Art Basel is under way for its 10th season in Miami Beach and combines a selection of top international, regional and local galleries with an exciting showcase of special exhibitions, parties and crossover events featuring music, film, architecture and design. Over 250 leading art galleries and more than 2,000 artists from North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia and Africa are exhibiting their contemporary artwork. This acclaimed international art show (and sister event of Art Basel in Switzerland) is one of most important annual art show of its kind in America. Please note that various satellite art fairs and special events are taking place throughout Greater Miami and Miami Beach during the entire month of December.

Most art festival events are held in galleries in Miami Beach and the Greater Miami neighborhoods of Wynwood, Miami Design District in Downtown Miami. The most popular and largest showcases are held all over Miami Beach with many free, public exhibits held along the beach and in various parks throughout South Beach. Exclusive and private events are held at the Miami Beach Convention Center with expositions of artists from all over the world. The Lincoln Theatre, Colony Theatre, and local bookstores also are hosts to many Art Basel movie showings and expositions, including the new SoundScape Park. Many local galleries and artists also have special events and showcases before and after the official festival lasting the entire month of December.

Miami Beach Art Basel Weekend Guide

List & Links of Art Fairs, Galleries and Presentations throughout Greater Miami and Miami Beach to plan your Art Basel schedule this coming weekend:

Miami Beach and Miami Art Fair Guide 2011

Aqua Art Miami
Features galleries from throughout North America and Europe, with an emphasis on West Coast galleries and emerging artists.

Art Miami
Art Miami serves as platform for the state of modern and contemporary art of the 20th and 21st centuries.

Art Now Fair
Art Now Fair is a hotel art fair in Miami Beach at the Catalina Hotel, exhibiting painting, photography, sculpture and works on paper.

Art Asia Miami
Brings more than 60 galleries together to showcase works from established and emerging Asian artists.

Arts for a Better World
Features International Galleries, Better World Museum, and live artistic happenings.

Burst Project Art Fair
Burst Project Art Fair is an innovative presentation of contemporary art stretching from Miami Beach to Miami's Wynwood Arts District.

Design Miami
Presenting the best international design galleries exhibiting extraordinary historic and contemporary design.

Fountain Miami
Fountain is an exhibition of avant garde artwork in New York during Armory week and Miami during Art Basel Miami Beach.

Graffiti Gone Global
Conveys the dexterity of traditional and experimental street art around the world.

INK Miami
Showcases notable publishers and dealers who exhibit new publications, projects and acquisitions by leading contemporary artists.

NADA Art Fair Miami
The New Art Dealers Alliance features emerging art galleries from many countries.

Photo Miami
Galleries exhibit photo-based art including conceptual, video, digital and mixed media artwork.

Pool Art Fair
A meeting ground for outstanding artists, primarily those who do not have yet gallery representation.

Pulse Miami
Presents leading international galleries and artists showcasing the latest movements in contemporary art in powerful architectural environments.

Red Dot Fair
Featuring more than 50 international, modern contemporary art dealers from around the world.

SCOPE International Contemporary Art Fair
Miami's original emerging contemporary art fair.

Sculpt Miami
Combining an international selection of over 30 top sculptors with other exciting cultural events.

Verge Art Fair
An international platform for the most exciting and interesting in new and emerging art.

Zones Art Fair Miami
Multi-faceted event focuses on up-and-coming local artists.

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Miami Beach Upcoming Season Events

As we approach the High Traffic Winter Season in Miami Beach, pre-Thanksgiving celebrations, Art & Design Showscases, as well as Live Music concerts are just around the corner.Miami Beach Real Estate owners, visitors, and residents will be granted all access to the city's long schedule of performances and shows from local, national and international artists and musicians.

This global city with its international media, arts, entertainment, commerce, Miami Beach Real Estate and business offerings, will see an influx of tourists, holiday vacationers and visitors from all over the world. Miami Beach condos and South Beach hotels will accomodate these travelers as they arrive to enjoy the beautiful beaches, tropical climate, exciting nightlife and Holiday events. South Florida during Winter season is the ideal destination for many foreign buyers and second-home owners who want to buy or invest in Miami Beach.

South of Fifth Neighborhood Highlights in Miami Beach

The 1st Annual SoFi Dog Party. The dogs of Miami Beach's Murano Grande condominium invite the dogs of all the buildings South of Fifth to join them on Saturday, November 5 from 9am - 1pm at the Washington Avenue Bark Park. Free event with numerous pet friendly vendors scheduled.

