Take the kids
Their annual oyster-eating contest returns, and DJ Carsonic will draw a smart crowd. Visit Facebook.com/WildSeaLasOlas.
The Quarterdeck on Fort Lauderdale’s Cordova Road will host its second annual Big Beer Bash 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday with more than 25 beers from local breweries and music from Future Prezidents. There will be voting, with the winning beer being added to the tap lineup at all Quarterdeck locations for a year. Visit Facebook.com/ QuarterdeckRestaurants.
Where to meat
So as not to be confused with the 2016 animated comedy, or any other image that comes to mind when you think of “Sausage Party,” Riverwalk Fort Lauderdale will call its inaugural celebration of tubular meat October Sausage Fest. Much better, right? Taking place 2-6 p.m. Oct. 21, the event so far has confirmed participation from Dutchy’s Gourmet Sausages, Holy Cow Food Truck, Ken’s Weenie Wagon, the Downtowner and, of course, your favorite sausage food truck, Sausage Party. Visit Go RiverWalk.com.
A new sound
Davroj and the Colors, led by young South Florida singer, composer and violinist David Jonathan Rogers, will make their first public appearance at 8 and 9:30 p.m. Friday at the Butcher Shop Beer Garden & Grill in West Palm Beach. Drawing from a diverse menu of influences, the set will include originals and new arrangements of music from Massenet and Strauss, Nina Simone and Annie Lennox, Lady Gaga and Deadmau5. Visit Facebook.com/DavrojUniverse.
This is your first weekend to see the four 6-week-old warthog piglets at Zoo Miami. Born on June 20, the warthogs (think Pumba from “The Lion King”) can be found in their enclosure with their parents, generally in the morning, with viewing time increasing as they get more comfortable with their surroundings. Visit ZooMiami.org.
Leave the kids
The final Art After Dark gathering of the season at the Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach on Thursday will be curated by the Teen Advisory Squad, a program of 15 youngsters ages 14-17 launched this year. The free party, titled Summer Send-off: Teen Night, takes place 5-9 p.m. and includes youth-led activities, music, artmaking and food. Summer Send-Off signals the approach of the Norton’s brief annual summer closing, Aug. 14-Sept. 4, to prepare for the fall season. The museum will reopen Sept. 5 with an exhibition about climate change and sea level rise titled “Earth Works: Mapping the Anthropocene.” Visit Norton.org.
The name Perfect Vodka has come off the 20,000-seat amphitheater in West Palm Beach after the end of the spirits company’s two-year partnership with Live Nation, with the venue reverting to one of its many old names, Coral Sky Amphitheatre, for the time being. But, of course, we love our vodka around here. In downtown Delray Beach on Aug. 12, the third installment of the Sizzlin’ Summer Social Series in the Fieldhouse on Old School Square will be called Vodka Riot. The evening will include vodka-infused dishes from top local chefs, Joey Gianuzzi (Farmer’s Table), Blake Malatesta (MIA Kitchen & Bar), Jessie Steele (Death or Glory) and Thomas Op’t Holt (50 Ocean), each served with a special cocktail. Diners can cast a vote for their favorite cocktail, which will be featured at the 2018 South Florida Garlic Fest. The dinner runs from 7 to 9 p.m. All-inclusive tickets cost $45. Visit OldSchoolSquare.org.
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Jo Mersa Marley, son of Stephen Marley and grandson of Bob, is the headliner for Jamaican Independence Day celebrations during the second annual International Music and Food Festival 4-9 p.m. Saturday at Betty T. Ferguson Amphitheatre in Miami Gardens. A diverse lineup of Caribbean cuisine and kidfriendly diversions and games will be part of evening. Admission is free. Visit IMFFEST2017.eventbrite.com.
Other voices, other rooms
Brass Evolution is the final act of the season scheduled for the popular Starlight Musicals series in downtown Fort Lauderdale’s Holiday Park 7-10 p.m. Friday (FortLauderdale.gov/Starlight) … SpiderCherry plays the Dubliner in Boca Raton 10 p.m. Friday (Facebook.com/SpiderCherry) … SunGhosts are at Dada in downtown Delray Beach 11 p.m. Friday (Facebook/com/SunGhostsOfficial) … The Jim Wurster Experience includes Sean “Birdman” Gould, Edan Archer and the Atomic Cowboys 8 p.m. Friday at Luna Star Café in North Miami (LunaStarCafe.com) … Batuke Samba Funk plays the free Friday music series at the Normandy Fountain in Miami Beach 6-9 p.m. Friday (Facebook.com/BatukeSambaFunkMusic) … Guitarist Jeff Prine plays the Downtowner in Fort Lauderdale 8 p.m. Saturday (JeffPrineGroup.com) … Dynamic Miami vocalist Lucy Grau performs at the Arts Garage in Delray Beach 8 p.m. Saturday (LucyGrau.com) … The Glynn Dryhurst Swingtet, the Dee Dee Wilde Band and the Tim Blunston Band will play along the river during the JM Lexus Sunday Jazz Brunch in downtown Fort Lauderdale 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday (GoRiverWalk.com).