The best things to do in Miami this weekend: May 18–20

Virginia Gil
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Virginia Gil
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Fri 18

“Miami Rocks: The Miami Pop Festival, 1967” Opening Party

Before there was Woodstock, there was May 1968’s Miami Pop Festival. Fifty years later, HistoryMiami uses rare photographs to celebrate the legendary—and often overlooked—event that brought musical acts such as Chuck Berry, Frank Zappa and the Jimi Hendrix Experience to the stage at Gulfstream Park. Friday’s opening party features a performance by Jimi’s brother Leon Hendrix, brews from Concrete Beach Brewery and plenty of throwback looks. RSVP is required and ’60s fashion is encouraged.

Venice in the Gables

Come out to see Coral Gables’ latest public art offering, “Venice in Miami,” featuring a group of hand-painted, eight-foot-tall replicas of Venetian mooring posts. The temporary exhibit takes over areas of Downtown Coral Gables as these colorful markers, each created by a different local artist, highlight the city’s enduring connection with Venice. On display as part of Miami Museum Month, Friday’s unveiling coincides with International Museum Day and concludes with a public celebration along Miracle Mile.

Sat 19

Redland International Orchid Show

Looking to get into gardening? Billed as the largest annual orchid show in the United States, the festival is the perfect place to search for a blooming new friend. In addition to the hundreds of beautiful flowers on display, there are lectures, raffles and other activities for those who lack a green thumb.

Coconut Grove Free Historic Bike Tour

Coconut Grove isn’t just Miami’s prettiest neighborhood—it’s the most historic, as well. Admire both its beauty and significance on local historian Frank Schena’s free bike tour: You’ll learn about the area’s architecture, foliage and fascinating past. Leaves from Miami City Hall, 3500 Pan-American Dr

Surfside Paddletopia

As summer approaches, outdoor sports offer a way to stay active and keep cool. Enter paddleboarding, which you can try for absolutely free at Surfside’s first-ever Paddletopia. The two-day event includes fitness classes, giveaways and an eco-fashion show.

Rhythm Foundation 30th Anniversary Celebration

The Rhythm Foundation, the fine folks who run the programming at the North Beach Bandshell, are celebrating a milestone: 30 years of bringing diverse, vibrant world music to Miami. From classic Caribbean acts to hyper trendy artists like Ibeyi, the Rhythm Foundation have been an instrumental part of Miami’s live music scene for three decades. To celebrate it all, they are throwing a party with eclectic keyboardist Marco Benevento. Proceeds from the concert and accompanying silent auction will go to the Rhythm Foundation to ensure 30 more years of great live music.

Sun 20

Jeremy Piven and Max Amini

Hollywood’s Laugh Factory resident comic Max Amini and actor Jeremy Piven bring their energetic comedy show to South Florida. Amini—an Iranian-American known for delivering hysterical, culturally charged bits—and Piven—who most remember as erratic agent Ari on HBO’s Entourage—are joined on stage by a group of local comics.


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