This weekend, take your pick of festivals. If you love beer, FemAle Brewfest celebrates the women behind beer, while Oktoberfest celebrates … well, beer.
Fans of all things tiki won’t want to miss the Hukilau – a multi-day celebration of cocktails, music, and art. Whatever you do, it’s always a good idea to start the weekend off with a happy hour with friends.
Happy Hour Chica
Start your weekend with Chica’s happy hour. On Fridays (and every other day of the week) from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., enjoy margaritas, mojitos, and two-for-one palomas ($ 14), select beers for five dollars, and select wines for $ 7. Hunger? Try crispy shrimp ($ 14), asado negra arepas topped with short ribs ($ 10), and a Chica burger ($ 10). 5556 NE Fourth Ct., Miami; 786-632-7725; chicarestaurant.com.
The Hukilau, a multi-day celebration of tiki culture, is a multi-day event filled with music, art, seminars, tastings, dinners, poolside parties, and brunches. Highlights include a beach luau, poolside party, tiki brunch, tiki treasure bazaar, and more. The tiki market, which is held on Saturday September 18 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., is free to enter. Be sure to visit the Mai-Kai stall in the market to purchase some tiki mugs. From Friday September 17 to Sunday September 19 at Beachcomber Hotel and Villas, 1200 S. Ocean Blvd., Pompano Beach. Weekend passes cost from $ 269 to $ 549; single event tickets are also available. For a full schedule of events and ticket options, visit thehukilau.com.
October Party at Wynwood Market
The annual Wynwood Octoberfest returns for its 11th year, with a weekend event that will turn Wynwood Marketplace into a traditional Bavarian beer. Guests can participate in live music, DJ sets, seasonal beers from sponsor Samuel Adams, bratwurst, a craft market, mug outfit contests, and more. The event is free, but those who want an immersive experience can purchase a party pack for $ 16 per person. The pack includes a mug, beer tickets and branded goods. Hours of operation are Friday from 4 p.m. to 3 a.m., and Saturday and Sunday from noon to 3 a.m. Until Sunday, September 12, at the Wynwood Marketplace, 2250 NW Second Ave., Miami; wynwoodoctoberfest.com.
Oktoberfest Miami at the German American Social Club
One of the oldest Oktoberfest celebrations in Florida, the German American Social Club of Greater Miami’s festival takes place Friday through Sunday for two consecutive weekends: October 15-17 and October 22-24. The opening hours are Friday from 6 p.m. to midnight, Saturday from 1 p.m. to midnight and Sunday from noon to 10 p.m. Admission costs $ 10 for adults. 11919 SW 56th St., Miami; 305-552-5123; gascmiami.org.
The FemAle Brew Fest – South Florida’s annual beer festival celebrating women in the brewing industry – returns to Fort Lauderdale this fall. The women-centric beer festival, launched in 2017 and entering its fourth year (having missed 2020 due to COVID-19), will take place on Saturday at the Kimpton Goodland Hotel, which just opened. This year, the festival continues its mission of showcasing women in brewing with an expanded lineup and the possibility of having your own âbeer beerâ. To date, over 15 breweries have confirmed their presence, including a number of well-known Florida-based brands. The festival is pet-friendly, with a portion of the proceeds going to Abandoned Pet Rescue of Fort Lauderdale, a non-profit shelter that rescues and rehabilitates abandoned, abused and neglected animals. 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, September 18 at the Kimpton Goodland Hotel, 2900 Riomar Street, Fort Lauderdale. Tickets cost $ 45- $ 65 via femalebrewfest.com.