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10 Miami events this Memorial Day weekend, mapped

From book fairs to concerts to home shows

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There’s always a ton to do in the Miami area at all times of the year, but Memorial Day weekend amplifies it to another stratosphere.

Among this holiday weekend’s festivities are concerts of varying genres, book fairs, the first Air & Sea Show on the beach, Urban Beach Week, comedy shows, and the kickoff of the 10-day WorldOut Games. With the aid of the Herald, SouthFlorida.com, and the New Times, we compiled a list of 10 diverse events for you to choose from, outlined in map form of course.

So if you’re not among the large chunk of folks who like to chill and grill with family and friends, and instead prefer to get out of the house, you’ll definitely be able to find something of interest here.

Note: Our map is ordered from south to north and features a couple of Fort Lauderdale offerings, since it’s really not far of a drive for many Miami residents.

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1. Memorial Day Remembrance Ceremony

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3260 SW 8th St
Miami, FL

Held by the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce’s Military Affairs Committee is a wreath-laying ceremony with a performance by the Singing Miamians chorus. It begins Monday at 11 a.m. at Woodlawn Park Cemetery to honor our fallen heroes.

2. 10th Annual Memorial Weekend Comedy Festival

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400 SE 2nd Ave
Miami, FL
(305) 416-5970
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This year’s show , at the James L. Knight Center, features comedians Bruce Bruce, Bill Bellamy, Luenell, DC Young Fly, Lavar Walker, and Malik S.

Bruce Bruce
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3. Best of the Best Concert

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301 Biscayne Blvd
Miami, FL
(305) 358-7550
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Sunday’s concert in downtown Miami features a family-friendly affair with live reggae and R&B music in addition to Caribbean food and beverages. Kids under 12 are free and tickets start at $45.

4. Urban Beach Week

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760 Ocean Dr
Miami Beach, FL
(305) 532-5650
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South Beach will be a fascinating place this weekend. Highlighting the action is the annual Urban Beach Week, which isn’t an event in itself but encompasses oodles of parties, concerts, and day-drinking emanating from Ocean Drive and Washington Avenue.

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5. Air & Sea Show

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100 12th St
Miami Beach, FL 33139

Also in South Beach is the Air & Sea Show on Saturday and Sunday, showcasing all five branches of the U.S military as well as police, firefighters and first responder agencies. There will be civilian aerobatic acts, offshore powerboat racing demonstrations, extreme water sports and more.

It’s best viewed between 10th and 14th Streets on the beach itself. The event schedule is over here.

6. Memorial Day Barbecue

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1103 Biscayne Blvd
Miami, FL
(305) 375-3000
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Another downtown offering will be held at PAMM on Monday in the form of a barbecue with live music on the terrace, with a special appearance by Coast Guard Air Station Miami. The event is free for military personnel and vets.

Perez Art Museum Photo by Daniel Azoulay

7. The WorldOut Games

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1700 Washington Ave
Miami Beach, FL
(305) 673-7300
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Also in South Beach is the World OutGames IV, a 10-day extravaganza licensed by the GLISA (Gay and Lesbian International Sport Association) with over 400 events across sport, culture, and human rights.

Update: Nearly all of the sporting events were canceled due to funding issues.

Still, expect MAJOR traffic in South Beach all weekend.

8. Little Haiti Book Festival

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212 NE 59th Terrace
Miami, FL 33137

Taking place on Saturday and Sunday at the Little Haiti Cultural Complex, this book festival “features two days of vibrant cultural exposure to writers, booksellers, performers, and more,” per the event’s Facebook page.

9. Home Design and Remodeling Show

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1950 Eisenhower Blvd
Fort Lauderdale, FL

This one’s in Fort Lauderdale (at the Broward Convention Center), taking place on Sunday and Monday. It’ll feature the latest in interior design, furniture, fine art, home security, and landscaping. HGTV’s Anthony Carrino and John Colanerihi of Cousins Undercover will hold a seminar and Q&A.

