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Sister Hazel
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The best July events in Miami

It’s the height of summer and with that comes swim shows, indoor exhibits (hello, rain!) and more July events in Miami

By Virginia Gil
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If summer were a weekend, this month would be Saturday—the rowdiest, most exciting day of all. The best July events in Miami reflect the season’s party vibe, kicking off with Independence Day and offering a mix of fashion shows, concerts and other things to look forward to this month. The city’s also in the throes of hurricane season, which means rainy day activities in Miami are in your future. Hopefully, we get a few sunny days in between to spend at one of the many Miami beaches. Ahead, a running list of the best July events in Miami to add to your calendar.

Best events of the city under one roof

Fourth of July/Fireworks
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Celebrate Fourth of July

Restaurants South Beach

It’s three full days of drinking and dining deals at Time Out Market Miami. We’re doubling down on happy hour with a late-night option on Friday and Saturday. Plus, brunch is extended, which means five hours of bottomless fun—if you can handle it. Expect music, boozy ice cream and more.

Summer in the City
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Summer in the City

Restaurants South Beach

On July 9, our editorially curated culinary destination is inviting everyone to take cover and take part in *the* party of the summer. You’ll only need to bring yourself to this beachy bash because we’ve got everything handled. We’ll be bringing the tropics to you by way of tasty frozen cocktails (adorable garnishes and all!) and complementing the extra daytime hours with an all-day happy hour. From the time we open at 4pm to the minute we close our doors at 11pm, specialty cocktails will be $8, wine $7 and beer $5. And like all great days on the sand, expect the Market to fill with music from some of our favorite local DJs. 

Food is the main event at this party, and we’ve got all of your summer essentials covered with current Market favorites, plus we’re bringing back the Local Cuban and introducing you to celebrity chef Amaris Jones’ Chick’n Jones. 

When is it? July 9, 4–11pm. Where is it? Time Out Market Miami, 1601 Drexel Ave. 

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RuPaul's Drag Race
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RuPaul’s Drag Race Watch Party

Things to do Time Out Market Miami, South Beach

Miami’s own fierce queen Athena Dion is back at Time Out Market Miami to host a rowdy watch party toasting RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars Season 6, which will be streaming live from the market’s massive LED wall. Athena keeps things frisky with trivia during commercial breaks, followed by an elimination challenge at the end of the episode including prizes for those who can pick out the eliminated queens. This season airs on the subscriber-based Paramount Plus but Time Out is giving you all the drag action absolutely free. Fans of drag bingo with Athena Dion, don’t despair: arrive by 7pm for an hour-long game before the show starts.

Drag Bingo - Athena Dion 5/6
Photograph: Courtesy Athena Dion

Drag Bingo at Time Out Market Miami

Time Out Market Time Out Market Miami, South Beach

Forget the lame, deadpan number callers you’ve experienced at other game nights because we’ve got the fierce Athena Dion taking over bingo night at Time Out Market Miami. The city’s most in-demand diva keeps you entertained with a speedy one-hour round, featuring extended happy hour pricing on cocktails for players and a few $25 Time Out Market cards up for grabs. Games are free to join and groups of all ages and sizes are welcome to try their luck at filling up a card. Not into games? Arrive at 8pm for RuPaul’s Drag Race Watch Party, hosted by Ms. Dion.

Best July events in Miami

TASCHEN, Shops and services, Miami
Photograph: Courtesy TASCHEN

1. TASCHEN Summer Sale

Shopping Bookstores South Beach

Time to stock up on coffee table books and limited-edition photo compilations from famed publisher TASCHEN. Its biannual sale takes place this month and it's the perfect opportunity to snatch up discounted deluxe tomes covering the worlds of art, photography, design, fashion and cinema. 

When is it? July 8–11 at various hours. Where is it? The TASCHEN bookstore on Lincoln Road and online

Bal Harbour Shops
Photograph: Doug Castanedo

2. Ruffles & Rum at Bal Harbour Shops

Shopping Designer Bal Harbour

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? July 15 at 6:30pm. Where is it? Veronica Beard inside the Bal Harbour Shops. The event is free to attend. 

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Sister Hazel
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3. Sister Hazel at BLEAULIVE

Hotels Spa hotels Miami Beach

Fontainebleau Miami Beach takes it back to the ’90s with a concert by Sister Hazel at the hotel’s historic Fontaine Ballroom. Sing along to favorites like "All For You" and "Lighter in the Dark," while enjoying an open bar during the show. Or, better yet, make it an evening with a prix-fixe dinner at StripSteak by Michael Mina or Scarpette by Scott Conant for an extra $50. 

When is it? July 10 at 8pm; dinner seatings are available from 6–7pm. Where is it? Fontainebleau Miami Beach. Tickets and table packages are available online.

Baia Beach Club
Photograph: Courtesy Baia Beach Club

4. Sports Illustrated at Baia Beach Club Restaurant

Restaurants Mediterranean South Beach

Miami Swim Week is upon us and that means a slew of fashion shows, pool parties and summer-y things are in your future. Sports Illustrated is inviting you to their waterfront shindig at Baia Beach Club, where drinks are bound to flow.

