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What to do in South Beach May 2018

May was made for Miami. From 5 de Mayo to SunFest, May is packed full of some of Florida’s best events of the year. Of course, if margaritas and music aren’t your thing, then how about a night at the opera, or a mellow afternoon at Brew in the Zoo? Whatever you’re up for, Miami will deliver in May.

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A Masked Ball

Enjoy a night at the opera this May with ‘A Masked Ball’. Follow Giuseppe Verdi’s classic drama of Sweden’s King Gustav III’s assassination by a close friend and minister. It’s a gripping story of love, betrayal and tragedy. See the classic story presented by the Florida Grand Opera. The opera is presented in the original Italian, with both Spanish and English projected subtitles. Get all the details here.

 

SunFest Music and Arts Festival

May kicks off with one of Miami’s most colorful music festivals. SunFest runs from May 3-6, with big names including Pitbull, Nick Jonas and Billy Idol. Of course, SunFest and is more than just good music. Check out the arts and craft competition, or compete in the final day race. Entry prices start at $49 for a single day. Find more details at the official website.

 

5 de Mayo

It wouldn’t be May in Miami if we didn’t mention the biggest celebration of Mexican culture of the year. So dust off your sombrero, and get ready to celebrate Mexico’s historic 1862 victory over France with music, Mexican munchies and margaritas big enough to drown in. Entry prices start at $15 if you book ahead, or $20 at the gate. Get all the details here.

 

Rolling Loud Festival

If you’re not exhausted yet, then how about one of Miami’s loudest hip-hop festivals? Rolling Loud will bring some of the biggest names in hip-hop to Miami, including Lil’ Wayne, J. Cole, Travis Scott and Future. A total of around 40 artists are set to take the stage over the three day festival. Get more details at the official website.

 

Brew at the Zoo

The annual Brew at the Zoo is back! Every year, Miami Zoo and the Miami New Times join forces to bring you adorable animals and some serious brewskies. This year, they’ve got over 100 beers on offer, including both local gems and international favorites. Tickets start at $25 if you book ahead, or $40 at the door. Get all the info here.

 

Taste of Haiti

Worked up an appetite yet? If so, then you might want to treat your taste-buds at Taste of Haiti. Feast on authentic Haitian fare on May 13 at this celebration of Caribbean culture. Some unmissables include Griot and Soupe de Giromond, two classic Haitian dishes prepared by Florida’s very own local chefs. Find out more here.

 

Justin Timberlake: Man of the Woods

Justin Timberlake’s Man of the Woods tour will hit Miami in full force on May 18. Book ahead to ensure you don’t miss out. Find out more here.

 

Out in the Tropics

This eclectic mix of performing arts is always full of surprises. Expect artists to tackle themes ranging from politics to sex and sexuality over a month of performances. Sessions start on May 24, and will continue through to June 24. Find out how you can attend here.

What to See and Do in South Beach Miami April 2018

April can well be called the month of sports in Miami! From tennis matches and cattle shows to music festivals and gay pride celebrations, April is brimming with plenty of fun thinks to do. Here is a list of our favorite events which we recommend you attend if you’re here:

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Miami-Dade County Fair & Expo: March 15 – April 8

It’s the largest fair in Florida and includes more than 90 carnival rides, livestock and agricultural competitions, live concerts and more. Tickets start at $12.

Miami Open: March 19 – April 1

The top tennis players in the world compete at the Miami Open presented by Itaú tennis tournament. This is the last year the event will be held at the Crandon Park Tennis Center on Key Biscayne before it moves to Hard Rock Stadium in 2019.

Miami Beach Gay Pride: April 2 – 8

With more than 80,000 participants the Miami Beach Gay Pride Festival is a weekend full of non-stop celebration. Highlights include the High Heel Race, Gay Pride Parade, Miami Pride Cruise and parties in and around the area’s nightclubs. It’s mission is to bring together members and allies of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities hand in hand with Miami’s community.

The Longines Global Champions Tour: April 5 – 7

Talented riders and their horses will showcase their jumping skills right on the sands of South Beach for the The Longines Global Champions Tour. As the second leg of the multi-event championship tour, Miami Beach will provide the perfect backdrop as the world’s top horses and riders compete. Visitors will have free access to seating around the arena on a first-come, first-served basis.

Miami Riverday Festival: April 7

Cruise down the Miami River on free boat rides, enjoy live music performances and learn more about the Lummas Park Historic District at the Miami Riverday Festival from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. on April 7. Event admission is free.

Redland Blues & Barbecue Festival: April 14 – 15

Sing the blues and enjoy traditional slow-cooked barbecue at the Redland Blues & Barbecue Festival at the Fruit & Spice Park in Homestead. Family-friendly activities include pony rides and games for the kids. General admission is $8 per person and children 11 and under are free.

South Beach Triathlon: April 15

Athletes will compete by running, swimming and biking along Miami Beach’s gorgeous shoreline. Life Time Tri is hosting the 2018 South Beach Triathlon with 100 percent of proceeds going directly to featured charity partner, Save the Children.

