Miami events calendar

Plan ahead with our guide to the biggest and best annual Miami events, festivals, art fairs and concerts

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Drawing crowds from all over the world, the Ultra Music Festival is one of the biggest Miami events of the year

Drawing crowds from all over the world, the Ultra Music Festival is one of the biggest Miami events of the year Photograph: © Rob215 / www.design215.com

Consult our Miami events calendar to find the best things to do in Miami. Magic City never misses an opportunity to party, from high-profile winter events like Art Basel and South Beach Wine & Food Festival to an annual celebration of art deco Miami, the White Party in the fall and spring’s Calle Ocho, the world's largest block party, in Little Havana.

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Festival Miami
The University of Miami provides the stage for a five-week festival of world premières, symphonic concerts, masterclasses and lectures.
Date Oct–Nov.
University of Miami, Gusman Concert Hall, 1314 Miller Drive, at San Amaro Drive, Coral Gables (1-305 284 4940, festivalmiami.com).

Junior Orange Bowl
This popular youth festival combines a range of sports tournaments and cultural workshops. The Junior Orange Bowl Parade, with floats and bands, marches through Coral Gables between Christmas and New Year.
Date Oct–Jan.
Throughout Miami-Dade County (1-305 662 1210, jrorangebowl.com).

 
Columbus Day Regatta
To commemorate Christopher Columbus’s voyage in 1492, 200 sailing boats race around Biscayne Bay, off Coconut Grove. A rowdy party off Elliott Key concludes the weekend.
Date mid Oct.
Biscayne Bay (columbusdayregatta.net).

Miami Book Fair International
Miami a cultural backwater? You must be kidding. Half a million people turn out each year for this literary event, with 250 renowned writers giving lectures and readings. There’s a street fair too.
Date mid Nov.
Miami Dade College, 401 NE 2nd Avenue, Suite 4102, at NE 3rd Street, Downtown (1-305 237 3258, miamibookfair.com). Metromover Government Center.

Ford Championship Weekend—NASCAR
Three days of racing on the track, plus beer, excitement, car-racing celebs and more beer.
Date mid Nov.
Homestead-Miami Speedway, 1 Speedway Boulevard, between SW 132nd & 137th Avenues, at SW 336th Street, Homestead, South Miami (1-305 230 5000, homesteadmiamispeedway.com).

White Party
This renowned HIV/AIDS benefit, which celebrates its 30th anniversary in 2014, attracts an estimated 12,000 people for a week of events and parties. Highlights include the legendary White Party itself and the Muscle Beach open-air dance party bash (dress code: swimsuits and shorts). Expect DJs and gay celebs aplenty.
Date late Nov.
Various locations on South Beach (1-305 576 1234, whiteparty.org).

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