December 2016 community events calendar


Welcome to your community calendar. It's your one-stop shop to finding out about events taking place around your community. We have everything to help you make the most of your free time, from festivals and fundraisers to music and museums.

Events are listed on a monthly basis. Most are free or low cost to the public.


Now – Jan. 8

Lantern Light Festival

Miami-Dade County Fair & Expo

10901 SW 24th St. (Coral Way)


Time: 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.

The festival offers a spectacular evening of dazzling lights, colors, shapes and themes.  The entire family can enjoy and experience the majestic skills of the world's finest lantern makers. 

Cost: Tickets start at $19; free admission for children under age 2 

For more information, visit lanternlightfestival.com.


December  2016

Drugs: Cost & Consequences Exhibit

Museum of Discovery & Science

401 SW Second St.

Fort Lauderdale

Time: Museum hours 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, noon to 6 p.m. Sunday

Presented by the Drug Enforcement Administration, this 4,000 square foot, nationally traveling exhibit offers a local, global and historical view of the many costs and consequences of drugs on society.  It's designed to open the eyes to the science behind drug addiction and the damaging impact of illegal drugs. It provides youth and adults a unique learning opportunity and a chance to be part of the solutions in their communities.  

Cost:  Included with museum admission cost; adults $15, children 2 to 12 $13, children 1 and under free  

For more information, visit mods.org.


Thursday, Dec. 1

National Career Fairs Hiring Event

Miami Airport Marriott

1201 NW LeJeune Road  


Time: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.  

The Miami City Career Fair will feature hundreds of interview and job opportunities, as well as a chance to meet employers face-to-face.

Cost: Free

For more information, visit nationalcareerfairs.com or call 877-561-5627.


Thursday, Dec. 1 to Saturday, Dec. 4

Visions of Our 44th President Barack Obama Exhibition

Lyric Theater Cultural Arts Complex

819 NW Second Ave.


Time: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The Black Archives History & Research Foundation of South Florida kicks off its 40th anniversary with this special event.  The exhibition displays life-sized busts of our nation’s first African American president designed, painted and/or embellished by 44 contemporary African-American artists from across the U.S. 

Cost: $20 general admission; $15 Seniors 62+; $15 students; free Admission for Black Archives members, active U.S. military with ID and kids age 6 and under

For more information, contact Jessica Garrett Modkins at 305-970-1518.


Friday, Dec. 2

Noches Tropicales

Tropical Park

7900 SW 40th St. (Bird Road)


Time: 8 p.m.

Bring a picnic basket and a blanket and enjoy an evening under the stars as you listen to this FREE, Latin music concert.  Latin Grammy Winner Pepe Montes y su Conjunto will be performing.  The concert is part of the Noches Tropicales (Tropical Nights) series presented by Miami-Dade Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces.

Cost: Free admission and parking

For more information, please visit www.miamidade.gov/parks/concert-series.asp or call 305-271-0812.


Wednesday, Dec. 7 to Sunday, Dec. 11

South Beach Jazz Festival

Various locations

4101 Pine Tree Drive

Miami Beach

Time: Various

With each musical performance, the first annual South Beach Jazz Festival will offer a medley of melodies and syncopated rhythms resounding from a stage on Euclid Circle.   The festival will also showcase the artistry of at least one person with a disability.  The sheer talent of the artists will promote the festival's primary goal, to define others by ability rather than disability.   

Cost:  Various

For more information, visit sobejazz.com.


Saturday, Dec. 10

Holiday Signing Stories

West Dade Regional Library

9445 Coral Way


Time: 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Waving Hands, a nonprofit which benefits the deaf and hard of hearing, will host Holiday Signing Stories.  All-time favorite Christmas stories will be read and interpreted in sign language for all to enjoy.  There will also be fun activities, face painting, giveaways and an opportunity to donate a new, unwrapped toy.   

Cost:  Free

For more information about the event and Waving Hands, call 786-505-7926 or email info@wavinghands.org.


