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
Miami Swim Week’s most feel-good event returns for its ninth annual runway show, showcasing looks from hot swimwear labels Kai Lani, Maheli Heli, Macaed and Abruzzo Swim—all while raising money for Style Saves, a charity that strives to provide school children with basic necessities, from uniforms to pencils to eyeglasses. Your ticket to the fashionable fundraiser treats includes cocktails by Tito’s Vodka and drinks by Health-Ade organic Kombucha, plus a sweet swag bag to take home. This year’s hosts include model Rocky Barnes, Style Saves founder Rachael Russell Saiger and board members David and Isabela Grutman.
Celebrate Colombian Independence Day with a massive outdoor festival in the heart of Wynwood. Groove the night away to cumbia, salsa and Latin pop from a stellar lineup of musicians, chow down on arepas and other Colombian treats from a fleet of food trucks, and try not to get too soused on aguardiente—after all, the party goes until 3am.
Local foodies look forward to this two-month event all year. During the slow summer months, Miami restaurants participate in Miami Spice with hundreds of discounted prix-fixe dining options around town. During the promotion (lunch $23, dinner $39), you can gain access to some of the city’s most exclusive restaurants.
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, demos and more.
The Design District is quickly becoming one of Miami’s best destinations for art, whether that means staring into luxury shop windows or gazing at bizarre sculptures. The District offers free tours of the area’s public artworks, from the bubble-windowed enclosure in Paradise Plaza to the wacky sculptures on the side of the ICA garage.