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The best July events in Miami

Summer is peaking and—rain or shine—it's a great time to enjoy the best July events in Miami.

Falyn Wood
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Falyn Wood
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Summer is getting intense: It's July and, believe it or not, this is not Miami's hottest month. (August gets that distinction). Weather aside, July in Miami actually has so much to offer, including trusty backup plans for a rainy day and plenty of fun things to do with kids while they're out of school. We don’t see many tourists this time of year except for the Fourth of July, which means a more relaxed pace, a break from the heavy traffic and July events more catered to the locals. Below, find our regularly updated guide, in no particular order, to the best July events in Miami to add to your calendar.

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Best Miami events in July

  • Things to do
  • Performances
  • South Beach
This annual, month-long music festival platforms over 200 classical musicians across Miami Beach for a series of free public performances and ticketed events, including three full opera productions and three symphonic concerts. This year features the return of its popular Fourth of July orchestra and fireworks show at Lummus Park and an immersive space symphony concert at Faena Forum backdropped by 360-degree live projection-mapped visuals, among other unique offerings.
  • Things to do
  • Walks and tours
  • Miami
Fairchild Garden transforms into a prehistoric playground this summer. Explore the lush grounds where life-size dinosaurs hold court amid a collection of cycads, ferns, conifers and all sorts of flowering plants that date back to primitive times. Kiddos can get hands-on during the ancient artifact digs, egg hunts and more while learning all about what the world was like 65 million years ago. Be sure to check the Fairchild Garden website for up-to-date information on upcoming dino events.
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  • Things to do
  • Miami Beach
Faena Theater has put a fresh spin on its avant-garde cabaret, “Allura,” with a new performance titled “Ascension.” New York singer Rocky Lanes stars as master of ceremonies, leading showgoers through a series of spicy vignettes with aerial acts, acrobats, killer live music and a hint of naughty antics. “Ascension” shows on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. Get there early to check out Faena’s incredible public art, including murals by Argentinian artist Juan Gatti and Damien Hirst’s famous wooly mammoth.
  • Things to do
  • South Beach
Oolite Arts is a rare local gem on Lincoln Road. This season, the visual arts hub will showcase 17 Miami-based artists from their residency program at “Everything is a Spiral,” a multidisciplinary exhibition that explores concepts of time. Curated by Miami’s own art world powerhouse, Dejha Carrington, “Everything is a Spiral” is on view through July 1.
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  • Things to do
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. (Score exclusive therapies starting at $109 at participating Miami hotel, day and med spas.) You’ve earned it and now it’s time to cash in on the massage your body’s been waiting for. Various locations
  • Things to do
  • Festivals
  • Miami
Mango season in Miami is a big deal—so much so that we gave our favorite local produce its own festival. Spend a weekend learning everything there is to know about the juicy stone fruit and sampling countless mango varieties, grown both around the globe and right here in our backyard, as on-site vendors whip up smoothies, mango-inspired cocktails and more refreshing natural treats. Mango seedlings will also be available for purchase so you can grow your own, you green thumb, you.
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  • Things to do
  • Festivals
During the notoriously slow summer months, Miami’s top restaurants offer an irresistibly good deal that gets hungry locals sprinting from their houses to snag a table: three-course, prix-fixe menus at lunch and brunch ($30/$35) and dinner ($45/$60, depending on the menu). Your swimsuit body never stood a chance. Various locations
  • Things to do
  • Conventions
  • South Beach
Loads of comics, cosplay, anime characters and movie actors descend upon South Beach for three days of Florida SuperCon this summer. Expert panels, exclusive releases, screenings and celebrity meet-and-greets are all on the menu at this annual event. Past editions have included appearances by the stars of Mulan, Mr. Robot and more.
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  • Things to do
  • South Beach
If you get the reference of T-Pain’s party, it’s time for an eye cream. All jokes aside, T-Pain is one of the greatest hip-hop artists of our generation. He’s gifted us banger after banger over the years, from the autotuned excellence of “Buy U a Drank” to soulful acoustic sets on NPR’s Tiny Desk. Catch him live with Larussell on July 3 at The Fillmore Miami Beach.
  • Things to do
  • Midtown
Chef Michael Schwartz hosts this pop-up dinner series through the summer, inviting an acclaimed chef buddy to Amara at Paraiso each month to showcase their culinary talents with a meal that reflects their roots. The experience begins at 6:30pm as the sun sinks over Biscayne Bay. Take in the expansive views with passed apps and a tropical welcome cocktail made with Brugal rum. Each intimate, seated dinner comprises four courses of Latin-inspired dishes prepared from the open kitchen and wood-fired grill plus wine pairings by Brazos Wine (except Chef Diego Oka's Brugal Maestro Dinner, which is accompanied by Brugal cocktails). A percentage of proceeds benefits Miami-based non-profit Viernes Culturales. Schedule May 28: Michael Beltran, CubaExecutive chef/owner and partner of Ariete Hospitality Group June 11: Diego Oka, Peru*Executive chef of La Mar by Gastón Acurio *This Brugal Maestro Dinner features rum pairings by Brugal Brand Ambassador, author and FIU Hospitality professor, Gabe Urrutia. July 24: Pablo Zitzmann, ColombiaExecutive chef/owner of Zitz Sum August 27: Jose Mendin, Puerto RicoFive-time James Beard semifinalist and co-founder of Pubbelly Sushi, Casa Isola, Hitchihaika and June Burgers September 26: Karla Hoyos, MexicoExecutive chef/owner of Tacotomia and World Central Kitchen Disaster Relief Head Chef
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