The best time of the week is finally here: the weekend. Miami offers just about every activity this weekend. On the music front, you can catch Jason Derulo at Hard Rock Live, Slow Magic at Bardot, Markus Schulz at Space, Sarah Packiam at Wynwood Walls, and Zac Brown Band at Perfect Vodka Amphitheatre. Join more than 7,000 paint-covered, glitter-faced participants as they run, skip, and frolic to the finish line at the fourth-annual Color Run at Sun Life Stadium this Saturday. Or check out the Coral Gables Food, Wine, & Spirits Festival at Bossa Nova, featuring more than 100 companies and 200 brands, all gathered to showcase the best local restaurant fare.
Here's a glimpse at what our city has to offer this weekend, so get up and get ready for another memorable, Miami-style weekend.
- Around the Latin Wine at Steak Brasil Churrascaria: Combining exotic wines with a selection of beef cuts, pork, poultry, and lamb, Steak Brasil Churrascaria brings its traditional Brazilian flavors to another edition of its series Around the Latin Wine. For $50 per person, diners will enjoy an exclusive pairing of more than 15 fine wines, hand-selected by the restaurant’s in-house sommelier, along with Steak Brasil Churrascaria’s cheese, serrano ham, sausages, picanha, chocolates, and fruits.
- Books & Beer Night at Books & Books: For this special and studious occasion, Concrete Beach will serve samples of rica as well as the pilsner stiltsville, a citrus hop brew and an ode to the village on stilts in Biscayne Bay. In addition to the books, beer, and various food pairings, a raffle will allow guests the chance to win a private VIP tour for four at Concrete Beach Brewery, which also includes one item from the retail store for each visitor and samples of beers on tap.
- Jason Derulo at Hard Rock Live: You can take the guy out of SoFla, but you can't take SoFla out of the guy. So "wiggle wiggle wiggle" that "big fat butt" all the way to the Hard Rock Live for some freaky Friday the 13th action with Miramar's Jason Derulo.
- Slow Magic at Bardot: In a recent interview, the DJ told us just how excited he was to return to the venue. “Bardot is just there on the floor with everyone, which helps make it even more intimate,” he said. “When everything's going right, it does kind of feel like everyone in the room is transported to – not even a different place, but this feeling of freedom and beauty. Not to sound to crazy myself, it's just a really cool feeling that I can't really describe.”
- Grace Weber at South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center: Weber gets away with being a shameless voyeur because she reveals her sly observations with a powerful, R&B-infused voice that pumps up her singer-songwriter ballads to a grander level.
- Color Run at Sun Life Stadium: More than 7,000 paint-covered, glitter-faced participants will run, skip, and frolic to the finish line at the fourth-annual Color Run at Sun Life Stadium this Saturday. The vibrant 5K has launched its Shine Tour, enhancing the beloved experience with a new Sparkle Zone for 2015-16 runs. Glitter will be tossed onto participants during the run, and photo stations will be scattered throughout the course.
Capture the Wild - Introduction to Nature Photography Workshop at Jungle Island: Nature photographer Robert Sullivan will conduct a five-hour workshop, Introduction to Nature Photography, for photo aficionados at Jungle Island. During this hands-on workshop and engaging lecture, participants will learn valuable tips on how to use a DSLR as well as shoot photos from a camera phone. For more information, call 305-400-7000 or visit jungleisland.com
- Savor the Season at Brickell World Plaza: Forget snow and near-freezing temperatures. Ring in the holidays Miami-style with a medley of food, wine, spirits, and an epic light display. The fourth-annual Savor the Season will bring together more than 20 of South Florida’s chicest restaurants and local vendors for a night of nibbling, schmoozing, and dancing. Taking place under the stars in a 30,000-square-foot open space at Brickell World Plaza and expecting more than 500 guests, the event will mark the beginning of Miami’s best time of the year.
- Coral Gables Food, Wine, & Spirits Festival at Bossa Nova: The festival will feature more than 100 companies and 200 brands, all gathered to showcase the best local restaurant fare, packaged gourmet foods, kitchen supplies, and decorative items. Attendees will have two-day access to six areas: a spirits tent, a wine tent, a beer garden, Culinary Square, a VIP area, and seminars and demonstrations.
- Markus Schulz at Space: There are certain DJs who've long denounced trance, even though the genre helped turn them into international superstars. But not Markus Schulz. The German-born, Miami-based dance music veteran (and America's Best DJ titleholder) says, "It shouldn't be a dirty word." Perhaps Schulz is comfortable with the label because he's always been secure in his musical identity, whether during the trance trend of the early 2000s or now that "trance," as the DJ admits, "has gotten a bad reputation."
- Sarah Packiam at Wynwood Walls: Born and raised in Ireland, Sarah Packiam began her musical career at an early age and moved to Spain in her teenage years to perform in the family band where she was discovered and brought to Miami by Jon Secada. Packiam's latest album Again was out in May 2015. Packiam wrapped up her first solo acoustic European tour in June and will be playing in the U.S. during the rest of 2015.
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- Jake Shimabukuro at Miami-Dade County Auditorium: In his young career, ukulele wizard Jake Shimabukuro has already redefined his instrument — he's been declared a musical "hero" by Rolling Stone, wowed audiences on TV (Jimmy Kimmel Live, Late Night with Conan O'Brien), earned comparisons to Jimi Hendrix and Miles Davis, and even played in front of the Queen of England. Known for his energetic strumming on the ukulele, Shimabukuro's performance incorporate elements of thoughtful, sophisticated arrangements to spontaneous, improvised passages.
- Bohemian Sundown at Nikki Beach: Channeling St. Tropez’s idyllic summer evenings at Nikki Beach’s expansive beachside setting featuring luxurious daybeds and teepees, Bohemian Sundown provides the perfect weekend cool down with fire dancers, belly dancers, henna tattoo artists, a braid bar, and beachside Paella grill teeming with seafood including jumbo shrimp, mussels, cod, and chorizo.
- Zac Brown Band at Perfect Vodka Amphitheatre: Get "Chicken Fried" with the Zac Brown Band at the Perfect Vodka Amphitheatre as the Georgia country boy and his crew bring their Jekyll + Hyde Tour to West Palm Beach.