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Miami Soul weekend guide: Live jazz, beer tastings, and other things to do in South Florida Jan 28 - Jan 31

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January is practically a wrap and the year is off to a busy start with plenty to see and do and places to go. There’s a lot happening this weekend, and Miami Soul is giving your social calendar a boost by curating your entire weekend lineup. Thank us later.

Get a head start and kick off your weekend early with a chill evening of Live Jazz at the Ball & Chain with 88.9 WNDA on Thursday, January 28 from 6PM – 10PM. It’s a new free music series that will be airing live jazz on the station every last Thursday of the month with saxophonist Mark Small. If you’ve never been before, Ball & Chain is one of those energetic neighborhood joints smack dab in the heart of Little Havana located at 1515 SW 8th St.

If jazz is your thing, there’s enough to go around this weekend. It’s a big jazz weekend with four days of jazz events throughout the city at the 3rd Annual Miami Beach Jazz Festival on Saturday, January 30 at 7PM at the Olympia Theater (174 E Flagler St, Downtown). Tickets are $45 for general admission and $150 for VIP, which includes mezzanine seating, valet parking, open bar, and a gift bag. Tickets are available at

Miami’s jazz darling, Nicole Henry, also has a live performance on Friday at the Boca Black Box (8221 glades Rd, Boca Raton) from 8PM – 11PM. Tickets are $37.92 and available at

If you want a more low key (and free) outing, check out the monthly Jazz Under the Moonlight on Friday, January 29 from 8PM – 9:15PM at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in North Miami at 770 NE 125th St. Bring your lawn chairs, picnic baskets, and wine.

NeoSoul Saturdays at LILT Lounge at Epic Hotel (270 Biscayne Blvd Way) is also another option on Saturday, January 30 at 10PM.

If you want a little more activity, join hundreds of bikers for the 16-mile bike ride on Friday with Miami Critical Mass. The meet up is at 6:30PM and the ride starts at 7:15PM at the Government Center (150 NW 1st St, Downtown) and travels through East Little Havana and Allapattah, all the way north to Liberty City, and back down to Wynwood and Downtown Miami.

You can also soak in a little culture at Viernes Culturales (Cultural Fridays) on Friday, January 29 in Little Havana between 13th and 17th Ave from 7PM – 11PM. Stroll along SW 8th St and you’ll find cigar rollers, salsa dancing, art galleries featuring Cuban art, and even a competitive game of domino.

Love beer? There will be plenty of it at the Miami Beer Festival on Saturday, January 30 at Marlins Park (501 Marlins Way). All types of beer will be showcased, including local favorite Funky Buddha. While you’re wetting your palette, there will also be food trucks (not included in the price) and DJs to kick up the party. Tickets are $40 general admission and $50 for VIP to include an additional hour of more beer. Gates open at 5pm.

While we’re on the topic of beer, Timeline Brewery and BLCK•BEER hosts GastroWars, a knife-fight style food competition featuring two local celebrity chefs battling it out for the tastiest meal with one of the key ingredients being craft beer, of course. More specifically, local beer from Funky Buddha Brewery. Enjoy a five course pre-fixe dinner with five craft beer pairings for $40 general admission. GastroWars is Sunday, January 31 from 7PM – 10PM at SuViche at 401 E Las Olas Blvd in Ft. Lauderdale. Tickets are available at

If you need more options, here are a few other events to check out this weekend:

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Founder’s Day Celebration

Saturday, January 30, 11AM – 4PM – Diplomat Golf & Tennis Club, 501 Diplomat Pkwy, Hallandale

The ladies of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. celebrates their legacy with a Founder’s Day luncheon celebration honoring the organization’s 22 founders, judges, elected officials, and high school seniors. A rededication ceremony will be held from 11am to noon and lunch, special presentations, and networking from noon to 4pm. There will also be a celebrity silent auction and door prizes with a donation of new or gently used wigs, children’s books, or novels. Luncheon tickets are $55 and can be purchased online at The luncheon is hosted by the South Broward Alumnae Chapter, the Broward County Alumnae Chapter, and the Pompano Beach Alumnae Chapter.

2nd Annual North Miami Mayor’s Gala

Saturday, January 30, 5:30PM Cocktail Reception; 7PM Grand Gala – The Miami Auto Museum at the Dezer Collection, 2000 NE 146th St, North Miami

The Police Athletic League of North Miami and the City of North Miami presents an Egyptian themed grand gala celebration for Mayor Smith Joseph. Enjoy a night of entertainment featuring live bands, dinner, and cocktails. Tickets are $150 and can be purchased at All proceeds will benefit the Police Athletic League of North Miami. Black tie optional.

Gwen S. Cherry Soul Food Cook-off

Saturday, January 30, 5PM – Coconut Grove Gallery & Interiors, 2884 Bird Ave, Miami 

The Gwen S. Cherry Black Women Lawyers Association (GSCBWLA) kicks off Black History Month with a culinary showcase of the best soul food South Florida’s talented chefs have to offer. Admission is $50; free for chefs. For more information, visit or email

Travel Chat Dine: Caribbean Mimosa Brunch

Sunday, January 31, 12PM – 4PM – Cubaocho Museum & Arts Center, 1465 SW 8th St, Miami

Erica Knowles-Nelson of Getting to Know the World transports you to a paladar in Havana, Cuba without stepping on a ship or plane. This event will be a Caribbean Brunch with flowing mimosas and live entertainment and is set in Cubaocho a fabulous art gallery set in Little Havana. Food Connoisseur and owner of Our Kitchen – Culinary Incubator, Ernisha Randolph will be catering this event with a variety of Caribbean food and will feature Miami’s top chefs such as Chef Irie, who will also provide cooking demonstrations. Brunch tickets are $55 at