Ultra is coming, and we have to escape..
The EDM music festival, which runs March 25-27, is back in downtown Miami to bring the beats to fans — and the traffic headaches to everyone else.
But you don’t have to spend time in Downtown Miami this weekend (well, unless you have Heat/Nets tickets, which might be worth it).
In fact, we have some suggestions on how to spend your time in other places to avoid wasting those precious commodities (your mind and gas, which could cost up to $5 a gallon by the time you’re done read this sentence).
With spring break in full swing on South Beach, you might want to skip the shore, too. But do not worry. Here are a few things you can do instead of getting upset with traffic and crowds.
Watch tennis at the Miami Open
This internationally renowned tennis tournament, which runs until April 3, attracts the best players from around the world. This year, you can ride a gondola on the competition and training grounds.
Hard Rock Stadium, 347 Don Shula Drive, Miami Gardens; www.miamiopen.com
Eat, ride and more at the Youth Lounge
At the Miami-Dade Fair & Exposition you can watch pig races, see student exhibits, listen to music, take stomach walks and eat a bucket of bites of fried flan and a stick of monster mozzarella and be very happy. But maybe get on the rides first before you get too dreamy with corn dogs.
Tamiami Park, Southwest 112th Avenue and Coral Way; www.thefair.me
Eating in Smorgasburg
Wynwood’s new outdoor food market comes straight from Brooklyn’s trendy Williamsburg neighborhood and offers a wide variety of food sourced primarily from local vendors – tacos, empanadas, grilled meats, pizzas, ice cream, donuts and more.
Open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays only; 2612 NW Second Avenue, Miami
Visit the new graffiti museum
Discover the true history of the urban art movement in the new, larger space just off Wynwood Walls (then go next door and see how the work has evolved).
276 NW 26th St., Miami; museumofgraffiti.com
Get some fresh air at the Fairchild Tropical Garden
Miami’s giant botanical garden offers miles of walks in the sun. At 7:30 a.m. on March 26, take a guided nature walk and look for birds. From 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. on March 27, bring your best furry friend for a dog date and enjoy the outdoors.
Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden, 10901 Old Cutler Road, Miami; fairchildgarden.org
Watch a stimulating play
It’s the final weekend for Claudia Rankine’s provocative GableStage play “The White Card.”
8 p.m. on March 25 and 26, 2 p.m. on March 27; 1200 Anastasia Ave, Coral Gables; gablestage.org
Head south to a giant flea market
Redland Market Village is a flea market lover’s dream. Not only can you buy just about anything, but you can eat just about anything (we recommend fried shrimp and churros, but not necessarily at the same time).
11am-6pm Thursday and Friday; 7am-6pm Saturday and Sunday; 22420 South Dixie Hwy, Homestead
Head north to a giant farmer’s market
You can easily spend a day at the Hollywood Yellow Green Farmers Market, where you can eat everything from Ethiopian food to Bolivian salteñas, as well as drink, shop, listen to shows and even watch sports (it’s the season of March Madness, after all). We highly recommend grabbing a cold one and watching the world go by.
10am-7pm Saturday and Sunday; 3080 Sheridan Street, Hollywood; www.ygfarmersmarket.com
Meet the mermaids
Relive Florida’s golden age of tourism at B Ocean Resort’s Wreck Bar on Fort Lauderdale Beach, home to the country’s only underwater burlesque show on Friday and Saturday nights. If pastries make you crave, go on Sunday for the Sirènes & Mimosas brunch.
B Ocean Resort, 1140 Seabreeze Ave., Fort Lauderdale; www.bhotelsandresorts.com/b-ocean-resort/eat-drink/mermaids-at-the-wreck-bar/