Culture Guide: December 16th – 31st
December 16, 2016
Although the rains haven’t yet completely subsided for the time being, the weather has given us a break…at least for a shift toward cooler mornings. With this new era of bright days and crisp nights coming in to wave whatever 2016 was away, we’re looking towards making these last few weeks of the year the best so far. From grand openings to grand finales, from first-time performances and veteran jams, check out the next few weeks on your social calendar:
Friday, December 16th:
Yoko Matcha – Join Yōko Matcha, Miami’s one and only matcha specialty cafe, for a very special day at the Yard. Come #matchaconmigo and learn about the Japanese matcha tea tradition, the benefits of consuming matcha, partake in a yoga class, try the delicious matcha drinks and bites, and meet the Yōko Matcha visionaries.
Where: The Wynwood Yard – 56 NW 29th ST. Time: 10AM – 8PM. Tickets: Free.
Speak Fridays – Miami’s most diverse open mic night, with an eclectic mix of live performances, and special surprise guests. Special performances by: DANGERFLOW, Emily Sheila, and E.L.E.M.E.N.T.S, Comedy by: Kyle Grooms, John Vargas and David Del Rosario. Plus live art and music by Alan Meneses aka Pazmal.
Where: The Fillmore Miami Beach – 1700 Washington Ave. Time: 8PM – 12AM. Tickets: Get em here.
305 Fest – Basically an insane amount of local punk and rock bands, each one with a wittier name than the last but definitely worth seeing and supporting for yourselves.
Where: Churchill’s Pub – 5501 NE 2nd Ave. Time: 7PM – 12AM, Dec 16th & 17th. Tickets: $5 Cover.
Saturday, December 17th:
Latte Art Competition – Watch how talented baristas from all over South Florida work their magic with milk and coffee at the Latte Art Competition. Baristas from all over Florida will participate in this creative competition, hoping to win a $2,000 prize. The event will raise funds for Touching Miami with Love, a nonprofit that provides hope, opportunities, and resources for the Overtown community.
Where: Threefold Cafe – 141 Giralda Ave. Time: 3PM – 4PM. Tickets: Free.
NWS Wallcast – The New World Symphony and the City of Miami Beach Government present a festive program celebrating the holiday season, offering audience members an opportunity to gather and share music with friends and family. Enjoy selections from a variety of cultural heritages, certain to delight audiences of all ages.
Where: New World Symphony – 500 17th ST, Miami Beach. Time: 7:30PM – 9:30PM. Tickets: Free.
Christmas Block Party in The Leah – The biggest Christmas Block Party South Florida has ever seen. Bring an unwrapped toy to benefit His House Children’s Home and enjoy your chance to buy a uniquely crafted gift from one of the local vendors curated by Thrifter in true last-minute Hialeah fashion. Feast on food trucks, take in the moment and forget the crazy mall traffic.
Where: 1501 E 10th Ave, Hialeah. Time: 3PM – 8PM. Tickets: Free w/ RSVP.
Little River Night Market – The night market is a way to connect with friends and find treasures. It’s the chance to munch on something new and delicious and go home satisfied with a heavy little sack of something in your pocket. Jewelry, spices, fabrics, clothing, cards, books and all kinds of merchandise to be sorted through and experienced. Services such as massage, tarot card readings and information about bettering the body, mind and spirit are offered.
Where: Inhale Miami – 6310 NE 2nd Ave. Time: 7PM – 12AM. Tickets: Free w/ RSVP.
Grass Stains Presents Transplants – In its centennial anniversary, The Kampong, home of David and Marian Fairchild will be the setting for Ana Mendez’s performance TRANSPLANTS. The performance is based on Fairchild’s introduction of over 200,000 varieties of plants to the United States. The performance has been developed as a collage, mimicking the physical and delicate act of transplantation. It will also draw on the subliminal storylines found in the home’s physical characteristics and rich history.
Where: The Kampong – 4013 S Douglas RD. Time: 11AM – 4PM. Tickets: Free w/ RSVP.
