Best Things to Do in Miami This Week October 31-November 6, 2022


Monday, October 31

Every Miamian knows Lincoln Road is the place to be on Halloween night. Before the sun sets, the pedestrian mall will be decked out in decorations as families lead their adorably costumed kids through an organized trick-or-treating. But the fun really starts at dusk, when Lincoln Road lights up with four stages featuring guest DJs and pop-up bars. Even if you aren’t the dressing-up type, there is no better place to people-watch on Halloween. The costumes here are some of the best you’ll see all weekend. 4 p.m. to 1 a.m. Monday, at Lincoln Road, between Washington Avenue and Alton Road; Admission is free. Ashley-Anna Aboreden

The tenth-annual HalloWyn Block Party descends on Wynwood for an epic bash that’s hard to resist. Dress in your most extravagant costumes and live it up with some scary cocktails and heart-pounding music. Partygoers are welcome to capture their most frightening moments at the Instagramable spots in the area. There will also be themed activations for guests to enjoy — when they aren’t dancing with the dead or drinking with the vampires. 7 p.m. to 3 a.m. Monday, at Wynwood Marketplace, 2250 NW Second Ave., Miami; Admission is free. Sophia Medina

Tuesday, November 1

On Tuesday, the Joint of Miami hosts rapper Chris Travis as he kicks off his The 1 & Only Tour in South Florida. The Memphis rapper was at one point a member of SpaceGhostPurrp’s Raider Klan. These days, Travis is head of Water Boyz Ent. He released his latest album, 901 FM, back in April, building upon the trap sound that has made him an internet mainstay for a decade. 7 p.m. Tuesday, at the Joint of Miami, 2010 NW Miami Ct., Miami; 786-860-5634; Tickets cost $20 to $70 via Jose D. Duran

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Miami Film Festival Gems at Tower Theater: See Thursday

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Wednesday, November 2

On Wednesday, the Argentinian rock band Los Espíritus takes the stage at the Miami Beach Bandshell. Part of the Miami Beach OnStage series, the band will bring its blues-rock sound, which blends Latin rhythms. The Miami Beach show is part of the band’s U.S. debut tour. With more than a decade under its belt and performances at Lollapalooza in Argentina and countless shows throughout Latin America, expect a show by highly skilled veterans. 7 p.m. Wednesday, at Miami Beach Bandshell, 7275 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305-672-5202; Admission is free with RSVP via Jose D. Duran

Thursday, November 3

The ninth-annual Miami Film Festival Gems kicks off on Thursday and runs through November 10, bringing you the best films from 14 countries. This year’s lineup includes director Sarah Polley’s Women Talking, based on the novel by Miriam Toews, and Steven Spielberg’s The Fabelmans, which stars Gabriel LaBelle as a 16-year-old aspiring filmmaker alongside Michelle Williams and Paul Dano. Thursday’s opening night brings Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery, in which Daniel Craig reprises his role as private eye Benoit Blanc. 7 p.m. Thursday, at Tower Theater, 1508 SW Eighth St., Miami; Tickets cost $40. Ashley-Anna Aboreden

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Jo Koy at FTX Arena: See Friday

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Friday, November 4

Returning for its 37th year on Friday is the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival (FLIFF). Running through November 13, the festival is set to showcase a lineup of international features, indies, documentaries, and short films. Make sure to catch screenings of Rob Margolies’ Bobcat Moretti, a psychological drama about an obese man with MS. who takes up the sport of boxing, and Joachim Black’s dark comedy Corner Office, starring John Hamm as a compulsive bureaucrat who discovers a secret room. Friday’s opening-night film is Paul Dektor’s American Dreamer, starring Peter Dinklage, Shirley Maclaine, Matt Dillon, and Danny Glover. 7:30 p.m. Friday, at Seminole Ballroom at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, 1 Seminole Way, Hollywood; Tickets cost $10 to $125. Ashley-Anna Aboreden

Local record store Sweat Records invites you to swing over to the Bridge for Sweat’s Sock Hop. DJs Lolo and Hottpants will shower partygoers with the best of girl groups, Motown, soul, R&B, surf rock, and swing from the 1950s and ’60s. Start the party with scoops of retro-inspired ice cream and adult beverages to loosen you up before you hit the dance floor. 8 p.m. to midnight Friday, at the Bridge, 4220 NW Seventh Ave., Miami; Tickets cost $10 via Sophia Medina

You probably know Jo Koy from his longtime stint as a panelist on Chelsea Lately and/or his Netflix special Joy Koy: In His Element and standup special Comin’ In Hot. The 51-year-old Filipino-American stops by FTX Arena on Friday as part of his Funny Is Funny World Tour. The comic will bring all new material, so it should be a treat even if you’ve seen Koy work the stage before. 8 p.m. Friday, at FTX Arena, 601 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; 786-777-1000; Tickets cost $42.50 to $77.50 via Ashley-Anna Aboreden

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Grovetoberfest at Regatta Park: See Saturday

