Things To Do

The Ten Best Things to Do in South Florida This Week

The Killers are among the killer headliners for Riptide Fest 2019 this weekend in Fort Lauderdale.
The Killers are among the killer headliners for Riptide Fest 2019 this weekend in Fort Lauderdale. Photo by Raph_PH/Flickr
Thursday, November 22

Calling all open-mikers. Next Door at C&I (which is also home to the awesome Brew Urban Café) will host its signature open-mike night, Respek the Mic!, this Thursday. The get-together is a friendly celebration of diversity, positivity, and South Florida's wonderful range of cultures. To help you muster the courage to take the mike, the spot’s happy hour (with a variety of discounted beverages) will be extended from 5 to 8 p.m. If you want to perform, get there early: Signup starts at 7:30. 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. Thursday at C&I Studios, 537 NW First Ave., Fort Lauderdale. Admission is free; RSVP via

You deserve a nice meal. For that, the spot to be this Thursday is the dazzling Dune at Auberge Residences in Fort Lauderdale. The beachside spot will host a special Prisoner Wine Dinner crafted by executive chef Edgar Beas and featuring morsels such as quail with chicory, arctic char with savoy cabbage and a Wagyu strip loin with parsnip, black trumpets, and Périgord truffles. Along the culinary journey, each dish will be paired with a selection from Prisoner Wine Company. 7 p.m. Thursday at Dune, 2200 N. Ocean Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. Tickets cost $185 via

Friday, November 23

Georgia O’Keeffe should always be a part of any conversation about badass women. This Friday, the exhibition "Living Modern" will debut at Norton Museum of Art, showcasing everything that made the multifaceted artist spectacular, from her clothes to her paintings to special photographs of O’Keeffe by the likes of Ansel Adams and Andy Warhol. 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and select dates/times through February 2 at Norton Museum of Art, 1450 S. Dixie Hwy., West Palm Beach; General tickets cost $18, and various discounts are available.

That so-'80s carpet and your old AF furnishings have got to go. For some inspiration, hit the Home Design & Remodeling Show all weekend at the Greater Fort Lauderdale Broward County Convention Center. In addition to exhibitors and visitors galore, Carter Oosterhouse of TLC’s Trading Spaces will be there for a special 5 Rules of RenOVATION! spiel, as well as other special guests. 4 to 9:30 p.m. Friday, noon to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Greater Fort Lauderdale Broward County Convention Center, 1950 Eisenhower Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. Tickets cost $7 via

By Friday at 5, you’re ready to either chill or party. At the Whiskey Creek Hideout Beach Bash, the oceanfront spot is your oyster. On the laid-back front, there will be an oceanfront bonfire with tunes from Paul Anthony and the Reggae Souljahs. If you'd rather turn up a bit, take advantage of drink specials, cornhole, and group volleyball games. 5 to 11 p.m. Friday at Whiskey Creek Hideout, 6503 N. Ocean Dr., Dania Beach. Admission is free; RSVP via

Saturday, November 24

Get moving for a good cause Saturday morning. Miami Heat legend Alonzo Mourning and the National Kidney Foundation of Florida (NKFF) have teamed up for the Fort Lauderdale Kidney Walk at Plantation Central Park. It’s free to walk, and if you register online, you can also help collect funds benefitting the Mourning Family Foundation and NKFF. 8 a.m. Saturday at Plantation Central Park, 9151 NW Second St., Plantation; Admission is free.

It's difficult to describe the awesomeness of this year’s Riptide Festival. Saturday, the Killers, the 1975, the Revivalists, Judah & the Lion, Silversun Pickups, and many other acts will rock Fort Lauderdale Beach Park. Sunday, expect performances by Jimmy Eat World, Reel Big Fish, Switchfoot, Fuel, New Politics, and a slew of others. Now in its fourth year, the fest will also offer culinary demos and a special fashion shindig hosted by Queer Eye’s Tan France. It promises to be the best weekend ever. 11:30 a.m. Saturday and Sunday in Fort Lauderdale Beach Park, 1100 Seabreeze Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. Tickets cost $35 to $199 via
click to enlarge YouTube sensation Kerwin Claiborne brings his character-driven comedy to West Palm Beach Sunday. - IMAGE VIA FACEBOOK
YouTube sensation Kerwin Claiborne brings his character-driven comedy to West Palm Beach Sunday.
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Sunday, November 25

If you’ve gone down a YouTube comedy rabbit hole recently, you’ve probably seen some of Kerwin Claiborne’s hilarious clips. Or maybe you already know about his character-driven hilarity and are now searching for him. Regardless, he’ll bring his beloved characters Uncle Leroy, Ms. Kesha, and others with him to Palm Beach this weekend. 7 p.m. Sunday at Palm Beach Improv, 550 S. Rosemary Ave., #250, West Palm Beach; Tickets cost $25 to $35.

Monday, November 26

All-you-can-eat wings alert! Sure, there are plenty of nights that offer $1 or $1.50 wings. Is that really a great deal? On NFL game days (Sunday, Monday, and Thursday), Dave & Buster's offers unlimited wings for $19.99. In addition to all the wings you can consume in 14 hours, you also get an unlimited videogame play card, making this deal that much more stellar. 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. Sunday, Monday, and Thursday during NFL football season at Dave & Buster's, 3000 Oakwood Blvd., Hollywood;

Tuesday, November 27

Hey, Grinch, turn that frown upside down. If you’re not full of holiday cheer by now, perhaps the Light Up the Beach celebration on Fort Lauderdale Beach this Tuesday night will help. Each year, to ring in the holidays, a special ceremony sees the lighting of a funky, outdoorsy snowman. What will he be doing this year — kayaking? windsurfing? sunbathing? Go find out for yourself. 5:30 p.m. Tuesday on A1A at Las Olas Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale; Admission is free. 
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Jesse Scott is a Fort Lauderdale-based contributor for Miami New Times covering culture, food, travel, and entertainment in South Florida and beyond. His work has appeared in Condé Nast Traveler, Lonely Planet, National Geographic, and his hometown newspaper, the Free Lance-Star, among others.