean tradition within the blueprint of #MiamiBrowardCarnival.

panorama20135“Pan is to carnival like water is to fish; it’s a survival thing. As they say, it’s the last created musical instrument that brings pride and joy to a nation. Its like reggae to Jamaica, classical music to Europeans; it is deeply rooted in our culture and the world is better for it.” Sydney Roberts, Vice Chair for Miami Broward Carnival.

“The main focus of Silver Stars USA Steel Orchestra is to introduce the art of playing the steel drums to the youth of South Florida and to broaden the exposure of steel drums in the United States of America. We have been able to expose our repertoire at many functions, such as Mrs. Michelle Obama’s grass roots rally in Ft Lauderdale and we are proud of our Miami Broward Carnival Steel Band Of The Year for the past two years.” stated Errol Christian.

panorama20139Special thanks to the Miami Broward Carnival sponsors:

Corporate – Coca Cola, Clear Channel Media & Entertainment, 103.5 The Beat, Mega 94.9, Greater Miami Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, Yellow Cab, Discovery Tours, LLC, The Check Cashing Store

Media – Caribbean American-Passport News Magazine, South Florida Caribbean News, Global 99.5FM,, Caribbean Connect, Weekends with the Breakfast Club, VibesUnite,, Caribbean National Weekly, Red Eye

Public Sector – Broward County Florida, Miami-Dade County Fair Expo Center

The Miami Broward Carnival is made possible with the support of Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners.

For more information about Miami Broward Carnival please visit or call 305-653-1877.

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Miami Broward Carnival Signature Events for 2014

Friday, September 5, 2014 – J’Ouvert Launch – The Warehouse 3500 NW 15th Street, Lauderhill, FL 33311. Time:10pm-5:30a.m. Admission: $20
Sunday, October 5, 2014 – Jr. Carnival Parade of Bands – Central Broward Regional Park & Stadium – 3700 NW 11th Street, Lauderhill, FL 33311. 1pm-8pm (Parade starts at 2pm) Admission: $10 and $1.50 Park Fee
Friday, October 10, 2014 – Panorama Competition/Kings, Queens, Individuals – Central Broward Regional Park & Stadium – 3700 NW 11th Street, Lauderhill, FL, 33311. Time: 6pm-11pm. Admission: $10. $1.50 Park Fee
Saturday, October 11, 2014 – Official J’Ouvert – Central Broward Regional Park & Stadium – 3700 NW 11th Street, Lauderhill, FL 33311- Time:7am-2pm. Admission: Advance Tickets $15.00
Sunday, October 12, 2014 – Miami Broward Parade of Bands and Concert – 30 Years of Miami Carnival Celebration – Miami-Dade County Fairgrounds – 10901 Coral Way, Miami, FL 33165. Time: 11am-11pm. Admission: Advance Tickets $25 online at; $27 at The Check Cashing Stores and select Caribbean-American retail outlets.


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