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The best things to do in Miami this month

August is officially here, which means it’s time to start planning out the best things to do in Miami this month

National Rum Day
Photograph: Courtesy National Rum Day
By Falyn Freyman |
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If you’re looking for some great things to do in Miami this month, you’re in luck. August is here and summer is reaching its peak. For many, it’s the season to hit the best Miami beaches starts with an epic cocktail festival before moving on to a month filled with concerts, culinary events and more. Miami summers used to be sleepy but this year it’s busier than ever. So try to carve some time this month between bouncing from the best restaurants in Miami to the best bars in Miami to sink your teeth into these events. You won’t regret it.

Things to do in August 2019

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Korean fried chicken at KYU
Photograph: Courtesy KYU
Things to do, Festivals

Miami Spice

icon-location-pin Miami, Miami Shores
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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 lunches ($23) and dinners ($39). Your swimsuit body never stood a chance. Various locations

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Deco + Drag
Photograph: Courtesy The Wolfsonian
Things to do, Exhibitions

Deco + Drag

Miami’s fiercest drag queens are riffing on Art Deco for a one-night-only ‘20s-themed fête celebrating The Wolfsonian’s latest exhibit, “Deco: Luxury to Mass Market.” Tour the show, then get your dollar bills ready for spicy performances from Kat Wilderness, Persephone Von Lips, Opulenceeeeee and Aeon Hues. DJ Gami will provide the music for a night that’s sure to bring the heat.

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Havana Nights
Photograph: Courtesy Unsplash/Joris Visser
Things to do, Festivals

Havana Nights

icon-location-pin Concrete Beach Brewery, Wynwood
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Celebrate the colorful Cuban capital every month at Wynwood’s eclectic indoor-outdoor craft brewery, where you can expect cigar rollers, live music and Cuban food to heat up your Friday night out.

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DanceAfrica
Photograph: Courtesy Unsplash/Paul Zoetemeijer
Things to do, Classes and workshops

DanceAfrica Miami 2019

Miami’s biggest African drum and dance festival returns for a tenth year in the heart of vibrant Little Haiti. Music and dance workshops, children’s activities and live performances are complemented by wellness seminars and handmade food and crafts fairs throughout this weekend focused on bringing together and celebrating African cultures.

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Counter Corner at the Corner
Photograph: Daniella A. Rascon
Things to do, Performances

Birdcage Brunch

icon-location-pin Sweet Liberty Drinks & Supply Company, South Beach
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As the reigning “Ultimate Miami Drag Queen 2019,” Karla Croqueta has been quite the busy bearded lady these days. For her latest project, the wild and vivacious diva has partnered with weet Liberty Drinks & Supply Co. to launch a brand new monthly drag spectacular in South Beach, aptly dubbed Birdcage Brunch. Burlesque performances, acrobatic queens, live music and outrageously entertaining acts by some of Miami’s most popular drag stars get the sweet brunch treatment with a la carte favorites and bottomless prosecco and rose for $30.

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Cafe Namaste
Photograph: Courtesy Unsplash/Gilles Rolland-Monnet
Things to do, Classes and workshops

Cafe Namaste: Yoga + Breakfast + Pool

Relax, recover and reset your intentions after a long week at Cafe Namaste, a recurring rooftop wellness event and pool party at Downtown’s trendy XMiami Apartments. Your morning begins with a rejuvenating yoga flow followed by organic beverages, healthy plant-based breakfast bites and of course some sun therapy as you lounge poolside, swim and take in the Miami skyline. Be sure to bring your mat and towel. 230 NE 4th St

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Jonas Brothers
Photograph: Courtesy CC/Wikimedia/Christopher Simon
Things to do, Concerts

Jonas Brothers

For anyone who might have cried when the JoBros split in 2013 (no judgment), don’t worry, not all is lost. This year, the all-grown-up and married, Disney-birthed youths have officially reunited and are touring in support of a brand new project, Happiness Begins.

