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A late-night music festival, a seafood extravaganza on the sand and more of the best things to do in Miami this weekend
It’s the best part of every week—the weekend, Miami!—and we’re back with solid suggestions for ways to make the most of your days off. You’ll find we’ve outlined some great places to drink, eat and enjoy the fall weather (think sunny parks and splendid Miami beaches), plus some annual events to keep the festive feeling lingering around a little longer. After all, high season is just around the corner and that means more festivals, concerts and events than your social calendar can handle. So whether it’s a chill activity you’re after (could be that the Miami spas are calling your name) or a jam-packed schedule to get back into, these are the best things to do in Miami this weekend.
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The Market’s latest Disco Punch Brunch combines three of our favorite pastimes into one fun afternoon. Every Saturday and Sunday from noon to 3pm, order up boozy punch bowls, groove to tunes by Dj Ignishun and tuck into brunch classics, including avocado toast from Plants & Bowls, chicken and waffles from Chick’n Jones and a juicy cheeseburger from Little Liberty. Each large-format cocktail serves four and is priced at $50, but there’s no limit to how many you can order. This is brunch—and this is South Beach—after all. Sat, Sun noon–3pm

Savor a Basque feast at Lur 
Chef Aitor Garate Berasaluze presents a curated tasting menu of seasonal dishes and specialty items that showcase the region’s distinctive gastronomy. Fri at 7:30pm; Tickets $85 online.
Enjoy double the happy hour
Time Out Market gives you two chances to drink on the cheap on the weekends. Get discounted cocktails, wine and beer daily from 4 to 7pm and from 9 to 11pm on Friday and Saturday. Fri–Sun

Like seafood? If you’re in South Florida, you don’t have much of a choice. And even if your taste buds dwell more on land, South Beach Seafood weekend might convert you thanks to a week’s worth of showcases featuring dozens of our city’s tastiest seafood restaurants, such as Joe’s Stone Crab and RED South Beach. It all culminates with the giant 10th annual South Beach Seafood Festival’s main event on October 22. Bring an appetite and possibly a bib. Here’s what’s on tap this year.

Our beloved, homegrown indie music festival continues to outdo itself. Now on its eighth run, the Miami-born music, art and tech festival will serve up oodles of trippy, immersive installations and tropical-goth fashion alongside a cutting-edge lineup of indie, electronic and hip-hop heroes. LCD Soundsystem, Rosalía, Flume, James Blake and Black Coffee comprise a rather legendary top-of-bill for III Points 2022. Similar to last year, the late-night fest will still go down at its longtime home, Mana Wynwood.
 

The monthly laser light shows return with a lineup of spooky hits and haunted favorites. Move to the beat of Michael Jackson, journey to the Upside Down with Stranger Things and more, all under the Frost Planetarium’s 67-foot dome. Shows run every hour starting at 7pm, and admission to the museum is not required to enjoy the experience. Oct 21, 7–11pm

Explore the glamorous neighborhood’s public art and noteworthy architecture on this free walking tour. You’ll meet at Palm Court and visit outdoor installations and murals while learning about the area’s sites along the way. On this weekend’s tour, hear from artist A.L. Steiner as she discusses her new billboard project, Welcome to the Misanthropocene (Origins of Ecofeminism). Oct 22 at 11am; free with RSVP

Miami City Ballet’s season premiere features choreography from John Cranko, who imbues the familiar narrative with intimate rendezvous and spectacular set pieces alike. Among them are a harvest festival that turns contentious as the show’s warring factions deploy produce as weapons, and a pas de deux with its title characters dancing in the moonlight. Much of the ballet’s power, of course, goes all the way back to Shakespeare, whose transcendent tragedy continues to expand and rend hearts.

Didn’t get a chance to peep Rüfüs headlining at last year’s III Points festival? Now’s your chance to get your fill of delicious dance beats and mesmerizing vocals of the Australian electronica sensation. Turkish-born, Tulum-based multi-instrumentalist Bora Uzer opens the show at FPL Solar Amphitheater.

Brought to you by the team behind hit films Magic Mike and Magic Mike XXL—including star Channing Tatum, director Steven Soderbergh and others—the 360-degree, immersive experience weaves together hot dance performances, acrobatics, live music and cocktails, which you’ll want on deck as things heat up throughout the 90-minute production. Miami’s six-month run of the touring production takes place at Miami Marine Stadium, where they’ve built a souped-up venue complete with a lounge serving food and drink options pre- and post-show.

