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Here are the best things to do in Miami this weekend (and next week)

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Friday, August 20

Spanish actress and singer Lolita Flores takes the stage at the Fillmore Miami Beach on Friday. Flores became popular in the 1970s on the power of her debut album, Amor, and has since released many records focusing on traditional Spanish music. Recently, she remastered many of her classics, allowing fans to experience her vast catalog all over again. 8 p.m. Friday, at the Fillmore Miami Beach, 1700 Washington Ave., Miami Beach; 305-673-7300; fillmoremb.com. Tickets cost $45 to $195 via livenation.com.

Comedian and actor Katt Williams knows how to tell a story — and man, does he have a lot of stories to tell. The standup’s World War III Tour makes its way to the BB&T Center on Friday. The comic rose to fame thanks to his widely praised specials, The Pimp Chronicles and It’s Pimpin’ Pimpin’. More recently, Williams won an Emmy for a guest appearance in the hit FX show Atlanta, in which he portrayed Donald Glover’s alligator-owning Uncle Willie. 8 p.m. Friday, at the BB&T Center, 1 Panther Pkwy., Sunrise; 954-835-7000; thebbtcenter.com. Tickets cost $59 to $125 via ticketmaster.com.

Saturday, August 21

Veza Sur Brewing is celebrating its fourth anniversary, and like any good birthday, there’s bound to be a party. Saturday’s festivities begin at noon and will feature DJs all day, live music, local food vendors, and, of course, Veza’s beer. There will also be a new beer release to mark the occasion — Mezclarito, a Belgian strong ale — along with giveaways and the chance to hop on Veza’s private party bus. Noon to 2 a.m. Saturday, at Veza Sur Brewing, 55 NW 25th St., Miami; 786-362-6300; vezasur.com. Admission is free.

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Halloween 2021: Miami’s best spooky cocktails to get you in the spirit

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Spooky season is officially upon us. And what Miami lacks in autumn leaves and cool weather, we sure do make up for with over-the-top creepy cocktails.

Vampire fans can get into character at Grails with a “Blood Transfusion” cocktail bag. (Photo: Grails)

This year, South Florida’s bartenders have conjured up some killer libations strong enough to revive even the deadest of Halloween spirits. From ghoulish black tipples to vampire-approved potions, trick or treat yourself to one (or all) of the Halloween-inspired drinks on this list.

If Dracula had a signature cocktail this would be it. (Photo: Red Bar)

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Get your cider fix at The Doral Yard this October. (Photo: Doral Yard and @Treatyoselfeverywhere)

The Doral Yard’s not-so-scary spiked cider, the Apple Jack O’ Lantern, combines Jack Daniel’s apple whiskey, Fireball, and apple cider served with a cinnamon stick and dried apples ($10). Each sip will transport you to a Fall wonderland brimming with pumpkin patches and hayrides. Snag the refreshing sip throughout the month of October.

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Your ultimate travel guide to Miami Beach — hotels, activities, restaurants, and more

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Miami Beach: Just those two words evoke steaming sun, sexy beaches, exuberant nightlife, celebrity chefs, mixologists offering their talents, stunning hotels, culture and arts, and shopping opportunities — all encased within historic art-decoMiami Modern, and Mediterranean Revival architecture.

It’s amazing to think that only a couple of decades ago, Miami Beach — specifically the historic neighborhood South Beach — was known as “Heaven’s Waiting Room.”

Today, the city has earned itself a different nickname: the “American Riviera.”

The name hints at a playful paradise where it’s impossible to experience the city all at once — especially as the pace and demand create new venues and opportunities for entertainment.

The best way to explore Miami Beach is to follow the lead of the roughly 3.5 million annual visitors — by returning again and again.

Getting to and around Miami Beach

Founded in 1928, Miami International Airport (MIA) is the leader in flights to and from Latin America and the Caribbean.

In fact, the transit hub hosts more than 100 airlines and is the nation’s third-busiest airport for international airports.

About 60% of those who visit Miami arrive via MIA, which is about 13 miles from the heart of South Beach.

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Miami Book Fair is back with a street fair and in-person events

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Miami Book Fair is back — and this edition will include in-person events.

Last year, the beloved annual event that draws thousands to Miami Dade College’s downtown Wolfson campus took place virtually, thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic.

There were no live author readings, no delightfully greasy arepas to eat.

No streets packed with happy readers clutching tote bags stuffed with real, made-from-dead-trees books.

Street vendors will return to Miami Book Fair in 2021. MARSHA HALPER MHALPER@MIAMIHERALD.COM

No Clifford the Big Red Dog hugging starstruck little kids with painted faces.

This year the fair, which runs Nov. 14-21, is a hybrid, a blend of in-person and online events that brings the fair closer to what it was before our story took an unfortunate turn in 2020.

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