What to Do This Month in L.A., Miami, and NYC

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The anticipation for summer (and every delicious summer-like pleasure that entails) could not be higher. May serves as a warming up, literally and figuratively, to the season ahead. On the plate, we’ve got plenty to do for design geeks, beer snobs, ceramic collectors, and much much more. Herewith, your guide to the best things to do in the month of May.

NEW YORK CITY: Design, creation, aesthetics–it’s all here. Leaders in architecture, fashion, tech, and film will all gather at this year’s NYCxDESIGN expo, which stretches across the entire city for a twelve day celebration of the creative process. The entire list of events can be found on the expo’s website, but we can’t help but specifically recommend the Michael Sorkin/terreform Open Studio, the Restpect Me Female Empowerment PanelMakerbot 3D Printing Challenge, and the LAINE + ALLIAGE Fes Oasis interiors capsule show in Williamsburg. With so many talks, pop-ups, tours, and gallery shows planned there’s truly something for everyone in this year’s expo. Get out your Moleskine and start jotting down plans.

Runs May 11-23rd; event times vary // Venues vary (see website) // Most events free, some ticket prices vary

NEW YORK CITY: New York’s wine and cocktail scene is known throughout the world, but you don’t need a corkscrew or martini shaker to enjoy some elevated drinking around town. This month, the annual Five Boro Craft Beer Fest will bring together the best independent breweries from across New York to Bushwick’s The Well for one very long and hoppy day of imbibing. Over fifty local breweries will be bringing their house staples and brand new one-off special beers to the party, which also boasts three live bands, food from local eateries, and enough salty snacks to keep you thirsty for more. Be sure to get a taste (or two) of beers made by NYC standouts Finback and Gun Hill Brewing Company as you enjoy The Well’s spacious back patio.

Saturday, May 19th, 4-9 p.m. // The Well, 272 Meserole Street, Brooklyn // Tickets $75 and up

LOS ANGELES: Whether you need a new set of clay pots, a vintage jumpsuit, or just the perfect gift for friends back home, the Echo Park Craft Fair will fill your tote bag to the brim. Featuring some of Los Angeles’s best handmade goods, the fair will feature dozens of booths and pop-up shops–ceramics, kitchenware, sweaters, jewelry, woodworking, and more. Admission is only $10, but there’s also a $25 early preview option, which might not be a bad idea: the fair is known to bring in large crowds of Instagram stars, style influencers, and more than a few celebrities. Why not get in early, beat the rush, and scoop up the really good stuff?

Preview party Friday, May 11th, 6-9 p.m., Regular fair runs Sautrday-Sunday, May 12th & 13th, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. // Mack Sennett Studios, 1215 Bates Ave, Los Angeles // Preview tickets $25regular admission $10

LOS ANGELES: Catching the street art scene in Los Angeles can be as easy as strolling the length of Sunset Boulevard, but there’s so much more to the story. Beyond the Streets offers the chance to commune with the rich history of tagging, mural work, wheatpaste, and more with a sprawling 40,000 square foot show of arguably the best street art ever made. The work of legends past and present will be impossible to miss, from Shepard Fairey to NYC-based Lee Quiñones to Japanese master painter Takashi Murakami, and Feminist art collective Guerrilla Girls. There’ll be a fully-skateable recreation of the Venice Pavillion, outdoor gardens, and an interactive life-size ceramic and steel temple. Sponsored in part by MOCA and hosted at the excellent Werkartz space not far from Chinatown, the show could very likely be the coolest thing you do in L.A. during your stay. Check the show out on Instagram to get a feel.

Exhibition opens May 6 and runs all month //  Werkartz, 1667 N Main Street, Los Angeles // Tickets $25

MIAMI: Break free from the EDM nights that still saturate South Beach and elevate your dance game with Sango, the Seattle-based electronic producer who’s become a master of infectious, worldly beats. Sango gained recognition in clubs and cool cafes with his underground hit “Me de Amor,” a track that blends retro Brazilian soul with hip-hop drums seemingly pulled from the year 2049. Now, thanks to his recently-released second LP, In The Comfort Of, he’s quickly rising; whether you realize it or not, you’ll be dancing to Sango soon. This month he’ll be playing a live set at The Ground, a room that’s become one of the best venues for forward-thinking artists in all of Miami. Tickets are a bargain. You know what to do.

Thursday, May 3rd, 10 p.m. // The Ground, 34 NE 11th Street, Miami // Tickets $10 and up

MIAMI: May is the perfect month to be an art-lover in Miami. Over 25 museums across the city are offering free or discounted admission during Miami Museum Month, a high-art showcase that’ll make it all too easy to enjoy some of the best exhibitions on the planet. Institutions like the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, Frost Science Museum, Perez Art Museum Miami, and the Lowe Art Museum will all be offering deals on admission, giving you the chance to cruise through the spring season’s exhibitions without sinking your travel budget. You can browse the full list of participating museums, galleries, and private collections here.

Museum discounts available through May 31st // Venue locations vary // More info here

Photo courtesy of Charles Deluvio

Scott Heins

Scott Heins

Scott Heins is a writer and photographer living in New York City. Born in Minnesota, he currently works in Brooklyn as a journalist and portrait artist. He's fascinated by anything in the world that's strange, futuristic, or forgotten.