Downtown is trying something new this January: the Biscayne Green. It’s a public space pop-up where a section of Biscayne Boulevard will be transformed with parks, events, local vendors, art, and music. The lineup includes puppy brunches, movie screenings under the stars, outdoor yoga, bike rides, and concerts.
Biscayne Green is a test and preview of a real proposal from Miami’s Downtown Development Authority (DDA) to reshape a portion of Biscayne Boulevard in downtown by reclaiming lanes of traffic for walking and biking, and removing surface parking in favor of parks and public space. Since winning the 2015 Knight Foundation’s Knight Cities Challenge, the DDA has been studying options for making better use of the area from SE 2nd St to NE 1st St, where Biscayne becomes 8 lanes wide with large parking lots in the median. The goal: a world class pedestrian promenade.
Biscayne Green is hosting activations for 20 days straight, from January 6th to the 26th. You can check out the full listing of events here, but we put together our own itinerary to help guide you.
What: Ring in the new year with Miami musical powerhouses like Elastic Bond, Cortadito and Locos Por Juana while perusing the dozens of stalls of local artisanal vendors and eateries.
When: January 6, 7 – 11 p.m.
What: Time to do right by those new year resolutions and get your sweat and mindfulness on. Join Amy Dannheim of Tropical Vinyasa and Chira Cassel Meditation for an upbeat flow and cool down, all using noise-isolating headphones by Sound Off Experience.
When: January 7, 5 – 8 p.m.
What: Bring your furry friends to Puppy Brunch for an ode to man’s best friend—a day of treats, activations, puppy paw art and puppy poetry bandanas. And if that isn’t already overbearingly cute enough to get you to come out, there’ll be local eats, booze, and tunes from faves like della Test Kitchen, Vice City Bean, and Threefold Cafe.
When: January 8, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
What: Learn the tantalizing moves of this classic Argentinian dance with Diego Santana from Tango in Miami. Then enjoy some authentic cuisine by Gaucho Ranch and Fufi Empanadas and some deep red wine and hand-crafted cocktails by Mac’s Pubs.
When: January 12, 7 – 10 p.m.
What: Jam to local bands while enjoying local eats at Downtown’s first-ever Taste of Downtown food festival. Culinary favorites like Manna Life Food, Toro Toro, Local Boy Poke, Alloy Bistro Gourmet, and Biscayne Tavern will be there serving up fresh bites and cocktails.
When: January 14, 6 – 10 p.m.
What: After the morning’s community bike ride with Bike305 at 9 a.m. and yoga sesh with Pablo Lucero Yoga at 10 a.m., refuel with some fresh iced coffee from Coldbrew Station, juices from Cold Pressed Raw, and scrumptious sweets from Honeybee Doughnuts for Sunday brunch on the Green.
When: January 22, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
What: Pair your downtown happy hour with a new book and a craft beer while grooving to local sounds under the stars at this partnership event with BookLeggers, Books & Books and the Miami Book Fair.
When: January 25, 5 – 7 p.m.
What: Time to say goodbye to Miami’s first promenade in Downtown with Biscayne Green’s Last Hoorah (for now). Start off with an opening set by the beloved Patrick & the Swayzees and groove to Grammy-nominated powerhouses PALO. Biscayne Tavern, Box of Chacos and PINCH Kitchen will be there to soothe those tummies while you peruse through local artisanal pop-ups.
When: January 26, 7 – 10 p.m.
Learn more about the Biscayne Green’s efforts to transform Downtown Miami into a walkable metropolis and check out their full calendar of pop-up events this month on their website.
This piece has been updated to include further events.