Aug. 1 – Sept. 30
Where: Various participating restaurants throughout Miami. More information at www.iLoveMIAMISpice.com.
Calling all foodies! Get up close and personal with some of Miami’s top dining locales during Miami Spice, a two month promotion where participating restaurants offer up discounted three-course meals (lunches $19 or $23, dinners $33 or $39) featuring signature dishes and specialties prepared by world-renowned chefs. Participating this year are Miami traditions like Christy’s Restaurant and Smith & Wollensky, celebrity magnets like db Bistro Moderne and Zuma, date night favorites like Scarpetta, hip trendy spots like The Bazaar by Jose Andres and many more.
Miami Spa Month
Through August 31
Where: Various participating spas around Miami and Miami Beach. Complete list at www.miamispamonth.com.
Some of Miami’s fanciest spas are offering treatments at a reduced rate of $99 through the end of August. Participating venues include uber chi chi spots like Lapis at the Fontainebleau, The Standard Spa, Biltmore Spa, The Spa at Doral and many more.
African Diaspora Dance & Drum Festival of Florida
Where: Little Haiti Cultural Center, 212-260 NE 59th Terr., Miami. More information at 305-978-3866 or adddff.DelouAfrica.org.
Featuring workshops from world renowned artists from West Africa and the Caribbean, a symposium, a concert extravaganza, vendor market place, children’s village, a raffle drawing, an award presentation and a cultural reception.
International Champions Cup Soccer Tournament
Where: Sun Life Stadium, 2269 NW 199th St., Miami Gardens; internationalchampionscup.com.
The International Champions Cup pits eight of the world’s top football clubs against each other – Real Madrid, Chelsea, A.C. Milan, Juventus, L.A. Galaxy, Valencia, Everton, and Inter Milan – at cities throughout the U.S. and Europe. The tournament culminates at Sun Life Stadium in the Championship round.
Optic Nerve XV Film Festival
Where: Museum of Contemporary Art, 770 NE 125th ST., North Miami; 305-893-6211; mocanomi.org
MOCA’s annual film festival featuring short films by emerging artists and filmmakers. Films by selected finalists will be screened at 7 and 9 p.m. One of the films will be purchased for the museum’s permanent collection.
South Beach Bike Week
Where: Clevelander Hotel, 1020 Ocean Dr.,Miami Beach; www.southbeachbikeweek.com/
Motorcycle enthusiasts from all over the country will gather in South Beach to celebrate the largest motorcycle event in South Florida with contests, parties, and a bevy of events like a wet T-shirt contest, Miami Heat dancer meet & greet/motorcycle wash, oyster eating contest and a pool party. There’ll be cruising, tattoo battling, volleyball playing, airbrushing and all kinds of vendors peddling hog swag.
Brazilian Film Festival of Miami
Where: Films will be shown at The Colony Theatre, and at Miami Beach Cinematheque. More information at www.brazilianfilmfestival.com or 305-600-3347.
Florida has become a second home to many Brazilians, who have brought with them both their cash and their film industry, which makes a sojourn every year to showcase around two dozen of the most acclaimed Brazilian films at this annual festival. The itinerary includes competitive screenings, special screenings, parties and cocktails.
XVII International Ballet Festival of MIAMI
Aug. 28 – Sept. 8
Where: Various venues throughout South Florida. More information at www.InternationalBalletFestival.org.
The annual festival gathers classical ballet and contemporary dance companies as well as talented young competitive dancers from around the world for two weeks of performances, galas, and workshops.
MIAMI Home Design & Remodeling Show
Aug. 30- Sept. 3
Where: Miami Beach Convention Center, 1901 Convention Center Dr., Miami Beach. More information at www.Homeshows.net.
Need a few tips for that big home remodel? Looking for the latest in home gadgetry? Want some tips on a new floor plan for the family room? The Home Design and Remodeling Show is the place to be. The event features vendors showcasing fine home furniture, accessories, remodeling, interior design, kitchens and baths and an array of products and services for the interior and exterior of the home.