This isn't everyone's idea of a good time.
This isn't everyone's idea of a good time.

Avoiding Ultra Music Festival: The Ten Best EDM-Free Things to Do This Weekend

Is it okay to admit to not being a fan of Ultra Music Festival and still be considered a true Miamian? Sure it is. Not everyone in Miami is a beat freak by nature.

Big, banging EDM, lasers, mesh tops, Molly, public nudity -- it all takes a special kind of person to enjoy. With four more days of Ultra ahead, it's only fair to consider the people whose idea of fun does not involve Skrillex and Deadmau5 -- the type of people who probably have no clue how to even pronounce those two names.

From fashion to arts to sports, there's something going on for all of you more tame kids this weekend.

See also:
- How Ultra Music Festival and WMC Are Hurting Miami

Last year's Nicolas Felizola runway show
Last year's Nicolas Felizola runway show

10. Catch a Show at Miami International Fashion Week
The 15th annual Miami International Fashion Week at the Miami Beach Convention Center is back, and this year's schedule is the most promising yet. As the largest international and Hispanic fashion event in the U.S., it brings together top emerging and established fashion designers hailing from as near as Miami to as far as India. If you're in the mood for fashion, one of MIFW's weekend shows is a sure way to get your fix. Friday's program includes the Swimwear Showcase, Prêt-A-Porter Showcase, Bridal Couture Show, a pop-up boutique, and if you're hungry (and what fashionista isn't?), visit the Culinary Style Café featuring Executive Chef Steve Sabatino who with Whole Foods Market will prepare a three-course tasting menu. Trés yum.

Price: $50-$500
March 20-23, 6 p.m.- 11 p.m., Miami Beach Convention Center, Hall D, 1901 Convention Center Drive, Miami Beach, Call 305-673-7311 or visit

Avoiding Ultra Music Festival: The Ten Best EDM-Free Things to Do This Weekend

9. Feel Like a Kid Again at the Dade-County Youth Fair
Admit it. It's probably been years since you've last been to The Youth Fair. But there's good news for nostalgia junkies: It's exactly as you remember it. This weekend is as good at time as any to relive your childhood in the best non-ironic way possible. Grab some tickets, ride the Cyclone and the swinging ship, and pet some animals at the petting zoo for old times' sake. Follow it up with some fried dough, fried Oreos, fried Kool-Aid, all fried everything. Throwing up is optional.

Price: $10 for general admission, children 5 and under are free.
Saturdays & Sundays at 12 p.m., The Youth Fair, Coral Way (SW 24th St.) at 112th Ave., Miami, Call 305-223-7060 or visit

Bed Crumbs, a film by Jennifer Levy is showing Friday, March 22 at Midtown Theatre.
Bed Crumbs, a film by Jennifer Levy is showing Friday, March 22 at Midtown Theatre.

8. Watch a Flick at Women's International Film Festival
The 2013 Women's International Film & Arts Festival (named New Times' Best Film Festival in 2007) is featuring more than 50 films in five days. It's one of just a few international film and arts festivals specifically designed to promote women in the film industry and to celebrate women's accomplishments. With a goal of both presenting the best work and further encouraging its creation, the WIFF includes heavy slates of both screenings and workshops, panels, symposia, and fashion shows, outdoor concerts, and plenty of parties.

Price: Tickets are $10 for members, $10 for Students and seniors, and $15 for general admission.
March 20- 24, times and locations vary, The Women's International Film & Arts Festival, Call 954-990-8088 or visit

Avoiding Ultra Music Festival: The Ten Best EDM-Free Things to Do This Weekend

7. The Miami Taste of Brickell Food & Wine Festival
Some of us are still trying to lose the extra weight we gained at South Beach Wine & Food Festival. But if you never made it to the white tents on South Beach, or if you just can't get enough of food festivals, then this weekend's Taste of Brickell Food & Wine Festival is the place for you. More than 40 local eateries and wine vendors are coming together for an enormous two-day gluttonous fete. This year's lineup includes China Grill, Taverna Opa, Toscana Divino, the Atrio at the Conrad Hotel, Rosa Mexicana, and Oceanaire Seafood Room. In addition to all the grub and vino, there will be demos by celebrity chefs and live entertainment by Queen of Kings, Pocket Changed, and MC Jenny Love. If you feel so inclined, you can drop the kiddos off at the Kids Playground area. Just don't forget you left them there before you head home.

Price: $10
Saturday March 23 and Sunday March 24 from 12 p.m.- 10 p.m., Historic Miami Circle, 401 Brickell Ave., Miami, Call 305-200-8892 or visit

assume vivid astro focus, assume vivid astro focus (avaf) VIII, 2004, Instillation of 31 works, Mixed Media, Variable dimensions
assume vivid astro focus, assume vivid astro focus (avaf) VIII, 2004, Instillation of 31 works, Mixed Media, Variable dimensions

6. See the "Pivot

Points: 15 Years and Counting" Exhibit at MOCA
There is no question it's always a good time to get your art

on in this town. In celebration of MOCA's 15th Anniversary and in honor of the

international collectors who with major donations have made it possible for the

museum's extraordinary history of groundbreaking exhibitions, the commemorative

collection is comprised of over 30 works and will be unveiled together for the

first time in this exhibition on March 21. Curated by MOCA Executive Director

and Chief Curator Bonnie Clearwater, "Pivot Points" includes large-scale

installations, paintings, photographs, prints, film, and video by homegrown

talent and national and international artists, including assume vivid astro

focus, Uta Barth, Bhakti Baxter, Tom Burr, Joseph Cornell, Gabriel Orozco,

Yinka Shonibare, Xaviera Simmons, and Robert Thierrien.

