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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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.
Art Basel Miami Beach
Miami Beach is better known for interminable kitsch than cutting-edge art, so it seemed odd when the organizers of Switzerland’s annual sophisticates’ jamboree, Art Basel, chose Miami for its first American sortie in 2001. Despite widespread initial cynicism, by its tenth year the fair was pulling in 50,000 collectors and there were more than 250 galleries across the main fair. Art world figures from as far afield as New York, Berlin and Tokyo had quickly discovered the joys of schmoozing over cocktails on the sand and alfresco power dining, not to mention a pre-work swim. Now dealers could go home boasting a profit and a tan. This being Miami, showbiz culture and celebrities are also part of the equation. Spotting stars buying up art, and then spotting them again at exclusive galas, is all part of the fun. Satellite fairs, such as Pulse and Design Miami/ now garner almost as much attention as the main event.
Date 1st wk Dec.
Miami Beach Convention Center & various venues (artbasel.com).
The design equivalent of the fabulous Art Basel. Expect a great range of talks, exhibitions, international dealers and parties.
Date 1st wk Dec.
Various venues in the Design District (designmiami.com).
One of South Florida’s major art fairs, this has been a fixture on the calendar for nearly a quarter of a century. More than 125 international galleries participate, with a strong Hispanic flavor.
Date early Dec.
Wynwood Arts District, 3101 NE 1st Avenue, at NE 31st Street, Miami (1-305 515 8573, art-miami.com). Bus C, G, H, K, L, S, W, South Beach Local.
King Mango Strut
What began as a parody of the old Orange Bowl Parade continues to poke tasteless fun at the year’s events and newsmakers. Its tagline is ”Putting the NUT back in CocoNUT Grove since 1982.”
Date late Dec.
Begins at Main Highway & Commodore Plaza, Coconut Grove (1-305 582 0955, kingmangostrut.org). Bus Coconut Grove Circulator.
Art Deco Weekend
Organized by the Miami Design Preservation League, the massively popular Art Deco Weekend celebrates the city’s tropical art deco and Mediterranean deco heritage. Events include walks, bicycle and boat tours, lectures, movies, street theater and live music on the beach.
Date mid Jan.
Ocean Drive, South Beach (1-305 672 2014, artdecoweekend.com). Bus C, H, K, W, South Beach Local.
Beaux Arts Festival of Art
A family-friendly weekend affair featuring work from more than 200 artists, to view and purchase, in more than ten types of media. Admission is free.
Date 3rd wknd Jan.
University of Miami, Lowe Art Museum, 1301 Stanford Drive, at Ponce de León Boulevard, Coral Gables (1-305 668 8499, beauxartsmiami.org). Bus 52, 56.
International Chocolate Festival
Everyone’s favorite sweet gets the royal treatment at this festival. Expect to learn about, cook with and taste plenty of cacao.
Date late Jan.
Fairchild Tropical Garden, 10901 Old Cutler Road, at SW 101st Street, South Miami (1-305 667 1651, fairchildgarden.org). Bus 65.
ING Miami Marathon
Test your stamina or just watch as some of the fittest folks on the planet compete in this 26.2-mile run. The race kicks off at AmericanAirlines Arena and ends back in Bayfront Park.
Date early Feb.
Throughout Miami (ingmiamimarathon.com).
Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival
Serious foodies and wine connoisseurs should book early for this festival, which attracts superstar chefs such as Alain Ducasse, Bobby Flay, Nigella Lawson, Jamie Oliver and Emeril Lagasse. Expect tastings, culinary seminars, parties, parties and more parties.
Date late Feb.
Various locations in South Beach (1-877 762 3933, sobefest.com).
Miami International Boat Show & Strictly Sail
Here’s your chance to see what a $7m aqua juggernaut looks like. This popular event showcases the latest in powerboats, yachts, engines, electronics and accessories. There’s also a Sunset Celebration with street performers, contests and drinks specials. The show takes place at three enormous venues, including the Miami Beach Convention Center.
Date mid Feb.
Miamarina at Bayside, 401 Biscayne Boulevard, Downtown & other locations (1-954 441-3220, miamiboatshow.com).
Coconut Grove Arts Festival
This immense beer—sorry, arts—festival attracts more than 120,000 people to view the works of 350-plus artists and craftspeople. Take the shuttles from Metrorail to avoid traffic.
Date mid Feb.
Throughout Coconut Grove (1-305 447 0401, cgaf.com). Coconut Grove Circulator.
South Miami Art Festival
Music, food and art from 150 juried artists around the country take over Sunset Drive (the nicest bit of South Miami) during this two-day festival.
Date late Feb.
Along SW 72nd Street, off US 1, South Miami (1-305 769 5977). Metrorail South Miami.