Forget Wynwood and the Design District. Leave Lincoln Road and Ocean Drive for the tourists. And let's be honest -- Biscayne Boulevard and Brickell are for the suits. If you want a street that truly represents Miami's cultural lifeblood, you need to get to SW Eighth Street, better known as Calle Ocho, in Little Havana. That said, getting the culture out of Eighth Street can be a challenge, especially for those unfamiliar with the scene. Until now. Viernes Culturales/Cultural Fridays is a monthly celebration of art, dancing, food, and general revelry stretching along Calle Ocho between 13th and 16th avenues.
Things get popping with live music courtesy of Sociedad Rebelde and Son Miami, among others. Catch an opening reception for Francisco Ceron at the Viernes Culturales Art Gallery , and then take in some of the usual delights: free tours of Little Havana with historian Paul George, street performers, salsa dancing demonstrations, cigar rolling and smoking, and, of course, domino tournaments with prizes.