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. Lucky for you, each week we compile a list of what promise to be the most fun events, performances, festivals and more happening Friday through Sunday. Ready to turbocharge your social life? Make plans to keep busy with our guide to the best things to do in Miami this weekend.
Best of the city under one roof
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 Sunday brunch. For just $22 (plus tax and gratuity), enjoy four hours (11am–3pm) of unlimited mimosas, Bellinis and prosecco while you chill with friends and chow down on craveable meals from any of the Market’s 18 eateries. Please drink responsibly, and do keep your pants on!
Things to do in Miami this weekend
Fellows from the acclaimed New World Symphony take their talents on the road for classical music jam sessions around the city. For this weekend’s edition of the Impromptu series, which celebrates the joy of music-making and collaboration, catch a handful of Miami’s most talented artists in a casual, intimate setting at romantic Wynwood wine bar Lagniappe. Unlike a traditional concert, audience members will not need a ticket, can sit or stand wherever they like, enjoy wine and light bites, and come and go as they please.
Like many of us in the era of Trump and Lil Nas X, this Atlanta garage rock outfit seems to have both country music and the apocalypse on its mind. The singles for their new album Sing in a World That’s Falling Apart, due January 24, have taken a twangier direction than in the past. Personnel changes may have affected their state of mind, as they’ve recently recruited a new drummer and guitarist.
This progressive indie film festival from Miami Light Project takes over the Light Box Theater, PAMM, O Cinema South Beach and SoundScape Park at New World Center for several days of workshops, panel discussions and film screenings aimed at democratizing performance and stoking social change. For a seventh year, ScreenDance highlights choreographers and directors who are working with emerging and new concepts related to movement and dance on film and dance on camera.
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden dedicates two full days to the beloved cocoa bean for this 14th-annual event. The main star of the show—if you couldn’t guess—is chocolate. Don’t miss your opportunity to taste samples from artisan chocolatiers, sit in on lectures and participate in all sorts of sweet demonstrations.
Harlem rapper A$AP Ferg heads to South Florida to put in work at DAER, the new day-to-night club at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. Expect the Trap Lord’s usual high-energy performance and a rowdy crowd of Mob die-hards at this lit club concert.
Does your record collection need a refresher? Head to the latest installment of Terrestrial Funk’s monthly pop-up at Gramps, featuring funk, soul, disco and other selections from local private sellers and shops around town. Bring your kid or your pup (Pizza Tropical, vegan options and fresh fruit smoothies are all on the menu), dig through crates filled with tens of thousands of titles, and sign up to guest DJ.
The million-dollar horse race ($9 million, to be exact) comes to Gulfstream Park. Not into horses? Come for the atmosphere, which, if similar to year’s past, will likely border on South Beach nightclub thanks to a day party hosted by LIV’s David Grutman plus food and beverage offerings from his luxe eateries Komodo, Swan, Bar Bevy and Papi Steak. Nelly, T-Pain and more are set to perform at Pegasus LIV Stretch Village.
They may not be as famous as Mac Demarco and never had as much hype as DIIV, but Beach Fossils is one of the most reliable outfits in the 2010s dream-pop scene that coalesced around the Captured Tracks label. Reno, Nevada band Surf Curse continues the jangly vibes on the bill, which also includes electro-pop singer/producer Negative Gemini.
The MiMo District’s favorite Asian-fusion spot Phuc Yea celebrates the Chinese New Year by bidding adieu to the Year of the Pig and welcoming prosperity and good fortune with the Year of the Rat. Sample special themed cocktails and roam a variety of pop-up food stations including a whole hog caja china, curry, cajun fried rice and summer and veggie rolls. Fortune tellers, a lion dance show and DJs spinning all night long are also on the menu. Tickets include a complimentary welcome cocktail to loosen things up and a goodie bag to help bring you blessings in the new year.
Miami’s favorite day rave/fitness party returns with a special dance-off to ring in the Chinese New Year. Come dressed as your Chinese Zodiac animal (we’re entering the Year of the Rat, in case you’re wondering), or wear something red (it symbolizes luck and joy in Chinese culture) and prepare to tap into your highest vibrations, refresh your body and realign your mind for 2020. The first Daybreaker of the year goes down on the sands of Faena Beach. As usual, enjoy relaxing yoga and meditation sessions followed by live performances, kombucha and bites.
The rising Puerto Rican talent is defining a new generation of reggaetonistas by moving away from trap to incorporate more reggae stylings and a vision of the Caribbean where peace, love and all the weed you need are a way of life.
Raw house, techno and disco is the mood whenever Jacques Renault is behind the decks. The Let's Play House mastermind (along with friend and partner Nik Mercer), brings his irreverent dance music set to Floyd for a healthy dose of Chicago, Detroit, and Brooklyn-inspired beats.
