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What to Do in Miami Beach in June 2018

Movies, mind-bending magic and motorbikes? Welcome to June in Miami! Watch out though, because this month, the legendary David Blaine will be hitting town to melt your brain and question reality. Plus, we’ve got the American Black Film Festival coming up, not to mention one of Florida’s best motorcycle races.

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Out in the Tropics

This eclectic performing arts festival began in late May, and will continue through until June 24. It’s an intriguing mix of drama, politics and sexuality always makes for a thought-provoking experience. The festival will be putting on various events across Miami throughout the month, though you never quite know what to expect. If you haven’t dipped your toes in this ocean of cutting edge drama, do so in June. Find out more here.

 

City Theater’s Summer Shorts

Now into its 22nd season, the City Theater’s summer shorts are always a blast. For anyone yet to partake, these short plays tend to run for around 10 minutes, delivering punchy performances that make a big impact in a short period of time. Tickets tend to start around $39, with shows running from June 1-30. Find out more here.

 

Motorcycle Road Racing Championship Cup Series

Ready to get some adrenaline pumping? Make your way over to the Homestead Miami Speedway on June 2-3 for one of Florida’s most exciting motor sports events. It’s always got a great, family friendly atmosphere, and promises a fun day out for everyone. More details can be found here.

 

David Blaine Live

Have you ever questioned reality? What is real, anyway? One thing that’s most definitely very real is the sense of existential uncertainly you’ll feel walking out of David Blaine’s upcoming live show in Miami on June 8. Tickets start at just $29, which is a bit of a steal given that Blaine is widely considered one of the best performing magicians in the world today. Just, go here and buy tickets.

 

The American Black Film Festival

From June 13-17, South Beach will host a five day celebration of the Black experience. The American Black Film Festival is all about promoting work by African Americans. This is arguably the country’s largest gathering of African American film and television enthusiasts. Various events will be taking place throughout the week at events in South Beach. Visit the official website for more information, including prices and special events.

Redland Summer Fruit Festival

Summertime in Florida is synonymous with fresh fruit and sunny days. So what better way to soak up summer than at the Redland Summer Fruit Festival? From June 23-4, this festival will be bringing you some of the sweetest produce of the sunshine state. Get all the details here.

A Guide to the Miami Beach Boardwalk

Just arrived in South Beach and overwhelmed by where to start? The Miami Beach Boardwalk is a great way to get oriented, and take in some of the best sites around South Beach and beyond. This walk runs along some of the prettiest beaches in Miami, not to mention a handful of notable cultural and entertainment sites.

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Getting There

The boardwalk itself runs north to south, from Nikki Beach (in the south) to Indian Beach Park (in the north). From the north, there’s access from 4601 Collins Ave, where you’ll find parking as well. Parking is likewise available near the southern-most entrance at 500 Ocean Drive. More details of other parking spots in between can be found here.

 

If you don’t have a car, make use of the free trolley bus, which runs to various points along the boardwalk. Of course, the best way to enjoy the boardwalk is on foot. The total trip from end to end is around 4 miles, making it perfect for a morning jog or afternoon stroll.

 

Southern Attractions

Starting at the southern-most end of the boardwalk, you’ll find yourself a Nikki Beach, with its beautiful views of the ocean and towering resorts. The Hilton and Marriott are both within a stone’s throw, while the nearby Marjory Stoneman Douglas Ocean Beach Park is a nice place for a mellow meander. If you’re keen for side trips, the Jewish Museum of Florida is within walking distance. Otherwise, keep going further north, and you’ll run into the long strip of Lummus Park. If you’re hungry, stop by at CJs Crab Shack, a classic pit stop for cheap seafood. From here, you can get some great views of the Art Deco District to one side, and the beachfront to the other. You’re also now within a short walk of Mango’s Tropical Cafe, a legendary salsa club with fine Latin cuisine downstairs. You’ve also got the Wolfsonian Museum nearby, along with the historic Miami Beach Cinematheque. The latter is the place to be for art house films. Of course, to get a comprehensive tour of the area, don’t miss the Art Deco guided tour, which starts at the welcome center on 1001 Ocean Drive. Bike rentals are also available.

