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Miami July 21–27: Tripping Animals Beer Fest & First Draft Literary Social

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Overtown Music and Arts Festival
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Overtown Music and Arts Festival

The best of what to do in and around Miami this week

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Music, art, and literature—oh, and beer—are the highlights in Miami this week. First, catch local artists of all varieties at the RAW:Miami showcase. Then, taste beer from the newest craft brewery in town at the Tripping Animals Beer Fest, or grab a free drink and start your novel at the Langford’s literary social. This weekend, get even more musical at the Overtown Music and Arts Festival, or see Brendan O’Hara in concert.

AFAR Local is our weekly insider guide to the best of what’s happening in cities around the U.S.  

July 21 | Artist Showcase
RAW:Miami Presents Reveal Revolution
RAW, a Los Angeles organization that operates in more than 60 cities internationally, is bringing a showcase of local talent to Ft. Lauderdale’s Revolution. RAW is a community made by artists, for artists, and its events highlight local musicians, filmmakers, visual artists, photographers, performance artists, and makeup artists who are in the first 10 years of their careers. Expect RAW:Miami to deliver with a short indie film, a pop-up gallery, fashion shows, live music, and more.
7 p.m. | Revolution Live, 100 SW 3rd Ave., Ft. Lauderdale | From $20 | website

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July 21 | Craft Beer
Tripping Animals Beer Fest
Miami’s craft beer scene is finally catching up. The latest addition to our local breweries is Tripping Animals. To celebrate their opening, they are hosting an all-you-can-drink beer fest with all their signature brews, including the Falling Pig IPA, the Wild Duck Dubbel, the Tripping Turtle Blonde Ale, and the Motha Foca, a beer brewed with mango and guava. There will also be food trucks serving Latin and American fare—as well as rum and wine for sale in case you run out of beers to taste test.
8 p.m.–1 a.m. | Ace Props, 398 NW 78th St., Miami | $27 | website

July 21 | Writer’s workshop
First Draft: A Literary Social  
The Langford Hotel has already brought a new vibe to Downtown Miami. Now, the only boutique hotel in the area is inviting you to get creative in its rooftop bar, Pawn Broker, with the launch of its monthly literary social, First Draft. Enjoy a couple of drinks on the house and then sit down to write—aided both by your light buzz and by the guidance of a creative writing professor from Florida International University. Afterward, those brave enough will read some of their work out loud, and the group will break for more drinks and socializing. Then, sit down and do it all over again.
6:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m. | 121 SE 1st St., Miami | Free with RSVP | website

Drinks are on the Langford at First Draft.
July 23 | Festival
Overtown Music and Arts Festival
The Overtown Music and Arts Festival is a free event featuring live music performances by known and up-and-coming regional artists alongside vendors selling crafts and jewelry, ethnic cuisine, and more. Overtown, one of Miami’s oldest historically black communities, has been working hard in recent years to restore the area’s reputation as an art and culture hub. The neighborhood was once known as “Miami’s Little Broadway” and hosted artists such as Aretha Franklin, Etta James, Duke Ellington, and Billie Holiday. The Overtown Music and Arts Festival will build on that history; this year’s performances include Estelle, Ameriie, and Tito Puente Jr.
11 a.m.–7 p.m. | NW 3rd Ave. & NW 11th St., Miami | Free | website 

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July 26 | Concert
Brendan O’Hara
Brendan O’Hara has been on the local music scene for more than a decade now, and he’s still getting crowds swaying and bopping to his energetic, multi-genre jams. This week, he takes the stage at the Regent Cocktail Club to promote his new album, Late Night Radio. He’s a one-man band comfortable on everything, including drums, bass, keys, guitar, and horn, so prepare for a high-energy evening watching him switch seamlessly between instruments. All you need to do is drop in, grab a drink, and enjoy the tunes.
10 p.m. | 1690 Collins Ave., Miami Beach | Free | 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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