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The Best Things to Do in Miami This Weekend

The Best Things to Do in Miami This Weekend
Alex Markow
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Alex Markow
This weekend is going to be special — not only because of the hijinks you've got planned, but because a blue moon is happening Saturday. Blue Moon — the beer, not the astronomical event — will host a party that night, and Aventura Mall invites guests to its full-moon yoga rooftop event Saturday too. If you're in the mood for live music, Nicky Jam and Disclosure will play concerts in the city. And you can celebrate the Brightline's first year in operation at the MiamiCentral station Friday through Sunday.

Here are the best events happening in Miami this weekend.
Electronic royalty will soon play a superintimate show in the 305. The dynamic duo of Disclosure, comprising brothers Guy and Howard Lawrence, will spin at Space late-night Friday. The house/deep-house masters have a third studio album in the works, the first since 2015's Caracal was nominated for the best dance/electronica album Grammy. 11 p.m. Friday at Space, 34 NE 11th St., Miami. Tickets cost $50 via

There's much more to Canadian hip-hop than Drake. Stop being so damn basic. Case in point: 88Glam. Composed of Toronto's Derek Wise and 88 Camino, this duo came on strong in 2017 and hasn't backed off. This Friday, 88Glam will spit at Floyd as part of the duo's Twin Turbo Tour. If you haven't yet been subjected to the Glam goodness, its 2017 self-titled mixtape is gold, as is 88Glam 2, the 2018 followup.
Courtesy of Brightline
The time flew by faster than a speeding train. This weekend, the Brightline celebrates its one-year anniversary in South Florida, and the party's going down Miami-style. From Friday through Sunday, guests can ride the train with fares starting at just $5. If you want to party without leaving town, head to MiamiCentral for live music by Xperimento, the Envee Jazz Quartet, DJ Yissel, and others. But the Saturday morning train ride to Fort Lauderdale will be well worth the outing, as Wizard of Oz characters will join guests as part of Brightline's ongoing exhibit in partnership with the Miami Children’s Museum. 4 p.m. Friday, 10:30 a.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m. Sunday at the MiamiCentral, 600 NW First Ave., Miami. Admission is free, fares start at $5.

The iconic host of The Arsenio Hall Show is coming for us. Who is that, you ask? Arsenio Hall, of course. The actor/comedian is a few years removed from his late-night talk-show days, but he's still staying busy. In addition to doing his standup gigs, he's recently appeared alongside Adam Sandler and Jennifer Hudson in the Netflix flick Sandy Wexler and as himself in Real Husbands of Hollywood. 8 and 10:30 p.m. Friday and 7 and 9:30 p.m. Saturday at Miami Improv, 3450 NW 83rd Ave., Suite 224, Doral; Tickets cost $30.
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Nicky Jam
George Martinez
Let's jam, everyone — Nicky Jam, that is. The Boston-bred reggaetonero is absolutely everywhere lately, and this Saturday he'll perform in the Magic City. Among his recent big-time happenings, Jam was featured on the 2018 FIFA World Cup official song "Live It Up," dropped a U.S. Latin chart-topping album — Fénix — in 2017, and starred in his own biographical TV series, El Ganador, last year. "El ganador" means "the winner" — and, yeah, he totally is. 8 p.m. Saturday at American Airlines Arena, 601 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. Tickets cost $51 to $131 via

Happy Haitian Heritage Month, South Florida. As part of the celebration, the 21st-annual Haitian Compas Festival will kick off Saturday afternoon and run into the wee hours of Sunday. The fest will be packed with more than 20 artists performing, including Harmonki, VayB, DJakout#1, Nu Look, and Gabel. There's also a slew of pre- and afterparties happening at Wynwood Factory Night Club and Club Iguana. 4 p.m. Saturday at Mana Wynwood, 318 23rd St., Miami. Tickets cost $50 to $100 via

You've heard the phrase, "once in a blue moon." There's a reason why the idiom exists: blue moons are pretty damn rare. They only occur every two or three years, and the phenomenon returns this Saturday. So, celebrate the blue moon with bottles of Blue Moon. Astronomically-inclined party-goers will have the chance to try Blue Moon cocktails, a binocular moon viewing experience, and music at American Social. 8 p.m. to midnight Saturday at American Social, 690 SW First Ct., Miami. Admission is free with RSVP via

Money. Politics. The state of the American public. These are timely topics, and Kings by Sarah Burgess addresses them all. This hilarious and intelligently presented new play follows Kate, who sounds like the quintessential lobbyist. She hates wasting her time on nonwinners and likes schmoozing with the right people. But Kate faces a unique conundrum that gets to her core: Does she side with "the Man" or fight for everything in which she believes? 8 p.m. Saturday and select dates through June 16 at GableStage, 1200 Anastasia Ave., Coral Gables; Tickets cost $65.
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Aventura Mall
Photo by Leo Diaz
Feeling stressed lately? Maybe it's the full moon. Aventura Mall wants to counter your bad juju with full moon yoga on the rooftop of its new wing. Get to know the new digs, get a tarot reading, craft your own smudge wand, and namaste your way into the new week. 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Aventura Mall, 19501 Biscayne Blvd., Aventura. Admission is free with RSVP via

Paddletopia debuted in Surfside last year and was an absolute hit, so it's back. The two-day, family-friendly fest will offer free paddleboard and kayak rentals, yoga and fitness classics by Sweat Studio and Modo Yoga, upcycled bracelet and headband workshops from the Full Edit, and even a book swap. There will be giveaways, too, so bring a bag,. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at 96th Street Park, 9580 Bay Dr., Surfside. Admission is free; RSVP via

After you waited two years for the final season of Game of Thrones, the past five episodes have flown by faster than a dragon on the hunt. Now it's time for the series finale. To celebrate (or simply to watch the remaining characters' gruesome deaths), the German-American Social Club is throwing a Game of Thrones watch party. In addition to crying because the show will be over, you can drink Game of Thrones beer, Chardonnay, Paso Robles wine, Pinot Noir, and themed cocktails. 7 p.m. Sunday at German-American Social Club, 11919 SW 56th St., Miami. Admission is free.

It's Mental Health Month, and films are an awesome way to dispel myths and educate viewers. For a fourth year, NAMI Miami-Dade County is presenting the Reel Minds Miami Mental Health Film Festival. This year's fest will screen six films, each about a different topic, covering everything from familial struggles to bullying to depression. 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday at University of Miami Shalala Center Grand Ballroom, 1330 Miller Dr., Coral Gables. Tickets cost $10 via
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Celia Almeida is the digital editor of American Way and the former arts and music editor of Miami New Times. Her writing has been featured in Venice, Paper, and Billboard; and she co-hosts Too Much Love on Jolt Radio.
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