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 Jon Secada at the Seminole Theatre, Butch at Heart Nightclub, Lil Jon at LIV, Afrobeta at E11even Rooftop, and Borgore at Icon Miami. Saturday, Life in Color festgoers — clad in all white — will get down to the beats while more than 20,000 gallons of paint will be dumped, sprayed, and poured on them. Head to the Wynwood Yard Sunday for its Wine & Reggae Festival, featuring vino, food, music, and more.

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.


  • Art Deco Weekend at Lummus Park: As part of Art Deco Weekend — which spans Friday through Sunday and is presented by the Miami Design Preservation League — a double-feature will screen in Lummus Park at Eight Street and Ocean Drive. The two films are a weird little pair to see together, but it’s still an amusing set.
  • Food Truck Invasion at Rolling Oaks Park: Many of the trucks are run by some of South Florida’s favorite chefs, and Food Truck Invasion wants you to know every item is cooked to order. “It’s not fast food,” the website proudly proclaims, which means it totally fits into your new-you plans. All the flavors of Miami will be represented, from churrasco to lobster, burgers, tacos, mofongo, and dessert pops. Whether you want comfort food or healthy eats, a cool beverage or a sweet finish, there will be plenty to go around.
  • Magic City Comic Con at Miami Airport Convention Center: As evidenced by its top notch geeky guest list, Magic City Comic Con is set to make the nerds proud. This who’s who of sci-fi and fantasy icons begins with a pair of Doctor Who companions — Billie Piper and Jenna Coleman — the bookend leading ladies of the incredibly popular BBC show. They’ll be joined by a pair of Game of Thrones veterans, including Kristian Nairn; the ass-kicking Ming-Na Wen of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.; the first Flash and exonerated ex-con dad on the new Flash series, John Wesley Shipp; and David Prowse, the man who did all the heavy lifting and killing as Darth Vader in the original Star Wars trilogy.
  • Mustang Special Screening by Human Rights Watch at MDC's Tower Theater: MDC's theater opens a weeklong commercial run of the Golden Globe-nominated film Mustang with a special event screening at 6:45 p.m. sponsored by Human Rights Watch. After a day of innocent fun is misconstrued as illicit behavior, five sisters are imprisoned in their own home and subjected to endless lessons in housework in preparation for them to become brides. As the elder sisters are married off, the younger ones bond to avoid the same fate. Following the film, Human Rights Watch will present a discussion on forced and child marriages featuring executive director of women’s rights Liesl Gertholtz.
  • Jon Secada at Seminole Theatre: With a career spanning over two decades, two Grammy awards, 20 million albums sold, and starring roles on Broadway, the acclaimed, romantic sounds of Jon Secada have resulted in numerous hits in English and Spanish establishing him as one of the first bilingual artists to have international crossover success.
  • Butch at Heart Nightclub: The Mainz, Germany, native is bringing Songs About Unconsciousness to Heart Nightclub. From funk to techno, Butch is known for his ability to effortlessly oscillate among different soundscapes. The DJ is sure to keep you on your toes all night.
  • Lil Jon at LIV: Lil Jon was never meant to be an associated act. Success soon found him in his ultimate form as a solo producer for ridiculous hits such as "Salt Shaker" with the Ying Yang Twins, "Freek-a-Leek" with Petey Pablo, and "Shake That Monkey" with Too $hort. These tracks earned him credits on the soundtrack to our freaky and explorative adolescence. Discontent with the radio, Jon infiltrated sports arenas everywhere with Trick Daddy's "Let's Go" in 2004. The track remixed and even reinvented Ozzy Osbourne's iconic riff in "Crazy Train" for a young, rap-enamored audience.


  • Homebrew Beer Competition at Mardi Gras Casino: Booze and gambling is a time-honored combination. Though mixing the two might seem risky, casinos wouldn’t be the same without that alcoholic element. Celebrating these two vices, Mardi Gras Casino presents its third-annual Homebrew Beer Competition. At this yearly event, the casino invites patrons to sample more than 30 beers from local and craft homebrewers as they compete to be crowned the best.
  • Marco Benevento: Seaside Sessions at North Beach Bandshell: Check out the "bliss-inducing swirl of electronic sounds, fuzzy organic instruments, and catchy melodies" of Marco Benevento as the multi-instrumentalist kicks off the first installment of the Rhythm Foundation's Seaside Sessions at the North Beach Bandshell.
  • The Soft Moon at Gramps: Killing Joke may have had to cancel their Saturday night gig at Gramps — and entire U.S. Tour — due to "some health issues," but the party will go on. So join the Soft Moon, Jennie Vee, and Heavy Drag at your favorite Wynwood hangout, Gramps, for a night of live music and drunken shenanigans.
  • Borgore at Icon Miami: Asaf Borger has been a lot of things. The 28-year-old DJ's nearly decadelong career as his alter ego, Borgore, has taken him many places. He started his very own record label, Buygore Records, collaborated with pop superhero Miley Cyrus, and has released tracks on some of EDM's biggest labels. His laundry list of accomplishments is trounced only by the maddening number of days the Tel Aviv native has spent on the road. For his debut at Icon Miami, Borger promises to push the envelope.
  • Afrobeta at E11even Rooftop: Nothing screams Miami louder than watching Afrobeta performing live on a rooftop overlooking the Magic City. Celebrate the beauty and diversity of the 305 as Smurphio and Cuci Amador take over E11even Rooftop for the night.
  • Life in Color Festival at Sun Life Stadium: Life in Color is an atmosphere and an event that's often conflated with electronic dance music at large. When baby-boomers close their eyes and visualize today's EDM culture, they see Life in Color — fluorescent-paint-splattered teens in a Jackson Pollack acid trip. Encouraged to wear white, LiC attendees are periodically and unapologetically sprayed with paint such that everybody becomes a canvass. Huge hoses shoot pigment hundreds of feet. Revelers dance to EDM, fist-pump bass, and jump in sync at each drop.
  • The Miami Chapter of the Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis' Seventh-Annual Block Party at Hillstone: Party for a cause at the Miami Chapter of the Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis' Block Party. Hosted by NBC6's Adam Kuperstein, there will be music by People You Know and tasty food from Hillstone. Tickets cost $50 via thebuonicontifund.com/miami or $60 at the door.


  • Shakespeare Miami & Free Shakespeare in the Park 2016 at the Barnacle Historic State Park: Shakespeare Miami’s ten year anniversary production of Much Ado About Nothing opens in Pinecrest Gardens on Friday, January 15, and runs through January 30 , stopping at the Barnacle Historic State Park and the ArtsPark Amphitheater in Hollywood for a weekend each.
  • Wine & Reggae Festival at the Wynwood Yard: Winetastings don’t have to be stuffy affairs. Combining the diversity of wine with Miami’s multicultural landscape, wine and consulting events company Sipping Socials presents the Wine & Reggae Festival, a celebration of Caribbean culture and flavors. Open to the public, the fest welcomes all Miamians to an evening of vino, food, music, and more. In addition to tasting ten wines, guests can munch at various food trucks — some of which will offer a special Caribbean-inspired dish to pair with specific wines — and visit multiple vendors.
  • Arlo Guthrie at South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center: Arlo's primary offering is his ability to entertain while making meaningful statements." And this week, the singer will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of his signature song, which eventually become an album and film, "Alice's Restaurant."

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