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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.

 

 

Best Indian Restaurants in South Beach Miami

We all hanker over a decent curry every so often, and luckily, South Beach delivers. Here, we’ve put together a list of some of the best Indian restaurants in and around South Beach. They’re in no particular order, with all of them guaranteed to spice up your day.

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Bombay Grill Miami

A classic among locals, Bombay Grill Miami is easily among the best established Indian restaurants anywhere in Miami. It’s one of the crown jewels of the South Beach culinary scene, with an amazing variety of Indian staples on offer. They’re particularly good with vegetarian and Jain food. The only one gripe to have is with that music they put on, which can be a little loud. Having said that, the service is second to none, and the décor is as tasteful as the food on your plate.

 

Bombay Darbar

The recently relocated Bombay Darbar is yet another Miami classic. The new location is much larger than the old place, meaning it’s much easier to get a seat. Their prices are extremely reasonable given the quality, with some of the most popular dishes including their vegetarian biryani and fantastic chicken vindaloo. Be warned though: many of their dishes are pretty spicy. If you’re not up for some serious sweating, then be sure to confirm with the waiter when you order. They’re always happy to tone down the spice when asked; likewise, they’re even happier to turn up the heat on request. Of course, be careful what you wish for!

 

Ayesha Saffron Indian Restaurant

Saffron has a pretty broad menu of Indian favorites, for good prices. It’s not quite the same level of amazing quality you might expect from Bombay Grill or Darbar, but it’ll hit the spot. Their tandoori is particularly good, and justifies a visit on its own.

 

Raja’s Indian Cuisine

It doesn’t look like much from the outside, but Raja’s really packs a punch. It prides itself on home-style southern Indian cuisine, and it sure does deliver. Those samosas are steaming parcels of joy, and their mango lassi is second to none. However, Raja’s really comes into its own at lunchtime, when it brings out an array of ridiculously well priced specials. Seriously, this is the place to be if you want a solid Indian lunch.

 

Taste Buds of India

Slightly further afield, Taste Buds of India is a bit of a haul from South Beach. Having said that, no discussion of Miami’s Indian foodie scene would be complete without at least mentioning this local favorite. Everyone loves Taste Buds of India. Admittedly, it’s a chain with a buffet, which may put some people off. However, once you get in, you’ll realize what you’d been missing. This place has great service, better food and some good deals. The buffet is actually genuinely good, making this place perfect for anyone with a big appetite.

 

Zaika Indian Restaurant

Not far from Taste Buds of India, you’ll find Zaika. Much like Raja’s, Zaika specializes in single, no nonsense favorites. It’s pretty cheap, and service is quick. Sometimes the portions can be on the small size though.

What’s happening in South Beach in June 2017

Is there anywhere better in summer than Miami? If there is, we haven’t heard of it! This year, summer is kicking off with a bang in South Beach, with a melange of cultural events. There’s film festivals, foodie fun and a few big parties coming down the pipeline. So without further ado, here’s our top picks for events around South Beach in June.

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Miami Film Month

June means movies in Miami, and the Miami Film Festival has to be the crown jewel of the month. Now in its third year, this film festival runs from June 1 to 30, and offers some great value. Participating theaters are offering tickets for just $8. There’s a big focus on independent films, though there really is something for everyone. So far, six cinemas are participating, and more details can be found here.

 

Short Play Festival at the City Theater

If movies aren’t your style, why not get a little classy and check out a play? From June 1 to July 2, the City Theater will be hosting its 22nd Short Play Festival. This festival serves up short slices of drama, usually around 10 minutes. Tickets start at $39, which is a great deal for anyone hankering for a bite-sized portion of culture. More details are available at the official website.

 

Taste of the Caribbean

What better way to usher in summer than with a bowl of callaloo or some classic bammies with a modern twist? From June 6 to 10, the Taste of the Caribbean will bring the best cuisine of the tropics to Miami’s doorstep. Hosted by the Hyatt Regency Miami, this foodie festival is backed up by a team of award-winning chefs. Don’t expect your average street stall grub though; for just $55 a head, you can expect some of the most cutting edge cuisine this side of Kingston. More details here.

 

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone in Concert

If you’re a Harry Potter fan, then you better head to the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts on June 10. That’s when Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone in Concert is set to premiere. This event allows visitors to enjoy the magic of the first Harry Potter film in the company of a live symphony orchestra. More information here.

 

U2

Any rock fans better head to the Sun Life Stadium on June 11, when U2 will be appearing as part of their Joshua Tree Tour. Tickets start at $35, and can be booked through the official website.

 

2nd Annual Black Hollywood Weekend

From June 14-18, South Beach will be taken over by the country’s largest African descendant cinema festivals. Black Hollywood celebrates the best of African American film, with a great mix of well-known films and off-the-beaten-track productions. Find out more here.

 

Diana Ross at the Arscht

Named “Female Entertainer of the Century” by Billboard magazine, Diana Ross doesn’t exactly need an introduction. On June 25th, the Queen of Motown will be performing at the Arsht Center for one night. To see this classic rock legend live, find out the details here.