Things To Do

The Best Things to Do in Miami This Weekend

The best time of the week is finally here — the weekend —  and Miami offers just about every activity. On the music front, you can catch DJ Tennis at Trade, Afrojack at Story, Oscar G at Fifty at the Viceroy Hotel, and Nick Monaco at Bardot. On Friday, traffic along Giralda Avenue will be shut down as some of downtown Coral Gables' best restaurants set up tables in the open air for Giralda Under the Stars. There’s a little something for every palate, including Castelluccio Ristorante, Divino Ceviche Coral Gables,, Ikura Sushi Lounge, and nine other participating eateries. Sunday marks the 50th Super Bowl as the Carolina Panthers take on the Denver Broncos. 

Here's a glimpse of what our city has to offer this weekend, so get up and get ready.
  • Wine, Women & Shoes at JW Marriott Marquis: If there’s one thing we learned from Carrie Bradshaw, it’s that you can never have too many close female friends. That, and never take off your Manolo Blahniks at a party. Wine, Women & Shoes is your chance to meet 700 other fashion-forward women — all while raising money for a good cause. Benefiting Miami Children’s Health Foundation, the fifth-annual event will feature winetastings, a fashion show, shoe shopping, a silent auction, and other fun. 
  • Book Club: The Everglades: River of Grass at the Wolfsonian-FIU: Inspired by the Wolfsonian’s library installation "Miami Beach: From Mangroves to Tourist Mecca," their book club is taking a look back into the history of South Florida ecology. Catch a discussion of Marjory Stoneman Douglas’ seminal work, The Everglades: River of Grass (1947), and discover why the Everglades are now considered a unique and important environmental treasure. 
  • Miami International Map Fair at HistoryMiami: In the age of easy-to-access online maps, paper maps have become something we think about mostly when watching old road-trip movies where people almost die trying to read them while driving. But the Miami International Map Fair has been showcasing geographical representations for decades, hitting its 23rd year this month as the largest map fair in the Western Hemisphere. Presented by HistoryMiami to raise funds for the museum, the fair offers not only a fascinating collection of antique maps but also rare books, panoramas, globes, and atlases in which guests can immerse themselves. 
  • Iva Gueorguieva at Fredric Snitzer Gallery: A master of wrangling beauty out of unconventional materials, Bulgarian-born Iva Gueorguieva makes large-scale abstract paintings that feature a frenetic mix of overlapping collage, line, shape, and color. At times, figures, fragments of architecture, or mysterious machines seem to emerge from the mix, conjuring an enigmatic narrative or elusive memory. Miami will get to dive into Gueorguieva’s wild world with the exhibition “New Work: Painting and Sculpture,” presented at Fredric Snitzer Gallery.
  • M’Angaje at Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts: The piece, M’Angaje, which means “I am committed” in Kreyol, features nine dancers with vocal and percussive accompaniment. Founded in 1987 by Haitian choreographer, dancer, and educator Jeanguy Saintus Riché, dance company Ayikodans blends elements of folk music, indigenous dancing, French traditions, and voodoo spirituality. Today, with the help of the Arsht Center and many fundraising efforts, Ayikodans has a new home in Port-au-Prince. The troupe is considered the premier dance company on the island. 
  • Giralda Under the Stars at Giralda Avenue: This month marks a special romantic edition of Giralda Under the Stars, and though the food and drinks are à la carte, it costs nothing to soak up Cupid’s vibes. Traffic along the block will be shut down as some of downtown Coral Gables’ best restaurants set up tables in the open air. There’s a little something for every palate, including Castelluccio Ristorante, Divino Ceviche Coral Gables,, Ikura Sushi Lounge, and nine other participating eateries. 
  • DJ Tennis at Trade: It might be carried by that uhntz-uhntz beat, but it will bend your mind and pull your heartstrings, not just jack your body on the floor. It's the reason exemplary artists on the label such as Tale of Us, Thugfucker, and Clockwork garnered practically instant mass appeal and breakthrough success last year. As A&R mastermind and chief tastemaker for the label, DJ Tennis (AKA Manfredi Romano) is intent on serving up the substance lacking from so much dance-floor fodder these days.
  • Afrojack at Story: "Turn Up the Speakers" and rage until your eardrums explode with Afrojack at Story. Partying aside, the DJ's South Beach visit will be the perfect time for him to show off his car collection, which includes a Rolls-Royce, Lamborghini Aventador, and soon enough, the fastest car in the world: the Bugatti Chiron.
  • Oscar G at Fifty at the Viceroy Hotel: Whether DJ'ing at a mega nightclub in New York or playing for the people at an art space in Havana, Cuba, Oscar G always reps the 305. This week, though, he'll be turnin' up with his Miami fans at his debut rooftop gig at Fifty.
