What to Do in South Beach in August 2018

Planning a getaway to South Beach this August? All month long you will find amazing foodie events, music festivals, cultural entertainment and so much more. To help you plan your South Beach vacation, here are some of the exciting events happening this August!

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Food Festivals

  • Miami Spice: From August 1st through September 30th, you can indulge in Miami’s culinary scene. Select restaurants will be offering three-course, prix-fixe menus for great prices (brunch: $23, lunch $23, and dinner $39)
  • National Rum Day Festival: On August 16th, you can sample a large variety of rum brands poolside as you watch a live music performance. Tickets for this event start at $25 per person.
  • South Beach Mango Festival: Celebrate Miami’s mango season at the first annual South Beach Mango Festival on August 5th. The event will take place at Lummus Park at 12th Street and will feature live music, cooking classes, a mango eating contest, and plenty of mango-inspired dishes.


Music Concerts

  • Kesha and Macklemore Concert: On August 4th, you can hear these amazing artists perform hits from their most recent albums at the American Airlines arena in downtown Miami.
  • Janet Jackson Concert: On August 5th, Janet is also headlining her State of the World Tour at the American Airlines arena, where she will perform hit songs from her new Unbreakable album.
  • Shakira Concert: From August 17th through 18th you can enjoy Shakira’s El Dorado World Tour in Miami.
  • Taylor Swift Concert: Taylor will be performing some of her hit singles at the Hard Rock Stadium on August 18th.
  • Jay-Z and Beyoncé Concert: The amazing music offerings in Miami concludes with a highly anticipated performance by Jay-Z and Beyoncé on August 31st at the Hard Rock Stadium.


Cultural Events:

  • International Ballet Festival of Miami: Running from July 28th through August 19th, this festival will showcase more than 20 ballet companies from around the world and over 100 skilled dancers.
  • African Diaspora Dance and Drum Festival of Florida: From August 3rd through 5th, you can enjoy African and Caribbean dance, as well as drum and music workshops. This festival is ideal for everyone in the family as the event will also feature festivities such as African folklore storytelling, face painting, drum circles, and more.
  • Florida Track Days: On August 12th, the Homestead-Miami Speedway is hosting Florida Track Days, an annual event giving motorcycle riders the opportunity to ride their bikes in a safe and controlled environment. There will also be a new track rider school with free gear rental for novice riders.
  • IFE-ILE Afro-Cuban Dance Festival: From August 12th through 18th you can celebrate Afro-Cuban tradition and culture at the three-day IFE-ILE Afro-Cuban Dance Festival. Activities include a children’s camp, academic conference and dance presentations at the Koubek Center.


With all these activities occurring throughout the month of August, you certainly will not be lacking things to do during your South Beach vacation.

Where to Find the Best Beach Parties in South Beach

Looking for the best places to enjoy Miami’s nightlife? Miami Beach visitors notoriously flock to Ocean Drive and Washington Avenue, which contain the city’s best bars, clubs, and restaurants. Below is a list of places you should investigate during your trip.

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This well-known landmark hotel and bar is famous for having a pool in the middle of the front patio, where guests commonly dangle their feet, or even dive right into the pool at this haute hangout.


Mango’s Tropical Cafe

This is a U.S. version of Havana clubs of days past: salsa bands, sexy dancers in tight leopard-print hot pants, frothy tropical drinks and boisterous, lively atmosphere.


Nikki Beach Miami

Situated directly on the beach, Nikki Beach serves up seafood and craft cocktails to the rich and famous. If you are interested in a slightly more subdued scene, venture upstairs to the Pearl Champagne Lounge. This upscale lounge is best known for serving champagne along with snacks and small plates in a bright, calming setting.



Crobar is a South Beach mainstay, a cavernous, chaotic atmosphere that will keep you dancing until the sun comes up. The club also draws its popularity from the many famous DJ’s and party hosts that frequent it.



This small venue offers live jazz music every night, often with a Latin beat that caters to clubbers with a more refined taste.

What to Do in South Beach July 2018

This July, South Beach will be coming alive with art and music, plus the world’s biggest mango festival! Don’t miss any of the action this month, and check out our list of the best events in and around South Beach for July.

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Within Genres at the Perez Art Museum

From July 1 through to the end of August, the Perez Art Museum will be putting on an exhibition that spans five genres. The ‘Within Genres’ exhibition will highlight work in still life, portraiture, landscape, scenes from everyday life and history pieces. Entry is $16 per head. More details on the exhibition can be found here.


America’s Birthday Bash

Celebrate this 4th of July at America’s Birthday Bash. The party starts mid-afternoon on July 4, with drinks and food available. The event is family friendly, and will include a kids’ zone to keep the little ones occupied. Don’t miss the 9pm fireworks.


Erasure Concert

Two days after America’s birthday, synthpop legends Erasure will be hitting Miami as part of their World Beyond Tour. The event starts at 8.30pm on Friday, July 6. Ticket prices vary considerably, so check the official site for all the details.


Overtown Music and Arts Festival

Just across from South Beach, the community of Overtown celebrates local culture and development during its annual Music and Arts Festival. This year, Overtown invites visitors to check out the best of local talent on July 14, with live music, art and food. The community’s best restaurants will be offering a wide variety of international foods, while activities will also be available for the kids. Best of all, entry is free!

Get all the details here.


International Mango Festival

Who doesn’t love mangoes? For two days over July 14-15, the Fairchild Tropical Garden will be putting on its 26th annual International Mango Festival. Along with the world’s largest display of mangoes, the festival will also feature tastings, food demos, kid’s activities and lectures on the humble mango. Plus, don’t miss Mangoville, a market featuring everything mango-related, including, or course, plenty of mangoes. General admission is $25, though the event is free for garden members. Find more details here.


Miami Swim Week

One of Miami’s biggest fashion events of the year, Swim Week celebrates all things swimwear from July 14 to 17. The main event of the week is SwimShow 2018, a trade fair that brings the most cutting edge swimwear and resortwear to the Miami Beach Convention Center. Find out more here.


International Ballet Festival

Need a bit of high class? More than 200 performers from 20 international ballet companies will descend on Miami this July 28 through to August 19. Performances will be taking place at numerous locations across Miami, so check out the official site for all the details.


Summer Butterfly Walk

On July 28, the Deering Estate will be offering visitors the chance to explore a verdant tropical preserve on a beautiful stretch of Biscayne Bay – all in search of butterflies! The Summer Butterfly Walk is a great opportunity to see rare species of butterflies that gather here every year. Adult admission is $12, with daily tours running from 11am to 12pm. Find out more here.