Ultra Music Festival recently announced its departure from Miami, but the city still has Rolling Loud this weekend. Like Ultra, the hip-hop festival no longer takes place downtown, but unlike Ultra's awkward transition to Virginia Key, Rolling Loud has comfortably settled into its second home at Hard Rock Stadium. This year's lineup includes hip-hop heavyweights Cardi B, Travis Scott, and Migos, among many others. And if you're looking for free-flowing booze from the city's top breweries, you'll want to hit up New Times' Brew at the Zoo this Saturday. Tickets start at $25.
Here are the best events happening in Miami this weekend.
Rolling Loud isn't holding back for its fifth-anniversary spectacle. The mega-music fest, set to pop off at Hard Rock Stadium, will offer quite the lineup over the next three days. This Friday, Migos, Cardi B, Rick Ross, YG, Lil Yachty, and Rich the Kid will headline. For Saturday, it's Travis Scott, Lil Wayne, 21 Savage, and Kodak Black. And closing things out Sunday are Kid Cudi, Lil Uzi Vert, Lil Pump, and Gucci Mane. Oh, and about a gazillion other artists will perform too. Friday through Sunday at Hard Rock Stadium, 347 Don Shula Dr., Miami Gardens. Tickets start at $339 via rollingloud.com.
Flaming Classics, Miami's queer film series, has screened movies running the gamut from The Little Mermaid to Psycho to A Star is Born. But this weekend will keep things rated R with a screening of the cult classic 9 1/2 Weeks. The film, starring Kim Basinger and Mickey Rourke, will screen at Miami Beach's World Erotic Art Museum, and tickets include drinks and bites inspired by the racy movie, as well as admission to the museum's galleries. 8 p.m. Friday at World Erotic Museum, 1205 Washington Ave., Miami Beach. Tickets cost $20 via eventbrite.com and $25 at the door.
The ACLU is more necessary than ever during the Trump era. But the American Civil Rights Union has been around much longer. This weekend, celebrate 100 years of the organization's work at its two-day anniversary spectacle in Miami Beach. The lineup includes presentations by the New Florida Majority, Dream Defenders, Miami-Dade League of Women Voters, and Planned Parenthood, in addition to performances by Spam Allstars and the Miami Gay Men’s Chorus. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, May 11, and Sunday, May 12, in Collins Park, 2100 Collins Ave., Miami Beach. Admission is free.
A New Times institution marks a major milestone this week. Celebrating its tenth anniversary, Brew at the Zoo will offer more than 100 local, international, and craft beers at Zoo Miami. Participating breweries include Veza Sur, Concrete Beach, and Gulf Stream Brewing, among many others. Miami's Grammy-nominated tropical-rock band, Locos por Juana, will perform. Pro tip: If you're bringing amigos to drink with you (and you totally should), snag discounted four-packs of tickets. 7 p.m. Saturday at Zoo Miami, 12400 SW 152nd St., Miami. Tickets cost $25 to $70 via newtimesbrewatthezoo.com.
Calling all comic-book fans: The first AARLCC-CON: Sci-Fi & Comic Convention is set to happen this Saturday. "AARLCC" stands for the African-American Research Library & Cultural Center, and there will be opportunities aplenty for African-American writers and illustrators, including workshops and networking opportunities, among other activities. For the average comic-book fan, there will be grub, autograph signings, and, yes, a cosplay contest, so get dressed up! 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the African-American Research Library & Cultural Center, 2650 Sistrunk Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. Admission is free; RSVP via eventbrite.com.
The acclaimed, boundary-pushing art space Dimensions Variable is back in a new location. To celebrate its fresh space, DV will open three exhibitions this Saturday: Juan Pablo Garza's "Arenas y Arenas y Arenas," Luz Carabano's "Ni Aquí, Ni Allá," and Gustavo Matamoros' "Untitled: Social Commentary." Since its humble beginnings in 2009, Dimensions Variable has been a local hot spot for contemporary art. And it appears it's keeping that vibe going with this new chapter. 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday at Dimensions Variable, 101 NW 79th St., Miami; dimensionsvariable.net. Admission is free.
In 2016, Murs set a Guinness World Record by rapping for 24 consecutive hours. He probably won't do that at Gramps this Saturday, but the L.A.-bred hip-hopper does have quite a bit of material to his name. His 15th studio album, A Strange Journey Into the Unimaginable, dropped last year. That title aptly describes any Murs show — loaded with undeniable passion and world-class skills. 8 p.m. Saturday at Gramps, 176 NW 24th St., Miami; gramps.com. Tickets cost $12 to $15 via ticketfly.com.
Remember B2K? Sure, you do — it's the R&B boy band composed of Omarion, J-Boog, Raz-B, and Lil Fizz that owned the airwaves in the late '90s and early '00s. Well, B2K is back for a reunion. The Millennium Tour will hit the American Airlines Arena, and you can count on all the classics, from "Uh Huh" to "Gots ta Be" to "Bump, Bump, Bump." 7 p.m. Sunday at American Airlines Arena, 601 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; aaarena.com. Tickets cost $79.50 to $329.50 via ticketmaster.com.
Sunday is Mother's Day. Have you gotten anything for your awesome mom? If not, a ticket to the sixth-annual Mother's Day Experience will suffice. Headlining the love-fest are soulster Anthony Hamilton (of "Comin' From Where I'm From" and "Charlene" fame) and singer/actress Tamar Braxton. 7 p.m. Sunday at James L. Knight Center, 400 SE Second Ave., Miami; jlkc.com. Tickets cost $50 to $200.
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