Take advantage of Miami's tropical climate and get outside this week. An outdoor music festival showcasing the best of local reggae and funk will keep you moving to the beat, and Veuve Clicquot's version of Brazil's Carnaval will leave you chilled out on bubbly and entertained by traditional Brazilian samba. Get a more low-key outdoor experience in Hialeah Park, where in-museum artwork is coming outside for a limited time. Or, head to Naples for a quiet beach weekend. Don't miss the one indoor event on out list: Experimental blues musician Gary Clarke Jr. will perform songs off his new album at the Fillmore Miami Beach.
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February 18–21 | Music and dance festival
Virginia Key GrassRoots Festival
The Virginia Key GrassRoots Festival is back. The usually sleepy and secured stretch of beach on the way to Key Biscayne will be activated with performances by reggae, soul, Afro-Caribbean, Latin, and funk artists from Miami and across the United States. The selection of local talent at this groovy fest is huge. Add in a splash of out-of-town sounds, music and yoga workshops, and the option of camping on-site, and you have plenty of reasons to make checking out this scene a priority.
Virginia Key Beach Park, 4020 Virginia Beach Dr., Key Biscayne | From $30 | website
February 19 | Concert
Gary Clarke Jr.
Gary Clarke Jr. might have started as a blues artist out of Austin, Texas, but his newer work spans genres and experiments with so many blends of sounds that it’s safe to say he’s outgrown any framework. His latest album, The Story of Sonny Boy Slim, is the follow-up to 2012’s Blak and Blu, the record that put him on the festival map and cultivated him a devoted following. Come see what all the fuss is about.
7:30 p.m. | The Fillmore Miami Beach, 1700 Washington Ave., Miami Beach | From $36.50 | website
February 20 | Carnaval
Veuve Clicquot Carnaval
Champagne giant Veuve Clicquot is pulling out all the stops to celebrate Carnaval—the Brazilian version of Mardi Gras—in Miami. At their Veuve Clicquot Carnaval, you’ll be able to enjoy all the Brazilian traditions of the holiday—samba dancing, live music, and so on—plus a whole lot of champagne. The extravagant afternoon will also be filled with lawn games, food trucks, and perhaps a celebrity spotting or two. Held on Museum Park, the party will overlook the Perez Art Museum Miami, the construction site of the new Frost Museum of Science, and the water of Port Miami. It’s bringing Rio right here to the United States.
1–6 p.m. | 1075 Biscayne Blvd., Miami | From $100 | website
February 20–21 | Escape the city
This beach town on the Southwest edge of Florida—just above the Everglades—has long been a favorite of Miamians looking for a quiet weekend escape on the sand. Hotels range from luxury golf, beach, and spa resorts to charming B&Bs. The dining scene is equally diverse. You’ll find loads of options when it comes to seafood joints and family restaurants, but for a dining experience to tell stories about, check out the Cider Press Cafe, a gluten-free, plant-based molecular gastronomy restaurant.
1201 Piper Blvd, Suite 26, Naples | (239) 631-2500 | website
Now Open | Community art
Thanks largely to a hefty grant from the Knight Foundation, the art from inside the Perez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) is now braving the elements. High-quality reproductions of the works in the museum’s permanent collection have been spread around Hialeah, West End, and Homestead. Your mission until September, when the artworks are taken down and locked back inside: Wander the historic parks of each region; find all 30 reproductions (10 in each neighborhood); picnic by as many paintings as you can.
Locations vary | Free | 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.