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By: Matthew Meltzer

In much of the country, Memorial Day marks the official beginning of summer, when warmer weather ushers in three months of barbecues, boat rides and lazy days at the beach. In Greater Miami & Miami Beach, it’s true that we can do those things all year round, but that doesn’t make Memorial Day any less important. With the annual Hyundai Air & Sea Show, we take time to honor those who’ve given their lives for our country. And we also take time to celebrate the joys of life by grooving at local music festivals. Whatever your tastes, Memorial Day Weekend in Miami has something for you.

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Don't miss visiting Pérez Art Museum Miami during Miami Attraction & Museum Months

Tour Miami’s Best Attractions & Museums at a Serious Discount

Through May 31

Memorial Day Weekend marks the last few days of Miami Attraction & Museum Months, where everyone can score reduced admission to some of the destination’s top spots. More than 30 local institutions are participating, so whether you’re into art, science, history or performing arts, you’ll save money enjoying what you love. Highlights include BOGO admission at the Pérez Art Museum Miami and HistoryMiami Museum, as well as discounted admission at the Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami. You’ll also find 25% off tickets to the Miami City Ballet and discounts at performances at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts.

Cool Off While Learning About the Giants of the Ice Age

Through November

The air-conditioned confines of the Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science will feel extra refreshing while touring Mammoths: Ice Age Giants. During this exhibit, which runs through November, you’ll learn about the biggest animals to dominate the Ice Age, with skulls and other artifacts on display from saber tooth tigers, mountain lions and mastodons. The star of the show is a 10-foot juvenile wooly mammoth skeleton, which makes for some startling “Look how small I am” selfies.

Laugh in Two Languages with Felipe Esparza

May 27-29

Whether you prefer your jokes in English, Spanish or our local Miami dialect of Spanglish, you’re guaranteed to find something to laugh at when Mexican-American comedy star Felipe Esperanza hits the stage at Miami Improv. One of only a handful of comics with Netflix specials in both English and Spanish, Esperanza is also the host of the “What’s Up, Fool?” podcast, a mainstay on the All Things Comedy Network since 2014.

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Celebrate Memorial Day with military jet demonstrations, fireworks & music

Feel the Excitement of the Hyundai Air & Sea Show

May 28-29

America’s mightiest military jets scream over the sands of South Beach May 28-29 as the Hyundai Air & Sea Show takes over the city. Each day starts at 11:15 a.m. with Jet Ski, Cigarette boat and search-and-rescue team demonstrations. Then the big show starts in the air, with a full afternoon lineup of fighter jets including F16s, F18s, B-52 bombers and more. Saturday’s festivities conclude with the Music Explosion – a nighttime concert headlined by 3 Doors Down. There’ll also be flight and rifle simulators, military equipment demonstrations and plenty of time to hang out on the beach.

Jam Out to the Best in Caribbean Music

May 29

Top artists in reggae, hip-hop, soca and other Caribbean styles converge on Bayfront Park May 29 for the Best of the Best concert. This year’s concert kicks off at 3 p.m. and includes headliners including Beres Hammond, 10 Tik and Lyrikal. General admission presale tickets are $57 plus fees, or you can opt for the $152 VIP tickets, which include an open bar, stagefront viewing area and separate entry.

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