Ring in America’s Birthday
Celebrate our 240th birthday during America’s Birthday Bash at Bayfront Park (301 Biscayne Blvd.) on Monday, July 4. The largest free fireworks show in South Florida starts at 9:00 p.m., but fun activities begin much earlier. The Budweiser Beer Garden opens at noon, live music starts at 2:00 p.m., and the Family Fun Zone opens at 3:00 p.m., complete with face painting, pony rides, and a huge inflatable “dragon slide.” No bottles, cans, coolers, or personal fireworks permitted. Limited paid parking is available, but taking the Metrorail or a ride-sharing service is recommended. www.miami4thofjuly.com.
Three Weeks of Operas and Orchestras
This season’s Miami Music Festival, sponsored by Barry University, delivers six operas at the university’s Shepard and Ruth K. Broad Performing Arts Center (11300 NE 2nd Ave., Miami Shores), and at other Miami venues, from Saturday, July 2, through Thursday, July 21. See classic renditions of Gianni Schicchi’s The Turn of the Screw, Puccini’s La Bohème, and Robert Ward’s version of The Crucible. The whole family will love Mozart’s The Magic Flute. Most general admission tickets cost $15. www.miamimusicfestival.com.
Summer Camps Mix Nature, Learning, and Fun
Miami-Dade EcoAdventures is offering a series of summer camps starting Tuesday, July 5, packed with nature-based education and activities for your child. A look on EcoAdventures’ website will guide you through various camps at different Miami locations. Choose from Camp Manatee at Greynolds Park in North Miami, Camp Black Bear and Camp on the Sea at the A.D. Barnes Park Nature Center in southwest Miami, or a fishing camp. This year EcoAdventures narrows the age groups so that each camp session has kids who are just about the same age. www.miamidade.gov/ecoadventures.
Latin American Theater Comes to Miami
The 31st annual International Hispanic Theatre Festival (IHTF) of Miami brings some of the most prominent theater companies from Spain, Argentina, Mexico, Uruguay, and Peru to four local venues on select days, from Thursday, July 7, through Sunday, July 24. Though productions will be in Spanish, some will have supertitles projected over the stage. Don’t miss No Daré Hijos, Daré Versos (I Won’t Bring Forth Children, But Poems), presented by Teatro la Morena from Uruguay, in which six actors honor the life and work of famed erotic poet Delmira Agustini -- who was murdered by her ex-husband -- through song and accompanied by a short film. See it Thursday, Friday, or Saturday, July 7, 8, and 9, at 8:30 p.m., or on Sunday, July 10, at 5:00 p.m. at the Adrienne Arsht Center’s Carnival Studio Theater (1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami.) Other venues include the Miami-Dade County Auditorium’s Black Box Theatre, Miami-Dade College’s Koubek Theatre, and the Key Biscayne Community Center. Tickets average $30, with discounts for students, seniors, and those with disabilities. Some productions are free. www.teatroavante.org.
In Celebration of Cuban Mangoes
During the 24th annual International Mango Festival at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden (10901 Old Cutler Rd., Coral Gables), sample mangoes from around the world, sip brews in a beer garden, attend mango lectures, workshops, and cooking demonstrations, and have the kids learn about the summer fruit through hands-on activities in a Kids Zone. This year mangoes from Cuba are celebrated, with “curator’s choice” mango trees and fruit available for purchase, including the Cuban “Bizcochuelo,” which tastes like a blend of sugar cane, molasses, apricot, and peach. The two-day event takes place Saturday, July 9, and Sunday, July 10, from 9:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Free for Fairchild members and children ages five and under. Adults: $25; seniors: $18; children (ages 6-17): $12. www.fairchildgarden.org.
LGBT Contributions to Miami Beach
During the Miami Design Preservation League’s 90-minute Gay and Lesbian Walking Tour, you’ll discover how gays and lesbians have contributed to Miami Beach’s past and present, as you learn about their role in preserving the Art Deco structures, which you’ll see on the tour. You’ll also get a sneak peek at some of the area’s best attractions for gay life in South Beach. The tour leaves from MDPL’s Art Deco Welcome Center (1001 Ocean Dr.) on Saturday, July 9, and every second Saturday of the month, at 11:00 a.m. Tickets: $25. www.mdpl.org/tours.
Relive Tales from Stiltsville
See the remaining iconic wooden stilt houses on Biscayne Bay, where “moneyed, well-connected Miamians came to drink, relax, and kick back,” during HistoryMiami’s Stiltsville and Key Biscayne Sunset Cruise, led by historian and BT contributor Paul George. Learn about the elite, invite-only clubs on the water, and “Crawfish” Eddie Walker, who pioneered the shack movement in the 1930s (it was said he facilitated gambling toward the end of Prohibition). His moniker comes from the lobsters he caught under his shack to make chowder. The two-and-a-half-hour tour departs from Bayside Marketplace (401 Biscayne Blvd.) at 7:00 p.m. Saturday, July 9. Members: $50; non-members: $60; children 12 and under: $25. www.historymiami.org.
Big Acts at Overtown Music and Arts Festival
Get your fill of free fun for the whole family at this year’s Overtown Music and Arts Festival, on Saturday, July 23, with live music, a Youth Zone, local food flavors, and crafts for sale. Tito Puente Jr., and six-time Grammy-nominated rhythm and blues singer Kelly Price are just some of the greats who will perform on the main stage, located in Overtown’s business and historic district on the corner of NW 3rd Avenue and NW 11th Street. The free outdoor street party goes from 11:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m., rain or shine. www.overtownmusicartsfestival.com.
Argentine Film Shorts in Coconut Grove
During this month’s installment of the Miami Short Film Festival, watch eight Argentine shorts, including documentaries, narrative, and experimental, on Wednesday, July 27, from 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at Cinépolis (3015 Grand Ave.) in Coconut Grove. Don’t miss the 20-minute film En las Nubes (In the Clouds), a comedic narrative about “how we think romance should work, and how it actually does.” Tickets cost $17. One free Stella Artois beer is included with each ticket purchase for those of drinking age. miamishortfilmfestival.com
Adults-Only Puppet Show Brings Laughs
If you thought puppet shows were just for kids, you’re in for a surprise with No Strings Attached: A Wickedly Inappropriate Adult Puppet Show, that is part of the Miami Shores “Summer Comedy Series.” Las Vegas puppeteer Jerry Halliday, brings his creations to life with acts from puppets he designed himself, including the Not-So-Holy Nun and Granny Good Times. See this 90-minute performance at 8:00 p.m. on Friday, July 29, at Miami Theater Center (9806 NE 2nd Ave., Miami Shores). The Las Vegas Review-Journal calls the show “a strong polished act with a lot of laughs, brisk barbs, rapid-fire repartee, and clever comedy material.” Online advance tickets: $25; at the door: $40. www.mtcmiami.org.
Compiled by BT contributor Caitlin Granfield. Please send information and images to