19th Annual Grand Plaza Concert Series

Join us for an afternoon concert in the Grand Plaza. The Gold Coast Youth Orchestra nurtures and promotes the musical abilities of talented young orchestral string students in South Florida. We welcome the Intermediate Orchestra which has 25 talented members, and we hope you enjoy the uplifting and holiday-inspired music they will be bringing to Butterfly World for the first time!
The concert is free with your paid admission. After the concert, guests are welcome to continue the journey with a self-guided tour through our butterfly aviaries. A delight for the senses! For more information, go to www.butterflyworld.com.


Don’t miss internationally-acclaimed cabaret and concert singer, John Lariviere, as he presents MOON RIVER, the perfect tribute to the musical genius of prolific composer and lyricist Johnny Mercer!

With talented jazz pianist, Phil Hinton, at his side, the 75-minute show includes over 20 hit songs such as “Blues in the Night,” “Autumn Leaves,” “That Old Black Magic,” “Skylark,” “Satin Doll,” “Days of Wine and Roses,” and of course “Moon River.”

John Lariviere, currently headlines throughout Florida, specializing in music from Broadway, Jazz and the Great American Songbook. In July of 2019 he returned for his fourth year to the acclaimed Florida Cabaret Festival in Venice, FL with his show, THE SINATRA SONGBOOK.

In addition to his cabaret work, John toured the U.S. performing regional before settling in South Florida, where he has appeared in more than 40 local theatrical productions at theatres such as the Maltz and the Wick. He has sung live on TV on The Suncoast View (Channel 7 – ABC) and on the Live with Iris Acker show, and on the radio on KDW (97.5FM) and WLRN (91.3FM). You can also find him as Theodore in the 2015 independent, horror film spoof Imaginary Movie, and as Robert in the 2016 DMOC web-series, King of the Streets. For booking and other information please visit his website at: johnlariviere.net


Disney Junior Holiday Party! is a dazzling musical wonderland where children and their families can sing and dance along to their favorite Disney Junior songs plus holiday classics with their favorite Disney friends, including Mickey & Minnie Mouse, the Puppy Dog Pals, Vampirina and many more, plus a special visit from Santa Claus!

For more information, go to http://www.thecentercs.com/


PY1, an innovative, highly technological pyramid-shaped touring entertainment venue conceived by visionary entrepreneur and co-founder of Cirque Du Soleil and Lune Rouge, Guy Laliberté. PY1 will make its US debut in Miami on November 29, 2019 AT Island Gardens on Watson Island.

Through the Echoes is a one-of-a-kind 50-minute multimedia show that transports guests on a technological odyssey through space and time. Through The Echoes tells the evolution of life from the Big Bang to today utilizing high-quality soundscapes, visuals, music and light to guide the audience. Featuring lasers, 360-degree projections, kinetic video aerial scenery, atmospheric special effects and grandiose lightscapes, spectators will be at the heart of the experience.

To discover more, www.py1.com


WEST SIDE STORY reimagines Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet in 1950s New York City. A bitter rivalry between two teenage street gangs, the american-born Jets and the Puerto Rican immigrant sharks is forever altered by a Forbidden Love Affair between the young couple Tony and Maria. The story star-crossed lovers struggle to rise above the hatred and intolerance that surrounds them. This Smash Hit musical was heralded as an electrifying Moment In Theater history but it was open in 1957 and today, it remains as powerful, poignant and timely as ever.

For more information, go to https://lpacfl.com


New Times’ 3rd annual all-you-can-eat taco festival, Tacolandia, is back and once again giving Miami something to taco ’bout!

Join us on Saturday, November 16, at Magic City Studios for music, drinks, entertainment, and, most importantly, tacos! Check out all the reasons you should get your tickets TODAY!

•Unlimited Tacos
•Cool Zone “Ice Bar” by Rava Group
•Mariachi from Senor Frogs
•Face Painting
•Live music by Brendan O’Hara
•Free haircut and shave from The Spot
•Live DJs from Revolution 935
•and MORE!