Vic & Angelo's is hosting a special "Housewarming Party" for ICON and other South of Fifth residents on Thursday, November 10th from 7pm - 9pm. Enjoy complimentary signature cocktails and a selection of passed hors d'oeuvres. RSVP to

Zuma has launched a prix-fixe menu in addition to their current á la carte offerings during lunch hours. The option will cost $24, and includes two starters and a choice of one entree from a selection of three regular items.

Kane is extending a 15% OFF the total bill (alcohol included) to all ICON residents.

Lolita Cocina & Tequila Bar will take over the old Nemo space.

Amnesia (136 Collins Avenue) officially re-opened on South Beach. The nightlife venue has 26,000 square feet of multi-leveled internal space, and offers 70 VIP tables, 2 private VIP sections, and a 2nd floor mezzanine.

Philippe re-opens in SoFi on November 23rd at 36-40 Ocean Drive, in the former Taverna Opa space.

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The international contemporary design èlite arrive for the Winter edition of Art Basel Miami Beach. The art shows focus on a several types of artwork, like photography, paints, prints, or contemporary art, and other broader ranges. The premier art event, Art Basel, returns to Miami Beach on December 1-4, 2011. The below list is compiled of upcoming Art Basel satellite events throughout Miami Beach.

Art Miami
This premier fair celebrates its 22nd anniversary as it kicks off the opening day of Art Week. KNown for its extraordinary variety, quality and its stylish gallery-like decor, Art Miami showcases the best in modern and contemporary art from more than 100 international art galleries and prominent art institutions.

Design Miami
Design Miami presents the best international design galleries exhibiting extraordinary historic and contemporary design. Designers, collectors, dealers and curators from around the world participate in lectures, exhibits and design installations.

Red Dot Art Fair
This art show features more than 50 international, modern contemporary art dealers from around the world. It includes painting, photography, sculpture and more.

INK Miami
INK showcases notable publishers and dealers who exhibit new publications, projects and acquisitions by leading contemporary artists.

Arts for a Better World
The second edition of Arts for a Better World takes place in a tent around the pool at the Surfcomber Hotel. It features International Galleries, Better World Museum, Van Gogh's Dream presented by Maison Van Gogh, Tous Ensemble Holocaust Remembrance & Tolerance Project, and live artistic happenings.

Scope Miami 2011
The art show that has established its name by curating cutting-edge contemporary art from around the world proudly returns to Miami for its 10th year. Taking place in a 80,000 square foot pavilion across the street from Art Miami, SCOPE Miami's high-profile venue will bring together the finest talent in the art world.

Special Events & Dining Updates on Miami Beach

Live Music Month
Live Music month features many performances, concerts, festival and a variety music events, from local and international Deejays, acts and talented musicians. The events will take place at live music venues in Greater Miami and Miami Beach throughout the month of November.

Miami Beach International Bridal Week
The Eden Roc is transformed into a fantasy fairytale wedding scene in white and crystal with thousands of exotic flowers from around the world for this two-day luxury consumer wedding event.

Miami Short Film Festival
MSFF's goal year after year is focused on motivating directors, screenwriters, actors, and producers to make their films and share them with fellow film makers and industry professionals. The ultimate goal is to bring exposure to independent up-and-coming filmmakers.

23rd Annual Festival of Chefs
Great music, fine wine, and samples of signature dishes from South Florida's most acclaimed chefs along with Easter Seals’ Culinary Art Students is the essence of the Annual Festival of the Chefs. This event brings fine dining in a rousing display of creations to stimulate every taste.

Sleepless Night Miami Beach
Tens of thousands of cultural enthusiasts will gather on the vibrant streets and sands of Miami Beach for this unique all-night experience during Sleepless Night. The festival features 150 free performances, exhibitions and other cultural offerings at 80 locations spread throughout the city and the 13-hour night that marks the end of Daylight Savings Time. Free shuttle buses connect the four zones of activity and remote parking locations.

French Week Miami Beach
French Week Miami is a unique event designed to emphasize and to promote the French presence in South Florida and Miami Beach. Numerous events showcase the best of French culture: the screening of great French movies, an international book fair, a “Beaujolais nouveau” wine tasting, and various artistic performances and educational activities. This year features the second edition of a new dimension, with French Spice offering maximum exposure of French restaurants in the Greater Miami area.

French Spice
Experience a taste of France in November from Bistro to Gourmet restaurants to celebrate the diversity of Miami. French Spice, a fine dining promotion, offers specially priced three-course lunches and dinners.

