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Cultural Happenings in Downtown Coral Gables

Waiting on the world to go “back to normal” doesn’t have to be as boring as it sounds. Downtown Coral Gables is a thriving community that is always learning, growing, and sharing it’s great cultural happenings even while at home. While we stay safe at home and do our part to keep everyone safe, here are some enriching happenings in our City Beautiful that you can enjoy as we ride out what will hopefully be the last bit of quarantine.

The Coral Gables Art Cinema is South Florida’s premier nonprofit cinema for the best independent, foreign, and cult classic films digitally restored and on 35mm and 70mm cinema screen. Their Gables Cinema Drive-In offers a wide range of old Hollywood classics from Romantic Comedies to Thrillers, it’s a drive-in experience like no other. Their Virtual Screening Room is where they’ve partnered with several distributors to bring some of the great programmings they’re known for directly to your home! Your rental of any of the available films helps support the Gables Cinema while their doors are temporarily closed. Have a projector at home? Take your movie game to the next level! Clear your wall from frames and accessories, get that projector going, bring out the blankets, pillows, and the popcorn and you’re all set!

Looking for a new way to learn with the Coral Gables Museum? Each week, the museum is making education for kids and parents fun with Education Activate! The Education Department at the museum took on the task of promoting sensitivity, creative learning, and critical thinking through a new online series. They provide teachers and families a collection of lesson plans that can be accessed by subjects like art, science, and film! Their current series includes Art Activate, Science Activate, and Film Activate, and are offered in partnership with leading institutions and experts in each field. All of their Education Activate activities are available as printable PDF’s. Moms and dads, they thought of you. Say bye-bye to hearing “I’m bored” from your little ones on their down-time.

The Coral Gables Museum has also shared its Portfolio Review Series online! This project focuses on one local artist at a time and is a platform for interactions between local artists and the public. Click here and learn all about the local and talented artists in the City Beautiful!

Have you ever wanted to perform on the Actors’ Playhouse stage? Need a creative outlet while you’re stuck at home? If you’re already a writer or if you’ve ever had an urge to write, this is your opportunity to share your story! The Actors’ Playhouse has brought you Stories That Connect Us All. This under 8-minute creative writing series is based on your experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic. Write your piece, send it in, and once our Actors’ Playhouse reopens, you may have the chance to perform your piece on their stage! All the details on this series can be found here. Let your creativity run wild!

Tired of your same old podcast? Find a new one. Books & Books has a weekly podcast called The Literary Life with Mitchell Kaplan that’s loaded with conversations between Books & Books owner Mitchell Kaplan and inspiring and captivating authors. His recent talks include a discussion with Investigative journalist Gerald Posner, Dominican author Julia Alvarez, author Nick Flynn, and so many more! You find and listen to these podcasts on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, and iHeartRadio.

Want more wonderful things to listen to? The City of Coral Gables, in partnership with the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music, brings live concerts into the comfort of your home Monday and Wednesday nights at 6pm. Tune in to the City’s Instagram LIVE for these outstanding at-home performances. The talent of these artists and music specialists will surely keep you company and absolutely blow you away.

While enjoying all these cultural experiences, don’t forget to treat yourself to shopping or grabbing lunch, dinner or even just a yummy snack from your favorite restaurants here in Downtown Coral Gables. Show your love for our City Beautiful and support local to keep our gorgeous city thriving. See here for a full developing list of all our restaurant options.