Things To Do

The 16 Best Things to Do in Miami This Week

The Horrorland Drive-Thru: See Thursday
The Horrorland Drive-Thru: See Thursday Photo courtesy of the Horrorland

Thursday, October 7

On Thursday, the Ground hosts an all-ages show featuring dream-pop trio the Polar Boys and Gainesville-born, Miami-based quintet the Hails. Both bands are still reeling from their successful debut releases, World Domination and He Seems Upset, respectively. The show marks the beginning of a statewide Blood Runs Cold Tour coheadlined by the two indie outfits. 7 p.m. Thursday, at the Ground, 34 NE 11th St., Miami; Tickets cost $10 via Olivia McAuley

If you get lulled into a sense of security in the comfort of your car at the Horrorland Drive-Thru, you're in for a big surprise. The aim of the game is to get spooked and Live 305 Entertainment has been giving even suspecting guests nightmares for two consecutive years now. With eight drive-thru haunted houses, movie-quality makeup, and convincing special effects, the spooky event is sure to do the trick. 7 to 11 p.m. Thursday through October 31, at Aventura Mall Parking Lot, 19501 Biscayne Blvd., Aventura; 305-935-1110; Tickets cost $48.99 to $58.99 via Olivia McAuley

On Thursday, experience Miami DanceMakers (MDM) at the Pérez Art Museum Museum for a night of live art. Taking over the museum's galleries, the dancers will perform choreography inspired by the artwork on display. MDM was launched in 2021 by acclaimed artistic director Adele Myers and sees artists paired with local cultural institutions, which offer rehearsal space and professional support. 7 p.m. Thursday, at Perez Art Museum Miami, 1103 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; 305-375-3000; Tickets cost $12 to $16; free for children six and under. Ashley-Anna Aboreden

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Hump Film Festival: See Friday
Photo by Rachel Robinson

Friday, October 8

The Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science unveils a new exhibition on Friday, which suggests that humans may have superpowers after all — well, almost. "Skin: Living Armor, Evolving Identity," a bilingual, multisensory exhibition, delves into the incredible powers and properties of skin across an array of organisms and examines the meaning humans have associated with skin color. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday through April 3, 2022, at the Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science, 1101 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; 305-434-9600; Tickets cost $21.95 to $29.95; free for members and children 2 and under. Olivia McAuley

Dan Savage's Hump Film Festival, a one-of-a-kind indie-porn flick symposium, lands back in Miami at O Cinema South Beach on Friday, kicking off its six-day lineup of amateur-made erotic shorts. Known for its radical approach to inclusivity, showcasing a sex-positive rainbow of bodies, kinks, and gender expressions, Hump Film Festival will have you giggling, blushing, and feeling empowered in no time. 7 and 9 p.m. Friday, at O Cinema South Beach, 1130 Washington Ave., Miami Beach; 786-471-3269; Tickets cost $25. Olivia McAuley

In the "before times," during Super Bowl LIV weekend, Harry Styles was set to perform at a Pepsi-sponsored event at Meridian Island Gardens on Watson Island. Unfortunately, a torrential downpour flooded the venue and forced Styles to cancel his appearance. Styles' fans are probably happy that the former One Direction member will be performing indoors at the FLA Live Arena (formerly BB&T Center) in Sunrise this time around. With Jenny Lewis serving as the opener, the Love On Tour will deliver all the watermelon sugar fans crave. 8 p.m. Friday, at FLA Live Arena, 1 Panther Pkwy., Sunrise; 954-835-7469; Tickets cost $35.25 to $165.25 via Jose D. Duran

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Taylor Swift and Olivia Rodrigo fans report to Gramps, please.
Photo by Matt Keller Lehman/@mattkellerlehman_photo

Saturday, October 9

If you're the first one to carve a pumpkin this season, the Vampire Circus may be right for you. At this mix of circus cabaret and theater, you'll be transported to 19th-century Bohemia with all its Gothic charm. The immersive experience promises to give you a good fright, all while having fun. Expect acrobats and off-the-wall characters to get you amped for Halloween. 4 p.m. Saturday through October 31, at Under the Big Top at Aventura Mall, 19501 Biscayne Blvd., Aventura; Tickets cost $29.99 to $89.99 via Ashley-Anna Aboreden

Imagine walking into a bar that only plays songs by Taylor Swift and Olivia Rodrigo, and absolutely everyone else there is a dedicated fan of both. While this may sound like an uncanny fantasy that exists in our heads, it's very much a reality thanks to party promoters Le Petit Fete. Experience Swift & Sour at Gramps this Saturday and fulfill those dream-pop fantasies. You'll even get a themed can koozie to take home with you. 8:30 p.m. Saturday, at Gramps, 176 NW 24th St., Miami; 855-732-8992; Tickets cost $15 via Ashley-Anna Aboreden

