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, here are the best places to be until the sun comes up Monday morning.
Viernes Culturales at Maximo Gomez Domino Park: Visit Little Havana the last Friday of every month, and you’ll find yourself transported by a rhythmic, cafecito-fueled spectacle reminiscent of the tropical carnival processions of Cuba’s golden age. 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.
- Strummerjam at Churchill's Pub: It's Miami's edition of a monthlong international event that seeks to put local acts onto a greater stage while raising funds for local nonprofits to continue touching lives. The celebration at Churchill's will feature eight bands across two stages, including Armageddon Man, Askultura, and Red Light Motel.
The Raddest Craft Fair at the Wynwood Yard: Returning to the Wynwood Yard this Saturday after a Zika-related postponement earlier this month, the Raddest Craft Fair will host a lineup of workshops designed to remind attendees that DIY isn't just a twee combination of letters that hipsters like; it's a philosophy of self-reliance based on learning to do it yourself. Classes by local craftspeople will teach the basics of making goods ranging from jewelry and leather business-card holders to dreamcatchers and flower crowns (because, yeah, DIY also happens to be a three-letter combination that hipsters like). Register to attend here.
Tosca at South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center: Tosca, written by the great Italian composer Giacomo Puccini, might seem like highbrow stuff, but although its plot takes place in 19th-century Rome, its narrative has never been more relevant or pertinent than today.
- International Ballet Festival of Miami at various locations: They leap, they spin, they balance and stretch — and make all of it look effortless. Beginning Saturday, more than 100 artists from 20-plus countries will converge on the Magic City for the International Ballet Festival of Miami, presented by Miami Hispanic Ballet. From Europe and Asia to Latin America and North America, participants in the two-week festival, considered the largest ballet project in Florida, will fill seven venues across Miami, blending dance, film, art, workshops, and presentations into the city’s already vibrant cultural landscape.
Hollywood Glam Party at Kiko Milano: To celebrate Miami’s love of all things luxe, Kiko Milano’s Lincoln Road store will host Hollywood Glam Party. The fashionable Italian makeup brand will have a red carpet, Hollywood-style activities, and a gift-card contest for attendees (simply share photos with the hashtag #kikoglam). You can try different looks and head home with some surprisingly affordable face paint. The event might be L.A.-inspired, but we all know the truth: Nothing says glitz and glitter like Miami Beach.
Isra & Lito Book Launch at Books & Books + Bikes + Lebo: Three years ago, 18-year-old artist Israel Hernandez, also known as Reefa, was fatally tasered by police officers who found him creating a piece of illegal street art. The news split Miami in two. Some accused the cops of unwarranted brutality; others condemned Hernandez as a criminal. But filmmaker and producer Stan Jackubowicz wanted to dig deeper. In 2014, his documentary about Hernandez aired on Fusion TV. Now Jackubowicz is back with the young-adult graphic novel Isra & Lito, based on the artist's life.
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