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The best August events in Miami

Summer is winding down but the best August events in Miami prove there's still so much see and do in the 305

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Virginia Gil
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The best August events in Miami reads almost like an oxymoron: there can’t possibly be anything to look forward to during the hottest, muggiest, rainest month in our city—and yet we find ourselves here, with a long list of fun things to do in Miami. The year 2021 has given August a bit of a rebrand as folks from all over flock to Miami’s beaches for a much-needed getaway and pack into the best South Beach clubs—no matter the weather or what the current news cycle promotes. Whether you’re in town for a short time or a local looking for new ways to get out, August in Miami will keep you busy and entertained.

Best of the city under one roof

  • Things to do
  • Classes and workshops

On this edition of Time Out Market’s ‘sip and learn’ series, we’re celebrating National Rum Month with Havana Club Rum ambassador Gio Gutierrez. Budding bartenders and drink enthusiasts will learn the nuances of rum while making three distinct cocktails using three different types of rum—Bacardi, Santa Teresa and Havana Club. Everything you need to play mixologist for the night will be provided with the purchase of a $35 ticket, plus every participant gets a snazzy cocktail kit to take home—and keep the party going.

When is it? Aug 13, 7–9pm. Where is it? Time Out Market Miami. Tickets are $35 online.

 

Best August events in Miami

  • Restaurants
  • Eating

After the wild and crazy ride that was 2020, we’ve never been happier to welcome back Miami Spice. Organized by the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau’s (GMCVB), the two-month prix-fixe dining program returns for its 20th year, offering discounted, three-course menus at select restaurants throughout Miami-Dade. This year, there are nearly 140 participating spots offering lunch/brunch and dinner for $28 and $42, respectively.

When is it? Aug 1–Sep 30. Where is it? At participating restaurants throughout Miami. Be sure to check the Miami Spice website to see if your favorite restaurant made the list.

  • Shopping
  • Designer
  • Bal Harbour
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The posh outdoor mall introduces a summer cocktail series it’s calling Ruffles & Rum. It kicks off at Veronica Beard, featuring a cocktail presentation by Havana Club ambassador Gio Gutierrez, followed by a trend talk led by the store’s manager, who’s dishing on the season’s hottest looks—ruffles, of course. 

When is it? Aug 5 at 6:30pm. Where is it? Veronica Beard inside the Bal Harbour Shops. The event is free to attend but RSVP is required to ACCESS@balharbourshops.com (for ACCESS members) or by downloading the Bal Harbour Shops app and
creating an account in ACCESS with the code RUFFLES

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  • Hotels
  • Chain hotels
  • South Beach
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The W South Beach proves you’re never too old for summer camp with an adults-only weekend that’ll fuel your inner child. It kicks off on Friday with an outdoor screening of the adorable Troop Beverly Hills complete with truffle popcorn, followed by Saturday AM sweat sesh with Barry’s Bootcamp, crafting with jewelry maker to the stars L-Enchanteur and a nighttime pizza disco, featuring some of NYC’s top dough slingers and groovy ’70s sounds. Camp sessions are open to the public with RSVP or folks can book a "bunk" (aka room suite) for the full sleepaway experience. 

When is it? Aug 13–15 at various times. Where is it? W South Beach. Call or email the hotel for room reservations and events. Tickets for the Pizza Disco are available online.

  • Hotels
  • South Beach
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What started as a full-moon practice continues as a monthly experience on the sand. On the first Saturday of the month, the Ritz-Carlton, South Beach invites folks for a complimentary beach meditation followed by a yoga class. Bring your mat and a clear head for a morning of mindfulness.

When is it? Aug 7 at 9am. Where is it? On the sand behind the Ritz-Carlton South Beach. The session is free.

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  • Movie theaters
  • Independent
  • Coral Gables
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Newly formed, semi-professional theater company, Miami Theatre Works, makes its local debut with a musical comedy titled aptly [title of show]. Its meta storyline centers around two guys writing a musical about two guys, and promises a witty, entertaining look at the joys and pitfalls of writing an original Broadway musical.

When is it? Aug 6–8, 11–12 at various times. Where is it? Coral Gables Art Cinema. Tickets are available online.

