This month so happens to be National Caribbean-American Heritage Month and we all know that South Florida has a HUGE Caribbean population.  As if there aren’t generally a lot of wonderful events to attend, June allows you to enjoy the Palm Beach Carnival, which has now moved to Sunset Cove amphitheater, and for the first time, Colors of the Caribbean, a free family event taking place in Hollywood, FL.

Not sated?  “What else, Lawrence?”, you ask. Brazilian singer-songwriter Marissa Monte will perform at the Fillmore (one of only two performances she has scheduled for the US, the other being in NY), Solange will croon at the Adrienne Arsht Center, Comedian/Musician Reggie Watts will do what he does so well at Lightbox at Goldman Warehouse, there’s also the American Black Film Festival (ABFF), Key West Bacchanalia, the International Mango Festival (July)!  I can keep going but you only need to read below to see where my excitement stems from.

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THROUGH JUNE 16: Cock by Mike Barlett

A provocatively titled play about an unlikely love triangle that was a huge hit in London and New York. When a gay man takes a break from his boyfriend the last thing he expects is to suddenly meet the woman of his dreams.

More info: http://bit.ly/15n3ajr

THROUGH JULY 31: Celebrate 50 Years of James Bond at Dezer Car Museum in Miami

The exhibit features a world-renowned collection of automobiles, motorcycles, submarines, airplanes, helicopters, boats, snow mobiles, and is home to the “Golden Gun” itself, a T-55 Soviet tank featured in the 1995 Bond film Goldeneye, a BD-5, Micro jet, six Aston Martins, and much more.

More info: http://bit.ly/1aBkGRw

JUNE 6-8: Miami Light Project Closes Season with Reggie Watts

Comedian/musician Reggie Watts will perform at the Lightbox at Goldman Warehouse in Miami in June.  The Friday night GA tickets have already sold out.  Saturday’s performance will be followed by Miami Light Project’s season closing party which will serve up BBQ, “Killa Watts” cocktail, Feverish Popsicles and more.

More info: http://bit.ly/10S7WXY 

JUNE 7-9: Fourth Annual Key West Bacchanalia

The Key West Bacchanalia celebrates summer with “savory cuisine in the handheld form of burgers and barbecue.”  On June 7, enjoy the “Celebrity Cookoff” with wine and over 4 cocktails presented and made by exciting mixologists at the Eco Discovery center. Restaurants will be battling it out through the evening with ceviche and steaks.  For some history, experience the Ernest Hemingway-themed event with author and Hemingway expert Philip Greene who shares recipes for rum drinks that the literary superstar enjoyed during his days.  On the 8th, experience the Rums of Puerto Rico tasting event, $25 discount tickets available for a limited time through Groupon (reg. $89). A portion of the event’s proceeds benefit the Darrell Gwynn Foundation, an organization supporting individuals with paralysis.

More info: http://bit.ly/HgZaYO

JUNE 8: Haiti Benefit Soccer Match (Spain vs Haiti)

Help build a soccer stadium in Haiti. For the first time in history, World Cup champion Spain will meet Haiti for an exhibition soccer match in South Florida. The game benefits Project Phoenix, an effort to build a world-class stadium in Haiti that will generate jobs and revenue for a youth athletic program. Some of the world’s top-ranked soccer players such as Iker Casillas, Xavi Hernandez and Gerard Pique are expected to participate in the match on Saturday, June 8, at the Sun Life Stadium, Miami.

More info: http://bit.ly/10JGTy4

JUNE 13: TEDxMiami Live Stream of TEDGlobal 2013: Think Again

Catch TEDGlobal 2013 streaming from Edinburgh, Scotland at The Stage Miami.  TEDGlobal 2013 will bring together those who venture to change our perspective, who ask different questions, illuminate old problems with a new light in order to find better answers, cope with ambiguity, detect the weak signals pointing to a different future, and challenge us to pause for an instant, and Think Again.  Free.

More info: http://bit.ly/1a7TKsc

JUNE 15: 6th Annual Palm Beach Carnival

Now in its 6th year, the Palm Beach Carnival has moved to Sunset Cove amphitheater in Boca. The event is a festive celebration of Caribbean culture and features live music by various West Indian artists such as Trinidad’s soca artist Blaxx, Djakout #1 (crowned this year’s Haiti King of Carnival),  Jamaican artist Assassin, the street parade with masquerade bands showcasing their costumes & dance moves, the steel pan band, food, drinks and more! Some of the Proceeds will benefit The Soup Kitchen in Boynton Beach.

