It’s that time of year again, folks. Friends and family are coming back in town, and the non-stop festivities begin. There’s something about Thanksgiving week that feels more light and fun than other holiday breaks, and this year, more people have been given the entire week off (we’re not jealous or anything) than ever. So before you start getting bombarded with plans and getting roped into being the ringleader of everyone’s itineraries, here are some great options for getting down this long weekend in Miami.

Tuesday, November 26th:

Aaron Lebos Reality at The Corner – Kick off your friends being in town with a great Tuesday night jazz hang in Miami. Aaron Lebos is one of Miami’s best guitarists in Miami, and since The Corner is one of our favorite hangs, this is a perfect option for gathering the crew in low-key digs.
Where: The Corner. Time: 10PM – 1AM. Tickets: Free.

Artechouse – Step inside INFINITE SPACE, the first major retrospective of the work of award-winning, Los-Angeles-based, Turkish-born artist Refik Anadol Studio, and open your senses to the endless transformations and infinite possibilities at the intersection of man and machine. The exhibition explores memories and dreams through the mind of a machine by using the tools available to twenty-first-century artists – datasets ranging from human memories, photographs of Mars, cultural archives and sea surface activity as data sculptures and digital paintings.
Where: Artechouse. Time: Now until January 31st. Tickets: Get em here.

Miracle in Miami – A Christmas themed pop-up cocktail bar offering seasonal drinks in a festive holiday setting. Find them in back room at Gramps in Wynwood until December 23rd. Featuring over-the-top décor, holiday-inspired cocktails and the nostalgic energy of the best office party you’ve ever been to, Miracle is the place to imbibe this season.
Where: Gramps. Time: 7PM – 1AM & 3AM (select nights). Tickets: Free, first come first serve.

Thirstymag

Wednesday, November 27th:

The 17th Annual ’80s Prom! – SWEAT RECORDS & VAGABONDS-AT-LARGE PRESENT: THE 17th ANNUAL ‘80s PROM! ★ EDGE OF SEVENTEEN ★ OUTSIDE: DJs LOLO & HOTTPANTS SPINNING THE BEST ‘80s POP, HIP HOP, DANCE, & FREESTYLE HITS, PROM BAND THE STATE OF TAKE THE STAGE AT 11PM. INSIDE SHIRLEY’S: DJs CARMEL OPHIR & CARLOS MENENDEZ, PLAY ‘80s NEW WAVE, ROCK, GOTH, & INDUSTRIAL. PLUS ELEGANT DECORATIONS, DRINK SPECIALS, ’80s DRAG PERFORMANCES BY KARLA CROQUETA & MORE.
Where: Gramps. Time: 8PM. Tickets: Get em here.

AFROBETA Thanksgiving Eve at Bar Nancy! – Bar Nancy is one of the chillest spots in Little Havana, a true neighborhood joint slinging delicious cocktails. Pair that with the wild and crazy experience that Afrobeta brings to the table, you got yourself a great Thanksgiving Eve show.
Where: Bar Nancy. Time: 10PM. Tickets: Free.

Friday, November 29th:

Bayfront Holiday Village & Bayskate Miami – Bayfront Holiday Village will transform Bayfront Park into a shopping and entertainment destination for locals and tourists alike. The Village will become one of Miami’s most iconic offerings during the holiday season. All accomplished while keeping high family values and a welcoming atmosphere. Come for the weather, stay for the great shopping and entertainment. Strap on your skates or rent your wheels right here at Bayfront Holiday Village. Skate around the tree and iconic fountain to skating’s favorite hits. Best of all, no need to bundle up – wear your shorts, this is Miami!
Where: Bayfront Park. Time: 11AM. Tickets: Free w/ RSVP.

Time Out

The NightGarden Experience 2019/2020– This holiday season, The 2018 smash hit The NightGarden returns to Fairchild Botanical Garden in Miami. The NightGarden 2019 will feature more lights, new fun and interactive surprises, an expanded footprint that is 3X larger than last year, expanded parking, and an all-new, free AR augmented reality Fairy Quest challenge. Plus, The NightGarden is bringing back last year’s crowd favorites, including Archimedes, the Talking Tree, the flying fairies, the New Year’s Eve fireworks spectacular, Miami’s finest food and beverage, and a new and more challenging lost fairy puzzle.
Where: Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden. Time: Now until January 11th. Tickets: Get em here.

Walshy Fire + Special Guests – Peachfuzz 8 Year Anniversary Party – The party continues with Walshy Fire + Special Guests on Friday November 29th as we celebrate 8 years of Peachfuzz! We’re celebrating with Miami’s best! Join us for the official Peachfuzz 8 Year Anniversary Party on Friday November 29th. Let’s get down and pop some bubbly because Walshy Fire + Special Guests are bring us the jams all night long.
Where: The Ground. Time: 11PM – 4AM. Tickets: Get em here.

Saturday, November 30th:

Holiday Kickoff with KIDS – Join us on Saturday, November 30 from 6-9 PM for a very special evening celebrating our Holiday Kickoff at The Shops at Midtown Miami. The evening will feature a long-awaited concert by local band KIDS with a special performance with The Girl Choir of South Florida, a tree lighting ceremony and a surprise visit from the big man himself and his helpers—Santa and the Elves! You won’t want to miss it! Free and open to the public.
Where: The Shops at Midtown Miami. Time: 6PM – 9PM. Tickets: Free w/ RSVP.

Jungle Island

Luminosa Miami Chinese Lantern Festival – Luminosa is the 2019 Chinese Lantern Festival in Miami, FL. Opening October 5, 2019, guaranteed to be the most extraordinary LED exhibition in Miami. South Florida has a big suprise this year, teaming up with Jungle Island & Zigong Lantern Group, the industry leader, and world renowned Chinese Lantern Festival group, Zipong Lantern Group.
Where: Jungle Island. Time: Now until January 8th. Tickets: Get em here.

Las Comadres Holiday Bazaar: A day of shopping & showcases – To celebrate Small Business Saturday, we are thrilled to invite you to join us for our “Las Comadres Bazaar,” a day of shopping and showcases. Las Comadres is a community of local women entrepreneurs, committed to uplifting one another in life and in business. We are so excited to bring all the talent of these remarkable women together for a beautiful, fun-filled experience highlighting the best of what our small-business community has to offer. Pick up some holiday goodies, attend some fun workshops, and enjoy yummy bites, at the gorgeous Pivot Market at The Citadel building.
Where: The Citadel. Time: 12PM – 5PM. Tickets: Free w/ RSVP.

Cover photo Jungle Island.