Miami Events – August 2015

Grave Digger flies high.

African Diaspora Dance and Drum Festival
Aug 1-2
Where: Little Haiti Cultural Complex, 212 NE 59th Terr., Miami

This annual cultural arts educational event aims to connect the African Diaspora to the community via drumming and dance workshops, symposium, vendor marketplace, children’s village and concert.

Historic Virginia Key Beach Park 70th Anniversary
Aug. 1
Where: 4020 Virginia Beach Dr., Miami

Virginia Key Beach Park was established as an official “colored only” recreation site as a direct response to a protest by Miami’s African-American community, which was being systematically shut out of public beaches. To commemorate this historic spot, it hosts a celebration with music, a classic car show, live performances by Maryel Epps, junkanoo bands, rides on the mini train and carousel, plus prizes and giveaways.

Aug. 1 – Sept. 30
Where: Various participating restaurants throughout Miami.

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 $23, dinners $39) featuring signature dishes and specialties prepared by world-renowned chefs.

Miami Spa Month
Through Aug. 31
Where: Various participating spas around Miami and Miami Beach.

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 Elle Spa at the Eden Roc, Lapis Spa at the Fontainebleau, The Biltmore Spa and many more.

Monster Jam
Aug. 7-8
Where: BB&T Center, 1 Panther Pkwy., Sunrise

Feel the power and hear the roar of the monster trucks at Monster Jam where world champion Grave Digger will jump, fly and crush along with El Toro Loco, Madusa, Monster Mutt and Monster Energy.
IFE-ILE Afro-Cuban Dance Festival
Aug. 20-22
Where: Dade County Auditorium, 2901 W. Flagler St.., Miami

This annual dance festival highlights the crossroads between African and Cuban movement and features dance workshops with live drumming, a street fair and culminates with a gala performance featuring guest artists and IFE-ILE Afro-Cuban Dance Company.

International Ballet Festival of Miami
Aug. 29-Sept. 13
Where: Various locations throughout Miami

The Miami Hispanic Ballet company hosts its annual festival that brings together top companies and ballet stars from around the world for a program including performances, workshops, films, art exhibits and master classes.