The best time of the week is finally here — the weekend. The next three days are filled with music, art, and boozy beverages galore. From Coral Gables to Little Havana to South Beach, these are the best places to be until the sun comes up Monday morning.
Because of Hurricane Matthew, be sure to check scheduled event listings for any changes.
- III Points at Mana Wynwood: Going into its fourth year, III Points looks stronger and more stunning than ever. The three-day, Wynwood-based music, art, and technology festival boasts a hearty lineup of national and international musical headliners, including M83, Thievery Corporation, Method Man, and Red Man. Because of the storm, LCD Soundsystem unfortunately will no longer perform; stay up to date with other possible schedule changes.
- Why Not? With Richard Nixon at Miami Theater Center: Written by local playwrights Jessica Farr, Theo Reyna, and Paul Tei and starring Farr, Cliff Burgess, and Noah Levine, this bold addition to Miami Theater Center’s new season imagines Tricky Dick as the host of a late-night public-access show broadcast from his infamous retreat on Key Biscayne.
- S-281913 at Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM): The piece uses the building's electrical grid and natural light cascading over Biscayne Bay to alter the viewers' frame of reference, seeming to bring distant objects into close proximity and vice versa. The result is a masterwork blending the fields of sculpture, architecture, and engineering — a perfect blend to kick off the arts season at one of the city's most esteemed institutions.
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- University of Miami Hurricanes vs. Florida State Seminoles at Hard Rock Stadium: From Wide Right to Wide Left to their rap battles, the rabid football rivalry between the University of Miami Hurricanes and Florida State Seminoles has been steeped in crazy endings and program-defining moments. But this rivalry — considered one of the biggest in all of sports — collegiate or professional — has been rather one-sided in recent years.
- Ultracon at Miami Airport Convention Center: Ultracon is officially making the move from Broward to Dade — and this weekend marks its first appearance in the 305. Founded by superfan (and GI Joe aficionado) Irving Santiago, Ultracon is a cornucopia of cosplayers, vendors, TV stars, gamers, and sensory stimulation from every angle.
- 10th Birthday Party at Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts: Featuring ten hours of free performances, the Arsht's 10th Birthday Party aims to celebrate the past decade of monumental shows and performances — and the community that has supported its work. The bash kicks off at 11 a.m. with a Bahamian Junkanoo parade, followed by family-friendly attractions such as confetti cannons, sweet treats, and rounds of "Happy Birthday" in three languages.
- Second Saturday Art Walk at Wynwood Walk: With the mercury finally lowering, Wynwood galleries are waking up from the slow summer and roaring into Miami's exciting arts season.
- Miami Broward Carnival at Miami-Dade County Fair Expo Center: A celebration of all things Caribbean, the fete will feature live music from some of the best groups of the islands, including Trinidad and Tobago’s Kes the Band, the “Queen of Soca” Alison Hinds, and the Bahamas’ Julien Believe, among other heavy-hitters.
- Miami Beach Ciclovia at Various Locations: Washington Avenue between Fifth and 16th Streets in South Beach will be a car-free zone, turning the road into a safe space for cycling, strolling, rollerblading, and other nonmotorized modes of transport. The stretch will also host a series of events and activities, from yoga classes and spa treatments to a silent disco.