WHAT'S HOT IN SEPTEMBER
By Deborah Bostock-Kelley
September 3– Bark in the Park – Miami, FL
With a portion of the proceeds benefiting the local animal rescue, PAWS4you Rescue, Bark in the Park is a fun day out at the ballgame for you and your dog. Watch the Marlins take on the Philadelphia Phillies in the Vista level, reserved for you and your furry best friend. To attend the game, leashed dogs must be up to date on Rabies, DHLP, PARVO, and BORDATELLA vaccinations. ID tags are required. Breeds that fall under American Pitbull Terriers, American Staffordshire Terriers, and Staffordshire Bull Terriers are not permitted in the ballpark.
Event: Bark in the Park
Date: Friday, September 3 – 7:10 PM
Location: LoanDepot Park, 501 Marlins Way, Miami, FL 33125
Learn more by calling 305.480.2525.
September 3 – Miami Music+Comedy Fest II
Hosted by Jeff Quintana and Joseph Ringleader, enjoy a two-day Indoor/ Outdoor Festival featuring vendors, South Florida local celebrities, DJ's, entertainers, and national comedy headliners like Esther Ku, Chad Ridgely, Pauley Mcpaulerson, John Gregory, Jillie Reil, Salty Sam, Leetah Faye, and Joseph Weinhouse. Also featured are live music acts of Vossae + Butterflhigh + Yanick + Travis Roig plus the standup Miami Comedy Jam Band, and special surprise guests.
Event: Miami Music+Comedy Fest II
Cost: $22 General Admission
Date: September 3-4 7 PM – 11 PM
Location: Ringleader Comedy Circus, 1628 collins ave Miami Beach, 11720 Northeast 2nd Avenue Miami Shores, Miami, FL 33139
Learn more at standupmiamifest.com.
September 5 – Love-In Music Festival – North Miami Beach, FL
Within the 249 acres of Greynolds Park, the annual craft beer and music festival that celebrates the 60s, 70s, and 80s returns with fun for the whole family. The signature event also features food trucks and a costume contest.
The Love-In Music Festival will showcase The School of Rock Miami House Band, Pure Heart Tribute (Heart Tribute Band), Long Run Tribute (Eagles Tribute Band), and Mr. Nice Guy.
Event: Love-In Music Festival
Cost: $15, kids under 10 free
Date: Sunday, September 5 – 10 AM to 6 PM
Location: Greynolds Park, 17530 W Dixie Hwy, North Miami Beach, FL 33160
Learn more by calling 305.945.3425.
September 10 – 12 – Floridacon – Miami Beach, FL
Let your geek flag fly! Floridacon, the largest event of its kind in South Florida, an annual pop culture convention celebrates all things geek: comic books, animation, cartoons, anime, video games, cosplay, fantasy, and sci-fi.
If you're a pop culture junkie, you'll love the panels and screening lineups from every type of fandom. Cosplay Central is an area of convention floor devoted entirely to the fine art of costumes, crafts, and characters. Special guests include the cast RWBY, an American anime-influenced adult computer-animated web series. Star Trek: Voyager actress Kate Mulgrew will be part of the panels, available for photo ops and autographs.
#Supercon After Dark features late-night karaoke, video games, anime watch parties, and late-night panels when the sun sets.
Cost: $90 3-Day Badge
Date: Friday - Sunday, September 10-12 – 10 AM – 7 PM Friday/Saturday, 10 AM – 5 PM Sunday
Location: Miami Beach Convention Center, 1901 Convention Center Drive Miami Beach, FL 33139
Learn more at floridasupercon.com.
September 17-19 - Cuba Nostalgia - Miami, FL
Back for its 22nd year, the most prominent Cuban cultural event in South Florida, Cuba Nostalgia celebrates the Cuban culture, traditions, and heritage through art, memorabilia, and exhibits. Attendees can participate in A Cuban Experience, with activations of Cuban landmarks like Floridita, Catedral de la Habana, El Encanto, Museo de Bellas Artes, and Tropicana. This multi-generational event brings the community together to enjoy great food, comedy, and music featuring Lena y Malena Burke, Carlos Oliva, Marisela Verena, Bonco, Albita, Los 3 de la Habana, Amaury Gutierrez, and Hansel y Raul.
Event: Cuba Nostalgia
Cost: $15 general, $7 seniors 65+
Date: Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, September 17-19, 2021 4 PM – 8 PM
Location: Miami-Dade County Fair & Exposition, Inc., 10901 Southwest 24th Street, Miami, FL 33165
Learn more here or call 305.496.7635.
