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These are the best things to do in Miami this weekend

A massive food festival, immersive theater, a chilled-out rave on the beach and more fun things to do in Miami this weekend

Falyn Wood
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Falyn Wood
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The fourth weekend of February brings us tons to do in Miami—and much of it is outside to bask in this glorious weather. On deck, we've got the 23rd annual South Beach Wine and Food Festival, so prepare for all the food, drinks and fun on the sand and at individual events across the city. In Design District, gaze upon the glitzy neighborhood’s impressive collection of public artworks on a free guided walking tour. A chilled-out dance music festival on Virginia Key, local improv, immersive theater in an art museum and a slew of adorable farmers and flea markets round out the festivities. Ready to have some fun in the 305? Here are the best things to do in Miami this weekend. 

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Celebrity chefs (hundreds of them) and hungry people from around the U.S. descend on South Beach and across the city for Miami’s largest and most famous annual food festival, proceeds from which benefit Florida International University Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management School. It's major.

For its 23rd year, SOBEWFF offers even more big-ticket events, including another rendition of the uber-popular Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives LIVE! hosted by Guy Fieri, plus additional intimate dinners hosted by culinary luminaries. There will be burger battles, punch bowl socials, taco and tequila pairings, a new Noche Cubana and more food and drinks than you’ll know what to do with. Break out your stretchy pants, and buckle up, people. Various locations

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Immersive theater achieves new artistic heights with The Museum Plays, a series of six new 10-minute plays performed inside the Rubell Museum in front of the works that inspired them. Produced by avant-garde company Miami New Drama in collaboration with the esteemed contemporary art collection, The Museum Plays runs for just 10 nights, weaving an intimate audience through the galleries as the artworks become the backdrop to unfolding, entirely original storylines.

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This fresh, two-day festival on Virginia Key is all about positive vibes and uplifting, melodic house and techno music. Presented by Common Ground, the hyped lounge in New York's trendy Meatpacking District, We Belong Here's 2024 headliners include Bob Moses, Duke Dumont, Tchami and Gordo.

Known for its immersive circular stage and luxe amenities for all, like lounge seating, trailer-style restrooms and atmospheric views of the wetlands and Atlantic, We Belong Here also coincides with South Beach Food and Wine Festival, making it an ideal spot for VIP after-hours. The boutique music fest has partnered once again with Smorgasburg, so expect the bites to be as good as the beats. 

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  • Walks and tours
  • Design District

There’s more to the Design District than high-end shopping. Get to know a new (free) side of the glittering neighborhood on this hour-long guided public art tour, covering 18 blocks of public artworks and the buildings they adorn. The expert-led walking tours happen every second and fourth Saturday, showcasing selected artworks and architectural highlights along distinctive routes. Meet in front of the Fly's Eye Dome on the first floor of Palm Court (enter at 140 NE 39th Street). 

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Who doesn't feel a wave of exuberance and emotion listening to a gospel choir? If you didn't know, the Adrienne Arsht Center hosts Free Gospel Sundays throughout the year and the show taking place on February 25 will be one to sing about. The theme of this performance is Music From the Bottom to celebrate 15 years of bringing soul to Miami. The show will be curated and performed by local artists paying homage to music originating in Miami.  

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  • Little Haiti / Lemon City

This magical pop-up flea market brings some of Miami's best indie vendors to cool locations around town every month. Usually under the shade of lush trees and flowering foliage, you'll find vintage fashion, vinyl, books, plants, art, home decor, handmade jewelry, candles and more, plus local food vendor pop-ups and activities. There's always a DJ spinning, and when the flea takes place at its home base, Higher Ground at Arlo Wynwood, there's always happy hour from 3 to 6pm. 

