Best things to do in Miami August 2018

things to do in miami august 2018


things to do in miami august 2018

As we move into August, there is still time left to enjoy the summer sun before it is officially fall. This month, Miami is still heating up with spicy culinary cuisine, relaxing spa retreats, and unforgettable concerts you don’t want to miss.

We have you covered on the quick rundown of the hottest and best things to do in Miami.

Keep it spicy the whole month of August and September at Miami Spice. There is no special membership or sign up to participate in enjoying the finest food Miami has to offer.

Check the restaurant’s website that you are interested in visiting, look for the calendar days they are participating and make a reservation.

All participating restaurants are offering 3-course meals by famous chefs at discounted prices starting at $39. Enjoy this event for lunch, brunch, or both!

Pirouette down to the Lehman Theater from July 28 – August 19 for an exquisite ballet performances from Germany, France, England, Mexico, Brazil and more in the International Ballet Festival sponsored by the Miami Hispanic Ballet Company. This festival brings together and debuts the most prestigious and well – known ballet professionals and companies in the world for presentations, workshops, and master classes. Two of the most important and prestigious awards are presented at the IBMF. A lifetime achievement award known as “A Life for Dance” and “Criticism and Culture of Ballet” are granted to exemplary professionals from the world of dance.

In between these amazing events, take time out for a spa day any time during August. Miami Spa Month continues to August 31st, featuring Miami’s most relaxing spa retreats. Prices return to normal starting in September.

Experience exquisite African cuisine, dance, and music at the 9th Annual African Diaspora Dance & Drum Festival held August 3 – 5. This multicultural family-friendly event features African, contemporary, and Caribbean dance, drum, and music workshops as well as health fairs, African fashion, raffle drawing, and a Children’s Village Zone. This event held on Miami’s main stage sells out every year. This cultural arts festival is sponsored by South African Airways and Little Haiti Culture Complex.

Janet Jackson, Beyonce & Jay Z, Kesha & Macklemore, Taylor Swift, and Shakira are bringing Miami heat to another level in August. These superstars will all be in Miami in the month of August and you need to get tickets asap!

Kesha & Macklemore perform on August 4 at the AmericanAirlines Arena for The Adventures of Kesha and Macklemore tour. Kesha will be showcasing her third studio album, Rainbow while Macklemore will be performing hits from his second studio album, Gemini. Janet Jackson continues heating up Miami on August 5 on her State of the World Tour performing hits from her Unbreakable album.

Did we mention Shakira? Headlining her El Dorado World Tour, Shakira will also be performing two concerts at the AmericanAirlines Arena on August 17 – 18. Taylor Swift will be performing at Hard Rock Stadium on her Reputation Stadium tour on August 18.

Jay Z and Beyonce concert is the only way to end the summer and this fabulous concert series in Miami. Performing on August 31 at Hard Rock Stadium, these two megastars are bringing the heat for the On The Run Tour, their second co-headlining world tour.

The summer cabaret concert is an intimate concert series with a mix of jazz, blues, latin, and bossa nova held on August 25. Held at Deering Estate at Cutler, this Cuban infused musical delight features incredible artists like Dorian Reyes and Michaela Paige and starts at 8pm. Enjoy this cultural and musical explosion in a small but impactful setting.

In between seeing superstars perform and attending festivals, don’t forget to have a drink at the National Rum Day Festival in the Confidante Hotel held on August 16 in Miami Beach. What is better than drinking a glass of rum poolside while listening to live music after seeing your favorite superstar perform? Nothing.

Best Miami Beaches for Party, Surfing and Relaxing

miami beaches for surfing and party

miami beaches for surfing and party

When is the beach not a good idea? The beach is where you go to swim, surf, relax, and barbeque with friends and family. It’s perfect for a quick weekend getaway or part of a long term exotic adventure.

The feeling of sand between your toes and the cool rush of ocean waves against your legs can make a long and tedious work week disappear. Maybe adding a beach cruiser or skates to the mix is your thing. Or even bringing your loving balls of fur, aka extended family members to join you is your mode of getting some TLC.

