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Written by Dinah McNichols, BT Contributor   
November 2017

A Film in Bold Bushstrokes

A film painted frame by frame? You bet -- more than a hundred painters spent six years restyling scores of van Gogh’s celebrated works and aligning them with human movement to make 65,000 frames of Loving Vincent, “the world’s first fully painted feature animation.” The film uses the artist’s paintings and correspondence to explore his final days. Did he really die by his own hand? Screenings begin Friday, November 3, at O Cinema Miami Beach (500 71st St.). Members $7.50, general admission $11, students/seniors $9.50.


Flamenco Heat

Francisco Hidalgo, Anabel Moreno, and the dance company of Madrid’s Casa Patas Flamenco Foundation-Conservatory return to Miami to perform Binomio on Saturday, November 4 (8:30 p.m.), and Sunday, November 5 (3:00 p.m.), at Miami-Dade County Auditorium (2901 W. Flagler St.). Fiery, sensual, technically brilliant -- all define Binomio, the energy coursing between two dancers. Tickets $30; $25 for students and seniors; or 800-745-3000, and at the box office.


MusicfromtheHeartofPakistanMusic (and Jazz) from the Heart of Pakistan

Sachal Ensemble’s 2011 studio recording of Dave Brubeck’s “Take Five” in Pakistan was a YouTube hit that brought these musicians to Western awareness. The 2015 documentary Song of Lahore, following their journey to Lincoln Center to play with Wynton Marsalis, made them unforgettable. Now on their first U.S. tour, the ensemble performs Saturday, November 4, at 8:00 p.m. at the Olympia Theater, 174 E. Flagler St. These virtuosi of Pakistani classical and folk music were brought together by Izzat Majeed, first to save the nation’s non-religious music and instruments banned by the Taliban, and then to share his love of jazz. They perform both, one show only. Tickets: $25-$55.


A Fall Festival Flourish at Fairchild

Post-Hurricane Irma cleanup has put things back on track for Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden’s Fall Festival and 77th Ramble, from Friday through Sunday, November 10-12, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Events take place at different locations throughout the garden so you’ll enjoy its beauty as you amble to your destinations. On tap: gardening demos, plant talks, and sales; cooking, chefs, and food; craft and antique books on sale; a kids’ zone; and live music all day long. Members free; adults $25; seniors $18; children (6-17): $12; free for 5 and younger.


RaucousPaperAirplaneTourRaucous Paper Airplane Tour

Ben Folds has worn many hats: band member, balladeer, prolific writer and producer of pop, rock, indie, and alt, contributor to film soundtracks. Did we mention piano virtuoso and most affable showman? He’s now an artistic adviser for the National Symphony Orchestra (watch him on YouTube compose a full orchestral piece onstage in ten minutes). Folds comes to the Olympia Theater with his Paper Airplane Request Tour on Sunday, November, 12, at 8:00 p.m. Besides regular tickets, two VIP packages are available.


VetsDayParadesPicnicsandPraiseVets Day: Parades, Picnics, and Praise

This Veteran’s Day, let’s give our service members a high five in thanks. If you’re in Coconut Grove on Friday, November 10, you can join the remembrance ceremony at 9:30 a.m. at Charlotte Jane Memorial Cemetery (3650 Charles Ave.); then watch the parade at 11:15 a.m. as it winds through town to Elizabeth Virrick Park (3255 Plaza St.), where speakers and lunch await (305-461-5506). On Saturday in North Miami, festivities begin at 10:00 a.m. and include ceremonies and a Family Day, so bring a lawn chair and enjoy music, a picnic, and kids’ activities at Griffing Park (12220 Griffing Blvd., 305-895-9840). In North Miami Beach, festivities begin at 11:00 a.m., at the All Wars Memorial Park, 16500 NE 16th Ave. (305-948-2957), north of the amphitheater. The Miami Beach parade, with marching bands, floats, and military groups, also Saturday, starts at 11:11 a.m., along Ocean Drive from 5th to 14th streets, followed by ceremonies, a picnic, and fly-in from the All-Veterans Parachute Team (305-673-7000).


