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Miami August 25–31: Star Wars Marathon & Celebrate the National Parks

What to do in and around Miami this week

This week in Miami you can celebrate the National Park Service’s 100th birthday with a panel discussion and cake, or head to the new open mic night at Books & Books for a different kind of “panel discussion.” Performance art lovers can get their fix at the International Ballet Festival of Miami . . . or at an epic Star Wars marathon. Whatever you choose to do this week, may the force be with you.

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August 25 | Parks
The National Park Service Turns 100
The Coral Gables Museum is throwing a birthday bash for the National Park Service and you’re invited. The National Park Service is turning 100 years old, so party guests will celebrate with a panel featuring representatives from the National Park Service, the National Park Conservation Association, the South Florida National Parks Trust, and the Artists in Residence in Everglades, plus an exhibit about the future of the nation’s parks and a party featuring cake and a cash bar.
6:30–8:30 p.m. | Coral Gables Museum |  285 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables | Free | website

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August 26 | Restaurant opening
Spring Chicken South Beach
Spring Chicken is opening another location, this time on South Beach. The 50 Eggs Group, behind Miami favorites like Yardbird and Swine, has expanded their love for Southern food, especially fried chicken, into a fast-casual concept. Now, they’re taking their talents to South Beach, where they’ll be serving their wholesome fixings alongside their famous chicken and biscuits. Also, be on the lookout for yet another location, opening soon at the Miami International Airport.
Spring Chicken | 1439 Alton Rd., Miami Beach | website

August 27 | Movie marathon
Star Wars Marathon at Olympia Theater
Dust off your lightsaber and load up on Red Bull, because the Olympia Theater is hosting a screening of A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, and The Return of the Jedi. Alamo Drafthouse is sponsoring the digital screening of the beloved classic films, with only a 20-minute break between movies. There will be costume contests and concession stands with food, drinks, and cocktails. And for those who purchase their tickets in advance, endless popcorn. 
4 p.m. | Olympia Theater | 174 E. Flagler St., Miami | From $30 | website

August 27–September 11 | Dance
XXI Annual International Ballet Festival of Miami
The Miami Hispanic Ballet presents the International Ballet Festival of Miami, which takes place from August 27 through September 11 in venues across the city. More than 100 artists from more than 20 ballet companies worldwide will participate in shows for the public, film screenings, workshops, events, and master classes. The six nights of performance will vary in theme and include cutting-edge and contemporary dance, classical and neo-classical repertoire, young artists, and more.
Times, locations & prices vary | website

August 28 | Open mic
Words & Wine Sunday Funday at Books & Books
Be there for the first edition of a new monthly event at the Arsht Center location of Books & Books: an open mic on Sunday evenings that will feature spoken word, acoustic acts, drums, comedy—and whoever else wants to show up and show off their talent. Words & Wine Sunday Funday will take place every first Sunday of the month at the Coral Gables location of Books & Books and every last Sunday at the Arsht Center location.
5–11 p.m. | The Cafe at Books & Books | 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami | website

Patricia Guarch Wise is a Miami native and the blogger behind Miami Nice. Her interests include paella, paranormal activity, Proenza Schouler, and her Pekingese named Bonnaroo. 

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