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The Doral Yard
Photograph: Courtesy the Doral Yard/Megan McCluer

These are the best things to do in Miami this weekend

From a Mother's Day event to a girly pop-up, these are the best things to do in Miami this weekend

By Virginia Gil
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Welcome to the first weekend in May, a month that’s poised to be the busiest few weeks we’ve had this year. The height of spring means longer days to spend on the sand at a Miami beach, more time for strolls through parks in Miami and fewer tourists to beat out for a reservation at one of Miami’s best restaurants. Although, that last part is debatable—it’s crowded out there, folks! Either way, there are plenty of things to do in Miami this weekend, whether it’s dinner at a new spot, a concert outdoors or a new pop-up shop 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

Bottomless brunch
Photograph: Courtesy Unsplash/Oolga Serjantu

Bottomless Brunch at Time Out Market

Time Out Market Time Out Market Miami, South Beach

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!

Time Out Market Bar Miami
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Happy Hour at Time Out Market Miami

Things to do Time Out Market Miami, South Beach

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.

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Photograph: Courtesy Arepitas Bar

Arepitas Bar Launch at Time Out Market Miami

Things to do Time Out Market Miami, South Beach

We’re celebrating: Arepitas Bar is bringing a taste of Colombia to South Beach! Join us for the big reveal this Friday as we introduce the newest member of Time Out Market Miami, offering a modern take on Colombian cuisine with highly inventive arepas and Miami-inspired bites. The party kicks off at 4pm with so much aguardiente: get a free shot when you RSVP as well as with any purchase from Arepitas Bar, plus $1 shots all night long. If the guaro doesn’t get you dancing, the live vallenato (6 to 9pm) and Colombian DJ absolutely will. 

Best things to do in Miami this weekend

The Wharf Fort Lauderdale
Photograph: Courtesy The Wharf Fort Lauderdale/Robert Martinez

1. Pink Pink Everything at The Wharf

Restaurants Overtown

Grab the gals—the Wharf Downtown gets girly this Saturday. Beauty influencer Emilie Sobel hosts a pink-filled afternoon of primping and popping bottles of rosé. There’s going to be a glam bar for last-minute nail touchups, $25 specials on Côtes de Provence Rosé from noon to 4pm and a pop-up bazaar stocked with fashion goodies. Sat noon–6pm; free

Gala Restaurant at Hilton Aventura
Photograph: Courtesy Gala Restaurant

2. Evening pool party at Gala Restaurant

A pool party in Aventura? Stranger things have happened. The new Hilton Aventura welcomes locals to hang at its new, seventh-floor pool deck, sip cocktails and groove to the sounds of globally acclaimed saxophonist Nadir Simon. DJ Anthony Raad keeps the party going in between sets. Reservations are a must. May 8 9pm–1am

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The Doral Yard
Photograph: Courtesy the Doral Yard/Megan McCluer

3. Mother's Day at The Doral Yard

Things to do Doral

Moms don’t just get one day at the Doral Yard, they get an entire weekend of events and discounts to make them feel special. Stop in on Friday for flamenco rumba, swing by on Saturday for a delightful Mother’s Day concert by Leslie Cartaya and bring your fit mom for a fitness class and a free churro on Sunday. Expect the Yard’s regular mix of programming plus a few extras sprinkled in for Mother’s Day. Fri–Sun at various times

Arsht Center Nite Owl Drive-In
Photograph: Courtesy Nite Owl Drive-In

4. Arsht Center Nite Owl Drive-In

Still avoiding indoor movie theaters? Nite Owl Drive-In and the Arsht Center partner for family-friendly showings on the weekends, including Friday’s screening of The Goonies. Tickets are $40 and include a $19.90 credit for concessions. Talk about a steal. At various times; $40. Nite Owl Theater, 1400 NE First Ave.

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Li's Dim Sum
Photograph: Courtesy Li's Dim Sum/Jonathan Duarte

5. Li’s Dim Sum at MKT Kitchen

Restaurants Chinese

One of lockdown’s few success stories, Raymond Li transitions from an Instagram takeout and delivery business to a pop-up restaurant in Coral Gables. Li’s Dum Sum takes over dinner service at MKT Kitchen Thursday through Saturday with an inventive take on traditional Chinese dumplings and noodle dishes. Li, together with his father, puts forth a delicious Colombian- and Cuban-inspired menu with standouts such as papas bravas with Szechuan tartare and charsiu sauce and guava and cream cheese spring rolls. 

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Photograph: Tryst

6. Tryst—a Lovers’ Rendezvous

Part burlesque, part circus and part musical, Tryst—a Lovers’ Rendezvous packs it all in for a night of sexy entertainment at the intimate Faena Theater. Kat Cunning (of HBO's The Deuce fame) is your sultry host for the evening, singing, dancing and introducing the audience to her many wives. Yes, plural. The adults-only performance is the engine-revving event to get you back out into the world after a year of lockdown.

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Jungle Plaza Miami Design District
Photograph: Courtesy Miami Design District

7. The Market at Miami Design District

Things to do Markets and fairs Jungle Plaza, Design District

Long a favorite destination for roving markets, the Miami Design District makes it official with its own weekly event. The Market at Miami Design District, created in partnership with Florida Fresh Markets, brings artisans, vendors and locally sourced produce to the neighborhood every Sunday. Expect new additions and a variety of live entertainment each week, kicking off with Bop Shop Brass Quartet on March 28 from 1 to 3pm.

Museum of Graffiti
Photograph: World Red Eye

8. Kids’ drawing classes at the Museum of Graffiti

Things to do Classes and workshops Museum of Graffiti, Wynwood

Have a budding street artist on your hands? Take them to the Museum of Graffiti for its weekly kids’ drawing classes. They’ll learn how to create bubble letters and practice different stenciling techniques during the 45-minute session, hosted for free every Sunday at the Wynwood cultural center. Tiny creatives must be accompanied by an adult to attend.

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