Archive for March 2014

Miami Music Week & Ultra Music Festival 2014

It’s Miami Music Week and if you haven’t purchased your tickets yet you should be worried because many of the events are already sold out! Miami is infamously known for its late entrances and procrastination so don’t feel too bad. The good news is that there are still general admissions tickets available (as of the posting of this blog at least).

Miami Music Week 2014

Miami Music Week started March 25th and has daily events, lineups, and artists through Sunday March 30th. Of course, the darling of this event is of course Ultra Music Festival, which takes place from March 28th to March 30th. Miami Music Weeks attracts thousands of DJs, performers, and music lover from around the world with a focus on Electronic Music. In only a matter of years, the Miami Music Week has become a world renowned electronic music event transforming the city into a bustling and music themed phenomenon. The lineup literally has too many to list and if you’re an avid electronic music fan you won’t see too many names you’re not familiar with.

Ultra Music Festival 2014

There are still general admissions tickets available for this year’s Ultra Music Festival, which you can buy Ultra Music Festival tickets online here.Your best deal to see it all is to buy the 3 day pass will run you $399.95 plus fees. But with a lineup that includes renowned DJs such as Avicci, Steve Angello, and David Guetta it is well worth it. There were also be live performances by bands MGMT, Empire of the Sun, and M.I.A making it one of the most stacked lineups of any music festival in the country. To see the full lineup yourself visit Ultra’s official website where you can find a list of all artists and dates they are performing. To stay up to date on the latest news and official updates from the Ultra Festival make sure to like them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter and Instagram.

Ultra Music Festival Miami 2014

If this is your first year attending, Vibe gives some great tips on navigating the event like a true Ultra veteran.  Great tips considering you can expect to see 50,000 to 60,000 people a day at the event and traffic will be rerouted all over downtown Miami.

Enjoy Miami Music Week and the Ultra Music Festival and remember to share your pics with us on Real Living Residences’ Facebook page and if you are looking for a short term apartment near Wynwood to crash after the party make sure to check Real Living Residences for availability.

The Small Neighborhoods of Miami Full of Culture

Miami Beach may be the most well-known part of the fascinating city of Miami, but there are several smaller neighborhoods that have quite the culture and charm of their own, perfect example: Wynwood.  Some other less-well-known areas are found in the neighborhoods of Little Havana, Coconut Grove, Little Haiti, and Overtown.  These spots want some Miami love too!

It's So Miami in Wynwood Miami

It’s So Miami – MiamianBeaches.com

Now the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau is going to put some more focus on these great neighborhoods and what they have to offer.  Good news is, these areas of Miami will be even more happening and providing more offerings for all its guests.  Bad news, these great local spots won’t be your little secret anymore!  They have too much to offer to keep favorite spots hidden.

Now all the best restaurants, shops, café’s, galleries, recreation centers, bars, markets, you name it are all asked to be exposed.  As part of a marketing campaign called, “It’s So Miami”, we turn to Miami locals to recommend their favorite gems to share with the rest of the world.  And to make sure no one is enticed to keep the secrets to themselves, SoMiamiInsider.com is having contests that could land locals $1000.

Miami also wants to invite visitors to step outside the “tourist” role, stay a little longer to explore, and make Miami feel like your city while you are in it.

Right now the focus for “It’s So Miami” is on Little Havana, where the scents of Cuban Coffee and Cigars fill the air where traditional Cuban music plays.  Little Havana is a quite unique, just as each of the other neighborhoods are.

Coconut Grove may seem a little more famous than some of the others mentioned, but few may know much about the historic Village West area or have really explored the Charles Avenue corridor.

Wynwood has gotten a lot more attention due to its transformation into a true art district, but there are still so many amazing boutiques, galleries, and other places that have snuck under the radar.  This neighborhood has so much to explore, especially when you never know what great find will appear around the corner.

Miami certainly has a wide range of culture to offer in each of their many regions.  Even Miami locals can venture outside their neighborhood to feel like they are visiting a new city or discover a place they never knew was so close to them.

One of the best ways to experience all of Miami is to snag a furnished short-term apartment in one of the local neighborhoods like Wynwood and start exploring!  This approach gives you all the amenities you need, such as a full kitchen, washer & dryer, plenty of space to even do some entertaining with new friends you make.

 

Wynwood Art Walk on Second Saturdays

Wynwood is a place of art, creativity, and unique style.  It radiates this throughout the prevalent galleries, retail shops, cafés, streets, and all over the walls of this hip, so-ho-flavored neighborhood.  Its artistic nature calls for people to come spectate everything it has to offer.

Wynwood Arts District - Second Saturday Art Walk

Every Second Saturday of the month, galleries open their doors and people flock the streets for Wywood Art Walk to explore all that Miami’s Arts District has to offer.  Most of the Art Walk stretches from NW 2nd Ave to NE 2nd Ave and approximately a block south of I195 to nearly I395.  The main hours of the monthly event are 6:00-11pm, but each gallery or exhibit may open or close a little earlier or later.  There are over 60 different art galleries, art complexes, and art collections in Wynwood, so plan on making multiple appearances since you won’t be able to see everything in one trip.  Artwork ranges from graffiti, paintings, photography, sculptures, multimedia, murals, sculptures, contemporary pieces, and other designs.

Book a suite at Real Living Residences in the well-known Cynergi building, in the heart of Art Walk

Each spot is regularly updating or rotating its collections.  You will want to keep attending another Art Walk to see what’s new, what you missed, and just soak in the good vibes and entertainment happening amid the streets.  Wynwood Art Walk has really grown into an event about more than just art.  It’s got music, people watching, a bit of bar-hopping, and just about something for everyone.  The eclectic crowd includes a mix of art enthusiasts, hipsters, business professionals (in their weekend wear), and your almost-average Joe.  It is “the place-to-be” for locals, and the tourists are wanting to get a taste of Art Walk too.

Wynwood Walls - Real Living Residences Miami

This month of March, there is plenty to see at Art Walk.  One buzzed-about exhibit is at Locust Projects by the local artist, Christy Gast.  Her works reflect some of the issues going on today in Ukraine and Russia’s dominance that eludes to a reminder of the Cold War.  Read more about March’s Art Walk Exhibits here.

Some galleries offer some lite bites or beverages, but in between or after art-gazing, it’s fun to stop for a drink or bite to eat in one of Wynwood’s many bars or restaurants.  Or, take a trip to the yard full of gourmet food trucks where you are sure to find something to satiate your taste buds.  These trucks are located at the corner of NW 23rd St. and NW 2nd Ave.

If you aren’t sure where to begin or need a little direction, want the inside-scoop about the art, or just would like to tour in a group, try a guided tour.  WynwoodArtWalk.com does a few different tours, typically about an hour long.  One tour for the current Art Walk is a Jameson Graffiti Tour, where you will visit exhibits and areas displaying graffiti murals and receive a complimentary Jameson drink.