Red, White, Blue, and You at Bayfront Park
Celebrate America’s Birthday Bash at Bayfront Park (301 Biscayne Blvd.) on Saturday, July 4, with live music, food and drink vendors, a kids’ zone with pony rides and petting zoo, and of course, one of Miami’s largest fireworks shows. Grab a brew at the Sam Adams Beer Garden, which opens at 2:00 p.m., while listening to tunes from local acts. The kids’ zone runs from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. The fireworks start at 9:00 p.m. No bottles, cans, coolers, or personal fireworks. Go to www.bayfrontparkmiami.com for more information.
Rabbit Hole at the Ziff Ballet Opera House!
In a modern take on Lewis Carroll’s beloved Alice in Wonderland, the Lookingglass Theatre Company and the Arsht Center for the Performing Arts (1300 Biscayne Blvd.) present Lookingglass Alice, a “circus-infused marvel for all ages” at the center’s Ziff Ballet Opera House stage. From Wednesday, July 8, to Sunday, August 16, characters will pop, fly, and twirl above and around you during the 90-minute performance that the New York Times calls “astounding...eye-catching entertainment.” Shows 2:00 p.m. weekends; 8:00 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday; 7:00 p.m. Sundays. Tickets: $55 to $75. See www.arshtcenter.org for more info.
Camaraderie and Live Jazz at the Gusman’s Olympia Theater
Every second Wednesday of the month, the grand lobby of the Olympia Theater (174 E. Flagler St.) is transformed into a stylish cabaret, with drinks for purchase and a small jazz stage for popular local ensembles. It’s the perfect atmosphere for getting to know those who work and live around you. The Miami Jazz and Film Society and Olympia Theater bring us Madd Jazz and Divas Delight, a free event Wednesday, July 8, with music kicking off at 6:30 p.m. During intermission, take a free guided tour of the iconic theater. Go to www.olympiatheater.org to learn more.
Hispanic Theatre Festival Packs a Punch for 30th Season
Performances from acclaimed theater companies in Latin America and Europe will be center stage during the 30th season of the International Hispanic Theatre Festival of Miami, from Thursday, July 9, through Sunday, July 26, in various locations throughout Miami, including Key Biscayne. Presented by Teatro Avante, this year’s focus will be on Brazil. Tickets cost $34 and $29 for students and seniors. Visit www.teatroavante.com for locations and ticket information.
Soak Up a Lot of Little Havana During a Culture Walk
Learn more about what was once the biggest Cuban enclave outside the island during Little Havana Culture and History Walk, led by a HistoryMiami guide, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Friday, July 10. Meet your guide at Los Pinareños Frutería at 1334 SW 8th St., then peruse area art studios and galleries. Along the way, you’ll see cigars being hand-rolled, get to sample a guava mojito, and hear more local history. Stops include the Walkway of the Stars and Cuban Memorial Boulevard, where you’ll learn about the exodus of children during Operation Pedro Pan. Members: $20; non-members: $30. Register online at www.historymiami.org.
Mango Festival Spotlights Jamaican Gems
The 23rd International Mango Festival returns to Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden (10901 Old Cutler Rd.) on Saturday and Sunday, July 11 and 12, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mangos from Jamaica will be stars of the show. But sample your way around the festival, and enjoy cooking demonstrations as well as lectures and seminars both days. At noon Saturday, Allen Susser, of Chef Allen’s, will demonstrate how to make Jamaican shrimp and mango curry, among other mango-inspired dishes. The event is free for Fairchild members and $25 for non-members. Seniors 65 and up pay $18 and children ages 6-17 get in for $12. Wear sunscreen and bring cash. Visit www.fairchildgarden.org.
Centennial Walking Tour of Miami Beach
The Miami Design Preservation League offers numerous walking tours throughout Miami Beach, but on the second Monday of each month through September, the Centennial Tour (Monday, July 13, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.) pays tribute to the city’s 100th anniversary. You’ll see areas of historical significance and learn about “11 representative days of the past 100 years through the eyes of Miami Beach citizens,” according to the league, which serves a crucial role in protecting historical architecture. All tours are $25, or $20 for seniors, veterans, and students. Tour starts at the Art Deco Welcome Center, 1001 Ocean Dr. See www.mdpl.org for more info.
Von Trapp Musical Comes to Aventura
Gather the family and sing along to the multiple Tony Award-winning musical adventure of the von Trapp family during The Sound of Music: A Summer Theater Camp Production. Held on Thursday, July 16, at Aventura Arts and Cultural Center (3385 NE 188th St.), you can see either the 6:00 p.m. or the 8:00 p.m. show for only $5. The summer theater campers from Broward Center for Performing Arts and Performance Project will sing favorites like “Edelweiss,” “My Favorite Things,” and of course, “The Sound of Music.” Valet parking is available for $10, or park for free in the lots adjacent to the center. Browse www.aventuracenter.org to learn more.
Hansel and Gretel Opera Graces Miami Shores
Sung in English by Miami Summer Music Festival Opera Institute singers, Hansel and Gretel, the opera, will draw you into the harrowing German folktale of two siblings and an evil witch in the woods. Experience the family-friendly version of the Grimm brothers’ classic fable on Saturday, July 18, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, July 19, at 2:00 p.m. at Barry University’s Broad Performing Arts Center (11300 NE 2nd Ave.) Tickets cost $15 or $20 for premium seats. Free parking. Visit www.miamisummermusicfestival.com for more info.
Shorts From Around the World
Film Miami Fest, founded by former television news correspondent Cesar Ricardo Nuñez to celebrate the talents of independent filmmakers, will show 200 films over three days, spanning some 50 countries. The kick-off event takes place Thursday, July 23, at the Little Haiti Cultural Center (260 NE 59th Terr.), where short films will be shown starting at 8:00 p.m. Categories like animation, music videos, documentaries, fashion films, science fiction, and fantasy will compete to rank in the final “best of” categories. Films will also screen Friday, July 24, in Miami Lakes, and on Saturday, July 25, in Miami Springs, with the film lineup and locations available online. Regular admission is $12; students and seniors pay $8; kick-off VIP event costs $25. Go to www.filmmiamifest.org for updates.
Compiled by BT contributor Caitlin Granfield. Please send information and images to