Actually Fun Things To Do in Miami This Weekend

Watch a horse race, pose with a 20-foot grandmother (!), and see live music.

Veza Sur
Veza Sur | Photo Courtesy of Veza Sur
Veza Sur | Photo Courtesy of Veza Sur

As fans in Green Bay, Buffalo, Tampa, and KC rev up for a big weekend of football, here in South Florida we’re throwing it back to the days when boxing and horse racing were king. This weekend will see live bout in Miramar, a huge televised fight with cheap whiskey specials at AmSo, and our biggest horse race of the year at Gulfstream. Plus a live show from Rob Schneider, who brings us back to the ’90s. All that and a 20-foot abuela highlight the best stuff going on in South Florida this weekend.

Laugh with Deuce Bigelow outdoors 

Friday, January 22
Backlot Live at the Broward Center
The Broward Center for Performing Arts debuts its all-new outdoor stage at 7 pm, when SNL alum and Hot Chick star Rob Schnrider performs a live comedy set. The former backstage parking lot has been converted into an open-air venue, which will host Led Zeppelin and Eagles tribute bands in coming weeks.
Cost: Tickets start at $40

Return to live music at Bar Nancy

Friday, January 22
Bar Nancy
Calle Ocho finally gets some live music back, as venerable Bar Nancy welcomes Alexa Lash and Frankie Midnight at 7:30 pm. Though you will be able to enjoy their guitar-and-vocal stylings without using Zoom, you will still need to be seated at a table and wear a mask whenever you get up.
Cost: $5-10 donations suggested

Snap a photo with a 20-foot abuela

Friday, January 22 - Sunday January 24
CityPlace Doral
Veza Sur is bringing its giant inflatable Abuela to CityPlace Doral this weekend, where you can take photos with the 20-foot grandmother from 1-9 pm. There’ll also be a raffle for anyone who buys five Veza Sur beers at a CityPlace establishment, where you can win a prize pack with loads of Veza Sur shwag and a $15 CityPlace gift card.
Cost: Free

Sweat it out with an outdoor HIIT class

Saturday, January 23
Doral Yard
Stay Fit 305 brings coveted instructor Michelle Beltran to the Doral Yard at 10 am for a one-hour HIIT class guaranteed to undo whatever damage you did Friday night. To add an extra challenge, all participants will be required to wear a mask, so if you think it’s uncomfortable just look at it as extra conditioning.
Cost: $10

Feel the speed of Miami’s richest horse race

Saturday, June 23
Gulfstream Park
Miami does horse racing as only Miami can, when the Pegasus World Cup returns to Gulfstream Park for one of the track’s first spectator-attended races since the pandemic began. The world’s top thoroughbreds will compete for over $4 million in purse money, while celebs, hangers-on, and others there to be seen cavort trackside at the Swan Garden.
Cost: Tickets start at $100

Slam $4 Modelos while McGregor and Poirier slam fists

Saturday, January 23
American Social Brickell and Ft. Lauderdale
The most recognizable name in MMA returns to the octagon Saturday night when Connor McGregor takes on Dustin Poireir starting at 10 pm. Both American Social locations will be the places to watch, with $4 Modelos and Proper Twelve Irish Whiskeys during the fights.
Cost: Free to attend. Food and drink prices vary.

Experience the intensity of live boxing

Saturday, January 23
Miramar Regional Park Amphitheater
While Saturday night’s card at the Miramar Amphitheater won’t have the big names of McGregor- Poirier, it will have the teeth-clenching, adrenaline-soaring excitement of live prize fighting, which cannot be translated to TV. Maron Kelly and Therran Smalls headline a card of eight fights, kicking off at 7 pm.
Cost: Tickets start at $57

Educate yourself in all things kimono

Saturday, January 23
Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens
Kimono have become as much a fashion statement as a cultural icon, but there is far more to them than their ornate patterns and silky feel. Learn all about their symbolic nuances and how they’re worn at Morikami Gardens’ cultural demonstrations at 11:30 am, 1:30 pm and 3 pm.
Cost: $5 with museum admission

Meet the artist behind Lincoln Eatery’s latest exhibition

Sunday, January 24
Lincoln Eatery
Photographer Smadar Sasson has captured images of Florida like few others of her generation, and this month the Lincoln Eatery will be showcasing her work inside the food hall. You’ll have the chance to meet Smadar—or Sammy, as you’ll be calling her after you say hello—and chat Sunshine State photography over international bites and drink specials from Miami’s Vice from 1-3 pm.
Cost: Free to attend

Peruse local restaurants at a SOBEWFF food market 

Sunday, January 25
Lincoln Road at Michigan Avenue
Planta, Hy Vong, Naan Indian Eats and Night Owl Cookies will be among dozens of local restaurants on hand at the first South Beach Wine and Food Festival Artisan Market from 11 am to 2 pm. The market aims to give small restaurants an outlet during times of limited occupancy, and will feature a rotating roster of 305 favorites the last Sunday of every month, leading up to the big festival in May.
Cost: Free to attend

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Matt Meltzer is a contributing writer for Thrillist. Follow him on Instagram @meltrez1.