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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.

Where to Kite Surf in South Beach & Miami

If there’s one thing everyone loves about Miami, it has to be the beaches. However, many of these beaches aren’t just good for sunbathing; some offer genuinely decent launches for kite surfing. Frustratingly though, many of Miami’s beaches have strict limitations on kite surfing, though there’s still a few places where you can relax and get some solid quality time with the water. Indeed, Miami and South Beach have an alright mix of easy and somewhat technical launches, with most being fairly easily accessible. So, here’s a few of our top spots for kite surfing around Miami.

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Crandon Park

Crandon Park is one of two major kite surfing beaches in Miami. This watersports concession park is carefully managed, and you’ll have to follow the rules carefully. To even get in, you’re going to need an IKO/PASA level III certificate off the bat. You can get a quick introduction when you register on entry with Miami Kiteboarding. They’ll explain the basics, which pretty much just involve staying within designated areas. If you can deal with this red tape, you’ll have some calm, shallow waters and decent NNE, easterly or south winds to look forward to.

 

Matheson Hammock Park

The second major kitesurfing area is Matheson Hammock. If you’ve already visited the above-mentioned Crandon, then there should be few surprises here. Expect tight rules, including entry requirements proving you’re already a proficient sportsperson. Once you get on the water, remain within the designated buoys, and you’ll have a stunning beachline to soak up.

 

It’s a matter of some debate which of the two major parks has the edge over the over. Some locals prefer Crandon, while others swear by Matheson Hammock. In general, there isn’t too much difference. Crandon is usually a little busier, and probably the more popular of the two by a whisker. Matheson Hammock, however, does consistently offer slightly calmer waters, lending itself a little better to freestyle training. Overall though, both Matheson Hammock and Crandon are more or less the same deal.

 

Key Biscayne

Not far from Matheson Hammock, Key Biscayne is a somewhat less well known alternative to the big names. It’s also absolutely beautiful, with a picture-perfect beach front replete with palm trees and some decent places to grab a bite to eat. It can sometimes be a little less busy than Crandon.

 

Miami Beach

Miami Beach is beloved by locals and tourists alike. Unfortunately, if you’re a kite surfer, then Miami Beach doesn’t love you back. Kite surfers have repeatedly been banned from this beach, though that doesn’t mean it’s totally off limits. Beach patrol has been known to tolerate kite surfers when crowds are low. For your best chance, arrive before or after hours. Launch well away from the bulk of beach-goers, keep a wide berth from swimmers, and you might just be ok.

 

87 Street

The beach on 87th offers deep, choppy waters. The easterlies can come in to the shore, and there’s only one, extremely narrow corridor for launching. On top of this, there’s usually a lot of swimmers, especially on weekends.

 

21 Street

From 21st onwards, you can expect more deep waters with some serious chop. On top of this, this stretch of coastline is massively popular with swimmers; so be warned. Having said that, on good days a well-seasoned kite surfer can have a good time around here. On the other hand, if you’re a beginner, you’re strongly recommended to give this area a miss.

What’s Happening in South Beach in May 2017

May in Miami means heat, parties and, well, more heat and even more partying! This May has a great line up of events, with something for everyone. There’s a great mix of spring festivals, family friendly events and of course, some serious partying to be had. Check out our top picks for things to do around South Beach this May.

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Brew at the Zoo

Where do party animals belong? The zoo, of course! On May 7, Zoo Miami will hold its annual Brew at the Zoo, with over 100 beers from all over the world. Buy tickets ahead of time here for $50, or pay $80 at the door.

 

Miami Museum Month

Need to get out of the heat for a few hours? Why not cool off in one of Miami’s many great museums? May means museum month, and this year organizers have prepared a “museum hop”. Think pub crawl, but with less booze and more culture. Participating museums include the Perez Art Museum Miami, History Miami and the Miami Children’s Museum. Museum Month runs from May 1 through to May 31st, so you’ve got plenty of time to make the most of it!

 

Taste of Haiti

On May 14, the MOCA Plaza will host a Haitian food extravaganza that will no doubt leave you salivating. Entry is free, and the festival runs from 2pm until 10pm. More details available here.

 

Aqua Girl

The country’s biggest Women’s Week festival is on its way to Miami. Agua Girl will take over Miami for four days from May 18-21. There’s events all over South Beach and other parts of town, so be sure to check it out. More details here.

 

Best of the Best Concert

Living up to its name, Best of the Best features some of the biggest and best names in hip-hop, reggae, pop and more. The concert will run throughout the day on May 21. Tickets start at $49, with VIP passes selling for $130. More information here.

 

World OutGames

For the first time ever, the world’s largest LGBTI sports festival is coming to Miami. From May 26-June 4, there will be daily events, with after parties every night. In total, the games include 450 sports, cultural and human rights events. More information can be found on the official website.

 

Sizzle Miami

If OutGames isn’t enough, Miami will also be hosting one of the country’s biggest LGBTI party events. From May 25-29, Sizzle Miami will rock the town with five straight days of serious partying. There’s events planned throughout Miami, so check out the main website for more details.

 

Lego Takeover

Need something to keep the ankle biters occupied? Lego Takeover is taking over Gardens Mall from April 28 through to May 15. Kids (and kids at heart) have the chance to build their own Lego creations, and put them on display for mall goers. Don’t miss out on the Lego jungle! More information can be found on the mall’s website.