SoundScape Cinema Series
The SoundScape Cinema Series, an Arts in the Parks program presented by the City of Miami Beach, presents free, weekly outdoor screenings on the huge wall of the New World Center, 500 17th Street (near Washington Avenue) in Miami Beach on Wednesday nights. Bring blankets, beach chairs and picnics (but no glass please). No tickets required. Schedule subject to change.
Moulin Rouge - (11/9/2011)
The Maltese Falcon - (11/16/2011)
Raiders of the Lost Ark - (11/23/2011)

Greater Miami and Miami Beach Concert Performances

Jazz Meets Gershwin November 4 @ 8pm, Adrienne Arsht Center

Boyz II Men with Keith Sweat and Faith Evans Nov. 5th @ 8:00 pm, at James L. Knight Center

Taylor Swift November 13 @ 7pm, American Airlines Arena

Jay Z & Kanye West November 25 @ 7:30pm, American Airlines Arena

Idina Menzel December 3 @ 8pm, Knight Concert Hall @ The Arsht Center

Janet Jackson December 5 @ 9pm, The Fillmore @ The Jackie Gleason Theater

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Miami Beach Real Estate owners, visitors, and residents are getting ready for peak season tourism- which is right around the corner, commencing in mid-November! Miami Live Music Month runs through the entire month of November, and also marks the prelude to the Miami Beach Art season. This month’s Miami Beach events set the stage for upcoming concert performances, art fairs and the highly anticipated Art Basel Miami Beach week in December. Visitors to Miami Beach will appreciate the upcoming music festivals and events from bands and artists from all over the country.

Miami Beach Real Estate

This is the time of year that Internationally-focused Real Estate Agents / Brokers, such as TheKleerTeam & Fortune International, take advantage to promote Miami Beach real estate. The wealthy national & international visitors come to our tropical oasis to enjoy the variety of concerts, festivals, family events, and nightlife activity and that's what makes living in Miami Beach (and most especially South Beach) so special!


Music lovers on Miami Beach can enjoy the hottest live bands playing rock, jazz, blues, R&B, hip-hop, Caribbean reggae, Latin grooves, bossa nova and more. Miami Beach's multicultural and latin american vibe makes the city a perfect destination for the popular live music scene. The Miami Music Featival will feature performances from a wide variety of genres with artists and bands from Florida, across the U.S. and all over the world.

Autumn Music Festival 2011
A three day camping event and free electronic festival in downtown Miami. Featuring a line-up of city and nationwide bands and DeeJays.

Sleepless Nights Miami Beach
Thousands of cultural enthusiasts will take over the vibrant streets and sands of Miami Beach for this unique all-night experience during Sleepless Night. The festival features 150 free performances, exhibitions and other cultural offerings at 80 locations spread throughout Miami Beach and the city and the 13-hour night that marks the end of Daylight Savings Time.

NASCAR Live Music Event
The Lummus Park, Miami Beach event will feature a live musical showcase and entertainment presented by NASCAR to thank fans as the racing season comes to a close.

Bayside Rocks Festival
Greater Miami will welcome Miami Beach residents and visitors to the downtown area for a special tribute to the life of Honorable Nesta Robert'Bob' Marley and 50 years of Wailers music. Also includes world music headliners from the Caribbean such as Bunny Wailer, Luciano, Tabou Combo, Cultura Profetica, Gondwana, Warrior King, Pato Banton, Connis Vanterpool and The Original Wailers, as well as other rising talent.

BLEAU LIVE Presents: Ricky Martin
Miami Beach Fountainbleau Hotel welcomes Ricky Martin performing live at one of Miami Beach's most exlcusive and popular nightlife venue.

Sun Life Stadium Music Festival Presents
For Greater Miami and Miami Beach resident, Sun Life Stadium presents the final Black Eyed Peas show for 2011 which features Marc Anthony, Cee Lo Green, Flo Rida, Jason Derulo, Sean Kingston and more.

Live Music Venues on Miami Beach: The Clevelander

The Setai Residences & Hotel:

The Betsy Hotel:


The Florida Room at the Delano Hotel :

Dining & Event Updates on Miami Beach

Yardbird Southern Table & Bar (16th Street & Lenox Ave) A Southern Table & Bar restaurant on Miami Beach that serves classic Southern cooking, culture and hospitality, officially opened on October

The South Beach Wine & Food Festival (February 23-26th, 2012) schedule of events have been published. Tickets go on sale October 24th.

The Tudor House is offering "Just Like Spice" until October 31st. A prix fixe 3-course lunch menu for $22 and a 3 course dinner menu for $35.00.

The River Oyster House in Miami (650 South Miami Avenue) is reviewed by Miami New Times:

The South Florida Auto Show returns on October 28 until October 31st at the Miami Beach Convention Center.

Art Basel returns to Miami December 1-4, 2011. Check out the website and catalogue.


