It’s time to get outside and eat in Miami. The Coral Gables Farmers’ Market has finally started up again, and Freehand Miami is hosting a poolside barbecue. It’s also your last chance to catch the moving exhibition at HistoryMiami about the exodus of Cuban children to the city in the early 1960s. Music aficionados should check out the eclectic Mixtape performance at New World Symphony, and if you want to head to Boca Raton, the Sunshine Music Festival is taking place there on Sunday.
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January 15 | Live music
Mixtape at New World Center
Those with eclectic tastes will enjoy this night of live music at the New World Symphony. Let the fellows-in-residence at this world-class orchestral institution take you through a program of their favorite songs, from Bach to the Beach Boys, in their stunning Frank Gehry–designed venue.
7:30 p.m. | New World Symphony, 500 17th St., Miami Beach | (305) 673-3330 | $25 | website
January 16–17 | Escape the city
Sunshine Music Festival Boca Raton
This weekend the Sunshine Music Festival is taking place in St. Petersburg and Boca Raton. The festival is all day Saturday in St. Petersburg and then travels and plays the same lineup on Sunday in Boca. Performers include the Tedeschi Trucks Band, Indigo Girls, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, and more. The festival is a good excuse to visit Boca Raton, a laid-back beach town that is often skipped on the way to the more glamorous Palm Beach. Rethink Boca’s reputation as a retirement community by visiting the Gumbo Limbo marine life sanctuary and the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens in nearby Delray Beach. Stay in the Boca Bungalows at Boca Raton Resort & Club, which were designed by Alexandra Champalimaud, a designer behind New York’s Carlyle Hotel.
11 a.m.–10 p.m. | Sunshine Music Festival, Mizner Park Amphitheater, 590 Plaza Real, Boca Raton | General admission $49.99 | website
January 17 | Farmers’ Market
Coral Gables Farmers’ Market
The Coral Gables Farmers’ Market, located right in front of City Hall, is finally back for the season and will be open every Saturday through March 28th. Every week they have a free gardening workshop at 9 a.m. inside City Hall, a chef demonstration with free samples at 10 a.m., and children’s activities at 11 a.m. Plus, there’s live music, fresh local produce, and native plant sales. Plan on coming by to have lunch at one of the BBQ stands and then stock up on fresh bread, pastries, fruits, veggies, and more for the week. Hopefully, favorites like Captain Greg’s smoked marlin dip and the conch fritter truck are back this year.
8 a.m.–2 p.m. | Coral Gables City Hall, 405 Biltmore Way, Coral Gables | (305) 460-5600 | Free | website
Through January 17 | Exhibition
Last chance to see Operation Pedro Pan Exhibition
Between 1960 and 1962, more than 14,000 Cuban children boarded airplanes without their parents to come to the United States, primarily to Miami. This exhibition at HistoryMiami, consisting of photos, video testimonials, artifacts, and more, tells the story of this exodus of child refugees, the largest recorded in the Western Hemisphere. Learn more about these children’s escape from Cuba to Miami and what become of the kids of Operation Pedro Pan, through January 17th.
10 a.m.–5 p.m. (from noon on Sundays) | HistoryMiami, 101 West Flagler St., Miami | (305) 375-1492 | $10 | website
January 17 | Poolside BBQ
Rotisserie BBQ with Chef Aaron Brooks
While the rest of the country bundles up, we’re celebrating the chance to hang outside in prime backyard BBQ weather. Aaron Brooks, the executive chef at Four Seasons Hotel Miami’s EDGE Steak & Bar, is taking a decidedly more low-key approach to his Sunday and firing up the grill at the Freehand Miami boutique hostel. Feel free to take a dip in the pool while you’re there and go ahead and order that second, or even third, cocktail from in-house bar The Broken Shaker.
2 p.m. | Freehand Miami, 2727 Indian Creek Dr., Miami Beach | website
Patricia Guarch Wise is a Miami native and the blogger behind Miami Nice. Her interests include paella, paranormal activity, Proenza Schouler, and her Pekingese named Bonnaroo.