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Big Weekend Of Events To Draw Large Crowds & Traffic

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MIAMI (CBSMiami) --  From art lovers to yacht aficionados, South Florida events this weekend are expected to draw large crowds as well as traffic.

"There's a lot going on this weekend," said Steve Flink, who spend Saturday night at the Art Wynwood VIP After Party.   Art Wynwood is just one of a number of art shows going on over the weekend.

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In Coconut Grove, artists will be showcasing their work at the Coconut Grove Arts Festival which is expected to draw more than 100,000 people.

The festival will be located adjacent to Biscayne Bay. It runs along the streets of McFarlane Road, South Bayshore Drive and Pan American Drive.  This means, certain streets will be closed down to drivers.

Click here for a map of the closures.  

 Next door to the festival will be the St. Stephens Art Show. CBS4 is a sponsor of the show which features additional artists and lots more to see and do.

 An even larger crowd is expected at the Miami International Boat Show on Miami Beach where they expect about 120,000 people to attend.

For a map of the event, click here.   

The yacht and brokerage show will also have a billion dollars' worth of high end boats along Indian Creek Waterway at Collins Avenue from 41st to 51st Streets through Monday. 

Click here for a map of the event.

In midtown, art lovers are also expected to flock to Art Wynwood, another art festival showcasing top international, national and local art galleries.

Click here to see a map of the event. 

The weekend packed activities also include a marathon on Sunday morning in Fort Lauderdale.

Streets will be shutting down up and down A1A for the event.

The starting line begins at the Museum of Discovery and Science on Las Olas Boulevard.

Northbound and southbound lanes of A1A will be shut down until Spring Street. 

"The traffic was horrible," commented Larry Frank who attended several of the weekend's events. "You have to plan your day around it."

Despite the traffic, he said he wouldn't miss the weekend's events.

In addition to buying several pieces of art at Art Wynwood, Frank also attended the Coconut Grove Arts Festival and purchased a boat at the boat show.

Nick Korniloff, the head of Art Wynwood, said some of the events draw crowds with similar interests.

"This is the busiest weekend as we know throughout the year, but to have diversity and different choices makes it an interesting weekend," he said. "We're seeing a great crossover from the Yacht and Brokerage Show and even the Coconut Grove Arts Festival."

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