The Best Things to Do in Miami This Weekend

The Best Things to Do in Miami This WeekendEXPAND
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Hope those glimmers of sunshine the past couple of days were enough to hold you over, because it's about to be another wet weekend in South Florida because of the tropical system developing in the Gulf. That's right — just shy of one week before the official beginning of hurricane season, Tropical Storm Alberto might make an early entrance to South Florida's hurricane party. But Floridians know summer weather can be unpredictable, so there are still plenty of events scheduled to keep you entertained this Memorial Day weekend. Two new exhibits at the Museum of Contemporary Art and the Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science are timely rainy-day alternatives, and the party will go on at Marlins Park's Beerfest this weekend no matter the forecast.

Here's a look at the best events happening this weekend. Stay dry, Miami.

"Monarchs: Brown and Native Contemporary Artists in the Path of the Butterfly" opens at MOCA this week.EXPAND
"Monarchs: Brown and Native Contemporary Artists in the Path of the Butterfly" opens at MOCA this week.
Photo courtesy of Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami (MOCA)

The Museum of Contemporary Art presents "Monarchs: Brown and Native Contemporary Artists in the Path of the Butterfly," running this weekend through August 5. The exhibit spotlights the work of 37 artists native to the Americas separated into conceptual categories such as "indigenous," "immigrant," and "assimilated." Monarchs are employed within the exhibit both metaphorically and literally — Miami-based artist, Franky Cruz, has installed a greenhouse inside the museum that will house caterpillars that will metamorphose into butterflies as the exhibit progresses. Opens Thursday, May 24, at Museum of Contemporary Art, 770 NE 125th St., North Miami; mocanomi.org. General admission is $5 and free for museum members.

Kanye isn't the only musical hero who's let us down lately. For years, Morrissey has been making questionable comments about the far right, #MeToo, and other pressing social issues. But if the Smiths' records were everything to you in your teens and young adulthood, it's impossible to shake your deep love of those songs. Gramps wants to separate the man from the music with A Miserable Morrissey Birthday this Friday. Come dance to the hits, the deep cuts, and your personal favorites. 10 p.m. Friday, May 25, at Gramps, 176 NW 24th St., Miami; gramps.com. Admission is free.

Actor, director, and musician extraordinaire Whitney White is bringing the women of Shakespeare's works to life in the modern era. Her first play, Macbeth in Stride, zoomed in on the fall of Lady M., and now her latest work, By the Queen, owns the stage at the Miami Theater Center. The piece follows the rise and fall of a notable Shakespeare character, Queen Margaret, set to a backdrop of soulful rock including Janis Joplin. 8 p.m. Friday, May 25, and select dates through June 9 at Miami Theater Center, 9806 NE Second Ave., Miami Shores; tickets.vendini.com. Tickets cost $25.

Learn about "The Power of Poison," including poisoned apples and venomous species.EXPAND
Learn about "The Power of Poison," including poisoned apples and venomous species.
Courtesy of Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science

The Frost Museum of Science's latest exhibit, "The Power of Poison," is diving deep into Florida's toxic species as well some of the scary creatures found around the world. The interactive exhibit boasts live poisonous species, a replica of Colombia's Chocó Forest, and other creepy yet fascinating displays. 9:30 a.m. Saturday, May 26, through September 3 at Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science, 1101 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; frostscience.org. Adult tickets cost $29, and various discounts and passes are available.

In recent years, films such as Blackfish and The Cove have heightened public interest in the plight of animals living in captivity. But many animal rights activists have been advocating for the safe release of animals like Miami Seaquarium's Lolita, also known as Tokitae, for decades. Members of the Lummi Nation will once again call for her release at three events this weekend, including a totem pole blessing at Miami Circle Park, a program at FIU, and a rally at Virginia Key Beach Park. 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 26, in the Miami Circle at Brickell Point, 465 Brickell Ave., Miami; 6:30 to 8 p.m. Saturday, May 26, at Florida International University Graham Center Ballrooms, 11200 SW Eighth St., Miami; 9 a.m. to noon Sunday, May 27, at Historic Virginia Key Beach Park, 4020 Virginia Key Dr., Key Biscayne; sacredsea.org/events.

Have you been scraping around for that one seemingly unobtainable album? You should probably check out the Miami Record Fair. Put on by the good folks at Gramps and Terrestrial Funk, the fair boasts 28 tables blanketed in records and other funky stuff. Pizza Tropical will sell slices onsite, and Gramps will provide the booze. Noon Saturday, May 26, at Gramps, 176 NW 24th St., Miami; facebook.com. Admission is free.

Sampling of beer at Beerfest at the Clevelander in Marlins Park.EXPAND
Sampling of beer at Beerfest at the Clevelander in Marlins Park.
The Clevelander

Time to bust out that handy retractable roof. Beerfest is back at Marlins Park this weekend, and the grim weather forecast is no excuse not to get your drink on at a stadium as well equipped as Little Havana's. Enjoy samples of international, domestic, and local craft beers at a two-hour pregame at the Clevelander before the first pitch of the Miami Marlins' game against the Washington Nationals. 2 p.m. Saturday, May 26, at the Clevelander, Marlins Park, 501 Marlins Way, Miami; marlins.com. Tickets cost $50.

The Air & Sea Show this Memorial Day weekend in Miami Beach is a two-day, four-block event including an incredible military air show, water activities, and night-pyro demonstrations. There's also the DJ Irie-hosted Music Explosion, featuring Shaggy, former Nickelodeon star and Pharrell collaborator MAX, rapper Kent Jones, and the USAF Max Impact Band and Honor Guard Drill Team. With its dedication to the work done by the U.S. military, the event is the perfect way to memorialize those who've died in service to this country. 6 p.m. Saturday, May 26, and Sunday, May 27, between 11th and 14th Streets on the beach, Miami Beach; usasalute.com/event. Admission is free.

Yoga builds mental and physical strength, improves flexibility, and gets you in a better head space. That's why location matters. Try Yoga With a View at Vizcaya. The gorgeous setting offers the historic estate, gardens, and softly lapping waves of Biscayne Bay. You'll get a 60-minute all-level vinyasa practice led by Om for All Yoga instructor Arianne Traverso. Classes are held throughout the grounds, and the cost includes admission to Vizcaya, so it's like getting a spiritual tour of one of Miami's most breathtaking attractions. 9 a.m. Sunday, May 27, at Vizcaya Museum & Gardens, 3251 S. Miami Ave., Miami; vizcaya.org. Tickets cost $18.

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