The Best Things to Do in Miami This Weekend

The Best Things to Do in Miami This Weekend
Ian Witlen

The best time of the week is finally here: the weekend. Miami offers just about every activity this weekend. On the music front, you can catch Matador at Heart Nightclub, Zedd at Story, the Weeknd at American Airlines Arena, Jo Mersa Marley and Danay Suarez at Hialeah Park Race Track, and Music On at Story. The Weeknd, Demi Lovato, Nick Jonas, Zedd, and some of radio's hottest pop stars will be at the BB&T Center tonight for Y100's annual Jingle Ball. On Sunday, get into the holiday spirit and burn off some calories with a bike ride through Coral Gables. Cruise past the city’s most festively decorated locations, including Merrick Park, Biltmore Way, and the Coral Gables Methodist Church during the Gables Bike Tour: Holiday Tour.

Here's a glimpse at what our city has to offer this weekend, so get up and get ready for another memorable, Miami-style weekend.

Catch The Weeknd at Y100's Jingle Ball tonight!
Catch The Weeknd at Y100's Jingle Ball tonight!
Photo by George Martinez

Friday:

  • Gingerbread house making at Ikea: Everyone knows IKEA can help you build any piece of furniture imaginable. And this holiday season, even gingerbread houses are included in the retailer’s line of ready-to-assemble goods for your home.
  • Y100's Jingle Ball at BB&T Center: It really isn't the holiday season until Y100's Jingle Ball comes jingling its way to town. And this week, "Miami's number-one hit music station" will be kicking off the Yuletide festivities with the Weeknd, Demi Lovato, Nick Jonas, Zedd, and some of radio's hottest pop stars at the BB&T Center.
  • Matador at Heart Nightclub: From Dublin to Miami, watch Minus Label DJ-producer Matador slash the dance floor at Heart. This former chef used to go straight from the kitchen to the studio, but now he's got all the time in the world to make you dance.
  • Zedd at Story: From his Jingle Ball performance at the BB&T Center in Sunrise to his very own weekend rager at Story Nightclub in South Beach, Zedd's definitely gonna be up all night this Friday. The least you can do is, well, "Stay the Night" with the DJ while he takes his beats from the 954 to the 305.
The Best Things to Do in Miami This Weekend
Photo by Dan Norris
  • Cavity at Churchill's Pub: Get ready for a night of "feedback and distortion" as one of Miami's sludge and doom metal pioneers — who dominated the scene in the early '90s — tear up the stage at Churchill's.

Saturday:

  • Petit Fours at The Biltmore Hotel: At the Biltmore Culinary Academy (BCA), located inside the historic Biltmore Hotel, pastry enthusiasts will get the chance to cook with executive pastry chef Olivier Rodriguez in the school’s latest course, Petit Fours. Aspiring chefs of all levels will learn the ins and outs of making the small assorted desserts, which are mainstays at French patisseries.
  • SantaCon at Mr. Moe's Restaurant and Bar: This year’s eighth-annual SantaCon will take over Coconut Grove with an onslaught of revelers dressed in red, green, and white. Stops on this merry adventure include Taurus, Barracudas Tavern, Duffy’s, Fat Tuesday, and Sandbar — it’s like your old college nights relived.
The Best Things to Do in Miami This Weekend
Courtesy of Marco Carola
  • Music On at Story: "I wanted to create something special," Italian-born DJ-producer and label magnate, Marco Carola told New Times just over a year ago about his Music On Ibiza residency. "With my partners, we created Music On around my vision — taking music seriously but having fun with it." Going on its second year in Miami, Music On is strictly "[focused] on the music," but with an extra dosage of fun, of course.
  • The Weeknd at American Airlines Arena: Abel Tesfaye's 2015 Grammy Album of the Year nominee, Beauty Behind the Madness, is a love letter to himself, crafted with the most focused pop thinking displayed so far in his career. In that impossible vocal range, Tesfaye built a dark fantasy record in which he is the only male in the room, surrounded by a roster of impossibly gorgeous women and a drug stash that runneth over. It's a me-me-me attitude and, at least on the singles, the result is very good.
  • Electric Piquete at Woody's West End Tavern: It's been one hell of a year for Electric Piquete. From being named Miami's best Latin band by us here at New Times to being introduced by Willy Chirino during their debut performance at the Hialeah Park Racing and Casino, losrumberos de la Ciudad queProgresa are celebrating the end of a kick-ass 2015 at Woody's West End Tavern.
  • Jo Mersa Marley & Danay Suarez at Hialeah Park Race Track: Known until now as an internationally famous racetrack, one of the oldest recreational facilities in South Florida, and a natural oasis in a city that claims distinction as the sixth-largest populated urban area in the state, Hialeah Park is about to be reinvented as a major entertainment destination with help from Jo Mersa Marley and Danay Suarez this Saturday.
The Best Things to Do in Miami This Weekend
Courtesy of Coral Gables Museum

Sunday:

  • Gables Bike Tour: Holiday Tour at Coral Gables Museum: Get into the holiday spirit and burn off some calories with a bike ride through Coral Gables. Cruise past the city’s most festively decorated locations, including Merrick Park, Biltmore Way, and the Coral Gables Methodist Church during the Gables Bike Tour: Holiday Tour. At the end of the tour, riders will have the opportunity to treat themselves with holiday eggnog.
  • Miami Jingle Bell Jog 5K at Tropical Park: You can be a fit and fun Saint Nick when you run the Miami Jingle Bell Jog 5K while dressed not in a red-and-white T-shirt, but a complimentary Santa suit. You also get your own set of jingle bells to tie around your ankles, so jingle all the way, you shall indeed.
The Best Things to Do in Miami This Weekend
Courtesy of Bayfront Park
  • La Feria del Mercado de San Miguel at Bayfront Park: A hub for culinary culture and education, Mercado de San Miguel transfers that flair to South Florida with a 9,000-square-foot tent, which houses a tapas bar, a Spanish market featuring local and imported items, four food kiosks, and smaller carts serving delights such as croquetas, gazpacho, and the Spanish superham, jamón ibérico.
  • Seraphic Fire at South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center: Handel's Messiah has rendered audiences breathless since its 1743 debut. Anchored by the triumphant Hallelujah Chorus, this pillar of Western music is an indisputable masterpiece that must be experienced live. Patrick Dupré Quigley returns to conduct selections from Handel’s magnum opus.
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