Saturday, Dec. 10

Family Holiday Event

Key Biscayne Beach Park

The intersection of E. Enid Drive and Ocean Drive

Key Biscayne

Time: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Chief Press Foundation and Miami Children's Initiative invite you to this event which will offer lunch, games and fun for the entire family.  Each household will receive one free turkey and every child will receive a toy.

Cost:  Free

For more information, call 305-361-2770.


Saturday, Dec. 10

Christmas Near the Beach

Arts Park at Young Circle

1 Young Circle


Time: 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.

This can be a history-making event.  Join Christmas Near the Beach for a chance to break the Guiness Book of World Records for "most people caroling." The caroling is a pre-event to the family-friendly Christmas festival which features music, drama and a free photo with Santa.  Register to be a team leader and bring 50 people to historic Downtown Hollywood. 

Cost:  Free

For more information, visit christmasnearthebeach.com.


Saturday, Dec. 10

Nicole Henry – 4th Annual Winter Concert

Colony Theatre

1040 Lincoln Road

Miami Beach

Time: 8 p.m.

Enjoy the soothing sounds of musical artist Nicole Henry at this concert to benefit the Miami Children’s Initiative. 

Cost: Tickets start at $30

For more information, call 1-800-211-1414 or visit colonymb.org.


Sunday, Dec. 11

Free Gospel Sundays – Miami Mass Choir

Adrienne Arsht Center

John S. and James L. Knight Concert Hall


Time: 5 p.m.    

As the center's resident choir, Miami Mass Choir, together with Adrienne Arsht Center, invite audience members to enjoy this invigorating fusion of traditional, contemporary and multicultural styles of gospel music.  The stirring performance is in celebration of the group's new album.

Cost: Free

For more information, call 305-949-6722 or visit arshtcenter.org.


Saturday, Dec. 17

Hope For Tomorrow Foundation – Family and Community Fun Day

Homestead Air Reserve Park

27401 SW 127th Ave.


Time: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.    

Families and the entire community will gather to enjoy food, games, music, mental health awareness, health awareness, holiday giveaways and so much more.  This event will also help families and individuals identify what benefits they may qualify for and how to apply for them.

Cost: Free


Saturday, Dec. 17 to Sunday, Dec. 18

Miracle on 112th Street

Kendall Community Church of God

8795 SW 112th St.


Time: Saturday 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., Sunday 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Kendall Community Church of God will transform its campus into a marketplace that will showcase a live performance telling the story of the miracle of Jesus's birth. The marketplace will provide a fun and memorable experience for all, adults and kids alike, as they explore replicas of places that were said to be found in Bethlehem. Visit the shops and see vendors display wares and goods from that time period. Witness real-life dramas in the center of town. Enjoy the adult and children's choirs and become immersed in this Biblical time.

Cost: Free

For more information, call 305-274-3072 or visit kendallcog.org.


Monday, Dec. 26 to Sunday, Jan. 1

Miccosukee Indian Arts and Crafts Festival

Miccosukee Indian Village 

Mile Marker 35 on US Highway 41 (8th Street)


Time: All day

The Miccosukee Tribe of Indians is hosting their 42nd annual Arts and Crafts festival, where visitors will experience a full day of fun and educational entertainment. Presented in a traditional everglades environment, the festival will boast the very best in Native American arts and crafts, live music and dance. Enjoy a full day of shopping and delicious Native American Cuisine while you bounce between cultural artifacts and ethnic stage performances that are sure to put a smile on your family's face. 

Cost: Adults: $12.00 per ticket; Children (7-12): $6.00 per ticket. 6 years and under are FREE; Seniors (65+): $6.00 per ticket; Teachers, Students, Police Officers and all Emergency Response Personnel (with Government Issued ID): $8.00 per ticket; Group Offer (10 People or more): $8.00 Per person/Ticket

Please call (305) 552-8365 for more information and pricing.