It was a relatively dry April for Miami, but where water was lacking, culture was raining. Heading into May, the city is ramping up for the all too present heat by reacting in the only way they know how: partying it up. The beginning of May marks a lot of celebrations (other than Star Wars references) like National Small Business Week, Cinco de Mayo, markets and anniversaries so get ready to be guided by the culture:
Tuesday, May 2nd:
Support Local DDA Grant Office Hours – In recognition of National Small Business week, we are happy to announce business grant “office hours” taking place in Downtown Miami at Meraki Greek Bistro. Come meet the DDA’s Downtown Business Concierge and receive information about how you can receive up to $50,000 in matching funds to improve your store front in the neighborhood or chat with us on how to join the Support Local initiative and more.
Where: Meraki Greek Bistro – 142 SE 1st Ave. Time: 11AM – 3PM. Tickets: Free.
Gramps Comedy Night – 6 comedians, one night! Molly Austin (Tru TV), Christi Chiello (Comedy Central Roast Battle), Marie Faustin (Co-host of Very Real Talk on Oxygen), Sydnee Washington (MTV), Myka Fox (Sirius Radio, SNL Contributor), Kerryn Feehan (TLC, Comedy Central Roast Battle).
Where: Shirley’s at Gramps – 176 NW 24th ST. Time: 11PM – 2AM. Tickets: $15 at the door.
Wednesday, May 3rd:
The Market #atMDD – Join the Miami Design District every Wednesday for their weekly market featuring more than 40 different vendors selling local produce, specialty foods, artisan goods, fresh flowers and more.
Where: 3801 NE 1st Ave. Time: 4PM – 9PM. Tickets: Free.
SunFest – Five days, three stages, and 50 bands! Founded in 1982, SunFest is Florida’s largest waterfront music and art festival along the intracoastal in downtown West Palm Beach, Fla. Headliners include: Blink-182, FloRida, Fetty Wap, Widespread Panic and more.
Where: 100 S Clematis St., West Palm Beach. Time: 1/5PM – 9/11PM, May 3rd – 7th. Tickets: Get em here.
Support Local Happy Hour – To celebrate Small Business week, partake in a Support Local business mixer at The Anderson Bar. Enjoy a specialty #SupportLocalFL cocktail over great conversation with local business owners in our community. Get to know the stories behind some of your favorite small businesses and let’s spark conversations that will help move Miami forward.
Where: The Anderson Bar – 709 NE 79th ST. Time: 5PM – 7PM. Tickets: Free.
Words & Wine Open Mic – Another classic open mic is back in the heart of Wynwood. All drummers, acoustic musicians, hoopers, dancers, jugglers, and freaks of all kind invited. Get together, drink some wine, share some thoughts and be happy.
Where: The Wynwood Yard – 56 NW 29th ST. Time: 8PM – 1AM. Tickets: Free w/ RSVP.
Thursday, May 4th:
Support Local x Leah Arts District Lunch – In recognition of National Small Business Week, come by for lunch at La Fresa Francesa French Bistro with The Leah Arts District and our Hialeah Support Local ambassador, JLPR. Come meet and greet over a free Hialeah Helicopter a.k.a. a cafe con leche, and meet all the amazing small businesses in the surrounding area.
Where: La Fresa Francesa French Bistro – 59 W 3rd St. Time: 12PM – 3PM. Tickets: Free.
Miami Teacher Appreciation Happy Hour – Help kick-off National Teacher Appreciation Week. Don’t miss this chance to enjoy half off drinks and connect with educators and community members from across Miami-Dade County!
Where: Brick – 187 NW 28th ST. Time: 5PM – 7PM. Tickets: Free.
May the 4th Be With You / SkaWars – May the 4th be with you…it’s SKA-WARS at CHURCHILLS! With The Sensibles, Jacuzzi Fuzz, Spred The Dub, DJ Rudeboi Shuffle. Wear your best Ska-Wars outfit for the costume contest.
Where: Churchill’s Pub – 5501 NE 2nd Ave. Time: 8PM – 3AM. Tickets: $5 at the door.
Friday, May 5th:
Support Local x Choose 954 Meet-Up – In recognition of National Small Business week and Support Local‘s collaboration with Choose954, come meet and greet at BREW Urban Cafe Next Door and work to expand Support Local to Fort Lauderdale and meet all the amazing small businesses beyond Miami.
Where: Brew Urban Cafe – 537 NW 1st Ave, Fort Lauderdale. Time: 11AM – 1PM. Tickets: Free.