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Saturday, November 5

Regatta Park will once again play host to Grovetoberfest. On Saturday, sample more than 100 craft beers delivered by some of the best brewers in the industry. The best part? It’s completely unlimited. In addition to the suds, the festival offers food from local restaurants, live entertainment, and music. And for those looking to enjoy themselves a bit longer, VIP admission offers early access two hours before the general public gets in. 2 to 7 p.m. Saturday, at Regatta Park, 3500 Pan American Dr., Coconut Grove; Tickets cost $49 to $89 via Sophia Medina

Experience a live painting session in Hôtel Gaythering’s courtyard while meeting other queer artists at Queer Easels on Saturday. Along with the meeting and mingling, you’ll have the opportunity to purchase art to take home and hang on your walls. You might be struck by the prices, which are aimed at promoting queer artists and making original art more accessible to all. 5 p.m. to midnight Saturday, at Hôtel Gaythering, 1409 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach; 786-284-1176; Admission is free. Sophia Medina

Comedian Nigel Ng blew up during the pandemic thanks to his alter ego Uncle Roger, through which he critiques (mostly) Western chefs’ attempts at making East Asian cuisine. Uncle Roger’s sworn enemies are colanders and chef Jamie Oliver, while his greatest love is undoubtedly MSG. On Saturday, Ng brings his Haiyaa World Tour to the Fontainebleau. Uncle Roger is sure to make an appearance, so consider donning an orange polo shirt in tribute. 8 p.m. Saturday, at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach, 4441 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; Tickets cost $35.50 to $47.50 via Jose D. Duran

Experience the magic of flamenco music on Saturday and Sunday with musical director and flamenco guitarist José Almarcha. After the sudden death of his mother, Almarcha began composing and interpreting flamenco in a new way. As a result, he created Alejandra. Staged by Fundarte in collaboration with Miami-Dade County Auditorium, the work plumbs the depths of Almarcha’s identity through sounds created from memories, places, experiences, and people. 8 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday, at Miami-Dade County Auditorium, 2901 W. Flagler St., Miami; Tickets cost $17 to $37 via Ashley-Anna Aboreden

Known for broadcasting DJ sets across the globe, Boiler Room lands in Miami on Saturday to showcase the Magic City’s techno talent alongside international heavyweights. Spanish producer Héctor Oaks headlines along with Brooklyn underground representative Volvox. Rounding out the local talent is Brukhein, Marysex, Winter Wong, Zei, and Pierre Louis. If you plan on attending, local promoter Stamina asks that you “don’t be that boring person” and use your phone on the dance floor. Also, in order to create a safe space for everyone, make sure you understand the concept of consent and check your disrespect at the door. 10 p.m Saturday, at an undisclosed location; Tickets cost $35 via Sophia Medina

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Metallica at Hard Rock Live: See Sunday

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Sunday, November 6

Tie on a bib, because the South Florida Seafood Festival has returned for a day of savory meals, fruity cocktails, and beautiful views. On Sunday, celebrate the ocean’s bounty prepared by some of the city’s finest chefs. Mixologists will be on the grounds serving libations to pair with the briny delicacies. In addition to the food and drinks, enjoy live music, yard games, a nautical market, huge inflatables, and more. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, at Regatta Park, 3500 Pan American Dr., Coconut Grove; Tickets cost $19 to $59 via Sophia Medina

Chef Jeremiah Bullfrog has built a reputation for his inventive cuisines and equally inventive culinary events, including P.I.G. (Pork Is Good) and Duck Duck Goose. On Sunday, he returns with Duck Duck Patito, an all-inclusive food and cocktail celebration at one of New Times‘ favorite local spots, Off Site. The culinary lineup hasn’t been revealed as of press time, but expect everything winged to be marinated, grilled, and fried. The drink of choice for the event will be Champagne, because why the hell not? 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday, at Off Site, 8250 NW Second Ave., Miami; Tickets cost $50 via Jose D. Duran

Where would heavy metal be without Metallica? From “Enter Sandman” and “Nothing Else Matters,” the band broke the genre into the mainstream back in 1986 with its third album, Master of Puppets. Sunday’s show at Hard Rock Live promises to be an intimate affair as Metallica pays tribute to the founder of Megaforce Records, Jonny and Marsha Zazula. The concert will focus heavily on the band’s mid-’80s releases on the label, including Kill ‘Em All and Ride the Lightning. 7 p.m. Sunday, at Hard Rock Live, 1 Seminole Way; Hollywood; 954-797-5531; Tickets cost $105 to $505 via Ashley-Anna Aboreden

Los Angeles-based, New England-bred band Rare Occasions stops by Gramps on Sunday. The indie-rock trio released its sophomore album, Big Whoop, in 2021, and the Miami show comes on the heels of a new EP, Attaboy. The band formed while Brian McLaughlin, Luke Imbusch, and Jeremy Cohen attended college in Boston. In 2021, the band’s track “Notion,” which was first released in 2016, went viral on TikTok, topping Spotify’s viral chart in the U.S. and charting at number 11 on Billboard’s Hot Rock & Alternative Songs. 8 p.m. Sunday, at Gramps, 176 NW 24th St., Miami; Tickets cost $16 via Ashley-Anna Aboreden


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