If you’re looking for some great things to do in Miami this month, you’re in luck. November is here, bringing with it breezier days and bustling nights as the city’s busy season finally starts to heat up. For many, it’s an ideal time to hit the best Miami beaches before they get inundated with snowbirds (or enjoy the cooler weather from one of the best waterfront bars in Miami) before moving on to a month filled with concerts, book fairs, food festivals and more. So try to carve some time this month between bouncing from the best restaurants in Miami to the best bars in Miami to sink your teeth into these events. You won’t regret it.
Things to do in November 2019
Fall kicks off New World Center’s annual SoundScape Cinema Series season. Pack a blanket and picnic with friends at these free screenings under the stars, running every Wednesday until May.
Oscar movie season is in full swing, but there’s not much in theaters for the kiddos. Coral Gables Art Cinema gives the younger set a reason to spend time in a cold, dark screening room this weekend: the seventh annual festival screen short films, retro classics and world premieres for free, although pre-reserving your tickets is strongly recommended. Various dates and times
It’s Johnny Cash without Johnny Cash: The Man in Black’s music, and his loose biography, color this jukebox musical, in which five actors portray a Cash-like figure and his family through the stages of life, from success to struggle and back. The song list includes Cash hits from “I Walk the Line” to his cover of Nine Inch Nails’ “Hurt,” performed on 20 unique instruments.
Love food festivals but wish they left you feeling a little less, uh, bloated? Well, health nuts will certainly appreciate Seed Food and Wine Week, a plant-based food and wine festival that won’t have you in a sodium coma for months to come. There are events spread throughout the week, everything from a grand tasting village to smaller workshops and panels featuring a whole bunch of plant-based all-stars. Grab a ticket to one event—like Thursday’s plant-based burger battle—or snag an all-access pass to all of the above. Various locations
After a five-year hiatus spent exploring solo projects, Ohio natives Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney of the Black Keys came back together in Nashville to record Let’s Rock, the band’s pared-down ninth studio album released earlier this year that drummer Carney has called “an homage to electric guitar.” Co-headlining with fellow indie rockers Modest Mouse, the Black Keys set out on a 31-date arena that lands at BB&T Center this November with openers Shannon & the Clams.
Designed as a multi-sensory, interactive installation promoting joyful and relaxing relief from fatiguing systems of inequality, “Black Power Naps/Siestas Negras” invites visitors to lounge on a variety of embellished beds replete with gauzy canopies, serene lighting, therapeutic sound vibrations and other restorative props.
Florida International University’s annual classical and jazz music fest returns for three weeks of curated performances and master classes at the Wertheim Performing Arts Center. The lineup includes a whole bevvy of acclaimed artists and instructors, from three-time Grammy-nominated Jazz pianist Joey Alexander to cellist Julian Schwarz, plus FIU’s own distinguished Artists-in-Residence faculty: pianist Kemal Gekic, violinist Robert Davidovici and the Amernet String Quartet, who will perform with their newest member from Yale, second violinist Avi Nagin. Various dates and times
This genre-spanning band has incorporated dub, bossa nova, Indian classical music, and all sorts of worldly styles into their brand of downtempo electronica since they formed in the 90s. They’re also no strangers to crooked politics, having been participants in Washington D.C.’s nightlife scene since they started out, both on the business and artistic sides.
It’s not every day you’re invited to eat, drink and sweat in the Design District for free. Take full advantage at Aviva’s grand opening, celebrating the Pilates studio’s only Miami location. The event features small bites and bubbles plus complimentary chair massages and the opportunity to win numerous exercise packages throughout the evening. While no actual Pilates will take place, there will be a performance art exhibit on the equipment. 4141 NE Second Ave, Suite 203A. 6–9pm; free.
John Legend headlines the annual Taste of sbe at the iconic Delano South Beach with an intimate performance followed by a DJ set to keep the party going. Experience award-winning culinary concepts from Carna, Katsuya, Umami Burger, Fi’lia, Cleo, Diez y Seis, Leynia, the Bazaar and more, with all food and beverages included in the ticket price through 11:30pm.
The musical yogi who gave us classics such as “If You Love Somebody Set Them Free,” “If I Ever Lose My Faith in You” and “Englishman in New York,” heads to Miami on the back of his new studio album, My Songs, which features remixed and re-recorded versions of his previously recorded material.
Poplife pioneered Miami’s indie-dance and underground nightlife scene back in the early aughts just as the age of Myspace, Brit-pop and the blogosphere was taking shape. This weekend, join the party-starters as they celebrate 20 years with a massive shindig at 1306 (set to re-debut this weekend as ATV Records backed by the team behind defunct Wynwood dance haven the Electric Pickle) featuring its OG gang of resident DJs, plus a special zine release documenting the whirlwind late nights (and early mornings) that helped define the city.