Euphoria Tour featuring Enrique Iglesias October 22nd @ 7:30pm, American Airlines Arena

The Addams Family MusicalOctober 25-30th @ 8pm, Ziff Ballet Opera House @ the Arsht Center.

David Sedaris November 1 @ 7:30pm, The Fillmore Miami Beach

Jazz Meets Gershwin November 4 @ 8pm, Adrienne Arsht Center

Taylor Swift November 13 @ 7pm, American Airlines Arena

Jay Z & Kanye West November 25 @ 7:30pm, American Airlines Arena

Idina Menzel December 3 @ 8pm, Knight Concert Hall @ The Arsht Center

Janet Jackson December 5 @ 9pm, The Fillmore @ The Jackie Gleason Theater

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High season is just around the corner for home and condo owners in Miami Beach. Halloween, OcktoberFest, Art Basel Miami Beach, Carnival Miami Parade & many more festivals top the list of this season's most coveted events. Miami Beach's high season will also see an influx of many international visitors, snow birds from the Northern states like New York City, Chicago, Boston, and vacationers from neighboring states such as Atlanta, Dallas, and Northern Florida, who come to enjoy South Beach's many attractions. Every year, during the Winter months, second home owners and buyers interested in investing in Miami Beach Real Estate come to the South of Fifth neighborhood to escape the harsh winters of the North. The City ofMiami Beach accomodates homeowners and visitors by having a full schedule of cultural, fashion, festival, fine cuisine and Holiday events for all to enjoy. All of the these varied attractions are what makes owning real estate and living in Miami Beach an exceptional experience!

Miami Beach Condo and Homeowner Attractions

Featured Annual Events in Miami Beach

Miami Beach Attractions of the Month
A diverse selection of family-friendly activities and excursions for Greater Miami and Miami beach residents. Features great indoor and outdoor events, exotic adventures, water sports and exploration, and much more.

Annual Miami Beach Antique Jewelry & Watch Show
Three days of the finest art, antiques and luxury jewelry showcased at the Miami Beach Convention Center. The most elegant gems, precious stones, diamonds rare vintage, antique, and estate jewelry and watches and much more will be exhibited for attendees and collectors.

Carnival Miami Parade & Festival
one of the most popular events in Miami and Miami Beach. Carnival celebrates Caribbean and Latin culture with music, food, arts & crafts, and an outrageously colorful mardi gras-style parade that also feature calypsonians from the islands, live bands & performances and thousands of visitors from across the United States.

Miami Fashion Festival
A weekend of Citywide events for Greater Miami and Miami Beach residents and visitors featuring runway shows, styling clinics, retail promotions, fashion photo shoots, in-s tore retail promotions and appearances by top fashion designers. Presented by Jones Magazine.

The South Beach Wine & Food Festival
A national, star-studded, four-day destination event showcasing the talents of the world's most renowned wine and spirits producers, chefs and culinary personalities.

Funkshion: Fall Fashion Week Miami Beach
Miami Beach hosts top world designers and fashion brands who will showcase their new lines in individual fashion shows to media, celebrities, international buyers.

South Florida International Auto Show: Miami Beach
One of the largest and most prestigious in the nation, the auto show showcases more than 1,000 new car, truck, van and SUV models from more than 40 of the world's leading manufacturers.

Miami Beach Halloween Half Marathon
A fun run event that builds of the excitement and anticipation of the Halloween festivities. The stellar ocean side 13.1 mile course runs Starts at Parrot Jungle, Parrot and finishing at South Pointe Park with Fabulous & Stunning Miami Beach Views.

Halloween on Lincoln Road, Miami Beach
Locals, tourists, and residents of the South of Fifth neighborhood explore and engage in the spooky all-night long entertainment events filled with live music, costume parties, great food, and shopping to celebrate Halloween. Halloween Sunday will begin with trick or treating for Children to collect sweets from Lincoln Road storefronts. Clowns, magicians, and stilt walkers will line the streets to dazzle and entertain and give away free sweets.

Halloween Spooktacular at Jungle Island
Located on Watson island, between Miami and Miami Beach, Jungle island presents Halloween fun-filled days of spooky fun for children with the furry and feathered friends who live on the island.

Dining & Nightlife Activities in Miami and Miami Beach

Miami New Times Presents Iron Fork: Chef vs. Chef
Chef's Battle to create delicious bites from dozens of Miami' and Miami Beach's best restaurants, from Barton G's famous restauran on Miami Beach's West Avenue to Hakkasan in South Beach. Includes chef competition, food sampling, open bar and live entertainment.

