Miami is a vibrant city, with an increasingly active arts and culture scene. From Aventura all the way south to Homestead, there are a variety of things to do, including outdoor concerts, theatre, culinary events, gallery walks and more. The Zeder Realty Team is committed to showing you all the great things of Miami, including what to do and see on your visit and after you move to our Magic City.
Fourth of July
Celebrate the Fourth of July, Miami-style! Many South Florida communities have their own special celebrations of Independence Day; here are a few of the biggest!
Credit: Digital photo taken by Marc Averette. Downtown Miami on July 4, 2007
CELEBRATE JULY 4 WITH THE CITY BEAUTIFUL
This July 4 2013, residents and visitors are invited to come out to enjoy another colorful fireworks celebration that will light-up the skies over the Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables.This year’s celebration is free to the general public. It will begin at 5 p.m. and will include a special concert by the Greater Miami Symphonic Band at 7 p.m., concessions, patriotic mascots and the fireworks show, which will begin promptly at 9 p.m. Rhiannon Ally, the current co-anchor of “CBS4 This Morning” and “CBS4 News at Noon,” will act as Master of Ceremonies at this year’s Independence Day celebration.
The Biltmore Hotel is located at 1200 Anastasia Avenue, Coral Gables. The City will offer free parking and continuous shuttle service throughout the evening to and from the Biltmore Hotel. Shuttle service begins at 5 p.m. from the following locations. Please note: The last shuttle will depart for the fireworks at 8:30 p.m.
University of Miami: Ponce garage & Bank United Center surface lot
Coral Gables Youth Center: 405 University Drive
City Garage: 345 Andalusia Avenue
MIAMI BEACH FOURTH OF JULY CELEBRATION
Free concerts and fireworks. The public is encouraged to bring a beach chair or towel. Glass containers and alcoholic beverages are not permitted.
8th Street and Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, FL 33139
OLD FASHIONED JULY FOURTH PICNIC
Kids can make their own kites, toy boats, and paper dolls in order to understand how different children’s lives were a hundred years ago. Prizes are awarded to those kids that complete a historical scavenger hunt. Bring your own picnic or buy burgers, hot dogs, and veggie dogs here. 11-4 p.m.
The Barnacle Historic State Park, 3485 Main Highway, Coconut Grove, FL 33133
JULY FOURTH – AMERICA’S BIRTHDAY BASH AT BAYFRONT PARK
Bring the whole family to celebrate the birth of our great nation. Enjoy music, food and beverages, a free Kids’ Zone, and one of the largest fireworks displays in South Florida. The Park is open all day. Free Kids’ Zone: 3-7 p.m. Fireworks: 9 p.m. Free admission.
Bayfront Park, 301 N. Biscayne Blvd., Miami, FL 33132
4TH OF JULY IN COCONUT GROVE
4th of July in Coconut Grove Top off your Independence Day family-friendly festivities in Coconut Grove with a spectacular fireworks display at Peacock Park, sponsored by the City of Miami, District II and the Coconut Grove Business Improvement District. This annual celebration features activities throughout the Grove. Local restaurants and shops will feature special offers, live music, raffles and holiday gifts for kids. Pack your snacks, picnic blankets and lawn chairs, and head over to Peacock Park for the fireworks show at 9:00 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.
Peacock Park, 2820 McFarlane Road, Coconut Grove, FL 33133
KEY BISCAYNE FOURTH OF JULY PARADE
The parade will start at 11 a.m. with a flyover of jets, and proceed south on Crandon Boulevard from Harbor Drive to West Enid. There will be patriotically themed professional floats, other personally decorated and creative entries in the lineup and the marching groups. See and hear the bands, and special entertainment from unique performers in our hometown parade.
Along Crandon Boulevard, Key Biscayne, FL 33149
Besides July 4 festivities, Miami has lots of other great events going on all of July. All month long, and through August, is also Miami Spa Month, which features great deals and special offers from some of the most wonderful spas and salons in the Greater Miami area.
Gallery Walks/Art Events
July 5. Monthly open house on the first Friday of each month showcases local galleries. Enjoy outstanding exhibitions, free refreshments and complimentary continuous shuttle buses between galleries.
Downtown Coral Gables, Coral Gables, FL 33134
July 6, 7-10 pm. ArtCenter’s Studio Crawl, held every first Saturday of the month, invites visitors to wander throughout the ArtCenter’s two buildings, exchange with our artists in their studios and view our current exhibitions.
ArtCenter Gallery, 800 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, FL 33139
July 6. Gallery Walk Nights take place the 1st Saturday of every month from 7 to 10 p.m. Complimentary refreshments served.
Downtown Coconut Grove, Coconut Grove, FL 33133
July 26. Viernes Culturales/Cultural Fridays, an arts & culture street festival/gallery stroll in Little Havana, features a free walking tour with Dr. Paul George, artist fair with local artists and artisans. Also enjoy fine art galleries, local restaurants and live music in Domino Plaza (SW 8th Street and 15th Avenue). 6:30 to 11 p.m.
Along Southwest 8th Street from 14th to 17th Aves., Miami, FL 33135
SATURDAY NIGHTS AT THE WINERY
Photo courtesy GMCVB
July 6, 13, 20 and 27. Schnebly Redland’s Winery features a lively Saturday happy hour with live entertainment, tropical wine tasting set amid a beautiful tropical environment with fish ponds and a waterfall. 6 to 11 p.m.