This inaugural music and food festival at Palmetto Bay Park definitely skews country, with a lineup of tight blue jeans-clad singer-songwriters and twangy roots acts on the bill along with vendors like the iconic fishermen’s favorite, Guy Harvey. Food and beverage offerings remain more or less traditional, too, including local seafood favorites, BBQ, Greek and paella, plus the requisite cold beer and frozen cocktails. VIP tickets are available as well, with proceeds from the family-friendly event benefiting local nonprofit The Brothers Project. 17535 SW 95th Ave, Palmetto Bay
The latest installment of Soundlux Audio and Sweat Records’ Classic Album Sunday—in which music nerds gather to drink beer and listen to an undeniably great vinyl album in its entirety over a state-of-the-art sound system—gets down and dirty with Erykah Badu’s soulful confessional Mama’s Gun in honor of its 20th anniversary. 120 NW 25th Street, Suite 302
The newly expanded Technique Records spills out into its dedicated parking lot this Sunday for a special edition of its Jazz Cafe series to celebrate two years of slinging vinyl on Miami’s Upper East Side. Look forward to live music and DJs, treats from neighborhood faves like Proper Sausages and Cream Parlor, fun giveaways and complimentary drinks all day provided by Gramps Bar at this family and pet-friendly event.
Cirque du Soleil revisits its smashing 1994 hit, bringing new life to the beloved production for its winter stint under the big top at Hard Rock Stadium. Alegría explores the classic power struggle between new and old orders through evocative gothic stage designs, colorful costumes and enchanting tunes—including the Grammy-nominated theme song. The decades-old show about hope and renewal was refreshed for new audiences, but purists will be delighted to see the same stunning acrobatics and memorable characters as the original.
Florida-grown hip-hop heavyweights Plies and DaniLeigh are joined by Chicago rapper Polo G to headline SuperFest Miami LIVE, a massive, family-friendly tailgate leading up to Super Bowl LIV. Going down in the backyard of the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, this multi-day festival gets you as close to the action as possible without actually having to buy tickets to the Big Game. 19101 NW 27th Ave, Miami Gardens
Super Bowl LIV makes landfall in Miami Gardens this February at the Hard Rock Stadium. To celebrate our city’s hosting duties this year, HistoryMiami Museum welcomes 6,000 square-feet of the most coveted, priceless, monumental pieces of NFL history to the new “Gridiron Glory: The Best of the Pro Football Hall of Fame” exhibit, opening this September. One-of-a-kind items like the seven-pound sterling silver Vince Lombardi Trophy and footballs thrown by Dan Marino when he broke the all-time career passing completions and yardage records will be on view at this interactive, multimedia show running all football season long.
There’s a new drag brunch in Wynwood, and it’s taking the party to a new level at the tropical-chic rooftop bar and lounge, No. 3 Social. Every third Sunday of every month, reserve your seat for two hours of feisty and avant-garde performances from some of the area’s best queens, including Andro Gin, Dang-Ho, Dasha Sweetwaters and Sofia Luna. A special afternoon menu ($40 per person) includes bottomless mimosas paired with a tight menu of brunch classics. Host Rios Dios Mios and DJ Tracy Young keep the energy going when the mimosas start to kick in.
Burlesque, drag and live music collide at this Vegas-style dinner-and-a-show launching at the notoriously rowdy Bâoli South Beach. Hosted by Miss Florida 2018 and fierce drag diva Miss Noel Leon of the illustrious Palace Bar, with burlesque queen Sweetpea saucing it up on stage, each last Sunday of the month Bâoli invites guests to experience its tantalizing new cabaret. Drinks and hors d'oeuvres will be served at one of two bars during cocktail hour before you make your way to Bâoli’s lush open-air terrace for dinner during the live show.
At Barter Wynwood—the eclectic and laidback watering hole where you can trade-in your cool vintage items for craft cocktails—Saturday afternoons are for afrobeats and soca. The dress code is strictly fashion-forward at this weekly party that kicks off at 3 and keeps the music, dancing and good vibes going until 9pm.
Beloved indie movie house O Cinema may have fallen victim to Wynwood’s break-neck development when it closed earlier this year, but it’s making a triumphant return in its old ‘hood with a new monthly pop-up, the Wynwood Film Series. Free screenings of blockbuster hits, cult classics and indie faves will make their way to various venues throughout the area through a partnership with Wynwood BID. Jan 26: The Matrix at Wynwood Marketplace
Here we go again! Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus, two of the dance-pop wizards behind ABBA, pack 22 of their songs into this durable jukebox musical set on a picturesque Greek island, in which a bride throws her wedding day into turmoil by inviting three men—one of whom is expected to be her father. It’s silly, it’s escapist and, if done well, it’s irresistible.