Things To Do in South Florida JUNE / JULY 2015

Explore South Florida by attending one of various tours: visit the courtroom which was the site of Al Capone’s trial (June 5), learn about Miami’s earliest inhabitants (June 7), nibble your way around Palm Beach County on the Taste History Culinary Tour (ongoing). Head to Hollywood and celebrate Caribbean American Heritage month at Colors of the Caribbean (June 20) — a free festival featuring live music by Inner Circle, Rikki Jai, Ricardo Dru, and Kevin Lyttle.  In West Palm Beach? Stop by Northwood Village’s inaugural Mango & Music Festival (June 26-27), a two-day event where you can stuff your face with all things mangoes.  Take a look and see what you’d like to get into.

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Taste History Culinary Tour


The Taste History Culinary Tours travels by bus and foot to restaurants located in historic areas and/or buildings and includes food sampling and learning about food culture, food history and foodways.

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“The Pool” in Downtown West Palm Beach


A temporary interactive art installment by artist Jen Lewin comprised of giant, colorfully glowing concentric circles where guests can run, jump and play together making art out of lights. The City will also offer unique activities that glow in the dark including mini golf, bowling, badminton, ring toss and more. Free.

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City Theatre’s Summer Shorts

JUNE 4-28

Summer Shorts: America’s Short Play Festival has built its reputation on featuring the top short plays from the country’s best playwrights, with a 2015 line-up that boasts four world premiere plays and five Southeastern premieres. The Carbonell Award-winning festival has become a nationally recognized event that puts audiences up close with a company of chameleon-like actors playing multiple characters in a series of nine short plays.

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Mystery, Mayhem and Vice Crime Bus Tour


Hear stories of mobsters, murderers, drug smugglers and bad guys on this coach ride with HistoryMiami Historian Dr. Paul George, as Miami’s shady criminal past is revealed. Mark the sixth anniversary of the restoration of courtroom 6-1, site of Al Capone’s trial. Visit the Miami City Cemetery, Bayfront Park, site of the attempted assassination of President Elect Franklin D. Roosevelt, the Coconut Grove home of convicted murderer Joyce Cohen and sites where the original “Miami Vice” TV series was filmed. On our way to the South Beach doorstep of the murdered and ill-fated designer, Gianni Versace, get a glimpse of the historic Palm Island, where Al “Scarface” Capone live. 10AM.

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Museum Forum: Haiti and the Reverberation of Freedom


HistoryMiami in partnership with the Miami-Dade Public Library System and The Little Haiti Cultural Center presents the Museum Forum: Haiti and the Reverberation of Freedom. Take part of a discussion that will explore a pivotal period in our region’s history. Panelists: Dr. Victor Uribe, Dr. Okezi T. Otovo, and Dr. Ashli White. Free. 2PM.

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Cat’s Corner: A Haitian Jazz-Fusion Experience


Featured Acts include Coco Simone & Joey Gilmore, music by The Jean Caze Quartet & Carole Ann Taylor, Food Provided by “The Naked Chef” Jacque Laventure. 7-11PM.

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Downtown Archeology & Architecture Walk


Walk along the confluence of the Miami River and Biscayne Bay and learn about Miami’s history, from the Tequesta people to early pioneers and modern times. View the art and architecture along the walk to an archaeological site. 1PM.

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Asger Jorn: Go To Hell With Your Money


The personal story of Asger Jorn, the celebrated Danish painter and founder of the COBRA movement who struggled to achieve recognition in his native country throughout his life. He sacrificed everything for his art – including his wives and his children. 6PM.

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Redland Summer Fruit Festival

JUNE 13-14

This annual event showcases local agriculture, and tropical fruits. Vendor booths featuring local wines, foods, and rare fruit samplings will be available.

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Little Havana Art & Culture Walk


See Little Havana like a native! Join our HistoryMiami guide on a fascinating tour of the world’s largest and best known Cuban neighborhood outside of Cuba. Sample a guava mojito as you mingle with local artists and preview over twelve art studios and private galleries. Along the way, learn the art making and discover rare Cuban art from the early 19th and 20th century. See the Walkway of the Stars, paying homage to Latin American musicians, artists and entertainers. Stroll down Cuban Memorial Boulevard and hear highlights of important events in the Cuban exile experience. 6PM.

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Colors of the Caribbean


Held on the Saturday of Father’s Day Weekend since 2012, Colors of the Caribbean celebrates Caribbean American Heritage Month with music and flavors of the islands. Live performances include Inner Circle, Rikki Jai, Ricardo Dru, and Kevin Lyttle. Other artists include local favorites Camille Kaye and RSPK and the popular DJ Majestic. 4pm to 11pm.

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From Within And Without: The History of Haitian Photography


The exhibition explores the manner in which Haiti is represented from the inside and outside, as well as the role journalists played in documenting Haitian life in times of political and social strife. The exhibition provides new perspectives on the history of photography and visual culture in the Caribbean.

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Northwood Mango & Music Fest

JUNE 26-27

The free festival aims to celebrate the sweet, juicy fruit with a mango showcase featuring chefs from O-BO, Table 427 and Bistro Bistro, a variety of mango infused food and beverages, a community mango recipe contest and an assortment of vendors showcasing their unique products. Also featured will be musical performances by local bands Mixed Culture, Moska Project and Jimmy Stowe & the Stowaways.

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Taste of Little Haiti: Culture Walk


Taste your way through the heart of Little Haiti with a guided tour led by a HistoryMiami guide. Savor conch fritters with pikliz, a spicy cabbage relish, freshly made Haitian pastries and the popular candy tablet pistach, the Haitian version of peanut brittle. Stop at Libreri Mapou bookstore and taste Kremas Mapou, a rum drink, while hearing stories about the Haitian diaspora experience in Miami. Visit the Little Haiti Cultural Center’s art galleries, shop at the Caribbean Marketplace and enjoy the rhythm and aromas from this vibrant community. 11AM.

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Lookingglass Alice

JULY 8 – AUG. 16

Experience this modern retelling of Alice in Wonderland when your favorite Wonderland characters defy gravity in this circus-infused marvel for all ages!

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23rd Annual International Mango Festival

JULY 11-12

Two full days of festivities celebrating the mangoes of Jamaica! From the rare ‘Julie’ to the rich, sweet and spicy ‘Blackie’. The festival features a variety of mango trees for sale, a fruit market, cooking demonstrations, lectures about growing mangoes, educational activities, artisan vendors, delicious food and the world’s largest mango auction!

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