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These are the best things to do in Miami this weekend

These are the best things to do in Miami this weekend

Goodbye, spa month and hello new drag night, plus more of the best things to do in Miami this weekend

Written by 

Virginia Gil

Summer may be winding down but there’s still so much to do in Miami this weekend, including hitting the sand at a Miami beach, going for strolls through parks in Miami and elbowing tourists for a reservation at one of Miami’s best restaurants. (Seriously, can someone help us get a table?) And lest you forget it’s also hurricane season, rainy day activities should be on the agenda, too. There are plenty of ways to stay busy this weekend, whether it’s one last hoorah at adult camp, an outdoor concert, an event at Time Out Market Miami or a new pop-up store summoning your wallet. Looking for recs? We’ve got you below. Let’s do this weekend thing right.


The best of the city under one roof

Enjoy happy hour all weekend

  • Time Out Market

South Beach isn’t exactly known for its wallet-friendliness, especially when it comes to adult beverages. But at this sprawling food hall located right off Lincoln Road (lovingly curated by yours truly), you can score sweet drink discounts Wednesday through Sunday from 4 to 7pm. For a refreshing afternoon buzz, try the Cucumber Cooler made with vodka, cucumber shrub, lemon, lime, mint and tonic.

When is it? Wed–Sun 4–7pm. Where is it? Time Out Market Miami in South Beach.

Pre-game at the late-night happy hour

  • Things to do

Happy hour is so nice, we’re doing it twice. Join us late-night for your second chance to score discounted drinks at the Market: $5 beer, $7 wine and $8 cocktails are yours for the taking every Friday and Saturday night from 9pm to 11pm. Stop in and get an early start to your night out in South Beach on the cheap.

When is it? Fri, Sat 9–11pm. Where is it? Time Out Market Miami in South Beach.

Get Inked at Time Out Market

Photograph: Courtesy Jefferson Soto

Get Inked at Time Out Market

Venezuelan-born painter and tattoo artist Jefferson Soto pops up at Time Out Market for the month of August. Visit his temporary parlor, open Thursday through Saturday, and get that summer tat you’ve been dreaming about. You’ll also be able to shop a selection of Soto’s paintings and various merchandise emblazoned with his artwork. Tattoos start at $40 and appointments are first-come, first-served but you shouldn’t worry about a delay—there’s nothing like having a space with multiple bars and eateries as your waiting room.

When is it? Fri 4–9pm; Sat 2–8pm. Where is it? Time Out Market Miami. Tats start at $40.


Toast to bottomless brunch

  • Time Out Market

If you ask us, brunch is just better bottomless. So we’re pretty stoked Time Out Market Miami has jumped on the bandwagon to offer a sweet bottomless deal during Saturday and Sunday brunch. For just $22, enjoy three hours of unlimited mimosas, Bellinis and prosecco while you chill with friends and chow down on craveable meals from any of the Market’s eateries. Please drink responsibly, and do keep your pants on!

When is it? Sat, Sun noon–2pm. Where is it? Time Out Market Miami in South Beach.

Join in on free family yoga

  • Time Out Market
  • South Beach

Spend your Sundays going from backbends to brunch at Time Out Market Miami. Ocean Life Studio instructors teach a family-friendly yoga class starting at noon. Suitable for all ages and fitness levels, the session comprises lessons in movement, breathwork and forming a stronger mind-body connection. Following the complimentary class, students can stick around for bottomless mimosas, champagne specials and more delicious Sunday things.

When is it? Sundays at noon. Where is it? Time Out Market Miami. Classes are free.

Get fizzy with it at our Pop Brunch

  • Things to do

We’re popping bottles all weekend long! Join us for a champagne brunch, featuring deeply discounted bottles for $50, all of your favorite tunes and tasty eats from the Market—from chicken and waffles to pizza to a Cuban sandwich. Plus, like all Time Out Market brunches, unlimited mimosas and bellinis will be served from noon to 3pm for just $25. Double the bubbles, double the brunch fun.

