September Events: Family Day, Touring Parks, and More Best Bets

This month, we published our annual feature “The Cultural Season Preview,” which will alert you to all the events in the realms of music, theater, dance, and museum exhibits. Mark your calendars with these highly-anticipated experiences. Other events of interest this month follow below.

Family Day on Aragon

September Events: Family Day

Take a walk down Aragon Avenue during the second Saturday of the month (September 9) for a day of family fun! Catch a pay-what-you-can screening of “Song of the Sea” at the Coral Gables Art Cinema at 11 am. Sit in on an author story time at Books & Books at 12 pm, where Eugenia Chu will read her children’s book, “Celebrating Mid-Autumn Festival.” Or get creative with a dynamic community art project and interactive musical performances at the Coral Gables Museum, starting at 1 pm.

Visit each venue’s website for more information:

Aroids at Fairchild

Aroids, some of the world’s most beautiful and exotic plants, can be seen throughout Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden. Visit the grounds on September 16 and 17 from 10 am to 5 pm for the International Aroid Society Show and Sale event. Learn about the important work this plant society is doing by interacting with Aroid researchers, breeders, growers, and hobbyists from all over the country. View the ribbon winners from the society’s annual competition and take home your very own shade-loving plant.

Tickets are $19.95 and $9.95 for adult and child members respectively and $24.95 and $11.95 for nonmember adults and children respectively. Kids six and younger are free.

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
10901 Old Cutler Rd.

Tour of Parks

September Events: Bike Tour

Pedal your way across the city on September 17 during an exhilarating bike tour of Coral Gables’ most iconic and beloved parks. Starting at the Coral Gables Museum at 9 am, enjoy a guided tour by Bike Walk Coral Gables, stopping at the Coral Gables Library Butterfly Garden, Salvadore Park, Coral Gables Golf and Country Club, the Venetian Pool, and other locations.

Tickets are $10 for riders over the age of five. Riders under five may participate free of charge in a bike trailer or an attached seat.

Coral Gables Museum
405 University Drive.

Parks Pollinator Palooza

Give back to Mother Nature by supporting the City Beautiful’s hardworking pollinators at the Parks Pollinator Palooza on September 23 at the War Memorial Youth Center. Beginning at 9:30 am (through 11:30 am), participants will learn all about bees and butterflies while planting pollinator-friendly flora in the Youth Center’s butterfly garden. Activities include a nature talk, crafts, readings, and an introduction to the iNaturalist app. Cultivate your green thumb and a sense of community at this family-friendly event.

A family ticket for four people is $5.

War Memorial Youth Center
405 University Drive.

“The Placemaker Poet”

Inspired by the acclaimed biography “George E. Merrick: Son of the Southwind” by Arva Moore Parks, What If Works presents “The Placemaker Poet,” a play exploring the life and legacy of visionary developer and City of Coral Gables founder George Merrick. On September 26 and 27 at 8 pm, follow Merrick’s arrival in Florida at age 13 to his death as Miami Postmaster in 1942. This production at the Coral Gables Museum incorporates drama, poetry, music, dance, and digital projection. The play will also be performed at Seminole Theatre in Homestead and Westchester Cultural Arts Center.

Tickets are $15 general admission and $10 for students, veterans, and seniors. Proceeds benefit scholarships for first-year college history majors.

Coral Gables Museum
285 Aragon Ave.

Check out our events calendar for more September events.
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