Weekend things to do: Free beer, a free movie and dancing until 3 a.m. on Las Olas

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No one works harder to create environments that exude relaxation than Carley Sumner, founder of the Flamingo Flea, which brings dozens of local artists and makers back to Tarpon River Brewing in Fort Lauderdale noon-4 p.m. Sunday.

In organizing these markets, Sumner, 33, is curating commerce — she takes pride in the variety and quality of the shopping you’ll find — but also community, both the creatives and people looking for a certain local lifestyle vibe.

“It’s come out of a selfish reason, because it’s exactly what I would want to do on a Sunday,” says Sumner, a Broward County native. “It’s nothing too crazy in terms of volume of music or getting dressed up in something fancy. It’s just a good Sunday fun day. You have live music, brunch, shopping and friends. It’s just a good way to end the weekend.”

Along with Flamingo Flea, Sumner has opened a retail space at the Small Wine Shop in Flagler Village, where seven local makers fill seven shelves with their work Tuesday-Sunday on four-month residencies. Also worth noting are monthly, third-Wednesday Meet the Maker nights with $5 wine. Visit FlamingoFlea.com.

In a couple of weeks, on Oct. 8, you’ll find Sumner hosting a section of the Music & Makers series, a nighttime feature at Las Olas Oceanside Park, which is flying a new flag as “the LOOP.” Music & Makers combines a pop-up shopping area in the beautifully renovated waterfront park with Friday Night Sound Waves, the long-running free weekly music series that begins its 2021 season on Oct. 8 with high-energy pop and R&B classics by ReaXtion Band. Visit Facebook.com/theloopflb.

Date night

We’re not telling you what to do, but this Friday night’s free sundown screening of the song-and-dance romance “La La Land” at Las Olas Oceanside Park, uh, the LOOP, would make a fine centerpiece for an overnight date night in Fort Lauderdale’s under-discovered nightlife gem North Beach Village, which we recently explained in some detail. Maybe we are telling you what to do.

Art and barbecue

The new West Palm Beach art collective known as The Peach (3950 Georgia Ave.) makes its debut this weekend with a Friday-Sunday open house and telltale indicators of a quality scene under the umbrella of Rodney Mayo’s Sub-Culture Group. Located in a former auto-body shop just north of Southern Boulevard, The Peach will have six art studios to tour during opening events 6-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 2-6 p.m. Sunday, plus free beer, wine and Troy’s BBQ while supplies last. There will be music by leading local acts including Sandman Sleeps and Eden Bear (Friday), Lavola and Dreambows (Saturday) and Matt Brown of the SoulFam collective (Sunday). If you are interested in contributing to the contemporary Palm Beach County cultural conversation, this is where it’s happening. Visit Facebook.com/ThePeachWPB.

Bailamos, people!

This weekend Fort Lauderdale’s Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar will turn up the volume on Las Olas Boulevard with the debut of its late-night entertainment series featuring Latin dancing, DJs and specialty performances until 3 a.m. Friday and Saturday nights. The events are open to guests 23 and older, who can expect a dress code and a cover charge after 11 p.m. ($10 on Friday, $15 Saturday). The entertainment begins at 9 p.m. with professional salsa dancers performing tableside before the dance floor opens at 11 p.m. with salsa, merengue, bachata and Latin fusion played by resident DJs. Rumba Fridays will feature DJ Xander, and Bailamos Saturdays will have music from DJ Joey Tracks. Visit CubaLibreNightlife.com.

Fugees in Miami

There are 12 stops on the long-awaited reunion tour by legendary hip-hop group the FugeesMs. Lauryn Hill, Wyclef Jean and Pras Michel — and FTX Arena in Miami is one of them. Tickets for the Nov. 21 concert at the former AmericanAirlines Arena start at $84 and go on sale 10 a.m. Friday at Ticketmaster.com. The trio’s first live shows in 15 years celebrate the 25th anniversary of the trio’s iconic 1996 album “The Score.” This may be the concert to see this season.