Schnebly Redland’s Winery, 30205 SW 217th Ave., Homestead, FL 33030
INTERNATIONAL MANGO FESTIVAL
PHOTO, Courtesy Fairchild Tropical Garden
July 13- 14, 9:30 am to 4:30 pm. Fairchild’s International Mango Festival celebrates the mangos of India with a selection of cultivars sure to dazzle your tastebuds! Experience the world’s largest display of more than 200 locally grown cultivars from the Fairchild’s very own collection to mango tree sales, tastings and evaluations, lectures, food demonstrations, children’s activities and Mangoville. The Veranda Restaurant will be open for snacks and lunch, mango smoothies will be sold and island music will be played throughout the weekend.Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, 10901 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables, FL 33156
July 25. Our Strength’s Taste of the Nation® is the nation’s premier culinary benefit, featuring top chefs and mixologists – all of whom are coming together to donate their time, talent and passion to end childhood hunger in America. Guests can sample a world of flavors from more than 50 chef stations representing Miami’s finest restaurants and also participate in a silent and live auction. To purchase tickets or for more information, call or visit the web site. 7-10 p.m.
Loews Miami Beach Hotel, 1601 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, FL 33139
Concerts and Theatre
July 10 through Aug. 11. A new musical revue chronicling the 21st century joys and frustrations of raising children, from bleary-eyed late night feedings and private school kindergarten interviews, to nail-biting driving lessons and prom night.
Actors’ Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre, 280 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables, FL 33134
SUMMER CABARET CONCERT SERIES
PHOTO, courtesy Deering Estate
July 27. The Deering Estate’s Cabaret Concert Series features eclectic and world music artists in the intimate setting of the historic Stone House Ballroom. All concerts begin at 8 pm; the main gate opens at 7 pm. It is recommended to arrive early for preferred seating. Guests are welcome to bring refreshments and snacks to enjoy during the show. Tickets are $20 per concert. Limited seating is available. Advance tickets are recommended.
Deering Estate at Cutler, 16701 SW 72nd Ave., Miami, FL 33157
305-235-1668, ext. 233
July 11 to July 28. The acclaimed International Hispanic Theatre Festival (IHTF) of Miami presents some of the best theatre companies from Latin America, Europe and the United States in various locations in Miami and Key Biscayne. This year the IHTF of Miami honors Peru in recognition of the contribution this country has made to Latin American culture.The festival takes place at a number of venues, so check their website for full schedule and location information.
July 13, 8 pm – July 14 2013, 4pm. Gianni Schicchi is a comic opera in one act by Giacomo Puccini to an Italian libretto by Giovacchino Forzano, composed in 1917–18. The libretto is based on an incident mentioned in Dante’s Divine Comedy. The work is the third and final part of Puccini’s Il trittico (The Triptych)—three one-act operas with contrasting themes, originally written to be presented together. Although it continues to be performed with one or both of the other trittico operas, Gianni Schicchi is now more frequently staged either alone or with short operas by other composers. The aria “O mio babbino caro” is one of Puccini’s best known, and one of the most popular arias in opera.
Colony Theater, 1040 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, FL 33139
July 20 through Aug. 18. The Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright pays his respects to his old South Boston neighborhood, with this tough and tender play about the insurmountable class divide between those who make it out of this blue-collar Irish neighborhood and those who find themselves left behind. Is it strength of character or just a few lucky breaks that determines a person’s fate? By David Lindsay-Abaire.
GableStage at the Biltmore, 1200 Anastasia Ave., Miami, FL 33134
SLAVA’S SNOW SHOW
photo -Slava’s Snowshow -photo credit Veronique Vial
July 31 to Aug. 31, A cross between Cirque du Soleil and Blue Man Group, this entertainment phenomenon takes audiences on an alluring 90-minute journey that is “pure magic…an evening of enchantment and fun!” (The Express) The breathtaking show created by Slava, the original Cirque du Soleil’s clown genius, is an awesome theatrical experience and a profoundly moving spectacle full of vibrant wondrous images, delightful comedy, enchanting music and snow—lots and lots of snow!Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, FL 33132
July 25-27. Featuring “A Thousand Years” A new play by Kenny Finkle; directed by Michael Yawney. Make one wrong turn and it might take a millennium to get back to the one you love. A comedy about vast distances, tsunamis, and coffee. Tickets: Available at door – $10, Cash or Check only, no advance sales. 8 p.m.
Florida International University, Wertheim Performing Arts Center, 10910 SW 17th St., Miami, FL 33199
July 18-21. This annual summer lifestyle event for gay men of color is focused on a central theme: “Knowledge, Culture, Fashion.” Enjoy parties, workshops, networking and camaraderie among “bruthaz.”
Various Locations throughout Miami Beach
Miami Beach, FL 33139
July 18-24. This fashion show is presented annually at the historic Raleigh Hotel. Timed to coincide with the swimwear industry’s largest trade show, MBFW Swim provides a world-class runway platform for designers to launch swimwear and resort collections and gain exposure with the national and international fashion, style, and news media.
Raleigh Hotel, 1775 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, FL 33139