The Ten Best Things To Do This Weekend in Miami

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Say what you will about the Magic City, there is never a lack of stuff to do on the weekends -- OK, things do tend to slow a bit through the sluggish summer heat. But next time you're whining about how bored you are, just think of those poor mid-Westerners, nothing but the plains to stare at until fall hits and they jump on hay rides or whatever they do out there.

Lucky for us, Miami's just getting warmed up (not literally, thank Christ; the heat is finally starting to break). The next three days are packed with cultural fun and festivals galore, so grab that stale Red Bull, some empanadas, and hit the ground running.

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The Ten Best Things To Do This Weekend in Miami

Categories: Weekend Guide

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Watch out for the hotties of Second Saturday Art Walk.
It's time to straighten up, Miami. Yes, this magical city is full of insane parties and pretty people to gawk at, but there's more to us than that. We are a city of dreamers, frequenting art-house cinemas so often they just keep popping up. We are a city of readers, despite what outsiders think, and have an upcoming massive book festival to prove it. More than that, we are a city of artists, with talented folks making this place a sight to behold long after the Basel trucks have packed up and moved on.

In what other city do all these activities merge, creating days of artsy, literary, boozy fun in one weekend? Well, plenty, but Miami does it like no other. Party on all cultured-like.

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The Ten Best Things To Do This Weekend in Miami

Categories: Weekend Guide

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Slugging through the rest of this shortened work week has been tough. For a city so associated with partying, it seems the day-to-day trials of living in MIA are getting to a lot of attention from outsiders (thanks, Nerd Wallet!). Yes, no one is denying we've got some economic issues to work out -- among other things.

Fortunately, this sad study didn't take into account Miami's beauty, her sprawling social scene, or multicultural flair. And, shocker of shocks, we've got all that in spades to look forward to this weekend.

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The Ten Best Things to Do in Miami This Weekend: Labor Day Edition

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Sweet float, brah!
You guys. We survived! The city survived the hottest month of the year. A couple survived freaky, history-making crocodile bites in Coral Gables. We all, somehow, survived the hard wrath of Stitches.

Though August was a rough ride, it had some bright moments: Miami finally got its very own IKEA, Burger King is making Canadians everywhere cry, and Pam Bondi's motion to freeze marriage equality cases in the courts got denied in her FACE.

Let's carry all of this awesome through the weekend.

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The Ten Best Things to Do in Miami This Weekend

Categories: Weekend Guide

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The Queen of Miami wants you to party.
We know, we know. You've hustled your way through this hot-ass workweek, and all you want to do is kick back with another round of Sharknado 2. But now's the time to dig deep. There's local art to be seen in Little Haiti. There's sexiness to take in all around you, from lingerie exhibits to burlesque festivals. But most of all, Miami, you must dance. Look at all those late-night numbers as prep for impressing her majesty, Mrs. Estefan, come September.

Get on your feet. Reach higher.

Do it for Gloria.

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The Ten Best Things to Do in Miami This Weekend

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Wynwood Brewing Company is here to ease your pain.
What a rough week for Hollywood legends. The world lost two greats -- Robin Williams and Lauren Bacall -- in the span of just a couple days. And South Florida was lucky enough to be touched by them both; Williams filmed The Birdcage at The Carlyle on South Beach, and Bacall starred in the classic noir Key Largo, filmed in part in the Florida Keys with her love Humphrey Bogart.

Fans have mourned all week, with special events all across the country, including at The Palace bar and The Carlyle in Miami. But now it's the weekend, so it's time to stop marathoning Aladdin and trying to imitate Bacall's flawless, sultry voice (you can't) and time to start celebrating.

As Bacall would say, "What's the alternative? ... I would prefer to prevail."

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The Ten Best Things to Do in Miami This Weekend

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You know Boy George is down for mermaid cosplay.
Miami's always been a city in flux, but this week, that change seems more rapid than usual. Some people want to build a ten-mile "linear park" here. Others plan to erect a massive storage facility with an eatery on top. The Coconut Grove Playhouse may now hold not one but two stages. The new construction around town seems endless.

Maybe you're looking forward to these new venues. Maybe you hate all the new development. Either way, you should go to Locust Projects and dress yourself up like a mermaid this weekend. It's not at all related to the changing face of Miami; it just sounds like a silly, fun time.

Read on for that and nine other ways to spend your weekend.

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The Ten Best Things to Do in Miami This Weekend

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Party like an Animal (Collective).
Miami culture's a hot commodity. For proof, look no farther than the case of AholSniffsGlue vs. American Eagle Outfitters. AEO found Ahol's Wynwood murals so appealing that they allegedly ripped the artist off in their haste to use them to sell skinny jeans and graphic tees.

That's a dick move, and you should be pissed off about it. But you should feel a little sad, too, for the people in the rest of the world whose only exposure to Ahol's signature eyes was through AEO's questionably legal, certainly unethical ad campaign. Not everybody gets to live in a town as great as Miami.

It's up to you, then, to make the most of this and every weekend -- to take advantage of your awesome surroundings by taking in as much of this town as you can. Here's how to do just that.

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The Ten Best Things to Do in Miami This Weekend

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Fashion Happy Hour pairs booze and runway beauties.
Last weekend was an overstyled festival of vanity as Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim swept through South Beach. When it was over, "you better werk" turned into "no, really, you better work or your boss is gonna be super pissed." Without any bikini beauties around, life sure felt ugly.

But here's the good news: It's the weekend, and this one's packed with events that'll make you forget all your troubles. And unlike last weekend's extravaganza of bouncing breasts and visible ribcages, these probably won't even give you additional body image issues. Hooray!

(There's also yet another fashion event, just in case yesterday's Fifty Shades of Grey trailer release has you feeling extra masochistic.)

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The Ten Best Things to Do in Miami This Weekend

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Suck it in, push 'em up, and strip down. Swim Week is here.

Don't be surprised if you notice more beautiful people than usual while you're partying this weekend, especially if you're bar hopping in South Beach. Bikini models, fashion bloggers, and industry buyers alike will be putting their best faces on (with loads of waterproof mascara, we assume) for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim.

Of course, if you live in Miami year-round, you know that hot chicks in bikinis aren't exactly unicorns down here. So you might want to mix some live music, theater, or comedy into this weekend's model-hunting itinerary.

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