The last Super Bowl Miami hosted was in 2010 at what was then known as Sun Life Stadium. How in hell has it been a decade? Temporal alienation aside, there's plenty of fun to be had this weekend: In addition to the big game itself this Sunday at Hard Rock Stadium, Guns N' Roses and Snoop Dogg will share the American Airlines stage as part of the Super Bowl Music Fest this Friday. Later that evening, if you're still going strong, hit Club Space for a whopping ten-hour set courtesy of EDM heavyweights Diplo and Carnage. Beyond the barrage of tunes, the Brewery Running Series will roll into Doral's Tripping Animals Brewing on Sunday — and beer and swag will be waiting for you at the finish line.
Here are the best things to do in Miami this weekend:
Friday, January 31
Ordinarily, you wouldn't see Guns N' Roses and Snoop Dogg on the same stage. But it'll happen this Friday night as part of the Super Bowl Music Fest, which kicked off Thursday with DJ Khaled, Meek Mill, and many other artists. Plus, Maroon 5 and country crooners Dan + Shay will headline the big stage Saturday as part of the three-day fest. 8 p.m. Friday, January 31, at American Airlines Arena, 601 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; aaarena.com. Tickets cost $100 to $1,350 via ticketmaster.com.
Before this loony weekend kicks off in South Florida, we need a little tranquility. Fortunately, the French Horn Collective will play a free show at the Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami (MOCA) this Friday evening, offering a subdued alternative to the boisterous shenanigans that'll take place. Prior to the French Horn Collective's performance, Fluxus Haus dancers will teach folks some classic moves, including the jitterbug, Charleston, and jive. So get ready to cut a rug. The show marks the latest event in the museum's Jazz at MOCA, a musical series that offers a free show each month. 8 p.m. Friday, January 31, at the Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami, 770 NE 125th St., North Miami; mocanomi.org. Admission is free with RSVP via eventbrite.com.
Prepare for ten consecutive hours of electronic music madness. Big-time DJs Diplo and Carnage will share, well, space, in the Club Space DJ booth beginning late Friday night. From there, they'll be spinning all night and well into Saturday afternoon. The only question is: Can you keep up with them? For preshow listens — just in case ten hours of music curated by the pair is not enough — Diplo dropped a collaborative album with Sia and Labrinth last year, LSD. On Carnage's end, the Guatemala-born DJ's 2019 single with Wiz Khalifa and G-Eazy, "Wait for Me," is perfect for cruising with the top down. 11 p.m. Friday, January 31, at Club Space, 34 NE 11th Street, Miami; clubspace.com. Tickets start at $40.
Saturday, February 1
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Maybe running isn't your thing. But if beer is waiting for you at the end and it's a generally relaxed 5K, perhaps you'll reconsider. The vibrant Brewery Running Series will kick off at Tripping Animals Brewery in Doral this Saturday. Essentially, the 5K-ish fun run (read: run at your own pace) begins and ends at the brewery. After the event, you get a free beer, swag, and door prize entries to win more beer and swag. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Covenant House Florida, which helps local runaway and homeless young people. 11 a.m. Saturday, February 1, at Tripping Animals Brewing, 2685 NW 105th Ave., Doral; breweryrunningseries.com. Tickets start at $30 via eventbrite.com.
Fans of the Miami Flea will be happy to know its founders have created a new food-centric event. The Last Bite: A South Florida Food Feast will kick off this Saturday. Sponsored by Veza Sur Brewing and Prism Creative Group, the fest will offer food and goods from more than 30 eateries and 15 artisan vendors, including Lulu's Ice Cream, Naughty Coffee, and the Wanderlust Bazaar. On the tunes front, headliner Locos por Juana, the Savants of Soul, and Bad Apples Brass Band will perform. 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday, February 1, in Regatta Park, 3500 Pan American Dr., Coconut Grove. Admission is free with RSVP via eventbrite.com.
Sunday, February 2
Before the big game this Sunday, add some wholesome yoga goodness to the equation. You may have seen yogis stretching near the intersection of Lincoln Road and Euclid Avenue. Well, now you can join the action this Sunday. Warrior Flow Yoga kicks off with a 15-minute meditation session, followed by an open-level flow class (translation: Anyone is welcome regardless of experience level). Pro tip: Bring your own mat, towel, and water. 9:45 a.m. Sunday, February 2, at 700 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach. Admission is free with RSVP via eventbrite.com.
This list would be incomplete without mentioning the big game itself: Super Bowl LIV at Hard Rock Stadium this Sunday. Now, the questions remain: How low will tickets go on resale sites as kickoff draws closer? And just how much are you willing to redefine the word "cheap" to snag a ticket? Assuming you're an average joe like the rest of us, just remember there are plenty of other ways to enjoy the Niners-Chiefs showdown. 6:30 p.m. Sunday, February 2, at Hard Rock Stadium, 347 Don Shula Dr., Miami Gardens; hardrockstadium.com. Resale tickets start at $4,000 via ticketmaster.com.