Happy Friday! Now that you've made it through the week, there's much to do his weekend, so get cracking.
From dining al fresco to sampling hundreds of beers from 62 different breweries (all in one place) to comparing barbecue styles from around the globe, there's a bar, a party, or a festival just for you.
Weekend starts now!
Giralda Under The Stars
This is the last Giralda Under The Stars for the season, and you should make it a point of going -- if only for the fact that, while tonight is supposed to be a gorgeous moonlit evening, most of your friends and relatives are still freezing their asses off up north. You practically owe it to them to have dinner outside. Starting at 7 p.m., the 100 block of Giralda Ave. (between Ponce de Leon and Galiano) turns into a pedestrian-friendly block party with music and a Zacapa Rum Bar. 14 restaurants like Talavera and the Local Craft Food & Drink will set up outdoor tables -- snag a seat and enjoy the people watching or just stroll the avenue, drink in hand and listen to music. For a complete list of participating restaurants, visit shopcoralgables.com.
Pop-Up at Schnebly Redland's Winery and Brewery
Veteran chef Dewey LoSasso was recently appointed culinary director at Schnebly and his pop-up dinners have been hotly anticipated. Tonight, March 6, come out to the winery for a four-course meal, paired with the winery's own tropical libations. The meal, including wine, tax, gratuity, and a take-home glass is a good value at $106.25 and the setting is nothing short of spectacular. Visit schneblywinery.com for tickets and more information.
Sure, Sprung bills itself as a celebration of spring break, but it's not all about the chugging. Serious beer geeks (and fans of good beer) come to Coconut Grove's Peacock Park for the chance to sample hundreds of beers from 62 different breweries including locals like J. Wakefield, Funky Buddha, Concrete Beach, and Wynwood.
And, just when you thought it was all about about people talking about hops and astringency and malt, you spot Giant Jenga. Because friends don't let friends play giant Jenga while sipping shitty beer.
Sprung takes over Coconut Grove's Peacock Park on Saturday, March 7, from 4 to 7 p.m. Tickets start at $40 for general admission; $70 gets you early 3 p.m. entry and a swag bag; $90 VIP gets you 2:30 p.m. entry and access to the VIP lounge and air-conditioned bathrooms. Purchase tickets at igotsprung.com or call 305-461-2700.
Grillin' in the Grove
Just as the last beer keg gets rolled out of Peacock Park, the grills start moving in. This Sunday, Grillin' in the Grove shows you that the simple act of putting meat on a grill is joyous. This family-friendly afternoon features about 20 different grillers and restaurants from around the world so you'll experience firsthand the differences between Kansas, Carolina, Texas, Argentine, and Brazilian styles of barbecue. There's also a pop-up sports bar serving frisbees filled with wings (save the flying for after the chicken is eaten, please).
Grillin in the Grove happens Sunday, March 8 at Peacock Park from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door and a family pack includes two adult tickets for $25 (kids under 12 are free). Pay for food and drink as you go. The VIP barbecue experience is $65 and includes a private entrance, access to the VIP bar, and complimentary unlimited beer and food from Pincho Factory. Tickets are available online at grillininthegrove.com or at the park.
Les Dames d'Escoffier Brunch
Les Dames d'Escoffier Miami is hosting a garden brunch this Sunday, March 8 at the Miami Beach Botanical Garden. From 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., enjoy a lavish spread from some of South Florida's best restaurants and farmers including Oolite, Basil Park, Smith and Wollensky, Siam Oishi, Le Provencal restaurant Francais, Front Porch, Thierry's Catering, A Fare to Remember, and Small Tea. Of course, there's a bloody mary bar and a Nespresso station. Tickets are $55 per adult; $20 per child and can be purchased online at lesdamesmiami.org.
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