If you’re looking for some great things to do in Miami this month, you’re in luck. March is here, bringing with it an extra hour of sunshine (daylight saving time kicks off March 8) for taking full advantage of a month packed to the brim with music festivals, street fairs, foodie events and more. With some of our most glorious weather still ahead, it’s an ideal time to explore the fantastic variety of best things to do in Miami, from fresh theater and museum shows to hot restaurant openings and more. Or perhaps you’d rather kick back and enjoy the breeze from one of the best rooftop bars in Miami before moving on to a month filled with concerts, major sporting events and more. So try to carve some time this month between bouncing from the best restaurants in Miami to the best bars in Miami to sink your teeth into these events. You won’t regret it.
Even though most events have been canceled and major venues closed, we’re doing our best to recommend what Miamians can still do while staying safe and following local and national guidelines. Please note that some picks may be closed, canceled or postponed with short notice.
Best of the city under one roof
Miami’s own fierce queen Athena Dion returns to Time Out Market Miami to host a rowdy weekly RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 12 watch party.
In honor of International Women’s Month, Time Out Miami editor Virginia Gil moderates a panel of the city’s most badass ladies in the food and drink space, including Ani Meinhold of Pho Mo and Phuc Yea, Mika León of Caja Caliente, Dallas Wynne of Stubborn Seed, plus more to be announced.
Time Out Market Miami’s St.Paddy’s bash runs all day with drink specials, DJ sets by Mike Trotter and, of course, a roving bagpiper to remind you why you’re taking shots in the middle of the day.
Time Out Market Miami takes from blank canvas to completed masterpiece with help from creative do-it-all Jason Perez. The pop-artist, art broker and DJ brings his collective to South Beach for a night of live painting, house-music sets and drink specials.
Things to do in March 2020
The Miami Film Festival is a must for local movie buffs. The 10-day festival showcase’s the city’s best onscreen talent, from the festival’s super competitive short film contest to debut feature-length films from newcomers. Highlights this year include The Dawn, a short film about a lonely painter in his sixties (played by the legendary Iggy Pop), who awakens to paint the day the sun does not rise, and Mucho Mucho Amor, a buzzed-about doc chronicling extravagant Puerto Rican astrologer Walter Mercado’s 30 years of beloved televised horoscopes. Locations vary
Possibly gunning for the Chili Cook-Off’s crown as the most important country music event on the South Florida calendar, this festival put on by radio station New Country 103.1 will feature Dustin Lynch, Chris Janson, Michael Ray, Carly Pierce, Matt Stell and more to be announced. If you don’t know who any of those people are, at least there are plenty of ribs to be had down on Rib Row.
Every first Friday of the month, ICA Miami keeps its doors open late for a free party that invites the neighborhood in to experience an array of contemporary art and performance, from film screenings and exhibition tours to DJ sets, drag shows and more. Museum guests are also encouraged to explore after-hours activations throughout the Miami Design District, including world-class public art installations by Yona Friedman, Sol LeWitt, Urs Fischer and Buckminster Fuller, among others. This month, check out a free performance by Jamaican-born, NYC-based producer Tygapaw, known for her lit underground parties that blend dancehall, ballroom and experimental rhythms.
Featuring over 50 of South Florida’s up-and-coming confectioners, Dessert Wars Miami is the closest thing we have to an IRL version of The Great British Baking Show. Sample an array of desserts from cupcakes and cookies to ice cream and doughnuts, and stick around to find out who will be crowned Miami’s Dessert Champion at the largest dessert festival in America.
Long the subject of musical dramas for the stage and screens large and small, legendary trumpeter Louis Armstrong is given a renewed, 21st century perspective courtesy of Miami-raised playwright Aurin Squire. Studded with songs, his world-premiere exploration traces Satchmo’s ascent from the birth of New Orleans jazz to his worldwide popularity during the Civil Rights era.
The museum’s largest annual fund-raiser is one of its tastiest events—and among its priciest. Don’t have the funds but still want to chip in? Snag tickets to the remix after-party, conceptualized by Lee Schrager in partnership with Valentino. Enjoy bites, cocktails and dancing under the stars, with performances by violinist Jared Burnett and Juan Areco Duo during dinner and DJ Gabby Mejia spinning the after-party. Snap some shots in the photobooth have your portrait sketched live—it’s an art museum, after all.
Escape from the chaos of Wynwood to celebrate the glory of womanhood at this all-day wellness festival. In the morning, take advantage of releasing mind-body classes, coaches and soul guides. Later, shop, play and connect in the curated marketplace filled with all sorts of goodies meant to help you embrace your whole, radiant self. The main event in the afternoon is an empowering panel of women from the wellness sphere including Dr. Marie Mbouni, Tera Maxwell, Nancy Matthews and more, facilitated by Women in Peace founder Jelena Petkovic.
