Let's just hope against hope and pray that next week won't be quite as mind-numbingly stupid as this one.
Here are the best things to do in Miami this weekend:
It's the first Friday of the month, which means it's time for Giralda Under the Stars. Every month, Coral Gables' beautiful, restaurant-lined Giralda Avenue hosts outdoor dining opportunities and live tunes. For this edition, enjoy music along the promenade with a special "Vintage Vibes and Gypsy Rhythms" theme. Pro tip: Diageo, a big-time liquor conglomerate, will offer free samples too. 7 p.m. Friday, February 7, in Giralda Plaza, Giralda Avenue, Coral Gables; shopcoralgables.com. Admission is free.
Maybe you're not quite ready for an ultraprimitive camping trip in the Everglades. A perfect foray into the camping world for you and/or your family will be the City of Doral's Camping Under the Stars this Friday. As part of the event, you can pitch your tent (bring your own camping supplies) in the city's Central Park, roast marshmallows with your neighbors, and watch a movie on a giant outdoor screen. 7 p.m. Friday, February 7, in Doral Central Park, 3000 NW 87th Ave., Doral; cityofdoral.com. Admission is free with registration.
seminolehardrockhollywood.com. Tickets cost $25 to $50 via ticketmaster.com.
Saturday, February 8
Eight festivals in one? Yes, such things are indeed possible, and it's happening this weekend at the sixth-annual Coral Gables Mega Festival of the Arts. In a nutshell, five of the festivals are free to attend, including a fine art fest (with more than 200 vendors); a kids' fest (with art stations, face painting, and more); a home show; a fashion show; and a pet fest (with training, demos, and contests for Fido). If you're looking to splurge, pay to enter the fests for spirits, craft beer, and seafood. Saturday, February 8, and Sunday, February 9, in Coral Gables, 355 Alhambra Cir., Coral Gables. Admission is free for select events; tickets and packages are available via eventbrite.com.
brewmiami.com. Tickets cost $40 to $150 via eventbrite.com.
A bit of evening meditation never hurts anyone. South Pointe Park will be the site of the latest Detox Beach Meditation, which is anchored by a 5:30 p.m. yoga class, 5:50 p.m. meditation ceremony, and flower ceremony at 7 p.m. to carry it home. Typically 500 or so folks show up for these events, so arrive early to claim your spot on the sand. For the superearly birds (or if you just want to assist in keeping our beaches clean), the group will host a beach cleanup at 3. 5:30 to 7 p.m. Sunday, February 9, in South Pointe Park, 1 Washington Ave., Miami Beach. Admission is free with RSVP via eventbrite.com.
Full moon alert! The moon will be showing off its best and brightest self this weekend. To evade the weirdness that can come with it, how about a Full Moon Kayak Tour this Sunday evening? Coordinated by the peeps at Morningside Watersports, this guided group adventure departs from Morningside Park and will visit nearby islands before returning to the park for a chill gathering complete with a bonfire and tunes. Your admission includes a kayak and life vest, so be sure to come water-ready when it comes to clothing, shoes, and electronics. 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday, February 9, at Morningside Park, 5215 NE Seventh Ave., Miami. Tickets cost $20 to $40 via eventbrite.com.