This weekend marks the official unofficial end of summer. In most parts of the country, that means one last beach weekend before the bikini goes into mothballs. Here in Miami, though we've got plenty more sunny days in store for us this year, it's still a three-day weekend. And excuse to party. We've got some choice activities for you -- whether you feel like channeling your inner diva with poolside bottle service or stomping fruit.
Carambola Stomp at Schnebly Redland's Winery
We know that ever since you saw that I Love Lucy episode where Lucy stomps grapes you've been dying to get your tootsies in a vat of fruit. Here in Miami, we may not have a lot of vineyards, but we still have feet! And tropical fruit.
All this weekend, Schnebly's is celebrating with a carambola stomp. Starting tonight at 5 p.m., the tropical fruit winery will feature live music, barbeques, and hourly fruit stomping competitions for prizes. Get gussied up in your favorite country/farm attire, share a bottle of avocado wine, or grab a freshly brewed beer, take off your shoes and stomp it out!
The fun starts tonight, Friday, from 6 to 11 p.m. (There's a $10 cover charge Friday only).
Carambola stomping continues throughout the weekend with hourly contests, winery tours, and tastings Saturday to Monday from 12:30 to 5 p.m. No cover charge on the weekends.
Great Grove Bed Race and Pajama Pub Crawl
While some may think of Labor Day as a beach holiday, Grovites have a different idea of what constitutes fun. Namely hammering wheels to a bed and rolling it through the streets. We say that's amazing as long as we're watching.
Start the weekend festivities with the pajama pub crawl on Saturday evening (September 1). For $15 in advance, $25 at the door, you'll go from bar to bar in your PJs, Starting at Sandbar at 6 p.m., and winding up at Mr. Moe's at 2 a.m. Details here.
The Great Grove Bed Race starts at 1 p.m. along Grand Avenue in Coconut Grove. Admission is free, but we suggest you get there early for a place.Local vendors and restaurants offer food, water, and beer for sale to go or sit down for lunch at one of the restaurants along the race route. Sandbar, LoKal, The Last Carrot, and Focaccia Rustica all offer good views of the festivities.
Labor Day Pool Party at Hyde Beach
Hyde Beach at the SLS Hotel South Beach is having an old-fashioned pool party on Labor Day and you're invited. Doors open at 11a.m. on Monday, September 3, and instead of the usual Kool-Aid and hot dogs, you'll feast on barbecue ribs, fried chicken lollipops, and watermelon-tomato skewers. Oh, and those 45s stacked up and ready to play? DJ Leo Medina and Tony G. have got you covered where music is concerned. Before you cop a squat for some rays, note that a chaise lounge comes with a $100 food and beverage minimum and day beds have a one liquor bottle or $350 food and beverage minimum.
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Segafredo Brickell/Spazio Nightclub
Segafredo is having a weekend-long celebration, with each night having a different party theme. Friday, August 31, celebrate all things red, white, and blue at American Beauty Night, starting at 8 p.m. Saturday, September 1, is Naughty Nautical night featuring "provocative sailors in a nautical atmosphere."Break out the sailor hat and the dickey and come out, starting at 8 p.m. Sunday, September 2, is going to be one groovy night to remember at the Labor of Love, Haute Hippy party. Come dressed in your love beads and dance to classic '60s music.