‘Chasing Trane’ Miami Screening – The thought-provoking, uplifting, powerful and passionate film about an outside-the-box thinker known as John Coltrane whose boundary-shattering music continues to impact and influence people around the world. This film is for anyone who appreciates the power of music to entertain, inspire and transform.
Where: O Cinema Wynwood – 90 NW 29th ST. Time: 3PM – 6PM, May 5th – 11th. Tickets: Get em here.
Opening: Enlightened Photography Exhibition – YoungArts alumni delve into body, race, urbanism, current affairs, and history through their camera lenses in YoungArts’ first-ever photography exhibition. Curated by YoungArts master teacher and panelist Michelle Dunn Marsh, the show will feature the works of 27 multi-generational artists.
Where: YoungArts – 2100 Biscayne Blvd. Time: 7PM – 9PM, until June 30th. Tickets: Free w/ RSVP.
Palm Court Performance Series – The Palm Court Performance Series is a weekly Friday night ensemble of live musical performances that are open to the public and produced by 19-time Grammy© Award winning producer Emilio Estefan in collaboration with the Miami Design District. Emily Estefan will perform fresh off live concert performances in New York, Los Angeles and most recently at SXSW in Austin.
Where: Estefan Kitchen – 140 NE 39th ST. Time: 5PM – 8PM. Tickets: Free w/ RSVP.
Jazz @WDNA – Saxophonist, composer & educator Mark Small brings his beautiful compositions, arrangements and a top notch band to the WDNA Jazz Gallery. Mark Small – tenor saxophone, Martin Bejerano – piano, Derek Fairholm – organ and Michael Piolet – drums.
Where: WDNA Jazz Gallery – 2921 Coral Way. Time: 8:30PM. Tickets: $30 GA.
Saturday, May 6th:
More than miles – A 3 mile run along the beach led by ambassador and co-founder of IRun Company, Hector Arana. Cool down after with a sweet yoga stretch led by ambassador and co-founder of Tropical Vinyasa, Amy Dannheim. Then, wrap up our morning with delicious breakfast treats in-store. Bring your own mat.
Where: lululemon Miami – 846 Lincoln Rd. Time: 7:30AM – 10AM. Tickets: Free.
Little River Coop Summer Plant Sale – The Little River Cooperative Summer plant and Fruit tree sale is upon us! Talk plants, buy plants, and hang out with plants. Keep an eye out for your favorite summer trees and perennials plus some new and exotic varieties. Spring is the best time to get your tropical summer friendly garden in the ground.
Where: Little River Cooperative – 115 NE 76th ST. Time: 10AM – 2PM, May 6th & 7th. Tickets: Free.
Grateful Dead Tribute – The Grateful Dead come alive with a very special tribute to their extensive music catalog as Unlimited Devotion takes the stage at The Yard . Two sets just like a Grateful Dead Concert.
Where: The Wynwood Yard. Time: 2PM – 5:30PM. Tickets: Free.
Kentucky Derby Watch Party – Just ’cause we’re south of the South doesn’t mean we can’t sport big, fancy hats, sip on mint juleps, and hope for another Triple Crown winner. That’s why Saturday, May 6, The New Tropic is partnering with Gramps in Wynwood to pull out the bow ties and dust off the seersuckers for a Kentucky Derby Watch Party.
Where: Gramps. Time: 3PM – 6PM. Tickets: Get em here.
Sunday, May 7th:
The Underline Cycling Club – Explore The Underline’s future and existing connections and destinations in our beautiful city! Meet up at 9:30 AM at Dadeland North Metrorail Station for a 10 AM departure. Travel north and stop at Vizcaya Museum and Gardens where the first 25 sign-ups get a free tour of the Vizcaya gardens. Snacks and refreshments provided by the Miami Association of Realtors.
Where: Dadeland North Metrorail Station – 8300 S Dixie Highway. Time: 9:30AM – 11AM. Tickets: Free w/ RSVP.
SKYLIGHT Yoga 2-Year Anniversary – SKYLIGHT YOGA welcomes you to their 2-YEAR ANNIVERSARY at The Ruf with Sujal Sudarshan & Fernando Subirats for an evening of pure Raja Yoga & Live Classical Indian Music! Join a journey into the innate knowledge, consciousness and natural bliss of You, assisted by traditional musical instruments from India.
Where: 5110 NW 2nd Ave. Time: 6PM – 8PM. Tickets: Get em here.
