We’re on the cusp of spending hours chatting with relatives, watching football until our eyelids sag, and snapping our bodies out of ketosis with a full-on assault of carbs. Thanksgiving usually revolves around food, football, and family, but there’s no reason it has to be defined solely by those three. Thankfully, Miami gives us options: We can lie on the couch with a shirt full of gravy stains and a blank face of existential dread, or we can put on our dancing shoes and check out an array of events and parties — New Times strongly suggests the latter. Here’s a list of the top ten parties and events taking place during the long Thanksgiving weekend.
Your parents won’t know you’re gone while you slip out to the Wharf.
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Get Basted! at the Wharf
Pop the turkey in the oven and head to the Wharf’s big Thanksgiving Eve party, Get Basted! Its starts at noon, lasts till 3 a.m., and will offer $1 lager pints and $3 glasses of wine from 4 to 7 p.m. There will be plenty of food courtesy of Lung Yai Thai Tapas, Mojo Donuts, OG Ceviches, La Santa Taqueria, and others. Walk-ins are welcome, but if you register online, you’ll receive a free “baster” shot. Leashed dogs and children accompanied by parents are welcome to join the party before 6. Noon Wednesday, November 27, at the Wharf, 114 SW N. River Dr., Miami; 305-906-4000; wharfmiami.com. Admission is free with RSVP via eventbrite.com.
Get acquainted with ATV Records.
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Thanksgiving Eve at ATV Records
There’s a new kid on the block. ATV, which stands for “Addicted to Vinyl,” is a fresh nightclub/record store cofounded by Electric Pickle founder Will Renuart. The hybrid spot took over 1306 and celebrated its grand opening the weekend of November 15 with a headlining set courtesy of Detroit legend Moodymann. Since then, ATV has scheduled several other shows through the end of the year. The thrills and memories of the Pickle are alive at ATV, which boasts the late Wynwood nightclub’s signature disco ball plus a powerful new sound system and outdoor space. ATV describes Thanksgiving weekend as “the unveiling of our completed buildout.” The Thanksgiving eve lineup has not yet been released, but you can probably expect residents from the Pickle to take over, including Will Renuart, Terrance Tabeau, and Patrick Walsh. Welcome tje new neighbors with a drink and a dance.
Join Afrobeta at Bar Nancy.
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Thanksgiving Eve at Bar Nancy With Afrobeta
Afrobeta is keeping its pre-Turkey Day tradition alive with another Thanksgiving eve show at Bar Nancy. The Miami duo is a local favorite among electronic fans and has continually performed in the city since its early days, even notching a few appearances at Ultra Music Festival’s Live Stage over the years. Afrobeta’s setup is minimal, consisting of a keyboard played by Tony Smurphio and vocals by Cuci Amador; however, their often gritty sound is complex and intricate. The laid-back vibe of Bar Nancy and some great local talent will make for a chill party that won’t have you queasy before you’ve even touched your Thanksgiving plate.
10 p.m. Wednesday, November 27, at Bar Nancy, 2007 SW Eighth St., Miami; 305-397-8971; nancy305.com. Admission is free.
Get nostalgic at the ’80s prom.
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17th-Annual ’80s Prom
Ah, the ’80s: Nintendo ruled the videogame roost, Blockbuster made its debut, and Donald Trump was just another eccentric, depraved New York City millionaire. It was a simpler time. Fortunately, the annual ’80s prom at Gramps will let you revisit that much-missed decade. This year marks the 17th-annual event, and it promises to be as spectacularly retro as ever. Your DJ purveyors for the evening will be Lolo and Hottpants, and the band the State Of is scheduled to follow. In the backroom, Shirley’s, DJs Carmel Ophir and Carlos Menendez will play New Wave, rock, goth, and industrial music all night. Also expect drink specials and ’80s-themed drag performances by Karla Croqueta and friends. Score some vintage threads and dance like an awkward teenager again.
Aly & Fila bring trance sounds to Treehouse.
