Miami

Miami Florida

Miami is known as a sparkling city by the sea and for good reason. From the beaches to the nightlife to the beautiful art deco design of its buildings. This is the playground of the super rich. The resorts and shops are upscale the beaches are beautifully kept, and of course the palm tree lined streets are immaculate. However the climate, the landscape, and the wealth is just a part of what makes Miami so noteworthy. Two-thirds of Miami population is Hispanic, the majority of which are Cuban, and Spanish is the predominant language almost everywhere. With this it also brings some of the most authentic Cuban foods and entertainment you can find without going to Havana.

Annual Events in Miami Area

Homestead Championship Rodeo
An exciting seven-event rodeo including: bull riding, saddle-bronc riding, bareback-bronc riding, calf roping, team roping, steer wrestling, and women’s barrel racing. Fun also includes cowboy poetry performances, a parade, live music and dancing.

ING Miami Marathon and Half Marathon
A 26.2 mile marathon and 13.1 mile run through Miami and Miami Beach. The marathon draws more than 15,000 people for the event. The course starts at American Airlines Arena, follows the most beautiful parts of Miami and Beaches for amazing panoramic views and ends at Bayfront Park.

 

FEBRUARY
The Original Miami Beach Antique Show
This high-end art, antique and jewelry show is considered one of the most prestigious antiques events in the country for serious and casual collectors. The show features more than 800 antique dealers from 22 different countries.
Miami International Map Fair
Enjoy a weekend of browsing and buying antique maps of every size, shape and color, alongside top map dealers, collectors and aficionados from around the world. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Miami International Boat Show & Strictly Sail
One of the largest new boat shows in the world showcasing more than 2,000 exhibitors. The latest powerboats, sailboats, engines, electronics and accessories are exhibited at three different locations – all connected via a courtesy shuttle bus.
Coconut Grove Arts Festival
Produces an annual fine arts festival during Presidents Day weekend with more than 350 artists from around the world and an average attendance of 150,000 people.
South Beach Wine & Food Festival
Join your favorite Food Network hosts including Rachael Ray, Guy Fieri, Paula Deen, Bobby Flay and many more for cooking demos and book signings at the American Express Grand Tasting Tents. Other events include the Perrier-Jouet BubbleQ, Wine Spectator Tastings, annual Tribute Dinner and more.

 

MARCH

 

Dade Heritage Days
A celebration of Miami-Dade County’s architectural and cultural heritage with several events, including open houses, historic tours, lectures and performances.
South Beach Comedy Festival
Annual comedy festival showcases a variety of top talent and stars of the comedy circuit. Visit the web site for a complete schedule.

 

2/29/12 – 3/5/12
Winter Party Festival
Features an extraordinary lineup of celebrity DJs in a week filled with parties and events culminating with a beach dance party. Proceeds benefit the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force and local Miami-Dade LGBT organizations.
Miami Sailing Week
Miami Sailing Week gathers the national and international sailing community together in a fun-filled week of regattas, awards ceremonies, parties and cultural exhibits.
Miami Beach International Fashion Week
The largest Latin American and international fashion event in the U.S., with more than 50 of the world’s top fashion designers presenting their latest collections on the catwalk before hundreds members of the international press. 6-11 p.m. nightly.
Miami International Film Festival
The Miami International Film Festival, the premier U.S. showcase for films from Spain, Portugal and Latin America, presents 100 films from 30 countries during 10 days at venues across the Magic City.
Calle Ocho Festival
A grand celebration of Hispanic culture. Known as the world’s largest street party, the festival spans 23 city blocks, filled with musical stages, youth sites, folkloric sites and food vendors.
Miami-Dade County Fair & Exposition
This annual county fair offers nearly 50,000 exhibits, concerts, a circus, strolling entertainment, food, games, shopping and a 100-ride midway.
Winter Music Conference
One of the most acclaimed music industry gatherings in the US, with more than 200 artists, DJ and record company receptions and parties, panel discussions, new product premieres, technology demonstrations, and the premier international awards show for the dance music industry. 3/17/12 –
Jazz in the Gardens Music Festival
Jazz in the Gardens has become one of the best jazz festivals in South Florida, raising the bar each year with its star-studded line-up. About 45,000 people attended the 2010 festival to groove to the diverse mix of music genres that range from jazz, R&B and soul sounds.
Sony Ericsson Open
This tournament features the world’s top-ranked men and women professional tennis players. It is an elite Tennis Masters Series event on the ATP circuit and a top-tier event on the WTA Tour.
Ultra Music Festival
America’s premier electronic music festival features top artists from around the world and three days of performances.
Deering Seafood Festival on the Bay
Enjoy an outstanding array of South Florida’s freshest fish and seafood as well as ongoing entertainment for all ages – such as scenic boat rides, professional cooking demos, and boundless fun at the Lil Shrimp Kids Zone. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Women’s International Film & Arts Festival
The Women’s International Film & Arts Festival promotes the dreams, visions and voices of women globally. It is now one of the world’s premier film festivals by, for and about women.
Yamaha Contender Miami Billfish Tournament
This fishing tournament features daily dockside activities including live entertainment, auctions and more. The event is free and open to the public. There is an entry fee for competing anglers.

