By: Jennifer Agress and Yours Truly
It’s the summer but the beat goes on with cool Miami events in June. Get this — a Cuban-themed bash at The Wolfsonian, special restaurant deals , and a movie date with your dog. Then there’s an Underline bike ride, jazz festival, an anniversary celebration at a Buddhist temple and more. Looking for something new and different to do in the Magic City? Try one of the events listed below. We love them—and we think you will, too!
SUNDAY LIKE A SULTAN WITH QUE RIKO CON KIKO
Sunday, June 2nd
Byblos is bringing back brunch! Kick-off the first Sunday of June with none other than Miami’s own TV foodie, “Que Riko con Kiko,” at one of its chicest Mediterranean restaurants. Together, Byblos and Kiko Suarez will present “Brunch Like a Sultan #Ñooqueriko Edition,” which will include a curated three-course brunch menu, specialty hand-crafted welcome cocktails and live entertainment. Running from Noon to 4 p.m., this brunch will have a standout menu. Think: Byblos Big Breakfast with za’atar fried eggs and Harissa potatoes, Buttermilk Qatayef with rose cream and pomegranate, Red Shakshouka with smoky tomato and poached eggs, Orange Blossom & Medjool Date Sticky Toffee Pudding with pomegranate caramel and labneh ice cream, and more. Byblos is located at 1545 Collins Avenue. Brunch is priced at $45 per person, excluding tax and gratuity. Reservations are recommended and can be made here. Hotel valet is available.
12TH-ANNUAL CORAL GABLES RESTAURANT WEEK
Monday, June 3rd to Sunday, June 23rd
It’s time to wine and dine in The City Beautiful! On and around Miracle Mile, 40+ of Coral Gables’ best restaurants—like Ad LIB, Bellmont Spanish Restaurant, Ortanique on the Mile, and Zucca, for example—will offer three-course, prix-fixe lunch and dinner menus at a set, discounted price. For more information about the 12th-Annual Coral Gables Restaurant Week, or to see specific menus from participating restaurants, click here.
THE NEW TROPICANA
Friday, June 7th
Ready to party, Havana-style? This Cuban-themed bash from The New Tropic celebrates the opening of The Wolfsonian’s latest installation, Cuban Caricature and Culture: The Art of Massaguer. Gifted to The Wolfsonian Library by picture editor and photo curator Vicki Gold Levi, these pieces pay tribute to graphic artist Conrado Walter Massaguer (1889–1965). A native Cuban, Massaguer is known for creating works with biting political satire, celebrity caricatures and magazine and advertising illustrations that speak to the culture of Cuba in the 1920s, 30s, 40s and 50s. This collection will bring forth Massaguer’s legacy through dozens of his works, from images of the “New Woman” flapper ideal (the so-called “Massa-girls”) in his magazine Social, to depictions of tropical paradise for the Cuban Tourist Commission. The party will run from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. and will include dancing, music by Son Cubano, and in true Miami fashion, lots of Bacardi mojitos. The Wolfsonian–FIU is located at 1001 Washington Avenue. This event is free and open to the public. RSVP is required and can be completed here.
“PUP-UP” FILM SERIES PRESENTED BY THE CANINE FILM FESTIVAL
Tuesday, June 11th
Go see a movie with your dog! (We’re not joking.) SILVERSPOT Cinema Downtown Miami invites you and your furry friend to enjoy a showing of The Secret Life of Pets 2. Check in runs between 7 p.m. and 7:55 p.m., and features a “yappy hour” with complimentary organic dog treats from Doggie Bag Cafe, a cocktail reception and a doggie fashion show. The movie will begin at 8 p.m. SILVERSPOT Cinema Downtown Miami is located at 300 SE 3rd Street, Suite 100. Tickets are priced at $15 per pair of person and pup, and can be purchased here. A portion of ticket proceeds will benefit Waggin’ Tails and Bark Rescue. Parking available in the Met 3 Parking Garage.
BEACHTONE JAZZ FESTIVAL
Saturday, June 15th
Who’s ready for a concert? Taking place at the Knight Concert Hall at the Adrienne Arsht Center, the Beachtone Jazz Festival will bring together some of the best Latin jazz, jazz and Brazilian musicians in the world. Starting at 7 p.m., the lineup includes: Bossa Nova star Eliane Elias, Sammy Figueroa with Chico Pinheiro and Mirella Costa, Brazilian guitar virtuoso Yamandu Costa and more. Knight Concert Hall is located at 1300 Biscayne Boulevard. Tickets start at $55 per person and can be purchased here. Valet, public parking lots and garage parking are available.
37TH ANNIVERSARY OF WAT BUDDHARANGSI
Sunday, June 16th
A surprising find in rural Homestead, this Theravada Buddhist temple is clad in gold-horned structures and Thai wooden carvings, is home to three Buddhist monks and an abbot, has a 23-foot temple and a gold-leaf Buddha statue, and is surrounded by Bonsai trees. It’s a sight to behold–and this summer, the 1982-built temple will celebrate its 37th anniversary! Go from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and celebrate that milestone by witnessing regular chants and meditations, listening to Buddhist teachings, enjoying live performances and browsing stands of food, fruit, vegetables, clothing, jewelry and more for sale. Wat Buddharangsi Buddhist Temple is located at 15200 SW 240th Street. Admission is free and open to the public. Parking is available onsite.
LASER FRIDAY AT FROST PLANETARIUM
Friday, June 21st
Relax, look at the stars at Frost Planetarium’s 67-foot dome, and listen to hits by iconic bands! Starting at 7 p.m., the music will change every hour, on the hour: meaning you’ll get to hear songs by The Beatles (Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band), That 80’s Laser Show, Stranger Things, The Rolling Stones and The Doors a 7 p.m., 8 p.m., 9 p.m., 10 p.m. and 11 p.m., respectively. The music will be coupled with a colorful light show, and food and drinks will be available for purchase in the main atrium as early as 6:30 p.m. Frost Planetarium is located at 1101 Biscayne Boulevard. Tickets are priced at $10 per adult and $8 per child ages 3-11. Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science members will get a 20% discount on all Laser Friday shows. Onsite parking is available at the museum garage for an $8 flat rate starting at 6 p.m., and all cars must be removed by 1 a.m.
REDLAND SUMMER FRUIT FESTIVAL
Saturday, June 22nd to Sunday, June 23rd
If the weather is nice, don’t miss the Redland Summer Fruit Festival at Homestead’s Fruit & Spice Park! From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., kick-off the summer fruit season with a smorgasbord of tropical delights, local wines, rare fruits, a smoothie station, a watermelon-eating contest and a kids’ area with a petting zoo, pony rides, games and more. Fruit & Spice Park is located at 24801 SW 187th Avenue. Tickets are priced at $10 per adult and child 11+ years old. Entry is free for children 10 and under. Parking is available onsite.
THE UNDERLINE CYCLING CLUB JUNE BIKE RIDE: VIZCAYA VILLAGE TOUR
Sunday, June 23rd
Join The Underline Cycling Club on a ride along the future Underline, and take it all the way to Vizcaya VIllage! All cyclists will meet at the Douglas Metrorail Station at 9:30 a.m. to check in, and the ride will officially begin at 10 a.m. Throughout your ride, learn about both the history of Vizcaya VIllage and its exciting future plans. Finally, you’ll enjoy a quick water break on Vizcaya’s stunning Superintendent’s Lawn before heading back. Cyclists of all skill levels are welcome and helmets are required for all participants. Douglas MetroRail Station is located at 3100 Douglas Road. Participation is free and open to the public. All participants must register here.