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The best things to do in Miami this weekend: May 4–6

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Fri 4

Downtown Coral Gables Gallery Night

Before Wynwood, Coral Gables’ gallery night was the place to go for free art, music and culture. Celebrate its return with a stroll around the ’hood as vacant storefronts along Miracle Mile and Aragon Avenue light up with pop-up exhibits from the likes of artists Alberto Blanco, Troy Campbell and Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, which brings its Million Orchid Project, among many others.

Sat 5

Family Arts Festival

Load the entire family in the car and head south for the 12th annual Family Arts Festival. The inclusive, kid-friendly event features a packed schedule of activities for children with and without disabilities—think dance workshops, concerts and storytime—plus opportunities to play and get their faces painted. Every family gets a copy of R.J. Palacio’s book, We’re All Wonders, to take home.

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo in Miami

Little Haiti Book Festival

Authors from the Haitian diaspora, dancers, musicians, booksellers and so many more from Miami’s thriving Caribbean community descend on the Little Haiti Cultural Center for the return of this family-friendly festival. The two-day event comprises panel presentations, a street fair, musical performances, children’s workshops and plenty of opportunities to sample delicious Haitian cuisine.

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Sun 6

Ford Lauderdale Air Show

No, that sonic boom you hear on Cinco de Mayo in parts of Broward County isn’t thunder, but it’s pretty close. The Air Show used to be a huge attraction in Fort Lauderdale and this year's edition promises to be the biggest the city has seen since the glory days of the massive event. Expect food, drinks, sun and an up-close look at some of the coolest gear this country has at its disposal. The Air Force Thunderbirds Squadron headlines this year’s edition of the popular air show, which is a good excuse to cross county lines. (3110 E Sunrise Blvd)

Coffee & Exotic Cars at Canvas

Peep several of the world’s rarest sports cars at this free car show in Downtown. From ‘60s-era Porsches and Corvettes to super-fast Ferraris, nearly every dream mobile will be on display. Coffee, craft brews and cool tunes make this a chill afternoon. (90 NE 17th St)

  

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