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The Ten Best Things to Do in Miami This Weekend

It's not Halloween yet, but spooky season has arrived in Miami.
It's not Halloween yet, but spooky season has arrived in Miami. Photo by Karli Evans

Iron out the costumes, because Halloween will be here before we know it. We're already seeing some glimpses of Halloween-inspired events in Miami, with the classic spooky flick Evil Dead showing at Gables Cinema and the Black Market at Las Rosas taking on a Halloween theme Saturday evening. For tunes, check out YoungArts alums Grace Weber and Támar with the Miami Symphony Orchestra Friday evening. Sunday, close out the weekend with Post Malone at the AA Arena.

Here are the best things to do in Miami this weekend:

Friday, October 18

It's time to experience the latest work from Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar. Pain and Glory is set to debut at the Tower Theater this Friday evening, and select showings will continue through October 24. It's somewhat of an autobiographical Almodóvar piece with the director's signature humor and emotion sprinkled throughout. And the flick has an all-star cast, including Antonio Banderas, Penélope Cruz, and Asier Etxeandia. Showings at 4:40, 7, and 9:20 p.m. Friday and select dates and times through October 24 at Tower Theater, 1508 SW Eighth St., Miami;

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Grace Weber will jam with Támar and the Miami Symphony Orchestra this Friday.
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The kind folks at the National YoungArts Foundation for years have been nurturing local talent and prepping artists for the big time. Friday evening, YoungArts alumni will join forces with the Miami Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Eduardo Marturet, for a free show as part of the Design District's recurring fall performance series. Singers Grace Weber and Támar, both YoungArts alumni, will show off the skills they honed during their time with the foundation. 6 p.m. Friday at 3841 NE Second Ave., Miami. Admission is free; RSVP via

By now, you've surely caught one of Randy Rainbow's spoof interviews on YouTube. The dude is hilarious, involving everyone from Lindsay Lohan to Kanye West. Friday night, he'll step out of the interwebs for a comedy gig at the Fillmore. Before attaining viral fame, Rainbow grew up in Plantation, so show this local boy a proper South Florida welcome. 8 p.m. Friday at the Fillmore Miami Beach, 1700 Washington Ave., Miami Beach. Tickets cost $39.50 to $49.50 via
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Erica Dawn Lyle of Aquashade.
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Saturday, October 19

Sweat Records is best known for its vinyl selection, but the Little Haiti shop sometimes doubles as a live music venue. Saturday night, prepare for a killer lineup headlined by New York's Aquashade. Miami's Axetone (whose live demo dropped earlier this year) and Womanmay (fronted by Maylin Colmenares) will join the fun. 7 p.m. Saturday at Sweat Records, 5505 NE Second Ave., Miami. Admission is free; RSVP via

In case you're behind on the news, the Black Market recently moved from Sunday to Saturday at Las Rosas. For this Saturday's Halloween edition, there will be the usual 20-plus vendors selling all kinds of tchotchkes. Plus, don't miss drag performances and live music. Orlando's the Welzeins, the Gazms, and Matchstick Johnny will headline. 8 p.m. Saturday at Las Rosas, 2898 NW Seventh Ave., Miami. Admission is free; RSVP via

Evil Dead has built a sizable cult following over the years. There have been stage musicals, live bloodbath shows in Vegas, and other homages. Well, let's get back to the original 1982 flick, directed by Sam Raimi and starring Bruce Campbell. See the demon-and-chainsaw-filled vacation-from-hell flick in 4K during a special late-night showing at Gables Cinema. 11:30 p.m. Saturday at Coral Gables Art Cinema, 260 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables;
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Load up on seafood at Miami Marine Stadium this weekend.
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Stone crab season is here, so work up an appetite and get yourself to Miami Marine Stadium for the two-day South Florida Seafood Festival. Organized by the local event production company Swarm, the fest will offer more than 25 food vendors, booze galore, and even a DIY cocktail section. For the kids, there will be a giant pirate slide and other activities. Saturday and Sunday at Miami Marine Stadium, 3501 Rickenbacker Cswy., Miami. Tickets cost $14 to $39 via

Sunday, October 20

Summer in Miami can be way too hot to host a barbecue. Now that it's nice out, head to Lummus Park for Sunday's Beachside BBQ Jamboree. This shindig is being put on by the City of Miami Beach and will be loaded with eats, drinks, jams, and fun activations such as a kite workshop. Honey Hounds and the Sh-Booms will serenade guests throughout the day. Proper Sausages, Icestasy, Clives Café, and others will sell food, while vendors such as Brody's Bandanas, Radiator Comics, and Half Moon Leather will offer their wares. Noon to 4 p.m. Sunday at Lummus Park, 1130 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach. Admission is free; RSVP via

Pineapple Sunday sounds delicious. But this is no citrus-picking event — it's Ball & Chain's famous Sunday event, loaded with dancing, live tunes, and flowing cocktails. Landing on the Little Havana club's outdoor Pineapple Stage this week will be Rick Moon, the Goodnites, Scone Cash Players, and Electric Piquete. On the drinks front, you can never go wrong with the Calle Ocho old-fashioned, with tobacco-infused bitters and a tobacco leaf garnish. 2 to 7 p.m. Sunday at Ball & Chain, 1513 SW Eighth St., Miami; Admission is free.

"You know I say that I am better now, better now/I only say that 'cause you're not around, not around." Get ready to hear that song live and scream along to it when Post Malone performs at American Airlines Arena this Sunday evening. Adding to his list of releases, including hits such as "Rockstar" and "Better Now," the 24-year-old Syracuse native dropped his third album last month, Hollywood's Bleeding. Give it a listen before the show. 8 p.m. Sunday at American Airlines Arena, 601 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. Tickets cost $49.50 to $499.50 via
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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.

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