Friday, March 6
HE’S STILL STANDING
Rock royalty (literally) hits the AAA as the six-time Grammy-winning Sir Elton takes the stage to choose from among timeless hits including “Candle in the Wind,” “Your Song,” “Daniel,” “Tiny Dancer,” “Someone Saved My Life Tonight,” “Crocodile Rock,” “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road,” “Levon,” “Bennie and the Jets,” “Philadelphia Freedom,” “I’m Still Standing,” “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down On Me” and “Rocket Man.”
Details: 8 p.m. at the AmericanAirlines Arena, 601 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; Ticketmaster; $36-$156.
Saturday, March 7
FLORIDA RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL
Lords and ladies, prepare thyself for the latest fairy-tale chapter in the Ren-Fest storybook. This weekend’s theme, “Dragons & Wizards and Thrones, Oh My!,” will fill the village with Hobbits, Wizards, Dragons, White Walkers, Fairies and Elves, come to life from your favorite fantastical books and movies. In between, enjoy more than 100 costumed performers, 10 stages with continuous entertainment and 20 stage acts from around the world.
Details: 10 a.m.-sunset Saturday and Sunday, running on weekends through March 15, at Quiet Waters Park, 401 S. Powerline Rd., Deerfield Beach; www.ren-fest.com; $21, $9 kids 6-11, free for 5 and under.
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CARNAVAL ON THE MILE
Family-friendly annual event has it all, from more than 120 fine-art vendors, including painting, sculpture, photography, crafts and jewelry; three stages with more than 30 musical acts, including Stokewood, Mother Falcon, Meklit, Suenalo, Spam AllStars, Batuke Samba Funk and the No BS! Brass Band; gourmet food, wines and spirits; and plenty of activities for kids. Even your dogs are welcome!.
Details: 10 a.m.-midnight Saturday and 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday at Miracle Mile, Coral Gables; www.carnavalmiami.com; free.
WIRK RIB ROUND-UP
What goes better together than country music, great ribs and cold beer? Nothing! Sixth-annual event sponsored by WIRK 103.1 FM features live sets by top country artists including Joe Nichols. Gloriana, Thompson Square, Craig Morgan, The Swon Brothers and many more, plus rib-cooking competitions from local restaurants and amateur grillers.
Details: Noon at the Coral Sky Amphitheatre, 601 Sansbury’s Way, West Palm Beach; LiveNation.com; $25-$50.
You’ll be singing Sweet Home Miccosukee as you rock out to the legendary Southern band and its timeless hits including “Gimme Three Steps,” “That Smell,” “What’s Your Name,” “Saturday Night Special,” “Tuesday’s Gone,” “Simple Man,” “Sweet Home Alabama” and “Free Bird.” Opening acts are the Osceola Brothers and the Talking Dogs.
Details: 5 p.m. at Miccosukee Gaming & Resort, Krome Avenue and Eighth Street; www.miccosukee.com; $35.
THE REFLECTION TOUR
Miami girl group created during the second season of “The X Factor” embarks on its first headlining tour on the strength of its debut album, “Reflection,” featuring the hits “BO$$” and “Sledgehammer.” Opening act is 1-year-old singer-songwriter Jacob Whitesides.
Details: 7 p.m. at the Parker Playhouse, 707 NE Eighth St., Fort Lauderdale; www.parkerplayhouse.com; $31.50-$40.
Novelist, humorist, columnist and all-around funny guy discusses his latest book, “Live Right and Find Happiness (Although Beer is Much Faster): Life Lessons and Other Ravings from Dave Barry” ($26.95, Putnam Adult).
Details: 7:30 p.m. at Temple Judea, 5500 Granada Blvd., Coral Gables; free, RSVP at www.booksandbooks.com.
BELA FLECK & ABIGAIL WASHBURN
As part of the Festival of the Arts BOCA, sit back and enjoy as Fleck, one of the most innovative and technically proficient banjo players in the world, and wife Washburn, whose specialty is the “clawhammer” banjo, team up for a surprisingly intricate performance.
Details: 7:30 p.m. at Mizner Park Amphitheatre, 590 Plaza Real, Boca Raton; www.festivaloftheartsboca.org; $15-$100.
30TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR
URBAN BUSH WOMEN
Bold, innovative dance company conveys under-told stories of the African diaspora through thrilling choreography and music inspired by jazz legend John Coltrane.
Details: 8 p.m. at the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center, 10950 SW 211th St., Miami; 786-573-5300 or www.smdcac.org; $20-$40.
Sunday, March 8
FIRE IT UP!
GRILLIN’ IN THE GROVE
Family-friendly barbecue feast (described as Willy Wonka for meat lovers) conjures up memories of easy-going backyard get-togethers, except this one has live music and a great Family Fun Zone, featuring cool rides and slides such as the pirate-themed Treasure Island and the Surf’s Up! Robo Surfer simulation challenge.
Details: 11 a.m.-7 p.m. at Peacock Park, 2820 McFarlane Rd., Coconut Grove; www.grillininthegrove.com; $15 in advance, $20 at the gate, kids under 12 free.
FREE FOR ALL
“Springtime Serenade” chamber orchestra concert honors Women’s Day with piano, soprano and violin soloists plus small ensembles performing works by Vivaldi, Bach, Mozart, Mascagni, Grainger and Miami’s own Thomas Sleeper.
Details: 7:30 p.m. at Coral Gables Congregational Church, 3010 De Soto Blvd., Coral Gables; 305-668-9260.
BLAST FROM THE PAST
Jangle-pop band that hit it big in 1992 with the album “New Miserable Experience” performs hits including “Hey Jealousy,” “Found Out About You,” “Follow You Down” and “Til I Hear It From You.”.
Details: 8 p.m. Tuesday at Revolution Live, 200 W. Broward Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; www.jointherevolution.net; $25.
‘LET’S GET CRAZY’
New York gypsy punk band that blends Ukrainian culture with wild stage antics takes the stage for two nights – you’ll hear tracks from all six of its studio albums, plus “Let’s Get Crazy,” written for Coca Cola’s Euro 2012 ad campaign.
Details: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday at the Culture Room, 3045 N. Federal Hwy., Fort Lauderdale; www.cultureroom.net; $28.50.
Broadway’s biggest blockbuster tells the delicious tale of how two sisters in the land of Oz would go on to become the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good Witch. It’s “the most complete – and completely satisfying – musical in a long time,” says USA Today.
Details: 8 p.m. Wednesday, running through March 29, at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, Ziff Ballet Opera House, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; 305-949-6722 or www.arshtcenter.org; $49-$175.
Atlanta rapper’s big break came when Miley Cyrus shared his song “Don’t Sell M
olly No More” on Instagram. Then, R&B superstar Drake asked to remix his track “Club Goin’ Up on a Tuesday,” and the result, “Tuesday,” blew up, hitting No. 12 on the pop charts.
Details: 11 p.m. Wednesday at LIV Nightclub, 4441 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; www.livnightclub.com; $30.