Here are the best things to do in Miami this weekend:
It's been four years since Prince and his musical excellence left God's green Earth. Fortunately, groups such as the Purple Madness, a rockin' tribute band fronted by Bobby Miller, are keeping that spirit alive. The band boasts more than 100 years of collective musical experience, and it shows through Purple Madness' killer, high-energy sets. Hear all of your Prince faves, from "Raspberry Beret" to "Kiss," during this special free show. 6 p.m. Friday, March 6, at the Senator Gwen Margolis Amphitheater, 16501 NE 16th Ave., North Miami Beach; eventbrite.com. Admission is free.
Sure, puppets can be creepy. But if Jeff Dunham is the man behind them, they can be hilarious too. The ventriloquist extraordinaire and his puppet friends will stop in South Florida for the Seriously? Tour at the BB&T Center this Friday. In addition to performing with old pals such as Achmed the Dead Terrorist and Walter the grumpy old man, Dunham will also introduce his newest characters, including Larry the Adviser, an aide to President Trump. 7 p.m. Friday, March 6, at BB&T Center, 1 Panther Pkwy., Sunrise; thebbtcenter.com. Tickets start at $48.50 via ticketmaster.com.
Not digging that dress or shirt anymore? It's time for a trade-in. Local institutions Starloop and Pivot Mkt, which specialize in sustainable products and brands, are teaming up for the Swap Party. Attendees are asked to bring up to six items to trade with fellow guests. The swap will take place at 4:30, but an hour before then, Pivot Mkt cofounder Valeria Savino will lead a chat about sustainability. 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday, March 7, at Pivot Mkt at the Citadel, 8300 NE Second Ave., Miami; thecitadelmiami.com. Admission is free with RSVP via eventbrite.com.
carnavalmiami.com. Admission is free.
If you're itching to explore a new bike path, prepare for an adventure in Pinecrest this Saturday. During the tree-shaded village's Pedal to the Park, enjoy a police-guided six-and-a-half-mile urban bike ride. The trek will begin and end at the Pinecrest Community Center and include a pit stop at Coral Pine Park for music, yard games, and food truck grub. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 7, at Pinecrest Community Center, 5855 SW 111th St., Pinecrest. Admission is free with RSVP via eventbrite.com.
eventbrite.com. Tickets cost $5 to $25.
In terms of epic tunes, it's hard to go wrong with any Star Wars soundtrack. This Sunday, John Williams' score for Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back will be on glorious display at the Arsht Center. A full symphony will play the Academy Award-winning soundtrack, and maybe, for a moment, a roomful of Star Wars fans won't argue about whether Disney has destroyed the franchise. 2:30 and 7 p.m. Sunday, March 8, at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; arshtcenter.org. Tickets cost $49 to $99.