Parking yourself on the sand of one of the Miami beaches for the weekend sounds like a glorious way to pass the time—until it’s not. At some point you’ll want to wear more than a swimsuit, experience brunch in Miami and see what the Miami nightlife scene has to offer. Make plans to keep busy with our guide to the best things to do in Miami this weekend.
Things to do in Miami this weekend
Bid on cool street art from some of the country’s top graffiti artists when the traveling Buzz Art Auction makes a stop in Miami this weekend. There’ll be food, cocktails and dancing to keep you busy between bidding, which starts at just $1. A portion of the night’s proceeds benefit New World Symphony.
Fusing art, music, food and fashion, the weekend-long street celebration features pop-up art galleries, a style lounge hosting runway shows and a culinary showcase led by prominent Miami chefs. More than 20 local bands and DJs also take the stage, including Afrobeta.
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Head down to Key Biscayne for a waterfront Earth Day celebration at Rickenbacker Marina. Catch performances by Colombian reggae-fusion band Locos por Juana and DJ sets by Soulixer and Nadia Harris, among others. The laid-back beach bash promises plenty of opportunities to drink craft beer, jam outdoors and ogle the downtown Miami skyline unobstructed.
One of Miami's longest-standing dance companies celebrates 35 years in the business with back-to-back weekend performances. Dancers from around the world will perform five commemorative shows, including the world premiere of Gold Falling through Water set to French composer Gabriel Faure’s “Sonata #1.”
Swing your partner round and round underneath the starlit sky at the Barnacle. Not quite sure how to folk dance? Take a free lesson before the outdoor dance party commences, and learn how to do-si-do and promenade with the best of them. There is a live band and a caller to tell you exactly what to do.
Never a company to back away from a challenge, Slow Burn Theatre mounts a regional production of Elton John and Tim Rice’s Tony-winning musical adaptation of Giuseppe Verdi’s opera, charting the love triangle between a Nubian princess, an Egyptian princess and the soldier who has captured their hearts.
LGBT Film Festival
For the 19th year, the Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival returns for 10 days this April, screening more than 65 films across town. The internationally acclaimed event, which is the largest LGBT cultural arts event in South Florida, features flicks across more than a dozen genres, from comedies, romances and musicals to thrillers, Westerns and dramas. At various locations (mifofilm.com). Apr 21–30 at various times; $11–$140.