Hangout, Partake, Collaborate

The Porch is a great place to take a break each day of the Miami Book Fair, running this year from Sunday through Sunday, November 12-19. Enjoy the open air and a full program of entertainment, instead of joining the rush-crush home. Located at the northwest corner of NE 2nd Ave. and NE 3rd St., it’s billed as the fair’s “ultimate urban hangout” for watching improv comedy, or theatrical and dance performances, live music, film, and art all week. Each day offers a new schedule, lasting from late afternoon into the night, and all day Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. The opening program begins at 4:00 p.m. Sunday. On Monday, events start at 6:00 p.m., Tuesday at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday at 5:00 p.m., Friday at 9:30 a.m., and Saturday and Sunday at 11:00 a.m. For daily Porch events:


The Sounds of Little Haiti

If it’s the third Friday, it’s the Sounds of Little Haiti Friday night, the free outdoor concert and social at the Little Haiti Cultural Complex, its gift to local Haitians and us fellow Miamians. Mark the date: Friday, November 17, from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. No eating before you go! A DJ curates samplings of the greatest and latest Haitian bands, and there’ll be plenty for sale, from island foods and spices to arts and crafts. The complex is located at 212-260 NE 59th Terr. Info:


Little Havana History Refresher

New to Miami? Old-timer feeling stale? Why not take a stroll with BT contributor Paul George, resident historian at HistoryMiami? He’ll be leading a Little Miami History and Culture Walk on Saturday, November 18, from 10:00 a.m. to noon. The group leaves from Los Pineraños Frutería (1334 SW 8th St.) and features the famous ceiba tree with Santería connections, the art of cigar making, and intriguing local lore. Museum members $20, non-members $30, children up to 12 $10. Tickets include admission to HistoryMiami Museum.


Those Bearded Ladies Are Eclectic and Electric

Miami Light Project and Miami Theater Center present the cabaret group Bearded Ladies in Marlene and the Machine, in which the aging film star “gives musical seminars on emotional control.” With music of Marlene Dietrich, Fiona Apple, and Regina Spektor, and a backdrop of German Expressionism, the audience heads into a “shadowy, atonal world.” Want more? How about “wildly entertaining”? Or in their own words: “Our shows tackle the politics of gender, identity, and artistic invention with sparkle and wit.” Well said. Performances Thursday, November 16, through Saturday, November 19, 8:00 p.m. at the Light Box at Goldman Warehouse (404 NW 26th St.)


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Events October 2017 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Dinah McNichols   
October 2017

Copper Fest Celebrates Our Melting Pot

Irma put a damper on September, but the resilient Copper Fest is back on the calendar Wednesday, October 4, through Sunday, October 8, with most events at the Little Haiti Cultural Center (212 NE 59th Terr.). The Copperbridge Foundation hosts this cross-cultural arts celebration with a lineup that includes group and solo art exhibitions; a full day of family fun at MOCA (770 NE 125th St., North Miami) with classes and workshops, followed by music from Agape with Nadia Harris, the Soul of Brass, and DJ Erick Paredes. And there’s more -- the Cuban modern dance company DanzAbierta performs Friday, October 6. For the complete schedule (most events are free; a few require an RSVP):


Ibero-American Cinemafest Turns Two

The second annual Ibero-American Film Festival features full-length films, shorts, documentaries, and animated and student films from Europe, the Americas, and Cuba. Colombian director and producer Sergio Cabrera serves as jury president. The festival takes place at Miami Dade College’s Koubek Center (2705 Southwest 3rd St.) and includes daytime events, as well as opening night Friday, October 6, followed by première night and awards night, Saturday and Sunday, October 7 and 8. A tiered ticketing system, $25 to $300, is explained at


While You’re in the Neighborhood...

