The world’s biggest block party. High-profile tennis and racing events. International art events like Art Basel. Miami is always the place to be. Use this guide to determine the right time for you.
Monthly Miami Events
It’s not just the glorious weather that makes Miami so hot.
With a host of cool events happening every month, Miami is a year-round destination.
Whether it’s admiring the powdery pastels of classic Art Deco buildings or soaking up rays on powdery sable beaches, Miami’s beauty is unique, not to mention photogenic.
From the world’s biggest block party, high-profile tennis and racing events, to artistic draws like Art Basel, From art palletes, to palate pleasers, there is an event for every discriminating taste.
Art Deco Weekend
Visit Miami during its annual Art Deco Week to start your year in style. Iconic Ocean Drive, lined with towering palm trees and pastel Art Deco hotels, closes to traffic that week, replaced by live music, food vendors, art and antique dealers, and vintage cars on display.
Miami’s beautiful Art Deco Historic District boasts over 800 original Art Deco buildings, particularly on the main drags of Ocean Drive, Collins Avenue and Washington Avenue.
Admire the heritage facades, community vibe and family-friendly entertainment at this free event. If you’re a fan of this period style of the 1920s and ‘30s like we are, then January is the time to visit Miami.
South Beach Food and Wine Festival
Fancy yourself a food snob? An obsessive oenophile? A gastronomic guru? You’ll be rubbing shoulders with the right company at the South Beach Food and Wine Festival. Dubbed “the Superbowl for foodies,” it attracts thousands from around the world each February. The five-day event features your favourite Food Network chefs, upscale beach dinners, wine happy hours (and rosé all day!) and seminars.
Attracting what event organizers describe is “the most diverse, affluent and culturally savvy international audience in the United States,” Art Wynwood showcases modern and contemporary art, with artists, curators and galleries from across the world at this elite and exclusive art fair. Even if you’re not in the market to buy, enjoy free access and blend in with fellow art aficionados while enjoying standout art.
If you prefer a more inclusive event in February, check out the world’s largest block party! Ocho Calle, or the Gay8 Festival, takes place in historic Little Havana. Miami sizzles with its influential Latino flavour, and if you visit in February, the vibe is hotter than ever thanks to this one-day Latino LQBTQ festival. From locals to tourists, Gay8 embraces and celebrates diversity and unity, making any visitor to Miami’s Latin heart feel welcomed.
Winter Music Conference
Electronic music devotees descend on South Beach during the week of the Winter Music Conference (WMC). Like a DJ’s seamless set, the WMC is the perfect mix– conferences with industry names, and exclusive events with serious partiers. The annual electronic music festival is held across South Beach at Listen to world-class DJs play poolside at a slick Miami hotel, or bypass the velvet ropes to one of the city’s nightclubs and dance till the Florida sun comes up. Most of the events require tickets, but South Beach is buzzing with free music events as part of the festival, too.
Calle Ocho Festival
Welcome to the world’s largest block party! The annual event takes place in historic Little Havana each March. Started by Cuban immigrants in 1978 to celebrate their community and broaden their culture, the Calle Ocho Festival is deemed by Florida legislature as the official state festival.
If the sound of electronic music is too much of a racket for you, check out the tennis racquet wielding star players at the Miami Open. The prestigious tennis event brings the best international men and women tennis players to Key Biscayne each year.
Miami Beach Gay Pride
Held over the US long weekend. Festivities culminate in the loud and proud Gay Pride Parade along scenic Ocean Drive, where all the rainbows, body glitter, drag queens and buffed bodies descend for an uplifting and unified Pride party of the year.
May in Miami is an optimal time to visit: loads of sunshine, lower chance of rain, fewer crowds and lots of activities. Among the most coveted events is Miami Fashion Week.
The last weekend of May is the Memorial Day holiday, honouring US veterans, also is jam-packed with events in Miami, many family-friendly and free.
Speaking of family, May is Miami Museum Month, where you can take advantage of admission deals, particularly 2 for 1 admissions, to its diverse museums.
If “life’s a beach,” in June, life revolves around Miami Beach. Make sure to slather on the sunscreen and seek shade, as the sun’s rays are strong.
With school out and temperatures soaring, the Miami Children’s Museum is a great place to stay out of the sun and have fun. Enjoy creative activities (and air conditioning!) with this colourful, enlightening and exciting place to learn and discover.
With Miami temperatures high, lay low and relax at one of Miami’s world-class spas in August. This is Miami Spa Month, where you can score great deals at premier hotel spas and wellness centres.
Automobile aficionados can get their fix at the Miami International Auto Show this month. Located in South Beach’s Art Deco District, instead of the vintage cars you see on display during Art Deco Week in January, this is where the newest, sleekest and most expensive are flaunted. Don’t miss “Million Dollar Alley” showcasing Rolls Royce, Porsche, Ferrari, Lotus and other shiny and blingy sets of wheels. We love the tongue-in-cheek name “Topless in Miami” which features– you guessed it– convertibles. “Havana Classics” does indeed have vintage automobiles– historic cars of 1950s Cuba.
Do you love seafood? You’ll love Miami in October.
Coconut Grove Seafood Festival
This annual event is family-friendly and tastebud-friendly, too. Try out local seafood staples like Bahamian cracked conch, grilled Jamaican jerk fish, paella, ceviche, lobster rolls and more. Live calypso, steel drum beats and reggae provide the perfect atmospheric backdrop.
South Beach Seafood Week
Go from bikini to bib when some of Miami’s best chefs descend on Lummus Park to cook their signature, succulent seafood dishes. The themed days culminate in an all-day seafood extravaganza, which can run up to $45 USD for entrance to the festival grounds, and in true Miami style, the libations flow generously to wash down all that fresh seafood goodness.
Santa’s Enchanted Forest
It doesn’t ‘look a lot like Christmas’ when you’re in Miami? Think again! Starting in November and going to early January, you can find the world’s largest holiday theme park in the world. Carnival rides, family entertainment and of course, lots of festive spirits. Enjoy carnival rides, shows, games, a 92-foot tall Christmas tree and more than three million Christmas lights. Ride the Ferris wheel, race speedy cars, or risk it all on the “Mega Drop.” Single day and season passes are available. The park is open until the beginning of January.
White Party Week
Move over Santa; more enchanted creatures dressed in white convene to celebrate White Party Week. Since 1985, Miami’s prominent LGBTQ community has thrown this party to raise money and awareness for HIV/AIDS research.
Our list ends with this grand finale, as does the Miami year– Art Basel. Originally an art exhibition in Belgium, Miami became its second outpost and destination for international art appreciators. From modernist paintings to contemporary photography, Miami Beach is always filled with eye candy and Art Basel is sure to delight. VIP galas meet Wynwood street art at this quintessential festival of art.