Escape Ultra Music Festival, Explore Miami Attractions

Ultra is coming, and we have to escape.

The electronic dance music festival, which runs March 25-27, is back in downtown Miami to bring the beats to fans — and the traffic headaches to everyone.

But you don’t have to spend time in Downtown Miami this weekend (well, unless you have Heat/Nets tickets, which might be worth it).

In fact, we have some suggestions on how to spend your time in other places to avoid wasting those precious commodities (your mind and gas, which could cost up to $5 a gallon by the time you’re done read this sentence).

With spring break in full swing on South Beach, you might want to avoid the shore as well. But do not worry. Here are a few things you can do instead of getting upset with traffic and crowds.

Watch tennis at the Miami Open

This internationally renowned tennis tournament, which runs until April 3, attracts the best players from around the world. This year, you can ride a gondola on the competition and training grounds.

Hard Rock Stadium, 347 Don Shula Drive, Miami Gardens;

Eat, ride and more at the Youth Lounge

A view of one of the Ferris wheels as the moon rises on opening day of the Miami-Dade County Youth Fair, which runs through April 10. SAM NAVARRO Special for the Miami Herald

At the Miami-Dade Fair & Exposition you can watch pig races, see student exhibits, listen to music, take stomach walks and eat a bucket of bites of fried flan and a stick of monster mozzarella and be very happy. But maybe get on the rides first before you get too dreamy with corn dogs.

Tamiami Park, Southwest 112th Avenue and Coral Way;

Eating in Smorgasburg

Wynwood’s new outdoor food market comes straight from Brooklyn’s trendy Williamsburg neighborhood and offers a wide variety of food sourced primarily from local vendors – tacos, empanadas, grilled meats, pizzas, ice cream, donuts and more.

Open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays only; 2612 NW Second Avenue, Miami

Visit the new graffiti museum

Discover the true history of the urban art movement in the new, larger space just off Wynwood Walls (then go next door and see how the work has evolved).

276 NW 26th St., Miami;

Get some fresh air at the Fairchild Tropical Garden

Miami’s giant botanical garden offers miles of walks in the sun. At 7:30 a.m. on March 26, take a guided nature walk and look for birds. From 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. on March 27, bring your best furry friend for a dog date and enjoy the outdoors.

Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden, 10901 Old Cutler Road, Miami;

Watch a stimulating play

It’s the final weekend for Claudia Rankine’s provocative GableStage play “The White Card.”

8 p.m. on March 25 and 26, 2 p.m. on March 27; 1200 Anastasia Ave, Coral Gables;

Head south to a giant flea market

Redland Market Village is a flea market lover’s dream. Not only can you buy just about anything, but you can eat just about anything (we recommend fried shrimp and churros, but not necessarily at the same time).

11am-6pm Thursday and Friday; 7am-6pm Saturday and Sunday; 22420 South Dixie Hwy, Homestead

Head north to a giant farmer’s market

You can easily spend a day at the Hollywood Yellow Green Farmers Market, where you can eat everything from Ethiopian food to Bolivian salteñas, as well as drink, shop, listen to shows and even watch sports (it’s the season of March Madness, after all). We highly recommend grabbing a cold one and watching the world go by.

10am-7pm Saturday and Sunday; 3080 Sheridan Street, Hollywood;

Meet the mermaids

Relive Florida’s golden age of tourism at B Ocean Resort’s Wreck Bar on Fort Lauderdale Beach, home to the country’s only underwater burlesque show on Friday and Saturday nights. If pastries make you crave, go on Sunday for the Sirènes & Mimosas brunch.

B Ocean Resort, 1140 Seabreeze Ave., Fort Lauderdale;

This story was originally published March 22, 2022 06:00.

Connie Ogle loves wine, books and the Miami Heat. Please don’t feed him a mango.

Gerald R. Schneider