701 Brickell Ave., Suite 2700
Miami, FL 33145
Dates: Now through Sept. 30, 2013
Miami Spice is a wonderful bi-annual event held in Miami by the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau for residents to enjoy special-priced menus at fine dining establishments and other higher-priced menu locations. Some restaurants offer lunch, some offer dinner and others offer both. Menus are available online for participating restaurants to make selections with family and friends prior to making reservations at a specific locale. Casabe 305 Bistro is an elegant restaurant in Miami featuring healthy, gourmet Venezuelan Latin fusion cuisine. This stunning restaurant features indoor and outdoor dining in a most intimate environment as if going to someone’s home for lunch or dinner.
Celebrate Orgullo Festival
Collins Ave. at 73rd St.
Miami Beach, FL 33141
Date: Oct. 5, 2013
The Celebrate Orgullo Festival is a celebration for National Hispanic Heritage Month as well as the Hispanic LGBT culture in the Miami Beach community. This free event is on the beach, offering plenty of food, drinks, vendors and entertainment. Workshops and dance contests round out the day of fun. A portion of the proceeds of sales from food and beverages will benefit the LGBT Youth Scholarship Fund.
Bay of Pigs History
Bay of Pigs Museum & Library
1821 S.W. 9th St.
Miami, FL 33135
This museum and library is located at the very site of the unsuccessful 1961 Bay of Pigs invasion. Over 100 people were killed during the invasion and the remainder was imprisoned. Very often, survivors of the invasion are around the property for enriching details and stories from various sides of the conflict. Admission is always free.
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Cuban History & Culture
1531 Brescia Ave.
Coral Gables, FL 33146
Casa Bacardi at University of Miami is a great center for learning more about Cuban history and the culture of Cuba. This is an interactive center with music, products, an art exhibit, a cinema and a conference room for seminars, workshops, et al. that was endowed by the Bacardi Family Foundation. The center has a staggering database filled with history of the island as well as maps and a library. Admission is a $5 donation or free for University of Miami students, staff, faculty and children under 12 years of age.
Latin American & Caribbean Art
The Patricia and Phillip Frost Art Museum
10975 S.W. 17th St.
Miami, FL 33199
This culturally rich museum at Florida International University features incredible Latin American collections of art from Mayan and Incan pieces to folk art from Brazil. There’s a great mix of traditional and contemporary art on display that includes everything from sculpture to photography. Great works from FIU’s best award-winning students are also on display for staying in the know about up-and-coming artists to watch. This museum is open four days a week and the admission is always free.
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