Either way, we get it. Summer is soon coming to a close but that doesn’t mean play time at the beach is over. We have the inside scoop on what’s hot in Miami and that’s why we’ve compiled the best and most comprehensive inventory list of the best miami beaches to party, surf, and relax! Your welcome!

21st – 45th Street Beach

This gem is a well known spot for locals that lies just outside of the hustle and bustle of South Beach. If you are looking for more than just sand, this beach has the Miami Boardwalk running through it and is a great place for a brisk walk or jog.

If your visiting or having guests, this beach is near the area’s best hotels like Faena Hotel and the Miami Beach EDITION.

Lummus Park Beach

Many movies and TV shows were filmed on this beach like Alvin & the Chipmunks and many others. If you are looking for bright colors and exciting sightseeing, this is the beach for you.

This beach is getting a facelift with a fitness makeover combining art and exercise against an ocean backdrop. The LGBT at 12 Street has a similar vibe. This is where you come to party.

Haulover Beach

Looking for a low key perfect beach to take the family? Look no further than Haulover Beach with its miles and miles of perfect sand, serene scenery, and a dog park.

Park of Haulover Park, it is a laid back choice if your looking to enjoy your surroundings.

South Pointe Park Pier

This beautiful and stunning beach is set within a 17 acre park on the tip of Miami Beach. It is the perfect getaway from the urban chaos majestically surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean and the Government Cut Channel.

This beach is family friendly with a playground, picnic areas, and a fishing pier. Or bring a new date and join the locals during crab season at nearby Joe’s Takeaway.

Surfside Beach

If you are looking for a small town surf vibe, this is it. At less than a mile long, everyone knows everyone here and the intimate ocean setting is the right backdrop for monthly communal picnics held every first Friday, complete with music, food, and fun.

Sunny Isles Beach

Sightseeing, relaxing, and shopping are the recommended activities for this 2 mile long beach. Live in the lap of luxury on this shore located between the Atlantic Ocean to the east and the Intercoastal Waterway to the west.

46th – 63rd Beach

Another family friendly beach, this relaxing hot spot is a less chaotic alternative to South Beach. Here, you’ll find many famous Miami hotels from the area’s golden age.

Bill Bags Cape Florida State Park

Located at the southern tip of Key Biscayne, this beach is flooded with history, wildlife, and activity. The famous Cape Florida Lighthouse is located here and is Miami – Dade County’s oldest standing structure.

Get adventurous here with ocean kayaking, windsurfing, and shoreline fishing.

Crandon Park

A favorite for family outings, this beach is picture perfect located on Key Biscayne. This is the place to be for a barbecue.

With easy parking and a convenient boardwalk, you’ll be relaxing in no time.

Fort Lauderdale Beach

Break a sweat on the brick promenade or soak up the sun in this laid back beach. This is a great location to wind down from a hectic work week.

Matheson Hammock Park

This man made atoll pool is flushed by the Biscayne Bay. The beautiful scenery is home to one of the most popular boating docks and is perfect for a less chaotic experience.

Bal Harbour

If you’re feeling sophisticated, come by this small beach said to be home to more millionaires per capita than any other city in the U.S.

Delray Beach

If it’s culture you are looking for, look no further than this intimate setting equipped with trolly tours and wide beaches. It’s not too crowded so you’ll have plenty of space to spread out with a chair and umbrella.

Hobie Beach

This intimate beach is the best place to come to windsurf, jet ski, or sail. As an added bonus, this beach is pet friendly so bring your dog.

Hollywood Beach

This famous beach caters to the grown and sexy crowd. Home to Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort, grab a drink or a burger at the Le Tub Saloon.

The Best Summer Events in Miami Beach

miami summer events 2018

miami summer events 2018

Things are heating up for July and you don’t want to miss these upcoming events. Summer is made for music festivals, tropical fruit, and lots of swimming. So, if you’re in town to visit or just looking for a good time, we’ve got you covered. We’ve put together a list of the hottest upcoming events in Miami!