 

Northern Attractions

The northern edges of Lummus Park give way to the upper portion of the boardwalk, which continues with pleasant ocean views. Up ahead, you’ll likely run into Collins Park, not to mention the nearby (and newly redesigned) Shelborne South Beach. For some truly glorious views, take a break at the rooftop cocktail lounge at 1 Hotel. For a really good deal though, visit the Pool & Beach Bar at the Setai. On Friday and Saturday nights, they offer free tapas with any cocktail (the offer runs from around 5-7pm, so get in early). Further north, you’ll end up on Mid Beach, with its long beaches and towering skyline. You’ll know you’re nearing the end if you see the iconic Fontainebleau. For some truly impressive clubbing, the Fontainebleau’s LIV is one of the trendiest spots in town.

Finally, your journey ends at Indian Beach Park. This unassuming leisure area offers more walking trails, and some nice shaded spots on the lawn for a picnic.

5 de Mayo in South Beach and Miami

Stick on that fake mo, and slap on a sombrero, because 5 de Mayo is upon us! This year, Miami is bracing for its most exciting 5 de Mayo ever, with events all over the city paying tribute to Mexican culture. Celebrate Mexico’s 1862 military victory over French occupation forces with piñatas, tequila and some spicy micheladas. Of course, it’s not all booze, with a handful of kid-friendly events around town. So there’s no excuse not to let loose and dive into a day of fun and celebration.

¡Quueee chido!

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Brickell Cinco de Mayo

The biggest 5 de Mayo party anywhere in Miami will kick off at 11am on the Brickell waterfront. Every year, this block party explodes into a celebration of all things Mexican (but let’s be honest, we’re mostly talking tequila). The new waterfront location offers great views of the beach, plus a larger performance area. Some of Florida’s best DJs are coming out for the occasion. So get ready to stock up on margaritas and dance the night away.  Entry prices begin at $15 if you book ahead, or $20 at the gate.

For more details, head over to the official website.

 

Brickell Bar Crawl

If that doesn’t sound like enough revelry, then why not sign up for the 5 de Mayo Brickell Bar Crawl? Now in its third year, hundreds of crawlers will stagger from bar to bar, reaping some of the best drink specials you’ll find anywhere in Miami. For starters, all participants are entitled to not one, not two, but five free drinks! Plus, participating venues all have their own drink specials running throughout the day. Your ticket also gets you some great specials on antojitos and other bar fare. Prices start as low as $15, and you can get all the details here.

 

Wynwood Bar Crawl

The Brickell Bar Crawl is far from the only game in town. Its closest competitor, the Wynwood Crawl, offers similar specials, and will hit up some of the best bars around Miami. Your drinking itinerary includes SHOTS, Racket, La Poderosa, The Butcher Shop, The Dirty Rabbit and more. Each of those stops comes with a free drink for crawlers, plus unique drink specials at every pit stop. Find out more here.

 

Cinco de Wynwood

Yes, Wynwood will be hosting its own 5 de Mayo block party; and yes, it’ll be wild. Enjoy a refreshing michelada while tapping to the beat of live mariachi. Hungry? Expect tacos galore, plus sugar shot contests and even a bit of street art. Entry is $12, with early bookings getting a free drink thrown in. So what are you waiting for? Head over here to get more details.

 

Sombreros on the River

What’s 5 de Mayo without a piñata? This year, The Wharf Miami is putting on its first ever piñata party for 5 de Mayo. It’s set to be the biggest piñata party anywhere in Miami this May, so get ready for a papier-mâché massacre. Food is available, and kids are more than welcome until 5pm. Awesome!

Get all the info here.

 

Unlimited Tequila at Club Space

Tequila is good. More tequila is better. But is Miami ready for … unlimited tequila? Find out on May 5 at Club Space, which is offering some of the best drinks deals in town this year. Get all the info here.