If you are looking to kill it on Instagram this weekend, taunting family and friends with what it looks like to watch November become December in South Florida, there may be no better spot than the Riptide Music Festival on Fort Lauderdale beach.
Newly expanded to three days, the third annual festival will roll out Friday-Sunday with more than 20 alt-rock, pop and retro favorites curated to satisfy a wide variety of tastes, from Panic! at the Disco to the Sugar Hill Gang and Rainbow Kitten Surprise to the Crystal Method and 311.
Taking place on the sand at Fort Lauderdale Beach Park, the concerts are scheduled 4-10 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday and noon-9 p.m. Sunday. The weekend forecast calls for little chance of rain and highs in the mid awesomes.
The day-to-day Riptide Music Festival schedule looks like this:
Friday: Sugar Hill Gang (4:30 p.m.), Lisa Lisa (5:15 p.m.), Baha Men (6 p.m.), Sheila E. (7:15 p.m.) and the Jacksons, including surviving Jackson 5 brothers Jackie, Tito, Jermaine and Marlon (8:30 p.m.).
Saturday: Superorganism (11:50 a.m.), Two Feet (12:10 p.m.), the Driver Era (12:30 p.m.), Lovelytheband (12:50 p.m.), Dreamers (1:15 p.m.), Bob Moses (1:40 p.m.), Rainbow Kitten Surprise (2:10 p.m.), Alice Merton (2:35 p.m.), Sir Sly (3:05 p.m.), Robert DeLong (3:35 p.m.), Bishop Briggs (4:05 p.m.), Blue October (4:30 p.m.), Cold War Kids (5:10 p.m.), Dirty Heads (5:45 p.m.), Young the Giant (6:25 p.m.), Sublime With Rome (7:10 p.m.) and Panic! at the Disco (8:30 p.m.).
Sunday: Silent Rivals (noon), Just Loud (12:45 p.m.), the Crystal Method (1:30 p.m.), Matt & Kim (2:15 p.m.), Gin Blossoms (2:45 p.m.), Third Eye Blind (3:30 p.m.), Everclear (4:30 p.m.), Live (5:15 p.m.), Collective Soul (6:30 p.m.) and 311 (7:15 p.m.).
A third wave of advance general-admission tickets is now on sale at RiptideFest.com: $90 for use on Friday, $99 for Saturday or Sunday. Two-day general-admission passes for use Saturday-Sunday cost $130, and three-day passes cost $160.
Two previous waves of advance VIP tickets also sold out, with prices now up to $400 on Friday, $500 for Saturday or Sunday, $750 for two-day passes on Saturday-Sunday and $1,100 for three-day VIP passes. Among other things, VIP admission includes expedited festival entry, a dedicated lounge and mingling space, raised viewing areas, air-conditioned VIP restrooms and five drink tickets (it’s a cash bar).
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Other stuff to know ... Nearby roads will be open during Riptide, but parking will be hard to come by, so plan accordingly. There are no dedicated shuttles, but the Water Taxi runs 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Visit WaterTaxi.com. Boat anchoring off the festival site is prohibited, and there will be no beach access for festivalgoers.
You can bring low-rise beach chairs and blankets, but no tents or coolers. See a full list of acceptable and prohibited items at RiptideFest.com.
Take the kids
Among the signature moments in our unorthodox celebration of the winter season in South Florida is the lighting of Sandi, the 700-ton sand Christmas tree, which could have been the model for what Dr. Seuss would have drawn in the center of Whoville if it had been located in Palm Beach County. Sandi will show off her sparkly seasonal garb for the first time during free holiday festivities (with live music, glow-in-the-dark mini golf, food and drink) on the Great Lawn in downtown West Palm Beach 6-9:30 p.m. Thursday (Nov. 29). Visit WPB.org.
