Maybe you're convinced now that you'll head home after the ball drops at midnight, but a little part of you knows that you'll stay out until sunrise. It's New Year's Eve — going hard is on the agenda. And this is Miami, the magical city that never sleeps and parties way past last call. Though you may think a 5 a.m. meal at Denny's counts as a post-blowout recovery, we have some better ideas on how you can heal from a long night on New Year's Day.
After watching a couple of episodes of Netflix's Tidying Up with Marie Kondo and drinking a gallon of Sparkling Rush, you can truly recover with these these excellent ideas for the start of a joyous 2019
Not done drinking? There's nothing wrong with a little hair of the dog on January 1st. Or maybe you couldn't go out on New Year's Eve because you have young kids or you had to work but you still want to toast the New Year with some fine champagne. Hit up Veuve Clicquot Picnic 2019. The event is open to walk-ins at the Wharf on the Miami River. Enjoy champagne specials, like $150 bottles of Veuve Clicquot Rosé, while you munch on food from Garcia’s Seafood Open-Air Fish Market & Raw Bar, King of Racks BBQ, Cracked by Chef Adrianne, Spris Artisan Pizza, La Santa Taqueria, and the most delightful Mojo Donuts. You can even bring the kids and dogs before 6 p.m. as long as everyone (including Fido) is dressed relatively to impress. New Year's Day Veuve Clicquot Picnic 2019, noon, Tuesday, January 1, at The Wharf Miami, 114 SW North River Dr., Miami. Visit Eventbrite. Admission is free.
Need a good detox? Maybe you got smashed early on and passed out before the ball dropped, or maybe you actually just decided to kick off 2019 healthfully in a mindful manner. Either way, here's some early morning yoga for you. First thing on New Year's Day, Yoga Community of Florida is hosting Special New Years Day Beach Yoga. Not long after sunrise on Fort Lauderdale Beach, yoga instructor Lisa Pumper will guide budding and advanced yogis in finding inner strength, balance, and gratitude with 60 minutes of sweaty Hatha flow yoga. The class is by donation, is open to all, including kids, just bring a mat, water, towel, and sunblock. You'll be certain to have an om-mazing year after stretching it all out in the sand. Special New Years Day Beach Yoga, 9:30 a.m., Tuesday, January 1, at Fort Lauderdale Beach, 870 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, across the street from McSorley’s pub on the sand; facebook.com/FortLauderdaleBeachYoga. Admission is a donation of $10.
Make a difference and get moving. This is the Chinese Year of the Pig and perhaps you have been as slothful as a little piggy recently. We're sure you have your reasons. But in honor of this Pig year and raising awareness for Parkinson’s research, you can run or walk the New Year Running and Walking Challenge - Year of the Pig event. It's a virtual race, which means you can start and stop at any location, including on a treadmill or down your block, and you will still get a medal for completing the marathon. You can complete the challenge between January 1 and February 5 and a portion of money collected to run will go to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. New Year Running and Walking Challenge - Year of the Pig - Miami, 1 pm. from anywhere, virtualrunevent.com. Admission is $20.
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Wind down with an irie gathering. Wynwood Yard may be moving, but it's still going strong as we usher in this New Year. On January 1st, the beloved venue for music, chowing down, and getting sauced is hosting classic reggae acts. The Kingston-bred legends with 50 years of bringing roots joy to the people, Inner Circle, will headline the Reggae Jam. Those "Bad Boys of Reggae" will be joined by Might Diamonds, Mykal Rose, Jo Mersa Marley, LunchMoney Lewis, Daniel Skye, The Ries Brothers, and Papayo. The event is family friendly and kids under 12 get in free. It'll be a stress free way to enjoy the first day of 2019. Inner Circle Presents the New Years Day Reggae Jam at Wynwood Yard, 2 p.m., Tuesday, January 1, thewynwoodyard.com. Admission costs $30 – $35.
Commune with nature. Maybe after last night, you don't want to deal with too many people. The idea of going to Miami Beach even fills you with dread. Then grab a Publix sub and a book and head to an area park for some low key New Years Day-ing. There's always Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park where you can take a hike, check out restaurants or the Cape Florida Lighthouse. For those interested in getting wet, check out some fishing or canoeing. Luckily, this is a state park and won't be affected by the depressing af government shutdown. You can freely enjoy a very Miami recovering from a trying 2018. Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park, 1200 South Crandon Blvd., Key Biscayne; floridastateparks.org. Free.