Miami Weekend Guide: Urban Beach Weekend, Memorial Day, Ed Ruscha, Ayikodans, Bike Prom, And Best Of The Best

05/25/2012 12:33 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2012

Thousands of tourists will descend on South Beach this weekend for Urban Beach Weekend and Miami Beach Police are reacting with police-state-like tactics.

If that makes you want to skip town, check our guide to 12 quirky getaways just a short drive from Miami.

If all that special event action excites you, read on for the best things to do this weekend.

Ed Ruscha
Through September 2
Admission: $5

Artist Ed Ruscha inserts Jack Kerouac excerpts in the foreground before his stripped American landscapes. From snow-capped mountains to foggy skies, Ruscha's visions help preserve the mystique around Kerouac's enigmatic phrases.

Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m.
Arsht Center's Carnival Studio Theater
Tickets: $25

After rebuilding from the Haiti earthquake 2 years ago, the Ayikodans dance troupe is returning to Miami to celebrate its 25th season at the Arsht Center.

Best of the Best
Sunday, noon
Bicentennial Park
Tickets: $45 to $99

The all-ages music fest includes Shaggy, Mavado, DJ Khaled, Marcia Griffiths, Fabolous, Admiral Bailey, Iwer George, and French Montana, among others.

Memorial Day Comedy Fest
Sunday, 8 p.m.
James L. Knight Center
Tickets: $38.50 to $98

Comedians Tommy Davidson, Faizon Love, and Michael Blackson grab the mike at the Knight Center for Memorial Day laughs.

Nineties Homecoming
Sunday, 10 p.m.
The Vagabond
Tickets: $10

The Vagabond hosts their second annual 90s Homecoming with The Bailouts playing covers from the decade.

Miami Bike Prom
Sunday, 8 p.m.
Government Center

Emerge Miami hosts its third Bike Prom, starting at Government Center and wheeling its way to The Vagabond. Prom get-ups encouraged. See footage of the original bike prom:

Lord of the Rings Trilogy
Monday, 11 a.m.
O Cinema
Tickets: $10.50 per screening or $25 trilogy pass

Get out your elf ears and Arwen crowns and slip that gold ring onto your finger for O Cinema's marathon Memorial Day screening of The Lord of the Rings trilogy.

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