HistoryMiami offers a Petite Haiti Culture Walk on Saturday, October 7, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The tour sets off from the Little Haiti Cultural Complex (212 NE 59th Terr.), but not without a look through the center’s art galleries and Caribbean Marketplace. Participants also stop by Libreri Mapou Creole and French bookstore, the acknowledged heartbeat of the neighborhood. Don’t miss out on the area art and cooking. Members: $20, non-members: $30, children 12 and under: $10. Ticket includes admission to HistoryMiami Museum.


Aventura Hosts Foreign Film Series

The Aventura Foreign Film Series opens with the award-winning, darkly funny 2016 film The Teacher. Set in Czechoslovakia in 1983, a new schoolteacher comes to town who’s a poobah in the local Communist Party. But beneath her engaging demeanor beats a rapacious heart, and when she begins to leverage good grades for parental odd jobs and other “favors,” divisions erupt between those who will and those who won’t. The film screens Tuesday, October 10, at 7:30 p.m. at the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center (3385 NE 188th St.). Shelly Isaacs, founder of Café Cinematheque International, hosts. Tickets: $12 through or 877-311-7469.


Downtown Arts Days Is Looking Up

Let a little wind take the wind out of our sails? No way. Downtown Art Days has reset its calendar to run from Friday, October 13, through Saturday and Sunday, October 14 and 15. It’ll be brimming with events and activities, most of which are free. The Miami Center for Architecture and Design (MCAD, at 100 NE 1st Ave.) serves as Art Days Hub. You can plan your days along themed tracks (e.g., exhibits, tours, talks, theater, films, music, indoor, outdoor, children’s, etc.); or cherry-pick from each day’s schedule. Whichever you prefer, details are a click away, as are venues, maps, apps, and more:


Project_305WallCastProject 305’s WallCast and the Music of Place

Don’t miss the New World Symphony’s Wallcast, with a subscription performance Saturday, October 21, in the concert hall that’s simulcast for free on the 7000-square-foot wall right outside in SoundScape Park, next to the New World Center (500 17th Street) in Miami Beach. The main work on the program is the première of Miami in Movements, a crowdsourced symphony-cum-video, with contributions from more than a thousand Miami-Dade residents who tried to capture the music of place. Composer Ted Hearne and filmmaker Jonathan David Kane are the lead artists on the work, born of a collaboration between the NWS and MIT Media Lab. Bring a picnic and arrive early for free tours of the center, exhibits, and performances by local artists. The concert starts at 7:30 p.m.


Do_You_Love_the_MothDo You Love The Moth?

The Moth Radio Hour, that is -- the eerily intimate, heartbreaking, thigh-slapping, breathtaking hour of storytelling-on-a-theme that airs weekly on public radio? Now comes Miami GrandSLAM on Thursday, October 26, at 8:00 p.m. at the Olympia Theater (174 E. Flagler St.), during which the winners of ten smaller Miami StorySLAMs compete before teams of judges selected from the audience. Judge for yourself whether you’ve emerged a Mothophile. Language and theme may be adult. Our notice says “champs tell tales of dog people versus cat people; fire versus ice; politic versus truth. Krispy Kreme versus tofu.”


This Cemetery May Hold Plot Twists

Historian Paul George has a working birthday Friday, October 27, leading both of HistoryMiami’s annual Ghosts of Miami City Cemetery Walking Tour. The first group departs, so to speak, at 5:30 p.m., and the second at 8:00 p.m. Miami City Cemetery (1800 NE 2nd Ave.) is the county’s oldest municipal cemetery; George will focus on early settlers and civic leaders, as well as the spooky endings that befell some of the site’s permanent residents. Park inside the cemetery front gate. For reservations and tickets (which include admission to HistoryMiami Museum): or 305-375-1492.


