Arty Miami

It’s all about music, food and art in Miami this November. 

A short hop up to the American city on the first weekend of the month will see Sunset Drive full of offerings from more than 170 artists, musicians and talented chefs for the aptly named South Miami Art Festival. Held over two days, it could be the perfect excuse for a city break. 

Also happening in November is the Miami Book Fair International, presented and produced by the Center for Literature and Theater at Miami-Dade College. It’s the 30th year of the festival, which this time around runs from Nov. 17-24. The Street Fair, from Nov. 22-24, features a host of children’s activities, antiquarian and modern booksellers, 250 publishers and more. There will be a series of ticketed events and talks by major literary names. It’s all kicked off by multimillion-selling author Dan Brown of Da Vinci Code fame, who speaks at the Gusman Center for the Performing Arts on Sunday, Nov. 17. 

Staying with the great outdoors, the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden has a busy month, including the 73rd annual ramble from Nov. 8-10. At the ramble, there will be a celebration of outdoorsiness, with plant exhibits and sales, live entertainment, antiques and a whole lot to entertain the children too. 

There’s also the American Orchid Society’s fall orchid show, which runs the following weekend. The gardens’ café also features free concerts every Sunday afternoon courtesy of students at the Frost School of Music. 

More cutting edge, perhaps, is the White Party Week at Miami Beach from Nov. 27 to Dec. 2. It’s billed as “the world’s sexiest HIV/AIDS fundraiser” and includes parties in various locations, including the beach itself. DJs appearing at the event include Joe Gauthreaux, Roland Belmares, Ben Ishay, Offer Nissim, La Trice Perry and a bumper crop of other familiar dance names. 

Another high energy option is Homestead Miami Speedway, which opens to the public on Fridays from 6 p.m. to midnight with a “test and tune” event where budding Lewis Hamiltons can race street-legal cars on the track. There’s also the small matter of the FordEcoBoost championship weekend set for Nov. 15-17. The NASCAR nationwide series champion will be crowned, as will the 2013 Sprint Cup Series Champion.