Miami’s unconventional chamber orchestra collaborates with Afro Cuban superstar Cimafunk for a one-of-a-kind performance under the stars at North Beach Bandshell. The Nu Deco Ensemble, known for putting a fresh spin on the classical music performance, will perform music from its new debut album as well as a selection of tunes by Daft Punk, Bill Withers, Jessica Meyer plus new orchestral works by members of the ensemble.
Formerly the Palm Court Performance Series, the weekly concert event, presented by the Knight Foundation, is free and open to people of all ages. As always, it’s encouraged to come early to grab a good seat and happy-hour-priced bites from Estefan’s Kitchen. Upcoming dates: November 8: The Wailers; November 15: MISO; November 22nd: A musical tribute to merengue and salsa with Johnny Ventura
Creator and host of Adult Swim’s top-rated program, the eponymously dubbed late-night talk show “The Eric Andre Show,” cult favorite comedian Eric Andre has become known for his offbeat, unrelenting interview style grilling everyone from Chris Rock and Seth Rogen to Lauren Conrad and ASAP Rocky. Catch him at Olympia Theater this weekend on the Miami stop of his Legalize Everything tour.
Six-time Obie Award-winning actor, director and playwright David Greenspan adapts Thornton Wilder’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel for the stage, weaving a tense, multifaceted tale of five travelers in colonial Peru as they’re hurled to their deaths on a collapsing bridge. Greenspan helms a multicultural cast for the Miami New Drama 2019–2020 season opener at the Colony Theatre. Wry, lyrical and a pure example of the transformative magic of theater, The Bridge of San Luis Rey further cements the company’s bond with the Wilder Estate that began in 2017 with its acclaimed production of Our Town.
Coveted Boston-based fitness instructor Kelly Brabants brings her signature Booty by Brabants workout to the W Miami 15th floor pool deck. After your twerk-out, stay for dancing tunes by DJ illset, complimentary snacks and a trunk show featuring Booty by Brabants branded athleisure gear. Proceeds from the event benefit the Lotus House of Miami.
The Jack White helmed, Nashville-based Raconteurs hit Miami Beach with a cell phone-free show at the historic and intimate Fillmore, where they’ll undoubtedly unleash a solid set of unhinged, blues and garage-infused rock ‘n’ roll.
Ever wondered what the people behind your favorite podcasts actually look like? Find out at a live recording of the popular Miami-based podcast Girls Gone Boss at Time Out Market. Hosts Alex Pender and Gaby Ortega will get into the weeds with journalist and entrepreneur Cata Balzano, whose remarkable trajectory took her from working at a London coffee shop to Variety Magazine staff writer. The purchase of a ticket includes access to the event plus one welcome brunch cocktail, coffee or juice (plus $5 off the Market's Bottomless Sundays brunch deal if you're planning to stick around after the show).
Chef Mark Iacano of the hot Brooklyn and Miami pizza outposts Lucali guest hosts Taste 2019, where the Hyde Beach pool deck will be transformed into a tropical foodie paradise for three glorious hours. Experience personalized tastings, over-the-top cuisine and interactive demonstrations from a star-studded line-up including chefs from Katsuya, The Bazaar by José Andrés, Upland, Planta, Makoto, The Kilgore Group and more. The (in our humble opinion) quite reasonably priced tickets also include hosted cocktails, craft beer, wine and sake from 8 to 10pm with proceeds from all ticket sales going directly to Hurricane Dorian relief efforts in the Bahamas.
The crafty geniuses at Creative Cove have teamed up with Time Out Market for a series of workshops where your creativity plus Time Out Market’s inventive cocktails equals endless possibilities. Just in time for the holiday season, join the trendy Bird Road Arts District studio for a lesson on how to DIY your own macramé wreath—an easy way to add a touch of festive boho charm to your space. Ticket price includes all of your crafting materials plus a welcome cocktail to get those juices flowing.
For anyone who might have cried when the JoBros split in 2013 (no judgment), don’t worry, not all is lost. This year, the all-grown-up and married, Disney-birthed youths have officially reunited and are touring in support of a brand new project, Happiness Begins.
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 Ford EcoBoost 400. Last year, Joey Logano took home his first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship. Can Logano defend his title in 2019, or will someone dethrone the champ?
He’s been on American Idol and Ru Paul’s Drag Race. His voice and dancing have graced the Broadway stage in Kinky Boots and Chicago. Now, Todrick Hall steps away from the theatre for his Haus Party Tour, a celebration of ball culture, vogue, drag queens, and LGBT culture at large.
Jungle Island’s grand reimagining of a Zen ancient Buddhist tradition weaves giant lanterns—beautifully hand-crafted out of colorful silk by Chinese artisans—throughout the park’s lush 18 acres, painting a magical story of the habitat, its wildlife and beautiful Biscayne Bay.
