Yep it’s already that time.
The Ultra Music Festival descends on Bayfront Park this weekend. It’s flanked by not one, but TWO weeks of partying — the Miami Music Week this week (March 15-20), and then the Winter Music Conference, which starts March 21 and runs through March 24.
But for all of artists flying into Miami to play at the crazy DJ sets, sexy pool parties, and rooftop raves — there’s plenty of awesome local music experiences going down, too.
Here’s our rundown for a uniquely local experience during these next two weeks of Miami music madness.
W & O Street Tracks: With Amtrac, Jonas Rathsman, Waze & Odyssey, and more
Where Grand Central left off, 1306 is picking right up. Kick off your music filled week with this intimate showcase of some pretty cool electronic and house up-and-comers.
When: March 16, 10:00 p.m.
Where: The Bar at 1306, 1306 N. Miami Ave, Miami
Price: $15 to $20
PAMM Third Thursdays: Poplife Social: With Jellybean Benitez and friends
This monthly event falls just before the big Ultra Music Festival. With a world class art museum at your back, and the beautiful Biscayne Bay up ahead, it’s always a good time.
When: March 17, 7:00 p.m.
Where: Perez Art Museum of Miami, 1103 Biscayne Blvd, Miami
Price: $12 to $16
Bounce & Bass Thursdays
Pregame the weekend with these beats. If you’re tryna dance on the beach before it gets filled up with Ultra-goers, this is the spot.
When: March 17, 10:00 p.m.
Where: Drinkhouse Fire & Ice Lounge, 1672 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139
SWEAT’s 11th Birthday with Ordinary Boys
Our favorite record store, SWEAT, is turning 11, and local favorite the Ordinary Boys will be helping them ring in their pre-teen years. We’re hoping they play at least one song from The Smiths, who they cover masterfully.
When: March 18, 7:00 p.m.
Where: SWEAT Records, 5505 NE 2nd Ave, Miami, Florida 33137
Join New World Symphony in their celebration of Cuban culture, with art, music, food, drinks, and a short Cuban orchestral show. Afterwards, check out the after party with Cortadito, a Cuban Son group, at the Miami Beach Botanical Gardens.
When: March 18, 7:15 p.m.
Where: New World Symphony, 500 17th Street, Miami Beach, FL 33139
Miami Music Week Showcase
Soak in a series of artists at this Miami Beach favorite. It’s a mix of three DJs spinning techno, deep house, and electronica to get you groovin’.
When: March 18, 10:00 p.m.
Where: Do Not Sit On The Furniture, 423 16th St, Miami Beach, Florida 33139
Pachanga Island Party
If you just want to get away from the city altogether, head offshore for an island party like no other this weekend. It’s BYOB, though.
When: March 19, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. / March 20, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Where: Pachanga Island, the middle of Biscayne Bay, between Julia Tuttle and Venetian Causeway
Price: $40.00 to $60.00
Jazz in the Gardens
Musical greats like Usher and Aretha Franklin will be headlining this year’s Jazz in the Gardens, but there’s plenty more legends to see.
When: March 19 – 20
Where: Sun Life Stadium, 347 Don Shula Dr, Miami Gardens, FL 33056
Price: $60.00 to $90.00
Jump N Funk
Step away from the Ultra madness and take in a soulful mix of hip hop, house, Afrobeat and funk music with Rich Medina and The Marksmen.
When: March 20, 10:00 p.m.
Where: Century Lounge inside of the Thompson Miami Beach, 4041 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33140