Aly & Fila at Treehouse
By the time trance legends Aly & Fila get started, your stress level will likely be running high from overcooking the turkey and taking seemingly endless family photos. So heading to Treehouse and shaking that stress away to some trance music is never a bad idea. The Egyptian duo has been a linchpin in the trance community since the early 2000s and has made countless trips to Miami, including visits to Treehouse and Ultra Music Festival. Paul Thomas will join Aly & Fila for a special back-to-back set that will last till the early morning.
DZA will be play Peachfuzz’s anniversary party.
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Peachfuzz Eighth-Anniversary Party
The day after Thanksgiving, some people get stuffed, some people get drunk, and others get peachy. Peachfuzz is a series of hip-hop-and-R&B-themed parties that have been held on and off in Miami throughout the past eight years. The road was rocky for Peachfuzz after its primary spot — the Garett at Grand Central — closed in 2016 and sent the party on a nomadic quest for a new home. But Peachfuzz seems to have the Ground on lock and is excited to celebrate eight years of partying with a proper Miami crowd this Friday. The lineup will include Major Lazer member Walshy Fire and support from DZA and Spinser Tracy.
Boiler Room will put on a rare show in Miami.
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Boiler Room Miami: III Points
Offering nonstop pulsating techno and forceful house music that rocked the stage for three days, the Boiler Room takeover at III Points this year left fans wanting more. The stage and surrounding area served as a suitable rave spot, boasting a maximal focus on music and a nostalgic warehouse vibe that was quintessentially Boiler Room. The world-renowned online broadcaster is set to return for a Black Friday rave throwdown with the help of some of Miami’s foremost musical talents. The lineup spotlights the city’s homegrown acts, including Privacy, Greg Beato, and Nick León on the decks and Poorgrrrl and INVT performing live sets.
Ted Feighan brings lo-fi and art to Churchill’s.
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Monster Rally at Churchill’s Pub
Monster Rally is a musical and artistic concept created by Ted Feighan. His love for an old-school tropical aesthetic fits well in Miami and will make for an entertaining juxtaposition with its venue, Churchill’s Pub. The sound of Monster Rally is a hodgepodge of hip-hop beats mixed with lo-fi music, all while sampling the sounds of vintage and romantic Hawaiian music. The show is a collaborative effort by Sweat Records and Pabst Sound Society. Feighan is keen on collages and tries to incorporate them in all of his shows, an artistic endeavor which contrasts sharply with his screamo roots. Attendees will be able to view collages made of old vinyl record covers from Feighan’s collection. Supporting acts are Gold Dust Lounge, House of I, and DJ Le Spam.
Dubfire will play an extended set at Club Space.
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Dubfire at Club Space
Your cousins visiting from Wisconsin won’t know what hit them when you take them to Club Space for a late-night/early-morning rave brimming with minimal techno. Dubfire, who’s been dubbed the “king of minimal,” will return to the Terrace for the first time since his Miami Music Week performance in March. As is custom on Space’s Terrace, the D.C. native will spin a lengthy set. The sound system will pump bare-bone hi-hats, unforgiving bass, and sprinkles of reverb and delay — perfect if you’re looking to burn a few calories by dancing the night, morning, and afternoon away.
Ball & Chain will bring heavy jazz.
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Othello Molineaux at Ball & Chain
Not keen on electronic beats but still a slave to rhythm? Well, Ball & Chain will have you covered this weekend when it welcomes steel-pan legend Othello Molineaux to Little Havana. The Trinidadian musician is often cited as the man responsible for introducing the steel pan to the jazz community in the ’70s. The combination of eccentric jazz tones and the gentle Caribbean hammers of the steel pan produces an infectious sound that leaves listeners with little choice but to dance. Let the haze of cigar smoke and humidity stir you from your food coma and into a dance frenzy.
8 p.m. Saturday, November 29, at Ball & Chain, 1513 SW Eighth St., Miami; 305-643-7820; ballandchainmiami.com. Admission is free.