Things To Do

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 Trick Daddy at Rec Room, Thievery Corporation at Bardot, Art Department at Trade, and Madonna at American Airlines Arena. Saturday, the folks at the Prism Music Group, along with the new Wynwood Yard, are ushering in a way to enjoy your Saturday afternoon — with plenty of booze and a special performance by the Magic City Hippies, followed by a DJ set by Arremer Jack of Electric Pickle. Whether you're running in the Miami Marathon and Half Marathon or supporting a family member or friend, head to Bayfront Park Sunday for the annual event.

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.
  • International Chocolate Festival at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden: With the holidays freshly over, some people might not want to look at a dessert ever again. But a little overindulgence is no match for an enduring sweet tooth, which makes the tenth-annual International Chocolate Festival pretty much Mecca to chocoholics everywhere. Held at the beautiful Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden (10901 Old Cutler Rd., Coral Gables), the chocolate festival brings a whole weekend of cocoa-covered decadence to Miami.
  • Pulse: White Out the New World Symphony at New World Center: Usually, orchestra members dress in black formalwear. Though the fellows of the New World Symphony, America’s orchestral academy, will likely follow that centuries-old tradition during Pulse: White Out the New World Symphony, they’re encouraging audience members to do the reverse and wear white. The New World Symphony is throwing a special whiteout edition of its twice-seasonal Pulse.
  • Comedy Zone at South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center: Once a month, the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center is home to the Comedy Zone. This time around, the program brings John Carfi to the stage. A 30-year standup veteran, Carfi is the cleaner version of a dirty comic. He’s still dark and sarcastic, but without all the four-letter bombs.
  • A Vinyasa Weekend With Rolf Gates at the Yoga Joint South: Rolf Gates, a former social worker and U.S. Army Airborne Ranger, discovered yoga and meditation through a 12-step program he joined to combat addiction. Now, more than 20 years later, Gates is an author on yogic philosophy and one of the leading voices in yoga and meditation practice. Gates will be at the Yoga Joint South this Friday through Sunday to lead three days of vinyasa workshops based on his latest book, Meditations on Intentions & Being: Daily Reflections on the Path of Yoga. He welcomes all who are interested — from the modern yogi to those with a new year’s resolution to become one.
  • Trick Daddy at Rec Room: Coming from the Miami built on drug money and the hustle of the working classes, whether white or black, Caribbean or South American, Trick Daddy is — and will forever be — a legend. Watch him as he reps the city during his rap gig on the glitzier side of town at Rec Room.
  • Groove Cruise at PortMiami: Cruises can be boring. Not long ago, bingo, trivia, and cooking demonstrations were listed as "fun activities" by some ships. But these days, there's a new kind of cruise in town: the music cruise. Take, for example, Jason Bekuma's Groove Cruise, essentially a floating rave. The 11th-annual Groove Cruise, departing from PortMiami January 22, will have more then 50 DJs from every style of dance music. The Norwegian Pearl sets sail for an all-inclusive beach party in Ocho Rios, Jamaica. Bingo Players, Dada Life, Dash Berlin, and Markus Shulz are on the schedule once the ship reaches dry land. Another 40 DJs will help push sound from the bow to the stern along the way.
  • Friday Nite Live: Bloodshot Bill at Gramps: Get your dose of rockabilly from the one and only "Creature From the Sky," Bloodshot Bill. "The greasy-haired, foot-stomping, guitar-strangling Canadian wailer has" — as told to New Times — "been banned from the United States. He's rock 'n' rolled a naked dance party. He's even taken a bath in a tub once full of body parts." And this week, he'll be returning to the good 'ol Sunshine State for his sophomore gig at Gramps.
  • Art Department at Trade: Kenny Glasgow may have announced his departure from Art Department in 2015, but don't be "[Caught] by Surprise" — Jonny White is still on top of his DJ game. Check him out as he brings his latest dance tunes to Trade.
  • Thievery Corporation at Bardot: Rob Garza of Thievery Corporation returns to the carpet for a night of heavy dancing. To purchase tickets, visit
