The bed races are exactly what they sound like: five-member teams (four pushing and one on the mattress) compete by pushing beds down the street while everybody laughs at how random this tradition is and how much food and drink they can ingest with such a flimsy excuse for doing so. But its fun, damn it! So dont overthink it. Its like Red Bulls Flugtag competition, but ours is bedder. After all we have much more history, and were not beholden to some giant Austrian energy drink behemoth. We just like to get drunk in bed while speeding down the avenue. Typically, the races have a celebrity grand marshal, with Indy Car champs Tony Kanaan and Helio Castroneves serving that capacity in the past couple of years, respectively. The races take place in between Commodore Street and Grand Avenue and get going at TK. Its free to watch. The drinking starts the prior night, during the 8 p.m. Pajama Pub Crawl, assuring that you get a taste of the Groves best spirits. Sign up at Mr. Moes (3131 Commodore Plaza, Miami) at 6 p.m. with tickets for the crawl costing $25. Visit thegreatgrovebedrace.com.
Sun., Sept. 4, 6 p.m., 2011