Miami's Hottest Events In August


Ballet Dancers

Homestead Miami Speedway

Homestead Miami Speedway

Marlins Park

Marlins Park

Miami Spice

Enjoy Miami Spice Months


James L Knight Center


Enjoy Miami Spa Months

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By: Patricia Azze

For locals, the summer means quiet. It’s the perfect time to take advantage of the beaches with the crowds thinned out a bit, but that doesn’t mean that the calendar of events slows down. Beyond the sun and serenity, there’s a reason Miami locals look forward to August all year round: it’s both Miami Spice and Miami Spa Months. Alternate between treating yourself to discounts on the finest dining in Miami on prix-fixe menus and blissing out at Miami’s finest spas at sweet reduced prices.

Find time between your long list of must-visit Miami restaurants and spas for a bit of music, art, Miami Marlins baseball and more, with the help of this list:

Miami Spice:
Aug. 1 - Sept. 30

August kicks off two months of Miami Spice, when restaurants in all corners of the destination offer special three-course, prix-fixe menus featuring their tastiest dishes at marked down prices (lunch/brunch $23, dinner $39). Make a reservation, get out there, and taste, taste, taste!

Miami Spa Months:
July 1 - Aug. 31

It’s your last chance to book a treatment through Miami Spa Months. Services ranging from massages to state-of-the-art skin treatments are up to 50% off at spas, some of which are located inside world-famous hotels.

African Diaspora Dance and Drum Festival of Florida: Aug. 2-4

The African Diaspora Dance and Drum Festival of Florida is back on the first weekend in August. People travel from all over to enjoy family-friendly music and events by artists from Guinea, Senegal, Mali, Ivory Coast and Haiti, all right here in Miami. Held at the Little Haiti Cultural Complex, this event features a non-stop schedule of dance workshops, live music performances, a bazaar, performances, children’s activities and so much more. Be sure to secure your tickets now for the Saturday night concert!

Coconut Grove Food & Wine Festival: August 17

Come hungry (and thirsty) to the Coconut Grove Food & Wine Festival, where you’ll be eating and drinking as you move through Coconut Grove at this progressive food festival. Start at the Coconut Grove Woman’s Club with tastings and demonstrations and then make your way to the Mutiny Hotel’s pool area for a tropical taste from the rum bar, craft beer stations, restaurant samplings and live music, with the sounds of the pool’s waterfall in the background. It’s a perfect way to spend a day in one of Miami’s waterfront neighborhoods.

Florida Track Days: August 18

The Homestead Miami Speedway hosts Florida Track Days, one of the few opportunities motorcycle riders have to check out their bike’s full potential in a safe and supervised environment. Test your skills on the track at this world-class facility without a speed limit or stop signs. Booking a spot in advance is recommended, especially if you're interested in taking a private lesson or joining the Advanced Rider School classes.

National Rum Day Festival: August 16

Cool down on a hot August day with the 3rd Annual National Rum Day Festival. Experiment with new rum brands and flavors poolside at The Confidante Miami Beach hotel. Sip on sweet cocktails from the best rum brands on the market and celebrate Miami’s favorite spirit.

International Ballet Festival of Miami:
July 27 - August 18

Ballet companies from all over the world perform during the International Ballet Festival of Miami, a three-week-long festival celebrating the past, present and future of this dance form. More than 20 ballet companies are represented in one of the best ballet festivals in the country. Experience a performance from local talent or visiting dancers in modern, contemporary and classic styles. Check out the site-specific performance on Lincoln Road on August 2 for ballet beyond the stage.

Vampire Weekend: August 24

Vampire Weekend’s newest album, “Father of the Bride,” debuted at number one. Join the band at the James L. Knight Center to jam to what might be the album of the summer.

Miami Marlins Games

Enjoy an air-conditioned Marlins game in the heat of the season at Marlins Park in Little Havana. The Marlins’ lineup brings a youthful energy to the field as they play the Twins, Braves, Dodgers and Phillies at home in August. Tickets start at about $10 and go up to $200 for the Diamond Dex Club, where you can enjoy unlimited food and drinks.

The Rolling Stones: August 31

Hard Rock Stadium is hosting one of the greatest rock bands of all time on the last day of August. Tickets may be hard to find by now, but not impossible. It will be worth the effort and expense to see these icons grace the stage. The legendary band will close out its summer tour with this performance.

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