French with a Cuban Twist

Naomi and Lisa-Kaindé Diaz, the twin sisters of the musical duo Ibeyi, know music. Their father was the late Cuban conguero Angá Díaz, and their mother, Maya Dagnino, a French-Venezuelan singer. Classically trained, they sing in English, French, and Yoruba, and blend pop, hip-hop, electronic music, jazz, and soul with traditional instruments and Yoruba sounds. Ibeyi had their musical debut in 2015 and perform internationally, returning every year from Paris to Cuba. This fall, thanks to the Rhythm Foundation, they return to Miami as well, taking the stage Saturday, October 28, at 8:00 p.m. at the North Beach Bandshell (7275 Collins Ave., Miami Beach). Tickets: $30. or 305-672-5202.


Flamenco_Legends_Paco_de_Lucia_ProjectFlamenco Legends: Paco de Lucía Project

Flamenco guitar legend and Spain’s gift to the world, the late Paco de Lucía experimented often with the genre that brought him fame, and worked with jazz artists and classical arrangers as well. Javier Limón, a longtime record producer and collaborator of de Lucía’s (and winner of ten Latin Grammys himself), has brought together the musicians who toured with de Lucía in the final decade his career. They’ll perform one night only, Sunday, October 29, at 7:00 p.m., again courtesy of the Rhythm Foundation, at the Olympia Theater (174 E. Flagler St.). Tickets: $37, $47, and $57.


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Events September 2017 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Caitlin Granfield, BT Contributor   

Copper Fest Celebrates Miami’s Melting Pot

The Copperbridge Foundation hosts this festival, bringing people together through the cultural bridges of art, music, storytelling, and community fun. From Thursday, September 7, through Tuesday, September 12, join the celebration of arts programming in North Miami and Little Haiti. Participate in an Afro-Haitian drum and dance workshop, or learn how to salsa at the daylong MOCA Family Fun Day on September 9 (770 NE 125th St., North Miami), in conjunction with the festival. Head to the Little Haiti Cultural Center (212 NE 59th Terr.) on September 10 and see Cuba’s renowned dance troupe DanzAbierta, starting at 5:00 p.m. Most programming is free. For details visit

What’s Your Hack?

The inaugural Art+Hack+Data: Miami Media Art Weekend, sponsored by Arthackdata and the MUD Foundation, invites tech enthusiasts and media artists “to discuss issues in the digital environment.” There’ll be two days of presentations, panel discussions, and collaborative workshops focused on censorship and surveillance protection and creative expression. Free conferences and panels will take place at the Pérez Art Museum Miami (1103 Biscayne Blvd.) and at the Bakehouse Art Complex, (561 NW 32nd St.) in Wynwood on Friday, September 8, and Saturday, September 9, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Works created during Media Art Weekend will go on view at the Bakehouse through October 2.


Get Your Downtown Arts Fix

Downtown Art Days is a three-day happening that features outdoor art instillations, walking tours, music, and family activities at cultural venues in the city center. The celebration is organized by the Miami Downtown Development Authority and runs from Friday, September 8, through Sunday, September 10. The kick-off event, “Drink + Draw,” takes place at the Miami Center for Architecture & Design (100 NE 1st Ave.) on Friday from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. Most events are free. For event times and locations, check


Arts Launch 2017 Heralds Arsht Center’s New Season

Kicking off its 2017-2018 season, the Adrienne Arsht Center hosts a free all-day celebration called Arts Launch 2017, with fun family activities, live performances, and discounted tickets (no handling fees) to more than 40 shows from the upcoming season. Head to the Ziff Ballet Opera House (1300 Biscayne Blvd.) on Saturday, September 9, from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., where there’ll be vendors representing more than a hundred South Florida arts organizations, a Community Arts Village, Broadway demos, dance workshops, cooking demonstrations, and a live concert featuring Locos Por Juana. Food will be available for purchase.


Expo Targets the Entire Family

The all-day Children’s Trust Family Expo encompasses an array of fun and educational activities for children and teens, and serves as a one-stop shop for health, educational, and community resources for parents. This free annual event, held on the grounds of the Miami-Dade County Fair and Expo Center (10901 SW 24th St., Miami), takes place Saturday, September 9, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Entertainment includes rock-climbing walls, face painting, stilt walkers, magic shows, and live music.


