Music is a means to celebrate the city, help the world, and keep summer lively in Miami during July. Plus, Miami Spa Month offers tantalizing deals on relaxation (which is sorely needed in this heat).
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July 1 - 2 | Food festival
25th Annual International Mango Festival
Fairchild’s much-anticipated Mango Festival is back for its 25th year. The festival features dozens of events highlighting the beloved tropical fruit right at the peak of its season, including lectures on mango production and cooking demonstrations as well as tastings. Plus, local brewery Concrete Beach will debut its new Mango Gose ale, and area chefs will be on hand preparing their favorite mango-based dishes for the 18th Annual Mango Brunch.
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM | Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, 10901 Old Cutler Rd., Fairchild | $25 | website
July 1 - 30 | Theater
“Into the Woods”
Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s beloved dark musical Into the Woods puts some unexpected twists on the fairy tales you know from childhood. In this rendition of the multiple Tony Award–winning show, all roles will be played by students at Florida International University. You’ll recognize Little Red Riding Hood, Jack (and his magical beans), Rapunzel, and Cinderella—but you’ve never seen them like this before.
Studio One Theatre, FAU Boca Raton, 777 Glades Rd., Boca Raton | $25 | website
July 1 - August 31 | Self-care
Miami Spa Month
It’s called Miami Spa Month, but don’t let the name fool you; you have two full months to take advantage of the deals at the city’s top spas. Miami is one of the spa capitals of the world, but for locals, a day at the spa can feel like a luxury reserved for visitors. This July and August, indulge in a discounted rate at some for the city’s best spas, including the newly opened Âme Spa & Wellness Collective at Turnery Isle and the Tierra Santa Healing House at the Faena Hotel.
Times & locations vary | From $109 | website
July 1 - October 8 | Art
“North and South: Berenice Abbott’s U.S. Route 1”
Photographer Berenice Abbott traveled the entirety of U.S. Route 1 in 1954 documenting her experience along the way. View more than 50 of her photographs from that time during North and South, an exhibit now at the Wolfsonian. The photos give art lovers a look into the mind of Abbott and provide a window into the day-to-day lives of East Coast dwellers in the mid-1950s.
The Wolfsonian–FIU, 1001 Washington Ave., Miami Beach | $10 | website
July 4 | Independence Day
Fourth of July in Coconut Grove
Get your fix of Americana in Coconut Grove on July 4th. The neighborhood hosts a free fireworks party from Peacock Park, over the peaceful setting of Biscayne Bay. The celebration is complete with hot dogs, face painting, and more family-friendly activities. A bit further down the bay at the Barnacle Historic State Park, they’re celebrating America’s birthday with an old-fashioned picnic complete with crafts, games, and live music for just a $5 admission fee for adults and $3 for kids.
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM | Peacock Park, 2820 McFarlane Rd., Miami | Free | website
July 5 | Film
“I’m Not Gonna Move to L.A.”: The Music Video Edition
Miami creatives come together to celebrate the best and most creative music videos, short films, and web series made in the area with the ongoing series “I’m Not Gonna Move to L.A.” This month they’re focusing on music videos by local filmmakers. Head to O Cinema in Wynwood for the screening party, which will be preceded by a pitching session of new film ideas. If you’re in the industry (or want to be), stick around afterwards for a networking mixer.
6:30 PM - 9:30 PM | O Cinema, 90 NW 29th St., Miami | $10 | website
July 6 | Music
Rod Stewart with Cyndi Lauper
The summer heat always brings on nostalgia, and there’s no better way to quench it than with a concert by some of music’s greats. Rod Stewart and Cyndi Lauper are just the ticket. They’re kicking off an 18-city U.S. tour at the Hard Rock Live in Hollywood, Florida, where they’ll be singing classics from “What Am I Gonna Do” to “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun.”
7:30 PM | Hard Rock Live Hollywood, 1 Seminole Way, Hollywood | From $348 | website
July 8 | Fund-raiser
“Un Canto por Venezuela”
Several notable Latin American musicians are coming together to play “Un Canto por Venezuela,” a benefit concert where the proceeds go to help alleviate the economic and political crisis that is displacing many citizens of Venezuela. El Pollo Brito, C4 Trio, and Ilan Chester are just a few of the names on the lineup. Part of your ticket cost will be donated to the organization Programa de Ayuda Humanitaria para Venezuela, a group that works to deliver medicine and other necessary goods to the country.
8:00 PM | Fieldhouse Watsco Center, 1245 Dauer Dr., Coral Gables | From $40 | website
July 27 - 30 | Pop culture
Dig up that old superhero costume—or spring for a new wardrobe—and head to Ft. Lauderdale for Florida Supercon, the largest comic con in South Florida. The event includes a jam-packed lineup of cosplay events, including costume contests, a Geek Film Festival highlighting fan-made films, and dozens of appearances by such diverse cult icons as actress Linda Blair (of The Exorcist fame), pro wrestler Ric Flair, and TV actor Jason Mewes (aka Jay from the series Clerks).
Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention Center, 1950 Eisenhower Blvd., Ft. Lauderdale | From $40 | website
August 22 | Book ahead: Music
Mary J. Blige
Nine-time Grammy Award–winner Mary J. Blige has a new studio album and a new national tour to go with it. Close out your summer with her performance at the Fillmore in Miami Beach, where she’ll be playing through old and soon-to-be-new favorites (including “Real Love”). It’s an intimate venue for a voice this big, and it’s sure to sell out fast.
8:00 PM | Fillmore Miami Beach, 1700 Washington Ave., Miami Beach | From $95 | 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.