 

APRIL

Sony Ericsson Open
This tournament features the world’s top-ranked men and women professional tennis players. It is an elite Tennis Masters Series event on the ATP circuit and a top-tier event on the WTA Tour.
Dade Heritage Days
A celebration of Miami-Dade County’s architectural and cultural heritage with several events, including open houses, historic tours, lectures and performances.
Nautica South Beach Triathlon
The sister event to the Malibu Triathlon, the Nautica South Beach Triathlon features a half-mile swim, 18 mile bike ride and 4 mile run. Fun also includes an event expo, free clinics, interactive activities, VIP brunch, Nautica kids run-and-trot event, and an awards show.
WrestleMania XXVIII
World Wrestling Entertainment’s (WWE) WrestleMania is a week-long celebration, as visitors from around the world converge on Miami for WrestleMania Week.
Miami Beach Festival of the Arts
This festival showcases the juried artwork of more than 100 artists from across the nation, including paintings, sculpture, glass, ceramics, jewelry, and photographs. Live music, international food court and children’s activities. Free admission. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

 

Heineken TransAtlantic Festival
The Heineken TransAtlantic Festival is a series of concerts and parties featuring modern world music from the great cities of the Atlantic rim. It features innovative artists working in the beautiful collision between traditional rhythms and electronica/DJ culture.
Miami International Agriculture & Cattle Show
Cattle breeders from around the world meet annually at the Miami International Agriculture & Cattle Show. Enjoy live music, agri-business and livestock product vendors, equestrian shows, dog obedience demonstrations, kids activities and much more.

 

 

Miami Beach Gay Pride
The annual Miami Beach Gay Pride is a city-wide celebration and a collaboration of the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender (GLBT) community. Events include a parade/festival on Ocean Drive, a kick-off reception and evening show, a Lambda showcase theater event, an after-party and more.
The Great Taste of the Grove
The Great Taste of the Grove is a free public festival featuring Coconut Grove’s finest restaurants, a free live concert and a kids’ area.11 a.m.-7 p.m.
Zoo Miami’s Great Egg Safari
It’s a magical day at Zoo Miami, with continuous egg safaris, fun activities, the Easter Bunny and more for kids 12 and under. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Miami Riverday Festival
This festival celebrates the history and culture of Miami’s working river, and features riverboat rides, live music, children’s activities, environmental education, historical re-enactors and more. Free. 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
www.MiamiRiverCommission.org
United Way Miami Wine & Food Festival
Ranked as one of the top ten wine events in the nation, the festival features an array of culinary and wine events including wine tasting and interactive dinner with a top chef, live and silent auctions, and some of the highest quality wine lots in South Florida. www.MiamiWineFestival.org
Board Up! Miami – NIKE Swim Miami
Two big water events in one location: swimmers compete in their choice of three open water swims in the NIKE Swim Miami; Board Up! Miami is Miami’s premier wakeboard music festival.
The Miami Beach Polo World Cup
This international polo tournament will bring teams from around the world to compete as part of the Miami Beach Polo World Cup. Events include a player presentation/press conference, polo matches and social gatherings.
www.MiamiPolo.com
Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival
The festival aims to enrich, entertain and educate the public, encourage a sense of community through international and culturally diverse film, video and other media presentations in the greater Miami area that offer historical and contemporary perspectives on the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered experience.
www.MGLFF.com
The Mercedes-Benz Corporate Run 2012
A certified 3.1 mile road race/walk open to employees of corporations, government agencies and financial institutions. Call or visit web site to register.

