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Labor Day Picnic, Slow Food Social, Art around Downtown: What to Do in Miami This Week

Here are the five coolest things to do in and around Miami this week. We publish a new list every Wednesday, covering Thursday through Wednesday. Stay tuned for insider updates on restaurant openings, festivals, exhibitions, shows, weekend escapes, and more.

New Opening | Restaurant
Little Bread Cuban Sandwich Co.
Bread + Butter, the Cuban gastropub in Coral Gables, quietly transformed last week into chef and owner Albert Cabrera’s other concept, Little Bread Cuban Sandwich Co. Little Bread’s more casual take on modern Cuban classics is sure to be a great fit for Coral Gables’ busy lunch crowd. Even if you aren’t in the area, still consider driving over to try one of the four different kinds of fritas. Also look out for another Little Bread location inside the American Airlines Arena: You can finally eat an Elena Ruz or Medianoche Croqueta during a Heat game or Madonna concert! Little Bread, 2330 Salzedo Ave, Coral Gables | website 

September 7 | Museum picnic
PAMM’s Labor Day Picnic
The Perez Art Museum Miami is hosting a good old-fashioned Labor Day picnic for your day off. Verde, PAMM’s on-site restaurant, will be making burgers, hot dogs, kettle chips, rum punch, and brownies, which sounds like the very best picnic menu of all time, and the museum will be open for exploration. Don’t miss the multimedia group show Poetics of Relation, where six artists reflect on the role of place and location in identity. Outside, enjoy tunes by local indie funk group Magic City Hippies under the veranda’s hanging plant columns. 11 a.m.–3 p.m. | PAMM, 1103 Biscayne Blvd., Miami | (305) 375-3000 | Free, food from $6, museum admission extra | website 

September 8 | Slow food schmooze
Snail Social at The Vagabond
The Vagabond has had a fast ascent as one of Miami’s buzziest restaurants. On Tuesday, September 8 they’re slowing it down and celebrating the beginning of Miami’s growing season with Slow Food Miami’s Snail Social. Mingle with celebrated local chefs and food producers at this light bites and happy hour hangout. This event is the first of a monthly social series taking place at restaurants like Edge Steak & Bar and The Federal Food, Drink & Provisions every second Tuesday of the month, throughout the season. 6–8 p.m. | Vagabond Restaurant & Bar, 7301 Biscayne Blvd., Miami | (786) 409-5635 | Free | website 

September 11–13 | Arts
DWNTWN Art Days
DWNTWN Art Days is back for the fourth year with a slammed schedule of mostly free events. Friday through Sunday, Downtown Miami’s numerous cultural venues and spaces will be hosting events for all ages and interests, from exhibitions to art parties to walking tours to family-friendly fun. Pass by the WLRN studios on 15th Street and share a story about how the arts have influenced your life; it may be featured on the radio. Join an artist-led tour of Downtown’s architecture or visit one of the big cultural institutions, such as Freedom Tower’s Moving Images Archive. There’s a whole lot of art going on over just a few days. The Art Days Hub at Miami Center for Architecture and Design can help you plan your time. Times, venues & prices vary | website 

Weekend Escape
Ocala
Pack your bathing suit and head north to the city of Ocala—not to laze on the beach (it’s inland), but to explore Florida’s network of limestone caves and rivers. Don’t miss a swim in Devil’s Den, a cavern rich with prehistoric fossils in which the water remains 72 degrees year round. Also explore Silver Springs National Park, where you can kayak, swim, hike, cycle, and spot monkeys in the trees. Stay at the Seven Sisters Inn, a historic Victorian mansion first occupied in 1895. It’s said to be one of the most haunted sites in Florida. But don’t worry, the “seven spirits” are kind protectors of the property, not the “BOO!” ghosts that have guests checking out early.

Photo by Phillip Pessar/Flickr

Patricia Guarch Wise is a Miami native and blogger behind www.miaminicemag.com. Her interests include paella, paranormal activity, Proenza Schouler, and her Pekingese named Bonnaroo. 

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