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.
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.
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.