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The vibe: Malibu in the 70s, but pink. The fare: fast-casual Barbiecore. You don't have to head to Barbieland to fulfill your fantasies, because a Malibu Barbie Café is ready to welcome you in Wynwood. Expect 'Beach Burgers' and 'West Coast Wave Salads,' 'Pacific Paradise Pancakes' and 'Tubular Tenders.' Even the hummus is Barbie pink. There's also a cupcake-filled mega-yacht that'll sail right to your table, and glittery cocktails will be served.

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  • South Beach

This third-annual multi-disciplinary festival highlights Black musicians and creatives. For 2024, I Dream A World: Mary Lou's Harlem explores the legacy of the legendary pianist and composer with three weeks of concerts, films and an artifacts exhibit. Festival collaborators include Dr. Tammy Kernodle (University Distinguished Professor of Musicology at Miami University of Ohio) and Grammy Award-nominated pianist Aaron Diehl, among others. The festival will also feature the world premiere of Mary Lou Williams’ “History: A Wind Symphony,” an unfinished and re-orchestrated work recently discovered in the archives at Duke University.

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  • Little Haiti / Lemon City

Miami's biggest night for improv comedy happens every Saturday at Villain Theater in the heart of Little Haiti. Enjoy original, spontaneous live performances from some of the fiercest improvisers across South Florida. Shout out a suggestion and become a part of the action as the theater's talented cast of actors spins hysterical yarns over the course of two Second City-style improv shows. Mingle and sip beers in the lobby lounge in between sets: A ticket grants you access to both the 8:30 and 10pm showtimes.

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After a four-year hiatus, Luminosa is back at Jungle Island with over 40 larger-than-life lantern scenes along a mile-long path, all hand-crafted by over 150 artists. It’s like a glow-up around the world – both the real one and the fictional. Weave through a jungle of glowing leopards and elephants, dive into a coral and fish-filled installation of Atlantis, stand in awe at a glowing Pantheon (because the boys are probably already thinking about Rome) and finish off with a bacchanalia of Latin American folklore and figures, from Mayan temples to Day of the Dead calaveras

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  • Downtown

Known for her groundbreaking, psychedelic sculpture and Infinity Mirror installation works that originated in the 1960s and gave rise to today’s ubiquitous immersive art trend, Yayoi Kusama has created a culmination of her artistic practice in the LOVE IS CALLING exhibition at PAMM. Encounter the breadth of Kusama’s visual vocabulary in the darkened, mirrored cube: a disorienting cavern of color-changing, polka-dotted, tentacle-like forms extending from the floor and ceiling. Meanwhile, a recording of Kusama’s voice fills the space as she recites an original Japenese love poem about life and death.

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  • West Coconut Grove

The Coconut Grove Farmers Market is probably Miami’s most well-known. Every Saturday, Homestead's Glaser Organic Farms transforms an unoccupied corner of Coconut Grove into a full-fledged produce market with dozens of fruit and vegetable stands, a raw bar featuring prepared foods and salads and coolers filled with cold-pressed juices and nut mylks. There’s even velvety vegan ice cream for sale and several rows of picnic tables where you can sit and enjoy your bounty. Along its periphery, you’ll find other local vendors selling honey, homemade soaps, handmade jewelry and other artisanal items. And the setup and breakdown are so fascinating to watch! Much like the circus leaving town, everyone quickly dismantles their tents and packs up just after sunset, leaving no trace of the bustling day on the empty gravel lot.

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Legion Park is the place to be on a beautiful Saturday morning, as tents pop up from Biscayne Boulevard all the way to Biscayne Bay. Run by Urban Oasis Project, which oversees some of Miami’s most important farmers markets, you’ll find produce from local favorites like Little River Cooperative and French Farms, artisan-made goods like fresh bread, hummus and empanadas (the Chilean ones are excellent), and even dog treats. (Don’t worry, Fido always gets a free sample.) In the morning, a hundred or so yogis gather under the Spanish oak-draped banyan trees for a donation-based yoga class and then stock up on goods from some of the new-age vendors onsite.

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