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 Craze at Rec Room, Erick Morillo at Story, Bryan Adams at the Fillmore Miami Beach, and Paul Oakenfold at LIV. Saturday and Sunday, hang out with hundreds of bikini-clad models as they battle for the 2016 title of LeSutra's Model Beach Volleyball. At night, head to the Electric Pickle to help Wynwood's favorite hangout celebrate its seventh birthday.


  • Angela I Am South Beach Weekend at Overtown Youth Center: Angela, Russell Simmons' niece, invites the 305 to take part in Angela I Am South Beach Weekend, a three-day event that’s part social mixer, part all-night fiesta, and all benefit fundraiser. It kicks off Friday with a charity dinner presented by the host’s fashion line, Foofi & Bella. The kickoff party follows at Studio 23 (247 23 St., Miami Beach), where VIP guests will enjoy an hour of open bar.
  • The Movie Music of James Newton Howard at Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts: Aside from history’s most renowned composers — Bach, Beethoven, Mozart — classical music doesn’t often appear on many people’s Spotify playlists. However, there's a special place for the modern classic: Hollywood. Film scores have thrilled viewers and tugged at emotions for the better part of a century. Although it began as a way to drown out the noise made by early projectors, movie music has become as much a part of popular culture and our daily lives as any technology.
  • Bermuda Beach at Kill Your Idol: Twerk it up con el "Tipo Tropical" as Otto Von Schirach and Nastie's Jew Tang Clan turn up the bass and ratchetería at Kill Your Idol for Bermuda Beach. ¡Dale!
  • Takeover Tour with Astrophysicist Jorge Pérez Gallego at the Wolfsonian-FIU: Ever wonder about the science behind accidents? What makes a train derail, a plane spiral out of control, or a building crumble? Find out during this in-depth tour of the exhibition "Margin of Error" with designer, educator, and astrophysicist Jorge Pérez Gallego.
  • Tiga at Trade: From covering Nelly's "Hot in Herre" to answering the question of what's he driving, Tiga has never been afraid of being a bit tongue-in-cheek with his music. In a genre that so often sees lightheartedness as a bad thing, the Canadian DJ/producer relishes in it, not being afraid of sounding too pop with touches of New Wave and electro influences.
  • DJ Craze at Rec Room: "People like to party here," DJ Craze told New Times last year, hinting at the core identity of the Magic City. "Over the years, that’s always been the thing. It’s a vacation spot. It’s tropical and very dance-oriented. I grew up on freestyle and Miami bass, and I didn’t really know what hip-hop was until the mid '90s. It’s always been a party vibe, from the Miami bass days to even the moombahton days to now." Embrace the 305's party rep and the dance music that makes this city so great with Craze himself at Rec Room.
  • Virginia Key GrassRoots Music and Dance Festival at Virginia Key Beach Park: Roots, world music, Latin, R&B, reggae, and zydeco — one of the nation's most diverse music festivals is back! Going down at Virginia Key Beach Park for the fifth year in a row, the Virginia Key GrassRoots Festival will make its four-day return to the Magic City this week. There will be camping, workshops, booths, and even activities for the kids.
  • Guitar Gods Festival at North Beach Bandshell: What do retired rock stars do when they want to relive the sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll of their glory days? Call their fellow retired rock buddies and put on a Guitar Gods Festival, of course. Watch Yngwie Malmsteen play his "Arpeggios From Hell" as Nicko McBrain, Gus G, Rudy Sarzo, and other rock legends join him at the North Beach Bandshell.
  • Erick Morillo at Story: "I’m going to try to bring soul back to what’s happening right now in dance music," Erick Morillo told New Times last year when asked about his label, Subliminal Records. "I love that dance music has done what it’s done in America, but now that it’s become the dominant culture, I think it’s time for people to start opening up their minds a little bit and realize that it’s more than just progressive house and pop records on top of those."


  • 2016 Model Beach Volleyball at Lummus Park: Hundreds of beautiful models will descend upon Miami Beach for a weekend filled with sun, sand, and stark determination to win the 2016 Model Beach Volleyball title. Don’t worry if you can’t be there. Watch it live on Snapchat or listen to one of three iHeartRadio stations broadcasting the hotly anticipated tournament.
  • Bryan Adams at the Fillmore Miami Beach: Bryan Adams may be known for his great American classics like "Summer of '69," "(Everything I Do) I Do It for You," and "Please Forgive Me," but after more than 30 years, the Canadian singer is still belting out hits. This week, Adams will take over the Fillmore Miami Beach as he brings his Get Up! tour to Miami.
  • Paul Oakenfold at LIV: Amid the manic hype of the so-called EDM explosion, it's reassuring that DJs like Paul Oakenfold are still around. One of the founding fathers of trance, Oakenfold has been a dance innovator for more than 20 years, influencing the masses' conception of electronic music and contributing to the popular acceptance of the DJ as a legitimate artist.
  • Electric Pickle 7-Year Anniversary at Electric Pickle: Miami's favorite Wynwood hangout is turning 7! This Saturday, Soul Clap, Doc Martin, Will Renuart, Patrick Walsh, Arremer Jack, and a special guest will take over EP for the night; a Get Lost-style daytime rager, complete with a gourmet breakfast at 7 a.m. on the newly sheltered Pickle Patio, will top off the fete.
  • Miami Mini Maker Faire: Music Makers Showcase at National YoungArts Foundation: The first Miami Mini Maker Faire was held in 2013. Each year, the number of attendees grew. Now, Ric Herrero is expecting 6,000 people over this Saturday and Sunday for the 2016 fair. This year's edition of the do-it-yourself extravaganza will have a musical element for the first time, with a concert Saturday night, though Herrero says adding rhythm and beats was always a goal for the event.
  • Concerto Showcase at New World Center: For audiences, this year’s Concerto Showcase is a great opportunity to hear the violin, clarinet, and cello spotlighted in unusual ways. Ward Stare, music director of the Rochester Philharmonic, will visit Miami Beach to lead the concert. Additionally, this Saturday night’s performance will be live-projected on the wall outside the New World Center for anyone to enjoy for free.
  • City Hearts: Miami at Lemon City Studios: The second iteration of City Hearts rolls into Miami this Saturday. And though Miami has one of the nation's best-developed club cultures, Leon and crew are shying away from that scene and hosting the event at Lemon City Studios.


  • Simply Simone: The Music of Nina Simone at Joseph Caleb Auditorium: Written by David Grapes and Robert Neblett, with music arrangement by Vince DiMura, the musical features performers Sarah Gracel Anderson, Toddra Brunson Solomon, Deana Butler-Rahming, and Ja'Nia Harden. Simply Simone is presented by the African Heritage Cultural Arts Center.
  • Chocolate Sundays at Purdy Lounge: Chocolate makes everything better — even Sundays. So turn up with your fave DJs as the Chocolate Sundays crew takes over 1811 Purdy Ave. for a night of hardcore beats and booze.

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