10 Actually Fun Things to Do in Miami This Weekend

Deadmau5, Ghostbusters, and all the spooky vibes.

New Year’s always gets ragged on as “Amateur Night” by Miami’s population of professional partiers. That’s… opposed to all the experts who go out on Halloween? Sure, doing Halloween-y stuff in South Florida can be fun, but if you’d rather avoid the costumed masses, we’ve got plenty of other cool stuff going on too, from the Ft. Lauderdale International Boat Show to an independent film festival on the beach. All that and three days of Deadmau5 highlight the best stuff going on in Miami this weekend.

Friday, October 29
Wynwood Brewing
Wynwood Brewing is hosting a scary movie double feature starting with The Exorcist at 7 pm followed by The Conjuring at 9:45 pm. In addition to four hours of frights, your ticket also includes a 12-ounce beer, complimentary candy, and a personal popcorn courtesy of FunFlix.
Cost: Tickets run $35 per person

Friday, October 29 - Saturday, October 30
North Beach Bandshell
Eighteen films from nine different countries will wash over the silver screen at the North Beach Bandshell as part of this weekend’s Slamdance Miami. Among the highlights are Parkland Rising, a film about the 2018 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High, and Shorts II, a collection of short films from Brazil, French Guiana, and the good ol’ USA.
Cost: Individual screenings run $15 per person; Full festival passes run $90 per person

Friday, October 29 - Sunday, October 31
Various Locations
Halloween hijinks aren’t limited to the Sunday night Lincoln Road freak show. We’ve got everything from a haunted shopping mall in Hialeah and Cirque shows in Aventura to Maxim models and Future at the Fontainebleau. Whatever your Halloween flavor, check out our list of Miami’s best events and plan your partying accordingly.
Cost: Event prices vary

Friday, October 29 - Saturday, October 30
80s 305 Bar at Café la Trova
Even though Peter, Egon, and the gang did their Stay Puft man-destroying in NYC, that’s not stopping this retro-Miami bar from throwing a Ghostbusters-themed Halloween rager. They’ll have a special Ghostbuster Cooler cocktail flowing all weekend from 12 to 2 am, and themed costumes are highly encouraged.
Cost: No cover; menu prices vary

Friday, October 29 - Sunday, October 31
Various locations
Mixing a Mexican holiday with a Canadian DJ seems like the ideal way to spend Halloween weekend. Six-time Grammy winner Deadmau5 is behind this weekend-long festival, kicking things off with a special alias Testpilot set Friday at Oasis. It continues with a Saturday beach set at The Deck and Sunday night showcase at Story. Snag your tickets here.
Cost: Weekend passes run $289 per person

Friday, October 29 - Sunday, October 31
Broward County Convention Center and other locations
The 62nd annual Ft. Lauderdale International Boat show takes over the city this weekend, filling marinas with superyachts and the convention center with the latest in floating Instagram props. Cruise the offerings and see what it feels like to own your own—or just hang out by a bar and try to make friends with those who do
Cost: Day passes start at $37 per person

Friday, October 29 - Sunday, October 31
Alfred I duPont Building
The Spanish Netflix hit La Casa de Papel—which you may know as Money Heist—has given rise to a completely immersive heisting experience opening in Miami this weekend. You and your team of up to five friends will plan a robbery, avoid security, crack codes, and escape past the 50,000-pound safe door. Or, at least, you’ll try.
Cost: Tickets start at $45 per person

Saturday, October 30
Pubbelly Sushi
Think you’ve got the best costume ever? Hit Pubbelly Sushi on Saturday night, get your picture taken, and let the people of the Internet decide. If Pubbelly’s IG story viewers like your stuff, you’ll win a free Sunday brunch for you and your crew.
Cost: No cover; menu prices vary

Saturday, October 30 - Sunday, October 31
Salvaje
Dressing in outrageous gender-bending outfits isn’t reserved for the performers at Salvaje’s new drag brunch this weekend, but odds are you won’t be able to sing, dance, and shablam like Morphine Love and her fierce friends, who’ll be entertaining the crowd from noon to 4 pm. Bottomless mimosas, sangrias, spritzes, and bloodys on Sunday seal the deal.
Cost: No cover; menu prices vary

Saturday, October 30 - Sunday, October 31
Brickell City Centre Garden Deck
Brickell City Centre is inviting dogs and dog-lovers to trick-or-treat their way around the mall this weekend. Stores will be handing out treats for the pooches, and Jim Beam and Hornitos will be dishing free canned cocktails for the humans on the Garden Deck.
Cost: No cover; additional costs vary

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