Miami Soul weekend guide: Big Night in Little Haiti, Pines Food & Wine Festival, South Florida Book Festival and more

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Big Night in Little Haiti
Friday, July 17, 6PM – 10PM – Little Haiti Cultural Center, 212 NE 59th Terr, Miami

Every third Friday, Big Night in Little Haiti serves up a live performance by top Haitian bands, children’s activities in the art gallery, and the exhibit of the month. This month is a performance by Klass, one of the most exciting Haitian compas bands. In between bands is a dance number from the Young Contemporary Dance Theater and an exhibition of carnival costumes. The after party is next door at the Caribbean Marketplace. Free admission and fun for the entire family.

Pines Food & Wine Festival
Saturday, July 18, – Pembroke Lakes Mall, 11401 Pines Blvd, Hollywood

The first Pines Food & Wine Festival features more than 35 local restaurants, live music and entertainment, kids zone, health & fitness exhibitors, and unlimited wine sampling with wines from around the world. General admission $15 in advance, $20 at the door with food and drinks purchased as you go. VIP $75 in advance; $100 at the door and includes all you can eat and drink. Five percent of proceeds from the event goes directly to the St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

Miami Life Pool Party
Saturday, July 18, 2PM – 9PM – Fifty at Viceroy Miami, 485 Brickell Ave

Majestic Group Events and 103.5 the Beat presents a pool party at one of the sexiest sky rises in Brickell hosted by Papa Keith. Advance tickets $10 at

The Sweet Spot Miami
Saturday, July 18, 6PM – LMNT, 59 NW 36th St, Miami

The pop erotica poetry, burlesque, music, comedy, and body painting event returns with a white party edition presented by SocialXchange Miami. Admission $20 in advance and $25 general admission at

Party Down/Neo Soul Networking Dinner
Saturday, July 18, 8PM – 2AM – Piano Hollywood, 5805 Seminole Way, Hollywood

South Florida Black Professionals presents an evening of good music and dinner with music by Ed the World Famous. Dinner is option from 8pm – 10pm and 2-4-1 bar specials. Admission $10 at the door OR free entry with online RSVP at

Miami Kappas Bowling
Saturday, July 18, 7PM – 10PM – Sparez Bowling, 5325 University Dr, Davie

The Miami Alumni Nupes and The Miami Kappa Foundation will hosts a bowling tournament open to all groups, individuals, Greek and professional organizations, youth groups, and church groups with proceeds benefitting the organizations scholarship fund. Trophies will be presented to teams and individual winners in both 18 & under and 19 & over categories. Tickets are $25 individual and $100 for teams (5 max) and includes bowling and food. Tickets may be purchased at


South Florida Book Festival
The African American Research Library & Cultural Center presents that annual book festival celebrating accomplished Black authors in a weekend of events to include chat sessions with the likes of NPR and PBS talk show host, Tavis Smiley, book discussions with popular authors, entrepreneurial sessions, and various social events. For a list of events, visit

4th Annual Evening With the Stars
Friday, July 17, 6:30PM – 9:30PM – African American Research Library & Cultural Center, 2650 Sistrunk Ave, Ft Lauderdale

The South Florida Book Festival kicks off with some of the country’s most influential and entertainment Black authors including Tavis Smiley who will be in attendance from 6:30pm – 7:30pm. Enjoy of light jazz by saxophonist, Randy Corinthian, and hors d’oeuvres and wine. Dress to impress. Tickets $25 in advance and $30at the door and an be purchased at

Chef Smackdown
Saturday, July 18, 6:30PM – 9PM

For the final evening of the South Florida Book Festival (July 18th from 6:30-9:00pm), enjoy wine, live entertainment, and dancing with a South Florida Chef Smackdown. We will invite up to 150 studio audience members to sample Comfort Food from chefs throughout the tri-county area. After the taste, the studio audience determines the winner in each category along with food and wine judges. Tickets available at