Auto Show Features New Models and Classics

Car enthusiasts will love the display of wheels at the 47th annual Miami International Auto Show, taking place at the Miami Beach Convention Center (1901 Convention Center Dr.) over nine days from Saturday, September 9, through Sunday, September 17. Sponsors promise more than a thousand new vehicles from over 40 manufacturers worldwide, as well as classic cars from the 1950s and 1960s in a “Memory Lane” exhibit. Adults, $12; children 6 to 12, $6. Kids 5 and under, free.


SpringGardenHistoryMiami’s Spring Garden Walking Tour

Mosey through the tree-lined streets of Spring Garden, one of Miami’s oldest residential neighborhoods and a hidden gem nestled along the north bank of the Miami River. Historian and BT contributor Paul George leads HistoryMiami’s Secrets of Spring Garden Walking Tour, which features examples of Miami’s early residential architecture and a house known as the “Hindu Temple.” The tour departs from the historic Pink House (1017 NW 9th Court, Miami) at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, September 10, and returns to the same location at 11:45 a.m. Members, $20; non-members, $30; children 6 to 12, $10.


A Peek Into Miami’s Scandalous Past

Learn about Miami Beach’s infamous past -- the bootlegging, organized crime, the gangsters, corruption, and murder -- during South Beach Scandals, the Miami Design Preservation League’s (MDPL) new 90-minute guided walking tour. The tour departs from MDPL’s Art Deco Welcome Center (1001 Ocean Dr.) at 1:30 p.m. on the second Monday of each month (September 11), and includes a dozen stops, like the Villa Casa Casuarina on Ocean Drive, where Gianni Versace was murdered; the site of the Scarface chainsaw scene, also on Ocean Drive; and the locations of former illegal gambling rings on adjacent avenues. Adults, $25; seniors, veterans, and students, $20; children under 12 and MDPL members, free.


Tito Puente Jr. Onstage North Miami Beach


The North Miami Beach Multicultural Committee deserves props for booking Latin music sensation Tito Puente Jr. and his Latin Jazz Ensemble for a free concert on Friday, September 15 as part of the Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration. Puente will bring out hits like “Oye Como Va,” as well as original scores. The two-hour performance starts at 8:00 p.m., with doors opening an hour prior, at the Julius Littman Performing Arts Theater (17011 NE 19th Ave.) in North Miami Beach. Drinks at a cash bar and food will be available for purchase.


Help Clean Our Coast and Waterways

HelpCleanOurCoastAndWaterwaysOn Saturday, September 16, people worldwide put on their sneakers and gloves, and join forces to clean up shoreline litter that includes cigarette butts, food containers, plastic and glass bottles and bottle caps, grocery bags, and more. Sad to say, but according to the Ocean Conservancy, plastic has been found in 62 percent of all sea birds and in 100 percent of sea turtle species. So give something back during the 32nd annual International Coastal Cleanup Day, hosted by the conservancy and, locally, by Choose from among 45 county sites, ranging from Homestead to Sunny Isles Beach, as we try to top last year’s record of removal of more than 15,000 pounds of trash from Miami’s beaches and waterways. The four-hour event starts at 9:00 a.m. at various sites and is followed by a free after-party with live music at Gramps (176 NW 24th St.) in Wynwood at 2:00 p.m. Register at


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Events August 2017 PDF Print E-mail
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August 2017

SeaTurtleProgramTurnsFocusonHatchlingsSea Turtle Program Turns Focus on Hatchlings

Miami EcoAdventures presents a two-hour Sea Turtle Awareness Program, at Haulover Park’s Bill Bird Marina (15600 Collins Ave.) on Wednesdays, August 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30, at 8:00 p.m.; and at the Crandon Park Nature Center (6767 Crandon Blvd.) in Key Biscayne on Fridays, August 4, 11, 18, and 25, also at 8:00 p.m. Naturalists will teach participants about sea turtles and show you some hatchlings up close before your group heads to the beach to witness the baby reptiles’ first treks out to the sea. The cost is $10 per person.


