Miami's Best Eats and Drinks This Weekend: Labor Day Parties, a Picnic at the Museum, and a Barnival

Hey Miami, we finally made it through another humid, sticky summer. Even though the calendar says we've officially got a few weeks to go, everyone knows Labor Day weekend marks the official end of the hottest season of the year. While everyone else is packing the beaches for a few last rays of sunshine, we can party on down, knowing that our sands will still be warm and welcoming right through the fall and well into the winter. There's a lot of partying to be had, too. From block parties to a barnival (a bar-carnival) to a picnic at a museum, here are our picks for your three day weekend.

Weekend starts now!
Whole Foods Market Labor Day Cooking Demo in Coral Gables
Having friends over for Labor Day and have no idea what to serve them? Stop by Whole Foods in Coral Gables on Friday, September 4 from 4 - 5:30 p.m. and get some great ideas. The grocer's demo specialist, Camy, will be making up her favorite Labor Day party recipes. You'll be able to taste her dishes and learn to make them at home. You'll even go home with the recipes — and you can pick up all the ingredients before you leave the store. No registration required for this free demo — just stop on by!
Barnival at Shots Miami
Shots Miami is going country for one night only and you're invited to the hoedown!  On Sunday, September 6, starting at 7 p.m., celebrate all things apple pie and Chevrolet with this country-themed jamboree. Forgot your Ten Gallon hat back on the ranch? Don't worry - Shots Miami will have cowboy hats, chaps, and bandanas on hand. There's also live performances, dancing, and BBQ from Tuto's Street Cuisine food truck. Did we mention the mechanical bull? You're gonna need some liquid courage to ride that beast — luckily Shots Miami can provide you will all the encouragement you need.
Sandbar Sports Grill's End of Summer Bash
On Sunday, September 6, say goodbye to summer at Sandbar in Coconut Grove. Starting at 3 p.m. have fun at Sandbar's block party that features music by DJ Krys, a pig roast, and drink specials with Appleton Estate rum and American Honey bourbon. Sandbar will also launch its new cocktail, the Category 5, served in a mason jar and filled 
Oasis Lounge & Hookah Bar's Second Annual Labor Day Pig Roast
Get your pig on at this Coconut Grove hot spot. On Monday, September 7, Oasis Lounge & Hookah Bar (2977 McFarlane Rd.) will host its second annual pagan pig roast, starting at 4:30 p.m. To appease the gods of summer, Oasis will offer a roast pig to all gods and goddesses who arrive. What that means is that everyone who dresses as their favorite demi-god or goddess gets free grub with the purchase of drinks. IF your mythology needs a little brush up, here's a list of Greek Gods to get you started. For more information, call (305) 446-6565 — and ask for Zuul (yes, that's a Ghostbusters reference). 

The White Brunch Party at Bagatelle
This Sunday, September 6, Bagatelle's infamous brunch is back with a white party theme. From noon - 6 p.m. enjoy your eggs with a side of dance party with DJ Vincent Daubas spinning lounge beats. There are Ketel One cocktails, served in tea ketels, made with fresh cucumber, muddled strawberries, and ginger beer ($17) each and plenty of happy people. Just don't expect to catch up with your friends at a low key meal — this is one loud, lively afternoon. 
PAMM Labor Day Picnic
Why bother with making food, packing it into a cooler, and lugging it to the beach or park, when Miami's most intriguing art museum is hosting its own Labor Day picnic? On Monday, September 7 from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., come out to Perez art Museum (PAMM) for a holiday picnic. There's live music by MAgic City Hippies, all kinds of picnic food including burgers, hot dogs, kettle chips, brownies, wine, beer, and soft drinks, and (of course) art — making this the classiest picnic ever. Picnicgoers will be able to check out various exhibits, including the famed poetry-reciting parrots. Admission is $16 for adults; $12 for youth, seniors, students; and free for members, children under 6 (does not include food/drink). Presale tickets can be purchased at 

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Laine Doss is the food and spirits editor for Miami New Times. She has been featured on Cooking Channel's Eat Street and Food Network's Great Food Truck Race. She won an Alternative Weekly award for her feature about what it's like to wait tables.
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