Here are the best things to do in Miami this weekend:
You likely already know that stone crab season is well underway. Well, a whole bunch of stone crab deliciousness is only the beginning at the South Beach Seafood Festival. The week-long fest has been ongoing since Tuesday, with seafood tastings and events galore. On Friday, there's a chef showdown that will decide the best shrimp, crab, taco, and more — and you get to vote on how the morsels taste. On Saturday, enjoy more than 30 vendors and open bars aplenty. 7 to 11 p.m. Friday and noon to 7 p.m. Saturday at Lummus Park, 1130 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach; sobeseafoodfest.com. Tickets cost $49 to $250.
You can park it in a number of places for Halloween. But for absolute madness in the best damn way possible, E11even's "Ghost Town" is a must. The downtown hot spot will take on a sultry haunted house vibe, loaded with characters galore. On Friday, trap master Carnage will tear down the house. And then on Saturday evening, Miami regular Diplo takes the stage. 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday at E11even Miami, 29 NE 11th St., Miami; 11miami.com. Tickets cost $20.
The Wharf always knows how to throw down, and this Saturday’s Halloween spectacle will be no exception. The riverside spot will morph into Pirates of the Wharf, with costumed characters and entertainers throughout the grounds, Caribbean-inspired bites for sale, and a costume contest offering prizes such as booze and gift certificates. If you're a VIP (tickets cost $125 to $150), step aboard a docked pirate ship with an open bar. Noon to 3 a.m. Saturday at the Wharf Miami, 114 SW North River Dr.; wharfmiami.com. Admission is free.
This wild and wacky world can use a bit more happiness. Fortunately, there’s a new exhibit at NSU Art Museum in Fort Lauderdale to help with that. Happy! has its opening night on Saturday, with wine, hors d’oeuvres, and an opportunity to mingle with artists like FriendsWIthYou and Adler Guerrier. The exhibit features numerous contemporary art pieces all designed to explore the pursuit of happiness. 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at NSU Art Museum, 1 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; nsuartmuseum.org. Admission is free for museum members and $25 for nonmembers.
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Sunday, October 27
Think of the children! Have fun while helping kids this Sunday at Pérez Art Museum Miami. For the first time, the museum will host Kids Jamm at PAMM. The family-friendly affair will offer a drag queen story hour, live music, and opportunities to mix and mingle with artists such as Jamilah Sabur, Nicolas Lobo, and Cristina Lei Rodriguez. All funds will benefit PAMM’s work in providing free museum access for local students. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday at Pérez Art Museum Miami, 1103 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; pamm.org. Tickets cost $95; admission for children 2 and under is free.
It's not too late to pick out that pumpkin. An optimal place to find one is the Coconut Grove Pumpkin Patch. And for 20 bucks, you get more than the opportunity to purchase a pumpkin. Included in your admission are unlimited carnival rides, a cornstalk maze, and a scarecrow-decorating area. For the pumpkin lovers out there, a pumpkin food court awaits with tasty morsels galore. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Peacock Park, 2820 Macfarlane Rd., Coconut Grove; eventbrite.com. Tickets cost $20.