Things To Do

The 21 Best Things to Do in Miami This Week

Friday: Nightmare on the Beach.
Friday: Nightmare on the Beach. Photo by Magical Photos /Mitchell Zachs
click to enlarge Friday: Nightmare on the Beach. - PHOTO BY MAGICAL PHOTOS /MITCHELL ZACHS
Friday: Nightmare on the Beach.
Photo by Magical Photos /Mitchell Zachs

Thursday

If you're a Halloween pro, you know you should get at least three runs out of your costume in one year. You also know that you don't make your freshest run Halloween night, when your getup will get crushed in the sea of street revelers. No, you go to a pre-Halloween costume party and floss on everyone. Hallowfest 2017 has about six years of experience getting folks together to celebrate the weird, the frightening, and the otherworldly. If you're a lady in a costume, you'll be treated to a free shot, but inexpensive drinks will abound at this warehouse party in Hialeah. 10 p.m. Thursday at Miami Warehouse, 4620 E. 11th Ave., Hialeah; hallowfestmiami.com. Admission costs $12 to $16.

Our Town is a metatheater piece by Thornton Wilder contemplating life, love, and death in an early-20th-century American town. The classic playwright's estate has allowed Miami New Drama's artistic director, Michel Haussmann, to adapt the play to modern and Miami relevance by translating portions to Spanish and Kreyol (accomplished by Nilo Cruz and Jeff Augustin, respectively). This production marks the first time Wilder's estate has allowed anyone to alter one of his plays. 8 p.m. Thursday through November 19 at the Colony Theatre, 1040 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach; 305-674-1040; colonymb.org. Tickets cost $45 to $65.

Friday

Hanging out in cemeteries made you a badass in middle school (right?), but this weekend, it'll make you a history buff. Join HistoryMiami in celebrating the spookiest season with the Ghosts of Miami City Cemetery Walking Tour, visiting the resting places of the area's most influential dead people. You'll hear about the "Mother of Miami," Julia Tuttle, and the causes of death that landed some notable inhabitants six feet under. At the very least, you'll get some narrative fuel to scare away trick-or-treaters so you can keep the last bag of peanut butter cups for yourself. 5:30 and 8 p.m. Friday at Miami City Cemetery, 1800 NE Second Ave., Miami; 305-375-1492; historymiami.org. Tickets cost $30 to $40.

If you could dress as only an angel or the Devil for Halloween, which would you choose? Now let that decision guide whether you'll go to "Heaven" or "Hell" at Inferno, SAVE's Halloween ball. "Hell" includes music from Ralphi Rosario, drag queen performances, and a costume contest with a $1,000 grand prize. "Heaven" is all of the above plus a VIP lounge and open bar by Bacardi. The best part: You'll be partying with one of Miami's most prominent LGBT advocacy organizations. 9 p.m. Friday at Magic City Casino, 450 NW 37th Ave., Miami; savehalloween.org. Tickets cost $35 to $100.

Carnies, clowns, and cocktails? Yup, the Little Lighthouse Foundation has found the perfect combination of creepy for its eighth-annual Nightmare on the Beach: Dark CarnEvil. Show up in "carn-evil" garb or in your carefully planned Halloween getup for a premium open bar, tastings from local restaurants, and nonstop beats. Don't miss the official afterparty at Ora Nightclub. Ticket proceeds benefit Little Lighthouse programs, which help children and families with medical issues, disabilities, and financial hardship. 9 p.m. Friday in Lummus Park, Ocean Drive and 12th Street, Miami Beach; nightmareonthebeach.com. Tickets cost $175 to $250+.

Gabrielle Union has become outspoken on the issue of sexual assault since her role in Birth of a Nation and the rape scandal involving that film's director, as well as after accusations against Harvey Weinstein became public. The grace and power of her words are a good indication of how her first book, We're Going to Need More Wine, will address sexism, racism, fame, and motherhood. With the purchase of the book, you can see the actress in conversation with Isis Miller and get your copy signed. 8 p.m. Friday at Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables; 305-442-4408; booksandbooks.com. Vouchers cost $28.88 and include a copy of the book and admission to the event.

click to enlarge Friday: Gabrielle Union. - PHOTO BY MICHAEL LAVINE
Friday: Gabrielle Union.
Photo by Michael Lavine