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Prince
Photograph: Courtesy Unsplash/Doyoun Seo
Things to do, Concerts

The Purple Madness: Tribute to Prince

Still mourning The Purple One? It’s okay, we are too. No freaky little star may ever shine as brightly, but once in a while, we are granted small reminders of his fire. Come dance, cry and remember the magic of Prince’s music at this one-night-only tribute performance by Purple Madness. Frontman Bobby Miller has made emulation his art, and along with his band and dancers, he creates an electrifying spectacle spanning Prince’s catalog that makes the $14 price of admission more than worth it.

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Weave: Twilight Parade & Block Party
Photograph: Courtesy Unsplash/Melanie Magdalena
Things to do, Festivals

Weave: Twilight Parade & Block Party

For the fourth consecutive year, the always magical Vizcaya Museum & Gardens on Biscayne Bay brings together the community for a series of art-making workshops that culminates in a twilight parade across the estate. This year’s lantern parade, dubbed Weave, explores the architectural patterns, motifs and textures gathered together by owner James Deering from around the world to create Vizcaya. After the interactive procession of lanterns, sounds and projections stop by the block party in the Vizcaya Village parking lot complete with food trucks and entertainment.

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Dracula
Photograph: Courtesy MOCA, North Miami
Things to do, Concerts

PÒTOPRENS × Dracula

For the official closing ceremony of its “PÒTOPRENS: The Urban Artists of Port-Au-Prince” exhibition, the MOCA, North Miami hosts acclaimed Miami-based folk duo Dracula for a hauntingly serene set featuring the group’s signature interwoven vocals over acoustic guitar. The special performance is free with regular museum admission.

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Indie Craft Bazaar
Photograph: Courtesy Unsplash/Kristina Balić
Things to do, Markets and fairs

Indie Craft Bazaar: Art & Handmade Festival

Fort Lauderdale’s Indie Craft Bazaar is the largest market of its kind in Broward County, describing itself like “stepping into an in-real-life Etsy.” The one-day-only, independent art and handmade festival in the heart of downtown boasts more than 65 artists, crafters, designers and makers, plus DIY tie-dye, food and drink specials and giveaways throughout the day.

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National Rum Day
Photograph: Courtesy National Rum Day
Things to do, Festivals

National Rum Day Fest

Once in a while, there comes a seemingly make-believe food-and-drink holiday that we actually want to celebrate: National Rum Day. Everyone of drinking age is welcome at this third annual pool party thrown in honor of the Caribbean spirit. Expect myriad cocktails, tasty food from local restaurants and DJs to keep you grooving all afternoon long.

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Khalid
Photograph: Courtesy CC/Flickr/King County Parks
Things to do, Concerts

Khalid

The 21-year-old crooner first began writing his debut album, American Teen, when he was just 17. With the help of SoundCloud and a handful of write-ups in Rolling Stone, Billboard and others, he’s quickly become a quadruple-platinum radio staple and stadium-filling artist known for his R&B-infused pop and baritenor vocal range. His last Miami show at the Fillmore sold out. Don’t sleep on the opportunity to catch the singer live.

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Veza Sur
Photograph: Courtesy Veza Sur
Things to do, Birthday parties

Veza Sur Two Year Cumpleaños

Veza Sur is turning two, which means Wynwood’s Latin-themed craft brewery is officially entering its rowdy toddler phase. Expect a raucous, pachanga-style party in the garden starting early and going late into the night, with a lineup of DJs and live music from Javier Garcia and Sol + The Tribu. Look out for La Super Pachanga beer release, live activations for the whole familia and more surprises.

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Vampire Weekend
Photograph: Courtesy CC/Flickr/Redfishingboat (Mick O)
Things to do, Concerts

Vampire Weekend

icon-location-pin James L Knight International Center, Downtown
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The year was 2007. The album was self-titled. Band members Ezra Koenig, Chris Tomson and Chris Baio had come together over a shared love of punk rock and African music while attending Columbia University and would go on to become one of the era’s defining outfits, the darlingest of indie darlings. The peak days of music blogs and ironic eyeglasses may be gone, but Vampire Weekend returns in 2019 with a new album and accompanying world tour.