 

MAY
Miami Museum Month
The cultural scene in Greater Miami and the Beaches is unique and diverse. During May, celebrate Miami Museum Month and receive special offers at participating museums. This is an incredible opportunity to experience our inspiring museums.
Grove SLAM! Fishing Tournament
Miami’s “funnest” fishing tournament. Daily dock parties, Miss Hotfish Bikini Contest, tournament shirts and more.
www.GroveSlam.com
Miami Dance Festival
A tribute to modern dance as well as traditional dance, the Miami Dance Festival showcases live performances by Momentum Dance Company, other South Florida dance troupes and visiting artists at venues in Miami and Miami Beach.
Mainly Mozart Festival
This annual music festival in Coral Gables features eight concerts of chamber music by Mozart, his contemporaries and musical successors played by renowned local and international ensembles and artists. Visit website for schedule.
Aqua Girl
The largest charity women’s week in the country, featuring dance parties, comedy shows, live music, pool parties, a bowlathon, a jazz brunch, dine-out event, VIP reception, an art show, celebrity meet-and-greets and more
Volvo Ocean Race Miami
Miami hosts the start of the transatlantic leg to Lisbon, Portugal, for the Volvo Ocean Race.
Redland International Orchid Festival
One of the largest annual orchid shows in the U.S. featuring more than 50 booths of educational exhibits and orchid vendors. This is an American Orchid Society judged event showcasing various types of orchids and plants, with supplies for sale.
Cuba Nostalgia
Annual expo and festival of Cuban culture, memorabilia and collectibles. Features a fine art show, exhibits, books, food and music.

 

JUNE
Mainly Mozart Festival
This annual music festival in Coral Gables features eight concerts of chamber music by Mozart, his contemporaries and musical successors played by renowned local and international ensembles and artists. Visit website for schedule.
Miami Romance Month
Celebrate love during June in Greater Miami and the Beaches – the perfect place to spark a new romance, rekindle an old flame or tie the knot. Stay at a luxurious hotel, stroll along the beach, indulge at a candlelit restaurant, and marvel at the shimmering skyline.
Miami/Bahamas Goombay Festival

One of the largest Black heritage festivals in the United States. Enjoy colorful costumed junkanoo groups dancing to Caribbean rhythms, with rake ‘n scrape instruments. Features entertainment on three stages and more than 300 vendors selling a variety of arts, crafts and food.
Summer Shorts
This fast and furiously fun program presents the nation’s hottest short plays; this year’s festival features headliner, Jai Rodriguez, star of stage, television and film, performing alongside City Theatre’s award-winning ensemble of veteran favorites, Steve Trovillion, Gregg Weiner, Finnerty Steeves and Ceci Fernandez.
Coral Gables Restaurant Week
Coral Gables Restaurant Week offers savings of over 20% off at more than 20 participating restaurants. Visit the website for more information, updates on restaurants and a complete list of menus.
American Black Film Festival
The American Black Film Festival returns to Miami Beach with an Opening Night Gala, the latest and best Black films from around the world (shorts, features, documentary and unreleased), panels and symposiums and other special events.
Sunny Isles Beach Offshore Powerboat Challenge Weekend
Join us for the return of this exciting event, bringing powerboat race teams and fans from all over the U.S. to Sunny Isles Beach for this action-packed weekend.

 

JULY
Miami Spa Month
Greater Miami and the Beaches is renowned for luxury spas that are ranked among the best in America, and are the favorites of spa connoisseurs throughout the world. Celebrate with us during July and August, when you can enjoy incredible savings on special treatments at Miami’s premier spas.
America’s Birthday Bash at Bayfront Park
Celebrate the birth of our great nation at Downtown Miami’s Bayfront Park with a spectacular fireworks display, children’s activities, food and drinks. Bring the whole family. Admission is free. The park is open all day, the Kids’ Zone will be open from 3-7 p.m., and the fireworks begin at 9 p.m.
City of Miami Beach Fourth of July Celebration
Annual celebration featuring blues and jazz, the uniquely American forms of music. Schedule:
6:30 p.m.: Big Poppa E and the E Band
7:45 p.m.: South Florida Jazz Orchestra, under the direction of Chuck Bergeron, featuring special guest vocalist Nicole Henry
9 p.m. Fireworks
Coconut Grove Fourth of July Celebration
Celebrate our nation’s Independence in beautiful Peacock Park, with live music, fireworks and more family friendly events.