When is it? July 10 at 8pm, runway shows start at 9:30pm. Where is it? Baia Beach Club at the Mondrian South Beach. Reservations are required

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Jose Negroni Sessions
Photograph: Courtesy Miami-Dade County Auditorium

5. MDCA IRL: Summer

Things to do Performances West Little Havana

This summer, Miami-Dade County Auditorium in Little Havana (MDCA) presents the MDCA IRL: Summer performance series, featuring two jam-packed months of concerts, performances, theater spectacles and more. July kicks off with the 35th International Hispanic Theatre Festival, featuring shows written, starring and directed by Hispanic artists. The rest of the month—and the season—brings an artistic whirlwind you don't want to miss.

When is it? July and August at various dates and times. Where is it? The Miami-Dade County Auditorium in Little Havana. Tickets are available on Ticketmaster.com.

Pour Your Art Out Workshop Arsht Center
Photograph: Courtesy Eyeworks Productions/Sergi Alexander

6. Pour Your Art Out: Better Together! at the Arsht Center

Things to do Performances Omni

The Arsht Center welcomes kids aged six and up to explore their creativity during an abstract painting workshop. They’ll learn about tone and color theory and get the opportunity to create two masterpieces all their own.

When is it? July 10 at 1pm. Where is it? Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets are $15 online.

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Massage
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7. Miami Spa Months

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. 

The Sacred Space
Photograph: Courtesy The Sacred Space

8. The Class Summer Series at the Sacred Space

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? Saturdays: July 17, Aug 21; 9am. Where is it? The Sacred Space in Wynwood. Tickets are on sale online.

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Le Zoo
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9. Bastille Day at Le Zoo

Restaurants French Bal Harbour

Celebrate la Fête nationale at charming French bistro Le Zoo. It’s a full day affair with tableside cocktails and $1 from open to close, live music performances by Paolo Di Francesco and the French Horn Collective, starting at noon. If you’re looking to take the party home, Le Zoo is offering special picnic baskets filled with everything you need for a delightful Parisian feast.

When is it? July 14 starting at noon. Where is it? Le Zoo at the Bal Harbour Shops. Dinner reservations are encouraged.

Bal Harbour Shops, Shops and services, Miami
Photograph: Alys Tomlinson

10. Arsht Artist Series at Bal Harbour Shops

Shopping Designer Bal Harbour

The posh outdoor mall partners with Miami’s premier performing arts center, the Arsht, for a delightful musical showcase this summer. Starting this week, Bal Harbour Shops hosts free live performances every Thursday from 4 to 7pm, featuring the likes of Andrade World Music on July 22. As if the shopping experience wasn’t already enjoyable there, now there’s an upbeat soundtrack to stroll to.

When is it? July 8 and 22 from 4 to 7pm. Where is it? Bal Harbour Shops. And it’s totally free!

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Viernes Culturales
Photograph: Courtesy Viernes Culturales

11. Viernes Culturales

Things to do Exhibitions

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? Friday, July 16, starting at noon. Where is it? Along Calle Ocho between 13th and 17th Avenues.

Womanish
Photograph: Paul Elliott

12. Womanish

Things to do Miami, Miami Shores

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. 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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Pterosaurs: Flight in the Age of Dinosaurs
Photograph: Denis Finnin

13. Pterosaurs: Flight in the Age of Dinosaurs

Things to do Exhibitions Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science | Miami, FL, Downtown

Curious prehistoric lovers, you’re in for a treat. Organized by New York’s American Museum of Natural History, Frost Science presents an immersive exhibition of the largest flying animals that ever lived, the pterosaur. Using findings from paleontological research, the exhibit presents a combination of life-size models and engaging interactive opportunities to bring these ancient animals to life. What did it feel to roam the Earth at that size 150 million years ago? Find out using your body to pilot a pterosaur over a prehistoric landscape in a virtual flight lab. How big were they exactly? Glimpse the many fossils for a peek at their size. 

When is it? The exhibit runs through Sep 6. Where is it? Catch Pterosaurs at Frost Science. Tickets are available online

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Ase Afro Frequencies
Photograph: Courtesy Artechouse Miami/Max Rykov

14. Aṣẹ: Afro Frequencies

Things to do Exhibitions Artechouse, South Beach

As artists continue to examine themes of Black identity, London-based surrealist Vince Fraser endeavors to offer his own perspective as a Black creative breaking boundaries and transcending reality. With "Aṣẹ: Afro Frequencies," his solo exhibition at experiential museum Artechouse, Fraser proposes that concepts of aṣẹ (the West African idea of one’s power to produce change) and Afrocentricity exist as their own frequencies—metaphorical wavelengths that people can tap into. Through the use of technology, lights, sounds and projections bring these frequencies to life and give them a new digital context.

When is it? Through Nov 7 at various times. Where is it? Artechouse Miami. Tickets are available online

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LIV nightclub
Photograph: Courtesy LIV Miami

15. Illenium at LIV Miami

Nightlife Clubs Miami Beach

Top EDM artist and DJ Nick Miller—better known as Illenium—takes his beats to LIV at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach. He’s climbed the charts and even landed a spot on Forbes’ coveted 30 Under 30 list last year, and now’s your shot to see him live.

When is it? July 31 at 11pm. Where is it? LIV Miami. Tickets and table reservations are available online.  

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