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The best May events in Miami

Mark your calendars for heart-pumping races, dance performances, concerts and more of the best May events in Miami

Virginia Gil
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Virginia Gil
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The best May events in Miami bring a mix of thrilling action, edge-of-your-seat excitement and captivating performances. In short, if you're looking for fun things to do in Miami this month, you're in luck. The weather is perfect for polo championships, single-seater car races and aerobatic demonstrations, which is just some of what you can expect in the weeks ahead. May also bumps up against the rainy season in Miami and that means finding ways to stay entertained during our regular downpours. Luckily, plenty of the best May events double as great things to do in Miami when it rains, including a night at the ballet, a visit to a Miami museum and an evening of immersive theater. For more of the best things to do this month, check out our picks below. 

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Everyone’s favorite tequila-fueled holiday is hitting a little different this year thanks to La Santa Taqueria. Time Out Market Miami’s stellar taco spot is going all out with a free margarita with the purchase of a taco order, plus drink specials on tequila and mezcal all night long. The Market’s also getting festive with a live mariachi band and a special Selena-themed edition of drag bingo. Come drink, eat and celebrate Cinco like there’s no mañana! 

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Treat mom to a laidback Mother's Day brunch where you'll eat and drink at your leisure without worrying about a fancy prix-fixe brunch or a stuffy dress code. The Market welcomes families to its freestyle rosé brunch, featuring a welcome glass of the pink stuff, unlimited mimosas ($25, noon–3pm) and tastings of La Fête Rosé. There will be photo ops, DJ-spun music and mini-massages throughout the afternoon.

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They call it the most exciting two minutes in sports, but Time Out Market endeavors to make the good feelings last all day. Make your way down to South Beach for the ultimate Kentucky Derby watch party, where the drinks and bites will be flowing from 3pm to 7pm. Enjoy La Fête Rosé and food from all of your favorite concessionaires: Think Chick’N Jones' hot honey crispy fried chicken, Little Liberty’s mouthwatering burgers and Necessary Purveyor’s famous sandwiches. Attendees will receive a raffle ticket with the purchase of the day's drink special for the chance to win a hospitality suite package at Gulfstream Park ($400 value) and more. And it wouldn't be a derby party without a competition for the best hat, so make sure to bring your finest millinery. 

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Mark your calendars, the world’s fastest race is finally here, and Time Out Market is celebrating once again with another epic watch party. You'll watch the action on its 17-foot HD LED screen while enjoying food from the best homegrown Miami chefs as well as plenty of drink specials, including discounts on Heineken, Estrella, Johnnie Walker and La Fête Rosé. Capture the moment for Instagram at the replica championship podium complete with helmet props and a magnum La Fête.

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Play hooky on a Monday and celebrate our birthday with us! Time Out Market Miami turns three and we're toasting to a new year with a weekday industry brunch. From 2pm to 5pm, enjoy $3.33 specials on select drinks to pair with your favorite Market dishes. Expect DJ-spun tunes, games and more at our big birthday party. May 9, 2–10pm

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Little Liberty and Vinya team up for a special burger-and-wine pairing feast. Sample three of Little Liberty's most popular burgers while you taste three killer Burgundies (think minerally Chablis, juicy Bourgogne Rouge and a sexy Volnay!). This is a casual and fun social hour for adventurous palates and curious drinkers. So, bring a burger-lovin’ friend and come thirsty!

 

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Experience what life could be like 100 years in the future if nature had its way, overpowering an overdeveloped metropolis with vibrant natural motifs. This make-believe city in bloom celebrates nature's resilience while celebrating themes of renewal and rebirth. "Renewal 2121" offers a kaleidoscopic look at a utopian future we can only wish for the planet and for ourselves.

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Calling all LEGO fans! Artist Sean Kenney's award-winning, record-breaking exhibition makes its way to Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden for the season. Spread out across the garden's 83 acres, guests will encounter 30 giant sculptures built with more than 700,000 LEGO bricks. The NY-based artist employs the beloved toy to depict animal habitats and express the ways in which everything in nature is connected. 

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This interactive experience exposes people of all ages to the forensic science and history of one of the world’s most recognized crime-solving detectives. Short of taking folks across the pond, guests will be transported to Holmes’ London, where they’ll get to participate in a little sleuthing of their own. The exhibition comprises separate areas: Dr. Conan Doyle's Study, presenting the scientific and literary ideas that inspired the author to pen the exciting Holmes chronicles; a place for investigators to conduct their own detective work using a book full of clues; Sherlock Holmes in Baker Street, which puts guests right in the middle of the action at 221B Baker Street, London, where Dr. Watson and Holmes get to cracking; and an area for pop-culture enthusiasts to embrace all kinds of Sherlockian collectibles.

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Dozens of airplanes and watercraft flood Miami Beach’s shoreline for the entertaining military showcase. Organized to honor first responders, the two-day event features civilian aerobatic acts, powerboat racing and extreme water sports. If you don’t mind the crowds, you’re in for a genuine spectacle right on the sand. 

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Miami City Ballet's final program of the 21/22 Season featuring four energetic and beautiful ballets with something for everyone – the highly anticipated return of "Prodigal Son", the company premiere of the delightfully risqué "Herman Schmerman Duet" and the tender "After the Rain Pas de Deux", and the world premiere of "The Source"—a poignant and poetic new work that explores themes of grief and acceptance.

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The latest from Juggerknot Theatre Company, leaders in immersive theater, is an intimate, one-man-shot written and performed by local blues musician Eric Garcia. Best known as Uncle Scotchy, the charismatic performer charms his small audience (of just 10 people nightly) with songs, games and true stories about love, loss and redemption. Attendees will be informed of the show’s secret location upon purchasing tickets.

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Miami playwright Alex Scheer penned this Florida premiere with a paranormal crackle, marking the season-closing production for Zoetic Stage. In it, four teenage girls in a Miami treehouse attempt to conjure the spirit of Pablo Escobar, with results that flip on a dime between uproarious comedy and nail-biting horror.

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A Florida premiere, Jessica Provenz’s Boca is a collection of short comedies all set in South Palm Beach County’s titular pocket of retiree paradise. It follows Boca Raton’s loudest denizens: the gossiping, Botoxed seniors reliving their teenage freedoms.

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Playwright Ken Ludwig, a maestro of farce and other comedic forms, lends a deft and sprightly touch to this adaptation of the signature Agatha Christie whodunit. Mustachioed sleuth Hercule Poirot happens to be onboard the title locomotive when a high-profile passenger is found dead—and all the other riders seem to harbor both motives and alibis.

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Debuting at the PAMM this spring, "Marisol and Warhol Take New York" features iconic works and ephemera by seminal pop artists Marisol Escobar and Andy Warhol. The exhibition offers visitors a glimpse into the two artists' friendship as well as chronicles their respective career evolutions during the 1960s. The exhibit, curated by Jessica Beck, first premiered at the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh last fall. 

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