By: Jennifer Agress and Yours Truly
Lots going on this month —from Miami events in August including a celebration of Bauhaus and a twilight lantern festival, to National Rum Day, a full moon beach meditation, and rose wine festival that will make you feel like Marie Antoinette. Now’s the time, too, to try something new — how about Bollywood or African dance classes, or instruction in motorcycle riding! Looking for something new to do in the Magic City? Try one of the seven things to do. We love them—and we think you will, too!
“ALL THAT IS SOLID” EXHIBIT
Through Saturday, August 31st
This month-long exhibition will involve a series of lectures, performances, community activations, and of course, art. On display at Palm Court, All That Is Solid honors the 100th anniversary of The Bauhaus, the single most influential modernist art school of the 20th century. This school was most known for its approach to teaching and how it highlighted the relationship between art, society and technology. You can see its influence in 19th and early-20th-century art movements like Art Nouveau. Presented by MDDA and co-organized by two Miami collaborative groups, Ground Control Miami and Placeholder, ALL THAT IS SOLID examines social/economic development and the implications of urban growth, and displays the work of the following artists: Edward Holland, Jessica Martin, NUN, Alan Reid, Deon Rubi and Anastasia Samoylova. Palm Court is located at 140 NE 39th Street. Tickets vary per event. A public parking garage is available onsite.
All Month Long
Opened by Portia Lange in 2005, Belly Motions® offers a lot more than its namesake belly dancing. Located in South Miami, it offers South Florida locals fun exercise and dance instruction through a roster of belly dancing, Indian dance, Bollywood numbers, African dance, samba, Zumba® and fitness classes. All classes are led by dance professionals, and the dancers are available for hire for Middle Eastern, Indian and World dance performances for private and corporate events. Belly Motions® is located at 8235 South Dixie Highway. A full class schedule can be found here. Parking is available onsite.
WEAVE: A TWILIGHT PARADE
Saturday, August 10th
Back for the fourth year in a row, Vizcaya will once again host a week of Processional Art Workshops (PAW) led by artists Sophia Michahelles and Alex Kahn. Designed for students of all ages and abilities, this year’s event is called “WEAVE,” and will center around the European influences that shaped Vizcaya’s rich history for over a century. In fact, 100 years ago, owner James Deering and artistic director Paul Chalfin went to Europe to find inspiration for the property. Throughout the week, PAW artists will lead budding creators as they make lanterns inspired by this theme, and the week-long series will culminate with a one-night-only block party and illuminated twilight parade of lanterns, sounds and projections—all created and performed by locals. Starting at 7 p.m., the block party will include food trucks, music and entertainment, and take place in Vizcaya Village. The lantern parade will start at 8:30 p.m. Vizcaya Village is located at 3250 South Miami Avenue. Tickets are priced at $5 per child and $10 per adult, and can be purchased here. Parking is available onsite.
FULL MOON BEACH MEDITATION
Thursday, August 15th
Head to South Pointe Park Beach for a guided meditation led by a trainer from O&O ACADEMY, a non-denominational organization based in India. Taking place right on the sand, the meditation will run from 8:15 p.m to 9:30 p.m. It is designed to guide participants to authentic happiness and meaningful spirituality. South Pointe Park is located at 1 Washington Avenue. Entry is free, but participants must register here. Parking is available onsite.
NATIONAL RUM DAY FEST
Friday, August 16th
The National Rum Day Fest is back for the third year in a row! Taking place at The Confidante Miami Beach, this outdoor event will once again bring together top mixologists, rum brand ambassadors, a slew of international rums and hundreds of rum lovers to talk, try and make curated cocktails with the world’s best rums. This event will take place by the hotel’s colorful pool area, with live music and cigars on a first come, first served basis. Food will be available for purchase. The Confidante Miami Beach is located at 4041 Collins Avenue. Tickets start at $35 per person and can be purchased here. Hotel valet parking is available.
FLORIDA TRACK DAYS
Sunday, August 18th
Head to the Homestead-Miami Speedway for Florida Track Days, when motorcycle riders have to opportunity to test their skills in a supervised environment with a full safety crew. All instructors are current or former professional motorcycle racers, and there are no stop signs or speed limits. Participants engage in classroom instruction and riding groups cater to their individual ability as they work to become faster, more knowledgeable and better all-around track and street riders. Homestead-Miami Speedway is located at 1 Ralph Sanchez Speedway Boulevard. Parking is available onsite.
Rose Wine Garden Pop Up at La Centrale
Until Labor Day
In celebration of Italy’s endless summer and inspired by Capri’s oceanfront cliffside gardens, La Centrale’s second floor entrance has been reimagined into a rosé garden pop-up, open all summer. Guests can retreat from the sun and sip on Italian rosé from a gold fountain, indulge in a rose-pink dessert tower and more under the shade of cascading bougainvillea flowers. Enjoy $25 endless rosé from the gilded fountain, along with pink desserts, oysters, frosé, and rosé cocktails. For $40, enjoy LaCentrale’s decadent Rosé Dessert Tower with pink desserts of every variety – tarts, macarons, petit fours, mini buttercream cupcakes and more. Also on the menu are a la carte small plates, oysters, shellfish, and a variety of tartares.Details: Guests can book on Open Table or swing by the hostess stand on level two. No pre-booking necessary.