The Best Things to Do in Miami This Weekend

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 the Pachanga Boys at Trade, Shlomi Aber at Heart Nightclub, Guy Gerber at Story, Melissa Etheridge at Fontainebleau Miami Beach, and Thomas Gold at Space. On Friday, O Cinema Miami Beach will screen the cult classic The Rocky Horror Picture Show to fans as well as unsuspecting virgins looking for a good time. Check out the Round the Island Regatta this Saturday, when captains will take to the seas in sailboats of all sizes and make their way on Biscayne Bay through the Stiltsville featherbeds, past Cape Florida, north along the Atlantic coast of Key Biscayne, around Bear Cut, and all the way back to the Key Biscayne Yacht Club.

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.


  • The Rocky Horror Picture Show at O Cinema Miami Beach: With every passing year, theaters nationwide more frequently screen the cult classic The Rocky Horror Picture Show. After a double set of showings in October, O Cinema Miami Beach (500 71st St., Miami Beach) now joins the club of venues with regular late-night screenings of the film, kicking off this Friday at 11:30 p.m.
  • A Broadway Thanksgiving at Ted's at YoungArts: The theme for the inaugural Pairings at Ted’s is A Broadway Thanksgiving, which will offer a range of classic and contemporary Broadway tunes that will sound like the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade invaded Biscayne Boulevard. Pairings at Ted’s events will begin with drinks and mingling before each hour-long performance. A brief meet-and-greet will follow the show and precede the meal.
  • Smashed Canvas Grand Opening at Smashed Canvas: Nestled amid mega-murals in the heart of Wynwood is a quaint space filled with craft beer, cocktails, and small bites. Smashed Canvas, the exclusive Basel-only pop-up, will host a grand-opening event especially for Miami’s locals and Basel early birds. Indulge in food and drinks, and enjoy entertainment and surprises throughout the night.
  • Pachanga Boys at Trade: Made up of native Mexican Mauricio Rebolledo and Aksel Schaufler, who hails from Germany, Pachanga Boys are an international conglomerate known to play music beyond the limits of human endurance, including one set in Mexico that lasted over 24 hours.
  • Shlomi Aber at Heart Nightclub: Counting releases among top international techno labels like Cocoon, Cadenza, and Ovum is impressive enough for any producer — and it's definitely gotten Aber his share of record sales and industry accolades. But perhaps most significant is his own Be As One imprint, conserving the Detroit techno legacy through output from pioneers like Kenny Larkin and Stacey Pullen, while pushing the future of the genre via homegrown Israeli talent like Gel Abril and Itamar.
  • Gwar at Revolution Live: Like a car accident mashing together the talents and styles of Alice Cooper, Slayer, and Spinal Tap, Gwar is still an exotic and outlandish show to behold. It's a performance that must be experienced to truly understand what these barbaric interplanetary warriors (and clever satirists) are really all about.


  • Round the Island Regatta at Round the Island Regatta: And for those who take seafaring more seriously than the occasional boat ride, there’s the 49th-annual Round the Island Regatta on Key Biscayne. Captains will take to the seas in sailboats of all sizes and then make their way from Biscayne Bay through the Stiltsville featherbeds, past Cape Florida, north along the Atlantic coast of Key Biscayne, around Bear Cut, and all the way back to the Key Biscayne Yacht Club. Spectators who aren’t lucky enough to be onboard can bring cold beverages and enjoy an outstanding view from Crandon Park or Bill Baggs Cape Florida Park.
  • Arts & Entertainment One Year Anniversary at Canvas Miami: For one full year, the Arts & Entertainment District has been the force behind a whole host of hipster soirees in downtown Miami. That is 12 months of movies under the stars, caffeinated conversations, eclectic flea markets, and musical yoga. Now, for the Arts & Entertainment One Year Anniversary, you can join the crew behind the community effort for a community celebration. There will be live tunes by Mr. Pauer and Locos Por Juana; a photo gallery featuring the A&E District’s Adobe Photo Jam winner, Max Reed; live art by Blank Canvas winner Jenny Perez; food from spots like Cheeseburger Baby and Les Petits Sucres; and — most important — organic cocktails.
  • Guy Gerber at Story: As a young musician, Gerber said a lot of dance music was coming out of Israel’s second-largest city, but he preferred to be apart from trends and influence. In Holon, he developed his own sound — his own style. Like cutting the crust off a sandwich, Gerber enjoys spending his time crafting the meat of a track — “the good stuff,” as he says.
  • Mr. Pauer at Canvas Miami: It, in fact, took three years to record Mr. Pauer's sophomore album, which was released in September. He recorded 75 tracks and invited a variety of vocalists to come to his Wynwood studio to help him decide which melody moved them enough to write lyrics for. The 14 songs that made the cut feature 14 different singers.

  • Melissa Etheridge at Fontainebleau Miami Beach: During an intimate concert, Melissa Etheridge will serenade fans with an acoustic set featuring songs that span her prolific musical career. In addition to crooning classics such as “I’m the Only One” and “Come To My Window,” Etheridge will sing hits from her recently released album This Is M.E., such as “Take My Number.”
  • Thomas Gold at Space: Fanfare is Gold's brand. It's the name of his successful radio show and podcast, as well as his current tour. And all of it, he insists, is a tribute to his loyal listeners, whom he's been making a solid effort to get to know at every opportunity.
  • Kid Lore at Sidebar: Comprising guitarist/frontman Adam Tahoun, his brother and drummer Daniel Tahoun, and bassist Jorge “Gus Gus” Mogna, Miami-based trio Kid Lore visited New York this past summer to record their debut EP, For Those Who Can’t Dance, at Mama Coco’s Funky Kitchen in Brooklyn.


  • D.O.A. (Dead on Arrival) at ArtCenter/South Florida’s Little River Edition: Known for creating immersive, living picture installations, Israeli-based Dina Shenhav uses soft materials such as ash and foam to sculpt powerful scenes of domestic and urban life and destruction. Exploring the complex origins of traditional markers of masculinity, Shenhav presents the exhibit “D.O.A. (Dead on Arrival),” whose title is borrowed from the police jargon used to describe a murder scene. Items from the hunter’s camp come together in an immersive environment, with every detail of his life and work — his boots, his table, even the food on his plate — hand-carved into pliable yellow foam.
  • Black Sunday Episode IV: Vintage Motorcycle Swap Meet at The Fillmore Miami Beach: It'll be a long time till Miami becomes synonymous with motorcycle culture. But as it stands, the Dirty South's largest city is rapidly on its way to forging an identity within the two-wheeled lifestyle. And this Sunday, the Fillmore Miami Beach will host the fourth Black Sunday Vintage Motorcycle Swap and it is proving to be the biggest one yet and a marquee event in South Florida's biking community.
  • The Little Lighthouse Foundation's Art Week Kick Off Party at Nautilus, a SIXTY Hotel: From 4 to 9 p.m., the party will be held in the beach tent at the newly opened Nautilus in Miami Beach. A minimum donation of $50 to The Little Lighthouse Foundation is required to attend the event. All proceeds will benefit The Little Lighthouse Foundation and support its programming that helps local children and their families who struggle with medical, educational, emotional and financial challenges.

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