Tudor House (1111 Collins Ave) Highlights values and quality. Read More:

Egg & Dart (4029 North Miami Ave) New Greek restaurant on Miami Beach aims to embody Greece in all aspects, from the menu, the decor and the name. Read More:

Kane Steakhouse (431 Washington Ave)
Located in South Beach’s booming “South of Fifth” area, offers fine cuisine, modern design and seductive ambiance with upscale steakhouse fare Read More:

The South Beach Wine & Food Festival (February 23-26th, 2012) A culinary extravaganza in Miami Beach featuring the most renowned wine and spirits producers, chefs and culinary personalities. Tickets go on sale October 24th. Read More:

Other Highlights in Greater Miami & Miami Beach

The Miami Heat's first pre-season game is scheduled for October 11. View their full schedule here:

Sleepless Night Miami Beach - November 5 An all night, free art event has become quite popular and draws visitors from everywhere.

Art Basel returns to Miami December 1-4, 2011. Check out the website and catalogue here:

Performances and Concerts in Miami and in South Beach

Euphoria Tour w/ Enrique Iglesias Sept. 22 @ 7:30pm American Airlines Arena:

Chris Tucker Sept. 24 @ 7:30pm Fillmore Miami Beach @ The Jackie Gleason Theater:

Adele Oct. 14 @ 8pm American Airlines Arena:

Chris Brown Oct. 5 F.A.M.E. Tour featuring T-Pain and Tyga:

Guns N' Roses Oct 29 American Airlines Arena:

Josh Groban Oct. 26 BankAtlantic Center:

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Are you a potential snowbird who may be interested in spending this coming winter season to Miami Beach? Then come on over to the International destination where homeowners and condo residents enjoy incredible warm tropical weather and amazing sunsets year-round at the beach! Although we are still in the wet season, and just missed the worst of the Hurricane season with a weather phenomenon that spread across the Eastern seaboards as far as New York to Canada; Miami Beach vacationers, residents and condo owners in the South of Fifth Neighborhood have plenty of late summer/early Fall fun in the sun left to enjoy. Miami Beach’s endless rays of sun, white sand beaches and emerald water surfs never disappoint residents who continue to participate in the numerous festivals, daytime excursions, active and exciting nightlife and the lavish beach life offered in the city of Miami Beach.

It’s no wonder Miami Beach year-round is a top destination for families, friends, couples and the ever present tourists from countries near and far. The year-long tropical island atmosphere is a constant reminder to Miami Beach vacationers, second home buyers, residents and condo owners that the beach lifestyle is a hot commodity in the US, especially when the Northern cities are getting ready for their Fall and Winter months. With its oceanfront living and unlimited beach access, Miami Beach ranks as one of the top destinations for fall and winter getaways.

The South of Fifth Neighborhood in Miami Beach is dominated by such towering luxury waterfront buildings as Apogee, The Continuum on South Beach, The Murano Condos in Miami Beach, The Murano Grande, and Icon South Beach. All of these condo owners and residents are within either walking distance or a short ten minute cab ride to all of the Miami Beach attractions and events happening in September and October, 2011:

Late Summer Events in Greater Miami and Miami Beach:

Miami Beach Condo and Homeowner Events

Miami Spice 2011 - Continues through September 30. Take advantage of some amazing gourmet deals at some of the best restaurants in Greater Miami and Miami Beach.

Miami International Wine Fair - My personal favorite! Starts on September 23rd, the leading wine trade show begins showcasing over 1,500 wines from 20 of the world’s most established wine countries such as Spain, France, Italy, the United States, and Australia all on display for tastings and enjoyment at The Miami Beach Convention Center.

Butterfly Days at Fairchild - On September 24-25th explore the colorful and fantastic world of butterflies, featuring lectures and presentations throughout the weekend to learn about conservation, butterfly gardening, photography, butterfly tours and more.

Festival Miami – September 30th marks the annual music festival that opens the South Florida arts season presents between 25 to 30 concerts, master classes, and lectures over a five-week period.

South Florida Dragon Boat & Moon Festival - This year’s festival on September 24, 2011 will be a land-only celebration featuring multicultural performances, Arts & Crafts, International Food Court and more.

Miami Jazz Film Festival - Begins September 29 featuring documentary films that focus on jazz and world music. Will feature jazz tributes, jazz documentaries, features and live concerts.

The South Beach Italian Film Festival – Starting October 6 will open with screenings, tributes, seminars and 10 new films in Italian with English subtitles at the Regal Cinema South Beach

Miami Beach's Lincoln Road Antique Market - Returns October 9 for the winter season scheduled every 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month. Shop for antique items, gifts, jewelry, china, vintage clothing, furniture, and collectibles at this outdoor market.