One of the best things to come out of Art Basel 2018 was a video of Kanye West talking to a tree. It wasn’t another psychotic break, thankfully. The rapper was spitting it back to Archimedes, the creepily captivating talking tree at NightGarden, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden’s psychedelic neon playground. The pop-up exhibit returns for its second year, taking over a portion of the 80-acre property and turning it into an illuminated wonderland. Think technicolor mazes, scavenger hunts led by virtual fairies, an enchanting snowfall experience, glowing dandelion fields and, yes, the infamous talking tree.
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, featuring a special section for children. Notable guests this year include novelist Leonard Pitts with The Last Thing You Surrender: A Novel of World War II; writer Eve Ensler (of The Vagina Monologues) with her latest, The Apology; U.S. Poet Laureate, Joy Harjo with An American Sunrise; plus many more renowned authors.
Prized for its complex, nuanced depiction of teenage girls in 21st century America, playwright Sarah DeLappe’s 2017 Pulitzer Prize finalist is a slice-of-life ensemble piece about nine outspoken players on a diverse girls’ soccer team who navigate personal upheavals and larger sociopolitical issues while kicking their way to the next match.
The hip-hop boyband fronted by Kevin Abstract is hot on the heels of its latest album GINGER, in which it come to terms with the departure of former member Ameer Vann. Reviewers have called it the group's most cohesive, mature statement yet. They bring with them two hot opening acts, incendiary British rapper slowthai and experimental pop duo 100 gecs.
In her new memoir, Face It, Harry blends first-person essays, interviews, never-before-seen photographs, illustrations and fan art to trace her trajectory from the gritty downtown scene of 1970s New York through the near-death of her partner and Blondie co-founder Chris Stein and onwards. At this coveted Miami Book Fair event, Harry will be joined by Stein and moderator/creative director Rob Roth for a special multimedia performance.
Roving Asian food festival LuckyRice touches down in South Beach for the last stop on its tenth-anniversary tour. With the luxurious SLS Hotel as its backdrop, the oceanfront feast brings together more than 20 South Florida restaurants to provide an array of Asian-inspired bites. Sample Togarashi-dusted seared tuna from Lure Fishbar, steamed dumplings from Hakkasan Singapore-style chili prawns from Traymore by Michael Schwartz, and wash it all down with an assortment of Rémy Martin cocktails and Chang beer.
Feel like the belle of the ball at one of Miami’s most glamorous affairs. This year’s spectacular “Rock Your Rococo”- themed 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.
One of the buzziest plays of the 2019 Broadway season, Lucas Hnath’s Hillary and Clinton is set a thousand political years ago, i.e., the 2008 Democratic presidential primary in New Hampshire, when an eager candidate not dissimilar to Hillary Clinton is in desperate need of a win. Hnath’s play eschews caricature for a stylized commentary on, among other things, gender double standards in politics.
Enjoy a pre-show glass of prosecco with your ticket to one of two special Ballet on the Beach performances by Miami City Ballet. For two days, the renowned dance company returns to its original home in South Beach for shorter performances in a casual setting featuring highlights from its anticipated 2019–20 season. The program at Lincoln Road’s historic Colony Theater includes excerpts from Rodeo: Four Dance Episodes, This Bitter Earth and Nine Sinatra Songs. Both shows conclude with a chat with Artistic Director Lourdes Lopez and Miami City Ballet dancers.
She’s arguably the world’s biggest pop star, with two major albums released within six months of each other, but even Ariana Grande might be willing to admit her touring schedule is a bit excessive. This will be her third date at the AAA in 2019 alone. It’s probably best assumed that after this leg, she’s going to have a nice, long rest — take that as a warning. Pop duo Social House will open.
Barcelona imports its massive annual gay event Circuit Festival to Miami for a five-day party spanning hotspots on the beach and the mainland. The frisky festivities kick off on Thanksgiving night at Cameo nightclub then make their way to Downtown rave palace Space on Friday before landing at the sprawling Warehouse at Magic City Innovation District on Saturday and Sunday. Expect a lineup of festival heavy-hitters including Abel (Aguilera) Isaac Escalante, Taito Tikaro, Tom Stephan, GSP, Lydia Sanz and more, plus the La Leche Beach Party going down at a new location on the sands of South Beach.
On every last Saturday of the month, Time Out Market heats things up with salsa nights. Grab a craft cocktail from the bar, order up something tasty from one of the 18 eateries and pull up a seat to watch as two professional salsa dancers twirl and gyrate around the Market to the rhythm of the music. Better yet, show everyone how it’s done by joining in on the dancing yourself.
Relive the magic (and angst) of Harry Potter’s fifth year at Hogwarts, filled with unrequited crushes (really, Cho Chang?), O.W.L.s exams and the ever-growing number of detentions from Professor Umbridge. The film will be presented in high-def, with Nicholas Hooper’s unforgettable score performed by a live symphony orchestra.