  • All Night in Brigitte at Bardot: Rave and celebrate with Dude Skywalker all night Friday at Bardot. The underground affair is presented by Dude Skywalker, with a set accompanied by a Live Brass Section. The opening set will be by JBZ.
  • Outside the Box Performance & Salon Talk at National YoungArts Foundation: Watch the world of music, skateboarding, and new media come together at the National YoungArts Foundation's Think Outside the Box Performance & Salon Talk. Featuring jazz pianist and YoungArts alum Jason Moran and skateboard legend Mark Gonzales, the night will highlight the connection between the art and the sport.
  • Jason Moran at National YoungArts Foundation: In 1993, a young pianist named Jason Moran won the YoungArts award for jazz. Since then, the Houston-born musician has released nine studio albums, served as an adviser for jazz at the Kennedy Center, and taught at the New England Conservatory. But in the ’80s, before he devoted all of his energy to jazz, Moran was a skate kid. In his return to YoungArts, Moran will participate in a Salon Series discussion with professional skateboarder Mark Gonzales, as well as an Outside the Box presentation on the YoungArts Plaza. 
  • J Dilla Weekend at Soho Studios: This year marks a decade since the death of J Dilla. And while the hip-hop icon is no longer with us, his legacy lives on thanks to his mother, Maureen "Ma Dukes" Yancey. What started off as Dilla Day has now — for the second year in a row — become J Dilla Weekend. Celebrate the rapper's life and music with Ma Dukes, Slum Village, Bun B, and all his number-one fans at J Dilla Weekend, smack in the heart of Wynwood.
  • 18th Annual Medical Marijuana Benefit at Gramps: Help support the fight to legalize medical marijuana at the annual Medical Marijuana Benefit at Gramps. Featuring speakers from NORML of Florida, United for Care, and many others, the 4:20 rager will raise funds for the organizations' medical marijuana campaigns. There will also be music from Telekinetic Walrus, Johnny Dread, SunGhosts, and more local faves, so don't miss it.
  • Design on a Dime Miami at Moore Building: Design on a Dime Miami will partner with 25 of the world’s top interior designers. Each of the designers will create one-of-a-kind room vignettes using contemporary and vintage furniture, art, and home décor. This year’s participating designers include Brown Davis Interiors, Fava Design Group, Wade Allyn Hallock, and Taylor & Taylor, Inc. All items will be available for purchase at the opening night reception with proceeds to benefit Housing Works and South Florida partners.Tickets are available at EventBrite.
  • Atajos at El Patio Wynwood: If you haven't checked out El Patio Wynwood just yet, this is your lucky week. Not only will you get to hang out with your buddies in a "laid-back and cozy enviornment with a great vibe and great drinks," but you'll also get to party with Atajos as the alt-Latin rock crew celebrates the release of its latest single and music video, "Avestruz."
  • Nick Monaco at Bardot: When we talked to Nick Monaco last year about his debut album, Mating Call, he had this to say: "Mating Call is a further exploration of the main themes in my music, which are sexuality, gender, politics, femininity, and innocence." No matter where you stand on the spectrum, embrace your inner being and let your freak flag fly high at Bardot this Saturday.
  • Super Bowl SundayThe big game goes down this Sunday, February 7, when the Carolina Panthers take on the Denver Broncos at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California. If you haven't been fortunate enough to score tickets to the game, don't worry. Half the fun of the Super Bowl is watching it on TV with a group of friends and a few cold ones. Television lets you see all the action, replays, and all the amazing commercials. The game starts at 6:30 p.m., but head to your favorite bar or restaurant early to get a prime viewing spot. 
  • David Portillo at The Freedom Tower at Miami Dade College: IlluminArts presents Metropolitan Opera tenor David Portillo in performance with pianist Gregory Ritchey.
  • Downton Abbey-Inspired Valentine’s Tea at Madi's Tea Garden Tea RoomImagine being greeted by Mr. Carson at the doors of Downton and walking through the great hall and into the library for tea with the Earl of Grantham. Perhaps you’ll be joined by Lady Mary or even the dowager herself (granny always makes tea that much more exciting). Sadly, since Downton Abbey has finished filming, your dream can never become a reality. However, Madi’s Tea Garden Tea Room is preparing an afternoon delight worthy of showrunner Julian Fellowes and his characters. At Downton Abbey-Inspired Valentine’s Tea, guests will be treated to a full tea service — including unique brews and creative foods — all prepared with Mrs. Padmore in mind, of course. There will also be a trivia game and a prize awarded to the best-dressed.

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