When is it? July 25, noon–6pm. Where is it? Time Out Market Miami.

Best things to do in Miami this weekend

1. Escandalo at R House Wynwood

  • Restaurants
  • Contemporary American
  • Wynwood

Forget brunch—R House levels up this fall with a Latin-themed drag extravaganza, Escandalo. Pop in this Friday for a preview of all the high kicks, death drops and fierce performances you can expect from the Wynwood restaurant’s new Saturday night party. Our favorite diva Athena Dion brings her gals Chachita Rubio, Morphine Love, Gadfrie and T-Lo Ivy, plus live salsa-fusion music by Carlito Rubio & La Karlanga Band playing all night.

When is it? Aug 28; Sep 4 during dinner service. Where is it? R House in Wynwood. Performances go on during regular dinner service.

2. Miami Spa Month

Feeling the pressure of back to school? Still haven’t taken that summer vacation? Take advantage of Miami Spa Month and enjoy some me time this weekend. Running through the end of the month, the citywide promotion offers deep discounts across Miami’s top spas. Whether it’s a facial a deep-tissue massage or that bath ritual you’ve always wanted to try, this is your time to book.

When is it? Through Aug 31 at various times. Where is it? At participating spas in South Florida.

3. Drink ‘n Draw at Museum of Graffiti

  • Museums
  • Art and design
  • Wynwood

Here’s a win-win event for lovers of street art: Museum of Graffiti invites folks for a drink-and-draw evening, where the city’s top graffiti artists create works live while you stand around and drink. You’ll be able to meet the likes of CYST, PHD, BLUR116 and G-WIZ and have the opportunity to bid on your favorite piece at the end of the night.

When is it? Aug 28 at 7pm. Where is it? Museum of Graffiti in Wynwood. Tickets are $16 online.

4. ¡FUÁCATA! at Actors’ Playhouse

  • Things to do
  • Coral Gables

Actors’ Playhouse reopens its Mainstage series this week with ¡FUÁCATA! or A Latina’s Guide to Surviving the Universe. The hilarious, one-woman show stars playwright Elena María García who brings more than 20 Latina women to life on stage.

When is it? Aug 18–Sep 12. at various times. Where is it? Actors’ Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre in Coral Gables. Tickets are available online.

Surfside Farmers’ Market returns

Photograph: Courtesy Surfside Farmers’ Market

5. Surfside Farmers’ Market returns

Surfside’s popular farmers’ market returns this weekend with a slew of local vendors and artisan-made goods. Shop apparel, gourmet healthy food, jams and spices, plus so much more. It’s small but packed with all kinds of adorable wares and yummy treats.

When is it? Sundays: Aug 29, 9am–3pm. Where is it? 9500 Collins Ave, Surfside.


6. The Backyard at the the Doral Yard is now open

  • Things to do
  • Doral

The Doral Yard’s new Backyard is fresh on the scene this weekend. The new outdoor gathering space features a bar, a stage for live music and self-serve seating. Folks can expect a packed roster of performances, cocktails and fresh-air fun.

When is it? The Backyard opens on Thursday at 4pm. Where is it? The Doral Yard.

7. Miami Spice

  • Restaurants
  • Eating

After the wild and crazy ride that was 2020, we’ve never been happier to welcome back Miami Spice. Organized by the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau’s (GMCVB), the two-month prix-fixe dining program returns for its 20th year, offering discounted, three-course menus at select restaurants throughout Miami-Dade. This year, there are nearly 140 participating spots offering lunch/brunch and dinner for $28 and $42, respectively.

When is it? Aug 1–Sep 30. Where is it? At participating restaurants throughout Miami. Be sure to check the Miami Spice website to see if your favorite restaurant made the list.

