Events August 2017 Print
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.


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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.

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 .