Put a twist on the holiday slogan “eat, drink, and be merry” in Miami this week. Slurp up ramen at Shimuja, a pop-up inside the cocktail lounge of Baby Jane in Brickell. Find merriment at the annual Miami International Children’s Film Festival or at the Miccosukee Indian Arts & Crafts Festival, where handmade clothing and jewelry will be on display. Celebrate the arrival of 2017 with The Roots at the Adrienne Arsht Center or with Pitbull at Bayfront Park.

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December 16 | Now open: Pop-up restaurant
Shimuja
It’s still hot in Miami, but that doesn’t mean you can’t cozy up with the perfect winter food: warm soup. Relish a bowl of ramen from Shimuja, which has just opened a pop-up restaurant inside Baby Jane in Brickell. The original Shimuja is in Kagoshima, Brickell’s sister city in Japan, so it only makes sense that the Miami outpost opened up in Brickell. For a limited time, Shimuja will be open inside Baby Jane’s cocktail lounge, serving up ramen as well as appetizers, including mozzarella mentaiko harumaki, or spring rolls made with local mozzarella.
500 Brickell Ave., Miami | website

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December 24 - 29 | Film festival
Miami International Children’s Film Festival
The kids are out of school and hyped up on holiday candy—what better way to entertain them than at the 4th Annual Miami International Children’s Film Festival? The Coral Gables Art Cinema and the New York International Children’s Film Festival have teamed up for six days of programming geared at kids, including short film compilations, a stop-motion animation workshop, and Oscar-nominated feature films.
Coral Gables Art Cinema, 260 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables | From $5 | website

December 26 - January 1 | Escape the city
42nd Annual Miccosukee Indian Arts & Crafts Festival
The Miccosukee Indians are hosting their 42nd annual arts and crafts festival in the Miccosukee Indian Village, located in the Florida Everglades. The festival will feature handmade goods including clothing, art, and jewelry as well as items from other tribes such as the Apache and Navajo. There will also be a fashion show, cultural performances, and more.
Mile Market 70, U.S. Highway 41, West Dade | $12 | website

Shimuja

December 31 | New Year’s Eve
The Roots
Grammy award-winning and legendary hip-hop band The Roots are performing at, surprisingly, one of Miami’s most affordable New Year’s Eve parties. Black Thought, Cap’n Kirk, Frank Knuckles, and Questlove will take the stage at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the first time since 2012, and you can expect all their hits—such as “Game Theory” and “You Got Me.”
8:00 PM | 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami | From $50 | website

December 31 | New Year’s Eve
Pitbull
For a New Year’s Eve that rocks but won’t cost you a penny, head to Bayfront Park, where Pitbull will be performing a free concert for the occasion. The show will be broadcast on Fox if you’d rather watch from home, but the energy will be electric in person. If you’re interested in seeing the show but want a less crowded setting, buy tickets for the adjacent Worldwide Food and Wine Party, where you’ll find a great view of the stage as well as food, wine, and spirits from around the world.
7:00 PM | 301 N. Biscayne Blvd., Miami | 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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