8. Superblue Miami

  • Art
  • Art

Superblue Miami, the long-awaited immersive art experience dedicated to the production of experiential mediums, is now open. Under construction for nearly two years, the Allappattah institution debuts with an inaugural program titled “Every Wall Is a Door,” which features a new immersive environment by stage designer Es Devlin, a transcendent digital experience by Japanese art collective teamLab and an extrasensory light-based work by American artist James Turrell. Meadow, a kinetic installation by Amsterdam-based artist studio DRIFT, is also on view in Superblue’s main lobby area.

When is it? Superblue opens Sun–Wed 10am–7pm, Thu–Sat 10am–8pm. Where is it? Superblue Miami, 1101 NW 23rd St. Tickets are available online.

9. Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience

  • Things to do
  • Exhibitions
  • Downtown

This immersive exhibition opens at the Olympia Theater with more than 300 of Vincent Van Gogh’s greatest works presented as floor-to-ceiling digital projections. In addition to the main gallery highlighting paintings and sketches, the exhibit presents a drawing studio and spaces dedicated to learning about the artist’s life, works and techniques. “Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience” also includes a virtual-reality experience that takes viewers on a 10-minute journey of a day in the life of the artist, such as a look at the moments that inspired seminal works like Starry Night. Fortunately, the part where Vincent van Gogh cuts off his left ear was not included in this brief retrospective.

When is it? Through Oct 1 at various times. Where is it? Olympia Theater in Downtown. Tickets are available online.

10. Aṣẹ: Afro Frequencies

  • Things to do
  • Exhibitions
  • South Beach

As artists continue to examine themes of Black identity, London-based surrealist Vince Fraser endeavors to offer his own perspective as a Black creative breaking boundaries and transcending reality. With “Aṣẹ: Afro Frequencies,” his solo exhibition at experiential museum Artechouse, Fraser proposes that concepts of aṣẹ (the West African idea of one’s power to produce change) and Afrocentricity exist as their own frequencies—metaphorical wavelengths that people can tap into. Through the use of technology, lights, sounds and projections bring these frequencies to life and give them a new digital context.

When is it? The exhibit runs daily through Nov 7. Where is it? Artechouse Miami, 736 Collins Ave. Tickets are available online.

Top tip: Folks who live in South Florida (residents of Miami-Dade and Broward Counties) can use the code LOCAL5 at checkout to receive $5.

11. Pterosaurs: Flight in the Age of Dinosaurs

  • Things to do
  • Exhibitions
  • Downtown

Curious prehistoric lovers, you’re in for a treat. Organized by New York’s American Museum of Natural History, Frost Science presents an immersive exhibition of the largest flying animals that ever lived, the pterosaur. Using findings from paleontological research, the exhibit presents a combination of life-size models and engaging interactive opportunities to bring these ancient animals to life. What did it feel to roam the Earth at that size 150 million years ago? Find out using your body to pilot a pterosaur over a prehistoric landscape in a virtual flight lab. How big were they exactly? Glimpse the many fossils for a peek at their size.

When is it? The exhibit runs through Sep 6. Where is it? Catch Pterosaurs at Frost Science. Tickets are available online.

12. “Place and Purpose: Art Transformation in Coconut Grove”

  • Things to do
  • Exhibitions
  • University Park

What’s your first memory of Coconut Grove? Is it the arts festival? The theater and parks on Main Highway? It’s likely that your recollections of Miami’s oldest neighborhood exceed just one moment—it’s been around that long. In this latest exhibition, Frost Art Museum FIU tracks the Grove’s incredible transformation and its lasting reputation as a wellspring of creativity. Dozens of photographs help paint a picture of a thriving artistic community, including the Miami Black Arts Workshops in historic Bahamian Coconut Grove of the ’60s as well as future creative endeavors, like the beloved King Mango Strut Parade (founded in 1982). Prepare to leave the exhibit with an entirely new perspective on the well-trodden neighborhood.

When is it? The exhibit opens on Sat, May 29, and runs through Sep 19. Where is it? Frost Art Museum at FIU.


Source: TimeOut