Everything Fun You Can Do in Miami This Weekend

The Nikki Beach White Party returns, Rachmaninoff hits the beach, and 98 Degrees takes the stage.

The wise musical philosopher Sir Elton John once said that Saturday night was alright for fighting. And, yes, there is a UFC fight going on this weekend, but if you’d prefer something a little less violent, this Saturday night’s also alright for a 98 Degrees concert, a White Party (clothing) at Nikki Beach, and a pasta-ramen mash-up dinner. All that and half-off the best drinks in Bogota top the best stuff going on in South Florida this weekend.

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Friday, January 21
Maximo Gomez Park
Viernes Culturales—or Cultural Fridays, if you’re new to Miami—throws its first festival of the year, with local artists, live music, and streetside mojitos to make it all a little more fun. In addition, they’ll be celebrating 20 years of Dr. Paul George’s historic walking tours, as he leads his trademark educational trek through Little Havana.
Cost: Free

Friday, January 21
La Otra
The esteemed mixologists from Huerta Bar, voted Bogota’s best bar in 2020, are taking over the shakers at La Otra all weekend. If you want to try their creations at a deep discount, hit the Friday Happy Hour from 7 to 10 pm, where all cocktails will be half-off.
Cost: No cover; menu prices vary

Friday, January 21 - Sunday, January 23
Ft. Lauderdale Beach
The Seaglass Rosé Experience hits the sand in front of the Hilton Ft. Lauderdale Beach all weekend, where 30 varieties will be available for your quaffing enjoyment. Also on hand: Paula DaSilva, Steve Mortarano, and other big-name local chefs pairing special dishes with the juice.
Cost: Tickets start at $99 per person

Friday, January 21 - Sunday, January 23
Greater Ft. Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center
Been half-heartedly mulling over putting up an orchid wall outside your house to brighten things up? Finally make that dream a reality this weekend at the Ft. Lauderdale Orchid Show. Peruse orchid exhibits, chat with growers and vendors, and leave with new inspiration to create your own floral wonderland.
Cost: One-day passes are $15 per person

Saturday, January 22
Hard Rock Live
Revert to the screaming, crying teenager you were in the late ‘90s and early 2000s when 98 Degrees takes the stage at Hard Rock Live at 8 pm. Justin, Jeff, Nick, and Drew are back together for the first time in nearly a decade, and will perform all the songs from your childhood in addition to their new single, “Where Do You Wanna Go?”
Cost: Tickets start at $45 per person

Saturday, January 22
Nikki Beach
For those who got down in the days of Ego Trip Magazine, the Nikki Beach White Party was quite possibly the social event of the year. Hard to believe it’s been 20 years since that soiree started, but you can now celebrate its anniversary by popping Perrier-Jouet and sampling new menu items when the party pops off from noon to 7 pm this Saturday.
Cost: No cover; additional prices vary

Saturday, January 22
Griffing Park
The colorful, diverse art of the islands takes center stage from noon to 10 pm at the Caribe Arts Fest in North Miami. Wander through pop-up exhibits, watch artists demonstrations, eat your way through Caribbean food trucks, and groove to live musical performances. RSVP early and you might win some art-filled shwag, too.
Cost: No cover; additional prices vary

Saturday, January 22
SoundScape Park
New World Symphony hosts its latest installment of the Wallcast series Saturday, where you can grab a picnic and blanket, head to the park, and enjoy the symphony projected on the concert hall’s wall. This month’s edition is a showcase of Rachmaninoff’s Piano, starting at 7:30 pm.
Cost: Free

Sunday, January 23
Wharf Miami
Rubber duckie enthusiasts, your Sunday is set, as the Wharf’s celebration of everything Ernie holds dear returns starting at noon. In addition to loads of rubber duckies, you’ll find $10 Ducking Lemonade and $30 bottles of Chandon Spirits from noon to 4 pm.
Cost: No cover; additional prices vary

Saturday, January 22
Location TBD
So here’s the deal: An unnamed, big-name chef is mashing up Japanese and Italian traditions to create stuff like Cacio y Pepe Gyoza, Truffle Porcini Ramen, and Balsamic-marinated Wagyu Steak. Reserve a spot at Pasta Ramen, get a text before the event, then dive into nine or 10 courses of sake-paired bliss. If you missed out on this week’s feast, it’ll be running every until the end of this month.
Cost: Tickets run $295 per person

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