Thanksgiving is a time to convene with family and express your gratitude for the good in life. The long Thanksgiving weekend is an opportunity to have a damn good time (provided the tryptophan overdose doesn’t immobilize you). Here are the top ten events from Wednesday to Sunday in chronological order.
1. Gobble Wobble @ Blue Martini (Wednesday, starts 5 p.m.)
Two cans of food or $5 to benefit Florida’s needy will get you into Blue Martini Brickell for free signature drinks and an open vodka bar from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. It’s an odd and perhaps inappropriate trade-off, but everyone wins in the end. Learn more HERE.
2. The 8th Annual ’80s Prom @ The Vagabond (Wednesday, 9 p.m. – 5 a.m.)
Get an early jump on Turkey Day with Sweat Records’ “unabashedly cheesy and radical” annual Thanksgiving eve party, which will feature a DJ playing the best (or worst) of the ’80s in the Vagabond’s ballroom, bar, and garden, and $5 Heinekens and Prom Punch all night. Learn more HERE.
3. MINIMAL Party @ Awarehouse (Thursday, starts 9 p.m.)
“Expect a different kind of party” featuring interactive media, projection-mapped visuals, electro-acoustic science displays, fine art, precision sound, intelligent lighting, and cymatic and electro-acoustic science displays. Minimal indeed. Learn more HERE.
4. Miami Critical Mass @ Government Center (Friday, starts 6:30 p.m.)
Here’s your chance to pedal off those pecan pie pounds. This 12-mile bike ride will leave from downtown’s Government Center at 7 p.m. and make its unhurried way through Downtown, Spring Garden, Historic Overtown, Wynwood, Design District, Midtown and Edgewater. Learn more HERE and click HERE to see photos from past Miami Critical Mass rides.
5. Black Friday Record Garage Sale @ Sweat Records (Friday, 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.)
Forget a refrigerator — spend the busiest shopping day of the year sifting through Sweat’s stellar record collection, including thousands of LPs on clearance. Get 10 percent off all new LPs and CDs, $2 off any used LP over $3, and all $1 LPs will be three for a dollar. The sale is going on all day. You can refuel on scrumptious treats via Emerge Miami’s Bake Sale. Learn more HERE.
6. Trash to Treasure @ EDGE LOGISTICS (Saturday, 5 p.m. – 4 a.m.)
This Pompano Beach show features a slew of north South Florida and Central Florida’s finest bands: Emily Reo, The Band In Heaven, Love Handles, Guy Harvey, Hear Hums, Sumsun, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Evan Mui, Dark Sea of Awareness, and Great Deceivers. The show is all ages with a $5 suggested donation. Learn more HERE.
7. Screening of Avatar @ The Beach (Saturday, starts at 8 p.m.)
In case you missed James Cameron’s 2009 blockbuster — or want to watch it for the umpteenth time — here is your opportunity to experience it at a venue equal to its epic scope: the beach behind One Bal Harbour Resort & Spa. Admission is free. Learn more HERE.
8. Richie Hawtin and Gaiser @ Mansion (Saturday, 10 p.m. – 5 a.m.)
Shake off your tryptophan coma with a serving of EDM courtesy of Chef Plastikman from Canada. Advance tickets are $30. Get ‘em HERE.
9. Animal Tropical and DJ Contra @ Bardot (Saturday, doors open at 8 p.m.)
Local Of Montreal-esque foursome Animal Tropical will play to Bardot’s mob along with LIV and Purdy Lounge mainstay DJ Contra. There is a $10 cover. Learn more HERE.
10. MiMo Art Boulevard Festival @ Biscayne Historic District (Sunday, 12 p.m. – 8 p.m.)
Unofficially kicking off Miami’s art season, the MiMo Festival includes a walking tour of Biscayne Boulevard’s landmarks and opportunities to interact with artists at work, eat lots of smells-better-than-it-tastes street food, and lend a brush to a neighborhood mural. Learn more HERE.
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