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The best things to do in Miami this week

Don't let FOMO get the best of you. Get up and out the door with the funnest things to do in Miami this week.

Falyn Wood
Contributors: Virginia Gil & Ashley Brozic
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Yes, Miami summer has nine circles of hell, but it's safe to say we're "in season" all year round these days. Art exhibitions, festivals and concerts, family-friendly events, fresh theater, new restaurants—snowbirds or not, things are heating up, indeed. The Magic City is brimming with things to do, even on school nights. We've got tons of activities to jump into any day of the week, plus tourist attractions that even locals love. In this list, we've handpicked special events and happenings over the next seven days, enough to have you saying "This was the best week ever." 

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Best things to do in Miami this week

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  • Performances
  • South Beach

This annual, month-long music festival platforms over 200 classical musicians across Miami Beach for a series of free public performances and ticketed events, including three full opera productions and three symphonic concerts. This year features the return of its popular Fourth of July orchestra and fireworks show at Lummus Park and an immersive space symphony concert at Faena Forum backdropped by 360-degree live projection-mapped visuals, among other unique offerings.

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July and August are all about self-care thanks to the countywide Miami Spa Months program. From facials and body scrubs to soothing rub downs, wellness treatments are heavily discounted for the next two months at top spas all around town. (Score exclusive therapies starting at $109 at participating Miami hotel, day and med spas.) You’ve earned it and now it’s time to cash in on the massage your body’s been waiting for. Various locations

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  • Miami Beach

Faena Theater has put a fresh spin on its avant-garde cabaret, “Allura,” with a new performance titled “Ascension.” New York singer Rocky Lanes stars as master of ceremonies, leading showgoers through a series of spicy vignettes with aerial acts, acrobats, killer live music and a hint of naughty antics. “Ascension” shows on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. Get there early to check out Faena’s incredible public art, including murals by Argentinian artist Juan Gatti and Damien Hirst’s famous wooly mammoth.

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  • Walks and tours
  • Miami

Fairchild Garden transforms into a prehistoric playground this summer. Explore the lush grounds where life-size dinosaurs hold court amid a collection of cycads, ferns, conifers and all sorts of flowering plants that date back to primitive times. Kiddos can get hands-on during the ancient artifact digs, egg hunts and more while learning all about what the world was like 65 million years ago. Be sure to check the Fairchild Garden website for up-to-date information on upcoming dino events.

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  • Conventions
  • South Beach

Loads of comics, cosplay, anime characters and movie actors descend upon South Beach for three days of Florida SuperCon this summer. Expert panels, exclusive releases, screenings and celebrity meet-and-greets are all on the menu at this annual event. Past editions have included appearances by the stars of Mulan, Mr. Robot and more.

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  • South Beach

Oolite Arts is a rare local gem on Lincoln Road. This season, the visual arts hub will showcase 17 Miami-based artists from their residency program at “Everything is a Spiral,” a multidisciplinary exhibition that explores concepts of time. Curated by Miami’s own art world powerhouse, Dejha Carrington, “Everything is a Spiral” is on view through July 1.

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  • Festivals
  • Miami

Mango season in Miami is a big deal—so much so that we gave our favorite local produce its own festival. Spend a weekend learning everything there is to know about the juicy stone fruit and sampling countless mango varieties, grown both around the globe and right here in our backyard, as on-site vendors whip up smoothies, mango-inspired cocktails and more refreshing natural treats. Mango seedlings will also be available for purchase so you can grow your own, you green thumb, you.

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  • Exhibitions
  • Downtown

Discover the vibrant and thought-provoking work of Brazilian artist Marcela Cantuária at her first exhibition in the United States, The South American Dream. On view through July 28, the exhibition portrays the stories of critical activists and environmentalists in South America, exploring the continent's rich natural habitats that various figures fight to protect. Cantuária’s colorful pieces highlight South American identity while also illustrating her technical versatility from painting to ceramics.

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  • Downtown

Northern Ireland's Two Door Cinema Club brings its indie pop-rock hits to Miami on the back of their peppy new album, Keep On Smiling. Get ready to sing and sway with tracks like "What You Know," "Undercover Martyn" and "Something Good Can Work."

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  • Coral Gables

Real-life couple Shaun and Abigail Bengson, a fixture in the New York theatre world, created this critically acclaimed musical that is at once inspired their tumultuous love and haunted by the inevitably of death; hence the show’s motto, to live and love as if you only had 100 days left on Earth. The Bengsons’ rousing folk-punk score helps propel the minimalist plot and design. Actors’ Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre, 280 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables (305-444-9293, actorsplayhouse.org). July 17–Aug 4: 8pm Wed–Sat, 3pm Sun; $40–$100

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