Eighth Annual African Dance and Drum Concert

Our very own Delou Africa Dance Ensemble returns for the eighth annual Dance Africa Miami festival, a three-day event for the whole community to learn more about African dance, music, drum, and culture -- and its influence in the African diaspora -- at the Little Haiti Cultural Center (212 NE 59th Terr.). From Friday, August 4, through Sunday, August 6, you can take part in African dance workshops ($20), a free “children’s village,” and a global bazaar, with African and Caribbean crafts and food for sale. A dance and drum concert, featuring musicians from Africa and the Caribbean, takes place Saturday, August 5, at 8:00 p.m. ($35 general admission; $20 for students and seniors.) Visit to see the schedule.


Pueblo-MissionRevivalMansionTourPueblo-Mission Revival Mansion Tour

Aviation pioneer Glenn Curtiss (1878-1930) made the first U.S. long-distance flight, built airplanes and seaplanes that were used in World War I, won a world record for motorcycle racing, and developed the cities of Hialeah, Opa-locka, and Miami Springs. His 1925 Pueblo-Mission Revival mansion and gardens, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, will be open to the public during an hour-long Curtiss Mansion Historic Home Tour, during which you’ll hear the fascinating story of his life and many accomplishments. It’s held every Saturday of the month (August, 5, 12, 19, and 26), starting at 10:00 a.m., at 500 Deer Run, in Miami Springs. Kids 12 and under get in free; otherwise, it’s $5 per person.


Catamaran Cruise Up the Northern Channel

Hop aboard a 45-foot catamaran and tour Biscayne Bay’s northern channel during HistoryMiami’s Historic North Bay and Pelican Island Cruise. Historian and BT contributor Paul George leads the two-hour tour Saturday, August 5, which leaves from the Pelican Harbor Marina (1275 Northeast 79th St.) promptly at 10:00 a.m. Participants will learn about the history of neighborhoods like Buena Vista, Miami Shores, and Lemon City (which we now know as Little Haiti); the mini-cruise also glides around Pelican Island, a 10-acre nature preserve and bird sanctuary. Members: $50; non-members: $60; children ages 6 through 12: $25.


Family Art Day in the Design District

Each second Sunday of the month, the Miami Design District and the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) host a free Family Day, during which youngsters and their families can create artworks together. On Sunday, August 13, head to the second floor of ICA (4040 NE 2nd Ave.), inside the historic Moore Building, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., and use found objects to collaborate on a mural design with other families. Participants of all ages can also make their own sculptures and “silhouette collages,” using the recycled materials that will be provided.


19th Annual Afro-Cuban Dance Festival

IFE-ILE Dance Company, a leading regional force in promoting Afro-Cuban culture through dance for 20 years, has invited musicians and dancers from Cuban dance companies to perform at its 19th annual Afro-Cuban Dance Festival on Saturday, August 19. The program begins at 8:00 p.m. at Miami Dade College’s Koubek Center (2705 SW 3rd St.), and features traditional and contemporary styles of Afro-Cuban dance, as well as performances of rumba, salsa, and ritual “spirit” dances. Tickets $20; students and seniors: $15. Check, to view other ticketed events, like dance workshops and a children’s camp, offered in the days preceding the performance.


LGBTQ Film Shorts Screen at Island City’s New Home

Island City Stage’s Shorts Gone Wild 5 features eight short original plays by emerging and established local playwrights that highlight the struggles, humor, and shared experiences of the LGBTQ community. The shorts unfold over five nights, August 17, 18, 19, and 24, at 8:00 p.m., and on Saturday, August 20, at 5:00 p.m., at Island City Stage’s new home on 2304 N. Dixie Highway in Wilton Manors. Tickets: $35.