Hay Maze brings all the fall feels to Miami. The immersive pop-up combines the best of autumn in the northeast into one compact, festive experience. It comprises a massive, 7,000-square-foot hay maze similar to the winding cornfields you expect to find during Halloween in states with cooler climates. But unlike those, Hay Maze sprinkles in photo opportunities positioned throughout the path—think sunflowers and scarecrows—plus there’s a large leaf pit at the center for that must-have Instagram moment. 
Once you’ve found your way out of the maze, celebrate with a drink. The adults-only beer garden sells a long list of seasonal brews as well as fall-inspired bites, including pumpkin bread, pies and candy corn. Expect local vendors selling harvest-themed treats, live music, rum and whiskey tastings and more. Bayfront Park, 301 Biscayne Blvd. Oct 21–Nov 6, 4–10pm 

Formerly known as the Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, OUTShine returns this fall with dozens of in-person screenings in Fort Lauderdale. The internationally acclaimed event is one of the largest LGBTQ+ cultural arts events in South Florida, spanning comedies, romances, musicals, thrillers and more. At various times and locations

Celebrating 30 years, this huge haunted experience is one of the biggest of its kind in South Florida. This year, four attractions—Silent Mall, Drown Town, Insanitorium and Scare Studios—promise to scare the crap out of you. Tour abandoned houses and explore the supernatural if you’re brave enough. Liquid courage is available for the 21-and-over crowd.

Amorphous avant-pop group Gorillaz have been teasing their forthcoming album for nearly a year now, touting collabs with everyone from Bad Bunny to Thundercat and Tame Impala. Though the LP, Cracker Island, won’t drop until February, the English band has already embarked on an extensive world tour that stops in Miami this Oct. Expect them to pull from a deep catalog of eight studio albums, plus a nice sprinkling of Cracker Island joints.

Take a peek under a hood or two at the annual Miami International Auto Show. Stroll down Memory Lane to peep nostalgic rides; experience true 4×4 capabilities during a Camp Jeep outing and dive into the world of electric cars: This year, the auto show presents an EV test track and is equipped with numerous charging stations should you roll up in your own e-car. Merely shopping around for your next mini-van? The show has those too, plus countless other makes and models on the market. 

The massive, ongoing Haunt activation at Tree Tops Park boasts over 256 acres of eerie forest and spooky, character-filled walks under winding oak canopies. Follow the terrifying Tormented Trail, opt for a less frightening kids’ adventure, check out award-winning drag queen Daisy Deadpetals and other live shows on Pride Night or peruse the Fall Festival event with food trucks, entertainment and more. This year, there’s a little something for all types of participants. 3900 SW 100th Ave, Davie
 

Acclaimed playwright Lynn Nottage, who has twice captured the Pulitzer Prize, scripted this bracing, highly theatrical piece inspired by the illegal ivory trade. An actor, without the crutches of trunk and tusks, portrays the elephant Mlima, whose survival in the savannahs of Kenya is threatened by poachers. Nottage follows the ivory—which is to say the money—through its final destination, a cocktail party in Beijing.

The latest from Juggerknot Theatre Company, leaders in immersive theater, is an intimate, one-man-shot written and performed by local blues musician Eric Garcia. Best known as Uncle Scotchy, the charismatic performer charms his small audience (of just 10 people nightly) with songs, games and true stories about love, loss and redemption. Attendees will be informed of the show’s secret location upon purchasing tickets.

From the company that brought us last year’s Haunted Circus Festival—a traveling sideshow and carnival filled with all kinds of freakish characters—comes this Alice in Wonderland-themed Halloween spectacular. Join Alice on this interactive journey, featuring game quests, character performances, Wonderland-themed photo zones, pumpkin carving stations, tarot card readings and more. 

Raise money and show your little ones a good time at PAMM’s annual Kid JAMM fundraiser. The price of the ticket ($100) includes everything you’ll need for an afternoon of arts and crafts, admission to the museum and performances designed to help families forge a deeper connection with the art community.  

Chilean artist Dasic Fernandez presents a collection of never-before-seen, large-scale artworks focusing on the human form. The vibrant collection is playful while underscoring the importance of the ways in which we treat one another. The exhibition, on display at GGA Gallery, comprises the artist’s most recent works and is breathtaking both in scale and originality. 

One of the pandemic’s most popular drive-through haunted houses returns as a walk-through experience that promises even more frightening adventures.
Back for its third year, The Horrorland debuts an 18-acre park with multiple scare zones, eight haunted houses, creepy carnival games and horror art exhibitions. There’s also a Vampire Circus where bendy bloodsuckers perform acrobatic feats, a Clown Palooza filled with freakish characters, something called the Nun’s Revenge and much more. Basically, monsters, ghosts, zombies and all kinds of frightening creatures will jump up when you least expect it as you make your way through every themed passage, house and zone.

Travel back in time to prehistoric South America, Africa and Madagascar, where a special breed of dinosaurs once roamed. These rarely seen specimens are brought to life at Frost Science using cutting-edge technology, offering a hands-on, interactive experience for fans of these bigger-than-life creatures. “Ultimate Dinosaurs” also features 13 dinosaur casts as well as fossils and various specimens folks can see and touch.
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