Whether you’re gearing up for Miami Music Week or Winter Music Conference (or both, who can keep up?)—with Ultra Music Festival smack in the middle—Miami's excuse to party has officially kicked off. As the world’s most prominent DJs prepare to turn up the energy at an array of high-wattage parties, we've broken down the hottest fist-pumping bashes you won’t want to miss. Read on for the top events to get tickets to now.
From Friday through Sunday, Bayfront Park will transform into an outdoor megaclub with countless EDM powerhouse performances, as UMF makes its return for its 18th installment. Fist pump into the wee hours to shows by the likes of David Guetta, Kygo, Zedd, Tiesto, and many more. Post up at the live stage where Chet Faker, Caribou, Thomas Jack, Mike Snow, and Rabbit And The Moon will showcase their talents, and don't miss the 50-ton Arcadia spider installation show every night at 7:30 p.m. where "anything is possible."—we hear that involves crowd abductions. Purchase tickets at ultramusicfestival.com. Bayfront Park, 301 Biscayne Blvd.
Ultra Carryon: Dada Life & Dirty South at E11even Miami
Catch superstar DJs Dada Life and Dirty South on the ones and twos at Miami’s only 24/7 showclub E11even. The addition of Manufactured Superstars, Savi, Anevo, and surprise guests will make for an evening that’s sure to be epic. Doors open at 10 p.m. Purchase tickets at 11miami.com. 29 NE 11th St., Miami
Smash the House at Icon
Though it made its debut a mere three months ago, Icon Nightclub has already drawn numerous high-energy crowds ready to let loose after hours. This Friday will be no different, as DJs Dimitri Vegas and Like Mike get the party going with some of their favorite (and famous) musical friends. Door open at 10 p.m. Purchase tickets at icon.wantickets.com. 1235 Washington Ave., Miami Beach
Nic Fanciulli & Friends at Do Not Sit On The Furniture
Get down with Nic Fanciulli at SoBe hidden gem Do Not Sit On The Furniture (called Don't Sit by the cool club kids) where delicious drinks and a dimly lit atmosphere make for the perfect backdrop for an out-of-this-world set. Doors open at 10 p.m. Purchase tickets at residentadvisor.net. 423 16th St., Miami Beach
Spinnin’ Deep at Nautilus, a SIXTY Hotel
What better way to spend Sunday funday than lounging poolside while listening to beats curated by some of the world's top musical talent? Sip savory cocktails at the hotel's swank Cabana Club, and vibe to beats by Bob Sinclar, Chocolate Puma, EDX, Nora en Pure, and many more. From noon-11 p.m. Purchase tickets at spinninhotel.com. 825 Collins Ave., Miami Beach
Carl Cox at BasementMIAMI at Miami Beach Edition
What do you get when you pair famed DJ Carl Cox with a multi-dimensional nightclub? The gateway for a parallel universe of techno and deep house. Cox puts his award-winning skills on display for partying patrons during his once-a-year visit to Miami. You won't want to miss it. Doors open at 10 p.m. Purchase tickets at residentadvisor.net. 2901 Collins Ave., Miami Beach