By: Jennifer Agress and Yours Truly
The beat keeps on in Miami in June with lots of events. Our picks for the month: from the first ever Coral Gables Culinary Month, French Fete de La Musique and Redland Summer Fruit Festival, to a special flamenco performance of the famous “Amor Brujo” and astronomy happening. We love these things to do Miami —and we think you will, too!
ALL MONTH LONG
Coral Gables Culinary Month
You’ve heard of Coral Gables Restaurant Week, but this year, The City Beautiful will debut its first-ever Coral Gables Culinary Month! That’s right—during the whole month of June 2018, diners can head to the recently-renovated neighborhood for discounted meals, interactive and mouthwatering events, special menus, chef demonstrations and more. Hosted by the Business Improvement District (BID) of Coral Gables, this inaugural promotion welcomes food lovers to enjoy everything from a tableside Chef’s Dinner and Wine Walk, to Coral Gables Restaurant Week (it still exists!), Chef Allen Susser’s Venetian Farm-to-Table Dinner, and even a panel discussion about Miami’s restaurant scene from three Coral Gables restaurateurs: Sam Gorenstein of My Ceviche, Otto Othman of Pincho Factory and Abe Ng of Sushi Maki. Dig in! Coral Gables Restaurant Month will run from June 1st to June 30th. For more information about this month-long foodie event, click here.
THURSDAY, JUNE 21ST
Fête de la Musique
“Fête de la Musique,” a day of live music, was first created in France on June 21st, 1982 as a new way to celebrate the Summer solstice! Today, that celebration has spread to 120 other countries, including the United States, and involves a day-long music festival that showcases all styles of music: like traditional, classical, world music, choral, jazz, electronic music and more. Here in Miami, we never miss an opportunity to have a party. On June 21st, the Make Music Miami festival will honor the French-born holiday with live performances by French musicians and DJs all around Miami Beach. Head to the North Beach Bandshell for performances by Apace DJ, Inez Barlatier and Worakls starting at 6 p.m., and Lincoln Road for performances by Sunset People all day long. North Beach Bandshell is located at 7275 Collins Avenue. All performances are free and open to the public.
SATURDAY, JUNE 23RD
Redlands Summer Fruit Festival
At Fruit & Spice Park, in Homestead, you’ll find over 500 varieties of fruits, vegetables, spices, herbs, nuts and more from around the world. (There’s no other botanic garden like it!) During this annual showcase, you can kick-off the season with a celebration of South Florida’s all-natural treats by sampling rare fruit, buying your favorites and even going on walking tours of the park. Fruit & Spice Park is located at 24801 SW 187th Avenue. This event will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., on both June 23rd and June 24th. Entrance is priced at $8 per person. Children 11 and under are free. Parking is available onsite.
SATURDAY, JUNE 23RD
Siudy Flamenco: Amor Brujo
El Amor Brujo, which means “Love, the Magician,” is the original ballet masterpiece of renowned composer Manuel de Falla. It was first composed in 1914-1915 and later revised in 1921. Now coming to the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, a new and extended edition of the performance, written by Siudy Garrido, uses flamenco to tell the magical story of spells and sorcery. The show will feature original flamenco music by Spanish guitarist, José Luis de la Paz, as well as performances by the South Florida Symphony and choreography by Garrido¹s own dance company. During this lively show, guests can expect one hour and 15 minutes of dance, flamenco and orchestra music, including the famed “Fire Dance Ritual.” The Adrienne Arsht Center is located at 1300 Biscayne Boulevard. The performance will start at 8 p.m. Ticket prices start at $39 and can be purchased here. Valet, street and public parking are available.
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 27TH
Anyone can be an astronomer at the historic Deering Estate! This June, join the Southern Cross Astronomical Society (SCAS) as they lead an outdoor “Saturn Watch,” complete with telescopes on-site for all attendees to use. The date of this event isn’t a coincidence; it’s when the ringed planet will be closest to the Earth and fully illuminated by the sun. Deering Estate is located at 16701 SW 72nd Avenue. This event will run from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Entrance is priced at $7 per person age 4 or over, and tickets can be purchased here. Tickets are non-refundable, regardless of weather. Parking is available onsite.