The best time of the week is finally here — the weekend. The next three days are filled with music, art, parties, 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.
Art Wynwood at Art Miami Pavilion: Now in its sixth year, Art Wynwood returns to its namesake tent to exhibit more than 500 artists from 60 galleries hailing from all over the globe. Unique to this year's show is a partnership with the Coral Gables Museum to highlight work from 20th-century Cuban artists; an awards ceremony honoring street artist Shepard Fairey; and a conversation with the artist Friday at 2 p.m.
The Mayhem Poets at South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center: Acclaimed on record and onstage, Kyle Rapps, Scott Raven, and Mason Granger promise to bring the ruckus — in a family-friendly way, of course. Culture Shock Miami is offering discounted tickets if you bring along someone between the ages of 13 and 22.
Palo! at Ball & Chain: The Afro-Cuban funk of Palo! is an ideal antidote to your stress, and the band serves as a good reminder that you're in a tropical paradise that will likely soon sink into the ocean, so enjoy it while you can.
Flo Rida at Fontainebleau Miami Beach: None of us really knew about apple-bottom jeans or boots with fur before Flo Rida and T-Pain changed our lives in 2008 — a fact that has kept "Low" on the radio for years. If the song still brings you joy (and you know it does), snag a seat for the Flo Rida show at the ritzy BleauLive stage. You can partake of the two-hour open bar with a show package, or go all out with a dinner package that includes a three-course prix fixe to fuel your wildin'-out.
Ankara Miami African Fashion Week at Macaya Gallery: African fashion doesn't just pop up for the sake of an Eddie Murphy comedy or Beyoncé video. It's an international industry that's been gaining steam. Ankara Miami provides a peek into that world through a four-day event that showcases both established and emerging designers from Africa and the African diaspora.
Ayikodans at Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts: Since 2010, the dance company Ayikodans has found audiences and refuge at the Adrienne Arsht Center. Now in its sixth consecutive season at the venue, the group is set to premiere two dance pieces choreographed by artistic director Jeanguy Saintus, who drew inspiration from Haitian ritual deities and music for one new piece, and the self-realization that comes from human encounters for the other.
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WakeFest 2017 at Mana Wynwood: While you were sleeping soundly in West Kendall, a bubbly revolution has been brewing just north of downtown Miami. It's time to open those tired eyes for Wakefest, J. Wakefield Brewery's second-anniversary bash. Yes, it was only two years ago when these brewers built upon the hop-master takeover of Miami and moved to Wynwood.
Kite Day Festival at Haulover Beach Park: Giant squids and Nemos, food, live music, kids' games, and buyable flyables will all be available at this two-day extravaganza of all things kite. Go ahead, bring that kite you made in your fifth-grade art class — it has a home here too.
#HialeahNow Crate Mates DJ Throwdown at Leah Arts District: Hialeah is no longer known as the confusing Cuban enclave with odd street numbers. Nowadays, it has been blessed with a cultural hot spot, the Leah Arts District. For six months, this district has been promoting #HialeahNow with a series of impressive events. This week, truly talented turntablists DZA, Aliyo, Sharpsound, Mr. Manuvers, Boe, and Louie Arson will battle it out with curated crates while you suck on Jameson shots at the Crate Mates DJ Throwdown.
Upright Citizens Brigade at South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center: Maybe you like the poop humor of Bridesmaids, the informed humor of the Daily Show, or the yasssss humor of Broad City — either way, you're inadvertently endorsing the Upright Citizens Brigade, an improv comedy organization started by Amy Poehler, Matt Besser, Ian Roberts, and Matt Walsh, and the catalyst for many careers in comedy. Now if you want it from the source, you're in luck: The New York and L.A. theaters of UCB will make a stop in South Florida to spread the laughs (because we sorely need it).
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Tenth-Annual Kryptonite Metal Fest at Churchill's Pub: Churchill’s is still hella metal. So when the Official Medusa Agency and DJ Oski Gonzalez decided to put together the tenth Kryptonite Metal Fest, they naturally went with the optimal venue for their sound. The lineup is as long as a headbanger's hair, featuring 35 bands on three stages playing more than 12 hours.
Waves on a Sunday: Electric Pickle Anniversary at Electric Pickle: Though the space that Electric Pickle occupies has been bouncing with beats for more than a decade, for the past eight years, it has been going strong under its current, cheeky moniker. To celebrate this significant accomplishment, DJs will dig into their roots and crates for an all-vinyl celebration at Waves on a Sunday. The event will feature Dude Skywalker, Will Renuart, Captain Ridiculous, Jeremy Ismael, Michelle Leshem, and others. The only thing that’s required of you: Bring your dancing shoes.