Read about some of the most exciting new occurrences in Miami in our OPTIMAR Observer.

    Miami’s Art Institute Brings Poise and Glamour To The Runway

    100 Las Olas


    When you think of fashion you think Paris, Milan, New York, but after March 30st 2017- Miami and fashion will be synonymous. Every year the Miami International University of Art & Design’s fashion students collectively bring us some of the most unique and stylish pieces to date for the University’s Annual Student Fashion Show.
    Fashion Design winners will be selected by the industry judges for their collections in various categories, including collection, editorial, evening, style, trend, sportswear, ready to wear, cocktail and menswear.
    “It is a distinct honor to showcase our students’ talents and to share them with the Miami fashion industry, employers, students and their families. This show is the culmination of their hard work and creativity along with the guidance of our instructors,” says Charlene Parsons, academic director of Fashion programs at Miami International University of Art & Design.
    The runway show will be located at the Moore Building at 3841 NE 2nd Avenue, #300, Miami, FL 33137 in Miami’s iconic Design District. Doors will be open at 6:30pm with the first models of Style 2017 strutting down the runaway at 7pm.
    GA tickets are $25 and will not be sold at the event. For more information visit




    Bayside’s First Annual Locales Festival


    If there is anything we Miamian’s love more than strolling through Bayside on quaint afternoon, it’s the aroma of right-out-of-the-oven croquetitas from our neighborhood Cuban cafe. So what happens when you mix Miami’s Cuban-fusion with Bayside Marketplace’s 30th birthday? The first annual Locales Festival, a one day celebration of the Latin American Community contributing to Miami’s diverse culture.
    Hosted by Chef James Tahhan and produced by Premier Tourist and Landmark Association, the family-centric event will celebrate Bayside Marketplace’s 30th birthday while also highlighting Miami’s Latin American culture with live music performance and film competitions; interactive sports; and a vibrant culinary scene with some of Miami’s top celebrity chefs.
    “Locales Festival is a platform to showcase my passion for the culinary arts and my love for the Latin American community,” Chef James said. “This festival will offer gifted students of all backgrounds the chance to showcase their talents in a day-long event that the whole community can enjoy.”
    General admission for ages 12 and under is free; young adults (12-20), $25, and adults (21 and older) $50; VIP packages are available.
    For more information, visit or call 347- 831-4853.
    Tickets are available for purchase online at until Apr. 2.
    **When buying your tickets keep in mind that a portion of the proceeds from the festival will benefit Miami Bayside Foundation, a non-profit created by Bayside Marketplace developers that is dedicated to advancing economic development in Miami.



    Mega Egga Hunt! Adventure


    Hop over to Jungle Island for three days of egg-citement as South Florida’s favorite landmark attraction debuts a thrilling Mega Egga Hunt! Adventure for the family.
    Each day, Mega Egga Hunt! Adventure will feature continuous egg hunts with goodie bags for every child, plus acres of bounce houses, rides, arts & crafts, music, and appearances by the Easter bunny. It is all happening at Jungle Island, home to some of the world’s most rare and fascinating animals.
    One of Jungle Island’s most anticipated holiday events of the year, the Mega Egga Hunt! Adventure features three days of continuous egg hunts, acres of bounce houses, rides, arts and crafts, music, and special appearances by the Easter Bunny. Bring an Easter basket or purchase one at Jungle Island’s gift shop.
    Mega Egga Hunt! Adventure will be held on April 14-16 from 10:30am to 4pm.
    Admission is $39.95 per adult and $32.95 per child (additional fees not included). Jungle Island is located at 1111 Parrot Jungle Trail on Watson Island. For more information, call 305-400-7000, for visit