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This is the three-day weekend when, theoretically, we have more time to lay down the tools of labor (yes, the phone) and look around to appreciate life in this dynamic part of the country. So much has happened while you were texting.

BRK Republic Tap House & Dog Park in West Palm Beach, which still feels new, is opening a dog-friendly wine bar. There’s a newborn giraffe at Zoo Miami — take the kids. And have you seen the new canopy at Pompano Beach Amphitheater? Fast-rising singer Parker McCollum is playing there on Sunday, a show not to be missed for country fans.

A new season of Florida Gators football watch parties begins this weekend. The new-old Gateway Theater reopens on Saturday, tentatively and with renovations still in a state of flux, but in time for $3 movie day. And here’s a discovery that was new to me: Švyturys Ekstra. What is it? Keep reading.

Wine and canine: Because man (and his best friend) shall not live by beer alone, BRK Republic Tap House & Dog Park in downtown West Palm Beach will introduce a companion space called Wine Tasting Room with opening festivities beginning at 11 a.m. Friday and continuing through Sunday, offering discounts, giveaways, live music and more.

One unique aspect of the wine bar, located at 521 Clematis St., is the array of DIY tasting taps, a state-of-the-art system that seems to rely on the honor system. Which may work in other parts of the country, but … Another unique thing is that it’s a nice wine bar that welcomes your dog (leashed).

And here’s something I did not know: You can take your dog on Brightline, which has a stop in West Palm Beach a few blocks from Wine Tasting Room. There are rules, of course, spelled out at CliffsNotes version: You have to acknowledge you will be bringing a dog (or cat) when you make your reservation; large pets must be leashed, and count as passengers (they need a ticket); smaller pets can be in a carrier of a certain size, which becomes your free carry-on, with no ticket required.

For more information on Wine Tasting Room, visit

Wine and dine: The arty-schmoozy gallery stroll known as First Friday Art Walk returns to downtown Delray Beach from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday (visit It will be the only Art Walk that can be combined with the dining deals of Downtown Delray Beach Restaurant Month, which runs through Sept. 30 (visit This includes Michelin-starred chef Akira Back’s eponymous Japanese restaurant, which arrived in the spring in The Ray Hotel (visit While you’re there, remember that The Ray is crowned by Rosewater Rooftop, one of the “in” spots in town.

Weekend sandwich: This is opening weekend at Fort Lauderdale’s Sistrunk Marketplace for Henry’s Sandwich Station, which had a popular four-year run across the street in the old FAT Village. Handcrafted Hospitality’s Marc Falsetto says the new edition of the restaurant will include all the familiar favorites, from the piled-high sandwiches and the french fry bar to housemade sweets in the bakery case. Visit

Keep WPB weird: To the rest of South Florida, West Palm Beach walks to the beat of its own drummers, in the best way. One of the annual events that illuminates that brand is the indie-music frenzy known as Bumblefest, returning Friday and Saturday to multiple clubs and stages in the 500 block of Clematis Street. The lineup of nearly three-dozen acts features national performers such as Spaceface, Cumgirl8 and The Stargazer Lilies, along with performers that help define the local scene, including Brett Staska, Matt Brown’s Soulfam, Nick County, Kenny 5 (of Tuff Luck fame), The Basement Presents, Sandman Sleeps and others. Tickets cost $20 per day, or $30 for a two-day pass. Visit

Weekend beers: I stopped in at Harat’s Irish Pub, which opened recently on Young Circle in downtown Hollywood, and like a lot of such pubs it was “Irish,” but also a pretty nice sports bar — plenty of big-screen TVs, including a projection screen in the back, a pool table and foosball. But the difference-maker was the broad selection of draft beer, several I’d never seen before, including Švyturys Ekstra from Lithuania, Fuller’s London Pride, Weihenstephan from Germany and Bavik from Belgium. Visit

Happy hour getaway: My favorite happy hour right now is at Wine Garden in North Beach Village, hidden away on Fort Lauderdale beach, because from 4 to 6 p.m. daily you’ll find $5 wine, $3 beer, $8 small plates. That’s daily, my friends. Plus, the transformative, where-are-we? atmosphere makes my wife happy. Visit

Yes, NOBO: It’s Marshmallow, Bacon & Peanut Butter Weekend at NOBO Brewing Co. in Boynton Beach in celebration of National Toasted Marshmallow Day (which was Tuesday) and International Bacon Day (Saturday). Festivities begin at noon Friday and include the release of Marshmallow Bacon French Vanilla Coffee Porter, a spin on NOBO’s popular FVCP. Look out for releases of themed sours and stouts through the weekend. Visit or

Let it go: A whole night singing along to Disney hits? Genius, or something else? Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday for the touring curiosity of “Be Our Guest,” a sing-along DJ party coming to Revolution Live in Fort Lauderdale on Jan. 20. The night will feature hits from Disney films and Disney Channel TV shows, as well as music from one-time stars of those shows, including Miley Cyrus, Demi Lovato, Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake and Christina Aguilera. To be clear, liquid courage will be encouraged. This is a 21-and-older affair. Tickets cost $20 in advance (VIP $40), $25 at the door. Visit

Weekend laughs: As we may have mentioned, if you’re a fan of “Breaking Bad” and “Better Call Saul,” you know actor Lavell Crawford. This weekend you can see comedian Lavell Crawford, performing multiple shows at the Palm Beach Improv in downtown West Palm Beach through Sunday. Tickets cost $30+ at

