August is a bizarre month in Miami. It’s not full summer, not yet autumn, with nightly breezes swishing the day’s humidity away. People are reluctantly prepping their their minds for the upcoming daily grind to come, and the city is welcoming the last stream of relaxing tourists before the year picks back up. But have no fear, our city has got you covered with tons of great distractions for the work that lays ahead:
Monday, Aug. 1
Pokemon: The First Movie – One of Miami’s cult late-night movie outfits, Secret Celluloid Society, has taken advantage of the recent Pokemon craze and is bringing the 1998 animated film to Gramps for a fun free movie night.
Where: Gramps Bar – 176 NW 24th ST. Time: 9PM – 2AM. Tickets: Free.
Thursday, Aug. 4
Breakfast Treats & Beats – Celebrate Miami’s bursting music scene at MADE with a special early bird jam featuring some of their most talented tenants. DJ sets by III Points & SAFE (Electric Pickle Co.), complimentary Salty Donut munchies (while supplies lasts) and Mad Chiller coffee. Miami’s music industry members will have a chance to work out of MADE for free all day long.
Where: MADE at The Citadel – 8325 NE Second Ave. Time: 10AM – Midnight. Tickets: Free.
Rooftop Unplugged Sessions – Magic washes over the city skyline at the Filling Station Lofts for the crowd-favorite concert, Rooftop Unplugged Sessions now at the newly renovated outdoor pool. Take in an intimate performance by local eclectic spirit and soulful performer, Alejandro Elizondo. Enjoy handmade ice cream sandwiches by Wynwood Parlor and sips to drink in the soothing sounds and breathtaking views of the city.
Where: Filling Station Lofts – 1657 N Miami Ave. Time: 7-9PM. Tickets: Free w/ RSVP.
Friday, Aug. 5
Reel Creative Cinema – A free weekend-long film festival celebrating the creative realms of the Miami Design District: art + culture, architecture + design, fashion + cuisine. Complimentary parking is available, screenings are free and open to the public. Limited seats available; seating is on a first come, first served basis. Not all films are suitable for children.
Where: Miami Design District – 3841 NE 2nd Ave. Time: 6:30PM. Tickets: See Showtimes Here.
Saturday, Aug. 6
Free Bike Tour – Learn about Coconut Grove’s extensive history! The BID offers free bicycle tours to visitors and locals alike. Every first and third Saturday, join Royal Palm Tours of Miami and Frank Schema, as he uncovers the captivating history of Miami’s oldest and most charming community by visiting notable sites and taking participants on a scenic and historic ride through the verdant streets of Coconut Grove.
Where: 3500 Pan American. Time: 9:30AM. Tickets: Free w/ RSVP.
The Raddest Craft Fair – Spend a breezy Saturday awakening your inner child with a complete lineup of innovative and hands-on workshops that will bring out the budding creator inside of you thanks to Concrete Beach Brewery. We’ll be bringing every type of craft under the sun from watercolor, to calligraphy, macrame and more. Plus, enjoy live music by charming local songwriters like Shira Abergel and Carly Jo Jackson, local pop-ups and interactive activations, plus delicious handmade craft cocktails by Mortar & Pistil.
Where: The Wynwood Yard – 56 NW 29th ST. Time: 6-9PM. Tickets: Free w/ RSVP.
Tuesday, Aug. 9
Still Grateful After All These Years – Remembering the life and music of Jerry Garcia… Join the celebration of his masterpieces on the 21st anniversary of his death, reminisce about all our grateful moments while sipping on brews and listen to a live Grateful Dead tribute. Ebb&Flow will be performing two live sets of all your favorite Grateful Dead and Jerry Garcia Band songs to keep you dancing and drinking all night long!
Where: Boxelder Craft Beer Market – 2817 NW Second Ave. Time: 7PM – Midnight. Tickets: Free.
Thursday, Aug. 11
Basquiat: The Unknown Notebooks – Celebrate the opening of “Basquiat: The Unknown Notebooks” with an art talk by artist William Cordova followed by a discussion with PAMM Director Franklin Sirmans and PAMM Assistant Curator María Elena Ortiz. On the terrace, Tradisyon Lakou Lakay dance ensemble and DJ Gardy will perform a traditional Vodou-inspired dance accompanied by magical melodies and beautiful rhythmic roots music of Haiti, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, combined with retro electronic music.
Where: The Perez Art Museum – 1103 Biscayne Blvd. Time: 7PM – 10PM. Tickets: Get em here.
Movies Under the Stars – The A+E District c
ollaboration with Miami Film Festival is back with their next installment of Movies Under the Stars at Canvas. Enjoy a free screening of “Cobain: Montage of Heck” directed by Brett Morgan. Grab bites by Box of Chacos, ice cream sandwiches by Wynwood Parlor, and gourmet popcorn by Mad Chiller, and sip on Vice City Bean coffee, plus alcoholic refreshments. Bring friends, family and lawn chairs. Please arrive early as chairs are first come first serve.
Where: Canvas Miami – 90 NE 17th ST. Time: 7-11PM. Tickets: Free w/ RSVP.
Saturday, Aug. 13
Slide the City – Slide the City is a family friendly slip-and-slide water party event. There will be live music, food, drinks, water, and of course the biggest slip and slide ever to hit asphalt. Don’t worry, we’ve got it padded.This slide’s got more cushion than your grandpa’s orthopedic sneakers.
Make sure to bring your water buckets, floaties, and water guns (non-realistic of course), to squirt, spray, splash, and get all attending soaked.
Where: Downtown Miami TBA. Time: 8AM – 11PM. Tickets: Sign Up Here.
Villain Theater 1 Year – It is because of their outstanding audiences, dedicated performers, and fearless leaders that Villain Theater has become such a powerhouse for entertainment in such a short amount of time. Come celebrate with them and their special guest, Jimmy Carrane on Aug. 13. Not only will he be offering workshops during the day, but he will be conducting his nationally-recognized podcast Improv Nerd and then performing with the Villains in Tales From The Magic City at Villain Theater Presents: Saturday Gigantic.
Where: Villain Theater – 8325 NE Second Ave. Time: 7PM. Tickets: Get em here.
Ray LaMontagne – Grammy Award-winning Ray LaMontagne brings his unique vocals and folk vibe to Miami on The Ouroboros Tour 2016! Move quick, a limited number of tickets remain, score yours while you can.
Where: The Fillmore Miami Beach – 1700 Washington Ave. Time: 8PM. Tickets: Get em here.