Solar Eclipse Viewing from the Deering Estate

The historic Deering Estate overlooking beautiful Biscayne Bay (16701 SW 72nd Ave., Miami) will host a Partial Solar Eclipse Viewing on Monday, August 21, from 1:00 p.m., to 4:00 p.m. Members of the Southern Cross Astronomical Society (SCAS), will be on hand to instruct visitors of all ages about the science of an eclipse. Bring your own protective eclipse glasses, please! Free with Deering Estate admission: $12 for adults, and $7 for children (ages 4 through 14). Free for estate members.


EnMasseforCriticalMassEn Masse for Critical Mass

The Miami Critical Mass is held on the last Friday of each month to celebrate the sport and remind drivers that the road is meant to be shared. Meet fellow riders at the Stephen P. Clark Government Center (111 NW 1st St.) in downtown Miami at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, August 25, before departing promptly at 7:15 p.m. for a 16-mile ride around Miami’s Wynwood and Little Havana neighborhoods. A free after-party, dubbed the “Magic City Bike Party,” is set to take place at the Omni Park (1234 North Miami Ave.), complete with food trucks, live music, and beer for purchase. Bikes must be equipped with front and rear safety lights.


Wynwood Gets a Beer Fest

Beer-lovers, rejoice! You will enjoy samplings of 150 craft beers from more than 50 brewers during the inaugural Wynwood Beer Festival. The event will feature a mix of local brewers, as well as brewers from all over the country, and takes place Saturday, August 26, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. on the grounds of Mana Wynwood (318 NW 23rd St.). Award-winning food trucks will be on site, and live music is sure to delight. General admission tickets: $40 online and $50 at the event. VIP tickets cost $85 online and include early entry starting at 2:00 p.m. and specialty tastings, among other perks.

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Events July 2017 PDF Print E-mail
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EcoAdventures_Camps_Offer_Hands-On_FunEcoAdventures Camps Offer Hands-On Fun

Miami EcoAdventures Summer Camps offers four camps located in Miami-Dade parks. At Camp Manatee in Greynolds Park in North Miami Beach, and at Camp Black Bear at A.D. Barnes Park in South Miami, 6- to 14-year-olds can learn about animals and plants up close, and participate in other hands-on topics. Bill Sadowski Park in Palmetto Bay hosts Camp on the Sea for 12- to 15-year-olds, and Fishing Camp, for 9- to 14-year-olds. The month-long camps are offered through Friday, August 18, and are split into weekly sessions that cover different themes. Prices start at $120 per child per week. Visit to register and for more information.


Bayfront Park Fireworks Show

It’s the largest fireworks show in South Florida, along with a spectacular view of the Miami skyline, taking place on America’s Birthday Bash at Bayfront Park (301 N. Biscayne Blvd.). The free celebration starts at 3:00 p.m. Tuesday, July 4, with music, food and drink vendors, and fun activities for kids. The hour-long fireworks show begins at 9:00 p.m. Visitors can park in the parking garage at Bayside Marketplace or try metered parking across the street, though taking a ride-sharing service is recommended. No outside alcoholic drinks or coolers are allowed in the park.


Music and the Lost Art of Listening

The Subtropics XXIV Summer Festival celebrates experimental music, “sound art” (installations), and musical improvisation through listening galleries, live concerts, films, workshops, and exhibitions held at five venues in Miami Beach and downtown. The festival, founded by Venezuelan composer Gustavo Matamoros, serves to “ignite the lost art of listening,” and to expose Miami “to a new music and the fine art of sound.” The series will culminate with the Subtropics Marathon concert Saturday, July 22 (a nonstop session of multiple artists, from 5:00 p.m. to midnight). The event opens with “Listen: A Sound Art Exhibition,” on Wednesday, July 5, at ArtCenter/South Florida’s Project 924 (924 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach) from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Performances, films, and panels run through Saturday, July 22. All events are free.


Surrealism at the Olympia

Welcome to Night Vale is a “podcast presented as a radio show,” which broadcasts strange events happening in the desert town of Night Vale, where conspiracy theories are a way of life. See the live rendition at downtown’s historic Olympia Theater (174 E. Flagler St.) on Friday, July 7, at 8:00 p.m. Tickets start at $27.50. With praise from NPR and the New York Times, this Stephen King-meets-George Orwell storyline has developed into a cult classic you won’t want to miss.


