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These are the best things to do in Miami this weekend

It's time for disco dancing, celebrating anniversaries and more of the best things to do in Miami this weekend

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Virginia Gil
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We're in the midst of a (slightly cooler) fall season, which means something different in terms of the best things to do in Miami this weekend. Some people will continue to happily hit the sand at a Miami beach and go for strolls through some of our favorite parks in Miami every chance they get. While others will lean into autumn, checking out a Miami pumpkin patch and taking a seasonally appropriate sweater out for a spin. There are plenty of ways to stay busy this weekend, whether it’s a special happy hour, an outdoor concert, an event at Time Out Market Miami or a new pop-up store summoning your wallet. Looking for recs? We’ve got you below. Let’s do this weekend thing right.

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The best of the city under one roof

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Ready to travel to Spain's Basque Country? Chef Aitor Garate Berasaluze presents a curated tasting menu of seasonal dishes and specialty items that showcase the region’s distinctive gastronomy—including the famous Cinco Jotas ham and a creamy Basque cheesecake. This exclusive prix-fixe dinner at LUR at Time Out Market is available every Friday, advanced reservations are required.

When is it? Fri at 7:30pm. Where is it? Time Out Market Miami. Tickets are $65 online.

Get Inked at Time Out Market
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Get Inked at Time Out Market

Venezuelan-born painter and tattoo artist Jefferson Soto pops up at Time Out Market for the month of August. Visit his temporary parlor, open Thursday through Saturday, and get that summer tat you’ve been dreaming about. You'll also be able to shop a selection of Soto’s paintings and various merchandise emblazoned with his artwork. Tattoos start at $40 and appointments are first-come, first-served but you shouldn't worry about a delay—there’s nothing like having a space with multiple bars and eateries as your waiting room.

When is it? Fri 4–9pm; Sat 2–8pm. Where is it? Time Out Market Miami. Tats start at $40.

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South Beach isn’t exactly known for its wallet-friendliness, especially when it comes to adult beverages. But at this sprawling food hall located right off Lincoln Road (lovingly curated by yours truly), you can score sweet drink discounts Wednesday through Sunday from 4 to 7pm. For a refreshing afternoon buzz, try the Cucumber Cooler made with vodka, cucumber shrub, lemon, lime, mint and tonic.

When is it? Wed–Sun 4–7pm. Where is it? Time Out Market Miami in South Beach. 

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Time Out Market Miami serves up bottomless brunch with a side of hip-hop. Jam out to your favorite old-school beats courtesy of DJ D. Luxe while tucking into crispy chicken and waffles, hangover-soothing pho and more of the weekend favorites you’ll find at the Market’s weekend brunch, on tap this Sunday from noon to 3pm. Plus, take advantage of deeply discounted bottles of Tattinger champagne for $50 and bottomless bubbles for just $22—though we do ask you to keep your pants on! Let the mimosas and bellinis flow, and the good times roll.

When is it? Oct 17 noon–3pm. Where is it? Time Out Market Miami.

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Happy hour is so nice, we're doing it twice. Join us late-night for your second chance to score discounted drinks at the Market: $5 beer, $7 wine and $8 cocktails are yours for the taking every Friday and Saturday night from 9pm to 11pm. Stop in and get an early start to your night out in South Beach on the cheap.

When is it? Fri, Sat 9–11pm. Where is it? Time Out Market Miami in South Beach.

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If you ask us, brunch is just better bottomless. So we’re pretty stoked Time Out Market Miami has jumped on the bandwagon to offer a sweet bottomless deal during Saturday and Sunday brunch. For just $22, enjoy three hours of unlimited mimosas, Bellinis and prosecco while you chill with friends and chow down on craveable meals from any of the Market’s eateries. Please drink responsibly, and do keep your pants on!

When is it? Sat, Sun noon–2pm. Where is it? Time Out Market Miami in South Beach.

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Spend your Sundays going from backbends to brunch at Time Out Market Miami. Ocean Life Studio instructors teach a family-friendly yoga class starting at noon. Suitable for all ages and fitness levels, the session comprises lessons in movement, breathwork and forming a stronger mind-body connection. Following the complimentary class, students can stick around for bottomless mimosas, champagne specials and more delicious Sunday things.

When is it? Sundays at noon. Where is it? Time Out Market Miami. Classes are free.

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Catch the best of this season's NFL action at the Market. We'll be screening the big games on Thursdays (at the bar) and Sundays (on the big screen). And there'll be drink specials! Take advantage of $50 bottles of Tattinger champagne and buckets of 5 beers for $20.

When is it? Sun at various hours. Where is it? Time Out Market Miami.

Best things to do in Miami this weekend

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Do you have a serious sweet tooth? Are you, like so many of us, on a constant quest for your next fix of digital accolades in the form of likes, comments and reposts? Get your cameras ready: Miami Sweet’s glistening candy jungle, massive pineapple pit and other over-the-top interactive confections are taking over Aventura Mall’s third-level Treats Food Hall all holiday season long. Crafted by global candy artist Jackie Sorkin (who once starred in a TLC reality show called “Candy Queen” so you know her stuff is camera-ready), Miami Sweet already delighted us last year as Candytopia, and now it’s back with a new twelve room sugar-coated adventure. Ogle iconic pop art installations done up made up entirely of candy, walk through a Versace-themed sugar gallery and sway with samba dancers in the Candy Carnival room. Oh, and did we mention you can swing from giant ice cream sandwiches too? It’s happening! Look, but please don’t lick the impressive edible candy art and bring on all the super-sweet selfies.

