July in Miami is hot and humid, afternoon showers are not uncommon and actually welcomed to bring a bit of relief from the blistering sun.
This is a great time to enjoy the beaches, waterparks and any water-related activities. If you have been putting off that scuba certification, grab your mask and fins and get down here, our beautiful reefs are calling!
To escape the muggy weather outside and indulge in some well-deserved TLC, Miami Spa Month is here, with simple to the most cutting edge Spa treatments around, all without breaking the bank.
And if you're heading out to the beach, watch out, our turtles are nesting and hatchlings will be popping up any time now!
Sea turtle nesting season is here, if you are heading out to the beaches, please pay attention to nesting areas, they will be ropped off and clearly marked, avoid getting near these areas or trampling on the eggs!
Sea turtles nest mostly after dark, females emerge from the water in search for a spot to lay their eggs. They need their peace and quiet, give them a wide berth.
It is against the law to disturb turtles, nesting or otherwise, their eggs and their hatchlings!
It's America's Birthday! Join in the parties and the celebrations, the 4th of July has long been a family tradition, the hot dogs, outdoor concerts, parades, and a myriad of activities which all culminate with a brilliant splash in the sky.
The 4th of July fireworks in Miami are spectacular, watching the sky lit up above the water in a stunning array of colors and sparks is a mind-blowing and affecting way to end the day, a stirring reflection of what our country stands for.
There are hundreds of celebrations throughout the city, many starting early in the afternoon with family activities, beach games, live music, etc.
Here is more on this year's 4th of July Celebrations and Fireworks.
For two full months, Miami Spa Month features a world of indulgence and relaxation at some of our internationally renowned spas with incredible savings for everyone with packages starting at only $99.
So get ready to unwind, our unique and diverse treatments await.. mango body scrubs... organic fusion facials... the Miami Mojito Massagge... the Beach Beautiful Package... this is the month to experience it all!
More info: Check this year's spa deals and resort packages at www.miamispamonth.com.
Everything mango at this fun and lively festival: mangos for sale, mango cuisine, mango tastings, mango lectures, mango workshops, hard-to-find mangos, mango auctions, mango merchandise, mango art, mango brunches, and of course, the world's largest display of mangos.
Fun activities for the kids and an International Fruit Market.
When? Saturday and Sunday July 12-13, 2014 9:30 am to 4:30 pm
Where? Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
How Much? $25 for adults, $18 for seniors 65 and up and $12 for children 6-17. Certainly not the cheapest, but proceeds go to support Fairchild, a leader in the conservation of the world's most endangered plants.
Eco-discount: If you walk, ride your bike or take public transportation to Fairchild, receive $5 off admission for adults and $2 off admission for children.
More Info: www.fairchildgarden.org.
The Goombay Festival is back to Coconut Grove, this time to Peacock Park. This is one of the largest afro-american heritage festivals that trace their roots to the Bahamas, it is a lively affair with the colorful Junkanoo parade at the center of the celebrations.
And in typical Coconut Grove fashion, there will be plenty of music and tents featuring great food, arts and crafts all available for a day of family fun.
When?: Saturday July 26, 2014 - noon to 9:00 pm
Where?: Peacock Park, Coconut Grove
How Much?: General Admission $10, children under 12 FREE
More info: www.goombayfestivalcoconutgrove.com
The Miami New Times' Iron Fork Culinary Competition and Tasting event is the kick-off event to this year's Miami Spice.
Competing for the Iron Fork Award will be two of the region's finest chefs, each starting off with a basket of foodstuffs to create their own magic in front of a panel of local celebrity chefs.
In addition to admission to this culinary extravaganza, each of the 45 restaurants participating in Miami Spice will be having tastings, a great way to get to sample from the best of the best in Miami cuisine and decide what to enjoy for the next two months at considerable savings.
When? Thursday July 31, 2014 - 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Where? Hyatt Regency Miami, 400 SE 2nd Avenue, Miami
How Much? General Admission $45, VIP $75. Check for discounts at Goldstar, general admission $30, you must be a Goldstar Member and membership is FREE.
Tickets and more info from Miami New Times.
Must be 21 and older. Beer, wine and spirits will be available for purchase.
Two performances in South Florida:
When? Wednesday July 2, 2014 - 7:00 p.m.