Fans of Stanley Kubrick's cult film A Clockwork Orange probably already know 2021 marks 50 years since the iconic movie was released. Coral Gables Art Cinema will show the film in its new 4K restoration to celebrate the milestone. The screen is part of the cinema's After Hours program, wherein it screens cult classics, foreign films, and even summer blockbusters late at night. 9 p.m. Saturday, at Coral Gables Art Cinema, 260 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables; 786-472-2249; Tickets cost $11.75. Ashley-Anna Aboreden

Pop-up event SortaSecret returns to indoor-outdoor venue the 94th Aero Squadron on Saturday with world-class DJ, Grammy-nominated producer, and Tool Room Records head Mark Knight. Also on the lineup: local DJ/producer Cortes and a back-to-back set by Dagher and Prieto. If you can keep a secret, expect the event to rage on until the early hours. 10 p.m. Saturday, at the 94th Aero Squadron Restaurant, 1395 NW 57th Ave., Miami; 305-261-4220; Tickets cost $20 to $50 via Olivia McAuley

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Harry Styles at FLA Live Arena: See Friday
Photo by Tim Walker

Sunday, October 10

World Mental Health Day falls on Sunday, and if you're looking for an opportunity to be kind to your body and ground yourself, join Stay Fit 305 for an outdoor yoga flow and meditation. Led by yoga instructor Julianne Aerhee Byun, you'll be able to practice your flow on the rooftop of Shelborne South Beach. You'll also get 20 percent off food and beverage at the café or pool bar, plus you can stick around for a DJ set. 10 a.m. Sunday, Shelborne South Beach, 1801 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; Tickets cost $10 via Ashley-Anna Aboreden

Las Vegas showgirl and drag performer Dasha Sweetwaters will shake a tailfeather for the Big Bird Show at Bar Nancy on Sunday. Sweetwaters and her friends will put on an aviary-inspired show that would even put Oscar the Grouch in a good mood. There will be plenty of drag, burlesque, and aerial acrobatics with a sprinkling of deviant behavior. Expect a few of your feathers to get plucked. 7:30 p.m. Sunday, at Bar Nancy, 2007 SW Eighth St., Miami; Tickets cost $25 to $35 via Jose D. Duran

Monday, October 11

The South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center presents a free virtual screening of the Nicholas Bruckman-directed documentary Not Going Quietly. Available to stream through Wednesday, the acclaimed film follows young father and recently diagnosed ALS patient Ady Barkan as he is propelled to fame following a confrontation with Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake and is inspired to use the time he has left to campaign for national healthcare reform. Available to stream through Wednesday; Admission is free. Olivia McAuley

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Scone Cash Players: See Tuesday
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Tuesday, October 12

The Adrienne Arsht Center's Live on the Plaza series kept many a Miamian sane during the pandemic, offering a safe outdoor environment to take in live music. The series has returned, and on Tuesday, it welcomes funk and soul act Scone Cash Players to the Thomson Plaza for the Arts. The outfit is led by Adam Scone, who has worked with legendary Daptone Records artists the Sugarcane Three, Lee Fields, and the Dap-Kings queen herself, the late Sharon Jones. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; 305-949-6722; Tickets cost $20 to $80. Jose D. Duran

Wednesday, October 13

Take advantage of the cooling temperatures by taking the little ones to Storytime at the Underline, presented by Books & Books and Friends of the Underline. This month's book theme is, naturally, a fall-focused Halloween affair, with the kid-friendly Hardly Haunted by Jessie Sima, Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson, and There's a Witch in Your Book by Tom Fletcher. The three books will be read aloud by a teen volunteer, followed by an allotted playtime. 4 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, at the Underline Brickell Backyard, SW First Avenue and Eighth Street; 305-603-9895; Admission is free with RSVP via Olivia McAuley

Interested in the art world or looking for a night of conversational stimulation? Locust Projects and Oolite Art come together this week for another segment of "Talks: Top Curators on Contemporary Art" at the Little Haiti Cultural Center. On Wednesday, a virtual discussion will be held with Lynne Cooke, senior curator for special projects in modern art for the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. 7 p.m. Wednesday, at Little Haiti Cultural Center, 212 NE 59th Ter., Miami; 305-960-2969; Admission is free with RSVP via Ashley-Anna Aboreden

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Ashley-Anna Aboreden is a Miami native and has been writing for as long as she can remember. She is an English graduate from FIU and is currently receiving her MFA in creative writing at the New School. She has an everlasting love for shih tzus (especially hers), chocolate chip cookies, and vintage books.
Jose D. Duran is the associate editor of Miami New Times. He's the strategist behind the publication's eyebrow-raising Facebook and Twitter feeds. He has also been reporting on Miami's cultural scene since 2006. He has a BS in journalism and will live in Miami as long as climate change permits.
Contact: Jose D. Duran
Olivia McAuley was born and raised in London, England. After studying at the University of Miami, she worked in music PR and marketing before joining Miami New Times as the club listings editor. She also writes about music and anything and everything that's going on in her adopted city.
Contact: Olivia McAuley