This week in Miami, stop by a museum-sanctioned happy hour—tunes included—then be part of the effort to save Miami's most listenable radio station. Get local handmade threads at the Miami flea market, and drink Cuba's first beer on its first trip to the States.
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May 19 | Museum
PAMM Third Thursdays
Every third Thursday of the month, the Pérez Art Museum Miami hosts Third Thursdays, a special night of happy hour drink and food specials, art making, and gallery scavenger hunts. This month’s iteration features a peek at the new exhibit by Eugenio Espinoza, Diego Bianchi, and Victoria Gitman, as well as funky tunes by Patrick and the Swayzees.
6–10 p.m. | 1103 Biscayne Blvd., Miami | $16 | website
May 21 | Fundraiser
Shake 108 Music and Comedy Fest
The Wynwood Yard is hosting a fundraiser to help save Miami’s most exciting radio station. Shake 108 is a non-profit station dedicated to providing Miamians stuck in traffic with something better to listen to than the same Top 40 hits on repeat. A hefty roster of local musicians and ten comedians are coming together at the Yard this week to get the station, which first launched in 2014, the funds it needs to continue to take over the airways.
4 p.m.–12 a.m. | 56 NW 29th St., Wynwood | From $10 | website
May 22 | Flea market
The Miami Flea
The Miami Flea is back with another Sunday of locally designed and made clothing, accessories, plants, home goods, and vintage items like records and furniture. Bring a book with you for the give-a-book, take-a-book library and make a bird feeder with the staff of the Frost Museum of Science at their booth. Stick around all afternoon to enjoy food from local restaurants and craft beer from local breweries.
2–6 p.m. | 90 NE 17th St., Miami | Free | (305) 625-0949 | website
Los Jardines de La Tropical
Concrete Beach Brewery has partnered with the family of Cuba’s Cerveceria La Tropical to re-launch Cuba’s first beer. On May 22 you can taste the original 1888 recipe of Cerveza La Tropical at the Concrete Beach Brewery’s social hall in Wynwood and dance to Cuban music, chow down on lechón (roasted pork), and smoke a hand-rolled cigar. In 1958 this Vienna-style lager accounted for nearly 60% of all beer sold Cuba, but it’s never before been tasted stateside.
1–6 p.m. | 325 NW 24th St., Miami | Free | (305) 796-2727 | website
May 21–22 | Escape the city
For most young Cuban-Americans, Cuba is a mythical, folkloric land, but now they’re finally traveling to see the storied place in person. In under an hour you can be in Havana from Miami International Airport (try cheapair.com for the simplest booking). While flights are still expensive for such a short trip, they’re readily available and increasingly easy to book. While there, be sure to eat at a paladar—a restaurant in someone’s home—for the most authentic experience.
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.