Carnival Miami 2011 - Greater Miami presents Miami Broward One Carnival Sunday, October 9th. A Caribbean festival featuring costumed parades, Caribbean and international acts, food and drinks, arts and craft and fun for the entire family.

Art Basel Miami Beach - December 1-4, 2011 Get an early prep start now. One of the most prestigious art show in the United States returns to Miami. An exclusive selection of more than

250 leading art galleries from North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia and Africa will exhibit.

Dining & Nightlife
The Dining Room (413 Washington Ave) is a Miami Beach bistro for libations and a variety of delicious small plates. Now offering Candlelit Dinner for 2 on Travel Zoo.

5 Napkins (455 Lincoln Road) a New York inspired burger joint on Miami Beach’s Lincoln Road serves burgers, shakes, sushi, salads, and comfort food like Mac and cheese and chicken soup.

Escopazzo (1311 Washington Ave) This is another personal favorite of mine & many long-time Miami Beach Residents and Homeowners! A family owned restaurants with a friendly and attentive staff. Organic Italian cuisine restaurant in a Tuscan courtyard setting introduces "Small Plates and Wine Night" in their courtyard wine room. Prices for each plate begin at $9 while microbrews and wines by the glass go for $7.00.

Other Highlights
South of Fifth Dental
SoFi Dental Care & Orthodontics (115 Washington Avenue) a full-service dental office in Miami Beach offers new patient specials. Check them out here.

The Miami Design Preservation League (1001 Ocean Drive) is offering scheduled tours and seminars. Visit for more details:

MiMo Tour of North Miami Beach - September 3rd, 9:30am $20. Tour start on the corner of 73rd and Collins.

Mediterranean Revival Lecture - September 8th, 7pm
Shadows, Footprints, and Names: The Spanish Empire in North America

Gay & Lesbian Walking Tour - September 24th, 7pm $20
Tour starts at the Art Deco Welcome Center, especially tailored for the LGBT-oriented visitors to Miami

Miami Beach & Greater Miami Performances
Marc Anthony: September 16 @ 8pm American Airlines
David Sedaris: November 1 @ 7:30pm. The Fillmore Miami
Jay Z & Kanye West November 25 @ 7:30pm, American Airlines

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Miami and Miami Beach Summer Events

For Miami Beach residents there are two kinds of heat, The Miami Heat basketball team and year-round tropical temperatures. The latter makes for a great time to plan a night on the town, or a date at one of the gastronomically amazing Miami Beach restaurants. Below are some options for Miami Beach condo and homeowners to stay entertained with the latest dining and nightlife options in and around Miami and Miami Beach:

Miami & Miami Beach Dining & Nightlife

Haven (1237 Lincoln Road, next to Alta Mare) gets a nice mention in The Miami Herald. It's an upscale neighborhood place for drinks and small bites:

Like BBQ? Stop into Sparky's Roadside Barbecue(204 NE 1st Street) in downtown Miami. Lee Klein of the Miami New Times has great things to say:

Pied a Terre (1701 James Ave, at the Cadet Hotel) is starting to get some great recognition, see what Urban Daddy has to say:

Bal Harbour's Makoto (9700 Collins Avenue) gets a good write up too:

Looking for a place to have a drink or have something to eat on the Miami Beach boardwalk along the water? Check out The Setai, Carraba's or The Cabana Beach Club at the Eden Roc. Here's an abbreviated rundown:

1. The Setai: An oasis right on the ocean, the Setai seduces with a wooden bar and tables covered by umbrellas. They offer an extensive menu that include items like ceviche, salads, and sandwiches. Definitely one of the most upscale places around, but well worth it if one wants to be confused with the rich and famous.

2. Carrabba's Italian Grill: Located in the mid-beach area of Miami Beach on 39th Street, Carrabba's offers daily drinks specials and great prices on food. The most casual of the these three places, and on weekends, enjoy the sounds of a live band while enjoying the cool ocean breeze.

3. Cabana Beach Club: Further north on 45th street in Miami Beach, the Eden Roc's Cabana Beach Club offers THE only full water view from their location. They boast a large menu with hotel prices offers something for every taste ranging from coconut shrimp ($14) and fried grouper tacos ($14) to flat iron steak ($27) and sugarcane skewered ahi tuna ($25). Not as fancy as the Setai, yet more upscale than Carrabba's.

Other Highlights:

Live music has come to the The Betsy Hotel & Bar (1440 Ocean Drive in the heart of South Beach) every week on Thursday. On June 9, they have local Miami Beach legend and South Beach Diva Maryel Epps.