If your idea of celebrating womanhood involves donning that adorbs new yoga set, sweating it out on a luxe pool deck and sipping lots of rosé to a soundtrack of chill, tropical beats, this is the Women’s Day event for you. Join in on the international holiday at the 1 Hotel South Beach where you’ll partake in a yoga class from Anatomy Gym, freshen up in the amenity-filled locker room and head to Habitat to graze the healthy brunch spread. Enjoy a welcome cocktail plus two glasses of rosé, frosé or a specialty cocktail joined by other local fierce females including NBC6’s Sheli Muñiz.
Miami’s favorite day rave/fitness party returns for a special nighttime dance-off that’s all about tapping into your highest vibrations, refreshing your body and realigning your mind. For the first time ever, the Daybreaker crew brings its DUSK edition deep in the heart of Coconut Grove at the historic Barnacle Park. Spring forward (yes, daylight saving time officially kicks off March 8 at 2am) while dancing in your finest floral prints as day turns to night over Biscayne Bay. You’ll enjoy relaxing yoga and meditation sessions followed by DJs and live performances, kombucha and happy hour bites by Manitoba Harvest.
The biggest draw at the yearly, two-day jazz festival may not even be the jazz; it’s probably the impressive lineup of R&B acts including Mary J. Blige, Jill Scott and SWV, plus enduring hip-hop favorite The Roots with Bilal and Kirk Franklin. Prepare for a heavy dose of nostalgia at the 15th annual event.
Update: This event has been cancelled as a precautionary measure due to the evolving Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation. Ten stages with a variety of live performances, drunken revelers reppin’ their country’s flag and all the croquetas and arepas you can stuff into your face: It’s time for Miami’s massive street fair, Calle Ocho, where thousands of people gather across the iconic 20 blocks every year to celebrate Latinx pride. SW 8th St between SW 12th and 27th.
For its annual free concert series on the beach, Orchestra Miami hosts a “Pastorale”-themed evening featuring Beethoven’s atmospheric “Symphony N. 6 in F Major, Op. 68.” Celebrated Chilean violinist Francisca Mendoza is also on the program, performing Tchaikovsky’s iconic “Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 55.” The 38 musicians of Orchestra Miami will be led by Artistic Director Elaine Rinaldi at the beautiful outdoor North Beach Bandshell.
Wander through gardens filled with more than 10,000 orchid plants at Fairchild’s 18th annual extravaganza, formerly known as the International Orchid Festival. As well as ogling vibrant and exotic variants of the iconic tropical flower, guests are invited to enjoy educational lectures and workshops plus dozens of flower and marketplace vendors peddling all the botanical wares over the three-day event. Festival entry is included price of admission to the garden ($25 for adults).
If you missed Lin-Manuel Miranda’s cross-cultural phenomenon during its touring debut at the Broward Center last winter—and since tickets were only guaranteed for subscribers, you probably did miss it—the Arsht Center is presenting the box office-shattering rap musical about Alexander Hamilton’s personal foibles and his invaluable contributions to the founding of our republic.
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at this giant Wynwood festival that’ll have plenty of booze, music, food trucks and St. Patty’s-themed activations, like “magical elf houses” and leprechaun dunk tanks. It’s a free event and your RSVP gets you a complimentary shot. Additional ticket tiers are also available, including the Green Swag Party Pack ($10), which adds a shamrock necklace, foam stick and St. Pat’s Hat to your free shot, or the Open Bar option ($29), featuring all-you-can-drink sponsored cocktails and green beer from 5 to 9pm near the main stage.
Paint the town green for four whole days at this downtown waterfront gem, featuring Jameson cold brew shots, green lager, Miami foodie staples such as Garcia’s Seafood and MOJO Donuts plus musical offerings from Kid Nemesis.
There’s more to the Design District than shopping (even if it is brimming with killer luxury stores). Get to know a new side of the glittering neighborhood on this free guided tour, covering 18 blocks of public artworks and the buildings they adorn. Art critic, journalist and educator Margery Gordon leads two tours a month that showcase selected public artworks and architectural highlights along distinctive routes. Meet in front of the Fly's Eye Dome on the first floor of Palm Court (enter at 140 NE 39th Street).
Guy Gerber’s Rumors party is well known among dance music fanatics. For another year, the Israeli tech-house giant Gerber will assemble a stellar bunch for his Ultra weekend kick-off party taking over the lush Lawn at Island Gardens. Aside from Gerber himself, the lineup is still TBA, but look forward to 12 hours of non-stop dancing on Biscayne Bay.
Our annual star-studded tennis tournament returns to its flashy new home at Hard Rock Stadium. Expect the same sporty-chic crowds and luxe activations, including private cabana suites and glittering champagne gardens. Oh, yeah, and ripping tennis matchups.
