01/06/2012 02:16 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Best Miami Events This Weekend

Miami City Ballet
Arsht Center's Ziff Ballet Opera House
Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m., Sunday, 2 p.m.
Tickets: $19 to $169
See the world premiere of a new ballet commissioned by Miami City Ballet and choreographed by Royal Ballet's young talent. Program II also features 'In the Night' and 'Ballet Imperial.'

Ringling Bros. and Barnum Bailey Circus
American Airlines Arena
Friday through January 16
Tickets: $15 to $100
For the Dragons tour, Ringling presents "dragon tribes" battling to win feats of courage, strength, wisdom, and heart. See the below video for a behind-the-scenes look.

Hyatt Regency
Friday through Sunday
Tickets: $20 to $60
Come get inked by a tattoo artist star or just watch as others do at the annual TattooLaPalooza. Each day features body art contest like Best Back Piece and Best Black and Grey Portrait. Here's a video of last year's inky convention.

Holy Ship
Departs from Fort Lauderdale
Friday through Monday
$250 Deposit Per Person
Now that it seems music lovers prefer to get their live kicks on the waves, there's yet another hipster cruise leaving from South Florida this weekend. Holy Ship is not about bible-thumping after all. Its artist lineup features the likes of Fatboy Slim, Diplo, Skrillex, Contra, and a special performance by Dita Von Teese.

The Motherfucker With the Hat
Saturday through February 25
Tickets: $50
Known for its gutsy programming, GableStage is doing a production of The Motherfucker With the Hat, a play about coke dealers, parole officers, and the men and women caught in between.

Oshogatsu: Japanese New Year
Morikami Museum & Japanese Gardens
Sunday, 10 a.m.
Admission: $4 to $10
Happy Year of the Dragon! Celebrate the Japanese New Year at these beautiful gardens in Delray with tea ceremonies, Japanese fortune telling, lion dancers, and taiko drumming.

Patti Smith
Books & Books
Sunday, 4 p.m.
See this rock-and-roll icon and poet when she autographs copies of the reissue of 'Woolgathering.'