There's a lot of weirdness going on in the universe. Mercury is in retrograde till November 20, and a full moon is right around the corner, November 12. Naturally, the best way to combat this bizarre energy is by having a ton of fun. Fortunately for Miamians, this weekend will offer plenty of opportunities.
Gamer Comic Expo, kicking off Friday and running all weekend, will give videogame enthusiasts the chance to take down some of the biggest Fortnite and League of Legends players around. Also this Friday, John Legend will perform at the culinary spectacle the Taste of SBE. For jerk lovers (the Jamaican seasoning, not mean people), a jerk festival will happen Miramar this Sunday. Close out the weekend with a rockin' show by the Raconteurs at the Fillmore.
Here are the best things to do in Miami this weekend:
Friday, November 8
Ten-time Grammy-winning singer-songwriter John Legend conjures musical magic in every performance. But this Friday night, a slew of globally renowned chefs will join the party to make it that much more memorable. Taking place this Friday evening at the stunning Delano South Beach, the Taste of SBE will see chefs Dario Cecchini, Martin Heierling, Katsuya Uechi, Nate Appleman, Jose Icardi, Thomas Greise, and others prepare bites from across SBE's properties. With so much promised food and a Legend performance, it's on you if you miss this one. 8 p.m. Friday at Delano South Beach, 1685 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; sbe.com. Tickets cost $215.
Things are about to get wild, weird, and wonderful at the Olympia Theater. Comedian Eric Andre, known for his unique brand of silly and abrasive comedy, will bring the absurdity of The Eric Andre Show to Miami this Friday night. The standup performance will be the latest stop on his Legalize Everything Tour. If you've ever seen the antics of his Adult Swim show, it's natural to be worried about what this man might want to legalize. If you're unfamiliar with Andre, check him out in 2019's live-action The Lion King and the TV program Man Seeking Woman. 8 p.m. Friday at the Olympia Theater, 174 E. Flagler St., Miami; 305-374-2444; olympiatheater.org. Tickets cost $35 to $65.
Many people think they're God's gift to gaming, but the Gamer Comic Expo is set to present players with a meaningful chance to test their mettle. Whether it's Fortnite, League of Legends, or a handful of other hot titles, it's time to bring your A-game. The expo will take over the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward Convention Center all weekend, giving average joes the chance to square off against some of the biggest name in competitive gaming. Last year's event attracted 10,000 people, and the attendance this time promises to be even bigger. In addition to gaming, celebrity guests who'll be on hand to chat with fans. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center, 1950 Eisenhower Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; 305-456-9156. Tickets cost $25 to $299 via gamercomicexpo.com.
Saturday, November 9
If you live in South Florida, you know the importance of a well-maintained posterior. The Booty by Brabants session this Saturday morning will give you a chance to work on yours. Head to the 15th-floor pool deck of the W Miami and learn from one of Boston's most sought-after fitness instructors, Kelly Brabants. She'll get you moving in ways you never thought possible. This workout is for a good cause too: All proceeds will benefit Lotus House. 11 a.m. Saturday at W Miami, 485 Brickell Ave., Miami. Tickets cost $15 via eventbrite.com.
Remember the good old days? No, not the late-20th-century decade you fetishize nostalgically; we're talking about medieval times. This weekend at T.Y. Park in Hollywood, you can throw it way on back at the Camelot Days Medieval Festival. Expect acrobats, live music, games galore, and all kinds of grub to fill your Renaissance festival quota for the year. Just be careful not to plant your face in your phone too much —anachronisms aside, there will be flamethrowers and jousts onsite. 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at T.Y. Park, 3300 N Park Rd., Hollywood; 786-332-0047; camelotdays.com. Tickets cost $15 for adults and $4 for kids aged 6 to 12; children under 6 get in free. Admission to T.Y. Park costs $1.50 per person at the gate.
Sunday, November 10
A jerk festival is coming to town. Will Martin Shkreli, the pharma bro himself, be there? How about South Florida's own Roger Stone? Luckily, it's not that kind of jerk festival, but rather one that celebrates the joys of Jamaican cooking. This Sunday in Miramar Regional Park, the Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival will be loaded with jerk everything: lobster, corn, shrimp, ice cream — you name it. More than 30 vendors will sell goods, and 12 bands are slated to perform throughout the day. 10 a.m. Sunday in Miramar Regional Park, 16801 Miramar Pkwy., Miami. Tickets cost $30 to $150 via jerkfestival.com.
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Another full moon will rise very soon, and the good folks at the Miami Beach Edition have your back. While energies from the frost moon drive the masses mad, the hotel's Full Moon Festival will provide a tranquil retreat. Enjoy a yoga and meditation session with Modern OM, tribal drumming, chill jams from Tavin Reiter, and an assortment of holistic vendors. 6 to 11 p.m. Sunday at the Miami Beach Edition, 2901 Collins Ave., Miami Beach. Tickets cost $45 via tixr.com.
The band responsible for the mid-2000s rock earworm "Steady, As She Goes" will hit the Fillmore Miami Beach Sunday night. The Raconteurs, one of guitarist Jack White's many projects, will be in town supporting its first LP in ten-plus years. The Detroit-bred foursome responsible for "Salute Your Solution" and "Old Enough" will play cuts from its new album, Help Us Stranger, as well as, yes, "Steady, As She Goes." Psych yourself up for the show by giving the Raconteurs' records another spin or ten. 8 p.m. Sunday at the Fillmore Miami Beach, 1700 Washington Ave, Miami Beach; 305-673-7300; fillmoremb.com. Tickets cost $72.50 to $247.50 via livenation.com.
When you've racked up credits in everything from Hamilton: The Musical to A Star Is Born, you've earned the right to flaunt your artistic stuff. Anthony Ramos will do just that Sunday night when he stops by the Ground at Club Space in support of his debut LP, October's The Good & the Bad. The actor and singer has made the jump from Broadway and film to studio albums via a release that delves into the trials and tribulations of his personal life. The record is reflective and powerful. 7 p.m. Sunday at the Ground, 34 NE 11th St., Miami; thegroundmiami.com. Tickets cost $25.82 via eventbrite.com.