For more information, go to www.eventbrite.com/e/miami-new-times-tacolandia-2019-tickets-66328060013

November Hammock Happenings E-News

Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, November 25-27, 8:30 am – 12:00 pm.

  • Day 1, November 25 – Shark Science: Learn about the fascinating lives of sharks through shark themed activities and lessons. Register for Day 1
  • Day 2, November 26 – Animal Anomalies: Frogfish, octopus, flounder and more! We’ll learn all about special animals with amazing adaptations. Register for Day 2
  • Day 3, November 27 – Sensational Sea Turtles: Come discover these extraordinary reptiles and why they love living in Florida.  Register for Day 3

Cost per child per day:  Resident/Member $25, Non-resident/Non-member $30.

Sign-up for each day individually. Online registration closes 48 hours before this class (Day 1). Program may be cancelled due to registration below-minimum required number.

November Programs

Search our online Program Listings and learn about our new program registration procedures.

The Art of Nature

Do you look at clouds and see images of animals?  Does the rustling of leaves in the wind sound like a symphony?  We will make ephemeral art, learn to take thoughtful nature photos, and capture the beauty of nature on canvas.  Program for adults and families.

  • Ages 7-adult; children under 18 must sign-up and participate with an adult.
  • Nov. 17, 10:00-11:00am
  • Cost per person: Resident/Member $5, Non-resident/Non-member $8
  • Reservations required

Beach Treasures

Sand dollars?  Sponges?  Oh, what treasures you may find… sea beans, coral, shells and more; see what the sea has left behind!  Meet at the Center to learn about shells and sea life; caravan to Red Reef Beach Park, for beachcombing with the experts!

  • All ages; children under 18 must sign-up and participate with an adult.
  • Nov. 13, 3:00-4:30 pm
  • Reservations recommended

Early Birding with Al

Pick up some new skills or sharpen the old ones!  Join us for a free early morning birding adventure at Gumbo Limbo.  Learn about our native and migratory birds from an experienced birder, as we walk the Ashley Trail and the boardwalk in search of warblers, gnatcatchers, woodpeckers, and other avian species.  Binoculars recommended.  Meet on the front porch of the Nature Center.

  • Ages 10 and up; children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Nov. 21, 8:30–10:00 am
  • Reservations not required

Homeschool Workshops

Join Gumbo Limbo Educators for super science-based lessons for your homeschool students, ages 3-12.  Sign up for 1, 2, or all 3 fall workshops.  Students will be divided into age groups; 3-5 years (parent required to stay with child), 6-8 years, and 9-12 years.  Participate in science activities related to the monthly topic, prepared specifically with your student’s age group in mind.  September’s topic is ‘Mazing Mammals!  Younger/older siblings must participate in their own age groups.

  • Nov. 20, 2:00-3:30 pm (3-5 years, 2:00-3:00 pm)
  • Cost per Child: Resident/Member $5, Non-resident/Non-member $8
  • Cost per Sibling: Resident/Member$3,  Sibling Non-resident/Non-member $6
  • Reservations required (by age group):  Ages 3-5    Ages 6-8    Ages 9-12

Intracoastal Adventures – Canoeing

Nature-lovers, discover the magic of the mangroves with a Gumbo Limbo guide on a canoe paddle along the Intracoastal Waterway.  Must be experienced at canoeing and be able to get into and out of a canoe without assistance.  2-3 people per canoe.

  • Ages 6-adult; children under 18 must sign-up and participate with an adult.
  • Nov. 10, 9:00 -11:30 am
  • Cost per person: Resident/Member $20, Non-resident/Non-member $25
  • Reservations required

Intracoastal Adventures – Daylight Savings Evening Kayaking

Enjoy the moonrise over the Intracoastal by kayak as darkness creeps in an hour early this week. The water takes on a whole new beauty as it reflects the twilight sky.

