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These are the best things to do in Miami this weekend

It's a packed few days of block parties, events, exhibitions and more of the best things to do in Miami this weekend

Virginia Gil
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Virginia Gil
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It's the best part of every week—the weekend, Miami!—and we're back with solid suggestions for ways to make the most of your days off. You’ll find we've outlined some great places to drink, eat and enjoy the perfect spring weather (think sunny parks and splendid Miami beaches), plus some seasonal events to keep the festive feeling lingering around a little longer. After all, spring is one of Miami's busiest seasons! So whether it’s a chill activity you’re after (could be that the Miami spas are calling your name) or a jam-packed schedule to get back into, these are the best things to do in Miami this weekend.

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Savor a Basque feast at Lur 
Chef Aitor Garate Berasaluze presents a curated tasting menu of seasonal dishes and specialty items that showcase the region’s distinctive gastronomy. Fri at 7:30pm; Tickets $65 online.

Enjoy double the happy hour
Time Out Market gives you two chances to drink on the cheap on the weekends. Get discounted cocktails, wine and beer daily from 4 to 7pm and from 9 to 11pm on Friday and Saturday. Fri–Sun

Best things to do in Miami this weekend

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This outdoor food hall and entertainment venue in Wynwood celebrates one year in business with a block party. Head there for a full day of shopping—local businesses like Aroma360 will be gifting and selling goodies—glam experiences (Candy Coated Beauty will have a pop-up nail salon), music, art activations and more. May 22 at 3pm; free with RSVP

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Explore the glamorous neighborhood's public art and noteworthy architecture on this free walking tour. You'll meet at Palm Court and visit outdoor installations and murals while learning about the area's sites along the way. May 21 at 11am; free with RSVP

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Experience the wellness resort's final installment of MindTravel's fully immersive underwater music concert and meditation. You'll float weightlessly in a heated saltwater pool as you are led in a transformative meditation by Murray Hidary set to soothing piano sounds. Guests can opt to float in the pool, listen from the hot tub and wear headphones or sit poolside and enjoy. May 22 5pm, 7pm; $40–$75

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Happy birthday, Brightline! South Florida's intercity rail turns three years old and it's celebrating with a weekend of activities and promotions. Take advantage of heavily discounted fares—$3 and $5 Smart fares from Friday to Sunday—sports tailgates with food trucks and DJs, and Citizens food hall first-ever farmers' market from 5pm to 9pm on Friday, May 20. Expect parties and music across all three Brightline stations. May 20–22 at various times

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Playwright Ken Ludwig, a maestro of farce and other comedic forms, lends a deft and sprightly touch to this adaptation of the signature Agatha Christie whodunit. Mustachioed sleuth Hercule Poirot happens to be onboard the title locomotive when a high-profile passenger is found dead—and all the other riders seem to harbor both motives and alibis.

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This interactive experience exposes people of all ages to the forensic science and history of one of the world’s most recognized crime-solving detectives. Short of taking folks across the pond, guests will be transported to Holmes’ London, where they’ll get to participate in a little sleuthing of their own. The exhibition comprises separate areas: Dr. Conan Doyle's Study, presenting the scientific and literary ideas that inspired the author to pen the exciting Holmes chronicles; a place for investigators to conduct their own detective work using a book full of clues; Sherlock Holmes in Baker Street, which puts guests right in the middle of the action at 221B Baker Street, London, where Dr. Watson and Holmes get to cracking; and an area for pop-culture enthusiasts to embrace all kinds of Sherlockian collectibles.

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Miami City Ballet's final program of the 21/22 Season featuring four energetic and beautiful ballets with something for everyone – the highly anticipated return of "Prodigal Son", the company premiere of the delightfully risqué "Herman Schmerman Duet" and the tender "After the Rain Pas de Deux", and the world premiere of "The Source"—a poignant and poetic new work that explores themes of grief and acceptance.

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Calling all LEGO fans! Artist Sean Kenney's award-winning, record-breaking exhibition makes its way to Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden for the season. Spread out across the garden's 83 acres, guests will encounter 30 giant sculptures built with more than 700,000 LEGO bricks. The NY-based artist employs the beloved toy to depict animal habitats and express the ways in which everything in nature is connected. 

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Miami playwright Alex Scheer penned this Florida premiere with a paranormal crackle, marking the season-closing production for Zoetic Stage. In it, four teenage girls in a Miami treehouse attempt to conjure the spirit of Pablo Escobar, with results that flip on a dime between uproarious comedy and nail-biting horror.

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The latest from Juggerknot Theatre Company, leaders in immersive theater, is an intimate, one-man-shot written and performed by local blues musician Eric Garcia. Best known as Uncle Scotchy, the charismatic performer charms his small audience (of just 10 people nightly) with songs, games and true stories about love, loss and redemption. Attendees will be informed of the show’s secret location upon purchasing tickets.

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A Florida premiere, Jessica Provenz’s Boca is a collection of short comedies all set in South Palm Beach County’s titular pocket of retiree paradise. It follows Boca Raton’s loudest denizens: the gossiping, Botoxed seniors reliving their teenage freedoms.

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Experience what life could be like 100 years in the future if nature had its way, overpowering an overdeveloped metropolis with vibrant natural motifs. This make-believe city in bloom celebrates nature's resilience while celebrating themes of renewal and rebirth. "Renewal 2121" offers a kaleidoscopic look at a utopian future we can only wish for the planet and for ourselves.

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Want to treat yourself to a sensory explosion in nature? Pinecrest Gardens invites British artist Bruce Munro to create one of his trademark, immersive light installations inspired by the area’s unique landscape and vegetation. The result: a one-of-a-kind, site-specific piece featuring more than 6,000 fiber-optic illuminated glass spheres that cascade across several acres—from the Gardens’ Cypress Slough and Hardwood Hammock to its natural rainforest. To sum it up simply, it's stunning.

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