4th of July

With so many choices to see fireworks in Miami, you may need to extend the holiday! This year, the 4th lands on a Wednesday. If you are looking for fireworks, we have the best options listed for your convenience:

  • Miami-Dade, Bayfront Park: America’s Birthday Bash
  • Black Point Park & Marina
  • City of Aventura
  • City of Coral Gables
  • City of Homestead: Race to the 4th!
  • City of Miami Beach
  • North Shore Park – Fire on the Fourth
  • Coconut Grove

Miami Music Festival

Still going strong, the Miami Music Festival brings together a new generation of classical musicians. Audiences will be treated to performances of “ A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, “Ghosts of Versailles”, and many others. This year will feature the directorial debut of Richard Wagner’s great grandson, Antoine Wagner, of the MMF Wagner Institute as part of The 2nd Annual Independence Day Celebration.

Miami Spa Month

Need a break? Take your pick of various spas with this 2 month promotion provided by Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau, starting at just $109.
25th Annual International Mango Festival – Who doesn’t love tropical fruit? This sweet and tangy treat will be on full display July 1st and 2nd in the form of cooking demos, expert tips, and sampling, with a special craft mango brew served from the Concrete Beach Brewery.

Overtown Music & Arts Festival

Enjoy a variety of popular artists including Genuwine, Musiq Soulchild, Jon B, and Tito Puente on July 15th in what is known as “The Harlem of the South”, aka the Historic Overtown District. With past performances from Tito Puente, Jr., CeeLo Green, Keyshia Cole, and over 1500 food vendors, you won’t want to miss this event!

Funkshion Fashion Week Miami Beach Swim

Fashion heats up and comes alive between July 20 and 23 as models strut the catwalks in the latest swimwear from upcoming designers. Complete with high profile celebrities and international media, this event is a must see.

Best Miami Summer Camps for Kids in 2018

best miami summer camps 2018

best miami summer camps 2018

It’s summer in Miami and you know what that means– lots of sand, sunshine and summer break for the kids. Not all parents are equipped to entertain their child or children 24/7 during summer break, so enter the summer camp.

Summer camp for kids have evolved from games in a crowded gymnasium to academically enriching adventures for kids of school age and even some younger.

Working parents will feel at ease knowing that their children are enjoying Monday through Friday with their friends, working on developing their skills whether it is within a sports or STEM arena. At the end of every day they are sent home feeling excited, exhausted and enriched.

We get it, there are good camps and then there are great camps. So, we have compiled some of the best reviewed and rated Miami Beach summer camps and north Miami Beach summer camps to filter out the mediocre and give you the best of the best for your sweet campers.

Kids Camp at Sea

To register call Joyce Lopez 754.317.3505

This is a camp you might want to join your kids on since it is featured on a Celebrity cruise line. On board your kids will be able to choose a myriad of different activities that suit their interests and hobbies.

Instead of one option all day Kids Camp at Sea allows your summer camper to choose activities in the following categories: science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), Arts and Recreation as well as swimming, music and so much more.

Frost Science Summer Camp

To register call: 305.434.9564

[email protected]

Location: 1101 Biscayne Blvd. Miami, FL. 33132

Located within the Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science in Downtown Miami’s Museum Park, Frost Science Summer Camp is perfect for the boy or girl (K-8th grade) who are science-minded, adventure seeking kiddos who enjoy all things science, technology and engineering.

Your kids will be able to stroll through the halls of the Frost Museum of Science as well as the aquarium and planetarium for an all day experience of fun and learning.

Summer Theatre Academy at the University of Miami

To register call: 305.284.4474

[email protected]

1231 Dickinson Dr.

Coral Gables, FL. 33146

Calling all theater kids! The Summer Theatre Academy at the University of Miami is the place for your youngin who has a hankering for some stage time.