For a limited time, receive discounted $25 VIP tickets through LivingSocial.

More info: http://bit.ly/mKtzP7

JUNE 15: Hollywood ArtsPark Experience: Colors of the Caribbean with KES the Band

FREE! Celebrate Caribbean-American Heritage Month at this FREE event at Hollywood Arts Park.  Enjoy food from various Caribbean islands (Conch, Bake & Shark, Curry Goat, Pelau and more), Zumba (4-6pm), activities for kids.  Music  by  KES & The Band, The Resolvers, DJ Majestic, Lauderhill Steel Ensemble, Neki Mohan, Sheri Lawson & a Junkanoo band.

More info: http://bit.ly/LKJAkl

JUNE 15 & 22: The Art of Exotic Dancing for Everyday Women With Master Instructor Renee O’Connor

The Art of Exotic Dancing for Everyday Women is an exotic dance class that promotes self-confidence and personal power. This is a truly unique and unforgettable experience. Attend alone or recruit a group of gal pals to take class together. For women 18 and older only.

More info: http://bit.ly/HOL2Rj

JUNE 19 – 23: American Black Film Festival

“The 17th Annual Black Film Festival (ABFF), taking place in Miami Beach, FL, from June 19-23, will see George Tillman Jr.’s drama The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete, open the festival, and the World Premiere of Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain closing. (via IndieWire)

More info: http://bit.ly/TIsyY

JUNE 21: Big Night in Little Haiti – Fete de la Musique Edition w/ Stevy Mahy

Celebrate Fete de la Musique, the francophone day to welcome summer with free live music at Big Night in Little Haiti.  Singer Stevy Mahy from Guadeloupe performs in the plaza. Before her concert, YOU can make music. Big Night in Little Haiti takes place every 3rd Friday at the Little Haiti Cultural Center.

More info: http://bit.ly/166jCFa 

JUNE 21: Anna Haas Returns to the Arts Garage

“Fiery redhead, blues-rock singer-songwriter and keyboardist Haas, will knock you out of your seat and keep you utterly mesmerized with her powerhouse belt, unpredictable antics, soulful piano playing, and uncannily honest lyrics.

More info: http://bit.ly/197xWB1

JUNE 27: BBAD (Boynton Beach) Art Walk

Visitors can expect to see open galleries and studio spaces of artists Denny Reed, Michael Kupillus, Nancy Nolan, Chanimal Shepherd, Tony Hernandez, Rolando Chang Barrero, Dxtr, and Richard W Beau Lieu; open-jam musical performances, belly & fire dancing, food by PS561, raffles, and lots more arts-fueled surprises.  BBAD Art Walk takes place the fourth Thursday of every month.  Voted 2013 Best Art Walk by Broward-Palm Beach New Times.

More info: http://bit.ly/197xWB1

JUNE 28: Art & Wine Promenade feat. Street Fest Mural Battle

Art & Wine takes place the last Friday of each month in Northwood Village.  Enjoy free wine, amazing artists, great buys from local shops & artists, free video games, live entertainment, and more!

More info: http://on.fb.me/11V0cxE

JULY 5: Solange Knowles Performs at the Arsht Center in Miami [LIVE MUSIC]

Solange Piaget Knowles, who performs under the mononym Solange, is an American singer-songwriter,  See her exclusive performance at the Arsht Center’s Knight Concert Hall.

More info: http://bit.ly/11gDGPY

JULY 13: Street Beat – The Show

STREET BEAT takes the most ancient of art forms – drumming and dancing – and brings it to the modern stage, drawing the audience into its magic. The cast uses junk and common household items, from broomsticks, bottles, and buckets to tire rims and trash can covers, to create homemade instruments, complementing their bongos and body slapping

More info: http://tktwb.tw/13ALdgw

JULY 13 & 14: 21st Annual International Mango Festival at Fairchild Botanical Gardens

Two full days of mango festivities will feature a wide range of products, ideas and of course the star of the show, the mango itself in all its glory. Mangos have been collected from the far reaches of the globe and nurtured in South Florida, following in the footsteps of David Fairchild, the most venerable mango collector of them all. Visit the festival to shop Curator Choice mango trees and fresh fruit, enjoy mango lectures and smoothies, view the world’s largest display of mangos, take part in the world’s only mango auction and buy mango merchandise and botanical art. There will also be mango culinary demonstrations, one of a kind mango brunch, a fantastic International Fruit Market and factivities for kids.

More info: http://bit.ly/17qjkMy