Things To Do

The 21 Best Things to Do in Miami This Week

Thursday: Art Wynwood.
Thursday: Art Wynwood. Courtesy of Art Wynwood

Thursday

That $40 million yacht of yours is so 2017. It's time to find an upgrade at the Miami International Boat Show. Whether you're in the market for a new dreamboat or simply want to gawk at vessels out of your league, this spectacle will satisfy. This year's show boasts more than 1,500 of the newest boats, yachts, catamarans, and sailboats. You'll want to bring the selfie stick to this one, taking place at Miami Marine Stadium and offering attendees the opportunity to step aboard many of the boats. Thursday through Monday at Miami Marine Stadium, 3501 Rickenbacker Cswy., Key Biscayne; miamiboatshow.com. Tickets start at $25.

The season of love doesn't have to end on Valentine's Day. In case your romantic vibes flow into the rest of the week, Moon River Cabaret will celebrate its first anniversary at Vagabond Kitchen & Bar. The evening will include the cabaret's trademark Burlesque Dinner Party, offering sultry tunes, comedy, and, of course, a live striptease that will blow your mind. Can't make the big b-day event? The burlesque will hit Vagabond monthly every third Thursday. 8 p.m. Thursday at Vagabond Kitchen & Bar, 7301-A Biscayne Blvd., Miami; eventbrite.com. Tickets cost $10.

The words "art" and "Wynwood" go together like yin and yang. And there is perhaps no better place to experience them together than the annual Art Wynwood fair. Back for a seventh edition, this year's megashow will take place at a new, waterfront location overlooking Biscayne Bay. Among the big-time artists headlining the 2018 edition are Logan Hicks, Luis Valenzuela, and rocker Jason Newsted. Thursday through Monday at the Art Wynwood Pavilion, 1 Herald Plaza at NE 14th Street between the Venetian and MacArthur Causeways, Miami; artwynwood.com. Daily tickets start at $25, and student, child, and group discounts are available.

Ladies, leave your man at home. This Thursday, the South Beach pizzeria Molto will launch its monthly party for women, Periodically. Among the specials to get your drank on are $20 beer buckets, $7 whiskey shots, and $15 cocktail pitchers. Known as an up-and-coming gay bar with memorable drag shows, it's bound to be an epic night for any lady. 8 p.m. Thursday at Molto South Beach, 1237 Lincoln Rd., Miami; facebook.com. Admission is free.

Your favorite ABC show is hitting a local stage. No, we're not talking about The Bachelor (though it was recently filmed in Fort Lauderdale). Dancing With the Stars: Live will take over Hard Rock Live, where it'll present Season 25 Mirrorball Trophy winner Jordan Fisher and the always-beloved Frankie Muniz. If the Malcolm in the Middle star can get down onstage, it's likely you'll be shaking a hip or two in the audience. 8 p.m. Thursday at Hard Rock Live, 5747 Seminole Way, Hollywood; ticketmaster.com. Tickets start at $40.

click to enlarge Friday: Wicked. - PHOTO BY JOAN MARCUS
Friday: Wicked.
Photo by Joan Marcus

Friday

You might've heard Hamilton is coming to the Broward Center at the end of the year. But that's just one of the awesome shows in Broadway Across America's South Florida lineup this year. Among them is Wicked. The lovable story follows the untold tale of the Land of Oz, long before Dorothy arrived. Wicked is also slated to hit the big screen in 2019, so you'll want to get in on the action before everyone goes gaga over the film. Through March 4 at Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 201 SW Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale; browardcenter.org. Tickets start at $34.50.