The staff at this camp are all trained experts in acting and musical theater, so your children will be able to hone their artistic talent at this six week course over summer.

Camp Lingua

To register call: 954-642-2267

For parents and kids who want to experience a summer camp where language immersion is the key to the course, Camp Lingua is for you.

In addition to daily language courses blending fun with education, your kids are able to experience activities like horseback riding, field trips around Miami, horseback riding, archery and so much more.

Miami City Ballet School’s Children’s Summer Dance Program

To register call: 305.929.7007  

[email protected]

Miami City Ballet 2200 Liberty Avenue Miami Beach

If your son or daughter is interested or has participated in dance, the Miami City Ballet School’s Children Summer Dance Program is the one for you and the kids.

Classes offered from the program include beginning to intermediate ballet, pre-ballet, ballet prepatory (I,II and III). This camp takes younger children as young as 3 and as old as 8.

10 Free Things to do in Miami You Can Do Right Now

10 Free Things to do in Miami You Can Do Right Now

10 Free Things to do in Miami You Can Do Right Now

Miami is not only a destination for tourists, it’s also a playground for locals. We have some of the finest beaches in the nation, entertaining attractions, and a weather package to boot. There is something for everybody, and some of the best things to do and see are free.

While the Magic City may be characterized as popular and pricy, the city also boasts a number of exciting activities that don’t require you to pull out your wallet. That’s right, you can access many Miami destinations without having to worry about a price tag. Your free Miami adventure awaits your arrival!

Here is our list of free things to do in Miami:

1. The Beach:

Beachfront property is available in Miami and is open 24 hours a day. Just bring your chair, set up a picnic, and enjoy the million-dollar view, for free. The white sand beaches of Miami are a prized natural beauty that is available to you without restriction. Take advantage of the ocean views and by day or by night, you’ll feel rich and at home among the waves, stars, and palm trees swinging in the breeze.

2. The Metromover:

Getting around town can put a dent in your pocket, but not if you ride the free Metromover! Skip the cab or Uber ride and instead take a ride in the air and above traffic. The Metromover is a great and free way to explore downtown Miami. Take advantage of the fast and frequent service, plus the air-conditioned cars, while you sightsee or bar hop.

 The Metromover miami

3. The Main Library:

Visit the Main Library Monday through Saturday for a relaxing read or to attend one of their many events. The library also features a beautiful room known as the Florida Room that houses some of Miami’s more rare history items.

4. The Little Haiti Cultural Center:

Enjoy an evening out for an exotic taste of culture and music at this Miami hot spot. Open every third Friday of the month, the Little Haiti Cultural Center is a unique place to find your rhythm and groove. Enjoy festivals and events featuring established artists from around the world as well as locally based musicians.

5. Take a Tour:

Miami is full of color and design, especially in the Miami Beach Architecture District. Here you will find unique buildings decorated in popular the Art Deco style. Research the district and its buildings before visiting and take pictures.

Art Deco South Beach Miami

6. Wynwood Art Walk:

Satisfy your appetite at Wynwood Art Walk, an outdoor festival featuring food trucks, craft beer, and local music. This event is held every second Saturday of the month.

7. Catch a Movie:

The New World School of the Arts offers a free SoundScape movie or Wallcast presented by the New World Symphony. Movies include classic hits such as Ghostbusters and Princess Bride. Brink a blanket and lay out on the lawn for this family-friendly event; drinks and snacks not included, but permitted.

8. Bookstore Event:

Participate in staged readings and celebrity author signings at Miami’s premier local bookstore Books & Books. The store holds free events multiple times a week.

9. The Museum:

Beat the heat and brush up on your art history and culture and the Institute of Contemporary Art or the MDC Museum of Art and design in the Design District. These two museums are always free.

10. Music with a View:

See Miami from above at the Filling Station Lofts for a rooftop unplugged program of local music talent.

There’s your list, now get out and enjoy the sights and sounds of Miami for a price you can’t beat – for free!