Miami Soul weekend guide: International Music Fest, Overtown Music Festival, Lyric Comedy Fest, and more

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Cunning Linguistics Erotic Poetry Night
Friday, July 22, 8PM – 1AM – Piano Hollywood, 5805 Seminole Way, Hollywood

Ingrid B and On the B Side presents a night of live music and spoken word dinner party hosted by Anomaly. Tickets $10 in advance at

Jazz at MOCA
Friday, July 29, 8PM – 10PM – Museum of Contemporary Arts, 770 NE 125th St, North Miami

Bring out your lawn chairs, blankets, and picnic baskets for an evening of jazz under the stars at the monthly jazz event featuring a live performance by Rose Max and Ramatis. Free and open to the entire family.

South Florida Book Festival
Friday, July 22 – Saturday, July 23 – African-American Research Library and Cultural Center, 2650 Sistrunk Blvd, Ft. Lauderdale

Book lovers unite for a weekend featuring African-American New York Times bestselling authors, nationally renowned speakers and business entrepreneurs, book industry professionals, and rising literary stars. Featured authors and speakers include Miko Branch, Co-founder of Miss Jessie’s and New York Times bestselling author Brenda Jackson, among others. The weekend kicks off with the 5th Annual Evening with the Stars on Friday, July 22 for an evening of light jazz, stimulating conversations, hors d’oueuvres, and wine. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. On Saturday, July 23 the Book Festival continues with a full day of free literary activities, workshops, and book signings. For the full schedule and tickets to the Evening of Jazz, visit

Must Love Beards Day Party
Saturday, July 23, 3PM – 8PM – Studio 23, 247 23rd St, Miami Beach

I Don’t Do Clubs is headed to Miami. Known for throwing super cool events in New York for Black professionals tired with the typical social scene, I Don’t Do Clubs is bringing it’s Must Love Beards day party concept to Miami. It’s the social experience for the men who rock beards and the women who can’t get enough of them! Men are free with RSVP (beard or not) and women’s tickets are pre-sold online at

Overtown Music Festival
Saturday, July 23, 11AM – 7PM – Overtown Business District, NW 3rd Ave between 8th & 11th Street

Jeremih, Estelle, Eric Benet, Amerie, Jon B, and Tito Puento, Jr performs live and it’s all free. The family friendly event also includes a Youth Zone with youth performances, sporting competitions and other activities and also includes arts 7 crafts vendors and ethnic foods available for sale. The festival is presented by Headliner Market Group, Commissioner Keon Hardemon, and the Southeast Parkwest CRA.

International Music Fest
Saturday, July 23, 8PM – 2AM – Betty T. Ferguson Complex, 3000 NW 199th St, Miami Gardens

A music festival celebrating cultural diversity through music from traditional African to gospel, hip hop, reggae, calypso, soca, and more. Performances include Harmonik representing Haiti; Flavour representing Africa; Nigel Luis representing Trinidad and Tobago; Sassy Singz representing Haiti; and Dilly Chris representing Jamaica. General admission $25; VIP $50 and can be purchased online at

Lyric Comedy Fest
Saturday, July 23, 9PM – Historic Lyric Theater, 819 NW 2nd Ave, Overtown

The Black Archives hosts a night of sidesplitting laughter with comedian T.K. Kirkland live along with comedian Doo Doo Brown from the Bad Bods of Comedy, comedian George W from the Tom Joyner Cruise, local comedian Chello Davis, and hosted by South Florida’s own Larry Dogg. Advance tickets are $30-$35 and available online at

Reggae Sundays
Sunday, July 24, 4PM – 11PM – Wynwood Yard, 56 NW 29th St

Kulcha Shok presents Dubkor performing live at this weekly reggae vibes. The Kulcha Shok Crew will also perform. Free and family friendly.

Island Vibe Sundays
Sunday, July 24, 4PM – 2AM – Blue Martini Boca Raton, 6000 Glades Rd, Boca Raton

Wind down your Sunday with happy hour specials from 4pm – 8pm and live entertainment by Visions Band at 8pm. No cover.