The Best Things to Do in Miami This Weekend
The best time of the week is finally here — the weekend. The next three days are filled with music, art, and boozy beverages galore. From Coral Gables to Little Havana to South Beach, these are the best places to be until the sun comes up Monday morning.
International Hispanic Theatre Festival at various locations: Now in its 31st year, the festival takes place throughout the month, running now through July 24. Performances will be held at several locations, including the Adrienne Arsht Center and MDCA's On.Stage Black Box Theatre. These plays — performed in Spanish (some with
subtitles), along with a bilingual puppet show using stones for kids – explore universal themes such as family, love, intolerance, religion, sex, and death. As part of the festival's mission to share the power of art and the brilliance of Hispanic artists with every generation, the fest will celebrate International Children's Day, July 17, with hours of arts and crafts, face painting, and workshops meant to bring Spanish-speaking youth into the theater fold.
- Free Art Fridays in Miami: Every Friday, artists hide their work around the city, and whoever finds it gets to take it home for free. To participate, the rules are simple: Make a work of art you’re willing to give away. Then leave it somewhere in the city, along with your name (artistic nickname or otherwise) and the local chapter’s information (the site has a printable QR code, or artists can include the Facebook page URL). Next, post clues on the Facebook page to help Free Art Fridays (FAF) members find your work. Members also post pictures of their finds on the page and “share” them so artists can see who took their creations home. Painters, photographers, poets — all types of artists — are encouraged to participate and drop pieces off around the city.
Second Saturday Art Walk at Wynwood Walk: With the mercury topping thermometers this time of year, most Wynwood galleries are reaching into their stable of talent with ubiquitous summer group offerings designed to move merch from their deep freeze and into your living room. Explore a smattering of Wynwood-based galleries during this month's iteration of
Mangos of the World Display at Fairchild's International Mango Festival.
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
International Mango Festival at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden: Mango trades, mango cocktails — mangoes baking on the sidewalk and being devoured by ants from Pinecrest to Miami Shores. It's mango season, all right, and as usual, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is about to give this famous fruit the tribute it deserves. The 24th-annual International Mango Festival runs all weekend, and this year's politically timely theme is "Mangos of Cuba." There's mango-themed fun for all ages. Attendees can see all the colors of the mango rainbow at the Mangos of the World Display, taste fresh mangos for $2, buy special specimens of mango trees, check out gardening and cooking demos, bid on the rarest of fruits at the mango
auction, andeat their way through Mangoville.
One of seven remaining Stiltsville houses, which were built in the 1940s.
Courtesy of HistoryMiami
- Stiltsville and Key Biscayne Cruise at HistoryMiami: Join Miami's historian extraordinaire, Dr. Paul George, on a boat ride to the infamous locale. In the 1940s, '50s and '60s, Stiltsville was the scene, a water-bound playground for Miami's rich and famous, once home to Crawfish Eddies and Bikini Club. Cruise past the Cape Florida Lighthouse and hear Dr. George tell the story of how this once-thriving community dwindled to seven homes.
- Moving Art ATL: Miami Edition at Wynwood Warehouse Project: Yogis, athletes, body painters, dancers, artistic vendors, and others will share the commonalities of their individualized expression while DJ Empress Rah provides the soundtrack. Go stretch your body and mind.
- Dirt Devils Mountain Bike Festival at Virginia Key Park: Saturday kicks off the two-day mound massacre that is the Dirt Devils Mountain Bike Festival, presented by Velosport Events and Specialized Bikes and Bike Tech, AKA your chance to kick it nasty-style and race the dirtiest among us at the beautiful Virginia Key Mountain Bike Trails. All levels are welcome, from expert to first-timers, even children who like to get down and dirty on the tracks.
Courtesy of Edukos
EdukosBBQ & Brew at Miami Beach Botanical Garden: Craving chef-driven barbecue paired with spirited beverages galore? Then get ready to chow down at EdukosBBQ & Brew. Held at the Miami Beach Botanical Garden, the restaurant pop-up will feature Venezuelan-inspired eats by chef Jose Marmol, showcasing the best of Edukos' culinary concept. The Latin American tavern will pair dinner plates, which will fuse Venezuelan and American flavors, with sparkling cocktails and four craft beer samples. Along with enjoying eats, guests will be given a tour of the garden and treated to an afternoon and early evening of live music and summertime vibes.
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