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.
House of Horror Haunted Carnival at Miami International Mall: The fright factory, set up yearly at Miami International Mall, features multiple attractions, including a haunted insane asylum, a 3D haunted phobia experience, a rock 'n' roll circus stunt and sideshow (dubbed Hellzapoppin), and a freak emporium. It’s four terrors for the price of one. After your spine stops tingling, you can shake off the scares at the onsite carnival — complete with all of your favorite fair food. Pro tip: Fried Oreos make everything better.
- Viernes Culturales at Máximo Gómez/Domino Park: Visit Little Havana the last Friday of the month, and you’ll find yourself transported by a rhythmic, cafecito-fueled spectacle reminiscent of the tropical carnival processions of Cuba’s golden age.
- Miami Web Fest at Flamingo Theater Bar: One of the most exciting things about life in the 21st Century is the wealth of possibilities offered by the internet. Apart from the steady — and sometimes overwhelming — flow of information, the web encourages creativity from a DIY platform without having to get permission or editorial input from a gatekeeper higher up the chain of command. Filmmakers have been taking advantage of these benefits for years, streaming their work without having to heed the traditional theatrical screening route. That’s the idea behind the Miami Web Fest, the brainchild of award-winning filmmaker Bryan G. Thompson.
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Silent Disco Party at the Redbury South Beach: Taking over the rooftop at the Redbury, the bash will go down like this: The first hour will begin with a free cocktail hour, where you can enjoy tasty drinks. You'll then be given a pair of waterproof, wireless headphones with multiple channels where you can tune in to the live set of your choice — from Radiohead to Kendrick Lamar to Major Lazer — and, well, dance. It's all celebrating the release of City Gazettes' new issue, complete with an unveiling of artwork by Miami artist Gabriel "GG" Gimenez.
- Third Horizon Caribbean Film Festival at O Cinema Wynwood: A postapocalyptic world after an alien invasion featuring Nazis and Santa Claus. A "minimalist, neorealist fairy tale" that takes place amid the ruins of the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. A documentary exploring the effects of the U.S. invasion of Grenada. These disparate stories are among the eight features and nine short films screening this weekend at the inaugural Third Horizon Caribbean Film Festival.
- 20-Year Anniversary Block Party at Lost Weekend: Kicking off at 2 p.m. Saturday, the award-winning dive's anniversary bash will feature burlesque dancers, drag queens, comedians, magicians, and sideshow acts. Miami's favorite musical acts are onboard to show support, including Spam Allstars, Afrobeta, Otto Von Schirach, and Music Is a Weapon. MCs Shelley Novak and Notorious Nastie will be sure to embarrass everyone equally in the most uproarious manner imaginable.
- O.M.F.G. Miami at the Hangar: With an emphasis on fashion, music, and gender-bending brilliance, O.M.F.G. wants to be the wildest night out of your life. The queer community is banding together to welcome all into the wildest corners of its countercultural folds. Hipsters, artists, dancers, gays, and straights of every shape, size, and color will be welcomed to the Hangar, where the only rule is “Have fun.”
- Key Biscayne Half Marathon at Miami Marine Stadium: The Key Biscayne Half Marathon will begin at Miami Marine Stadium and guide runners across the beautiful but punishing Rickenbacker Causeway. Even if you've taken the summer off — and who could blame you? — you can still run with pride, knowing your participation helped benefit Camillus House.