Saturday

Joining the canon of chicken-and-egg-style queries is the relationship between cats and the internet. Were we obsessed with cats before YouTube and Vine compilations, or did the internet make us obsessed? Regardless of the answer, there are enough Instagram-famous felines to justify Pop Cats, a convention celebrating the furry creatures and their devotees. Bring Fluffy along for talks by "catsperts," meet-and-greets with other cats, cat-inspired art, vendors of cat products, and other feline-inspired fun. So, basically, heaven. 11 a.m. Saturday at the Miami Airport Convention Center, 711 NW 72nd Ave., Miami; 306-988-7113; popcatsshow.com. Admission costs $22.

There's nothing frightening about salsa, except maybe a few perverts on the dance floor. But one Wynwood haunted house is about to change that fact. Salsa Lovers (as in salsa dancing, not the tomato-based dip) and Wynwood 5th Ave have put together Fright Night en el Callejon. Plan to get haunted by ghouls and goblins and romanced by Jr Sosa and David "Melao" DJ sets. Dancing, bottle specials, and other treats will make this party a proper Miami Halloween. 9 p.m. Saturday at Wynwood 5th Ave, 2451 NW Fifth Ave., Miami; facebook.com/salsaloversmiami; 305-220-7115. Admission costs $15.

Afraid of things that go bump in the night? Then you'll appreciate the Phillip & Patricia Frost Museum of Science's Spooky Science Monster Mash. The Saturday before All Hallows Eve, you're invited to be your own mad scientist with do-it-yourself chemistry, investigate the contents of a cauldron in a live show, carve pumpkins underwater, and find out what makes nocturnal animals such as owls and sharks tick. It's also the opening day of a new exhibit, "Monster Fish." You can show up in costume to prove there's no such thing as monsters, just things we have yet to understand. 9:30 a.m. Saturday at the Frost Museum of Science, 1101 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; 305-434-9600; frostscience.org. Programming is free with museum admission, which costs $17 to $29.

Halloween comes but once a year, and it's best to do it right. In Miami, that means hitting up Vizcaya for Halloween Sundowner, a fundraiser to preserve the historic structure and grounds. There's no place in the Magic City that feels as Old-World as Vizcaya, haunted with memories and ghosts of Miamians past. This year, the bash will be hosted by 6 in the Mix's Roxy Vargas and feature DJ A-Train and live music by Patrick & the Swayzees, the State Of, and Tamboka. It might be worth it to splurge on VIP tickets that give you access to an exclusive area in the courtyard with a bar, buffet, and, most important, A/C. It'll be one gorgeous and ghoulish gala you won't forget. 8 p.m. Saturday at Vizcaya Museum & Gardens, 3251 S. Miami Ave., Miami; vizcayahalloween.org. Admission starts at $170.

Before booty was queen and we realized the inanity of spelling words out in songs, some people thought Fergie was the shit. Times have changed, but the Black Eyed Peas member is still churning out music with features all over the place, such as her most recent single, "You Already Know" with Nicki Minaj, off Fergie's sophomore album, Double Duchess. You can watch the self-proclaimed MILF strut her stuff on the BleauLive stage this weekend, although you might be left hoping Rick Ross will show up to help her out on "Hungry." 8 p.m. Saturday at the Fontainebleau, 4441 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305-674-4641; fontainebleau.com. Tickets cost $75 to $129. Room packages are available.

Twins Naomi and Lisa-Kaindé Diaz grabbed our attention after R&B and pop goddess Beyoncé gave them her blessing, but Ibeyi's rhythmic and spiritual music is what keeps us watching out for the duo's next move. On the heels of their second release, Ash, the sisters will perform at the intimate North Beach Bandshell. The album has received glowing reviews from Pitchfork and others, so this could be Ibeyi's last Miami appearance in such a small venue. 8 p.m. Saturday at the North Beach Bandshell, 7275 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305-672-5202; northbeachbandshell.com. Tickets cost $30.

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Liz Tracy has written for publications such as the New York Times, the Atlantic, Refinery29, W, Glamour, and, of course, Miami New Times. She was New Times Broward-Palm Beach's music editor for three years. Now she plays one mean monster with her 2-year-old son and obsessively watches British mysteries.
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