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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.

Day Tour From South Beach: The Everglades

If you do one tour from Miami, it should be the Everglades. A sprawling stretch of wilderness between the Miami beaches and the Key West coastline, the Everglades is the country’s largest tropical wilderness. It brings in over 1 million visitors each year, which is no surprise given the park is easily one of the top highlights of any trip to Florida.

This network of wetlands and forests is home to one of America’s most fragile ecosystems, replete with the region’s trademark alligators, not to mention an astounding variety of birds and fish. If you’re lucky, you might also catch a glimpse of the elusive Florida panther, of which there are less than 200 left in the wild.

From Miami, it’s fairly easy to organize a day trip to the Everglades. Most tour operators offer full or half day trips, including transport and a guide. Many of the mid range (and up) operators also throw in a meal, usually of local fare. Here are some of the best tour operators, plus at the end there’s a few details on how you can visit the Everglades on your own.

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Gator Park Airboat Tours

Airboats are deeply controversial in Florida. Some people say they’re easily the best way to see the Everglades, while others argue they damage the environment and scare away the animals. Either way, Gator Park Airboat Tours offers good value for money. For $20-$25, you get park entry, an airboat tour and an alligator wrestling show. Alligator wrestling might not sound like everyone’s cup of tea, but it can certainly be quite a show.

Buffalo Tiger’s Airboat Tours

A slightly more expensive option than Gator Park, Buffalo Tiger’s has more of a focus on getting up close and personal with gators. They also have a pretty intriguing on site restaurant, specializing in local, indigenous cuisine. The gator nuggets are highly recommended.

Airboat USA

The most expensive airboat option here, Airboat USA offers private tours of the Everglades. If you want to escape the crowds and have a personalized, deeper Everglades experience, then this is your answer. Their rides are usually over two hours long, and you can expect knowledgeable guides with unparalleled experience with the area.

Everglades Area Tours Guided Kayak Tours

As previously mentioned, airboats are frowned upon my many environmentalists, despite remaining an extremely popular way of seeing the Everglades. For anyone looking for a more peaceful alternative, a kayak tour can provide a much more serene experience. Kayak enthusiasts also say you’ll have a better chance of seeing native animals like dolphins and manatees. Prices are up to $150 per person though.

Clyde Butcher’s Eco-Swamp Walk

If you’d rather get out of the water altogether, you might want to consider a hike. Clyde Butcher’s hiking tours are highly recommended, and take visitors through the heart of the Big Cypress National Preserve. Bring some solid boots – the higher, the better.

DIY

Finally, if you’d rather skip the tour totally, it’s very possible to visit the Everglades on your own. The Everglades National Park is just a stone’s throw from South Beach. To enter, you’ll need to purchase a $25 vehicle pass. Doing it yourself can mean more freedom than taking a tour, but just be aware of the environment, and respect the Everglades.

South Beach Events July 2017

We’ve got a hot summer ahead here in Miami, with some seriously hot events coming down the pipeline. Cool off with a cold beer at one of two major drinking events, or enjoy some tropical fruit at the annual mango festival. Then there’s Independence Day, which is sure to be the highlight of the month.

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Wynwood Yard Craft Beer Mini Festival

It’s gonna get hot out, so what better way to relax than with an ice cold beer?  On July 1, the Wynwood Yard is hosting a mini craft beer fest. Only the best craft beers of Miami are on offer, with tickets costing $40. To accompany these classy brews, they’ll also be throwing in an art exhibition featuring works from local artists. Doors open at 7pm, with the festival running until late. More information here.

 

Florida Supercon

Bring out your inner nerd from July 1 to 4, when Supercon gears up in Miami. Supercon is easily one of the country’s largest comic and video game events. Expect special film screenings, celebrity appearances and plenty of after parties. It’s all good fun, with single day tickets starting at $30. More details are available at the official website.

 

Bacon and Beer Crawl

Still feeling hung over from Wynwood? Well, do we have the hangover cure of the century ready for you. Two words: bacon and beer. That’s right, on July 2, Blue Martini is hosting a bacon and beer crawl. Hair of the dog, plus some sizzling rashers of bacon should be enough to keep even the least responsible of drinkers going for one more night. Tickets start at $30, and you can find more information here.

 

Bluegrass Festival

Bacon, beer and comics might not seem like the classiest way to start the month; luckily we’ve got a bit of culture for you. On July 3, the annual Bluegrass Festival will fill Greynolds Park with the sounds of the south. Hosted by the South Florida Bluegrass Association, this music festival starts around midday, with tickets costing a reasonable $7. More details here.

 

4th of July

Celebrate this 4th of July in downtown Miami, where the place to be is Bayfront Park. There’s a free kids area, plus a Budweiser beer garden that opens at midday. Don’t miss the 9pm fireworks show. Best of all, entry is free!

 

International Mango Festival

If you like mangoes, then you’ll love the International Mango Festival. Over two days from July 9 to 10, Miami will host the world’s largest celebration of that sweet, juicy fruit. The festival is hosted by the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden. Garden members get free entry, while the cost for everyone else is $25 per head. More details can be found here.

 

Overtown Music and Arts Festival

On July 23, head over to the historic area of Overtown, where the community will be celebrating its annual music and arts festival. The festival is a celebration of local culture. Admission is free, making this the perfect day out. Find out more at the event website.