 

2012 dates coming soon!
International Hispanic Theatre Festival
The acclaimed International Hispanic Theatre Festival (IHTF) of Miami presents some of the best theatre companies from Latin America, Europe and the United States in various locations in Miami and Key Biscayne. This year the IHTF of Miami honors Chile in recognition of the contribution this country has made to Latin American culture.
Zo’s Summer Groove
NBA Champion and Miami Heat great, Alonzo Mourning, hosts his annual summer event – The Summer Groove. This three-day weekend fundraising event has something for everyone: golf, comedy, benefit dinner, youth summit, youth basketball clinic, sports conference, and numerous exclusive functions.
International Mango Festival
Experience the world’s largest display of more than 200 locally grown cultivars from the Fairchild’s very own collection. Enjoy mango tree sales, tastings and evaluations, lectures, food demonstrations, children’s activities and Mangoville.
Funkshion: Fashion Week Miami Beach
Top world designers will showcase their new lines in individual fashion shows.

 

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim
This fashion show is presented annually at the historic Raleigh Hotel. Timed to coincide with the swimwear industry’s largest trade show, MBFW Swim provides a world-class runway platform for designers to launch swimwear and resort collections and gain exposure with the national and international fashion, style, and news media.

 

SwimShow & LingerieShow
The largest and most important comprehensive swimwear exhibition in the world, SwimShow is set to invigorate the industry with what promises to be its most successful show yet. Over 400 exhibitors representing more than 2,500 lines will gather in the Miami Beach Convention Center. Read more…
Salon Allure
Salon Allure is the first and only tradeshow to house luxury swim, resort wear, and fabric brands all under one roof – the W Hotel South Beach – during Miami’s famed Swim Week. 2012 dates coming soon!
Miami Spice Kickoff Event & Fundraiser
Enjoy the annual Taste of Miami Spice Kickoff Event & Fundraiser, featuring tastings from a selection of participating Miami Spice restaurants, celebrity chefs selling and signing cookbooks, and a live performance by renowned flautist Nestor Torres. 7-9 p.m.; VIP admission at 6 p.m.

 

AUGUST
Miami Spa Month
Greater Miami and the Beaches is renowned for luxury spas that are ranked among the best in America, and are the favorites of spa connoisseurs throughout the world. Celebrate with us during July and August, when you can enjoy incredible savings on special treatments at Miami’s premier spas.
Miami Spice Restaurant Program
If you’re visiting during August or September, don’t miss a chance to savor some of our area’s most spectacular cuisine. Greater Miami and the Beaches’ top restaurants offer mouth-watering meals at incredible savings.
Brazilian Film Festival
The Inffinito Festival Circuit arrives in Miami for the 15th edition of the Brazilian Film Festival of Miami. The Competitive Screening takes place at the Colony Theatre, with short and feature films competing for the Cristal Lens Award, the most prestigious award in Brazilian cinema outside the country.
Miami Speed Triathlon
The Miami Speed Triathlon features Sprint & Olympic distance races, USA Triathlon Pro/Elite Draft-Legal Sprint race with $30K cash prize, and two days of multisport Expo.
International Ballet Festival of Miami
The International Ballet Festival of Miami is considered one of the most important ballet festivals in the country, featuring prestigious worldwide ballet companies presenting their greatest stars.

 

SEPTEMBER
Miami Home Design & Remodeling Show
An informational showcase of residential decorating, remodeling and home improvement products and services.
International Ballet Festival of Miami
The International Ballet Festival of Miami is considered one of the most important ballet festivals in the country, featuring prestigious worldwide ballet companies presenting their greatest stars.
Miami Spice Restaurant Program
If you’re visiting during August or September, don’t miss a chance to savor some of our area’s most spectacular cuisine. Greater Miami and the Beaches’ top restaurants offer mouth-watering meals at incredible savings.
The Great Grove Bed Race
A fun-filled annual community event and fundraiser where teams roll beds down a 1/8th mile “drag strip” street in Coconut Grove with the local community, individuals, businesses, organizations, and clubs sponsoring the beds.
Miami International Wine Fair
Guests have the opportunity to taste more than 1,500 different wines from 20 countries. Hundreds of renowned importers, distributors and retailers participate every year in this charity event. Proceeds go to United Way of Miami-Dade County.
Publix Escape to Miami Triathlon
The Publix Escape to Miami Triathlon Weekend boasts the most unique and challenging course in Florida, and some might say the country. 5:45 a.m.