  • Ages 8-adult; children under 18 must sign-up and participate with an adult.
  • Nov. 3, 6:00 -7:30 pm
  • Cost per person: Resident/Member $20, Non-resident/Non-member $25
  • Reservations required

Intracoastal Adventures – Kayaking

Beautiful scenery, fresh air, and exercise! Join us for a kayak tour as we learn about the fascinating wildlife that calls the Intracoastal home.  Must have kayaking experience and be able to get in and out of a kayak without assistance.  1-2 people per double kayak.

  • Ages 6-adult; children under 18 must sign-up and participate with an adult.
  • Nov. 30, 9:00-10:30 am.
  • Cost per person: Resident/Member $20, Non-resident/Non-member $25
  • Reservations required

Intracoastal Adventures – Stand-Up Paddle Boarding

A whole new way to see the Intracoastal!  Stand-up paddling offers a new perspective of the water below.  Join us for a fun paddle along the mangroves as we look for fish, turtles, and stingrays!

  • Ages 12-adult; children under 18 must sign-up and participate with an adult.
  • Nov. 16, 9:00-11:00 am
  • Cost per person: Resident/Member $20, Non-resident/Non-member $25
  • Reservations required

Little Wonders

Join us for stories, laughter, and fun, as we learn about everything under the sun!  Gumbo Limbo, a great place to explore; aquariums, trails, gardens, and more!  Make a craft, meet an animal, take in the scene; come back every month for a brand-new theme!

  • Ages 3-4 with an adult.
  • Nov. 2, 10:00-11:00 am
  • Cost per child: Resident/Member $5, Non-resident/Non-member $8
  • Reservations recommended

Nature Detectives

“Why’s the sky blue?  Why are plants green?  What’s inside an egg?  What does it all mean?”  There is no end to a child’s questions!  Become a Nature Detective with your novice naturalist as we investigate the mysteries of the world around us.

  • Ages 5-7 with an adult.
  • Nov. 2, 11:30 am-12:30 pm
  • Cost per child: Resident/Member $5, Non-resident/Non-member $8
  • Reservations recommended

S’more Science

Join us for this fun campfire program in our garden amphitheater with a yummy treat.  Each month will host a different topic.

  • All ages; children under 18 must sign-up and participate with an adult.
  • Nov. 24, 5:00-6:00 pm
  • Cost per person: Resident/Member $3, Non-resident/Non-member $5
  • Reservations required

The Science of Nature

What is the name of the science that studies insects and spiders?  What does a dendrologist do?  Come find out for yourself!  We will explore the science of nature and conduct some scientific experiments and activities of our own.  Program for adults and families.

  • Ages 7-adult; children under 18 must sign-up and participate with an adult.
  • Nov. 24, 11:00am-12:00pm
  • Cost per person: Resident/Member $5, Non-resident/Non-member $8
  •  Reservations required

Recurring Programs

Guided Nature Walk

Join us for a FREE guided walk along the Ashley Trail, a quarter-mile natural trail that winds through the Butterfly Garden, Coastal Hammock, and Mangroves, to a sandy beach by the Intracoastal.  Observe local flora and fauna as your naturalist guides you on this island exploration.

  • All ages; children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Every Tuesday and Thursday, 11:00-12:00 pm

Outdoor Marine Aquarium Feedings

What is the connection between mangrove and coral reef communities?  How do fish use these habitats?  Learn about the fascinating behaviors of native fish, stingrays, and other marine life during these daily feeding presentations.

  • All ages. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Daily at 12:30 pm

Sea Turtle Talk

Get the inside scoop on our Sea Turtle Rehabilitation Facility.  Last year, over 100 sea turtle patients were treated at Gumbo Limbo.  Meet some of our current patients and hear their stories. Why are they here? What can you do to help?

  • All ages; children under 18 must participate with an adult.
  • Daily at 2:00 pm

Collective Soul Live

Indelibly memorable tracks like “December,” “The World I Know,” “Gel,” and “Heavy” (to name but a few) all evoke a collective sense of heartfelt observational universality and earnest positivity — in short, they’re the jukebox heroes of a new generation. And now, Collective Soul is proud to welcome the newest member of their recorded family into the world titled Blood. Blood is the culmination of a quarter-century of Collective Soul assessing not only where they’ve come from, but also where they’re going.

