Memorial Day Weekend Alternatives Guide

 

Here are some things to do with your Memorial Day Weekend besides complain about tourists.

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By Amy Reyes

The clubs will be a bit crowded and forget about finding a spot on the sand this Memorial Day Weekend. There are, however, plenty of activities going on around town to keep you out of trouble -- and out of South Beach.

YOGA RETREAT
Spend your Memorial Day weekend stretching and bending under the instruction of yoga teacher April Martucci, founder of the innovative Fire Dragon Yoga Method. Enjoy all the benefits of The Standard's holistic hydrotherapy playground: Turkish Hamam, steam room, cedar sauna, Arctic plunge, pool and Roman waterfall hot tub.

May 28-31 at the Standard Spa at the Standard Hotel, 40 Island Dr., Miami Beach; 305-673-1717 or email tamara@standardhotel.com. Packages start at $1280 for single rooms, or shared room for 2 at $963 per participant.


DocMIAMI
The DocMiami International Film Festival is a three day showcase of cutting edge documentary filmmakers and three nights of concerts. The festival brings together emerging documentary filmmakers, students’ grades 6-12, as well as film and music enthusiasts.  Performers like Melton Mustafa, Tito Puente, Jr. and Fito Espinola will contributed their talents to benefit the non-profit Brick by Brick for Tanzania

May 27-30, Doral Golf Resort and Spa, 4400 N.W. 87 Avenue, Miami;info@docmiami.org or www.docmiami.org for schedules. Passes available from $7-$159.

 

KIDDIES
Jungle Island Memorial Day Weekend features a free barbecue lunch and 2010 pass with the purchase of a general admission ticket.
 
May 29-31, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. at Jungle Island, 1111 Parrot Jungle Trail,  Miami; 305-400-7000 or www.jungleisland.com. $32.95, $24.95 kids 3-10, free for kids 2 and under.

 

SHOP
Get a jump on your summer shopping and maybe pick up a few things for dad (Father's Day is around the corner) at Seminole Paradise at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel which holds its annual “Welcome to Summer” sale Memorial Day Weekend. Enter raffles and earn points to get discounts at retailers while enjoying the live entertainment.

May 28 - 31 from 2 to 6 p.m.  Seminole Paradise at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, 1 Seminole Way, Hollywood; 954- 583-3250.

 

CULTURA

The last Friday of every month the Cuban exile community heads to Calle Ocho for Viernes Culturales where visitors explore galleries, snack on Cuban treats, dance in the streets and play dominoes.

Friday, May 28 from 6 p.m. till midnight in Little Havana, SW Eighth St. between I-95 and 27th Ave., Miami; 305-643-5500 or viernesculturales.org

 

PLAY
BrainSpeed, a creative and energetic production company, presents the stage play "Lil Haiti- The Untold Story," a riveting in-depth tale of Haitian Americans and their fight for respect and equality.

Saturday, May 29 at 8 p.m. Miramar Cultural Center/ArtsPark, 2400 Civic Center Place, Miramar; 954-602-4500. Tickets $2-$30.

 

MUSIC
Pacha Massive and Elastic Bond offer a concert to kick off ¡Mira Que Lindas!, a show displaying more than 500 historic and contemporary Latin album covers to display the powerful relationship between graphic design and music.

Saturday, May 29, 8 pm at Awarehouse, 550 NW 29th St., Miami,  305-448-9677. Event is free, suggested donation for concert $10.
  


 

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