 

OCTOBER
Miami Attractions Month
Everyone’s A Kid in October – Experience Greater Miami and the Beaches’ many unique attractions during October and enjoy special discounts on admission to Miami’s top attractions. 2012 dates coming soon!
Festival Miami This annual music festival, held at the Frost School each fall, showcases an impressive array of international and local guest artists, and faculty and student ensembles. Enjoy world premieres, symphonic concerts, chamber music, jazz performances and much more.
Italian Film Festival
This award-winning festival features screenings of new films in competition as well as short films, seminars, a tribute to Italian Classic Cinema and closing ceremony awards.
Miami/Broward One Carnival
Elaborate costumes, pulsating rhythms, fantastic food and unbridled revelry await you at this annual celebration of Caribbean culture. The parade of bands and gravity-defying, architecturally mind-blowing, feathered, beaded and bikini’d dancers provide nonstop entertainment.
Miccosukee Championship
The Miccosukee Golf course is a Mark Mahannah masterpiece and the proud home of the Miccosukee Championship. This picturesque and challenging facility has 27 holes, par 72 at 6,700 yards.
Miami Fashion Fest
Experience city-wide fashion events, from top designer personal appearances and runway shows, to styling clinics, in-store retail promotions, fashion photo shoots and much more. Visit the website for a complete list of events and runway shows.
Zoo Boo!
Children 12 and under can trick-or-treat, participate in costume contests, listen to music, win fabulous prizes in a safe environment at this annual Halloween event. Even Zoo Miami’s very own animals will receive special Halloween treats during scheduled keeper talks. 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
South Florida Auto Show
Car-related merchandise and more than 1,000 of the industry’s latest vehicles for the upcoming year are on display by world-leading auto manufacturers.

 

NOVEMBER
South Florida Auto Show
Car-related merchandise and more than 1,000 of the industry’s latest vehicles for the upcoming year are on display by world-leading auto manufacturers.
Miami Live Music Month
To celebrate Greater Miami’s live music scene and coincide with the Miami Music Festival in November, Miami Live Music Month promotes the area’s diverse live music venues and the great musicians that play in them.
Sleepless Night Miami Beach
The festival features 150 free performances, exhibitions and other cultural offerings at 80 locations spread throughout the city and the 13-hour night that marks the end of Daylight Savings Time.
South Miami Art Festival
Outdoor juried fine arts show with more than 170 exhibits by local and national artists. Also features family entertainment and international food. Free admission. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Wings Over Homestead Air Show
Jaw-dropping precision aerobatics will be highlighted against a backdrop of jet sound as the U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels headline an all-star list of performers at the Homestead Air Reserve Base “Wings Over Homestead” air show. This is a FREE event open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Miami Book Fair International
One of the nation’s finest and largest literary gatherings feature author readings, book signings, the Evenings With series, the IberoAmerican Authors program, the popular Street Fair, Children’s Alley, and much more.
Miami Short Film Festival
MSFF’s goal year after year is focused on motivating directors, screenwriters, actors, and producers to make their films and share them with fellow film makers and industry professionals. The ultimate goal is to bring exposure to independent up-and-coming filmmakers.
Ford Championship Weekend – NASCAR
For the 10th consecutive year, Homestead-Miami Speedway will host NASCAR during Ford Championship Weekend. South Florida again will be the site where NASCAR crowns its Champions in all three of its top national divisions-the Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series.
White Party Week
A unparalleled week of fund-raising parties and events culminating with the legendary White Party. More than 15,000 party-goers enjoy six days and nights of nonstop entertainment in the fight against HIV/AIDS.

 

DECEMBER
Art Miami
Miami’s longest running contemporary art fair, Art Miami, returns to the City of Miami with a compelling array of modern and contemporary artwork from more than 100 international galleries and prominent art institutions.
Design Miami
Design Miami presents the best international design galleries exhibiting extraordinary historic and contemporary design. Designers, collectors, dealers and curators from around the world participate in lectures, exhibits and design installations. An Art Basel satellite event.
Art Basel Miami Beach Art Basel Miami Beach is the most important art show in the United States, a cultural and social highlight for the Americas. Art Basel Miami Beach combines an international selection of top galleries with an exciting program of special exhibitions, parties and crossover events featuring music, film, architecture and design.
New Year’s Eve at Bayfront Park
Annual free New Year’s celebration at Bayfront Park includes a countdown to midnight with Miami’s own Big Orange, fireworks and musical entertainment. Note: No bottles, cans, coolers, recording devices, or fireworks can be brought into the park. 8 p.m. to midnight.
Miccosukee Indian Arts Festival
Experience the color and pageantry of costumed Native Americans from all over the country at the Village. Arts, crafts, music, dance, native foods and more.