The best time of the week is finally here — the weekend. The next three days are filled with music, art, and boozy beverages galore. From Coral Gables to Little Havana to South Beach, these are the best places to be until the sun comes up Monday morning.
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Viernes Culturales at Maximo Gomez Domino Park: Visit Little Havana the last Friday of the month and you’ll find yourself transported by a rhythmic, cafecito-fueled spectacle reminiscent of the tropical carnival processions of Cuba’s golden age.
- Buyer & Cellar at Actors' Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre: An award-winning Broadway play by Jonathan Tolins, Buyer & Cellar is inspired by reality but wholeheartedly a work of fiction.
- Miami Salsa Congress at Deauville Beach Resort: The five-day Latin music and dance festival will feature a unique compilation of the world’s top salsa talent, including local and international touring artists, critically acclaimed dancers, world-class dance instructors, top industry DJs, and award-winning Latin bands. Attendees can enjoy pool parties, dance workshops and showcases, evening parties, and concerts at the Deauville Beach Resort (6701 Collins Ave., Miami Beach).
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows-Release Party at Books & Books: By 10:30 p.m., the bookstore will transform into a magical milieu. There'll be games and food, live music, dancing, a costume contest, and other Potter-inspired activities. Time to party like it's 2003.
- Ivy Art Tour at de la Cruz Collection: Ivy is a group dedicated to beefing up intellects and social interactions through engaging experiences. A “social university,” if you will, the group wants young professionals to appreciate culture and, it's hoped, someday become patrons of the arts. If there were a place to inspire this sort of reverence, de la Cruz — with its exceptional works, high ceilings, bright spaces, and strong programming — is it.
- “Whirl” at Vizcaya Museum & Gardens: Expect a lot of moving parts working together to create an unforgettable performance at a special location.
- Stalking the Bogeyman at GableStage at the Biltmore: As it is with all GableStage plays, Stalking the Bogeyman promises a dark, visceral, and well-acted production that will leave audiences shaken, but also open up conversations about the nature of sexual abuse and reveal unspoken things about victims and their abusers.
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- Brickell Fashion Market at Hyatt Regency Miami: The expo seeks to bring out the best of South Florida's retail to the heart of Brickell to celebrate the city’s chicest stores.
- Ice-Cream-Eating Contest at Bassetts Sweet Servings Ice Cream Shop: The fifth-annual ice-cream-eating contest is all about cooling off while being the hottest competitor. It might sound like a recipe for the ultimate brain freeze, but the winner receives a trophy, 12 pints of ice cream, and 12 servings of ice cream from the shop. Last year's winner ate two pints in a record-setting 4 minutes 22 seconds. Bassetts is looking for someone who can beat that time.