Saltwater Brewery in Delray Beach continues its five-day celebration of five years of beer and good community deed-doing through Sunday, with special releases, food trucks, vendors, games, tours and live music (the Holidazed 6-9 p.m. Friday, Chuck Riddim 4-7 p.m. Saturday and Steel Drums with Keith Barbie 3-6 p.m. Sunday). Another highlight: During Thursday’s 6-11 p.m. Movember charity fundraiser with Delray Beach Fire Rescue, if enough money is raised, Saltwater co-founder Dustin Jeffers will shave off his impressive beard and stream it live on Facebook. Visit Facebook.com/SalWaterBrewery.
Odd Breed Wild Ales celebrates its first year of beer-making (which saw it named one of the three Best Small Breweries in the country by Craft Beer & Brewing Magazine) with a family-friendly block party out front of the brewery in Old Town Pompano Beach 4-8 p.m. Saturday, with more than 20 breweries pouring and music from Grammy-nominated Negroni's Trio and the funk-house fun of Fusik. Pay as you go, or get an all-you-can-drink ticket for $60, $90 VIP. Visit Facebook.com/OddBreedWildAles.
Flagler Village Brewery in downtown Fort Lauderdale will celebrate the bottle release of its Barrel Aged Ancho Luchador (Imperial Stout aged in a bourbon barrel, spiked with Vietnamese Saigon cinnamon, vanilla and ancho peppers) at 11 a.m. Saturday. The tap room opens at 9 a.m., when they will distribute numbers that will dictate the order of who may buy the bottles ($28 cash) beginning at 11 a.m. Visit Facebook.com/FaglerVillageBrewery.
The Palm Beach Improv in West Palm Beach is working a tag team this weekend, with prolific actor and comedian David Spade cracking wise 7:30 p.m. Friday and 7 and 9:30 p.m. Saturday (tickets $45) while Craig Gass (“King of Queens”) performs 10 p.m. Friday and 7 p.m. Sunday ($20). Visit PalmBeachImprov.com.
Drinking with dogs
Due South Brewing in Boynton Beach hosts Doggie Happy Hour 4-6 p.m. Friday with $1 off all pints of Due South beer, buy-one-get-one on wine and noshing from Savory Eats. Visit Facebook.com/DueSouthBrewing.
The Dogs, Beaches and Brews gathering 7-10 p.m. Friday at Fort Lauderdale’s World Famous Parrot Lounge, just up the sand from Dog Beach, will include opportunities to take pictures of your dog with Santa (using your phone) for a $5 donation to Everglades Angels Dog Rescue. Visit Facebook.com/EvergladesAngelsDogRescue.
The 13th annual dog-friendly Riverwalk Mutts & Martinis fundraiser is 3-6 p.m. Saturday at America’s Backyard in downtown Fort Lauderdale, with live music, light bites, a silent auction and more benefiting several local dog rescues. Tickets cost $25, $10 ages 10 and younger, and include two drink tickets. Visit GoRiverwalk.com.
The Dubliner in Boca Raton will host Brunch With Your Pup 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday with $5 Bloody Mary’s and $15 bottomless mimosas (for you) and a special menu for your four-legged friend. RSVP at 561-620-2540 or visit Facebook.com/DublinerBoca.
Drinking for good
The nonprofit Pets’ Broward will host its inaugural Merry Mutts & Festive Felines holiday fundraiser 6-8:30 p.m. Saturday at the Broward County Animal Care and Adoption Center (2400 SW 42nd St., Fort Lauderdale). A benefit to fund backyard improvements at the center, the event, co-hosted by Andrew and Tanya Heller, will include drinks from local distilleries, light hors d'oeuvres and a silent auction. Tickets cost $75. Visit Facebook.com/PetsBroward.
The Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series Finale at the Villa Casa Casuarina, South Beach (once known as the Versace Mansion) on Dec. 6 will feature a set by New York EDM duo Sofi Tukker, no doubt performing their 2017 Grammy-nominated song “Drinkee.” If that was a sentence that defines a lot of what you think is wrong about Art Basel, here’s what’s right: Bold, Grammy-winning jazz pianist Robert Glasper, who recently appeared at Miami’s Arsht Center with rapper-actor Common, will perform with his acoustic trio (acoustic trio!) in an Art Basel-flagged concert 9 p.m. Dec. 5 at the food hall known as 1-800-Lucky. Tickets cost $30 at Eventbrite.com. Visit 1800Lucky.com.
Another cast of characters unlikely to play Villa Casa Casuarina will band together on Dec. 9 for the seventh annual Dan Hosker Music Continuum, a fundraiser supporting music and arts scholarships in the name of the revered punk guitarist who died in 2012. Beginning at 3 p.m. at the Sticky Bun in Deerfield Beach, a who’s-who assembly of South Florida noisemakers and ne’er-do-wells will take part, among them Charlie Pickett, Mark Dubin and the Honest Liars, Humbert, Brady Newbill, Mr. Entertainment and the Pookiesmackers, Fourth Place Pies (Russell Mofsky, Robin Roslund and Matthew Sabatella), the Dung Beatles (Rick Ambrose, Greg Johnson and Mike Bosky), Amy T. Baxter, Rat Bastard, Shark Valley Sisters, Karen Feldner, Chris Korzen, Dan Bonebrake, Violet V Vox and DJ Skidmark. Hosted by Mike and Pauline Bosky, the gathering runs until 10 p.m. The Sticky Bun is at 1619 SE Third Court. Visit Facebook.com/DanHoskerMusicContinuum.
They are the Walrus
Miami's electronic trip-hop collective Telekinetic Walrus will rally some top South Florida acts to celebrate the release of the EP “Options” 9 p.m. Saturday at 2545 N. Miami Ave., where muralist Chris Dyer (Positive Creations) will show the skills he’ll have on display at Art Basel. Performers include Otto von Schirach, Afrobeta, the Galactic Effect, SunGhosts and Atlanta import Dee Belvedere. Tickets cost $10 advance, $15 at the door, younger than 21 $20 at the door. Visit Facebook.com/TelekineticWalrus.
Coral Gables Art Cinema will screen Peter Bogdanovich’s much praised Buster Keaton documentary, “The Great Buster,” Friday-Dec. 6, paired with a series of 4K digital restorations of classic Keaton films beginning with his masterpiece, “The General.” During the same week, the theater also will present a restored and remixed version of “Imagine,” John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s interpretation of his iconic album, with cameos by Miles Davis, Dick Cavett, Fred Astaire, Andy Warhol, George Harrison and others. Visit GablesCinema.com.
The comedy “Return of the Hero,” starring Oscar winner Jean Dujardin (“The Artist”) and Melanie Laurent, won the Best Foreign Film award at the recent Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival and returns for a week of screenings Friday-Dec. 6 at Savor Cinema in Fort Lauderdale and Cinema Paradiso in Hollywood. Visit FLIFF.com.
Tickets remain (starting at $50) to sit in as former President Bill Clinton and author James Patterson discuss “The President is Missing” at the Arsht Center 8 p.m. Saturday (ArshtCenter.org). … Popular jammers Perpetual Groove are at Fort Lauderdale’s Culture Room ($20) 8 p.m. Saturday with openers Tand (CultureRoom.net) … Some good seats are still available (mysteriously including $55 tickets in the front row) for Jason Marsalis and the 21st Century Trad Band 7:45 p.m. Wednesday (Dec. 5) at the Broward Center in Fort Lauderdale (BrowardCenter.org) … Tickets can still be had (including a few for a crazy $15.75 last we checked) for Barry Manilow’s “A Very Barry Christmas” show 7:30 p.m. Thursday (Dec. 6) at Miami’s AmericanAirlines Arena (Ticketmaster.com).
