As the threat of coronavirus looms, take advantage of the weekend's events before the hysteria sets in. This Friday, ventriloquist Jeff Dunham will headline the BB&T Center alongside his puppet friends. If you're looking for some newish clothes, check out these two stellar options: the Swap Party (bring clothes to trade) Saturday at the Citadel and then ThriftCon, with 100-plus vintage vendors, in the Magic City Innovation District Sunday. To close out the weekend, take in some epic music when a full symphony performs the soundtrack to Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back at the Arsht Center.
Here are the best things to do in Miami this weekend:
It's been four years since Prince and his musical excellence left God's green Earth. Fortunately, groups such as the Purple Madness, a rockin' tribute band fronted by Bobby Miller, are keeping that spirit alive. The band boasts more than 100 years of collective musical experience, and it shows through Purple Madness' killer, high-energy sets. Hear all of your Prince faves, from "Raspberry Beret" to "Kiss," during this special free show. 6 p.m. Friday, March 6, at the Senator Gwen Margolis Amphitheater, 16501 NE 16th Ave., North Miami Beach; eventbrite.com. Admission is free.
Sure, puppets can be creepy. But if Jeff Dunham is the man behind them, they can be hilarious too. The ventriloquist extraordinaire and his puppet friends will stop in South Florida for the Seriously? Tour at the BB&T Center this Friday. In addition to performing with old pals such as Achmed the Dead Terrorist and Walter the grumpy old man, Dunham will also introduce his newest characters, including Larry the Adviser, an aide to President Trump. 7 p.m. Friday, March 6, at BB&T Center, 1 Panther Pkwy., Sunrise; thebbtcenter.com. Tickets start at $48.50 via ticketmaster.com.
Not digging that dress or shirt anymore? It's time for a trade-in. Local institutions Starloop and Pivot Mkt, which specialize in sustainable products and brands, are teaming up for the Swap Party. Attendees are asked to bring up to six items to trade with fellow guests. The swap will take place at 4:30, but an hour before then, Pivot Mkt cofounder Valeria Savino will lead a chat about sustainability. 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday, March 7, at Pivot Mkt at the Citadel, 8300 NE Second Ave., Miami; thecitadelmiami.com. Admission is free with RSVP via eventbrite.com.
Art, music, fashion, and food will come together in the most beautiful way this weekend at Carnaval on the Mile. At its core is the expansive Artists Village, boasting work by more than 150 artists and 50 vendors. Notable music performers for this year's festival are country crooners Ryan Montgomery (Saturday at 8:45 p.m.) and Jenny Tolman (Sunday at 5:15 p.m.). 10 a.m. Saturday, March 7, and Sunday, March 8, on Miracle Mile, Coral Way between LeJeune and Douglas Roads, Coral Gables; carnavalmiami.com. Admission is free.
If you're itching to explore a new bike path, prepare for an adventure in Pinecrest this Saturday. During the tree-shaded village's Pedal to the Park, enjoy a police-guided six-and-a-half-mile urban bike ride. The trek will begin and end at the Pinecrest Community Center and include a pit stop at Coral Pine Park for music, yard games, and food truck grub. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 7, at Pinecrest Community Center, 5855 SW 111th St., Pinecrest. Admission is free with RSVP via eventbrite.com.
If you're itching for a sustainable shopping experience, ThriftCon Miami will be your haven this Sunday. Happening at the Warehouse at Magic City Innovation District in Little Haiti, this shindig will boast more than 100 vintage vendors selling everything from clothing to collectibles to home goods. Plus, if you bring five items to donate, you'll receive a free shopping bag while supplies last. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 8, at the Warehouse at Magic City Innovation District, 6301 NE Fourth Ave., Miami; eventbrite.com. Tickets cost $5 to $25.
In terms of epic tunes, it's hard to go wrong with any Star Wars soundtrack. This Sunday, John Williams' score for Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back will be on glorious display at the Arsht Center. A full symphony will play the Academy Award-winning soundtrack, and maybe, for a moment, a roomful of Star Wars fans won't argue about whether Disney has destroyed the franchise. 2:30 and 7 p.m. Sunday, March 8, at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; arshtcenter.org. Tickets cost $49 to $99.
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