Here’s our insider’s guide to fun events around Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties in July.
YO! IT’S FREE YOGA
You can yoga any way you want on Lincoln Road in South Beach. And it’s free. Every Sunday at 10 a.m. at Lincoln Road and Euclid Avenue there’s a yoga class with Warrior Flow Yoga and DJ Cisco. That’s right, there’s a DJ. You know, because it’s South Beach. And every Wednesday, at the same location, there’s another yoga class (sans DJ) from 6-7 p.m. Both classes are open to the public and are free. Both classes are pet-friendly and kids are welcome. Both classes have limited mats available, but you are encouraged to bring your own. For more information, go to LincolnRd.com and click on “Events.”
WHERE CAN I GET THAT SENSATION OF FALLING OUT OF A PLANE?
Fort Lauderdale has an indoor skydiving tunnel called iFly, a 14-foot in diameter wind tunnel powered by four electric motors. OK, that’s hella-cool, but now iFly has added a virtual reality experience where participants can get the sensation of skydiving over California, Hawaii, Switzerland and Dubai without setting foot in (or out of) an airplane. The virtual reality flights range are an extra $20 to the regular wind tunnel flights. The wind tunnel flights range from $59.95 to $525. Sessions are one hour long including a 15-minute safety briefing. For more information, call 954-280-4359 or go to iFlyWorld.com/fort-lauderdale.
BRUNCH IS SUCH A DRAG
One of the hottest tickets in South Florida is the weekend brunch at the Palace Bar in South Beach. This real life Birdcage has your Saturday and Sunday brunches served with a heaping side of man-dressed-as-a-woman. Gay gadfly Andy Cohen gave the place a major shout-out on his “Watch What Happens Live” show on Bravo, and every local TV station has done a segment, so the place is packed most of the time. Luckily the Palace has accommodated with plenty of options. There’s the Saturday and Sunday brunches, with a seating at 11:30 a.m. and another at 2 p.m. for $45 per person. If you can’t find a spot there, you can try squeezing in the Sunday T-Dance performance at 4 p.m. Then Monday-Friday there’s a nightly dinner performance starting at 7 p.m. and going until 11:30 p.m. The Palace Bar is at 1052 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach. For more information or to make reservations, call 305-531-7234 or go to PalaceSouthBeach.com.
GETTING WET HAS NEVER BEEN SO MUCH FUN
You kind of get the feeling this is where Aquaman goes to just let off steam. In one of the best kept secrets in SoFlo, there is an Aqua Challenge in the Broward College Tigertail Lake Recreational Center in Dania Beach. This 8,000 square foot inflatable water obstacle course and playground includes a catapult, climbing wall, trampoline, jungle gym, balance beam, bouncing dome, cyclone wheel and freefall wall with a slide. Participants must be at least 7-years-old and able to swim. Hourly sessions for the Aqua Challenge are available from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The cost is $20 per session (Broward College students are $10 per session). The center is at 580 Gulf Stream Way, Dania Beach. For more information, call 954-201-4500 or go to TigerTailLake.com.
ART, MUSIC, BOOZE AND BICYCLES
July 1: The Summer Series Art Show is an explosion of creativity at one of Fort Lauderdale’s most interesting bars. Two& on Las Olas Boulevard is either a bike shop with a bar, or vice versa. Whatever it is, Two& hosts everything from burlesque dancers and bands to book signings and art shows. And speaking of that, the Summer Series Art Show is a bit of both worlds of music and art. The bands performing include Nervous Monks, Lindsey Mills, Glass Body and Poparazzi. The art, which will stay up through July 21, comes from 19 artists. The show is from 8 p.m.-2 a.m. There is no admittance fee. For more information, go to Facebook.com/twoandwhatever/ and click on “Events.” Two& is at 1517 E Las Olas Blvd. Fort Lauderdale.
WILL HE BRING A DATE?
July 14: Comedian Colin Jost will perform his stand-up act at the Pavilion at Seminole Casino Coconut Creek. The Harvard grad is best known for his work on “Saturday Night Live,” where he’s been a writer since 2005 and the co-anchor of the mega-popular “Weekend Update” segment since 2014. In September he and Michael Che (the other anchor of “Weekend Update”) will co-host the Emmy Awards. Jost has set tongues wagging lately and become a bit of a tabloid subject when it was revealed that he was dating Scarlett Johansson. Jost performs Saturday, July 14, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $40-$200. To order, call 800-653-8000 or go to Ticketmaster.com. The Seminole Casino Coconut Creek is at 5550 NW 40th St., Coconut Creek.
HE’S A SOUL MAN
July 14 and 15: Following a sold-out performance in May of Nat King Cole’s song book, singer Donny Ray Evins is back at the Wick Theatre in Boca Raton with his new show called “Unchained Soul,” where he sings R&B and soul hits by the likes of Ray Charles, James Brown, Wilson Pickett, Barry White and B.B. King. For those who aren’t in the know, Evins is a two-time winner of the Las Vegas Variety Entertainer of the Year award. He started his career touring with the Platters before backing Tony Bennett, George Benson and Dionne Warwick. The shows are Saturday, July 14, at 8 p.m. and Sunday, July 15, at 2 p.m. Tickets are $65 and $75. The Wick Theatre is at 7901 North Federal Hwy., Boca Raton. To order tickets, call 561-995-2333 or go to TheWick.org.
ARE YOU A SUCKER FOR SOCCER?
July 28 and 31: Still got an itch for the pitch? Yes, we know the World Cup is still going on, but Russia seems so very, very far away. Fear not SoFlo footie fans, because there are two matchups coming to Hard Rock Stadium in July. First up will be Manchester City versus FC Bayern in the International Champions Cup — Audi Football Summit on July 28 at 7 p.m.. And then Manchester United will go up against Real Madrid in the International Champions Cup on July 31 at 8 p.m. Hard Rock Stadium is at 347 Don Shula Drive, Miami Gardens. Tickets for the July 28 game are $45-$550. Tickets for the July 31 game are $45-$800. To order, call 1-800-745-3000 or go to HardRockStadium.com.
MAI-KAI KIDS PUT ON A POLYNESIAN PERFORMANCE
The Mai-Kai Restaurant in Fort Lauderdale is known for its dinner shows. OK, it’s also known for it’s world famous tiki bar and rum-riffic cocktails, but that’s hardly appropriate in this context. Each Sunday until mid November, the Mai-Kai also has Tamarii Time, a Polynesian revue starring child dancers along with the adult-sized regular cast. There’s also a special Tamarii (which means children in Polynesian) menu for young ones 12 and under with an entree, a dessert and a choice of soda, iced tea or pineapple punch served in a real pineapple. They also get a free coloring book and lei necklace. And your kids get to join in onstage, so there’s plenty of opportunities for picture-taking. The Tamarii Time show starts at 6 p.m. Sunday. Mai-Kai Restaurant is at 3599 N Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale. For more information or to make reservations, call 954-563-3272, ext. 1 or go to MaiKai.com.