When is it? Oct 15–Feb 22: Fri 11am–9pm; Sat 10am–9pm; Sun noon–8pm. Where is it? Aventura Mall. Tickets are $29.

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It's a bring-your-kids-to-the-museum kind of day, and you won't want to miss what the PAMM has in store. Kids Jamm will feature artist meet-and-greets, live music, interactive activities and special surprises for all the creative little ones in your brood.

When is it? Oct 17, 10am–1pm. Where is it? Perez Art Museum Miami. Tickets are available online.

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  • Movies
  • Horror

Blood-caked, lumbering, seemingly unstoppable: Halloween is the franchise that refuses to die. Forty-three years and 12 movies on – with a thirteenth to come in Halloween Ends – the latest installment is a bland slog of a reboot sequel with the same old gore but no new moves. If it doesn’t bleed out soon, it may outlive us all. Back again to haunt the small town of Haddonfield is stabby masked maniac Michael Myers—just in time for, well, Halloween. 

When is it? Opens in U.S. theaters Oct 15. Where is it? In theaters everywhere.

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Wynwood's Latin brewery partners with Tigre Studios to give folks access to the city's best underground beats. This weekend, Veza Sur welcomes AfroCuban sensation CIMAFUNK for a late-night set following the group's concert on Miami Beach. It'll be intimate, it'll be fun and it'll be like no other performance you've seen in a while.

When is it? Oct 16 at 10pm. Where is it? Veza Sur. Admission is free.

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Miami's first and only vinyl listening bar welcomes Quantic to the turntables for an intimate DJ set and conversation with Dante's HiFi's music director, Rich Medina.

When is it? Oct 16 at 8pm. Where is it? Dante's HiFi. Reservations are required and available online for $35.

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Forget brunch—R House levels up this fall with a nighttime Latin-themed drag extravaganza, Escandalo. Pop in on Saturdays to witness the high kicks, death drops and fierce performances going down at the Wynwood restaurant’s new Saturday night party. Our favorite diva Athena Dion brings her gals Chachita Rubio, Morphine Love, Gadfrie and T-Lo Ivy, plus live salsa-fusion music by Carlito Rubio & La Karlanga Band playing all night.

When is it? Sat at 7:30pm and 10pm. Where is it? R House in Wynwood. Performances go on during regular dinner service and reservations are encouraged.

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The Miami Beach Botanical garden aims to satisfy our music-deprived souls with an outdoor concert series this month. On Friday, October 15, catch a performance by five-piece “post-blues” hybrid band JUke, who’s opened for the likes of G. Love and Zach Deputy. On October 29, the garden welcomes Afrobeta with special guest Phaxas. Guests are encouraged to dress in costume for the spooky Halloween edition of the concert series. The shows are discounted for members but everyone is invited to attend.  

When is it? Oct 15 at 6pm. Where is it? Miami Beach Botanical Garden.

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From the company that brought us the Museum of Illusions comes the Haunted Circus Festival, a traveling sideshow and carnival filled with all kinds of freakish characters. There’s a chilling circus and an unsolved mystery at the center of the spectacle and it’s up to the audience—you!—to help find the star who’s gone missing. You’ll go home with a creepy souvenir if you successfully break the spell!

Spellbinding quests, pumpkin carving sessions and tarot readings also take place while bizarre acrobatics go on and ghouls and ghosts overtake the ring. The Haunted Circus Festival promises a spooky experience just in time for Halloween, but organizers assure that it’s not too scary and safe for the whole family.

When is it? Sep 16–Oct 31 Fri 5–10pm; Sat, Sun 10am–10pm. Where is it? Tropical Park. Tickets are $39.90 online.

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Head under the sea at the new Little Mermaid Cocktail Experience, complete with costumed performers, underwater-themed cocktails and soothing tunes to make you feel as though you were drinking down below. Based on Hans Christian Andersen’s mermaid fairytale—which inspired Disney's The Little Mermaid—the 90-minute journey includes three bespoke drinks to sip while encountering the nefarious Sea Witch and other enchanting characters along the way. Do watch for pirates amid the sparkling, aquatic vignette.

When is it? Thu–Sun at various times. Where is it? Miami Ironside, 7610 NE 4th Ct. Tickets are $68 online.

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Welcome to fall in South Florida: where one minute you’re spending the afternoon in South Beach and the next you’re frolicking through a pumpkin patch in Miami. We get it. Just because it’s a million degrees out doesn’t mean we should forego the fun, seasonal tradition—especially when you’re looking for something to do with your kids in Miami. Little ones love the petting zoos and haystacks you’ll find at some of these Miami pumpkin patches, while adults get to spend the day outdoors and you might even get a cocktail while you’re there. Ahead, the gorgeous gourd-filled spots to seek out this autumn.

When is it? Now through October 31. Where is it? At various locations in Miami. Check the full story for details.

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The waterfront bar brings back its annual vodka festival, and you'll want to brace for what's in store. Starting Friday at 5pm, guests can sample cocktails from more than 100 different vodka brands and prices are based on the time you place your order. 

When is it? Oct 8, 5–11pm. Where is it? The Wharf, 114 SW N River Dr

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  • Action and adventure

Deviating from a formula as well-ironed as one of its hero’s tuxes, No Time to Die bids goodbye to Daniel Craig with so many surprises, it’s tough to know where to start. There are big, unprecedented storytelling decisions; Bond relates to not one, but several women as equals; and at one point, he makes pancakes for a small child. The nicest surprise of them all, though, is just how good it is. 

When is it? Opens in U.S. theaters Oct 8. Where is it? In theaters everywhere.  

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