Ticket window

Scattered tickets remain ($89.50+) for critically lauded rapper J. Cole’s tour-opening concert 8 p.m. Friday at FTX Arena in Miami. The Off-Season Tour (21 Savage opens) supports J. Cole’s May release of the same name, which debuted in May at No. 1 on Rolling Stone’s Top 200 albums chart. Visit Ticketmaster.com.

TLC’s T-Boz and Chilli bring a ‘90s soundtrack to FPL Solar Amphitheater at Miami’s Bayfront Park at 7:30 p.m. Monday on their “Celebration of CrazySexyCool” national tour. Bone Thugs-N-Harmony open. Tickets are available starting at $29.50 at LiveNation.com.

Other noteworthy shows with seats available include Maroon 5 on Thursday, Sept. 23, at iTHINK Financial Amphitheater in West Palm Beach ($39.50+), as well as KISS on Oct. 8 ($39.50+) and Zac Brown Band on Oct. 9 ($40+) at the same venue (LiveNation.com).

You can still get into the second show by Guns ‘N Roses at Hard Rock Live in Hollywood on Oct. 3 ($330 for general-admission floor access; seats are $430+ at MyHRL.com). Opening is Wolfgang Van Halen’s new band, Mammoth. GNR’s Oct. 2 Hard Rock show is sold out, as are the venue’s concerts by Eric Clapton (Sunday) and Metallica (Nov. 4).

A few tickets also can still be had for Lindsay Buckingham on Sept. 30 at the newly renovated Parker in Fort Lauderdale ($52.50+ at ParkerPlayhouse.com).

Free concert

For a taste of pure South Florida, try a little Cortadito, the traditional Cuban folk band who play a free concert 7 p.m. Saturday at Hollywood ArtsPark on Young Circle in downtown Hollywood, joined by Grammy winners Nestor Torres and Federico Britos, plus two-time Grammy nominee Sammy Figueroa. This show includes open lawn seating, with food trucks on site (no coolers, glass, foam or single-use plastic containers). There will be dancing. Visit HollywoodFL.org.

Happy Lobster Day

Saturday is National Lobster Day, a busy time when you have a food truck with the words Cousins Maine Lobster on the side of it. This weekend the Miami-based truck will be serving lobster rolls with the shipped-from-Maine crustaceans 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at DeMurs Farmers Table, the market at St. Ambrose Episcopal Church in Fort Lauderdale’s Riverland neighborhood (2250 SW 31st Ave.); 3-8 p.m. Saturday at Invasive Species Brewing in Flagler Village (726 NE Second Ave.); 9 p.m. Saturday at Just 1 More Tavern, off Oakland Park Boulevard near Shooters (3074 NE 33rd Ave.); 11:30 .m.-3:30 p.m. Sunday at Black Flamingo Brewing in Pompano Beach (3260 NW 23rd Ave); and 4-7:30p.m. Sunday at Saltwater Brewery in Delray Beach. Visit Facebook.com/CMLMiami.

Wave hello

The inaugural Riverwalk Surf N Sounds festival is noon-4 p.m. Saturday at Esplanade Park by the New River in downtown Fort Lauderdale, with music from tie-dyed and true Tasty Vibrations and DJ Rokwell, local vendors (including BC Surf & Sport and the Surfboard Broker, with more than 100 surfboards for sale) and local craft beers, spirits and food. It’s free, with a $45 VIP. Visit GoRiverwalk.com.

Beach festival

Tickets go on sale 10 a.m. Friday for Audacy Beach Festival (formerly known as Riptide Music Festival), taking place Dec. 4-5 at Fort Lauderdale Beach Park with a lineup led by Twenty One Pilots, the Lumineers, Swedish House Mafia, Modest Mouse, Bastille and Cold War Kids. Early-bird two-day passes will cost $199 for general admission, $299 for VIP; the regular price for two-day passes will be $229/$329 at AudacyBeachFestival.com.

Grateful Dead

Confirmation came this week that Fort Lauderdale’s locally beloved and nationally ranked Day of the Dead celebration will return 5-10 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 2, with all the free pomp, parading puppets and family friendly harum-scarum that have defined the Dia de los Muertos event for more than a decade. Visit DayOfTheDeadFlorida.com.

Staff writer Ben Crandell can be reached at bcrandell@sunsentinel.com.

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