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Jul 16th
Events July 2017 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Caitlin Granfield, BT Contributor   

EcoAdventures_Camps_Offer_Hands-On_FunEcoAdventures Camps Offer Hands-On Fun

Miami EcoAdventures Summer Camps offers four camps located in Miami-Dade parks. At Camp Manatee in Greynolds Park in North Miami Beach, and at Camp Black Bear at A.D. Barnes Park in South Miami, 6- to 14-year-olds can learn about animals and plants up close, and participate in other hands-on topics. Bill Sadowski Park in Palmetto Bay hosts Camp on the Sea for 12- to 15-year-olds, and Fishing Camp, for 9- to 14-year-olds. The month-long camps are offered through Friday, August 18, and are split into weekly sessions that cover different themes. Prices start at $120 per child per week. Visit to register and for more information.


Bayfront Park Fireworks Show

It’s the largest fireworks show in South Florida, along with a spectacular view of the Miami skyline, taking place on America’s Birthday Bash at Bayfront Park (301 N. Biscayne Blvd.). The free celebration starts at 3:00 p.m. Tuesday, July 4, with music, food and drink vendors, and fun activities for kids. The hour-long fireworks show begins at 9:00 p.m. Visitors can park in the parking garage at Bayside Marketplace or try metered parking across the street, though taking a ride-sharing service is recommended. No outside alcoholic drinks or coolers are allowed in the park.


Music and the Lost Art of Listening

The Subtropics XXIV Summer Festival celebrates experimental music, “sound art” (installations), and musical improvisation through listening galleries, live concerts, films, workshops, and exhibitions held at five venues in Miami Beach and downtown. The festival, founded by Venezuelan composer Gustavo Matamoros, serves to “ignite the lost art of listening,” and to expose Miami “to a new music and the fine art of sound.” The series will culminate with the Subtropics Marathon concert Saturday, July 22 (a nonstop session of multiple artists, from 5:00 p.m. to midnight). The event opens with “Listen: A Sound Art Exhibition,” on Wednesday, July 5, at ArtCenter/South Florida’s Project 924 (924 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach) from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Performances, films, and panels run through Saturday, July 22. All events are free.


Surrealism at the Olympia

Welcome to Night Vale is a “podcast presented as a radio show,” which broadcasts strange events happening in the desert town of Night Vale, where conspiracy theories are a way of life. See the live rendition at downtown’s historic Olympia Theater (174 E. Flagler St.) on Friday, July 7, at 8:00 p.m. Tickets start at $27.50. With praise from NPR and the New York Times, this Stephen King-meets-George Orwell storyline has developed into a cult classic you won’t want to miss.


Art, Music, and Film Event Brings Miami Together

Aimed to connect the larger community with the people and culture “on the other side of the bridge,” in Miami’s Little Haiti and El Portal areas, the MUCE Summer Series (Miami Urban Contemporary Experience) offers a distinct cultural experience with art, live jazz and Afro soul music, and film screenings. The “pop-up” family-friendly event, sponsored in part by Miami-Dade County’s Department of Cultural Affairs, will take place on the premises of Cantey Realty and Investment (246 NE 82nd St., Miami) on Saturday, July 8, from 5:00 to 11 p.m.


Sunset_Birding_Cruise_Shows_Miami's_Wild_SideSunset Birding Cruise Shows Miami’s Wild Side

For 37 years the Pelican Harbor Seabird Station has been rescuing, rehabilitating, and releasing pelicans and other birds and furry creatures back to their habitats in Miami. During the Seabirds on the Bay sunset birding cruise, you’ll journey with members of the station’s crew around bird rookeries on beautiful Biscayne Bay. People of all ages will love seeing and learning about our local bird life. The Pelican Island Skipper leaves the Seabird Station (1279 NE 79th Street Causeway) at 7:00 p.m. Saturday, July 8, and returns two hours later. Cost: $40 per person. Register online at


Welcome_Back_the_Stunning_Clowns_of_Slava's_SnowshowWelcome Back the Stunning Clowns of Slava’s Snowshow

Winter fun comes to Miami this summer, with the Tony-nominated Slava’s Snowshow, created by Russian performance artist Slava Polunin and acclaimed as “a cross between Cirque du Soleil and Blue Man Group.” The evening combines comedy, drama, and miming clowns in a thrilling production that has sold out theaters all over the world. The show plays at the Adrienne Arsht Center’s Ziff Ballet Opera House (1300 Biscayne Blvd.), from Wednesday, July 12, through Sunday, August 6. Audience participation reaches a whole new level, with feather fights, water play, and giant spreading spider webs. Tickets: $30 and up.


Overtown Show Appeals to All Ages

The Overtown Music and Arts Festival, a favorite annual event where locals of all ages gather to hear live music from Grammy-winning artists, takes place Saturday, July 15, on NW 2nd and 3rd avenues, between NW 8th and 10th streets, in Overtown. The free event, in partnership with the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, will host an arts and fitness area for kids and teens, as well as live music geared for young audiences. Over 9000 people attended the festival last year to hear famous musicians like Tito Puente Jr., and Kelly Price. Check to view this year’s lineup.


Nautical Collaboration Shows Splendor of Biscayne Bay

In a first-ever collaboration between HistoryMiami and Miami Waterkeeper, the Biscayne Bay Eco-Explorers boat cruise will offer participants insights into Biscayne Bay’s history, its ecological and economic impacts, and how to safeguard its various ecosystems for future generations. Attendees will cruise around the Port of Miami and Stiltsville in Biscayne National Park, as well as other significant Miami landmarks. The Island Queen departs from the Dinner Key Marina (3400 Pan American Dr., Miami) at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, July 22, and returns around noon. HistoryMiami members: $50; non-members: $60; children, 6 through 12: $25. Preregistration is encouraged.


Classical Music Fans, Rejoice!

If you’re a fan of opera, symphony orchestras, and mind-blowing musical talent, the Miami Music Festival is your ticket to hear some of the best emerging classical artists and prominent singers from around the world. From Friday, July 7, through Sunday, July 30, young musicians and their mentors will perform at notable South Florida institutions, like the Adrienne Arsht Center, the Betsy Hotel in South Beach, and a special Independence Day show at Barry University’s Broad Theater. Tickets start at $15. Visit to see a complete list of symphonies, venues, and show times.


Compiled by BT contributor Caitlin Granfield. Please send information and images to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


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