Take the kids: The baby giraffe born 10 days ago at Zoo Miami made her exhibit debut this week within the zoo’s herd of nine giraffes. The zoo expects the female giraffe (unnamed for now) to be on view with mother Sabra full time going forward. Admission to the zoo (12400 SW 152nd St.) is $22.95 for adults and $18.95 for children age 3 to 12. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Visit

$3 movies: Saturday is National Cinema Day, with many South Florida theaters offering $3 tickets to all screenings throughout the day. These include your favorite local, independent screens, such as the family owned Movies of Delray and Movies of Lake Worth (visit, Savor Cinema in Fort Lauderdale and Cinema Paradiso in Hollywood ( Also taking part will be Paradigm Cinemas in Tamarac and the company’s new location at the Gateway Theater in Fort Lauderdale. The Gateway returns this weekend after being closed for the past four weeks while Paradigm renovated the 70-year-old theater. Warning, Paradigm pushed things to be open this weekend, and the renovations remain a work very much in progress. Visit

What is a Ute? It was FSU last week, now it’s the first Florida Gators watch party weekend, with the game in Gainesville against the No. 7 Utah Utes taking place at 7 p.m. Saturday. The Palm Beach County Gator Club will return to Batch Gastropub in Delray Beach and Roxy’s Pub in West Palm Beach, while also debuting at a new north-county spot at Stormhouse Brewing in North Palm Beach. Visit … The Broward County Gator Club plans to go in motion, rotating their game-watch venues through the season. Game 1 is at Lefty’s Tavern & Grille in Coral Springs. Visit

Weekend DJ: As you might assume, DAER at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood has booked major talent nearly around the clock this weekend at the dayclub-nightclub. The centerpiece is six-time Grammy nominee Deadmau5 at the dayclub, opening at noon Saturday. Tickets cost $75 at

Real country: Don’t let the good looks and nattily worn trucker hat fool you: Parker McCollum is pure country. McCollum was raised near Houston and found his voice in Austin, where The Austin Chronicle compared him to Charlie Robison, high praise for a Texas songwriter. McCollum, named the Academy of Country Music’s 2021 Best New Male Artist, “teeters on the edge of next-level superstardom,” according to American Songwriter magazine. Hear hits such as “Pretty Heart” and “To Be Loved By You” at 8 p.m Sunday at the Pompano Beach Amphitheater. Opening will be another fast-rising performer, Catie Offerman. Tickets start at $20 as part of a four-pack. Visit

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No day to rest: Sunday is not a school night, so this is the time to hang with the smart kids at Rhythm & Vine, Flagler Village’s indoor-outdoor epicenter of a certain style of laidback elan. The party runs from 4 p.m. to 11:30 p.m., with DJ Craze on the board and free admission. Visit

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Think pink: La Vie en Rosé is a picnic devoted to the pink nectar from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday at waterfront Huizenga Park (Las Olas and Andrews) in downtown Fort Lauderdale. The gathering includes food, music and a full bar. Tickets start at $40, with elevated options that include picnic-table seating and cabanas. Visit

Night of the Dragon: The Wilder lounge in downtown Fort Lauderdale is hosting a big-screen, surround-sound “House of the Dragon” watch party series beginning at 7 p.m. each Sunday. You’ll find a special menu of food and $13 cocktails, which they do so well. For instance, the Fire & Blood: Tequila Ocho Blanco, blood orange, serrano pepper, lime and agave. Talk about fire breathing. The HBO show starts at 9 p.m., and seating is first-come, first-served. Visit

Bacon weekend: Carry your International Bacon Day celebrations into Sunday with South Florida radio personality Doc Reno’s Bacon, Beer & BBQ Festival. The fifth annual fundraiser begins at 1 p.m. at Spanx the Hog BBQ in Pompano Beach, across the street from co-sponsor Pompano Beach Cultural Center (free parking), with entries from local restaurants and food trucks vying for best-of awards. Performers include The Flyers, Juanabe, Southern Blood and Mr. Nice Guy. Net proceeds will go to Doc Reno’s My Family Matters Foundation and its support for families of children battling cancer. Admission is free. Visit

Monday brunch: Yes, Monday brunch. Recommended: Fort Lauderdale’s remote YOT Bar & Kitchen (2015 SW 20th St.), a waterfront gem that always feels like a discovery no matter how many times I visit, offers brunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday through Monday. Go bottomless for $25 with entrée. Visit … Foxy Brown in downtown Fort Lauderdale will offer Monday brunch from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., with popular standbys such as Banana Bread Grilled Cheese and Chicken & Waffles Sliders joined by Piña Colada Pancakes (with pineapple rum sauce and coconut meringue). Visit … The still relatively new location of Elisabetta’s Ristorante on the water in downtown West Palm Beach will serve brunch from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday on its uniquely lovely terrace. Same goes for her more energetic restaurant on East Atlantic Avenue in Delray Beach. Visit

Easy riders: Those community-minded rabble-rousers at Choose954 will host their third annual free Choose 9.5.4. Day Community Bike Ride in downtown Hollywood at 4 p.m. Monday (Sept. 5 at 4 p.m. abbreviated as 9.5.4). After gathering at 3 p.m. at the ArtsPark in Young Circle to chat and limber up, the 7- or 8-mile ride, led by organization cofounder Evan Snow, will roll to the beach and the Broadwalk and back through Hollywood Lakes. There is free parking in the Publix garage across the street from the park. Visit

Staff writer Ben Crandell can be reached at [email protected]. Follow IG: @BenCrandell and TW: @BenCrandell.

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