September 18-19 – Miami Beach Pride – Miami Beach, FL
Get ready to don your most fabulous rainbow gear as Miami Beach celebrates Pride.
Miami Beach Pride is a celebration of arts and culture featuring special events, vendors, family-friendly community events, and entertainment.
On September 18-19, the legendary Pride Festival features diverse headliner performances from local, national, and global artists. On Saturday, a parade will happen along the sands of South Beach's Lummus Park and on Sunday, along Ocean Drive in the city's Art Deco neighborhood.
Organizers have instituted a pandemic safety plan that includes mandatory masks, temperature checks, sanitizing stations, larger tent sizes, touchless transactions, and open spaces.
The festival features
-Festival Village with Expo
-"Garden of Eve" Women's Space
-Lambda Legal Senior Lounge sponsored by PNC Bank
-Transgender Safe Space
-Youth Safe Zone activation
-Interactive pet-experience activation
Event: Miami Beach Pride
Cost: Donation, attendee registration required
Date: Saturday and Sunday, September 18-19 – 11:00 AM Parade, noon Festival
Location: Lummus Park, 1130 Ocean Dr, Miami Beach, FL 33139
Learn more at miamibeachpride.com or call 305.496.7635.
(photo: Miami Beach Pride)
September 23 - Miami Mercedes-Benz Corporate Run
Grab your coworkers, put on your running shoes, and create a team for the annual Corporate Run through the streets of Miami, aka Florida's Largest Office Party. Open to employees of all businesses, corporations, government agencies, financial institutions, and nonprofits, the event joins over 1,200 South Florida companies. It incorporates a special competition to award the overall men's, women's, and co-ed teams in 20 different industries. Participants are encouraged to set up tents and celebrate post-race.
Event: Miami Mercedes-Benz Corporate Run
Cost: $47 per team member
Date: Thursday, September 23 – 6:45 PM to 9:45 PM
Location: Bayfront Park Miami, 301 N. Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33132
Learn more at mercedesbenzcorporaterun.com/miami.php
September 25 - Miami Underground Film Festival – Miami, FL
The fourth annual Miami Underground Film Festival showcases over 35 strictly local, eclectic, and bizarre variety of films in the areas of weird shorts, docs, animation, and music videos projected on a big screen. The evening features food and a full bar (21+), The Circle-Jerk Awards, and the return of several favorite filmmakers from the past three years.
Event: Miami Underground Film Festival
Date: Saturday, September 25
Location: Hard Rock Café, 401 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami, Florida 33132
Learn more at filmfreeway.com/MiamiUndergroundFilmFestival.
September 25 - The Third Forward Motion Dance Festival– Miami, FL
The Third Forward Motion Dance Festival celebrates the work of companies, dancers, and choreographers, inclusive of those with and without disabilities. Produced by Karen Peterson and Dancers (KPD), this third event features some of the best dancers and companies holding workshops, discussions, classes, and performing.
The physically integrated dance festival includes the Miami premieres of Dancing Wheels' Company's Pallas Athena; Odyssey; Perky, Quirky, Smirky, from REVolutions Dance; Remember When, a solo featuring Jesus Vidal de Leon; and a new restaging of KPD's Lost and Found, choreographed by Karen Peterson.
Event: The Third Forward Motion Dance Festival
Cost: FREE Conference, Performance $25
Date: Saturday, September 25 – 5 PM
Location: Miami Dade County Auditorium, 2901 W Flagler St, Miami, FL 33135 and
Koubek Center – Miami Dade College, 2705 SW 3rd St, Miami, 33135
Learn more at www.karenpetersondancers.org/forwardmotion
(photo: Karen Peterson and Dancers)
September 26 – Dessert Wars – Miami, FL
Enjoy the sweetest event in town when Dessert Wars hits Miami. If you live for the Foodie lifestyle, see the creative, mouth-watering displays and sample over 50 local dessert vendors. Take a walk around the convention center, taste all the delicious treats, and then buy the full-size version of your favorite dessert to take home. Cookie, ice cream, and donut vendors sample their very best, vying for a trophy and Dessert Wars People's Choice Champion title.
Event: Dessert Wars
Cost: $45 General, $65 VIP
Date: Sunday, September 26 – 3 PM VIP, 4 PM General admission
Location: Miami Airport Convention Center, 711 NW 72nd Ave, Miami, FL 33126
Learn more at dessert-wars.com/miami.html.
(photo: Dessert Wars)
(Photo by: Jorge Pereira)