07/19/2012 10:19 am ET Updated Jul 20, 2012

Miami Swim Week: 11 Events Open To The Public (VIDEO)

The swim suit models are back!

The highly anticipated Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Swim kicks off tonight, jump-starting nearly a week of swimwear fashion shows in the land of beaches and bronze bodies. But, with so many invite-only events, how is the rest of Miami supposed to join in the fun?

We've compiled 11 events that don't require any fancy schmancy invites. Throughout Swim Week, hit up Funkshion at The Tent in Collins Park for swimwear designs, sample sales, parties and fundraisers. Nab swag bags at the Melissa Odabash trunk show, and browse through seriously discounted designer threads at the Summer Sample Sale and the Salon Allure Sample Sale this weekend.

Want to watch the models in action? Hit up our fair city's nightclubs for fashion shows and afterparties -- maybe you'll rub shoulders with the designers themselves.

See all the events any swimwear lover can get into:

Join The Fun At Miami Swim Week