Celebrate the beginning of summer in Miami this week with the launch of a new, local craft beer before enjoying Miguel’s velvety vocals at the Faena Theater. Study up at the Haitian-Caribbean, or leave Miami altogether and take a road trip to the Florida Folk Festival in White Springs.
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May 26 & 27 | Drink
The Tank Launch Parties
To celebrate their first beers going on sale to the public, the Tank Brewing Company is hosting multiple launch parties. The Tank is Miami’s new craft brewery, and indicative of a trend: The Miami craft beer scene is finally getting off the ground. Stop by The Pub Pembroke or Brass Tap Pembroke on Thursday for a taste of the new beers and the chance to win a tour of the brewery. Then do it all over again at The Mighty on Friday night. Be sure to try their La Finca Miami, a balanced saison that’s perfect for a Miami summer's day.
Times & locations vary | Free | website
May 27 | Concert
R&B singer Miguel brings his funky new-wave sound to Miami Beach’s Faena Theater. With three full-length albums under his belt, Miguel has helped elevate R&B's language and message. With Prince, Freddie Mercury, and James Brown as influences, Miguel is the perfect fit for the artsy, high-design ambiance of Faena.
11 p.m. | Faena Theater, 3201 Collins Ave., Miami Beach | From $27 | website
May 27–29 | Escape the city
Florida Folk Festival
The Florida Folk Festival features more than 300 performances celebrating Florida’s heritage. Everything from square dancing to pine-needle basket weaving, gumbo eatin’, and moonlight concerts will take place at the Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park in White Springs, Florida. Bring a tent or pack up an RV and sleep on-site. Located between Jacksonville and Tallahassee, it’s a bit of a drive—but well worth the car time for the scenic views.
11016 Lillian Sanders Dr., White Springs | From $25 | website
Sosyete Koukouy—an organization dedicated to preserving Haitian culture in Miami—and Miami Book Fair host the fourth annual Haitian-Caribbean Book Fair this weekend at the Little Haiti Cultural Complex. Dive into the rich world of Haitian literature, tradition, food, and music at this two-day festival. There will be educational events, including seminars and writer’s talks, cultural events like dance performances, home-style food, and family-friendly arts and crafts as well as book readings for children.
Times vary | 212 NE 59th Terrace, Miami | Free | website
May 29 | Dance
Memorial Day Pop-Up Tropical Dance Party
The Anderson—the newest space by the mixology team behind 27 and The Broken Shaker—is hosting a Sunday dance party to celebrate Memorial Day weekend. Unofficially kick off the summer with vintage afrobeat, salsa, cumbia, samba, soca/calypso, and other global beats that have become the soundtrack of Miami. Local DJs will be spinning, craft vendors will be on-site, and Florida-inspired bites and tiki drinks will be available all day and night.
1–8 p.m. | 709 NE 79th St., Miami | Free (RSVP online) | website
Patricia Guarch Wise is a Miami native and the blogger behind Miami Nice. Her interests include paella, paranormal activity, Proenza Schouler, and her Pekingese named Bonnaroo.
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