Five Best Food and Drink Events This Weekend: Animals, Tiki Stuff, and More

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Congratulations, you made it through yet another working week. You might as well give yourself a pat on the back to celebrate -- or better yet, a drink or three.

Whether you're hoping to score deals on drinks, looking to help homeless dogs while getting drunk, or longing to hang out at the zoo while drinking beer in the dark, there's something for you to do in South Florida this weekend.

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5. Imbibe at Stache

By the time Friday night rolls around, we're all in need of a drink. This week from 5 to 9 p.m., Stache is hosting a happy hour to support Kids in Distress. It includes half-off cocktails, $5 beers, deals on bottles of Champagne, and free passed hors d'oeuvres. A $10 donation to the organization is suggested. Visit facebook.com/events.

4. Spring/Easter Yappy Hour

Poor Fido is left all by his lonesome while you're out paying the bills during the workweek. Leaving him at home while you drink on the weekends is kind of a jerk move. Bring him with you to Funky Buddha Brewery's Spring/Easter Yappy Hour this Sunday. Starting at 3 p.m., the spot is hosting NoMore HomelessPets Ft Lauderdale for a doggie playdate/fundraiser/drinking occasion. Anyone who makes a $5 donation to the rescue gets $1 off food truck purchases as well as an extended $1 happy hour until 7 p.m. Visit facebook.com/events.

3. Sea Adoption Event for 100+ Abandoned Dogs

Who doesn't like eating, drinking, and saving animals in need? (If you don't, you fail at life.) This Saturday from noon to 3 p.m., Sea Restaurant is teaming up with 100+ Abandoned Dogs of Everglades for a fundraising and adoption event. In addition to saying "Hi" -- and possibly taking home -- some furry friends, the occasion includes an art show, raffle, psychic readings, barbecue, and refreshments. It is a $10 donation to attend. Visit facebook.com/events

2. 11th Annual Polynesian Cultural Festival

If you're looking to get some tiki action away from your usual haunt -- the Mai Kai -- the 11th Annual Polynesian Cultural Festival is taking over Jaco Pastorius Park on Sunday. From noon to 8 p.m., The Polynesian Culture Association is bringing it's culture and traditions for mix of entertainment and educations. It includes live music, with drums, songs, and dances from the islands of Hawaii, Tahiti, Samoa, and New Zealand's Maori. Tahitian drums, fire dances, Hawaiian chants, a ukulele exhibition, and a Hula contest with prizes are also included. But, for those really looking to get a taste of the islands, Polynesian fare and tropical tiki drinks are available for purchase. Admission is $7 per person. Visit polynesiancultureassociation.com.

1. Brew at the Zoo

Most of us spend the entire workweek cooped up at our desks, staring at spreadsheets, typing, or transfixed by videos of cats all day. It's important to step away from the computer screen and surround yourself with other human beings at the end of the week. If you like cute animals (aside from frisky felines on Youtube), craft beer (who doesn't these days?), and getting out of the house on a Saturday night, head to Brew at the Zoo this Saturday. Taking place at the Palm Beach Zoo from 6 to 9:30 p.m., the beer-centric event includes live music, food from local vendors and food trucks, up-close and personal animal encounters, and unlimited samples of beer from more than 25 craft breweries. General admission tickets are $35 per person. For $75, VIP tickets offer early admission at 5:30 p.m., a limited edition t-shirt, exclusive premium brew samples, a buffet meal in the Tropics Café with live music by Steve Chumley, and all the G.A. features. Designated driver tickets cost $15. Advance ticket purchase is required.Visit palmbeachzoo.org.

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