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Everything You Can Do in Miami This Weekend

Eat in a tropical garden, run a 5K, or trek the Everglades for free.

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Dishes from Chef Niven Patel's Mamey | Chef Niven Patel/Mamey
Dishes from Chef Niven Patel's Mamey | Chef Niven Patel/Mamey

Well, it’s Miami-FSU weekend, which means Hard Rock Stadium is set to erupt with 13,000 fans who didn’t tailgate and can’t buy booze in the stands, and your local bar will be packed to its socially distant capacity. No worries, there’s plenty of other stuff going on in South Florida, like free admission to our National Parks, a take-out pork festival, and free margaritas on Friday. All that and the reopening of 27 highlight your football-free weekend plans in Miami.

Slam free margs for National Quesadilla Day

Friday, September 25
Coyo Taco
It seems like it was just National Quesadilla Day, doesn’t it? Time flies and it rolls around once again this Friday, where in honor of this essentially-important holiday Coyo will be giving free draft margaritas to anyone who orders a quesadilla between 4-7pm.
Cost: Margs are free, but quesadilla prices vary.

Kick off New World Symphony’s 2020-21 season

Friday, September 25
Online
Though you won’t be able to watch Miami’s most popular orchestra in its South Beach symphony hall this year – or even catch a wallcast in the park outside – you can still stream its first show of the year featuring Schumann, Novak, and Beethoven live on Facebook, YouTube, and New World’s website starting at 7pm.
Cost: Free

Dine outside at the finally reopen 27

Friday, September 25 - Sunday, September 27
27
The Freehand hostel’s 27 restaurant reopens for the first time since the pandemic began this weekend, offering an a-la-carte menu and many of its classic cocktails. That means your favorite kimchi fried rice, chickpea masala, and the gut-busting Twenty Seven burger are all back online, and will be for the foreseeable future.
Cost: Menu prices vary

Carry-out with Cochon555

Friday, September 25 - Sunday, September 27
Online
A little pandemic isn’t stopping the annual pork-a-palooze we call Cochon555. But this year’s edition will have you picking your pork up at local restaurants before participating in “virtual dinners” with some of Miami’s top chefs. Friday you’ll be dining with Eating House’s Giorgio Rapicivoli. Sunday is dinner with Alter’s Brad Kilgore.
Cost: $115 for one person, $200 for two. Includes a multi-course meal from the chef, a bottle of wine, and a cocktail kit.

Trek through Everglades National Park for free

Saturday, September 26     
Everglades National Park
Saturday is National Public Lands Day, which unlike most National Whatever Days we talk about here is an actual recognized holiday, where the National Parks offer free admission all day long. Fun Fact: Dade County is the only county in America with two National Parks and, though Biscayne NP is always free, the Everglades will be waiving admission on Saturday.
Cost: Free

Elevate your consciousness with Deepak Chopra

Saturday, September 26
Online
Mindfulness master Deepak Chopra is teaming with Unity on the Bay for a guided online meditation at 11am. The 90-minute session will “guide you on how to wake up to new levels of awareness that will ultimately cultivate a clear vision, heal suffering in your mind and body, and help recover who you really are.” And include a copy of Chopra’s book, Total Meditation.
Cost: $40

Outrun hunger with a virtual 5K

Saturday, September 26
Your favorite running route
Sadly, running a virtual 5k doesn’t mean Nintendo has brought back the PowerPad™ so you can tap your way to 3.2 miles. But it does mean you can pick up your drive-thru race packet, strap on your number, and hit your favorite 5k running route for the online version of Feeding South Florida’s annual Outrun Hunger 5k. Take pics and tag them and tag them #FeedingSouthFlorida to be featured on FSF’s social media.
Cost: Prices vary

Fairchild Garden
Fairchild Garden

Eat in a tropical garden with Niven Patel

Saturday, September 26
Fairchild Garden
Niven Patel, who we’re pretty sure has either cloned himself or gone full Bewitched and had his mother-in-law make two Nivens, hosts a five-course feast at Fairchild Garden at 5:30pm and 8pm. The menu will include wahoo ceviche, tuna tostone, island spiced churrasco, and other island-inspired gems. And will all be served al fresco in the lush surroundings of the garden.
Cost: $165 for members, $180 non-members

Scarf New York’s best Cuban sandwich

Saturday, September 26 - Sunday, September 27
Bebito’s
New York bringing a Cuban sandwich to Miami is a little like Miami bringing a slice of pizza to New York, but we’ll humor them since Chef Louis Estrada of NYC’s My Cuban Spot is said to make the best Cubano in the Big Apple. See for yourself Saturday and Sunday when he plates up his take on the classic ham, swiss, mustard, pork, and pickle on Cuban bread.
Cost: $15, preordering on Eventbrite is suggested.

Lick free paletas in the Grove

Saturday, September 26
Morelia Paletas
Popsicle paragons Morelia Paletas open their astounding eighth location this weekend in Coconut Grove, at 3437 Main Highway. To mark the occasion, they’ll be handing out free pistachio, Oreo cookie, Belgian chocolate, mango, and banana/Nutella paletas from 1-9pm, or until the supply runs out.
Cost: Free. RSVP for your free paleta here.

Drive through a not-so-spooky Halloween festival

Saturday, September 26 - Sunday, September 27
Tamiami Park
Trick-or-treating might be cancelled this year, but Halloween doesn’t have to be, especially if you hit the new Not So Spooky Drive-Thru Experience running every weekend between now and Halloween. It’ll include a drive-through pumpkin patch, drive-through trick-or-treating, and a drive-through Halloween story with accompanying radio soundtrack. Plus a harvest market and plenty of photo-ops.
Cost: $29

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