The best time of the week is finally here — the weekend. The next three days are filled with music, art, and boozy beverages galore. From Coral Gables to Little Havana to South Beach, these are the best places to be until the sun comes up Monday morning.
Ten Dollar Days at Zoo Miami: For just a ten-spot, visitors can swing by the chimpanzees, slink through the emerald tree boa habitat, and crane their necks up at Titan, the zoo's baby giraffe. At the Children's Zoo, kids can pet and comb animals like goats and sheep, ride camels, and check out a family of meerkats. And because it's absurdly hot out there, you can also take advantage of water-play areas designed for kids of all ages.
Supercon at Miami Beach Convention Center: The state's largest con (notching more than 50,000 attendees in 2015) seems to get only bigger and bigger every year — and with good reason. Every few months, new properties are rolled out or revamped and an entirely new generation of fans is hooked.
- Justin Bieber at American Airlines Arena: Last time Justin Bieber was in Miami, he was throwing $75,000 inside King of Diamonds before getting arrested for drag racing on residential SoBe streets. It was eventful, to say the least, and people really started to hate him, to say the most. It's amazing the 180 he's made in the public eye. It seems working with Skrillex and Diplo can really change a young pop star's career, especially when the tracks that result are as infectious, lovable, and downright danceable as “Where Are U Now?,” “Sorry,” “Love Yourself,” “What Do You Mean?,” and many, many others. His album Purpose is grade-A pop music, no matter how you feel about the Biebs, and you can bet your bottom dollar the Purpose Tour, hitting American Airlines Arena this Saturday and Sunday, will be nothing short of headline-grabbing.
National Lampoon's Vacation at O Cinema Miami Beach: If you don't know Vacation, it's the 1983 classic Harold Ramis film about the Griswold family that spawned a multitude of sequels. In this first installment, Clark and Ellen Griswold take their two kids on a road trip from Illinois to a California theme park known as Walley World, and the film chronicles all the delightful and ridiculous situations they encounter along the way. It was written by John Hughes of all people.
Miami’s Bacon and Beer Crawl at Blue Martini Brickell: Celebrate the Fourth a few days early in the most American way possible: with an overabundance of bacon and beer. Dress in your most patriotic apparel for an afternoon and evening filled with local and national brews paired with a variety of juicy, meat-filled bites from beloved neighborhood spots. The tour begins at Blue Martini, and attendees will stop at all participating restaurants as they walk through downtown Miami.
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Zach Deputy at the Wynwood Yard: Americans gave the world soul, jazz, Delta blues, rock 'n' roll, funk, and hip-hop, to name only a few, and Georgia boy Zach Deputy wraps all of those sounds into one Southern-fried selection without nobody's help at all. Deputy is a one-man
bandunlike anything you've ever seen. He uses loop pedals and samplers to capture drums, guitar riffs, handclaps, mouth-made beats, harmonica, and any other noise he deems appropriate to create layered, moving sonic masterpieces that audiences can't help but groove to. There's a nostalgic, laid-back vibe to his sound, a total college festival kind of wave. That is to say, it's the perfect music for kicking back with friends, grilling some burgers, and drinking a few beers. So that's the plan at BBQ & Chill this Sunday, beginning at 3 p.m. at the Wynwood Yard.