Apart from the Caribbean islands, South Florida might have the world's largest concentration of Bob Marley fans. If you need an evening to connect with his tunes in an authentic way, the sixth-annual Locos por Marley is the place to be. The evening will include the Grammy-nominated Latin band Locos por Juana performing a tribute set. The group will be joined by Tomas Diaz & the Sound Boutique as well as the reggae-centric music company Kulcha Shok. 6 p.m. Friday at La Garage Wynwood, 127 NW 23rd St., Wynwood; facebook.com. Tickets cost $10 in advance and $20 at the door.

click to enlarge Saturday: Paradise Kitty. - PHOTO BY ROBERT DOWNS
Saturday: Paradise Kitty.
Photo by Robert Downs

Saturday

If you've ever wanted to gawk at a bunch of models in bikinis and swim trunks, congratulations — you're in Miami, where that sort of thing is available 24/7. But at Model Beach Volleyball, which will soon take over South Beach for a ninth year, you can do it while pretending you're simply an avid sports fan. More than 250 models will spike it out in the world's hottest v-ball tournament. Flo Rida will host the two-day affair, and YesJulz, Olivia Pierson, Natalie Halcro, and others will make special appearances. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday near Eighth Street and Ocean Drive, Miami Beach; modelbeachvolleyball.com. Admission is free.

Kids these days are so complicated, with all of their entertainment needs and debauchery. Remember the good old days when flying a kite sufficed as a good time? Relive that simpler time at the 26th-annual Kite Days Festival in Haulover Park. In what is truly a colorful spectacle, anyone and everyone is welcome to fly their kite or buy one of their own onsite. Kite staples of the event include a 150-foot rainbow, 100-foot squid, and 30-foot scuba diver. Let's hope this weekend is windy. Noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Haulover Park, 10800 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; skywardkites.com. Admission is free; parking costs $7.

Sure, Guns N' Roses are great. But have you ever wished they had more badass female energy? If so, the all-girl tribute group Paradise Kitty is your jam. Hailing from West Hollywood, California, Paradise Kitty will rock an intimate set at Cash Only. The group is composed of five GNR superfans who simply want to capture the musical vibe of one of their favorite bands. Will they live up to it? Well, if they're traveling this far for a string of shows, you better believe it. 9 p.m. Saturday at Cash Only, 15 W. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; eventbrite.com. Admission costs $5.

If you grew up in Miami with family or friends who thought of themselves as artsy, you probably have fond memories of the Coconut Grove Arts Festival. Yeah, you had to park at the Metrorail station and walk a mile to get to the festivities, but once you were there, you became cultured, an art collector if you purchased a photograph or small craft. Launched in 1963, the fest began as a publicity stunt for the Coconut Grove Playhouse and is still going strong a half-century later. And now, thanks to Uber and Lyft, you don't have to walk a mile in the blazing sun to enjoy this huge staple of creativity and community. 10 a.m. Saturday through Monday at 2700 S. Bayshore Dr., Coconut Grove; cgaf.com. Admission costs $15.

There is plenty of misery to go around while the Marlins self-implode. Maybe it's time to get behind a new team: Miami's Vice City Rollers. The roller-derby squad will kick off its seventh season Saturday against West Palm Beach's Dub City Militia. In addition to our badass team showing Dub City who's boss, there will be food trucks, raffles, and craft beer to help you get that much more into the raucous vibe. 6 p.m. Saturday at Suniland Hockey Rink, 9300 Coral Reef Dr., Miami; facebook.com. Tickets cost $10 to $15.

Want stories of the past presented to you in a way that is more interesting than anything on the History Channel? Miami Theater Center is here for your education and entertainment, making history exciting with Theatre Unspeakable: The American Revolution. In 50 minutes with seven actors in a tiny space with no props, the troupe re-creates the entire Revolutionary War. Sounds like an impossible task? Just try them. Head out to laugh and learn at the rowdy, physical, and wonderfully creative performance. Noon and 7 p.m. Saturday at 9806 NE Second Ave., Miami Shores; mtcmiami.org. Admission costs $5 to $10.

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Jesse Scott is a Fort Lauderdale-based contributor for Miami New Times covering culture, food, travel, and entertainment in South Florida and beyond. His work has appeared in Condé Nast Traveler, Lonely Planet, National Geographic, and his hometown newspaper, the Free Lance-Star, among others.
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