The Best Things to Do in Miami This Weekend

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The best time of the week is finally here — the weekend. The next three days are filled with music, art, and boozy beverages galore. From Coral Gables to Little Havana to South Beach, these are the best places to be until the sun comes up Monday morning.


  • DWNTWN Art Days at various locations: Now in its fifth year, DWNTWN Art Days — the Miami Downtown Development Authority's three-day festival celebrating all things creative — marks the official kickoff of the city's cultural season. Running this Friday through Sunday, the event packs gallery openings, theatrical performances, dance workshops, art tours, and even a comics convention into one weekend. Check out the best DWNTWN Art Days events here.
  • The Void at Private Key ClubThe Void, founded in 2014, returns this weekend with more than 30 visual artists, DJs, live bands, and vendors. The evening begins at 8 p.m. with a gallery opening and champagne reception featuring live music and performing arts.
  • "The Vesper Project" at the Lowe Art MuseumThe exhibit features remnants of the Connecticut home of a fictitious, biracial 19th-century New England family, who were able to “pass” as Caucasian despite their mixed heritage. The artist tells the story through the character Benjamin Vesper, a mentally troubled man who reaches out to the artist for help reconstructing his family’s history. 


  • Second Saturday Art Walk in the Wynwood Arts DistrictDespite the pandemonium over Zika, Wynwood’s Second Saturday Art Walk will go on unperturbed. Enjoy food trucks, people-watching, and the launch of a new arts season at the neighborhood's art galleries. Mosquitoes be damned!  
  • Woof Social at the Wynwood Yard: The second-annual edition of this human-canine gathering will feature a live DJ, food trucks, freebies, live painting, treats, pet services, and plenty of intellectual stimulation for the four-legged set. It's like a dog park but way more civilized. 
  • Magic City Jedi at Miami Scottish Rite Temple: The two-hour lightsaber school incorporates dance, mindfulness, choreography, and film-like sequences, all designed to turn you into a Jedi all-star. The class kicks off with a quick workout, meditation, and yoga routine. Then attendees dive into 90 minutes of staged combat training using superawesome LED lightsabers.


  • Miami International Auto Show at the Miami Beach Convention Center: It’s that time of year again, when the motor junkies of the 305 gather under one roof to celebrate man’s greatest invention: the car. Going on its 46th year, the Miami International Auto Show will take place this Saturday through September 18, bringing nearly a thousand vehicles to Miami Beach. 

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