Things to Do in Miami in September

September is a great month for getting out and about in Miami. This month, we’ve got fine food, bourbon and beer, a festival for kids, and the best of Brazilian cinema.

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Miami Spice

Miami’s biggest celebration of food continues until the end of this month, offering some of the best cuisine Florida has to offer. Since the beginning of August, some of the most prestigious restaurants across the city have been offering fixed menu meals for between $23 and $39. It’s a great chance to try fare from award winning chefs that would otherwise be far more expensive. So, if you missed Miami Spice in August, don’t make the same mistake in September! More info here.


8th Annual Key West BrewFest

For eight years running, the Key West BrewFest has been upping the ante on Miami’s beer culture. Forget peanuts and Pabs; the BrewFest will offer nearly 200 beers from across the US and the world. Take advantage of the beach-side Signature Tasting Festival, or try your luck at the beer run. After working up a sweat, kick back in style with a beer and cigar gathering. The festivities are spread over six days from September 1 to 7, and more details can be found here.


International Ballet Festival of Miami

If beer and cigars sound a little uncouth, then how about some ballet? From August 27 through to September 11, the International Ballet Festival will grace six venues across Miami. This year, there’s more than 200 dancers from 20 companies. Find out more here.


Blue Starlite

Relive the glory days of drive-in cinema at Starlite by the Bay. From September 9, they’ll be playing classics like Jaws and The Princess Bride at their new bayside location. But that’s not all. They’ll also be putting on a few mind-melting mashups in the spirit of the 70s. Ever wondered what would happen if you cross-bred The Wizard of Oz and Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon? Find out at Blue Starlite! Tickets can be purchased here.


Children’s Trust Family Expo

Fine dining, retro movies, beer and ballet might not seem all that kid-friendly; luckily, on September 10 the Children’s Trust Family Expo will be in town. The expo will feature a colorful mix of performances and games, sports and art. It’s all family friendly, and would make for a great day out with the kids. Check out the official website for more details.


4th Annual Crown Bourbon Affair

Maybe leave the kids at home for this next one. Also on September 10, Crown Wine and Spirits will be hosting its famed bourbon fair. More than 80 top shelf bourbons and whiskeys will be available for tasting. Of course, nobody likes to drink on an empty stomach, so be sure to try some of the fine food on offer. Doors open at 7pm, and tickets start at $50. More details here.


Brazilian Film Festival

From September 17 to 24, the Brazilian Film Festival will feature 25 short and featured films premiering for the first time in Miami. There’s a little something for everyone, so find out more here.

Best Spots to Take Rented Yacht in Miami

As the yachting capital of the world, Miami and its surroundings are pretty much perfect for hitting the water. Great weather, beautiful surroundings and plenty of nooks and crannies to explore make Miami something special for yachting enthusiasts. Realistically, Miami lends it best to free exploration, though we’ve decided to highlight a few of the best spots to take a yacht in and around the city. These spots are specifically aimed at visitors renting a yacht, so both time and ease of access have been taken into account here. Essentially, these are the can’t-miss experiences of Miami and around.

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Fort Lauderdale

Let’s start with the obvious: the beautiful stretch off the coast of Fort Lauderdale. Fort Lauderdale’s reputation as a Mecca for yachting is well and truly deserved, with stunning clear water and the allure of the Caribbean always tugging at the mind of the adventurer. Just a few miles off shore, you’ll find the Gulf Stream brings in blue-water anglers, while the smattering of coral reefs just beg for your attention. On top of this, the Greater Fort Lauderdale region boasts over 300 miles of inland waterways, making its moniker “The Venice of America” well deserved. The best time of year to visit is in November, when the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show draws thousands of yachting enthusiasts from across the globe.


Miami River District

If you prefer the high life to the high seas, then you’d better hit up the Miami River District. Easily navigable by yacht, this area offers some of Miami’s best restaurants, alongside shopping and bars. If you’re hungry, don’t miss Sea Spice, which is arguably Florida’s best seafood restaurant. On top of this, the entire district is known as a haven for the rich and famous, so there’s a good chance you’ll run into a celebrity or two.