Where? BB&T Center, Sunrise
How Much? $52+
When? Thursday July 3, 2014 - 7:00 p.m.
Where? AmericanAirlines Arena
How Much? $40+
When? Friday and Saturday July 18-19, 2014 - 7:00 p.m.
Where? Cruzan Amphitheatre (formerly Sound Advice Amphitheatre), West Palm Beach
When? Saturday July 19, 2014 - 8:00 p.m.
Where? Au-Rene Theater at the Broward Center, Fort Lauderdale
This is a fantastic program conducted by Miami Dade Parks which aims to educate the public about the plight of the sea turtles.
Our beaches are one of the largest nesting grounds for sea turtles every year. Nesting and hatching season is from May through October, when the parks are actively engaged in protecting them.
Come and learn about their activities, the life of the turtles, the constant threats, and then come out to the beach and watch the hatchlings as they are released and quickly dash across the sand and into the ocean.
When? Mainly Friday, Saturdays and Sundays, approx. Mid-July to Mid-September, 2014 - 8:30 pm to 10:00 pm
How Much? $10 per participant
You MUST make reservations, which can be made starting July 1st, 2014. Call 305-361-6767 ext. 121
More info: Sea Turtle Awareness Program
On the First Friday of each month, the Miami Science Museum Planetarium opens up for a great night of family fun. The program includes:
This month's Laser Show line up (each show requires one ticket):
8:00pm "Pop" (Family Laser Show)
9:00pm The Beatles: Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
10:00pm Pink Floyd: Wish You Were Here
11:00pm Jimi Hendrix
Midnight Pink Floyd: Echoes
When? July 11, 2014
Where? Miami Science Museum Planetarium
How Much? Laser Show - Adults $8 Children $4 (includes laser glasses)
More Info: Miami Science Museum Events
Like its counterpart at the Miami Design District, Wynwood is an emerging neighborhood in a decaying part of town that has been revitalized and is transforming the art scene in Miami, but this is where the likeness stops.
Wynwood is best known for its street art and splashy murals and over 70 galleries and counting.
On Second Saturdays, the place is on overdrive, crowds come to enjoy their art and their food trucks. A must for street art lovers, but if you are not into crowds, definitely not for you.
When? Saturday July 12, 2014 - 6:00pm to 11:00 pm
Where? Roughly between Biscayne Boulevard and I-95 and NW 36th Street and NW 20th Street. CAUTION: The area surrounding the Wynwood District is a very doubtful neighborhood, please exercise caution when getting here and back.
How Much? FREE
More info and Map: www.wynwoodmiami.com
The Miami Marlins are back at splashy Marlins Ballpark, don't miss the chance of seeing them live at their plush new quarters! In town this month are the Philadelphia Phillies, the San Francisco Giants, the Washington Nationals, and the Cincinnati Reds.
When? See schedule below
Where? Marlins Park, 501 Marlins Way (NW 16th Avenue), Miami, Florida 33125
How Much? Individual game tickets can be had for as low as $11.
The 2014 FIFA World Cup kicks off June 12, 2014 and you won't be heading down to Brazil? Here's the next best thing!
There won't be a shortage of establishments to catch the games and that wonderful spirit all offering special deals and celebrations, with Brazilian music, pop up soccer fields, signature cocktails... come on down and support your team!
Celebrations are ongoing throughout the entire tournament and up until the Final championship match on July 13, 2014.
Here is the match schedule, check when your team will be playing.
FIFA Events and Soccer Watching parties in Miami:
And this is where fans from the different countries will likely assemble:
And of course, there is still time to get some tickets for the real thing:
This is a monthly program for the newly-opened Perez Art Museum Miami PAMM, in its beautiful location on Biscayne Bay.
PAMM Free Second Saturdays is a family-friendly program featuring hands-on activities for kids, guided tours of the museum's exhibits, and occasional guest artists and performers.
Families can create art and enjoy the Museum's exhibitions for FREE each second Saturday of the month. Second Saturdays emphasizes families making art together.
This month's program is: Beware - "El Biblio Bandito" Rides Again!
When? July 12, 2014 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Where? PAMM, 1103 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, FL 33132
How Much?: FREE!
More Info: www.pamm.org/free-second-saturdays.
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