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Hotel Gaythering
Photograph: Jeremy Lucido
Things to do, Classes and workshops

Queef’s Sewing Factory

icon-location-pin Hotel Gaythering, South Beach
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Join Miami’s most industrious drag queen Queef Latina as she teaches beginner and intermediate sewers how to make their own tote bags, fanny packs, harnesses, speedos, jockstraps and more every last Tuesday of the month at Miami Beach gay hipster hotel the Gaythering. Workshop price includes sewing machine and supplies, plus one free drink. Stay after class to mingle, flirt and show-and-tell your work—the bar stays open until midnight.

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Skeleton Crew
Photograph: George Schiavone
Things to do, Performances

Skeleton Crew

As Detroit deteriorates, Dominique Morisseau’s car industry workers are torn between strategies of survival: the every-man-for-himself ethos of American individualism versus the solidarity of unions, friends and chosen families. They’re messed-up but decent people, driven by forces that may or may not be beyond their control.

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Moonlight
Things to do, Film events

A24 Public Access: Moonlight

icon-location-pin Miami, Miami Shores
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Movie theaters? Boring. Movies in the park? Been there, done that. What’s next on the horizon for screenings? Billboards. A24, the independent company responsible for making films such as The Bling Ring and Moonlight, is showing their most popular flicks on public billboards across the country as part of a program called Public Access. For its Miami date, Moonlight will screen on the billboard located at the corner of NW 79th Street and 12th Place. It sits on a large plot of land, so bring snacks for a picnic and an umbrella for the inevitable August shower.

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Summer Sex Academy
Photograph: Courtesy Unsplash/Becca Tapert
Things to do, Classes and workshops

Summer Sex Academy

icon-location-pin Broken Shaker, Miami Beach
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Sexologist Avril Louise Clarke brings her Summer Sex Academy to Broken Shaker, where she’ll host a serise of workshops to help you heat things up in the bedroom. Hitch a ride on the CBD bandwagon at the Dope Sex workskhop, during which you’ll learn all about pot’s trendy, non-psychoactive cousin and discuss the sexual benefits of using CBD with a partner or even alone (free goodie bags will be provided). In the Mindful Sex workshop, take notes on how to slow down and live in the moment, which can increase pleasurable experiences and heighten sensations.

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Film reel
Photograph: Shutterstock
Things to do, Festivals

Urban Film Festival

icon-location-pin Miami, Miami Shores
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Are you a young creative looking for a path into the film industry? Over three days, the Urban Film Festival supports rising filmmakers through screenings, workshops, panels and other activities. There’s also a youth film program focused on educating kids from Allapattah, Little Haiti and Overtown, among other underserved areas in the community. At various locations.

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Mucho, Mucho Amor: 50 Years of Walter Mercado
Photograph: Courtesy HistoryMiami Museum
Things to do, Exhibitions

Mucho, Mucho Amor: 50 Years of Walter Mercado

icon-location-pin HistoryMiami, Downtown
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From the sugarcane fields of Puerto Rico to one of the world’s most famous and flamboyant psychic astrologers, Walter Mercado and his televised horoscopes reached 120 million Latino viewers a day for more than 30 years. To ring in the 50th anniversary of his first show, "Mucho, Mucho Amor: 50 Years of Walter Mercado" will exhibit Mercado’s costumes (12 famous capes, including one worn during the Puerto Rican pride parade in NYC and later worn by Lin-Manuel Miranda), plus mementos and other curious ephemera.

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To Write Miami
Photograph: Angel Valentin
Things to do, Literary events

To Write Miami: A Reading with Lynne Barrett

icon-location-pin Soya & Pomodoro, Downtown
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To Write Miami brings nine beloved local writers to Downtown’s charmingly bohemian Soya & Pomodoro to explore how stories emerge from the raw sights and sounds of the city they love. The innovative and intimate eight-night series illustrates the ways our writers pay homage to Miami and how, in turn, Miami fuels their work. Combining performative elements, reflections on the city and conversations on the writing process, To Write Miami invites award-winning author Lynne Barrett to read for the August edition the series.

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