The Best Things to Do in Miami This Weekend

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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 Lil Jon at LIV, Danny Daze at Trade, Michale Graves at Churchill's Pub, and Pitbull in Bal Harbour. La Nuit en Rosé debuts Friday in Miami to celebrate all things rosé. And Sunday, head to the Gifford Lane Art Stroll in Coconut Grove, where more than 70 artists will display sculptures, portraits, landscapes, jewelry, tile mosaics, large abstract paintings, photography, mixed media, found art objects, and whimsical inventions.

  • La Nuit en Rosé at Mondrian South Beach: There is not enough love for pink wine, as Jess from New Girl so reverently refers to it. Rosé, the delectable vino that incorporates some production elements of both red and white winemaking, now has its own festival: La Nuit en Rosé. This exclusive fest has taken place only in New York, Los Angeles, and London, but now it makes its way to Miami. For three days, the Mondrian South Beach will host a trio of poolside events dedicated to all things pink.
  • New Found Glory's Florida Vacation Tour at Churchill's Pub: Relive your emo days with Chad, Jordan, Cyrus, and Ian as they put on the ultimate throwback show. They'll give SoFla a double dose of rock as they hit up Culture Room in Fort Lauderdale Thursday and Churchill's Pub in Little Haiti Friday.
  • Hackshow at IronHack Miami: The Hackshow is a live demo presentation of never before seen web applications built by the students of Ironhack, a coding bootcamp with campuses in Miami, Madrid, and Barcelona. The event is also the graduating ceremony of its 5th Miami cohort, in which students have spent the last eight weeks learning the programming languages they used to bring their ideas to life, from scratch. Learn more about the event and RSVP at eventbrite.com.
  • Nu Deco Ensemble at Light Box at Goldman Warehouse: Season one of Nu Deco Ensemble continues with a performance at Wynwood's Light Box at Goldman Warehouse. Experience the music of Nicolas Omiccioli, Paul Hindemith, Ricardo Romaniero, and Radiohead with Miami's 21st-century chamber orchestra.
  • Lil Jon at LIV: Despite his inconsistent output of songs (OK!), his repetitive shouts and interruptions (Yeah!), and even his rhetorical questions and exclamations (What?!), Lil Jon has remained a relevant figure in music for 15 years.
  • Danny Daze at TradeFrom tirelessly working on new music to becoming an international DJ sensation, Danny Daze is a Miami success story. But this week, homeboy will party it up at Trade in celebration of the release of his latest EP.
  • The Dumb Waiter at The FillmoreTwo hit men bicker in a basement while anxiously awaiting instruction. When the order to kill finally comes, will it be any easier? That’s all we can give away about Nobel Prize-winning playwright Harold Pinter’s critically acclaimed one-act presentation The Dumb Waiter.
  • Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival at Sunshine GroveSunshine Grove may be a mini road trip away from the Magic City, but the inaugural Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival is a destination worth the drive. Featuring performances from everyone from Mumford & Sons and Kendrick Lamar to Skrillex and Robert Plant, the three-day rager hopes to become a utopian "nature paradise" where music and art unite.


  • Skylight Yoga Dub Sessions at the Wynwood Yard: A playful and creative hatha and vinyasa yoga class will feature a conscious vibe and the sweet sounds of reggae by recognized Jamaican-born DJ Corey Chase of Dubwise Miami. Yoga teachers will use the body as a metaphor to identify areas of life that could benefit from more peace, love, and respect.
  • Destination Fashion 2016 at Bal Harbour Shops: Bal Harbour Shops doesn’t close for just anyone or anything. But to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the mall and the 30th anniversary of the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, the two major institutions have teamed up for an exclusive fundraising event. Pitbull, Mr. 305 himself, will perform at the end of the night.
  • Carnaval on the Mile on Miracle Mile in Coral Gables: Food, art, and music — what more could you ask for? The 18th-annual Carnaval on the Mile features three main stages, 30 musical groups, paintings, sculptures, photography, crafts, jewelry, and the inaugural food-and-wine event, Cork & Fork. On three main stages — located on LeJeune Road, Douglas Road, and Ponce de Leon Boulevard — local and out-of-town bands will perform. Cork & Fork is a new food-and-wine-tasting component where local chefs and restaurants will display their culinary masterpieces, along with demonstrations, book signings, and live entertainment.
  • Gator Jam Music Festival at Miccosukee Resort & GamingAt 82 years old, Willie Nelson is still the face of outlaw country. Witness the legend live in action as he takes over Miccosukee Resort & Gaming for Gator Jam. Joined by Los Lonely Boys, Willie will surely put on one hell of a show.
  • Cuban Sandwich Smackdown at Sergio's Cuban Restaurant: If you live in South Florida, there’s no such thing as a typical ham sandwich. ’Round these parts, it’s cubanos or bust. Whether the take is a classic gathering of ham, pork, Swiss cheese, mustard, and pickles or a modern variation with smoked meats and specialty grain condiments, the hot-pressed sandwich is a Miami staple. Thanks to the Annual International Cuban Sandwich Festival, Cuban-sandwich lovers from all parts get in on the snack action, but the second-annual Cuban Sandwich Smackdown decides who will represent Miami at the larger affair.
  • Burger Revolution 2016 at Gramps: "Rock 'n' roll and buns." That's what the Magic City is in for this week as California's Burger Records and Cheap Miami bring the Burger Revolution to Gramps.


  • Michale Graves at Churchill's PubThe second incarnation of genre-defining horror-punk band the Misfits polarized punk-rock fans. But one thing that was never really in question was the true talent of the band's second singer, Michale Graves.
  • Gifford Lane Art Stroll at Gifford Lane: If the Grove’s two annual art events were political candidates, the Coconut Grove Arts Festival would be Hillary Clinton to the Gifford Lane Art Stroll’s Bernie Sanders. The stroll, now in its 18th year, is a wilder, wackier, more communal version of its bigger, fancier cousin. And it’s free. (Now that’s democratic socialism in action.)

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