This one is all but guaranteed to sell out—especially considering the coziness of ATV Records, the 2.0 version of defunct Wynwood dance music institution the Electric Pickle. The grandfather of chilled-out Balearic tunes, DJ Harvey returns to cast a spell on the dancefloor. Expect a psychedelic, six-hour expedition into the depths of Harvey’s record collection.
Calling all Brickellites (or those willing to hunt for a parking spot), W Miami and Yoga Lab have teamed up once again to bring you a super zen fitness moment in the sky. Michael Shaeffer leads the free 60-minute class this time around. Grab your mat, head up to the 15th-floor WET Deck to sweat it out from 10 to 11am and then stay afterward for brunch at ADDiKT Modern Kitchen, where you’ll receive 10% off as a reward for all your hard work.
Update: This event has been cancelled as a precautionary measure due to the evolving Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation. The industry event that started it all, Winter Music Conference (WMC) celebrates its 35th anniversary as the longest-running electronic music and DJ conference. Under the umbrella of Miami Music Week (MMW), WMC returns to the Faena Forum on Miami Beach, bringing with it a whirlwind of activations, panels, parties and demos that herald the next generation of music pros and dance junkies.
Miami plays host to the only annual flamenco festival outside of New York City, and it features dancers directly from Spain. This year, María Pagés from the flamenco vanguard takes audiences on a distinctly feminine adventure that offers a new perspective on what real women feel and live.
Ultra Music Festival is still the biggest music event in Miami and Ultra 2020 should be as big as ever. After a somewhat disastrous move to Virginia Key Beach Park last year, the festival makes a triumphant return to its decade-long home at Bayfront Park. Like previous years, Ultra 2020 provides three days of dance music spread across multiple stages with headliners like Flume, Gesaffelstein, Major Lazer and Zedd, among others.
Picture a battalion of gourmet chefs cooking the fattest, most succulent pigs known to man, sommeliers pairing fine wines with delectable dishes and teams competing in a swine showdown to see who will be crowned the Prince or Princess of Pork. All that and more is going down at this annual extravaganza, and it’s going to be delish.
DJ Lee Burridge and his All Day I Dream camp are ready to gift Miami with yet another magical day of melodic deep house—a refreshing break from the hard beats and deafening drops of Ultra. This time around, they’re taking over the newly minted Beach Club at 1 Hotel, layering on their own colorful, boho décor to the already lush outdoor lounge. It’s going to be dreamy, with plenty of space for chatting and swaying to the ethereal soundtrack.
In today’s pop music landscape, where every song is saturated with auto-tune, it’s actually remarkable to hear how minimal the effects are on Cher’s “Believe.” Even more remarkable: how awesome Cher is on Twitter, regularly telling the president to put a sock in it and delivering other utterly kooky posts. Her vocals may sound a bit robotic, but her tweets prove that she’s 100 percent human.
This latest edition of Miami’s popular immersive theater series synthesizes the history of Miami Beach from the roaring 1920s to now. Put on by the Juggerknot Theatre company, the riveting show weaves storylines of segregation, climate-driven migration, mobsters and the trials and tribulations of the area’s Jewish and Argentinean communities, among others. Broadmoor Hotel, 7450 Ocean Terr, Miami Beach
Gainesville punk-rock band Against Me! famously demanded “Sink, Florida, Sink” and wrote the ultimate kiss-off of Miami on its song of the same name, but we can’t help but think Laura Jane Grace and company don’t completely hate the Sunshine State. They’re performing here, after all, and anyone who lives here knows their criticisms of the city (“All the money’s worthless / The talent is trite and exaggerated”) aren’t totally unfounded.
Race over the county line to Gulfstream Park to see the world’s top thoroughbred horses compete on the road to the Kentucky Derby. Just try not to lose all your money while you’re there.
You know when a band has a second singer for “unclean” vocals that it must make some pretty heavy music. Dance Gavin Dance is definitely in that category as veterans of the traveling punk showcase Warped Tour and the Pop Goes Punk compilation series. Their latest post-hardcore extravaganza, the album Artificial Selection, came out in 2018.
Miami Beach Gay Pride marks its 12th anniversary with an extended nine-day celebration, a sprawling village featuring free live music performances at Lummus Park and, of course, the grand finale parade. The party takes over Ocean Drive and surrounding areas, but you can find Pride activations all around the city, from the beach to the mainland, throughout the week. Locations vary
Cold beer, fresh fish and one of Miami’s most stunning waterfront estates come front and center at this annual festival, which also features cooking demonstrations, performances by Bahamian Junkanoos, stilt walkers and pontoon-boat rides.
New World Center’s annual SoundScape Cinema Series season is officially underway. Pack a blanket and picnic with friends and family at these free screenings under the stars, running on various dates and every Wednesday until May.