Show your pride at the Miami Beach Gay Pride Parade and Festival, which will take over Ocean Drive with floats and over 130,000 costumed attendees. Then get poetic this month with a multitude of offerings ranging from serious to cheeky for the O, Miami poetry festival. Plan ahead for the rock-and-roll concert of the summer.
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April 1 - 30 | Literature
If you don’t encounter a single poem in the month of April, then O, Miami has failed at its mission. The monthlong arts initiative and poetry festival has the simple goal of spreading poetry to everyone in the city. This year is the seventh edition of the festival, and events range from 2 Poetry 2 Ferrari (poetry read inside a white Ferrari for late Fast and the Furious star Paul Walker), the Bad Poetry Slam, literary mini-golf, a zine fair, and more.
Times & locations vary | Free | website
April 3 | Theater
The Carbonell Awards are the Tony Awards of South Florida. For the 41st year, Miami’s theater community is celebrating its own. This year, nominees include theater companies Maltz Jupiter Theatre, Zoetic Stage, Slow Burn Theatre, and GableStage. Whether you’re already involved in the Miami theater scene or looking to get a sense for what it’s like, the ceremony offers an opportunity to root for local talent and discover new favorite actors and actresses along the way.
Amaturo Theater at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 201 SW Fifth Ave., Ft. Lauderdale | From $25 | website
April 7 - 9 | Pride
Miami Beach Gay Pride
Although Miami’s Pride festival was only just launched in 2009, the parade and event weekend has exploded and now draws over 130,000 people. The main event is the Miami Beach Gay Pride Festival Parade, which walks the length of Lummus Park on Saturday the 7th at 12 p.m. The parade packs a visual punch with fancy floats, crazy costumes, and lots and lots of color. This year’s event has taken on particular importance in the wake of the horrific Pulse Nightclub shooting in Orlando last June. Buildings around the city will be illuminated with rainbow lights in solidarity with Pride Lights the Night, a tribute to Pulse.
12:00 PM | Ocean Dr. between Fifth and 15th Sts., Miami Beach | Free | website
April 7 - 9 | Music festival
Springing the Blues Music Festival
It’s worth the five-hour drive out to Jacksonville to hear the magic of Springing the Blues Music Festival, a three-day, laid-back blues festival located on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean. Two stages will be packed with back-to-back musical performances and improv jam sessions. Stay out late for the after-parties at local venues near the festival to keep the soul flowing till the early morning. Spring for a stay at the nearby One Ocean Atlantic Beach for a divine mix of comfort and style.
Seawalk Pavilion, First S.t N., Jacksonville Beach | Free | website
April 8 | Art
Enchanted Evenings: Joanne Katz
Throughout the year, the Institute of Contemporary Art Miami (ICA) hosts Enchanted Evenings, a dinner series at the homes of art collectors around the city who have original works by influential artists. A seat at the table (and a chance to see an original Warhol accenting a posh living room) will cost you a cool $1,000, but the money supports ICA, Miami’s newest art museum. This month’s dinner is hosted at the home of Joanne Katz, an avid collector of Andy Warhol. Timothy J. Hunt, a former curator at the Andy Warhol Foundation, will be in attendance to discuss the artist’s life and work.
Location provided with ticket purchase | $1,000 | website
April 8 - 9 | Dance
Miami City Ballet Program IV
The Miami City Ballet’s Program IV wraps up at the Broward Center on April 8 and 9 with several beautiful choreographies by George Balanchine and Paul Taylor. One dance, a ’70s-era creation titled Who Cares? is a fast-paced collection of solo and partnered numbers set to music by George Gershwin (Strike up the Band, I Got Rhythm, and more).
201 SW Fifth Ave., Ft. Lauderdale | From $20 | website
April 10 | Music
Portugal. The Man
Festival favorite Portugal. The Man takes the small stage this month at the Culture Room, an intimate venue in Ft. Lauderdale. The band comes to this show fresh off the heels of the release of their new track “Feel It Still,” which will appear on their upcoming album Woodstock (set to drop in June). You’re likely to get an early listen to the album, inspired by the politics of the 1969 festival of the same name, at this show.
7:30 PM | 3045 N. Federal Hwy., Ft. Lauderdale | From $30 | website
April 15 - 23 | Outdoors
National Park Week
To celebrate National Park Week, the National Park Service is offering free entrance on two weekends this month (the 15th-16th and 22nd-23rd). Free parks nearby include the Florida Everglades (where entrance is usually $25 per car) and the Dry Tortugas, a National Park of seven islands accessible only by ferry, seaplane, or boat (usually $10 entrance).
Locations vary | Free | website
April 20 | Literature & comedy
Author and satirist David Sedaris will bring all his wit to the Miami stop of his national tour. He’ll be reading new material from soon-to-be-published work and providing his signature social critiques in a time that’s surely ripe for material. He will also take questions from the audience at the end.
8:00 PM | Knight Concert Hall at Adrienne Arsht Center, 1103 Biscayne Blvd., Miami | From $45 | website
June 7 | Book ahead: Music
Daryl Hall & John Oates, Tears for Fears
Prepare to rock out at the American Airlines Arena with Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Daryl Hall & John Oates (aka Hall & Oates) and pop band Tears for Fears when they stop in Miami on June 7. These are some heavy hitting headliners, so you’ll want to scoop up tickets ASAP if you’re hoping to be singing along to “Rich Girl,” “Kiss on My List,” and “Private Eyes” come June.
American Airlines Arena, 601 Biscayne Blvd., Miami | From $63 | 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.