Everything You Can Do in Miami This Weekend

Bite into brunch, sip on natural wine and mezcal, and take in local art.

Sweat Records
Sweat Records | Sweat Records
Sweat Records | Sweat Records

In these uncertain times, Miami needs a special kind of hero. And last week, that hero was Tootsies, whose court victory seemed to signal our curfew was over. Until it wasn’t. And then it was again in some places, but not in others, and Hialeah was still gonna do whatever it wanted. Though exactly zero people in Dade County know what the rules are right now, this weekend’s best events thankfully don’t depend on late nights to still be a great time. So check out an early-morning Record Store Day special, a chicken sandwich summit, and all the other weekend highlights around South Florida.

See art inspired by rock and roll and romance

Friday, October 23
Lincoln Eatery
Miami Beach’s best food hall/art gallery is at it again Friday night, with two exclusive exhibitions showing from 6-8pm. Emmanuel Arrebot Natou’s Rock N Roll Exhibition will feature illustrations of everyone from Phil Collins to Amy Winehouse. At the same time, artist Katherine Vazquez-Aldana’s Ashes of My Soul will showcase “raw drawings inspired by romance, love, and depicting the effects of unraveling desire.”
Cost: Free

Savor an affordable dinner on the Juvia patio

Friday, October 23 - Saturday, October 24
Since this isn’t Boca, we won’t call this an early bird special, but if you’re willing to eat dinner between 5:30-6:30pm, Juvia is offering up a pretty sweet deal. For $45, you can enjoy a three-course menu with everything from salmon tartare to branzino to grilled skirt steak, all served with the best rooftop view in South Beach.
Cost: $45

Sip insect-infused mezcal shots 

Friday, October 23 - Sunday, October 25
Mayami Cantina
The folks from El Patio have teamed with former Cantina la Veinte chef Juan Carlos Flores to open a new Tulum-inspired Mexican joint at Mayami Mexicanita. In addition to ceviches, tacos, anticuchos, and salmon carnitas, the Wynwood spot will also have an extensive mezcal menu where you can take shots of it infused with insects. In 2020, why the hell not.
Cost: Menu prices vary

Talk tech with industry leaders at the Unicorn Ambition Conference

Friday, October 23 - Sunday, October 25
Black Men Talk Tech—an organization devoted to bridging the inequality gap in tech—hosts its second annual Unicorn Ambition Conference this weekend. The free, online conference will include speakers from Morgan Stanley, Microsoft, and PitchBook, as well as special talks from Rodney Williams of LISNR and SoLo Funds, Kai Bond of Courtside Ventures, Marlon Nichols of Mac VC, and Shu Nyatta of SoftBank’s Opportunity Fund.
Cost: Free, register here.

Witness a chicken sandwich summit 

Saturday, October 24
Pincho Hialeah/Online
To help mend our nation’s seemingly irreparable chicken sandwich divide, Pincho—which just launched a chicken sandwich of its own—has invited representatives from Popeye’s and Chick-fil-A to break bread at the first-ever chicken sandwich summit at 12:30pm. The event will happen live at Pincho Hialeah, and will be streamed live on Pincho’s Instagram.
Cost: Free

Run an actual, in-person 5K to fight cancer 

Saturday, October 24
Jungle Plaza
This year’s collection of “virtual” runs where you could pretty much post a picture of yourself in your driveway with a race time and score a participation medal are apparently coming to a close, as a real, bonafide 5K hits the Design District at 6:30am. You can run, walk, or just meander your way through the Fashion Stikes Cancer 5K, and all proceeds go to support the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
Cost: $5 donation

Score rare vinyls and free coffee

Saturday, October 24
Sweat Records
Don’t sweat getting up early to nab your favorite artist’s Record Store Day vinyl drop when Sweat Records opens at 8am. The store will have free coffee and vegan treats on hand from Le Jardin Coffee, plus free Topo Chico water, Sweat Vinyl totes, and a horror soundtrack raffle. A complete list of releases can be found here, limit one copy per person per title.
Cost: Record prices vary

Take an evening stroll through contemporary art 

Saturday, October 24
Miami Design District
It will be kind of like Art Walk before it turned into a roving bar crawl Saturday when the Design District’s galleries open their doors for a drinks-and-refreshments tour from 5-8pm. You can take a guided tour of it all or just walk around on your own, enjoy live music and dance performances, and finish the night with a free outdoor screening of Lost in Translation.
Cost: Free

Treat your dog to a canine brunch menu

Saturday, October 24
Brimstone Woodfire Grill
Shame on you, bringing poor Fluffy along to all those boozy brunches and never giving him more than some fallen toast crumbs. Brimstone puts your dog first this weekend, with bone-broth-based doggie cocktails and a dog-friendly menu with stuff like Awuff Con Pollo, Filet Pupnon, and the No Cats Allowed omelette with egg whites, smoked salmon, and sweet potatoes.
Cost: All dog items are $12. Human menu prices vary.

Sip natural wine and listen to live music on the sand 

Sunday, October 25
Margot Natural Wine Bar at Nikki Beach
The summer’s pop-up wine bar sensation ups their outdoor drinking game, when Margot Wine Bar starts their Sunday music series on the sand at Nikki Beach. The inaugural headliner will be the ubiquitous Dude Skywalker, with a new food menu created in partnership with the BarLab chef.
Cost: Menu prices vary

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