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The best summer events in Miami to check out this season

The sun is out, the beaches are packed and there are no shortage of summer events in Miami to keep you busy for months

By Virginia Gil and Time Out Miami editors |
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Photograph: Unsplash/Ethan Robertson

Though the city tends to slow down a bit, you’ll still find no shortage of summer events in Miami to get you through the sweaty season. Contrary to popular belief, the 305 does not shut down from June to September. In fact, it can be one of the best times of the year to check out Miami for the first time. Is it hot? Sure. But that’s why the good lord invented Miami pool parties, gave us some awesome Miami water parks and plenty of Miami craft beer bars to help us cool off. So take advantage of a less-crowded Miami in the summer, and be sure to hit up these festivals, conventions and parties before the snowbirds arrive. 

Summer events in Miami

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Redland Summer Fruit Festival
Photograph: Courtesy Miami-Dade Parks
Things to do, Festivals

Redland Summer Fruit Festival

Taste the season’s bounty at peak ripeness during this annual bonanza celebrating South Florida–grown produce. Once you’ve sampled the cornucopia of tropical fruits, try the local wines, shop the selection of native plants and take the kiddos for a tour of the petting zoo.

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Cosplay
Photograph: Unsplash/Zany Jadraque
Things to do, Conventions

Florida Supercon

Our state’s biggest annual convention of all things comic-book culture returns to Broward County. Stop by to meet celebrities or nerd out on rare merchandise. The four-day event features panels, film screenings, Q&As and plenty of cosplay.

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Wynwood Pride
Photograph: Courtesy Wynwood BID
Things to do, Festivals

Wynwood Pride

Miami Beach Pride went down in April, but if you missed that fete—or just had so much fun you want a repeat—it’s happening all over again in Wynwood this summer. The three-day alfresco festival rages in the heart of the arts district, where you can expect a weekend of concerts, drag performances, local food vendors and pop-up bars. The Wynwood Marketplace, 2250 NW Second Ave

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Bingo, Bango, That's My Mango Festival
Photograph: Courtesy Unsplash/Fabiola Peñalba
Things to do, Festivals

Bingo, Bango, That’s My Mango

Each summer, we watch as the mangos bud, grow and slowly ripen until they’re hanging low from branches and tumbling down into the streets—and Miamians can’t seem to get enough of them. To celebrate mango season, Lincoln Eatery has teamed up with Taste of the Redland for the inaugural Bingo, Bango, That’s My Mango festival, hosted by Chef Allen Susser. The free event promises to be a juicy jubilee that also shines a light on Miami’s local food talent, with Lincoln Eatery’s 13 purveyors each creating a custom, mango-inspired dish showcasing different varieties of mango from various local farms. Guests can also enjoy family-friendly entertainment, games, live demos, shopping from local artisans and a mango contest to win prizes and the coveted mango trophy. Surplus mangos will be collected and donated to the Miami Rescue Mission.

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Nu Wave Swim Week Garden
Photograph: Courtesy Nu Wave Swim
Things to do, Exhibitions

Nu Wave Swim Week Garden

Swim Week gets a fresh update from the creative vision behind Miami’s World Red Eye with the launch of the Nu Wave Swim Garden at the Miami Beach Botanical Garden. Nestled in the heart of South Beach, the tropical oasis will host emerging and established swim brands, stylists, media, influencers and bloggers for five days of high-energy fashion events, activities and runway shows under the stars. If you prefer your fashion with a side of sustainability, you’ll also be into Nu Wave’s partnerships with local ocean preservation trailblazers like Miami Waterkeeper, plus a plastic-free policy at the venue all week.

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Fairchild mango display in Garden House
Photograph: Courtesy Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
Things to do, Festivals

Mango and Tropical Fruit Festival

Mango season in Miami is a big deal—so much so that we gave our favorite treat 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.

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Mangos
Photograph: Unsplash/HOTCHICKSING
Things to do, Festivals

South Beach Mango Festival

Sure, you’ve probably gotten so many mangoes from friends and neighbors offloading them on everyone in sight that you’re sick of them. Too bad! Mango season isn’t over yet, thanks to the Miami Beach Mango Festival. The second annual edition features a farmers’ market, tasting demos, a kids’ area and much more.

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Salsa
Photograph: Shutterstock
Dance, Ballroom and Latin

Miami Salsa Congress

Get ready for five days of hip-shaking, arm-swaying programming during the annual dance extravaganza. The Latin music festival, one of the largest of its kind, features a grouping of the world’s top salsa talent, including musicians, dancers, DJs and bands. The event touts a variety of pool parties, evening galas, dance workshops and live concerts.

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Flea market
Photograph: Unsplash/Jason Blackeye
Shopping, Markets and fairs

Miami Market for Makers

Enjoy local craft brews, DIY stations, IG-ready photo walls, music and more at this seasonal craft fair that features the city’s brightest artisans and emerging brands. Moore Building, 191 NE 40th St

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Lapis Spa at Fontainebleau Miami Beach
Photograph: Courtesy Lapis Spa/Scott Wiseman

Miami Spa Month

There’s no better time of year to score some sweet spa deals in Miami than July and August. Miami Spa Month makes some of the city’s most luxurious treatments accessible to those who can’t afford to drop a stack on an afternoon facial. Treatments and specials at participating spas start as low as $109. Various locations.

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