Miami June 9–15: BBQ Fest, Journey & Betty Saturday's

The best of what to do in and around Miami this week.

Musical performances in Miami this week span decades. Journey and The Doobie Brothers are playing a concert, and there will be a bunch of local DJs at the new monthly pool party Betty Saturday's. Then, eat your way through Fort Lauderdale's annual BBQ fest (backed by more local tunes), or catch Weezer and Panic! At The Disco in Bayfront Park.

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June 11 | Pool party
Betty Saturday’s
Local nightlife guru Veronica Gessa is the common ingredient in every great Miami party. Gessa produces events and hosts late-night parties all over the city, and now she’s hitting Miami with a new must-do. Betty Saturday’s, a monthly pool party hosted by Gessa and friends at The Hall South Beach, debuts this weekend with “betty’s, beats, and booze,” according to the hostess. Local DJs will be there providing tunes, and there will be a braid bar, drinking games, a popsicle eating contest, and pool floaties to catch your attention when you’re not dancing.
2–7 p.m. | The Hall, 1500 Collins Ave., Miami Beach | Free with RSVP at | website

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June 11 | Concert
Journey and The Doobie Brothers
Consider Saturday #throwbacksaturday and head up to West Palm Beach’s Perfect Vodka Amphitheater at the South Florida Fairgrounds to see Journey and The Doobie Brothers, with special guest Dave Mason. Journey will play all their classic hits with lead vocalist Arnel Pineda, the Filipino singer they discovered on YouTube. Expect The Doobie Brothers to play their greatest hits as well, so come prepared to sing along with a crowd of all ages.
7 p.m. | Perfect Vodka Amphitheater, 601-7 Sansburys Way, West Palm Beach | From $47 | website

June 11 | Family Festival
4th Annual Smoke on the Water BBQ Feast and Competition           
The annual Smoke on the Water BBQ Feast and Competition is back at Esplanade Park in Fort Lauderdale. Enjoy tasty BBQ bites, live music, and a beer garden featuring both craft breweries and big name beers. Though the beer garden is restricted to those of age, you don’t have to be over 21 to enjoy the food at this all-ages eating event. Be sure to get a taste from each of the BBQ masters so that you can cast a well-educated vote in the competition for the feast champion.
11 a.m.–6 p.m. | Esplanade Park, 400 SW 2nd St., Ft. Lauderdale | Free | website

EAST, Miami

June 14 | Concert
Weezer and Panic! At The Disco
A couple fan-favorite bands from the early 2000s have teamed up for a massive outdoor show at the Bayfront Park Amphitheater. Panic! At The Disco will likely opt to play tracks from their most recent album, Death of a Bachelor, but expect to also hear some old favorites (“I Write Sins Not Tragedies” and “Nine in the Afternoon,” for example). Weezer is trying out a new tactic for live shows by randomizing the set list for every stop on the tour, meaning no two concerts they play this summer will be alike. Still, though, you can guarantee they’ll throw in a few tracks from their newest release, White Album.
2–7 p.m. | Bayfront Park Amphitheater, 1301 Biscayne Blvd., Miami | From $37.50 | website

Now open | Hotel
EAST, Miami
EAST, Miami is the first North American outpost of Swire Hotels, a brand that has established itself already in Hong Kong and Beijing. EAST is also the first opening to happen at Brickell City Centre, the massive and much anticipated complex that’s sure to transform Brickell and the surrounding area. The hotel was designed by Miami-based architect corporation Arquitectonica and features nods to local style while incorporating components of the teachings of feng shui, crystal healing, and biogeometry (the science of the energy of shapes) to give the space an overall positive vibe.
EAST, Miami, 788 Brickell Plaza, Miami | website

Patricia Guarch Wise is a Miami native and the blogger behind Miami Nice. Her interests include paella, paranormal activity, Proenza Schouler, and her Pekingese named Bonnaroo. 

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