It can’t be repeated too often: Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy is bringing the music on his new solo album, “Warm” (out on Friday), to Parker Playhouse in Fort Lauderdale on March 15. Tickets will cost $45 and $55 and go on sale 7 p.m. Friday at Ticketmaster.com. For more information, visit ParkerPlayhouse.com and WilcoWorld.net.
On a slightly larger scale, the Rolling Stones are on their way to Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens for an April 20 concert that kicks off a 13-city U.S. leg of their 2019 No Filter Tour. Tickets for the show are scheduled to go on sale 10 a.m. Friday via RollingStones.com. Presales for fan-club members and American Express cardholders will run through 10 p.m. Thursday (Nov. 29).
I don’t wear a watch, and I try not to idolize professional athletes, but if I were looking for a watch, I’d be willing to take guidance from Heat star Udonis Haslem. Because he’s Udonis Haslem. No. 40 will be at Macy’s at Dadeland Mall in Miami on Saturday to show off the Tissot Miami Heat Vice Nights Quickster watch, meeting and signing for fans 3:30-4:30 p.m., but also taking part in a VIP meet-and-greet session 3-3:30 p.m. for the first 30 people who buy the watch or any Tissot timepiece for at least $350. Visit Eventbrite.com.
Happy hour of the week
Perhaps not near the top (or anywhere) on your list of places to do happy hour, the North Beach Bandshell on Miami Beach is a beautiful place to gather, just in general. But on Sunday, soulful multi-instrumentalist Zach Deputy will share his live-looping appreciation of life’s chaotic joy from 6 to 10 p.m. Providing more joy will be happy-hour drink prices on drinks, starting with $15 beer buckets. Tickets cost $8 in advance at NorthBeachBandshell.com or $10 at the door.
Boca Raton’s 48th annual downtown Holiday Street Parade is 7:30-9:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5, with more than 70 floats and groups moving along Federal Highway in front of grandstand viewing at Sanborn Square. Of course, it’s truly not the holiday season until Will Ferrell makes his appearance. The city’s free outdoor screening of “Elf” at the Mizner Park Amphitheater is 7 p.m. Dec. 14. Visit Facebook.com/BocaRatonSpecialEvents.
Bayskate Miami will again turn Bayfront Park into an old-school roller rink during the three-day Bayskate Holiday Boogie, bringing funk and soul music, local craft beers, cocktails, food and festive fun to downtown Miami Dec. 20-22. Admission is free, with skate rental available. Visit Facebook.com/BayskateMiami.
South Florida guitar daredevil Russell Mofsky, longtime frontman for the Gold Dust Lounge, is going simply as Mofsky for a 7-9 p.m. show at Lagnaippe in Miami, aided by Robin Roslund on fiddle and Nick Petumenos on upright bass (LagniappeHouse.com) … Fireside Prophets bring a laidback vibe to the campfire at the already laidback Sons and Daughters Farm and Winery in Lake Worth 7-11 p.m. Friday (Facebook.com/SonsAndDaughtersFarm) ... Shaw Davis and the Black Ties are at Kelly Brothers Irish Pub in Fort Lauderdale 7:30 p.m. Friday and Cagney’s Saloon in Davie 8:30 p.m. Sunday (ShawDavisBlackTies.com) … The Heavy Pets will be joined by Lindsey Mills at Voltaire in West Palm Beach 10 p.m. Friday (TheHeavyPets.com) … Raised by Wolves fills Dada in Delray Beach with funky rock 11 p.m. Friday (Facebook.com/RaisedByWolvesFL) … Blues guitarist Bob Margolin will perform with David Julia at a release party for the album “My Road” 8 p.m. Saturday at the Funky Biscuit in Boca Raton (BobMargolin.com) … Saxophonist Melton Mustafa Jr. plays the NYSW Jazz Lounge in downtown Fort Lauderdale 10 p.m. Saturday (NYSWJazzLounge.com) … JP Soars and the Red Hots share music from the album “Southbound I-95” at Voltaire in West Palm Beach 8 p.m. Sunday (JPSoars.com).