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The Seven Best Things to Do in Miami This Weekend

Gay8 Festival: See Sunday.
Gay8 Festival: See Sunday. Photo courtesy of Gay8 Festival
If you procrastinated for too long and didn't plan anything for Valentine's Day weekend, here is your lifeline! This Friday (V-Day itself) and all weekend, you can take your bae to the Miami Yacht Show and drool over some of the finest crafts on planet Earth. Friday night at LIV, Diddy will make all the lovebirds (and single people too) swoon. Saturday, if you want to get in trouble with your honey by staring at incredibly good-looking people, head to Model Volleyball on the sands of South Beach. And Sunday, assuming you pulled out all the stops to impress your significant other, there'll be more than enough vroom and oomph to go around, especially when the Miami Concours sports car showcase rolls into town.

Here are the best things to do in Miami this weekend:
click to enlarge The Miami Yacht Show will be docked at 1 Herald Plaza through Monday. - DAVID SIQUEIROS
The Miami Yacht Show will be docked at 1 Herald Plaza through Monday.
David Siqueiros
Friday, February 14

Need a new yacht? The Miami Yacht Show has docked at an all-new location — 1 Herald Plaza — and is here through Monday with some of the most dazzling new and previously owned crafts in the world. Even if you can't afford one of the mammoth beasts on display, this glimpse into the lives of the rich and famous is bound to sear itself onto your brain. There will be more than 400 yachts and superyachts originating from 32 countries; just don't get the wrong idea and think you can motor off with one. Friday, February 14, through Monday, February 17, at 1 Herald Plaza (on Biscayne Bay from Sea Isle Marina to the MacArthur Causeway), Miami; One-day adult tickets cost $30; various discounts and packages are available.

Whether you're a couple of lovebirds or flying solo this Valentine's Day, you can get down at Bougainvillea's in South Miami. The jammin' tavern will host its annual '80s Valentine's Dance, loaded with tunes, freebies, and other fun. On the musical front, Suo Duo and Stereotomy will be on hand to perform. And at 10 p.m., DJ Proof will hit the ones and twos to spin your favorite '80s cuts. Ladies who dress in '80s-inspired attire will get two free drinks between 9 and 11 p.m. 6 p.m. Friday, February 14, at Bougainvillea's Old Florida Tavern, 7221 SW 58th St., South Miami; Admission is free.
click to enlarge Diddy will take a break from producing musical magic to pay a visit to LIV this Friday. - JONATHAN MANNION
Diddy will take a break from producing musical magic to pay a visit to LIV this Friday.
Jonathan Mannion
Is there a more ostentatious display of Valentine's Day affection than taking your boo to see rap mogul Diddy at LIV? The Bad Boy Records proprietor will appear alongside Deux Twins and E-Feezy at LIV Nightclub this Friday night. Of course, you know Sean "Puff Daddy, Puffy, P. Diddy, Diddy" Combs for hits such as "I'll Be Missing You" and "Shake Ya Tailfeather." But what you might not know is that his reach has stretched wider than you can possibly imagine: He has collaborated with everyone from Kanye West and Rick Ross to — fun fact — Britney Spears. And that's just his musical work. Don't even get us started on his scene-stealing appearance in Get Him to the Greek. If you're trying to hit LIV but rap royalty isn't quite your thing, Ultra Music Festival fixture Tiësto is scheduled to play the megaclub the following night. 11 p.m. Friday, February 14, at LIV, 4441 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; Tickets start at $40 via
click to enlarge Model Volleyball: See Saturday. - PHOTO COURTESY OF MODEL VOLLEYBALL
Model Volleyball: See Saturday.
Photo courtesy of Model Volleyball
Saturday, February 15

If you've ever strolled along Ocean Drive and seen folks playing volleyball on the sand, you've probably noticed they're pretty good-looking. This Saturday, those good looks will reach a whole other level during the 11th-annual Model Volleyball spectacle, which will take over the oceanfront at Eighth Street. Catch models from some of the top agencies in town pitted against each other as 15,000 fans cheer them on to victory. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, February 15, at Eighth Street on the oceanfront, Miami Beach; General admission is free; VIP options cost $250 to $2,500 via

In the event you're you're trying to keep things cute and cuddly this weekend, there is a Puppy Love Dog Meetup and Brunch at the Wharf Miami on Saturday. Bring Fido, Pebbles, Rover, and other cheekily named fuzz balls for complimentary dog treats and play time with fellow four-legged friends. If you don't have a pup just yet, there will be a dog adoption event onsite from 1 to 4 p.m. For human guests, there will be $25 bottles of Côtes de Provence rosé from noon to 4 p.m. Naturally, all of the Wharf's usual culinary offerings will be available too. Noon Saturday, February 15, at the Wharf Miami, 114 SW North River Dr., Miami; Admission is free.
click to enlarge Miami Concours: See Sunday. - PHOTO COURTESY OF MIAMI DESIGN DISTRICT
Miami Concours: See Sunday.
Photo courtesy of Miami Design District
Sunday, February 16

If you hear excessive vrooming in the Design District this Sunday, it'll probably be the Miami Concours. What is a "concours," you ask? It's a car show, and this one is loaded with supercars, vintage whips, sports cars, and exotics. The rides — spanning many makes, models, and vibrant colors — will be scattered throughout a three-block span, so enjoy the stroll and all the revving that goes with it. 11 a.m. Sunday, February 16, in the Design District, NE 39th to 41st St., Miami; Admission is free.

The Gay8 Festival returns for its fifth year with festivities galore beginning this Friday. One of the biggest attractions is the can't-miss bash taking place Sunday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Calle Ocho. Free activities at this year's Gay8 include the Ball & Chain Salsa Experience and classes; performances by the likes of Albita, Lucy Grau, and Tiffany Fantasia; a film showcase; and the high-energy Macho Dance Party. 11 a.m. Sunday, February 16, in Little Havana, SW Eighth Street between SW 14th and SW 17th Avenues, Miami. General admission is free; VIP tickets cost $75 via
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Jesse Scott is a Fort Lauderdale-based contributor for Miami New Times covering culture, food, travel, and entertainment in South Florida and beyond. His work has appeared in Condé Nast Traveler, Lonely Planet, National Geographic, and his hometown newspaper, the Free Lance-Star, among others.