The Wizard of Oz will be on the New World Center Soundscape's outdoor big screen (500 17th Street, between Washington & Pennsylvania Aves) on Wednesday, June 8 @ 8pm. Free to the public, get there early! Located at the beautiful Frank Gehry Designed New World Center campus.

Cirque du Soleil's Eloize comes to the Arsht Center July 26th - August 7, Tickets start at $25.00.

Performances - Katy Perry: June 11 @ 7:30pm BankAtlantic Center Sunrise, Fl - Martin Lawrence: June 25 @ Adrienne Arsht Center - Rihanna: Bank Atlantic Center July 14 @ 7:30 pm. - Sade: Friday, July 15, 2011 Bank Atlantic Center - Ke$ha: August 7, 20110 @ 7:30pm BayFront Park Amphitheater Marc Anthony: September 16 @ 8pm American Airlines Arena

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Late Spring and Summer Events in Miami & Miami Beach

As the summer months and "low season" is upon us, there's much to do in Miami and Miami Beach. Even as the slower-paced time of year is here, there's so much to do and see in and around Miami Beach for year-round residents and homeowners.

Dining & Nightlife

Cozy Bar is a must for the nearby condo residents. This is where the owners and residents of The Continuum on South Beach, The Portofino Tower, Apogee, The Murano at Portofino, and the other local South of Fifth residents gather to hear live music, Wednesday - Sunday, beginning around 9:30pm. You can go to to see their line up or stop by my desk for the calendar.

Joe's Stone Crab has officially begun it's summer hours: From now until July 31, 2011, they will be closed for lunch. Dinner hours are as follows: Wednesday, Thursday & Sunday: 6pm -10pm, Friday & Saturday: 6pm - 11pm, Closed: Mondays & Tuesdays. A Miami Beach South of Fifth Neighborhood classic is now available year-round!

Pied a Terre (1701 James Ave., 2nd floor of the Cadet Hotel) gets mentioned in the Miami Herald. Seems like it's a hidden jewel worth sampling:

Thali Indian & Thai (754 Washington Avenue) gets a nice write up by Lee Klein in the Miami New Times:

Lou Lou Le Petit Bistro comes to Brickell. See what the Miami Herald has to say:

Haven has just opened at 1237 Lincoln Road (next to Alta Mare). A "gastro-lounge" focusing on small bites with many local and organic offerings, Haven infuses a bit of nightlife into your dining experience.

The Brooklyn Water Bagel Company just opened on 1115 5th Street (ground floor at The newly completed Fifth and Alton Shopping Center). Owned and conceived by CNN's Larry King, the best Bagels from New York City and the water is supposedly brought in from New Jersey!

Other Greater Miami Highlights

Don't forget: MAY IS MUSEUM MONTH! Museum-hopping a bargain in May. Culture shouldn't break the bank this month. May is Miami Museum Month, with a record 17 participants offering buy-one-get-one-free admission.Anyone who is already a member of any of the museums -- or joins during May -- can go to any other museum for free throughout the month. Participating museums include Bass Museum of Art in Miami Beach (off of Collins and 23rd), the Haitian Heritage Museum, HistoryMiami, Miami Art Museum, Miami Science Museum and the Wolfsonian - FIU. The Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau started the initiative in 2009. Four new museums joined this year: Ancient Spanish Monastery, Coral Gables Merrick House, Coral Gables Museum and Wings Over Miami Air Museum. A full list and more information can be found online at

Sleepless Night (the all-night arts extravaganza) returns to Miami Beach this year on November 5:

Cirque du Soleil's Eloizecomes to the Arsht Center July 26th - August 7, Tickets start at $25.00.

Elle Magazine to open Elle Spa at the Eden Roc Hotel in June:

Hair comes to the Adrienne Arsht Center from May 31 - June 5. Tickets can be found here:

Performances & Concerts

Taylor Swift: June 2 @ 7pm BankAtlantic Center Sunrise

Katy Perry: June 11 @ 7:30pm BankAtlantic Center Sunrise

Martin Lawrence: June 25 @ Adrienne Arsht Center

Rihanna: Bank Atlantic Center July 14 @ 7:30 pm.

Sade: Friday, July 15, 2011Bank Atlantic Center

Ke$ha: August 7, 20110 @ 7:30pm BayFront Park Amphitheater

Marc Anthony: September 16 @ 8pm American Airlines Arena

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Obama Star Island Miami Beach FundraiserGloria Emilio Estefan Star Island Miami Beach

President Barack Obama will be hosted by Gloria and Emilio Estefan on April 15, 2010 at their Miami Beach home for a Democratic National Committee fundraiser. Over the past thirty years, the Estefan's have been huge benefactors to the local community, along with their Star Island neighbor Rosie O'Donnell. They have been tireless fundraisers for many great causes and to a variety of charitable organizations. Most recently, Emilio and Gloria Estefan held one of the largest rallies ever in little Havana to protest the human rights situation in Cuba, and over the years they have been major benefactors to Miami's exiled Cuban community.

