- DWNTWN Art Days at various locations: Now in its fifth year, DWNTWN Art Days — the Miami Downtown Development Authority's three-day festival celebrating all things creative — marks the official kickoff of the city's cultural season. Running this Friday through Sunday, the event packs gallery openings, theatrical performances, dance workshops, art tours, and even a comics convention into one weekend. Check out the best DWNTWN Art Days events here.
- The Void at Private Key Club: The Void, founded in 2014, returns this weekend with more than 30 visual artists, DJs, live bands, and vendors. The evening begins at 8 p.m. with a gallery opening and champagne reception featuring live music and performing arts.
- "The Vesper Project" at the Lowe Art Museum: The exhibit features remnants of the Connecticut home of a fictitious, biracial 19th-century New England family, who were able to “pass” as Caucasian despite their mixed heritage. The artist tells the story through the character Benjamin Vesper, a mentally troubled man who reaches out to the artist for help reconstructing his family’s history.
- Second Saturday Art Walk in the Wynwood Arts District: Despite the pandemonium over Zika, Wynwood’s Second Saturday Art Walk will go on unperturbed. Enjoy food trucks, people-watching, and the launch of a new arts season at the neighborhood's art galleries. Mosquitoes be damned!
- Woof Social at the Wynwood Yard: The second-annual edition of this human-canine gathering will feature a live DJ, food trucks, freebies, live painting, treats, pet services, and plenty of intellectual stimulation for the four-legged set. It's like a dog park but way more civilized.
- Magic City Jedi at Miami Scottish Rite Temple: The two-hour lightsaber school incorporates dance, mindfulness, choreography, and film-like sequences, all designed to turn you into a Jedi all-star. The class kicks off with a quick workout, meditation, and yoga routine. Then attendees dive into 90 minutes of staged combat training using superawesome LED lightsabers.
- Miami International Auto Show at the Miami Beach Convention Center: It’s that time of year again, when the motor junkies of the 305 gather under one roof to celebrate man’s greatest invention: the car. Going on its 46th year, the Miami International Auto Show will take place this Saturday through September 18, bringing nearly a thousand vehicles to Miami Beach.