The Art Deco Weekend Miami is a January staple in the city, a three-day festival featuring live music, art, film, fashion and more. Other January events in Miami you might want to check out include the Orange Bowl, the Miccosukee Indian Arts Festival, the Miami Jewish Film Festival, and the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden International Chocolate Festival.
The Virginia Key Grassroots Festival is a 20+ year Miami staple featuring an eclectic assortment of mostly local and some national acts from a variety of genres. February also brings a couple of high-profile events to South Beach each year in the South Beach Wine and Food Festival and the South Beach Comedy Festival,
Miami has long been known as a major hub for electronic dance music, and no event better epitomizes this then the Ultra Music Festival, a long-standing yearly event held over two weekends in March, featuring top names in the genre of the likes of Deadmau5, Bassnectar, and David Guetta. Music lovers will also enjoy the 9 Mile Music Festival, an annual celebration featuring some of reggae’s brightest stars. March also brings about the annual Carnaval celebration (the largest Latin street party in the US), a staple in the city for over 30 years. Miami film buffs have reason to celebrate as well when the Miami International Film Festival rolls around each March.
Miami is known as a major hub for gay culture in the US, and no event better celebrates Miami’s LGBT community than Miami Beach Gay Pride, held in April each year. The Miami Food and Wine Festival, and the Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival (running into early May) are other prominent events worth checking out in April.
The Greynolds Park Annual Love-In (a ’60s “summer of love”-themed event), Cuba Nostalgia (a long-standing Cuban cultural event), the Haitian Compas Festival (a Haitian music celebration), and the Exxxotica Expo, (an annual adult entertainment expo, held in late May/early June) are the top annual events held in Miami each May.
June in Miami means its time for the American Black Film Festival, a 15+ year African-American cultural staple held in Miami Beach sure to delight lovers of film and African-American culture. The Summer Shorts Festival, an almost month-long celebration of short plays is another popular arts-oriented event held each June in the city.
The International Hispanic Theatre Festival is a prominent Miami event held each year in July, as is Zo’s Summer Groove, a huge annual charity event put on by former Miami Heat basketball star Alonzo Mourning which has featured top entertainers of the likes of Robin Thicke, Alicia Keys, and Dave Chappelle.
The August heat in Miami brings about popular ethnic cultural events such as the Miami/Bahamas Goombay Festival held in Miami’s Coconut Grove, as well as the Miami Salsa Congress, and the Brazilian Film Festival. Food enthusiasts in Miami are sure to enjoy Miami Spice, a month-long event held each August in which some of the top restaurants in the city offer special deals on three-course meals.
The Miami International Wine Fair, a 10+ year wine expo, is one of the top wine events in the country for professionals in the wine and wine-related industries, featuring some of the best wines from around the world all showcased in one location. The event is also open to the general public during select hours. September also brings about the International Ballet Festival, a long-standing Miami institution of almost 20 years.
The Miami Carnival Parade and Festival is a popular event of 20+ years held in October each year in celebration of Caribbean culture. Other events in October that you might want to check out include the Sunny Isles Beach Jazz Festival, Coconut Grove’s Mad Hatter Arts Festival, Gables Hispanic Cultural Festival, the GIPA Oktoberfest, and the Miami Italian Film Festival.
November is a great month for film in Miami, featuring two prominent events, the France Cinema Miami Festival, and the Miami Short Film Festival. Other November events in the city include the Bayside Rocks Festival (a major reggae celebration held in Downtown Miami), White Party Week (self-dubbed “the World’s Sexiest HIV/AIDS Dance Fundraiser”), and The South Florida International Auto Show.
December’s Latin Spice Festival is sure to please lovers of Latin food, wine, dance, and more, while the DocMiami International Film Festival celebrates documentary film over three days each December. There are also a variety of New Year’s Eve events held each year throughout the city, including the King Mango Strut in Coconut Grove, the Big Orange New Year’s Eve Celebration, Bayfront Park’s New Year’s Eve, the City of Miami Beach New Year’s Eve Celebration, and the Orange Drive Music Festival, a three-day event which has featured artists of the likes of Ne-Yo, Gym Class Heroes, and Cee Lo Green.