Things To Do in Miami For Labor Day

By Shayne Benowitz | Jul 19, 2017
Miami Beach scene
Miami is the place to be this Labor Day weekend

From poolside lounging to lavish Miami Spice dinners, Miami is the place to be this Labor Day Weekend.

Labor Day might be the unofficial end of summer, and in Miami, we’ve got plenty of sunshine, beach days and pool parties to go around. It’s the perfect place to bid a fond farewell to the season and there’s more to do around the city than you might think.

Hit the Beach

With miles of shoreline as far as the eye can see, what better way to spend Labor Day Weekend than with plenty of time on the beach? For a lively scene, head to South Beach along Lummus Park and Ocean Drive. For a relaxed, family-friendly setting, Sunny Isles Beach and Surfside will do the trick. If you’re up for an adventure or you want to commune with nature, explore the beaches along Key Biscayne or at Oleta River State Park. Hey, it’s a three-day weekend, maybe you can hit them all!

Chill Poolside

SLS South Beach pool

Miami is famous for its lavish poolscapes, from the classic baroque lines of The Raleigh that movie star Esther Williams made famous in the 1950s to the Fontainebleau’s cabana-lined wonderland. The pool scene is a major factor in selecting your Miami Beach hotel, especially over Labor Day Weekend when it’s the perfect time to relax or party poolside. Of course, many hotel pools (think, SLS South Beach, Kimpton Surfcomber, Delano, The Confidante) throw parties over Labor Day Weekend that are open to the public, so being a guest is not always a requirement.

Indulge in Miami Spice

Miami Spice is in full swing over Labor Day Weekend, making it the perfect time to indulge in Miami’s finest restaurants. During this two-month long promotion over August and September, participating restaurants offer special three-course, prix-fixe menus for $23 at lunch, $23 at brunch and $39 at dinner. Now’s the time to dine at the Miami restaurant of your dreams!

Discover Miami's Museums

The newly opened Frost Science Museum stays open late until 10 p.m on the first Friday of every month. Discover their latest laser show, stargaze on the rooftop Lunar Terrace through state-of-the-art telescopes and catch a mesmerizing screening inside the Planetarium’s 67-foot dome.

Alternatively, South Beach’s Wolfsonian-FIU museum offers free admission on Fridays during its extended hours from 6 to 9 p.m. This includes a complimentary 45-minute tour of the museum’s permanent collection composed of objects from the Industrial Revolution. Be sure to check out this summer’s temporary exhibition America the Beautiful: American Indians and the Promotion of National Parks on view through October 8.

Discover Miami’s Heartland

There’s a world of discovery in South Dade, Miami’s heartland, and Labor Day Weekend is a great opportunity to take the road less traveled, the road south. Come out to Schnebly Redland’s Winery & Brewery on Friday night for their karaoke happy hour with live entertainment and tropical wine and beer tastings amidst their sprawling grounds. Take a walk on the wild side with a day at Zoo Miami or journey back in time by strolling along Cauley Square Historic Railroad Village.

Get to know Miami’s Art Deco architecture

South Beach Art Deco district

What makes South Beach’s skyline so distinct? The incredible collection of historic Art Deco and Tropical Moderne buildings concentrated along Ocean Drive and throughout the Art Deco District. Join the Miami Design Preservation League at the Art Deco Welcome Center for a walking tour through this historic district where you’ll learn about the history of Miami Beach through its architecture.

Attend the Miami Home Design & Remodeling Show

The Miami Home Design & Remodeling Show descends on the Miami Beach Convention Center over Labor Day Weekend. It’s the southeast’s largest home improvement and design event showcasing thousands of products and services for home decorating, remodeling and improvement. Swing by the convention center and get inspired.

Rock out with the Goo Goo Dolls with Phillip Phillips

Concert at Bayfront Park

The Bayfront Park Amphitheater is holding a summer concert under the stars with ‘90s rockers the Goo Goo Dolls and American Idol winner Phillip Phillips on Friday September 1. It’s sure to be a crowd-pleaser!

Attend the International Ballet Festival of Miami

The International Ballet Festival of Miami kicks off on Saturday September 2 bringing more than 20 ballet companies from around the world to Miami for this two-week festival. Catch the premiere at South Beach’s Colony Theater when Lotus Blossom, a contemporary youth dance troupe from China performs Program I.

Farmers Markets Around Town

Pinecrest Gardens Farmers Market

Summer weekends are a prime time for farmers markets and that includes Labor Day Weekend. On Saturday, Brickell City Centre’s Farmers Market peddles Zak the Baker bread, local honey, orchids, smoothies, Argentinian empanadas, artisanal olive oil and cheeses and a wide selection of prepared foods.

On Sunday, stroll down Lincoln Road where you’ll find stands selling everything from locally grown organic fruits and vegetables to honey, jams and jellies, fresh ceviche and guacamole, artisanal baked goods, teas and spices, fresh cut flowers and tropical fruit smoothies.

If you’re in South Miami on Sunday, then you’ve got to stop by the Farmers Market at Pinecrest Gardens for a convergence of top local sustainable, organic farmers and food purveyors from the Redlands, Homestead, Clewiston and Fort Pierce.

Free Yoga

Who couldn’t use a little free yoga to balance out bustling Labor Day Weekend? Saturday morning is the time to take advantage with these three free class options around town. Rise and shine for a complimentary 8 a.m. class led by Dharma Yoga Studio on the Mayfair Hotel Rooftop in Coconut Grove. Get your Namaste on at Brickell City Centre at 10 a.m. with a free class sponsored by Friends of the Underline, the forthcoming linear park that will wind its way south from Brickell. If yoga on the beach is what you’re craving, then meet up at the Freehand Miami hotel lobby at 9:45 a.m. for a free session on the beach across the street.

Discover the Grove by Bicycle

Coconut Grove Ambassador booth and bikes

Take advantage of Coconut Grove Business Improvement District’s Free Historic Bicycle Tours of Coconut Grove on Saturday over Labor Day Weekend. They’ve partnered with Royal Palm Tours and local historian Frank Schena for a cruise beneath palm tree canopies to Coconut Grove’s most historic sites from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. BYO-Bike or rent a CitiBike.

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