  • International Ceramics and Glass Fair at Gallery of Amazing Things: Miami’s second-annual International Ceramics and Glass Fair is dedicated to these marvelous mediums. The four-day fest will feature an impressive array of pottery and porcelain art, from the 19th Century through the glorious aughts. Whether you’re ceramics-curious or an expert collector, the lineup offers plenty of choices. Check out artist demos, master classes, expert lectures, discussion panels, and selling exhibitions.
  • SaturDaze Drinking at the Wynwood Yard: The folks at the Prism Music Group, along with the new Wynwood Yard, are ushering in a way to enjoy your Saturday afternoon — with plenty of booze and a special performance by the Magic City Hippies, followed by a DJ set by Arremer Jack of Electric Pickle. There’s no better plug: “The weather’s calming down, the new year is winding up, and things are getting chill.”
  • It’s Only a Play at GableStage at the Biltmore: It’s Only a Play, written by Terrence McNally, represents the modern end of that range. Although It’s Only a Play opened off-Broadway in 1982, it was revived in 2014 on Broadway. The play, which breaks the invisible fourth wall, tells the story of playwright Peter Austin. With his producer, director, and actors, Austin waits around for the first media reviews of their opening-night Broadway production, which will either make or break the struggling writer’s career. The theater-themed comedy received Tony and Drama Desk Award nominations last year.
  • Madonna's Rebel Heart World Tour at American Airlines Arena: After an extended five-month delay, Madonna is finally coming for all you Rebel Hearts, Miami. The Queen of Pop's two-night stand at the American Airlines Arena was originally scheduled for August 2015, but due to being behind schedule in pre-production and rehearsal, the "bad bitch" announced she was postponing what was supposed to be her tour kickoff. And now the time has finally come to see the pop icon live in action.
  • Christian Scott & Hailu Mergia: Seaside Sessions at North Beach Bandshell: If you missed last week's Seaside Sessions with Marco Benevento, you can still catch the second show of the Rhythm Foundation's three-part concert series with master trumpeter Christian Scott and Ethiopian keyboardist and accordionist Hailu Mergia.
  • Life Time Miami Marathon and Half Marathon at Bayfront Park: Formerly the ING Marathon and Half Marathon, the Life Time Miami Marathon and Half Marathon is Miami’s premier race, hosting more than 25,000 participants. Beginning at the American Airlines Arena (601 Biscayne Blvd., Miami), the 26.2-mile course takes athletes across the MacArthur Causeway — past landmarks such as Watson Island, PortMiami, Palm Island, Star Island, and Fisher Island — on their way to Miami Beach before looping back and finishing at Bayfront Park (301 Biscayne Blvd., Miami). There, the Miami Marathon Finish Festival will be held from 6:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., and athletes can refuel and rehydrate with water, bagels, pastries, and other treats.
  • Family Day at Bass Museum of Art: Thanks to the efforts of a busy curatorial team, all of the beloved events held at the museum are still available, including Family Day, one of its most successful and longstanding IDEA programs. Held as part of BassX at the Miami Beach Regional Library (227 22nd St., Miami Beach), Family Day was conceived to engage families in activities that encourage conversation, exploration, and experimentation through art. Among the activities are design challenges, activity guides for gallery exploration, and special guest artists and performers. During this Sunday’s session, families will take inspiration from the outdoor art in Collins Park.
  • Avenue J Music Festival at The Barnacle Historic State Park: Alex Clare is no stranger to struggle. The English singer/songwriter, best-known for his 2011 dubstep crossover hit “Too Close,” owes much of his success to the setbacks he had to overcome. Speaking of being dropped from Island Records early in his career, Clare is insistent that he would not have had it any other way: “Creatively, it’s a great place to be when you’re on your own.” Clare will not find himself alone on January 24, though, when he will be performing as the headlining act at Coconut Grove's third-annual Avenue J Festival. Now in its third year, Avenue J is a Jewish music festival that tries to merge modern indie and alternative music with religion. Clare will be supported by the bands Zusha and Moshav, and his set at Avenue J marks his first performance in Florida, although he’s already well-acquainted with the state. “I’ve been to Miami. I love it,” Clare remarked. “If you put me near the sea, I’m generally happy.”

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