When you imagine vacationing in Miami, you picture those white, sandy beaches with tons of palm trees. Perhaps you see yourself hitting up some nightclubs. Summertime in this area brings about more seasonal events than this standard fare, guaranteed to give you a unique experience to remember.
Miami Spa Month
When you’re on vacation, the goal is relaxation. Pamper yourself during Miami Spa Month, which actually runs from July 1st-August 31st. The greater Miami area is home to some of the top spas in the nation. Whether you are craving yoga, a hot stone treatment, or a massage, you can easily find a location that will indulge your senses and help you find ultimate relaxation. Some may even be available at your hotel. Then, keep your eyes open for fresh local foods and natural beauty products at local farmers’ markets, to help you continue to feel your best.
Now that you have pampered your body, indulge your tastebuds by experiencing some of Miami’s unique, authentic cuisine. Miami Spice runs from August 1st through September 30th. World-renowned chefs at Miami’s most famous restaurants are showcasing their talents and signature dishes through three-course meals.
Get a preview on July 23rd at the Miami Spice Mash-Up at Dolce Italian. The three-course meal features dishes from Chef Paolo Dorigato and Cesar Zapata, representing Dolce Italian and The Federal, who battled it out on the premiere season of ‘Best New Restaurant’ on Bravo.
July 30th is the Miami New Times Iron Fork Miami Spice Kickoff event where you can preview the upcoming offerings from participating restaurants. Watch two local chefs face off in the Iron Fork competition in a big cook-off.
Dance the Night Away
Music is the spice of life, and salsa is usually the spiciest. Get up close to salsa superstars at the International Salsa Festival, July 23-26 at Tamiami Park. This is the largest international salsa event of its kind. Live concerts with special performers and Djs surround you in the music. A gala night brings together fans and performers. Get a three-day pass free if you purchase a ticket to the Gala Night, which is available via Ticketmaster.
The Overotwn Music and Arts Festival takes place on July 25th on NW Third Avenue between NW Eighth and 11th Streets.
The Miami Salsa Congress meets in various locations through Miami Beach from July 29-August 2. Observe dancers in action and even get some lessons! Over 500 performers, including local and international artists, dancers, instructors, and Djs, help you to party to the sound of the Caribbean all night long. You can even hit up some pool parties, pre-parties, and go out for the evening galas. This is considered to be the largest festival of its kind on the eastern coast and one of the Top 5 of its kind in the world. Get event passes or individual event tickets through the Miami Salsa Congress website.
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