You spent the weekend jogging the Rickenbacker Causeway in preparation for the caloric destruction that's about to go down. But now it's time to switch gears and concentrate on the real task at hand: figuring out how to cope with the upcoming stress of the holiday. Thanksgiving weekend in Miami has been historically one of the best for parties, so now you need to decide where to spend it. From South Miami to Mid-Beach and more, here are the top ten Thanksgiving weekend parties in Miami-Dade. Choose wisely.
1. Bougie's Annual Thanksgiving Eve Block Party.
Bougie's in South Miami.
Photo by Jessica Gibbs
All your friends who swapped life in the sunny climes for unflattering layers in the North are already messaging you about this annual bash. The streets surrounding this South Miami bar will be shut down for a block party filled with pre-Thanksgiving debauchery. Chances are you'll run into half of your graduating class here, so before enduring the unwanted nostalgia, you might need to throw a few back
during happy hour from 4 to 8 p.m. DJs Proof, Obscene, and A-Train will take over the decks inside while Write Sounds and Uma Galera perform on the outdoor stage. But a word to the wise: Don't even think about driving — parking will be scarce, and you'll spend your Thanksgiving eve circling in search of a spot. 4 p.m. Wednesday, November 21, at Bougainvillea's Old Florida Tavern, 7221 SW 58th Ave., South Miami; 305-669-8577; bougiesbar.com. Admission is free.
2. The 16th-Annual '80s Prom.
What're you gonna wear to the '80s Prom?
Photo by Monica McGivern
Grab the Aqua Net, scour the racks at Goodwill for an ill-fitting dress, and head to Gramps for '80s Prom.
The annual celebration turns 16 this year and is planning a sweet-16 bash. As you anxiously prepare for the influx of questions from your family around the Thanksgiving table the next day, dance the nerves away with Lolo, DJ Hottpants, Carmel Ophir, Ray Milian, and Carlos Menendez on the decks and a special '80s cover set by the State Of. Don't forget to pose for a classic prom-style pic in the photo booth. 8 p.m. Wednesday, November 21, at Gramps, 176 NW 24th St., Miami; 305-699-2669; gramps.com. Tickets cost $10 via eventbrite.com.
3. Thanksgiving Eve.
Ice-skate in the Basement.
Photo by Monica McGivern
You've been scouring the web for the perfect Thanksgiving stuffing recipe to impress your out-of-town friends and family. But all you really need to do is tell them you know of a club with an ice-skating rink and a bowling alley dubbed by New Times
one of Miami's best, and that's the only thing they'll talk about at dinner the next day. At the Edition's subterranean disco, catch a special Thanksgiving eve performance by Autograf
, Malone, and T.Dade, along with sets by Fly Guy and Disco Neil in the Bowl. 11 p.m. Wednesday, November 21, at Basement, 2901 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 786-257 4548; basementmiami.com. Admission is free with RSVP before midnight via eventbrite.com.
4. The White Party.
Come dressed in white.
Photo by Karli Evans
It's all about partying for a good cause at Vizcaya's White Party, benefiting Care Resource. The elegant extravaganza, put on by event producer Jake Resnicow, will include a performance by Kimberly Davis, music by Deejay Smeejay, an open bar, and light bites. The iconic white soiree encourages guests to come dressed for the theme "A Return to Elegance" for a chance to take home two tickets for next year's party. Don your fiercest white outfit and party under the stars at one of the most beautiful places in Miami. 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday, November 24, at Vizcaya Museum & Gardens, 3251 S. Miami Ave., Miami; 305-250-9133; vizcaya.org. Tickets cost $250 plus fees via whiteparty.org.
5. Florida Femme Fest.
Miami's Palomino Blond.
Photo by Nicole Cordoba
Florida acts Palomino Blond
, Dulceblood, Ela, Borri, Luna, and Vagnauts are coming together for a post-Thanksgiving show that'll have you sweating out any lingering alcohol from the tryptophan turnup
. The fest, presenting Florida-based femme-led acts, aims to "replace the all-too-common male-dominated lineup with something more varied, inclusive, and inspiring for people like us in the audience," according to the fest's Facebook event page
. Support your local femmes and make new friends this Thanksgiving weekend. 7 p.m. Saturday, November 24, at 229, 229 NE 65th St., Miami. Admission costs $10.