Best Me­mo­rial Day week­end events

Sun Sentinel Broward Edition - - Front Page - By Phillip Valys

Your Me­mo­rial Day week­end, in a nut­shell, in­volves equal parts fam­i­lyfriendly fun and Caribbean jerk, Flo Rida and twerk­ing, somber ap­pre­ci­a­tions of U.S. vet­er­ans and high-fly­ing aerial stunts.

How best to spend the three-day week­end? Here are six Me­mo­rial Day par­ties, con­certs and food fes­ti­vals from West Palm Beach to Fort Laud­erdale to Mi­ami.

Great Amer­i­can Beach Party

Thun­der­storms shut out last year’s sandy jam­boree on Fort Laud­erdale beach. Not so much this year: The free all-day beach bash, run­ning 10 a.m.-8:30 p.m. to­day, will be head­lined this year by 1960s jaz­zrock vet­er­ans Blood, Sweat & Tears (“You’ve Made Me So Very Happy,” “Spin­ning

Wheel”). They’ll be joined by Swahili Band, Pit­bull of Blues, Shane Dun­can, The Storm, Sa­bor Latino and Pocket Change, and paired with sand cas­tle-sculpt­ing, an art ex­hibit dis­play, a car show and para­trooper demos. 954-828-5363 or FortLauder dale.gov.

West Palm Beach Jerk and Caribbean Cul­ture Fes­ti­val

The 16th an­nual col­li­sion of mu­sic and Caribbean cul­ture will be head­lined by Bri­tish pop-reg­gae crooner Maxi Pri­est, whose 1990s jams (“Sure Fire Love,” “Just a Lit­tle Bit Higher”) are bouncy, spir­i­tual procla­ma­tions of his Rasta­far­ian faith. The bash, tak­ing place 2-11 p.m. Mon­day , at the South Florida Fair­grounds (9067 South­ern Blvd., West Palm Beach), will also fea­ture sounds from IOc­tane, Ro­main Virgo and Lake Worth reg­gae group Spred the Dub, along with car­ni­val rides and food ven­dors sling­ing jerk chicken and lob­ster. Tick­ets: $25-$65. Go to PalmBeachJ­erkFes­ti­val.com.

2019 Hyundai Air and Sea Show

As­sum­ing you brave the mind-numb­ing log­jam of South Beach traf­fic, to­day’s Hyundai Air and Sea Show will re­ward vis­i­tors with rous­ing aerial stunts from the U.S. Navy Blue An­gels (10 a.m.-6 p.m. to­day) and a per­for­mance from Mi­ami hit­maker Flo Rida (4:30 p.m. Sun­day ). The fam­ily-friendly event (span­ning 11th to 14th Streets) will share a beach with the much-row­dier crowds of Ur­ban Beach Week, the loosely af­fil­i­ated string of hip-hop con­certs and rooftop get-downs hap­pen­ing through Mon­day. The mil­i­tary-themed bash also will fea­ture a U.S. Army Golden Knights para­chute jump, a mo­tocross demo and a fire­works fi­nale. Go to USASa­lute .com.

Best of the Best Mu­sic Fest

For Me­mo­rial Day week­end, you’ll find no big­ger nerve cen­ter of Caribbean mu­sic and cul­ture than at Best of the Best, tak­ing over Bayfront Park Am­phithe­ater (301 Bis­cayne Blvd., Mi­ami) with 15 dance hall, soca and reg­gae acts. Top­ping the lineup will be Shabba Ranks, Su­per Cat, Al­ka­line, Jah­miel, Frisco Kid and Gen­eral B, paired with food ven­dors of­fer­ing jerk, curry and other Caribbean and Cre­ole dishes, and craft ven­dors sell­ing cloth­ing, jew­elry and other wares. The 13th an­nual fes­ti­val, tak­ing place 2 p.m.-mid­night Sun­day, costs $59 (plus $5.95 tax) for gen­eral ad­mis­sion, $150 (plus $12 tax) for VIP. Call 305-438-9488 or 954-470-7666 or goto Best of the Best Con­cert. com.

Tw­erk­fest 305

Pre­fer row­di­ness to Flo Rida this week­end? May we sug­gest Tw­erk­fest 305, of­fer­ing a $1,000 twerk con­test at Dis­trict 3 (3632 NW 25th Ave., 305-527-3653 to RSVP) in Wyn­wood? We’re not sure how pa­tri­otic rump-shak­ing ap­plies to Me­mo­rial Day, but $1,000 sounds like a wor­thy do­na­tion to a lo­cal vet­eran’s fund. The twerk-off will take place 11 p.m.-4 a.m. to­day. Tick­ets: Free for ladies, $10 for men, via Eventbrite.com.

Me­mo­rial Day Week­end Cel­e­bra­tion at the Wharf Mi­ami

The pop-up din­ing and en­ter­tain­ment lounge along the Mi­ami River will be ap­pro­pri­ately decked out in stars, stripes and boiled craw­fish for its mu­sic and food fete through Mon­day. Satur­day’s noon-8 p.m. lineup, ben­e­fit­ing the Tampa-based Spe­cial Op­er­a­tions War­rior Foun­da­tion, will fea­ture live sounds from DJ Kid Neme­sis and friends. On Sun­day from noon to mid­night, chef Adri­enne Calvo (Vine­yard Res­tau­rant and Wine Bar) will throw a craw­fish boil, paired with mu­sic by DJ Hush­money and friends. Fi­nally, from noon-10 p.m. Mon­day, there will be a Puppy Brunch paired with Veuve Clic­quot cham­pagne.

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People at­tend the Great Amer­i­can Beach Party in Fort Laud­erdale.

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