Haulover Sandbar

If you really want to get decadent, then don’t miss the Haulover Sandbar. Located just near the Haulover Marina, yachting enthusiasts flock here on weekends to soak up the sun and enjoy a day on the water. It’s perfect for the whole family, with kayaks and other water toys up for hire. On Saturdays and Sundays the floating restaurants are out in force, dishing up surprisingly good grub and delivering it straight to your yacht.


Florida Keys

For the budding adventurer, Florida Keys is unmissable. This string of Caribbean islands is somewhat further afield than the other destinations listed here, and can be found around 120 miles off the southern-most tip of Florida. The islands just scream to be explored, and offer great fishing. If you’re a scuba diver, then you better plan some extra time here. The real explorers could even push out further, and head all the way to the Bahamas.


Tampa Bay

Closer to home, Tampa Bay has a serious reputation to uphold. As the largest estuary anywhere in Florida, this little slice of paradise is a magnet for yachts. One of the highlights of the area is Egmont Key, where you can explore the ruins of an impressive 19th Century Fort Dade. The fort played a key role in the Spanish-American War, and makes for a great half day excursion. Another good option is the nearby Caladesi Island, a national park replete with docking facilities. Finally, if you’ve worked up an appetite, head over to St. Petersburg, where you can find a good mix of upmarket and casual dining.

Things to do in South Beach in August 2017

It’s hot, it’s humid, and there’s no doubt summer is well and truly in full force in Miami. This August, Miami is heating up with great food, music and cultural events – with something for everyone. So, check out our list of the top things to do in and around South Beach this August.

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Miami Spice

Do you love eating well, but have eyes that bulge at the sight of those prices on Miami’s menus nowadays? Luckily, from August 1 to September 30, restaurants across Miami will be participating in Miami Spice, a city-wide promotion offering dishes from award winning chefs at incredibly cheap prices. During the promotion, you can score a three course lunch for just $23. Dinner rates are $39. There’s no sign up, no membership fees or anything – just arrive at a participating restaurant with an appetite.

Slava’s Snow Show

If you need some entertainment for the whole family, then look no further than Slava’s Snow Show. Until August 6, Slava’s theater will be impressing Miami with its trademark mix of dreamlike fairy tail performances, mixed with tragedy and comedy. It’s pretty incredible stuff, and will have you laughing and crying. Tickets and more information here.

City of Miami Jerry Garcia Day

On August 2, Wynwood Yard will celebrate the birthday of Grateful Dead frontman Jerry Garcia with a tribute concert. If you’re in for some serious psychedelia, then the show starts at 8pm, and will feature two sets from tribute band Unlimited Devotion. Entry is free.

Bluegrass Jam

On August 7, the South Florida Bluegrass Association will hold a a free bluegrass festival and acoustic jam session at Greynolds Park. Some of the best local bluegrass bands will be strumming it out from 12:30 to 5pm. Although the concert itself is free, park admission is $7 per car.

Welcome Yourself to the Jungle

If zoning out with some brain melting psychedelia or some serious bluegrass isn’t quite your thing, then how about some classic rock? On August 8, legends Guns N’ Roses will be blasting their way through Marlins Park. Check it out here.

Gay and Lesbian Walking Tour

The LGBTI community has a long, vibrant and turbulent history in Miami. Learn a bit about this history for yourself on August 13. The tour starts at the Art Deco Welcome Center, 1001 Ocean Drive at 11 am. More details here.

IFE-ILE Afro-Cuban Dance Festival

What better way to enjoy summer than with some spicy Caribbean music and dance? From August 14 to 19, the Miami Salsa Congress will be holding three days of Afro-Cuban dance at the Koubek Center. Workshops are also available for anyone interested in trying their hands (or feet) at anything from the Rumba to some Bata drumming. More details can be found at the official website.

Wynwood Beer Festival

If you’ve worked up a sweat this August, then why not cap off the month with a cold one? On August 26, the Wynwood Beer Festival will bring together more than 40 breweries offering over 150 beers. Entry prices range from $35 to $85. It’s a little expensive, but remember: there’s unlimited free tastings! More information here.

Fishing Derby and Breakfast at Zoo Miami

Finally, do you like fishing? What about the native environment? On August 27, Zoo Miami will host an event aimed at catching invasive fish species. They provide the rods and bait, so all you need to do is rock up with hankering for fish, and an eagerness to help out the environment. There’s even a prize for the family that snags the biggest catch.