Enjoy the heat in Miami this week. First, catch a free outdoor concert by one of Latin America’s brightest stars. Then, float in the pool and listen to underwater jams at The Standard Spa’s Lazy Sunday BBQ. In between, slip indoors for the International Hispanic Theatre Festival, which hosts plays and visual art exhibits around the city this month.
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July 15 | Concert
Guatemalan-born musician Gaby Moreno sings a mix of bossa nova, soul, jazz, and the blues in both English and Spanish. The Latin Grammy winner is in town performing a sneak peek of her new album, Ilusión, at the Wynwood Yard. The show will surely be the kind of summer event that Miami doesn’t have enough of: good music and good food—and all for free.
8–11 p.m. | The Wynwood Yard, 56 NW 29th St., Miami | Free | website
July 17 | Pool party
Lazy Sunday BBQ: Swim Week Edition
The Standard’s usual Lazy Sunday BBQ party gets all spruced up this week in honor of Swim Week, Miami’s swimwear-focused fashion week. Designer Mara Hoffman, who’s known for her exotic prints and colorful patterns, will host the event. Expect DJ sets from Michelle Leshem and Sean Drake, plus pool party games, underwater music, and delicious barbecue fare.
1–7 p.m. | The Standard Spa, 40 Island Ave., Miami Beach | Free with RSVP | website
Through July 31 | Theatre festival
International Hispanic Theatre Festival
All throughout July, you can celebrate the impact of Hispanic actors, directors, playwrights, and visual artists on the theater community during the 31st annual International Hispanic Theatre Festival. Eight plays will be highlighted, with performances held at venues across the city, including the Adrienne Arsht Center and Miami Dade College’s On Stage Black Box Theatre. This week, catch the history-twisting Los Espejos de Don Quijote (Mirrors of Don Quixote), which tells the story of an imaginary meeting between Don Quixote author Cervantes and Shakespeare that inspires the two authors’ later works.
Times & locations vary | From $30 | website
Through January 15 | Museum exhibit
Beyond the Game: Sports and Evolution of South Florida
Sports—like fashion, art, music, and food—are part of our culture that helps us understand our history. HistoryMiami is looking back at the past 100 years of sports in Florida, including at unique sporting attractions like Miami Jai-Alai, Hialeah Park Race Track, and the Fifth Street Gym. If you’re a fan of current Miami sports teams (or, perhaps, an ex-fan of Dwayne Wade), you won’t want to miss this retrospective on how the state’s teams have shaped its future.
Times vary | HistoryMiami, 101 West Flagler St., Miami | $10 | website
Now open | Restaurant
Pisco y Nazca
The team behind Bulla Gastrobar, one of Coral Gables’s most popular restaurants, just opened another outpost of their well-received Miami restaurant Pisco y Nazca—this time in downtown Doral. The 7,000-square-foot Pisco y Nazca Doral highlights Peruvian cuisine, and it will include some menu favorites from the Miami location as well as some Doral-specific bites. Must-tastes include the mariscada, a crostini piled high with seafood, and the antichucos (skewers). While there, don’t forget to try a traditional pisco sour. Alternatively, try one of the cocktails with a Peruvian twist; the Nazca Mule uses pisco instead of vodka.
Pisco y Nazca | 8551 NW 53rd St., Doral | website
Patricia Guarch Wise is a Miami native and the blogger behind Miami Nice. Her interests include paella, paranormal activity, Proenza Schouler, and her Pekingese named Bonnaroo.
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