Everything Fun You Can Do in Miami This Weekend

From Espresso Martinis all over town to drinking beer with Chris Bosh, we’ve got you covered.

Though the Heat and Panthers are both in the playoffs this weekend, they’re also both playing road games. That means no games to go to, less traffic, and more time to do cool stuff like eating dinner in an immersive ocean experience, and riding the Brightline for less than a cup of coffee. All that and a chance to meet Chris Bosh highlight the best stuff going on this weekend. And, for those you looking to plan out the summer, here are all the fun things you can do throughout South Florida this season.

Friday, May 20
Miami’s trippy, immersive Superblue art museum turns one this weekend, and to celebrate they’re inviting the top Miami pitmasters from Hometown to popup at the onsite Blue Rider Café. The soiree also includes chances for locals to win free Superblue admission, and repeat visitors will get BOGO tickets all weekend.
Cost: Event is free, Superblue admission is $39

Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science
Photo courtesy of Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science

Friday, May 20 - Sunday, May 22
Frost Science Museum
All that crazy forensic science you watch religiously on Netflix? Much of it started around the time of Sherlock Holmes, and you’ll learn all about the origins of ballistics, blood splatter, and crime scene investigation at Frost’s new Sherlock Holmes: The Exhibition. After getting the skinny on the science, you’ll put it to use investigating a mysterious shooting and trying to solve the case.
Cost: Adult admission is $29

Friday, May 20 – Sunday, May 22
Rudolf Budja Gallery
Hidden World is the new, ocean-immersive experience at the Budja Gallery in Sunset Harbour, where a 360-degree world of mangroves, tropical fish, and manatees surrounds guests for an education in the fragility of the ecosystem. The best way to experience it is obviously with food. Coyo’s Scott Linquist and cocktails from ChatChow’s Gio Gutierriez will be serving up nightly, multi-course experiences through late-June.
Cost: Admission starts at $32. Dinner starts at $250pp.

Mr Black Spirits
Mr Black Spirits

Friday, May 20 - Sunday, May 22
Various Locations
Coffee liqueur Mr. Black is bringing the Espresso Martini Fest to town this weekend, where some of Miami’s best bars are creating special $12 espresso martinis. Head to cocktail standbys Broken Shaker, Beaker and Gray, The Sylvester and others, and don’t plan on sleeping much all weekend.
Cost: $12, must RSVP.

Friday, May 20 – Sunday, May 22
Miami Central Station
Brightline celebrates the European format of 305 day a couple weeks late this weekend, offering astounding $3 one-way fares on its short legs (Miami-Ft. Lauderdale, Ft. Lauderdale to West Palm) and $5 one-ways from Miami to West Palm Beach, or vice-versa.
Cost: $3-$5 each way

Saturday, May 21
Main Beach parking lot, Deerfield Beach
If you’re trying to figure out how to best use those $3 Brightline tickets, consider the 5th Annual Ocean Brews and Blues festival in Deerfield Beach. Over 100 craft beers will be available for sampling, with stuff from local legends like Veza Sur and Gulfstream next to international favorites like Delirium Tremens. You’ll also be treated to live blues from Joey Gilmore, Deep Fried Funk, and Adam Uhlan, and The Blue Risers.
Cost: GA tickets start at $40

Saturday, May 21
God bless the detox/retox ethos that is Miami, where a gym that touts “No days off” from fitness celebrates its opening by giving away free booze. That’s what the new Legacy Fit in Wynwood is doing from 8-10 pm, when anyone who strolls up to the back bar at Oasis will be greeted with gym info and an open bar.
Cost: Free

Sunday, May 22
Carillon Miami Wellness Resort
Sunday brings the final installation of Carillon’s underwater mindfulness, where you submerge yourself in a warm saltwater pool, throw on some headphones, and let artist and composer Murray Hidary lead you in guided meditation. Those not up for going underwater can also listen in from the nearby hot tub, or join from poolside lounge chairs.
Cost: $75 to go underwater, $40 poolside

Sunday, May 22
Deering Estate
The Miami Short Film Festival takes over the Deering Estate starting at 6 pm, where you’ll enjoy a pre-show cocktail hour in the mansion's breezeway. It’ll be followed by a screening of seven short films from local filmmakers, followed by a live Q&A with the people who created them.
Cost: $20

Sunday, May 22
Dogfish Head Miami
It just feels right to be talking about Chris Bosh in late May again, as he’s teaming with Dogfish Head for his new Bosh Blonde, made with Florida oranges and sugarcane. He’ll be on hand at the brewery doing a limited number of meet-and-greets with Off-Centered Society members, though if you’re not a member you can sign up onsite and send an email to register for a time slot.
Cost: Free

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