You've made it through another week full of work, home, and social life -- trying to balance all three like a circus act -- but you've made it.
Treat yourself to a night out on the town, a quaint stroll and some sushi, a neon glow party, or a de-stressing paint and sip class if that's your cup of tea -- or glass of wine, should we say.
Whether your idea of unwinding after a long week is dancing the night away or savoring a tasteful dinner, South Florida has it this weekend. Here is this week's guide to the weekend's offerings.
If you're looking for a way to wind down after a hectic week of work, grab your favorite bottle of wine and head to Friday's painting class at Bailey Contemporary Arts at 7 p.m. The class is for everyone, regardless of skill level in painting. Step by step, an instructor will go through the process of creating a masterpiece of your own. As you learn tips about the technique, you can de-stress with a paintbrush and wineglass in hand. At the end of the night, you will leave with a piece of art.
From 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Friday, enjoy an evening walk around the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens with a cold drink in hand -- sake and wine are both available -- and some sushi. Japanese music will be played, and if you get hungry after exploring the gardens, you can grab a full meal at Morikami's Cornell Cafe, which offers Pan-Asian cuisine.
While Bastille Day is Monday, take part in celebrating France's special day this weekend with Pistache French Bistro, which is celebrating all weekend long. On Saturday, catch special performances, popular French music from a DJ, and a special menu in honor of the French holiday. On Sunday, the festivities continue with more food, live entertainment, brunch, and the showing of the World Cup final on the bistro's big screen at 4 p.m.
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Party in Asian-inspired style at Tsukuro on Saturday from 8:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. and enjoy a 30 percent discount on the eatery's food and drinks. The party, mirroring the full moon parties found on the beaches of Thailand, celebrated with booze, dancing, glow sticks (maybe something stronger than booze), and more booze, will also have glowstick performers of its own and lots of dancing. Face painters will greet party-goers with a complimentary neon face painting complete with embellishments as soon as they arrive. From there, Dance South Florida's troupe performers will provide entertainment as they dance routines in neon glow costumes. Music and dancing will take guests away for the rest of the night.
Catch the final two games of the World Cup on the beach this Saturday and Sunday. Starting at 10 a.m., the Pompano Beach Fishing Pier will host a festival full of international exhibitors and food from different countries. Join the journey around the globe at the Festival of Nations with live performances from musicians representing the four best countries in the World Cup finals. There will be a foot-volley tournament, and giant LED screens broadcasting the soccer finals.
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