Here are the five coolest things to do in and around Miami this week
This week in Miami offers plenty of opportunities to grow. You can grow as a person at the Wanderlust 108 "mindful triathlon" (running + yoga + meditation), learn to grow your own beautiful garden at the Redland Grow Festival, and grow your beer belly at Grovetoberfest beer extravaganza. All sound like too much work? Then grow your art knowledge by checking out the unusual technique Picasso used for the drawings on show at Bakehouse Art Complex.
October 15–28 | Art
Picasso’s La Tauromaquia
La Tauromaquia is an exhibition of 26 of Pablo Picasso's ink etchings of bullfighting, originally created as illustrations for a book called La Tauromaquia o Arte de Trear. The pieces were created using an unusual technique for Picasso called sugar-lift aquatint, in which he painted onto copper plates with a brush. The exhibition is at Bakehouse Art Complex's Audrey Love Gallery. There’s an opening reception on October 16th at 7 p.m., with a performance by Spanish musician Javier Garcia. Reception entry is $10.
12–5 p.m. | Bakehouse Art Complex, 561 NW 32nd St., Miami | (305) 576-2828 | Free | website
October 17 | Beer
Back for its fifth year, Grovetoberfest is an annual celebration of beer in Coconut Grove’s Peacock Park, overlooking the bay. This year, over 300 beers from around the world will set up shop and there will be live music, too. Local breweries attending include Gravity Brewlab, Florida Beer Company, Miami Brewing Company, Wynwood Brewing Company, and more. We recommend springing $90 for the VIP ticket: You get early entrance, complimentary food (there are food trucks and other food vendors on-site for everyone else), limited-release beers, and access to a VIP restroom—which is a nice perk for a full day of drinking.
3–7 p.m. | Peacock Park, 2820 McFarlane Rd., Miami | From $40 | website
October 17 | 5K with a twist
Wanderlust 108 is calling itself a “mindful triathlon.” It’s a new kind of event combining a 5K run, outdoor yoga, and guided meditation. This is the perfect way to participate in a large-scale community workout without the competition; the focus is on inner peace above power, and self-awareness above strength. Live bands and DJs play during the yoga practice. In the past, the likes of Thievery Corporation and Moby have participated. Afterwards, check out acroyoga, a wild kind of acrobatic yoga in which two people hold each other up with their feet and work as a duo to do poses in the air. Local food vendors and craft shops round out the festival vibe.
8 a.m.–4 p.m. | 4020 Virginia Beach Dr., Key Biscayne | $60 | website
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October 19–20 | Green fingers
Redland Grow Festival
This weekend is the Redland Grow Festival at the Fruit & Spice Park in Homestead. The festival features starter plants and trees, gardening supplies, workshops, demos, and everything else you need to finally get that backyard (or balcony) in tip-top shape. If you need inspiration, try Fruit & Spice Park’s 37-acre botanical garden. Miami’s subtropical climate, not found anywhere else in the United States, is the perfect place to grow such exotic edibles as 150+ varieties of mango and 75 varieties of banana.
9 a.m.–5 p.m. | Fruit & Spice Park, 24801 SW 187th Ave., Homestead | $10 | website
This is the perfect time of year to enjoy the college-town charm of Gainesville. The University of Florida makes for a few interesting visits, especially the bat house, where thousands of the creatures put on a show every night. Also take a hike at Sweetwater Wetlands Park, seek the free-roaming Spanish horses of Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park, or tube down the river at Ginnie Springs. Don’t miss a meal at Civilization, a new co-op serving locally grown items. It's especially popular for Sunday brunch. Expect dishes like sweet potato enchiladas, lemon beignets, and ginger mimosas. A word to the wise: Gainsville goes crazy during Gators games, and they're back Halloween weekend to take on the Bulldogs. Football fans might want to wait; everyone else should go now.
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.