The $30,400-a-couple cocktail reception is reported to be the Estefans' first political fundraiser for the Democractic National Committee. Both Gloria and Emilio Estefan strongly believe in giving back to their local community, and have expressed their gratitude and patriotism on countless occassions. Obama will also attend a fundraiser at the Adrienne Arsht Center in downtown Miami for the Performing Arts in downtown Miami that same day. It should be noted that Gloria performed at the inaugural festivities for President George W. Bush in 2005, following Mr. Bush's 2002 appointment of Emilio to the President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities and the President's Advisory Committee on the Arts. The local Miami Beach community is very grateful to have them as neighbors and citizens!

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Following from my previous post about the upcoming Winter Music Conference, culminating in the Ultra Music Festival at Bayfront Park in downtown Miami, I'd also like to highlight a few other late March events taking place around Miami Beach:

The official dates for the 25th annual Winter Music Conference are March 23 to 27, 2010. A few other great events taking place this month are the Miami Book Fair, the Miami Film Festival, and the Sony Ericcson Open Tennis Tournament in Key Biscayne. To see additional information about year-round Miami Beach events, check out our Miami Beach Living Page

The Winter Music Conference is one of my personal favorites, featuring one of the largest indoor/outdoor music and DJ events in the world. The only other events that can rival the diversity and scope of this five day music extravaganza are Mardi Gras in Australia and Carnaval in Brazil. In 2009, we had almost 2,000 artists and DJs in Miami Beach. This year will see major events once again scheduled at the magnificent Mansion nightclub, Set Nightclub and Lounge, and the Cameo Theatre in South Beach. The official host hotel will be the recently restored Eden Roc Hotel located at 4525 Collins Avenue, in the mid-beach area of Miami Beach (right next door to the historic Fontainebleu Hilton).

Be sure to also check out the amazing Oceanfront music events scheduled at the Nikki Beach Club located in the South of Fifth district along Ocean Drive. The National, the Clevelander, the Shelbourne, Skybar at the Shore Club, and Louis Nightclub at the Gansevoort Hotel will also be hosting some of the world's top spinning talent. A few of the featured DJ's this year are Tiesto, David Guetta, Armin Van Buren, Eric Morillo, Carl Cox, Passion Pit, Sasha & John Digweed, Benny Benassi, Fedde Le Grane, Kaskade and Paul Oakenfold. For a complete schedule of upcoming Miami Beach events and to purchase tickets click here

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The month of March is an exciting time for local events in and around Miami Beach! So far in 2010 we've been seeing strong tourist traffic for events such as The South Beach Wine and Food Festival, the upcoming Winter Party Festival the culminates in a massive beachfront fund-raising party right off 12th Street and Ocean Drive. In addition to being an important fundraiser, the Winter Party Festival is also a major contributor to Miami and Miami Beach's economy, this year the local Miami Beach tourist Board is expecting over 10,000 people from around the world!

Also, the 2010 Winter Music Conference will be taking place in and around Miami and Miami Beach from March 23 -27. During the week, there will be over 400 parties held at dozens of venues and outdoor spaces. This is the 25th year that this amazing music conference takes place, and each year the event attracts more visitors and the hottest music talent on the planet!

In the past few months, we've also noticed a strong increase in buyer traffic for Miami Beach's hottest real estate. For example, we just had a young (and famous) Brazilian client of ours purchase in one of Miami Beach's most popular waterfront condo buildings- The Murano at Portofino. This building happens to also host a variety of VIP events at the world-famous Piaggia Beach Club, which is located on the southern side of the main entrance.

Key Facts:
Murano at Portofino South Beach (Intracoastal & Fisher Island Views)
Pending Sales Price: $900,000
2009 Tax Assessed Value: $766,000
Previous Sales Price (2005): $975,000
Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 2
Condo S.F.: 1,390 ($647/SF)

Interior Decor / Overall Condition: Beautiful decorator-appointed finishes

Note that the tax assessed value is significantly lower than the pending price. This pending sale demonstrates the resilient market value of premier condos located in luxury waterfront buildings in South Beach. If you are potentially looking to purchase, NOW is the time to take advantage of this buyer's market. We're seeing strong buyer activity from those looking to become a part of the amazing lifestyle that Miami Beach has to offer!

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