Monday, May 8th:
Frost Science Grand Opening – Discover Miami’s newest home for the ever curious and explore the world of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) in an experiential setting with interactive exhibitions and dynamic shows. Get ready to zip through the cosmos in their 250-seat Frost Planetarium—one of only thirteen places in the world with a 3-D 8K visual system. Explore the three-story Aquarium and come face-to-face with devil rays, sharks and more.
Where: Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science – 1101 Biscayne Blvd. Time: 11AM – 6PM. Tickets: Get em here.
Tuesday, May 9th:
The Moth StorySlam – Prepare a five-minute story about cosmic justice. Did a rude comment come back to bite you? Or have you unwittingly saved your own neck through an act of random kindness? Whether you’re fated for success or doomed for failure, what goes around comes around. Watch these stories unfold on stage for all the world to hear.
Where: Olympia Theater – 174 Flagler St. Time: 7PM – 10PM. Tickets: Get em here.
Thursday, May 11th:
Rooftop Unplugged – After a wet last performance, see magic wash over the city skyline at the Filling Station Lofts for the crowd-favorite concert, Rooftop Unplugged Sessions! This one’s especially special for Miami, as they welcome the very own Magic City Hippies back from a sold out national tour! Enjoy handmade sips to drink in the soothing sounds and breathtaking views of the city.
Where: Filling Station Lofts – 1657 N Miami Ave. Time: 7:30PM – 9PM. Tickets: Free w/ RSVP.
HOCFest at Electric Pickle – House of Creatives Music Festival will be hosting a series of events all summer long leading up to #HOCFEST this Fall 2017. With performances from: George Clanton, Negative Gemini, Millionyoung and more plus DJ sets by: Charlie Woods, Eveava, and TopCat.
Where: Electric Pickle – 2826 N Miami Ave. Time: 9PM – 4AM. Tickets: Get em here.
Friday, May 12th:
Miami Symphony Orchestra Pop-Up – A unique live music experience conducted by Eduardo Marturet performing music by: Leroy Anderson, Richard Rogers, Aldemaro Romero, Tito Puente, Al Johnson, George Bizet, Alejandro Campos, Florencia di Concilio, Andre Mehmari, Astor Piazzolla, Richard Chiarapa, Klaus Badelt and Edward Elgar. Special Guest Appearance by Emmy Award Winner and host of Telemundo’s AL ROJO VIVO, Maria Celeste.
Where: 140 NE 39th ST. Time: 5PM – 8PM. Tickets: Free w/ RSVP.
Phoenix at The Fillmore – The catchy electro-pop French outfit is back at Miami’s historic Fillmore!
Where: The Fillmore Miami Beach – 1700 Washington Ave. Time: 8:30PM – 11:30PM. Tickets: Get em here.
Saturday, May 13th:
PAMM Free Second Saturday – Inspired by PAMM’s unique hanging gardens, design your very own hanging garden complete with a live plant – just in time for Mother’s Day. In welcoming Frost Science to Museum Park, Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) will extend its general museum hours on May 13 from 10am-10pm. Enjoy more time to explore the galleries and purchase artful gifts at PAMM Shop.
Where: Perez Art Museum – 1300 Biscayne Blvd. Time: 10AM – 10PM. Tickets: Free.
The Wallflower Gallery 20th Anniversary – The performance arrangements will feature some of The Wallflower Gallery’s previous showcase formats such as the Songwriters’ Series, Dynamic Duos, Voice & Soul and Interactive Improv Jams. Musicians, artists, poets, dancers and performers from The Wallflower Gallery’s history.
Where: Churchill’s Pub. Time: 4PM – 2AM. Tickets: $10 at the door.
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: 5PM – 11PM. Tickets: Free.
Sunday, May 14th:
Mother’s Day Brunch – Treat mom to the day out that she deserves! Bring the whole family to picnic, play and relax amongst the Royal Palm trees overlooking the quiet waters of Biscayne Bay.
Where: Deering Estate – 16701 SW 72nd Ave. Time: 10AM – 2PM. Tickets: $12 adults, $7 children.
Intro to Kundalini with Ganesha – Kundalini Yoga is a sacred practice that honors the creativity of the Divine Feminine or Divine Mother. This universal archetype, known as Kundalini Shakti, can be awakened through movement, meditation, music, breathwork, dancing and more. Come celebrate creativity and enliven your mind and body in community. Bring your Mother or come by yourself. No experience necessary and all ages, genders, etc are welcome.
Where: Inhale Miami. Time: 1:30PM – 3:30PM. Tickets: Free.