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The Love Burn, South Florida's Burning Man, reigniting on Virginia Key

A gathering of peaceful tribes and their towering, flame-breathing metal sculptures will light up the campgrounds again at Virginia Key Beach Park during the Love Burn, a waterfront festival returning Friday, Jan. 26 to Sunday, Jan. 28.

The Love Burn, for the uninitiated, is South Florida’s version of the massive Burning Man arts festival that attracts revelers every August to the scorching desert of Black Rock City, Nev. Virginia Key won’t be nearly that blistering, but it will get hot: The Love Burn is three days of off-the-grid community fun, sun salutations, costumes, circuslike tents, performance art and parlor games.

But the largest draw of the festival may be the inventive sculptures. The metal works are built on the campgrounds and later burned as effigies by Burners (Love Burn lingo for festival attendees), who promote Burning Man principals such as self-expression, self-reliance, gift-giving and leaving no trace behind. This year’s theme is the World’s Fair, and sculptors will assemble effigies that imagine not “the world we live in, but rather the world we wish to live in,” according to the Love Burn’s website.

When: 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 26, through Sunday, Jan. 28

Where: Virginia Key Beach Park, 4020 Virginia Beach Drive, Miami

Cost: $97.50-$249.99 via LoveBurn2018.BrownPaperTickets.com

Contact: 800-838-3006 or TheLoveBurn.com

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