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The Best Things to Do in Miami This Weekend

Here's hoping Hurricane Dorian doesn't ruin your Labor Day weekend plans.
Here's hoping Hurricane Dorian doesn't ruin your Labor Day weekend plans. Photo by Karli Evans
We all have our fingers and toes crossed that Hurricane Dorian just goes away. If the mammoth beast veers elsewhere, we can enjoy the Rolling Stones (pushed up to Friday night at Hard Rock Stadium); Beck, Cage the Elephant, and Spoon (Friday at Coral Sky Amphitheater); the Ball & Chain Music Festival (all weekend long in Little Havana) and the four-day Home Design and Remodeling Show at Mana Wynwood. If Dorian is an a-hole and turns toward us, well, we may see some cancellations. Let's hope for the best.

Here are the best things to do in Miami this weekend:
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The Rolling Stones are still coming to Miami — albeit a day early.
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Friday, August 30

In April, the Rolling Stones postponed the Miami kickoff of their latest tour because of Mick Jagger's health. Now the frontman is back and better than ever, and the date was rescheduled for Saturday night before getting pushed up to Friday due to concerns about Dorian. If you haven't experienced the iconic group's 50-plus years of musical bliss live, don't miss this second chance to score tickets to the No Filter Tour. 8 p.m. Saturday at Hard Rock Stadium, 347 Don Shula Dr., Miami. Tickets cost $421 to $924 via

For the fifth consecutive year, Little Havana staple Ball & Chain is throwing a Labor Day weekend festival. The Ball & Chain Music Festival is stacked with performances by more than a hundred acts. Headlining bands include Palo!, Zarabanda, Marlow Rosado, Tony Succar, Elastic Bond, and Luis Bofill. In addition to sucking down some of the best cocktails in town, you can take advantage of specials on Corona Extra, Havana Club Rum, and other beverages. Friday through Sunday at Ball & Chain, 1513 SW Eighth St., Miami; Admission is free. The festival's schedule has shifted to feature live music during the daytime, live jazz in the evening, and a featured live act Friday and Saturday on the Pineapple Stage. Sunday's full lineup has been postponed for a later date.

We have a nominee for best rock show of the summer, people. Beck, Cage the Elephant, Spoon, and Sunflower Bean will jam at Coral Sky Amphitheatre in WPB Friday evening. While you may usually contemplate skipping the opening band, you should get to this show on time. In addition to classics from all the bands, Beck plans to release his album, Hyperspace, soon and Cage the Elephant dropped its fifth LP, Social Cues, earlier this year. 6 p.m. Friday at Coral Sky Amphitheatre, 601-7 Sansburys Way, West Palm Beach. Tickets cost $29.50 to $999 via
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Bad Bunny headlines Spotify's ¡Viva Latino! Live with Nicky Jam, Sech, Rosalia, and Sebastián Yatra.
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Last year, Spotify held its first ¡Viva Latino! Live concert, with guests Daddy Yankee, Bad Bunny, Becky G, Jowell & Randy, and Natti Natasha. Now the party's back for a second year. Bad Bunny, returning as the headliner this year, will be joined by Latin music stars Nicky Jam, Sech, Rosalia, and South Florida's own Sebastián Yatra. 8 p.m. Friday at American Airlines Arena, 601 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; Tickets cost $49 to $159.

Your Labor Day weekend needs to be lit. Enter Virgil Abloh with a Friday-night stint at LIV. Abloh and Miami are a match made in heaven: He's a designer/artist/DJ extraordinaire and last year was named one of Time's 100 most influential people in the world. His tunes are equally impressive, and he'll get your long weekend started right. 11 p.m. Friday at LIV, 4441 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; Tickets cost $40.

Looking for some new flair for your home? Are you beyond tired of your avocado-green appliances from the '70s? You're bound to find inspiration at the four-day Home Design and Remodeling Show at Mana Wynwood Convention Center. The show boats plenty of vendors spanning design, home renovation, décor, and other arenas. Also, mingle with participating celebs such as Martin Amado and Univision's Santi y Laurita. Friday through Monday at Mana Wynwood Convention Center, 318 NW 23rd St., Miami. One-day passes cost $7 via Postponed for September 13 through 15.

Calling the next generation of filmmakers! The Fourth Annual Urban Film Festival kicks off on Friday with the premiere of I Got The Hook Up 2 featuring Master P and Romeo Miller. But this festival is about more than just catching awesome flicks. Throughout the weekend, attend valuable workshops, presentations, and networking opportunities designed to take you to the next level professionally.  Friday through Sunday at the Black Archives Historic Lyric Theater, 819 NW Second Ave., Miami; Three-day passes cost $100.

Saturday, August 31

In the worlds of Latin pop and rock, few artists boast a more impressive resumé than that of Marco Antonio Solís. The 59-year-old Mexican icon has five Latin Grammys to his name, is a member of the Billboard Latin Music Hall of Fame, and has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Fun random fact: He voiced the character Ernesto de la Cruz in the Disney flick Coco. 8 p.m. Saturday at American Airlines Arena, 601 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. Tickets cost $95 to $165 via Rescheduled for October 26 at American Airlines Arena.
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Claptone plays Club Space with Joris Voorn Saturday night.
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Barring a visit from Hurricane Dorian, Club Space will host performances galore this Labor Day weekend. Anchoring the musical festivities, the German DJ/producer duo Claptone will share the stage with the Amsterdam-based house-techno man of excellence, Joris Voorn. Pro tip: In addition to selling tickets to this show, Club Space is offering a weekender pass for $150 that also gets you into Friday's shows (Boris Brejcha, Chris Liebing, and others), but hurry — they're going fast. 11 p.m. Saturday at Club Space, 34 NE 11th St., Miami. Tickets cost $10 to $150 via

Sunday, September 1

Every first Sunday at Nancy is fun for nostalgia fiends. For its Retro & Roots shindig, the bar turns into an old-school utopia pumping reggae, hip-hop, and other genres. This month's DJs include D Jane, Mello-D, and Native Method. Sunday's edition will double as a farewell to the bar's longtime resident DJ, BoomDraw, who is moving to Jamaica. In addition to jamming, enjoy retro games, tarot readings, and good vibes. 8 p.m. Sunday at Nancy, 2007 SW Eighth St., Miami; Admission is free.

Looking for a new game night? Queer Board Game Night, presented by Flaming Classics cofounder and New Times contributor Juan Barquin, features drag sensation Florida Man. The viral drag star will perform thematic shows every hour and mingle with attendees. Guests are encouraged to bring their favorite games, such as Monopoly, Twister, and other classics. 5 p.m. Sunday at Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables; Admission is free.
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Jesse Scott is a Fort Lauderdale-based contributor for Miami New Times covering culture, food, travel, and entertainment in South Florida and beyond. His work has appeared in Condé Nast Traveler, Lonely Planet, National Geographic, and his hometown newspaper, the Free Lance-Star, among others.