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By: Jennifer Agress

Locals and visitors alike look forward to Labor Day in Greater Miami & Miami Beach, when it’s all about soaking up the sun and celebrating the last glorious days of summer. Whether you’re planning a staycation or visiting for the long weekend, you’ll find events and activities that cater to every style. Lounge by a hotel pool, indulge in a delicious meal, or head to a can’t-miss event.

Cool off at the famous pools at Fontainebleau Miami Beach
Cool off at the famous pools at Fontainebleau Miami Beach

Spend Time Poolside or Staycation at a Hotel

Explore Miami’s chic places to stay during Miami Hotel Months. Hotels across Greater Miami & Miami Beach are offering exclusive packages now through September 30.

Fantasy comes to life at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach in Mid Beach, with its bevy of restaurants, iconic pool, spa and luxe rooms. The SLS Brickell is offering a discount on your accommodations in the Downtown Miami/Brickell neighborhood as well as a complimentary bottle of bubbly. Book a stay at the JW Marriott Miami Turnberry Resort & Spa in Aventura for a tropical oasis getaway full of fabulous golf and spa time.

For something new, venture to The Goodtime Hotel, a new hotel from Pharrell Williams and nightlife impresario David Grutman on Washington Avenue in South Beach. It’s the talk of the town, thanks in part to its glamorous but cheeky poolside style and distinct dining experiences.

Paperfish's gyoza with its crispy topping
Paperfish's gyoza with its crispy topping

Get Your Spice On

Miami Spice is in full swing this Labor Day all across Greater Miami & Miami Beach. Reserve a table at a participating restaurant to enjoy a special prix fixe meal.

Cool off with crisp, refreshing sushi. Paperfish Sushi in Brickell is a Tokyo-inspired izakaya (Japanese tapas) spot offering Miami Spice deals on dinner every night of the week. Back Door Monkey is a new Asian-fusion restaurant in Wynwood with a creative Miami Spice menu featuring fitting fare for an evening in Miami, such as tuna and octopus ceviche, or spicy tofu with summer veggies. Over in Coral Gables, the sushi parade continues at Kae Sushi Restaurant on pedestrian-only Giralda Avenue, where they get creative with their menu via offbeat takes like tuna pizza and a guava roll.

Or, switch things up with two celebrity-chef concepts: Chef Lorena Garcia’s CHICA and Chef Marcus Samuelsson’s Red Rooster Overtown. CHICA is participating in Miami Spice’s lunch program, offering Latin and South American inspired favorites. At Red Rooster, favorites from Chef Samuelsson’s Harlem restaurant are introduced to Historic Overtown in a trendy setting that celebrates the neighborhood. It features live music Wednesdays through Sundays.

Experience culture and fun at Actors' Playhouse at The Miracle Theatre
Experience culture and fun at Actors' Playhouse at The Miracle Theatre

Culture Awaits This Labor Day

Curtains up on “¡Fuácata! or A Latina’s Guide to Surviving the Universe,” playing at the Actors' Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre in Coral Gables from August 18 through September 12. In this entertaining one-woman show, local playwright and actress Elena María García plays more than 20 characters telling the story of what it means to be a Latina in America today.

Meanwhile, it's all about the visual arts in Wynwood. Join Wynwood On The Road, departing every Sunday. Hop aboard a luxury bus and get to know Wynwood, with the help of unlimited sparkling wine and a tour through the neighborhood’s dynamic art scene.

Get ready for a belly laugh at the standupmiamifest.com MIAMI MUSIC + COMEDY FEST II September 3-4 at Ringleader Comedy Circus in South Beach. This two-day comedy-focused festival features local entertainers, DJs, vendors and an open mic contest.

Combine your culinary exploration with a bit of nightlife and culture at Shut Up And Dance on Saturday, September 4 at Miami Brewing Company at Schnebly Redland’s Winery & Brewery in Homestead. It’s a Silent Disco event with not one, not two, but three DJs. Tune your headset to the one you like best (or switch among all three), and let loose on the dance floor.

One of Stiltsville's unique houses
One of Stiltsville's unique houses

History on The Water

On Saturday, September 4, history buffs, nature lovers and architecture aficionados alike will all find something that speaks to them on the Stiltsville Guided Bay Cruise. Departing from the Deering Estate, it crosses Biscayne National Park on a catamaran and heads to Stiltsville, a village of quirky, brightly colored houses standing on stilts in the middle of the bay. Reserve your tickets in advance.

Catch the Marlins at one of their home games
Catch the Marlins at one of their home games

Play Ball

The Orange Blossom Classic, a football game between Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), returns after a four-decade hiatus. Florida A&M University plays Jackson State University on Sunday, September 5 at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens. While the game is the central event, there’s a full weekend of activities scheduled.

The Miami Marlins are playing three home games against the Philadelphia Phillies over Labor Day weekend at loanDepot Park in Little Havana. Saturday, September 4 is also Nicaraguan Heritage Celebration, so you can expect a special giveaway and fans waving flags, playing instruments and celebrating their culture.

A perfect day for kayaking at Oleta State Park
A perfect day for kayaking at Oleta State Park

By The Beach

From the shores of Jamaica, the Sunshine Liquor Festival takes over Virginia Key on September 5-6. This event includes tastings from the world’s biggest liquor brands, a water party, food, music and more, all celebrating Caribbean culture.

It’s the perfect weekend to enjoy the destination’s beautiful beaches, whether you’re revisiting a favorite or exploring somewhere new. Energy-filled Lummus Park in South Beach runs right along Ocean Drive from 5th to 15th streets, including the LGBTQ+-friendly beach at 12th Street. For a relaxing beach day, Surfside, Bal Harbour and Sunny Isles Beach are great options. There are opportunities for kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding at Crandon Park Beach on Key Biscayne and at Oleta River State Park in North Miami Beach. If you’re really adventurous, get your beach fix at Haulover Park Beach, the area’s only clothing-optional beach.

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