Noire Miami weekend guide: Lyric Live, Jazz in the Gardens Pop Up Party, Second Saturdays Art Walk, and more

This feels like one of those weekends that is the calm before the madness. The weather is nice and there aren’t any major events to bounce back and forth to. Next weekend is the 9th annual Jazz in the Gardens, herds of college students will take over our streets over the next couple of weeks for Spring Break, and Ultra Fest is at the end of the month. Yes, the madness is coming and the streets will be cluttered, but for now this is our time to enjoy the chill moments. So for weekends like this, Noire Miami has you covered on where to here some music, people watch, and even get your art on.

Lyric Live at the Historic Lyric Theater
Friday, Mar  (and every first Friday), 7:30 – 9:30PM with 6PM Happy Hour – Historic Lyric Theater Cultural Center Complex, 819 NW 2nd Ave, Downtown Miami

The Historic Lyric Theater has been beautifully redeveloped to be the apple of the eye of Historic Overtown and to spark the rebirth of the area’s rich heritage and culture. Officially re-opening its doors to much fanfare and celebration in February, the Lyric Theater kicks off its programming with Lyric Live, a monthly First Friday history making evening to celebrate art, culture, dance, comedy, and talent in an Apollo-style amateur night with a Miami flavor with a $500 cash prize up for grabs. Sponsored by the City of Miami Southeast Park West Community Redevelopment Agency and Presented by the Black Archives History & Research Foundation of South FL, Inc., Lyric Live is more than just an amateur night talent showcase and is an evening of live music by Jody Hill and the Deep Fried Funk Band and hosted by comedian Chello.

Doors open for a mix and mingle social cash bar from 6PM – 7PM in the Lyric’s Welcome Center Lobby. Seating starts at 7pm. Tickets start at $10 for general seating and can be purchased online at For more information, call (305) 636-2390, visit online at, or email at

Pop Up Party for Jazz in the Gardens
Friday, Mar 7, 10PM – 11PM – The Stage Miami, 170 NE 38th St, Design District

Are you ready for a weekend of live music performances by national acts, good local food, and plenty of people watching? Well, I hope you have your tickets ready for the 9th Annual Jazz in the Gardens next weekend. As a final hoorah and kick off until our own mini Essence Festival takes over our weekend, join the Miami New Times for a Pop Up Party with DJ Self Born and DJ Heron spinning songs from Jazz in the Gardens artists. Complimentary admission before 11pm.

2nd Saturdays Wynwood Art Walk
Saturday, March 8, 7PM – 10PM – Wynwood Art District, between NW 20th and NW 36th Streets west of N. Miami Ave

Gallery hopping, free wine and cocktails offered by some of the galleries, food trucks galore, and tons of electric, artsy types taking to the streets of Wynwood for the monthly 2nd Saturdays Art Walk. There’s also something new and different to do and the best way to enjoy Art Walk is just by having an open mind, comfortable walking shoes, and the energy to explore. Every so often you’ll come across cool and interesting parties and events and of course fabulous art.

Family Fun Day: Bahamian Culture
Saturday, March 8, 1PM – 4PM, HistoryMiami, 101 West Flagler St, Miami

Celebrate Bahamian traditions with HistoryMiami, a junkanoo performance, Bahamian foods, and craft activities for the entire family. Family Fun Days are presented with the support of Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, the Cultural Affairs Council, the Mayor and the Board of County Commissioners and The Michael and Diane Rosenberg Foundation. Free and open to the public.

Kappa Spring Fest Day Party
Sunday, Mar 9, 2PM – 10PM – Finnegan’s River, 401 SW 3rd Ave, Miami

Hosted by the South Florida chapters of Kappa Alpha Psi, Inc. and Majestic Group and music by DJ Top Feelin and a live band. Complimentary entry before 4PM with RSVP at