10. Indie Craft Bazaar

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100 SW 3rd Ave
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312

Also in Fort Lauderdale is this one-day independent art and handmade festival featuring over 65 artists, crafters, and designers, with do-it-yourself activities, food, and refreshments. Tickets are $5 with free admission for kids 10 and under.

There’s more info here.

1. Memorial Day Remembrance Ceremony

3260 SW 8th St, Miami, FL

Held by the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce’s Military Affairs Committee is a wreath-laying ceremony with a performance by the Singing Miamians chorus. It begins Monday at 11 a.m. at Woodlawn Park Cemetery to honor our fallen heroes.

3260 SW 8th St
Miami, FL

2. 10th Annual Memorial Weekend Comedy Festival

400 SE 2nd Ave, Miami, FL
Bruce Bruce
via James L. Knight Center

This year’s show , at the James L. Knight Center, features comedians Bruce Bruce, Bill Bellamy, Luenell, DC Young Fly, Lavar Walker, and Malik S.

400 SE 2nd Ave
Miami, FL

3. Best of the Best Concert

301 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL

Sunday’s concert in downtown Miami features a family-friendly affair with live reggae and R&B music in addition to Caribbean food and beverages. Kids under 12 are free and tickets start at $45.

301 Biscayne Blvd
Miami, FL

4. Urban Beach Week

760 Ocean Dr, Miami Beach, FL
Ocean Drive
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South Beach will be a fascinating place this weekend. Highlighting the action is the annual Urban Beach Week, which isn’t an event in itself but encompasses oodles of parties, concerts, and day-drinking emanating from Ocean Drive and Washington Avenue.

760 Ocean Dr
Miami Beach, FL

5. Air & Sea Show

100 12th St, Miami Beach, FL 33139

Also in South Beach is the Air & Sea Show on Saturday and Sunday, showcasing all five branches of the U.S military as well as police, firefighters and first responder agencies. There will be civilian aerobatic acts, offshore powerboat racing demonstrations, extreme water sports and more.

It’s best viewed between 10th and 14th Streets on the beach itself. The event schedule is over here.

100 12th St
Miami Beach, FL 33139

6. Memorial Day Barbecue

1103 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL
Perez Art Museum Photo by Daniel Azoulay

Another downtown offering will be held at PAMM on Monday in the form of a barbecue with live music on the terrace, with a special appearance by Coast Guard Air Station Miami. The event is free for military personnel and vets.

1103 Biscayne Blvd
Miami, FL

7. The WorldOut Games

1700 Washington Ave, Miami Beach, FL

Also in South Beach is the World OutGames IV, a 10-day extravaganza licensed by the GLISA (Gay and Lesbian International Sport Association) with over 400 events across sport, culture, and human rights.

Update: Nearly all of the sporting events were canceled due to funding issues.

Still, expect MAJOR traffic in South Beach all weekend.

1700 Washington Ave
Miami Beach, FL

8. Little Haiti Book Festival

212 NE 59th Terrace, Miami, FL 33137

Taking place on Saturday and Sunday at the Little Haiti Cultural Complex, this book festival “features two days of vibrant cultural exposure to writers, booksellers, performers, and more,” per the event’s Facebook page.

212 NE 59th Terrace
Miami, FL 33137

9. Home Design and Remodeling Show

1950 Eisenhower Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL

This one’s in Fort Lauderdale (at the Broward Convention Center), taking place on Sunday and Monday. It’ll feature the latest in interior design, furniture, fine art, home security, and landscaping. HGTV’s Anthony Carrino and John Colanerihi of Cousins Undercover will hold a seminar and Q&A.

1950 Eisenhower Blvd
Fort Lauderdale, FL

10. Indie Craft Bazaar

100 SW 3rd Ave, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312

Also in Fort Lauderdale is this one-day independent art and handmade festival featuring over 65 artists, crafters, and designers, with do-it-yourself activities, food, and refreshments. Tickets are $5 with free admission for kids 10 and under.

There’s more info here.

100 SW 3rd Ave
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312