  • Shopping
  • Bags and luggage
  • Aventura

Aventura Mall’s popular Jamaican spot, Jrk!, pulls out all the stops for its Independence Day celebration. On Friday, stop in for complimentary mini patties and classic Jamaican sodas, plus DJ-spun tunes. On Saturday, get killer deals on full-size patties in honor of National Patty Day (3 to 4pm). Red Stripe will be available in droves.

When is it? Aug 6, 1–6pm; Aug 7, 3–4pm. Where is it? In the Treats Food Hall at Aventura Mall.

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  • Things to do
  • Exhibitions
  • Wynwood

There's a lot of outdoor yoga happening in Miami but few spots are doing it in the dark, under the shine of neon lights. If that sounds like a good time to you, head to the Wynwood Walls for its glow-in-the-dark class hosted by Sprout Yoga + Mindfulness. Be advised: It's recommended for children between 2 and 7 years of age.

When is it? Aug 27 6–7pm. Where is it? The Wynwood Walls Garden. Tickets are $18 online.

  • Things to do
  • Festivals

If there is one liquor this city could not live without, it’s probably rum. It’s in your mojito. It’s in your piña colada. Why not have a full day for it? The National Rum Day Fest allows patrons to explore an entire world of rum with tastings, craft cocktails and more. Expect all kinds of drinks, tasty food from local restaurants and DJs to keep you grooving all afternoon long.

When is it? Aug 16, 6–9pm. Where is it? Poolside at the Confidante Miami Beach. Tickets are available online.

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Calling all beer and sports fans! The Wynwood brewery is celebrating its six-month anniversary with an Olympic-themed competition, pitting teams from nearby breweries in an epic battle. There will be keg curls, malt bag races, giant Jenga and more. Guests are invited to watch and raise a glass to their favorite competitors, and catch the actual Olympics, which will be screened in the taproom.

When is it? Aug 5 at 6pm. Where is it? Cerveceria La Tropical.

  • Things to do
  • Event spaces
  • Wynwood

The celebrity-adored workout is headed to Miami this summer as part of a three-city series, which includes Los Angeles and New York City. It’s a mindful, cathartic practice set to music that you do on a mat—moving, swaying, meditating and sweating to the point of emotional release. Until now, The Class was only available online in Miami so don’t miss this opportunity to get weird with folks IRL.

When is it? Aug 21 at 9am. Where is it? The Sacred Space in Wynwood. Tickets are on sale online.

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July and August are all about self-care thanks to the countywide Miami Spa Months program. From facials and body scrubs to soothing rub downs, wellness treatments are heavily discounted for the next two months at top spas all around town. You’ve earned it and now it’s time to cash in on the massage your body’s been waiting for.

When is it? July 1–Aug 31. Where is it? At participating spas throughout Miami. 

Viernes Culturales
Photograph: Time Out/Vanessa Rogers

Viernes Culturales

Little Havana’s street party and gallery walk, Viernes Culturales, happens every third Friday of the month along Calle Ocho between 13th and 17th Avenues. Running strong for 20 years, it celebrates Latin culture with an old-school pachanga, featuring art exhibits, an artisan market at Domino Plaza, live music and dancing in one of Miami’s most famous cultural hubs. 

When is it? Aug 20, starting at noon. Where is it? Along Calle Ocho between 13th and 17th Avenues.

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  • Things to do

Brace for some serious female empowerment. Womanish—a traveling exhibition created by women for women—descends on Wynwood this summer. There are 16 different immersive rooms in the expansive 5,000-square-foot space, each one dedicated to a different “ish” factor of womanhood, featuring vibrant murals and thought-provoking installations. There’s “Consumerish,” which explores the impact of the pink tax, and “Selfish,” where ladies can indulge in a little self-care, and several other hyper-sensory areas designed to resonate and inspire deeper conversations. “Beyond the Instagrammable content, Womanish is bringing awareness to important womxn issues in our exhibit, such as the pink tax, mental health, the gender pay gap and much more,” says co-founder Danyelle Gray, who created the exhibit with her sister Dionna and creative director Emily Dahlquist. The founders are all black women from Chicago, who sought to bring a different perspective to the female experience while making it fun, and of course, Instagrammable. For a small fee, visitors can rent a Polaroid camera to snap shots the old-school way.

When is it? Through Aug 29: Sun–Wed 3:30pm–9:15pm; Fri, Sat 11am–9:15pm. Where is it? 317 NW 28th St. Tickets are $35 and available online.

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