Price: $5
On view through May 19, Friday and Saturday 11 a.m.- 5 p.m.,

Sunday 12 p.m.-5 p.m., Museum of

Contemporary Art, 770 NE 125th St., North Miami. Call 305-893-6211 or visit

Avoiding Ultra Music Festival: The Ten Best EDM-Free Things to Do This Weekend

5. Meet Rachel Maddow at University of Miami Bank United Center
Rachel Maddow is a smart cookie. Before she won America over with her radio show and the Emmy-winning Rachel Maddow Show on MSNBC, she earned her PhD in politics from Oxford. Now, she's debuting her new book Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power. In it, Maddow argues that America has drifted away from its original ideals and become a nation weirdly at peace and comfort with being in a perpetual war. Maddow shares her analysis of wartime in America, from the Vietnam War to today's war in Afghanistan, and explores the disturbing truth behind the rise of executive authority and the corruption of America's ideals of war. Ultimately, she shows us just how much we stand to lose by allowing the priorities of the national security state to overpower our political discourse. Pick up her book at Books & Books, then head over to the University of Miami's Fieldhouse where she will sit down with UM president Donna Shalala for an in-depth discussion.

Price: free with book purchase
Sunday, March 24 at 4 p.m., Bank United Center at University of Miami, 1245 Dauer Drive, Coral Gables. Call 305-284-8686 or visit

Diego Rivera's 'Still Life' of 1908, collected by Jorge Pérez.
Diego Rivera's 'Still Life' of 1908, collected by Jorge Pérez.
Banco de México Diego Rivera Frida Kahlo Museums Trust, Mexico, D.F. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

4. See "Frames of Reference: Latin American Art from the Jorge M. Pérez Collectio" at Miami Art Museum
On view through June 2, this is MAM's last exhibit before it waves goodbye to its current location. The exhibit highlights the cultural journey of its most ardent benefactor, Jorge M. Pérez, with a selection of works from his very own art collection. Featuring 45 works of Latin American art in the collection through an art historical lens, it emphasizes the tremendous creative and conceptual contributions of artists such as José Bedia, Beatriz González, Wifredo Lam, Roberto Matta Echaurren, Diego Rivera, and Joaquín Torres-Garcia, among others. It also marks the start of its transition to its new Herzog & de Meuron digs at the highly anticipated Museum Park.

Price: Tickets are $8 for adults, $4 for seniors, Children under 12, MAM members, and Students all free.
12 p.m.- 5 p.m. Miami Art Museum, 101 W Flagler St., Miami, Call 305-375-3000 or visit

Avoiding Ultra Music Festival: The Ten Best EDM-Free Things to Do This Weekend
Philip Groshong for Cincinnati Opera

3. Unexpected Opera at Unexpected Places: Tango Double-Bill at the Stage
Watch the last installment of the Florida Grand Opera's initiative to bring operatic productions to some wildly unusual forums. The romance and passion of Argentina meets the gritty bar scene at The Stage with the Tango double-bill, featuring Robert Xavier Rodriguez's Tango and Ástor Piazzolla's María de Buenos Aires.

Price: General admission tickets are $25
8 p.m.- 11:15 p.m., The Stage, 170 NE 38th St., Miami. Call 800-741-1010 or visit

Gabe Hammad, David Sirois, Mark Della Ventura, and Julie Daniels
Gabe Hammad, David Sirois, Mark Della Ventura, and Julie Daniels
Justin Namon / Adrienne Arsht Center

2. See Brothers Beckett at the Arsht Center
We all have that annoying sibling who always gets under our skin. We've all fallen in love with the girl or guy next door. And we've all experienced growing pains. Enter Brothers Beckett. Penned by local playwright and co-star David Michael Sirois and first presented by Alliance Theatre Lab in Miami Lakes in March 2011, Brothers Beckett has earned three Carbonell nominations and is now a part of the Arsht Center's Theater Up Close series. This weekend is your last chance to see this hilarious, witty, and sensitive look at family, friendship, and the abandoned challenges of growing up performed by some of our best local talent.

Price: $35
7:30 p.m., Carnival Studio Theater in the Ziff Ballet Opera House, Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, Call 305-949-6722 or visit

Bring on 26
Bring on 26

1. Watch the Heat Win Again at the American Airlines Arena
What did LeBron give up for lent? Losing. This Sunday, the HEAT will be back with 23 straight wins under their belt. It would be a shame to miss them play against the Charlotte Bobcats, who, by the way set the record for the lowest win percentage in the history of the NBA last season. R.I.P Bobcats.

Price: Varies
Sunday, March 24 at 6 p.m., American Airlines Arena, 601 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, call 786-777-1000 or visit

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