It's the eve of Super Bowl LIV, but there's still plenty of great things to do in Miami before the big game brings a flurry of entertainment madness to town. You have Steve Aoki at Story, Super Bowl Live, the Buena Vista Market Fest, and other diverions to keep your mind occupied before it's filled with thoughts of nothing but football and navigating nightmarish traffic.
Here are the best things to do in Miami this weekend:
Friday, January 24
How do we know when it's important to start taking climate change seriously? One indication is when there's an event being held in your vicinity titled Miami Climate Symposium 2020: Predicting and Living With Extremes. In addition to a number of discussions and presentations on weather extremes and prospective solutions, an open-to-the-public panel will include experts from universities and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. CNN's Bill Weir will moderate the panel. 3 to 5:30 p.m. Friday, January 24, at Watsco Center, 1245 Dauer Dr., Coral Gables; miami.edu. Admission is free with online registration.
If a little Steve Aoki won't pump you up, we don't know what to tell you. The energetic DJ/producer extraordinaire is set to rock Story Nightclub. If you're trying to pump yourself up for the show by listening to his work, "Boneless" is a reliable track. For newer jams, his album Neon Future III hit earbuds in 2018, and there's even a sequel — the aptly titled Neon Future IV — in the works for 2020. 11 p.m. Friday, January 25, at Story Nightclub, 136 Collins Ave., Miami Beach. Tickets cost $30 and up via tixr.com.
Saturday, January 25
The Super Bowl won't go down till February 2, but it's never too early to start partying for the biggest sporting event in the nation. The NFL's fan fest, Super Bowl Live, will offer a more wholesome alternative to the debauchery that'll otherwise define the week. The seven-day fest promises a number of experiences, including live music and dancing, culinary demos, an "Environmental Village," fan activities and shenanigans, and a Tailgate Town for chillin'. 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, January 25; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday, January 26; and select days/times through February 1 at Bayfront Park, 301 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; nfl.com. Admission is free.
You aren't a true Miamian if you haven't been to a Buena Vista Market Fest. So head to Buena Vista Market Fest V this weekend. This market-meets-fest is loaded with good vibes, friendly people, and plenty of activities to fill your day, including mindfulness rituals, DJ sets, craft cocktails, and artisan goods. Noon to 10 p.m. Saturday, January 25, and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, January 26, at Upper Buena Vista, 184 NE 50th Ter., Miami. Admission is free; RSVP via eventbrite.com.
You'll get double the Martin at Hard Rock Live this Saturday. Iconic funny dudes Steve Martin and Martin Short are extending their comedic bromance here in 2020 as their the Funniest Show in Town at the Moment Tour hits the Seminole Hard Rock's new venue. The guys' friendship spans 30-plus years — they met on the set of the 1986 flick Three Amigos. Twenty twenty marks the fifth consecutive year the dos amigos have toured together, and they're still finding new ways to make each other laugh out loud every night. 8 p.m. Saturday, January 25, at Hard Rock Live, 1 Seminole Way, Hollywood; seminolehardrockhollywood.com. Tickets cost $45 to $135.
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Sunday, January 26
Last year was a milestone for the Huntington Beach, California-bred rock outfit Hed PE. It marked 25 years since the band's 1994 formation, and as the icing on the b-day cake, the group released its 11th studio album, Stampede. To keep the momentum going into 2020, Hed PE will take all of its rap-punk-reggae stylings to the Culture Room in Fort Lauderdale on the band's 2020 tour, Can I Rock. 6:30 p.m. Sunday, January 26, at Culture Room, 3045 N. Federal Hwy., Fort Lauderdale; cultureroom.net. Tickets cost $18.
If you haven't seen Keanu Reeves at his finest in the 1999 sci-fi flick The Matrix (OK, he's been great in Speed, Parenthood, and all the John Wick stuff too), this Sunday is the perfect time. The film will screen during a special pop-up series — the Wynwood Film Series, in partnership with O Cinema — at the Wynwood Marketplace. 7 p.m. Sunday, January 26, at the Wynwood Marketplace, 2250 NW Second Ave., Miami. Admission is free; RSVP via eventbrite.com.