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Free Backyard Bash on Saturday featuring Grammy winner Ranky Tanky

It’s almost time for the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center’s annual Backyard Bash!

The free annual celebration, which kicks off the center’s season, this year will feature a live performance by the Grammy Award-winning quintet, Ranky Tanky. The concert is set for 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 23, at the center’s Back Yard Concert Lawn and Plaza, at 10950 SW 211th St., Cutler Bay.

Ranky Tanky is scheduled to perform at the Backyard Bash. (Photo courtesy of Jay Gilbert)

The Charleston, S.C.-based band perform “timeless music born from the Gullah culture of the southeastern Sea Islands,” according to the organizers.

While admission is free, a ticket is required for all ages. Tickets will be available through the SMDCAC Box Office at noon Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2021.

There will also be beer tickets for $5 each and a beer package (includes six, 12-ounce beers) for $25 in advance or $30 the day of the event. Pre-paid beer packages may be picked up at the SMDCAC Box Office only.

So bring your lawn chairs and blankets – but leave the coolers at home – and get ready for some tunes! For more information, click here

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Monday, November 29, 2021

Santa’s Enchanted Forest

All Day | Discounted | Tropical Park

Broward County Fair

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Historic Holiday Decor: Gilded Age

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Twilight Fridays

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Fantasy of Lights drive-through display

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | $17.00-45.00 | Tradewinds Park

Symphony of Lights

6:00 pm to 11:00 pm | FREE | Gulfstream Park Village

Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Santa’s Enchanted Forest

All Day | Discounted | Tropical Park

Broward County Fair

Discounted | 441 & Margate Boulevard

Winter Wonderland display in Plantation

FREE | Plantation Historical Museum

Historic Holiday Decor: Gilded Age

10:00 am to 4:00 pm | $7.00-15.00 | Deering Estate

Twilight Fridays

6:00 pm to 8:00 pm | FREE | Coral Gables Museum

Fantasy of Lights drive-through display

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | $17.00-45.00 | Tradewinds Park

Symphony of Lights

6:00 pm to 11:00 pm | FREE | Gulfstream Park Village

Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Santa’s Enchanted Forest

All Day | Discounted | Tropical Park

Broward County Fair

Discounted | 441 & Margate Boulevard

Half-price games

Discounted | In The Game Sawgrass

Winter Wonderland display in Plantation

FREE | Plantation Historical Museum

Historic Holiday Decor: Gilded Age

10:00 am to 4:00 pm | $7.00-15.00 | Deering Estate

Twilight Fridays

6:00 pm to 8:00 pm | FREE | Coral Gables Museum

Night Garden Experience

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | $24.00-34.00 | Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

Fantasy of Lights drive-through display

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | $17.00-45.00 | Tradewinds Park

Symphony of Lights

6:00 pm to 11:00 pm | FREE | Gulfstream Park Village

Thursday, December 2, 2021

Santa’s Enchanted Forest

All Day | Discounted | Tropical Park

Broward County Fair

Discounted | 441 & Margate Boulevard

Winter Wonderland display in Plantation

FREE | Plantation Historical Museum

Historic Holiday Decor: Gilded Age

10:00 am to 4:00 pm | $7.00-15.00 | Deering Estate

Twilight Fridays

6:00 pm to 8:00 pm | FREE | Coral Gables Museum

Night Garden Experience

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | $24.00-34.00 | Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

Fantasy of Lights drive-through display

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | $17.00-45.00 | Tradewinds Park

Symphony of Lights

6:00 pm to 11:00 pm | FREE | Gulfstream Park Village

$12 Adult Skate Night

7:00 pm to 10:00 pm | $12.00 | Xtreme Action Park

Friday, December 3, 2021

Santa’s Enchanted Forest

All Day | Discounted | Tropical Park

Broward County Fair

Discounted | 441 & Margate Boulevard

Winter Wonderland display in Plantation

FREE | Plantation Historical Museum

Historic Holiday Decor: Gilded Age

10:00 am to 4:00 pm | $7.00-15.00 | Deering Estate

Twilight Fridays

6:00 pm to 8:00 pm | FREE | Coral Gables Museum

Zoo Lights at Palm Beach Zoo

6:00 pm to 9:00 pm | $13.00-18.00 | Palm Beach Zoo

Night Garden Experience

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | $24.00-34.00 | Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

Fantasy of Lights drive-through display

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | $17.00-45.00 | Tradewinds Park

Symphony of Lights

6:00 pm to 11:00 pm | FREE | Gulfstream Park Village

Historic Holidays Evening Strolls at Deering Estate

6:30 pm to 9:30 pm | $7.00-15.00 | Deering Estate

Saturday, December 4, 2021

Gold Coast Museum free first Saturday

All Day | FREE | Gold Coast Railroad Museum

Santa’s Enchanted Forest

All Day | Discounted | Tropical Park

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Broward County Fair

Discounted | 441 & Margate Boulevard

Winter Wonderland display in Plantation

FREE | Plantation Historical Museum

Historic Holiday Decor: Gilded Age

10:00 am to 4:00 pm | $7.00-15.00 | Deering Estate

Twilight Fridays

6:00 pm to 8:00 pm | FREE | Coral Gables Museum

Palm Beach Holiday Boat Parade

6:00 pm to 8:00 pm | FREE | Intracoastal Waterway

Zoo Lights at Palm Beach Zoo

6:00 pm to 9:00 pm | $13.00-18.00 | Palm Beach Zoo

Night Garden Experience

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | $24.00-34.00 | Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

Fantasy of Lights drive-through display

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | $17.00-45.00 | Tradewinds Park

Symphony of Lights

6:00 pm to 11:00 pm | FREE | Gulfstream Park Village

Sunday, December 5, 2021

Santa’s Enchanted Forest

All Day | Discounted | Tropical Park

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All Day | FREE | South Florida Museums

Broward County Fair

Discounted | 441 & Margate Boulevard

Historic Holiday Decor: Gilded Age

10:00 am to 4:00 pm | $7.00-15.00 | Deering Estate

Twilight Fridays

6:00 pm to 8:00 pm | FREE | Coral Gables Museum

Zoo Lights at Palm Beach Zoo

6:00 pm to 9:00 pm | $13.00-18.00 | Palm Beach Zoo

Night Garden Experience

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | $24.00-34.00 | Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

Fantasy of Lights drive-through display

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | $17.00-45.00 | Tradewinds Park

Symphony of Lights

6:00 pm to 11:00 pm | FREE | Gulfstream Park Village

$12 Adult Skate Night

7:00 pm to 10:00 pm | $12.00 | Xtreme Action Park

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Josie Gulliksen

About Josie Gulliksen

Josie Gulliksen is a freelance writer and major arts advocate and enthusiast who loves everything cultural and is excited to live in such a thriving community as Miami. A Miami native, aside from Miami on the Cheap, she currently writes for Artburst Miami, Edible South FL, Legacy Miami and Legacy South Florida and Miami New Times. She worked for nearly a decade at Miami Today covering the arts community and restaurant scene and served as Calendar Editor. She has also worked in public relations for the Diabetes Research Institute Foundation, in travel and tourism for Newman PR and at the Miami Science Museum. She has written for Florida Travel + Life Magazine, Florida Monthly Magazine, Miami.com, Indulge Miami and MiamiCurated.

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