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.
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.
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.