Drinks and DJs is one way to spend your night out. A virtual reality arcade is another.
The team at the Arts and Entertainment District is offering the latter to Miami on Saturday from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. on the patio at CANVAS, luxury condos at 90 NE 17th Street.
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Actually, they aren’t ditching the drinks or the DJs: The night will include music by DJ Patrick Walsh and specialty cocktails from Mac’s Pub, a mobile bar catering service. The virtual reality games will allow guests to explore marine habitats and deep-see creatures, paint in the third-dimension and take on multi-player games in a virtual world with friends.
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LoftVR, a virtual reality arcade in Wynwood, is providing the technology and helping set up the stations in the A+E District.
The use of virtual reality has expanded beyond gaming. It is now incorporated in medicine, professional training, education and therapy. The VR headset allows users to be transported to a different universe — whether it mirrors reality or creates fantasy — and typically allow for a full body experience.
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Nir Shoshani, the owner of several buildings in the A+E District, said the emerging neighborhood welcomes virtual reality as a way to connect people.
“Virtual reality is really having an impact on both culture and community. It’s giving people new ways to express themselves, create art, learn, and connect with each other,” Shoshani said in a written statement. “This was a great opportunity to expose people to something new in a fun and social atmosphere.”
The A+E District is located between Miami’s art district in Wynwood and the downtown Design District. A private real estate company, NR Investments, is largely responsible for an influx of events and entertainment in the area.
IF YOU GO
What: Virtual Dimensions: Virtual Reality + Art + Music from the Future
When: Saturday, Oct. 21
Time: 8-11 p.m.
Where: CANVAS Condominiums
90 NE 17 St
Miami, FL 33132