Sunday, December 18th:
Sweat Records Customer Appreciation Day – They’re saying THANK YOU to all of the customers for a great 2016 by throwing a party that’s also their absolute biggest sale of the year. Join Sweat for an afternoon of tunes, treats, spiked nog, and good times. Get your holiday shopping done in one swoop while supporting your local record store!
Where: Sweat Records – 5505 NE 2nd Ave. Time: 12PM – 5PM. Tickets: Free.
The Miami Flea: 2016 Grand Finale – Swing by and enjoy the local community with pop-ups galore. Ride your bike or take transit, and make sure to stop by the kid’s corner by Little Creative Souls for some creative crafts, and face painting. They’ll have workshops, holiday-themed gifts, a gift-wrapping station, and even egg nog. Check out the amazing creations by local artisans, adopt a puppy, or get your hands henna-fied. There will be vintage treasures, vinyl, and more thrift finds that ever before. Plus, live local tunes and food!
Where: 1440 N Miami Ave. Time: 1PM – 5PM. Tickets: Free.
Tuesday, December 20th:
Jazz in the Gables: Holiday Edition – Let’s make Tuesdays Date Night in Coral Gables. Join the City and the Miami Jazz Coop for a free live jazz concert every week on the green lot between Barnes & Noble and BurgerFi. Municipal parking garages on Andalusia are just $1 per hour.
Where: The Plaza at 150 Miracle Mile. Time: 6PM – 7:30PM. Tickets: Free.
Thursday, December 22nd:
Bitter Truth – Midtown Grand Opening – Bitter Truth pops up to host down to earth vibes and the best damn cocktails in town. This local, late night hangout is the go-to spot for friends and family craving amazing music, specialty drinks and tasty delights. Located in the up & coming heart of Miami, Midtown is the perfect place for a night on the town.
Where: 3252 NE 1st Ave. Time: 7PM – 4AM. Tickets: Free w/ RSVP.
Wednesday, December 28th:
Live in The Garden – Escape the bustle and transport yourself to the twinkling times of yesteryear at your new favorite hidden gem: Mina’s Mediterraneo. Join them as the garden comes alive to the sounds of local artists and musicians. After a great jam last month, they’re happy to welcome back to Miami an all-time local favorite, Jacob Jeffries!
Where: Mina’s Mediterraneo – 749 79th ST. Time: 7PM – 10PM. Tickets: Free w/ RSVP.
Thursday, December 29th:
Happy Hour on the Terrace – Indulge in happy hour drink specials (available for purchase) or make a reservation at Verde restaurant at The PAMM. Inside the museum, see their newest exhibition ‘Julio Le Parc: Form into Action’.
Where: PAMM – 1103 Biscayne Boulevard. Time: 6PM – 9PM. Tickets: Get em here.
Friday, December 30th:
Suenalo at The Yard – One of Miami’s most beloved acts is coming back to The Wynwood Yard for a very special performance featuring the one and only Amin De Jesus, the O.G. frontman of the Latin Funk outfit. It’s going to be magical, so come out.
Where: The Wynwood Yard. Time: 8PM – 1AM. Tickets: Free.
Saturday, December 31st:
King Mango Strut Parade – The King Mango Strut “Putting the ‘nut’ in Coconut Grove”, is an annual parade held in Coconut Grove, Florida. Strutting since 1982, showcasing a variety of crowd-sources parade floats that range from political jabs to current jokes.
Where: Coconut Grove – 3390 Mary ST. Time: 2PM – 6PM. Tickets: Free.
Tropicalien NYE BASS DROP – Hyperwarp into the Tropicalien NYE BASS DROP this New Year’s Eve! Enjoy Miami’s most badass live music New Year’s party, stacked with a lineup of Ultra-Magic Heavyweight BASS Wizards, Live Art Mages, and atmospheric sensory stimulation abound. Afrobeta, Telekinetic Walrus, Otto Von Schirach, The Galactic Effect (ft: Live Celloist, Ab-I-lity), Serious jorge, and Juicy Cuci on the decks.
Where: The Wynwood Yard. Time: 8PM – 3AM. Tickets: Get em here.