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Big Weekend In Miami For Art & Boat Lovers

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MIAMI (CBSMiami) — Snow birds who flocked to South Florida to defrost have plenty to keep them busy during Presidents Day Weekend.

“Know what it’s like at my house right now? Go home and climb into your freezer. It’s that cold,” said Scott Sindic who is enjoying Miami’s warm weather.

Visitors and locals soaked up the sun at the Coconut Grove Art Festival which kicked off Saturday. Hundreds of artists and vendors are showcasing their work at an outdoor street fair.

“A variety of anything and everything,” said Lilia Garcia of the Coconut Grove Art Festival. “Artists demonstrating art in 13 different categories from painting to drawing to sculpture to mixed media at all price points.”

The festival runs through Monday from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm.

For more contemporary pieces, ArtWynwood is the place to be.

“We’ve created this fair to prove to the international art market that Miami is a great destination to buy investment quality work,” said Nick Korniloff, Founder of ArtWynwood.

The new Miami Art + Design at Bayfront Park runs through Tuesday, featuring $500 million in artwork from Picasso, Monet, Degas, Albers, Dufy, Basquiat and more.

If you’re not in the market for a Monet, maybe a mega-yacht is more your style.

Some of the best and biggest boats money can buy are docked down the intracoastal along Collins Avenue for the Yacht and Brokerage Show– which also runs through Monday.

With so much going on, drivers should expect congestion.

“Murder, absolute murder. It took us an hour and a half to get here from the airport,” said Boat Show attendee Roger Podwoski.

Add more than 100,000 people expected to check out the Miami International Boat Show at the Miami Beach Convention Center, plus ongoing construction on Alton Road–you might spend more time in your car than on a boat.

“Were asking those coming to the show…. Come with patience,” said Sgt. Bobby Hernandez of the Miami Beach Police Department.

Police are warning drivers that traffic will be an issue and they are urged to plan ahead and leave early.

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