Viernes Culturales is a prime example of why the folkloric event has become popular with visitors; it’s a festive cacophony of music, art, and frosty tropical libations that loosens hips and inspires revelers to join impromptu conga lines during the raucous Calle Ocho block parties.
The booty-shaking fun begins at 6 p.m. at the iconic Domino Park (SW Eighth Street and 15th Avenue, Miami).
After taking your date for a whirl to the beat of the booming bongo drums, check out one of the local cigar shops, where the pungent aroma of the hand-rolled stogies adds a distinct flavor to the sultry scene.
Then it’s time to visit one of the many local art galleries and street booths, where you’ll discover imagery varying from Celia Cruz and Beny Moré to bristling fighting cocks and nostalgic landscapes of the Cuban countryside and its campesinos. End the eve’s humid carousing with a steamy shot of café cubano at El Esquisito.
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. This month’s edition of