Art, Music, and Film Event Brings Miami Together

Aimed to connect the larger community with the people and culture “on the other side of the bridge,” in Miami’s Little Haiti and El Portal areas, the MUCE Summer Series (Miami Urban Contemporary Experience) offers a distinct cultural experience with art, live jazz and Afro soul music, and film screenings. The “pop-up” family-friendly event, sponsored in part by Miami-Dade County’s Department of Cultural Affairs, will take place on the premises of Cantey Realty and Investment (246 NE 82nd St., Miami) on Saturday, July 8, from 5:00 to 11 p.m.


Sunset_Birding_Cruise_Shows_Miami's_Wild_SideSunset Birding Cruise Shows Miami’s Wild Side

For 37 years the Pelican Harbor Seabird Station has been rescuing, rehabilitating, and releasing pelicans and other birds and furry creatures back to their habitats in Miami. During the Seabirds on the Bay sunset birding cruise, you’ll journey with members of the station’s crew around bird rookeries on beautiful Biscayne Bay. People of all ages will love seeing and learning about our local bird life. The Pelican Island Skipper leaves the Seabird Station (1279 NE 79th Street Causeway) at 7:00 p.m. Saturday, July 8, and returns two hours later. Cost: $40 per person. Register online at


Welcome_Back_the_Stunning_Clowns_of_Slava's_SnowshowWelcome Back the Stunning Clowns of Slava’s Snowshow

Winter fun comes to Miami this summer, with the Tony-nominated Slava’s Snowshow, created by Russian performance artist Slava Polunin and acclaimed as “a cross between Cirque du Soleil and Blue Man Group.” The evening combines comedy, drama, and miming clowns in a thrilling production that has sold out theaters all over the world. The show plays at the Adrienne Arsht Center’s Ziff Ballet Opera House (1300 Biscayne Blvd.), from Wednesday, July 12, through Sunday, August 6. Audience participation reaches a whole new level, with feather fights, water play, and giant spreading spider webs. Tickets: $30 and up.


Overtown Show Appeals to All Ages

The Overtown Music and Arts Festival, a favorite annual event where locals of all ages gather to hear live music from Grammy-winning artists, takes place Saturday, July 15, on NW 2nd and 3rd avenues, between NW 8th and 10th streets, in Overtown. The free event, in partnership with the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, will host an arts and fitness area for kids and teens, as well as live music geared for young audiences. Over 9000 people attended the festival last year to hear famous musicians like Tito Puente Jr., and Kelly Price. Check to view this year’s lineup.


Nautical Collaboration Shows Splendor of Biscayne Bay

In a first-ever collaboration between HistoryMiami and Miami Waterkeeper, the Biscayne Bay Eco-Explorers boat cruise will offer participants insights into Biscayne Bay’s history, its ecological and economic impacts, and how to safeguard its various ecosystems for future generations. Attendees will cruise around the Port of Miami and Stiltsville in Biscayne National Park, as well as other significant Miami landmarks. The Island Queen departs from the Dinner Key Marina (3400 Pan American Dr., Miami) at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, July 22, and returns around noon. HistoryMiami members: $50; non-members: $60; children, 6 through 12: $25. Preregistration is encouraged.


Classical Music Fans, Rejoice!

If you’re a fan of opera, symphony orchestras, and mind-blowing musical talent, the Miami Music Festival is your ticket to hear some of the best emerging classical artists and prominent singers from around the world. From Friday, July 7, through Sunday, July 30, young musicians and their mentors will perform at notable South Florida institutions, like the Adrienne Arsht Center, the Betsy Hotel in South Beach, and a special Independence Day show at Barry University’s Broad Theater. Tickets start at $15. Visit to see a complete list of symphonies, venues, and show times.


Compiled by BT contributor Caitlin Granfield. Please send information and images to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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