The Eagles and Jimmy Buffet and the Coral Reefer Band: April 18

Make your way  to Hard Rock Stadium for a concert featuring The Eagles – Don Henley, Joe Walsh & Timothy B. Schmit, with Vince Gill and Deacon Frey, as well as special guests Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band.

Earth Day at Pinecrest Gardens: April 22

Celebrate Earth Day at Pinecrest Gardens. Fun for the whole family, the free event will feature plant vendors, workshops, food demos, crafts for kids, wildlife shoes, lady bug releases and performances by Fantasy Theater.

Miami Downtown Jazz Festival: April 26 – 28

Enjoy live jazz performances at locations throughout Downtown and Bayfront Park during the Miami Downtown Jazz Festival. Almost 30 bands with over 200 local, national and international musicians will perform. Many performances are free and tickets to the Saturday night performance start at $20 per person.

Miami International Jazz Festival: April 26 – 28

Enjoy smooth sounds of live jazz at the Miami International Jazz Festival, presented by The City of Miami and the Miami-Dade Department of Cultural Affairs. Ticket prices vary.

SoFlo Cake & Candy Expo: April 27 – 29

If you have a sweet tooth, then the SoFlo Cake & Candy Expo is for you. Join industry professionals and hobby bakers at this conference at the Miami Airport Convention Center. Tickets start at $24.

Best Greek Restaurants in South Beach

When you visit South Beach, there is no shortage of amazing Greek restaurants. Simply stop by one of the five outstanding restaurants described below and you will find yourself indulging in warm gyros, crumbly feta, hearty moussaka recipes, and a seemingly endless supply of tzatziki. These amazing venues will have you will be shouting “Opa” in no time!

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My Big Fat Greek Restaurant

This South Florida hot spot boasts an epic trifecta of Mediterranean flair, homespun charm, and flavorful family recipes that have guests lined up out the door. My Big Fat Greek Restaurant wouldn’t be complete without a mixture of blue and white decor along with live music and dance performances on weekends. Bask in the splendor of stuffed peppers and tomatoes ($14), village-style Greek sausage ($5), roast chicken ($15), velvety rice pudding ($3), and wine – lots of wine. And in true Greek style, there’s a welcoming, lively, family-friendly atmosphere.

 

Estiatorio Milos

When it comes to Greek fine dining in Miami Beach, nothing touches Costas Spiliadis’ Estiatorio Milos. Following its older siblings in Athens, Montreal, New York, and Las Vegas, Estiatorio Milos Miami boasts exceptionally fresh seafood — flown in overnight straight from the Mediterranean — on a much grander scale than other local Greek eateries. Be prepared to splurge on a menu that matches the opulent venue, where the Milos Special, made with fried zucchini, eggplant, tzatziki, and kefalograviera cheese, will cost you $30, and that’s just an appetizer. Instead, opt for the three-course lunch special (available Monday through Sunday from noon to 3:30 p.m.), with a more palatable price of $25, and revel in all the fresh fish and seafood this extravagant Grecian culinary experience offers.

 

Mandolin Aegean Bistro

This dreamy 1940s house in Miami’s Design District checks all the boxes for a classic Greek restaurant. Cozy up to the whitewashed walls, blue accents, and an old broad shade tree at the center for a charming outdoor atmosphere that’s easily one of the most romantic spots in town. Once you’re seated at a lantern-lit table, start with fresh mussels ($16), doused in white wine, garlic, lemon, and oregano; then try the fresh whole fish ($34), simply grilled using high-quality Greek extra-virgin olive oil. As you enjoy the rustic flavors of Greece and Turkey, indulge in a glass of Mandolin’s extensive Old-World-style wine list for a perfect pairing that even yiayia would love.

 

Mykonos Greek Restaurant

From traditional favorites like gyro platters, souvlaki, hummus, and baklava, Mykonos is a master of all things Greek. The Coral Way mainstay has been satisfying the stomachs of hungry Miamians for nearly four decades, and it shows. Floor-to-ceiling murals, shades of blue and white, and plates piled high with abundant Greek recipes transport guests to the restaurant’s namesake island. Stop by for a juicy lamb shank ($14.95) or a comforting dish of pastitsio ($12.95) — made with luscious layers of ground beef, thick macaroni, and cream topping — and see why dining at Mykonos is a must.

 

The Greek Place

The Greek Place blends equal parts Old-World Greece and modern-day diner vibes to create a brand of Greek fare that speaks all on its own. Fusing pure olive oil, fragrant herbs, and generous servings, each meal is sure to satisfy your Greek-food cravings. Salads are as hefty as the entrées, from the pikilia salad ($10), topped with garbanzo beans and grape leaves, to the grilled lamb chops ($18), served on a bed of rice with bright lemon and smooth olive oil dressing and a Greek salad. This spot’s souvlaki pitas are a standout as well, and the baklava ($5) — boasting layers of phyllo pastry, nuts, and honey — is a sweet ending.