For more information, go to www.thecentercs.com.

34th Annual Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival

Take a vacation from ordinary film November 1-17 at the 34th Annual Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival (FLIFF). This year’s exciting line-up of more than 150 features, documentaries and short films will entertain, captivate and inspire.

Add red carpet premieres, over-the-top parties, two cruises, and celebrity and filmmaker guests and you’re sure to have a good time.

Celebrity guests attending include: Karen Allen/Colewell and Animal House, Peter Riegert/Extra Innings and Animal House, Radha Mitchell/Celeste, Justin Long/Safe Spaces, René Auberjonois/Raising Buchanan, Talia Shire/Working Man, Joe Pantoliano/From the Vine.

Get details and advance tickets at www.FLIFF.com or call 954-525-FILM (3456).

Jungle Island’s Luminosa

Imagine walking through a forest of illuminated jellyfish and fluorescent coral, seeing glowing alligators and flamingos light the night, strolling through scenes looking like Ocean Drive and the Arts District – all made from handcrafted Chinese Lanterns. Join us every night as the island lights up. Enjoy delicious food and cocktails, daily shows, night time entertainment. Chill with a Moet under our glowing Banyan tree. And if you’re feeling adventurous, take a flight down our zip line. Open all week from 5pm.

Tickets and information at www.jungleisland.com

Icons – The Art of Celebrity Illusion

Experience an unforgettable evening as South Florida’s Top Female Impersonators transform into music’s legendary icons! Mind-blowing illusions bring Cher, Bette Midler, Barbara Streisand, Whitney Houston, Celine Dion, Judy Garland, Liza Minelli, and more together for one night only!

Join host and local drag superstar, Nicole Halliwell, through this one-hour journey full of glamour, fabulous costumes, and unforgettable hits – with lots of unexpected surprises along the way! Sing along and get face to face with these mega stars as they share the same stage – exclusively at Mizner Park Cultural Center!

For more information, go to miznerparkculturalcenter.com

Miami Greek Festival Features New Beer & Wine Garden

Always changing and evolving, this year’s Miami Greek Festival will feature a Beer & Wine Garden showcasing some of the best beverages Greece has to offer. An annual Miami tradition, the festival is known for its authentic and mouth-watering Greek food and home-made pastries as well as traditional music and dancing. There’s definitely something for everyone, including rides for the kids and a vendor area for some fun weekend shopping. Come enjoy the 40th annual event and be part of the wonderful Greek culture and community. For more information and discounted tickets, visit www.miamigreekfestival.com | 7901 N. Kendall Drive, Miami 33156. November 15-17.

Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway

NASCAR’s exhilarating playoffs boils down to this moment. Experience NASCAR’s thrilling season-finale Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Who will be the last one standing in Victory Lane? Experience the sounds of speed, witness the sights of greatness, and savor the taste of victory. Supercharge your senses and be part of the action, as the world’s best drivers battle for the Championship!

For more information, http://www.homesteadmiamispeedway.com/2019-Tickets/Ford-400.aspx

Grammy Nominee Robin Thicke at Fontainebleau

Fontainebleau Miami Beach is pleased to welcome back five-time Grammy award nominee Robin Thicke to the iconic BleauLive stage on Friday, November 22. Experience a night to remember as Robin Thicke fills the world-renowned hotel with soulful and emotional ballads from his biggest hits, such as “Lost Without You,” “Sex Therapy” and “Magic.”

Pre-show dinner and room packages are available. Room packages include complimentary parking for one car and Dinner & Show for two at Scarpetta by Scott Conant. Dinner & Show packages are available at Scarpetta by Scott Conant and StripSteak by Michael Mina. All Dinner & Show and Show packages include discounted valet parking for $15.

Visit bleaulive.com to reserve.

New Exhibition: Anime Architecture

Tracing the architectural world-building process of Japan’s most influential animated science fiction films, this exhibition highlights the artists, designers, and directors of the meticulous backdrops that bring to life the futuristic urban environments of anime.

For more information, go to morikami.org.