Labor Day was created as a yearly national tribute to the hard workers of this country. It also bears the burden of having to let everyone know that summer is over.
Thankfully for us in Miami, this means no more sweating the minute you step outside. And what better way to celebrate the anticipated 70°F winter and a Monday off than by eating and partying your way through the weekend?
Here's a round-up of Labor Day feasts. If you plan diligently, you can actually make it to all of them.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 4
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When: Friday through Monday
Where: Shake Shack Lincoln Road & Coral Gables
The Situation: Two specialties are making a limited-time-only bittersweet appearance this weekend at Shake Shack. The Shack Corn Dog, dipped in Shack-made corn batter, and the Peach Pie Oh My Concrete, a creamy vanilla custard blended with a slice of Shack-made peach pie, will both be on the menu.
When: Starting at 10 p.m.
Where: Hyde Beach at SLS South Beach
The Situation: Moet and Chandon are sponsoring a huge Labor Day party at Hyde Beach where the only requirement is to wear white. Manchester DJs EC TWINS will be headlining the festivities along with decadently decorated stilt walkers, mermaids in an illuminated pool and other things that scream "Miami." Read more on their special half-off Labor Day weekend package here.
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When: "From 10 p.m. til whenever." Seriously.
The Situation: Yes, that's the official name of the Labor Day Friday party Libertine is throwing. The Downtown Speakeasy will be featuring sounds by Andie Sweet Swirl and DJs Michelle Leshem and Jeremy Ismael will be spinning starting at 4 p.m.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 5
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When: Saturday through Monday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: Tongue & Cheek
The Situation: A Monday brunch is unheard of, but it's Miami and it's Labor Day, so it's happening. Tongue & Cheek will be offering its popular weekend brunch for three days this weekend. Specials include bottomless Bloody Marys, Bellinis and Mimosas ($25), a Miami Spice brunch menu ($23) and discounted valet parking ($10).
When: Friday through Sunday noon to 3 a.m.
Where: Ball & Chain
The Situation: The new owners of Ball & Chain carefully selected the venue's reopening date a year ago so it can coincide with its original opening date in 1935. This weekend it's celebrating both its first and 80th anniversary with a three-day music festival. Performers include Nick Tannura Trio, Electric Piquete, Spam Allstars and many others. Guests could also enjoy a variety of $8 Cuban tapas and $12 hand-crafted drinks.
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 6
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When: 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Where: Bagatelle Miami Beach
The Situation: Bagatelle's Sunday brunch is notorious for being unlike any other. See for yourself at this Sunday's White Brunch Party, featuring lounge beats by DJ Vincent Daubas, table servers dressed as Supergirl and The Incredible Hulk and outrageously colorful cocktails for two.
When: Doors open at 7 p.m.
The Situation: It was only a matter of time for Wynwood to host a country party, and Labor Day weekend seemed opportune enough. Barnival will transform SHOTS into a country lover's haven, complete with complementary cowboy hats and bandanas for guests. Eats will include BBQ bites by popular Miami food truck Tuto's Street Cuisine.
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 7
When: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: Verde at PAMM
The Situation: PAMM's Labor Day picnic and BBQ celebration on the terrace will feature barbecue specials by Verde including burgers, hot dogs, kettle chips and brownies. Drink specials will include rum punch and mixed drinks for $9 each and wine, beer, soft drinks and lemonade for $6 each.
Tickets: Free for members. $16 for adults and $12 for youth, seniors and students. Buy them here.