Congratulations: the weekend has arrived. You have made your way through yet another week of work and your time to play is here. Whether your looking to check out a happy hour deal, play dress up, or just hang out with the kids, there is something to please your palate this weekend in South Florida.
5. The Deep-Fried Vegan
Fried foods and vegan might sound like polar opposites, but it doesn't have to be that way. On Friday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Whole Foods Market Fort Lauderdale is teaching vegans how to make fried-deliciousness. For $15, participants will get the chance to indulge in some sparkling wine while learning to make meat-free snacks with Lifestyle Center Specialist Melanie Stewart. Registration is required.
Whole Foods Market is located at 2000 N. Federal Highway in Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-565-5655, or visit wholefoodsmarket.com.
4. It's Tamarii Time
Tamarii means children in Polynesian. Fort Lauderdale's premier Polynesian bar is making the little ones part of the act. Every Sunday starting at 6 p.m. at Mai Kai, kids will be able to join the adult dancers on-stage. And your kids can also get in on the act during the show. All kids 12 and under can receive free entrance to the show, a -- virgin -- tropical drink, lei, and coloring book.
Mai Kai is located at 3599 N. Federal Highway in Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-563-3272, or visit maikai.com.
3. Fun Fridays in Delray
Fridays should always be fun -- if they're not, something has gone awry. To help with the weekend intro, 32 East is now hosting Fun Friday's in Delray every week. From 5 to 8 p.m., the bar features $6 wines, $5 cocktails, $4 bottled beers, and a selection of reduced price apps with pumping music in the background.
32 East is located at 32 E. Atlantic Ave. in Delray Beach. Call 561-276-7868, or visit 32east.com.
2. Great Gatsby Night
The jazz age was definitely a period of decadence. So it should come as no surprise that a jazz age themed party at an Irish pub would turn out to be a crazy event. Starting at 9 p.m. on Saturday, Mickey Byrne's Irish Pub in Hollywood is hosting a Great Gatsby Night to benefit Gilda's Club South Florida. For a $10 donation, guests can partake in drink specials, music, raffles, and a prize-winning costume contest. Mickey Byrne's is located at 1921 Hollywood Blvd. in Hollywood. Call 954-921-2317, or visit mickeybyrnes.com.
1. Greek Chic All White Party
When you think chic, sailing around the Greek Islands would probable be the epitome of exclusivity. And we doubt you'll ever get the chance. Pretend this Saturday at Thasos Greek Taverna this Saturday. From 7 to 11 p.m., Fort Lauderdale's chicest Greek spot is rolling out the blue carpet for a stylish all white party. Cocktail stations, hors d'oeuvres, and live entertainment will be featured as an introduction to the restaurant's new menu. Thasos is located at 3330 E. Oakland Park Blvd. in Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-200-6006, or visit thasostaverna.com.
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