President’s Day Weekend means an extra free day for festivals, shows, and art in Miami. Street-art aficionados should head to Wynwood to see the work of artistic innovators, while boaters will love the new venue for the weekend’s international boat show. A decades-old multimedia art show returns to Coconut Grove, Little Palm Island shines for V-day retreats, and Andrea Bocelli sings his heart out, just for you.
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February 11–14 | Street art
FAAM Street Art Week & Auction
The entirety of Wynwood, Miami’s warehouse district, is a canvas for street art and graffiti of all types. There’s no bad week to visit, as these murals are always on display, but there might just be a best week. Fine Art Auctions Miami (FAAM) is hosting its fourth annual Street Art Week & Auction Thursday through Sunday. Come to view politically and socially charged works by artists like Cranio, Barry McGee, and Ron English, and to hear music and see live painting by some of the artists on display. On Saturday night, you’ll have the chance to get in on the bidding for them when FAAM hosts its auction at 7 p.m.
11 a.m.–7 p.m. | Walt Grace Vintage, 224 NW 27th St., Miami | Free | website
February 11–15 | Boat show
Miami International Boat Show
From the iconic boat that sped through the opening credits of Miami Vice to a replica of Ernest Hemingway’s inspiration for The Old Man and the Sea, the Miami International Boat Show has every boater’s dream ship. The former, along with other vintage racing boats (as cool or cooler than vintage cars in appearance), will be on display at the event’s new venue, the Marine Stadium Park and Basin. There will also be workshops and trainings for wannabe boaters and tips from experts on everything from how to use the newest boating technologies to how to get the most out of boating in nearby Biscayne National Park.
Times vary | 3501 Rickenbacker Causeway, Miami | From $35 | website
February 13–15 | Festival
Coconut Grove Arts Festival
The Coconut Grove Arts Festival started in 1963 and hasn’t lost steam since. This massive street festival covers more than just paintings; expect a full line-up of local musical acts every day, a culinary pavilion with tastings and demonstrations, and the work of 360 artists from around the world in every medium you can imagine. Don’t miss the edible art submissions—sculptures made out of sugar and frosting just like in Ace of Cakes.
10 a.m.–6 p.m. | 2700 S. Bayshore Dr., Miami | From $15 | website
February 13–15 | Escape the city
Little Palm Island Resort & Spa
Located two hours away from Florida City, this romantic, ultra-luxurious resort is the place to go this weekend when no price is too high for your love. The seriously secluded Little Palm Island Resort & Spa offers a whole menu of romantic add-ons for your trip, including rose petals and champagne, tiki torches, strawberries and whipped cream, body oils, drawn baths, and more. The resort will put together personalized, full-weekend itineraries for you so that you can do as much or as little as you want. For a longer stay, consider the Noble Adventure Package, which includes five nights in a private suite, back-country fishing, snorkeling, a seaplane flight to Key West, and a spa credit to wind down after your adventures.
28500 Overseas Highway, Little Torch Key | (305) 872-2524 | From $2,390 | website
February 14 | Concert
For the sixth year in a row, Andrea Bocelli will be celebrating the day of love in Miami, his second home. The celebrated male vocalist—perhaps one of the most famous in the world (even those who somehow don't know the name Bocelli will know the unforgettable melody to "Con te Partirò"/"Time to Say Goodbye")—is welcomed by the Seminole Hard Rock. This is the man who pretty much single-handedly brought classical music to the 21st century masses. Not to mention his unbeatable voice and romantic lyrics are love’s de facto soundtrack.
8 p.m. | 5747 Seminole Way, Hollywood | (866) 502-7523 | From $230 | 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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