Miami Soul weekend guide: DanceAfrica Miami Reception, Juneteenth Miami Music Festival, Colors of the Caribbean

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Ultimate Haiti Experience Happy Hour
Thursday, June 16, 6PM – 10PM – Little Haiti Cultural Complex, 5925 NE 2nd Ave, Miami

Purforce Group and Northeast 2nd Ave Partnership hosts a monthly Happy Hour “Conversation With” series with this month’s event kicking off the Ultimate Haiti Experience 2016 excursion. Enjoy great conversations, cocktails, appetizers, and music by Dj Big Ben with a dynamic group of young professionals from the Diaspora. Admission $10 donation and includes appetizers.

The Art of Dance: A DanceAfrica Miami Kickoff Reception
Friday, June 17, 6PM – 8PM – African Heritage Cultural Arts Center, 6161 NW 22nd Ave, Miami

DanceAfrica Miami is back after a 20 year hiatus, and Delou Africa is kicking it off with an evening of wine, appetizers, dance, culture and a mini performance by the Delou Africa Dance Ensemble. DanceAfrica Miami joins the national African Festival Network that includes Brooklyn, DC, and Chicago and will debut at Delou Africa’s 7th Annual African Diaspora Dance and Drum Festival of Florida (A.D.D.D.F.F) on August 5-7, 2016 at the Miramar Cultural Center. Cover for the kickoff reception is a $20 donation to support the return of DanceAfrica Miami. RSVP at

Sounds of Little Haiti
Friday, June 17, 6PM – 10PM – Little Haiti Cultural Complex, 212 NE 59th Terr

The all new third Fridays cultural and music event returns with Harmonk live in concert and sounds by Rara Lakay all hosted by Mecca aka Grimo. Free admission.

3rd Annual Juneteenth Miami Freedom Fry & Music Festival
Saturday, June 18, 6PM – 10PM – Betty T Ferguson Center, 3000 NW 199th St, Miami Gardens

The World of Music Arts & Technology (WOMAT) and partnering organizations celebrate the announcement of the abolition of slavery in the confederate south and the emancipation of all African-American slaves at this annual Juneteenth festival. Celebrate with an evening of live music, an assortment of authentic African-American foods from the Geechie culture in the Carolinas, Tennessee BBQ, New Orleans seafood, Georgia soul food, and the world famous Freedom Punch. This family friendly event also includes an educational Kids Zone and a surprise musical guest. Although President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863, Souther slaves were not declared free until Union troops brought the news two years later in Galveston, TX on June 19, 1865 that the Civil War had ended and that slavery had ended. Free event, but RSVP at The afterparty is at 670 NW 112th St from 11pm – 3pm and is free before 11:30pm, $10 after 11:30pm.

Colors of the Caribbean
Saturday, June 18 – Hollywood Arts Park, 1 North Young Circle, Hollywood

Colors of the Caribbean celebrates Caribbean American Heritage Month with music and flavors of the islands. Enjoy a taste of Caribbean culture with a festival celebration featuring live performances, Bahamian Junkanoo, a Steelband from Trinidad, Caribbean Food Village, arts & crafts, and a YMCA kids activity zone. Headlining the festival stage is Alison Hinds representing Barbados, T-Vice and Jahnesta representing Haiti, Red Rat representing Jamaica, Queen Omega representing Trinidad, and Kennenga representing Martinique. Other acts include local favorite Sizwe-C, and popular deejays Majestic and LLCoolBlaze. This year’s festival will be hosted by ABC’s Local 10 news anchor, Neki Mohan. Free until 5pm with advance online RSVP; $10 admission after 5pm; $40 VIP experience with special viewing area and premium food and drink package. RSVP at

Caribbean-American Heritage Month Celebration
Saturday, June 18, 6PM – 10PM – Perry Park Wellman Field, SW 34th Street & SW 68th Ave, Miramar

The City of Miramar celebrates Caribbean-American Heritage month with a night of music, food, and arts and crafts. Enjoy live music from national recording artists to local talent as well as state-of-the-art video game trailer, bounce houses, photo booth, and more. Hosted by Stichiz from 99 Jamz and music by DJ Epps, family friendly and free.

Leesa Richards & Trio Live
Saturday, June 18, 9PM – 12AM – Olliivier’s Jazz & Live Entertainment Club, 777 NE 79th St, Miami

Enjoy the sultry sounds of Leesa Richards with an intimate evening of smooth jazz and classic R&B.

Black Film Festival Wet Pool Party
Saturday, June 18, 11AM – 8PM – The National Hotel, 1677 Collins Ave, Miami Beach

Wylie K & Friends hosts a Black Film Fest pool party hosted by Big Tigger and Lorenzo “IceTea” Thomas and with a line up of guest DJs. Early bird tickets $30 until June 18; $40 at the door. Attire comfortable and classy swimwear. Tickets can be purchased at

Colors Music Fete
Sunday, June 19, 4PM – 11PM – Luxurious Outdoor Event Center, 3500 NW 15th St, Lauderhill

Celebrate Caribbean Heritage Month with an old school vs new school festival lineup featuring Tony Matterhorn, Black Chiney, King Addies and more. Tickets available at