The Ten Best Things to Do in Miami This Weekend

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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.

See also: Expect Cute Overload at This Weekend's Vegan-Friendly Animal Adoption Fair

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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.

See also: The Average Girl's Guide to Swim Week: Ten Events You Can Actually Attend

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The Ten Best Things to Do in Miami This Weekend

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After last weekend's jam-packed social schedule -- Fourth of July and Florida Supercon in the same three-day span? Good lord -- you're probably feeling a little underwhelmed at your prospects for the next couple days. Where are the cosplayers? Where are the hot dogs? Where are the fireworks?

To which we would answer: They're in the past, suckah. Start living in the present, and get ready to geek out on the near future. In store for you this weekend are art exhibits, live concerts, World Cup watch parties, and more. So what if there aren't as many Khaleesis?

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The 15 Best Things to Do in Miami This Fourth of July Weekend

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Break out the picnic gear, fire up the grill, and stock up on sparklers. Fourth of July Weekend is here, and this one's going to be epic. The holiday falls on a Friday, giving many Miamians a three-day weekend -- perfect for this town's bajillion Independence Day celebrations, from pool parties to live music to explosions in the sky. You'd expect nothing less from one of the most patriotic places in the country, right?

There's so much happening this weekend that we couldn't narrow it down to just ten best things to do. So here's your super-sized guide to the next four days to match Miami's super-sized American pride.

See also: Miami Named Second Most Patriotic American City; Florida Ranks Among Most Patriotic States

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The Ten Best Things to Do in Miami This Weekend

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Miami lives up to its star-studded reputation plenty of times during the year, but few of those times coincide with the swampy season that is summer. So this weekend is cause for extra celebration around the 305. iHeartRadio is bringing A-listers like J.Lo, Tiësto, and Iggy Azalea to the shores of Miami Beach. It's a pretty sweet followup to Wednesday night's Jay Z and Beyoncé show (and you probably won't get stuck in two hours of gridlock on your way there, either).

iHeartRadio's pool party is just one of the many reasons to brave the heat and humidity this weekend. Here are ten ways to make the most of the next three days.

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The Ten Best Things to Do in Miami This Weekend

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Art Basel -- you know, the one that's actually in Basel, Switzerland -- kicked off this week with all the usual fanfare: the parties, the big dealers, the major sales. One 1980s work by Andy Warhol sold for $30 million. Everything seems to be running smoothly over there.

Meanwhile, in Miami, one of the city's most respected arts organizations is messily imploding. The dispute between the Museum of Contemporary Art has embarrassingly escalated in recent weeks, making Miami look like the Goofus to Basel's Gallant. And just when it seemed like mediation between the two parties was getting somewhere, lawyers stepped in to insist that no settlements have been decided. Great.

Plenty of people point to the MOCA meltdown as evidence that "Miami can't have nice things." But that, at least, isn't true. Here's proof: ten perfectly nice things (or nine if you're nostalgic enough for the '90s to get excited about Boyz II Men) you can do this weekend to take your mind off of our latest cringe-worthy culture war.

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