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The best things to do in Miami this weekend: Nov 17–19

Ryan Pfeffer

Fri 17


Classical music isn’t just for winding down. Turn up at New World Symphony’s annual late-night concert, at which “club meets orchestra” and the performance is marked by strobe lights and plenty of fist pumping.

NASCAR Ford Championship Weekend

Take your seats for three full days of races as NASCAR takes over the Homestead-Miami Speedway for its Ford Championship Weekend. Each day brings a new race and title, culminating in Sunday’s 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champ.

Sat 18

Joe Biden: An American Promise Tour

The former vice president sits down to discuss his new memoir, Promise Me, Dad: A Year of Hope, Hardship, and Purpose, as part of this year’s Miami Book Fair. Hear the lifetime public servant speak candidly about his time in the White House, his son’s tragic passing and his affinity for aviator sunglasses and ice cream.

Soirée on the Bay

The United Way will hop aboard the 111-foot Biscayne Lady yacht for its Soirée on the Bay, a mixer with food (provided by Ghee Indian Kitchen, Toro Toro and Ariete) music (courtesy DJ Diego Harispe and DJ Anton Boyar) and plenty of drinks. 

Harvest Festival

Though we can’t fake the weather in Florida, we can embrace fall’s traditions. Get your fill of pumpkins, haystacks and other seasonal hallmarks (plus shop for gifts and locally made wares) from a variety of vendors.

Miami Book Fair

The annual weeklong celebration of all things literature is back with a bang. The program boasts seven full days of programming, including readings and a massive outdoor street fair. Notable guests this year include former Vice President Joe Biden, Dan Rather, Patti Smith, Isabel Allende, Pete Souza (President Obama’s official photographer), Bill McKibben, Michael Eric Dyson, Edwidge Danticat and Kevin Young, plus numerous others.

Vizcaya Centennial Gala

Feel like the belle of the ball at one of Miami’s most glamorous affairs. The spectacular evening begins with a red-carpet photo op, followed by cocktails in the courtyard and a lavish dinner on the terrace overlooking Biscayne Bay. Bonus: Proceeds from the hefty ticket price go toward preserving and protecting the historic property.

Sun 19


Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyricist Tim Rice’s biomusical about Argentine actor and First Lady Eva Duarte de Perón is rich with soaring chorales, Latin pop rhythms and atmospheric jazz.

“Double Vision”

Vienna design studio Seite Zwei decorates Wolfsonian-FIU’s lobby and exterior with bold typefaces and layered designs that express the duality of graphic design—which at once establishes the creator’s creativity and the brand’s identity. The installation takes its inspiration from works by 20th-century graphic design pioneer Julius Klinger, employing his signature printing techniques. “Double Vision” is presented alongside “Julius Klinger: Posters for a Modern Age.”

"Sheltering Survivors"

This interactive exhibit explores the international refugee crisis, taking visitors through replicas of real-life shelters and exposing them to photographs and listening stations that capture the immigrant plight (according to the United Nations, 65.6 million people worldwide were displaced in 2016). Design proposals for innovative shelter alternatives and solutions are also on display.

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