Spring events in Miami
This prestigious two-week tennis tournament is one of the world’s largest, in terms of players, prize money and attendance, with 200 of the world’s top competitors taking part. This will be the tournament’s last year at Key Biscayne’s Crandon Park before it moves to Hard Rock Stadium.
Packed with fresh crustaceans, celebrity chefs and continuous live entertainment, the Deering Estate’s Seafood Festival remains one of South Florida’s most fresh eats, cooking demos, boat rides, natural wildlife tours and an artisan market.
Miami Music Week’s biggest event—the longest-running dance festival in the U.S.—celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. Expect three days of DJ sets, performances and plenty of Instagram-worthy moments and celebrity appearances. Ultra is in for another predictably huge year, as just about every mega-DJ you can name makes an appearance in the phase one lineup: Afrojack, Axwell Λ Ingrosso, Carl Cox, Steve Aoki, Porter Robinson, John Digweed and so many more. The live stage has some surprises too, including the highly problematic but very talented Azealia Banks. And reggae fans are no doubt jumping in their sandals over the addition of the Wailers featuring Julian Marley.
Run by Miami Dade College, the festival showcases the best of world cinema. The 35th edition of the festival promises scores of award-winning writers, directors and actors, competing across six categories that include prizes for work in Ibero-American cinema, documentary achievement and screenwriting. The festival’s film school competition, CinemaSlam, celebrates the work of undergraduate and graduate students in South Florida. Most screenings are open to the public.
Miami Beach Gay Pride marks its 10th anniversary with an extended celebration (from a weekend festival to a weeklong bash), two grand marshals and lots more surprises. The party takes over Ocean Drive and surrounding areas.
Sing along at Fort Lauderdale’s sixth annual Tortuga Music Festival, a three-day party featuring country, rock and roots favorites. Thousands pour onto Fort Lauderdale’s beachside as diverse performers such as Florida Georgia Line, Keith Urban and Snoop Dogg take the stage. The festival benefits the Rock the Ocean Foundation, which works to increase public awareness about issues impacting the world’s oceans.
Wynwood has become a mecca for craft beer, which is why it’s no surprise to see the Sprung Beer Festival—celebrating the best local brews in South Florida—return to Wynwood this April. Bringing together more than 300 brewskis, the one-day event unites thousands as they eat and drink their way through one of Miami’s booziest afternoons.
Fusing art, music, food and fashion, the weekend-long street celebration features pop-up art galleries, a style lounge hosting runway shows and a culinary showcase led by prominent Miami chefs. More than 20 local bands and DJs also take the stage, including Afrobeta.
Feast on all sorts of grilled, smoked and sauce-slathered dishes from South Florida restaurants while exploring Fruit and Spice Park’s 37 acres of lush paradise. There are live blues bands for the adults and pony rides to keep the kids entertained.