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The best winter events in Miami

Make a game plan this season with our guide to the best winter events in Miami, from festivals and fairs to parades

Photograph: Unsplash/Mathew Schwartz

Winter events in Miami sure are something. While the rest of the country is shivering, we’re still hitting up the best Miami Beaches, sipping cocktails on the best rooftop bars in Miami and catching outdoor shows at the best live music venues in Miami. It’s a time of year so magical, it almost makes you forget how miserable summer was. So, live it up now and check out some of the best things to do in Miami this winter. 

Winter events in Miami


Beaux Arts Festival

This annual arts festival in support of South Florida’s first art museum, the Lowe, returns to the University of Miami’s campus. The event, encouraging an appreciation of the arts across Miami, features outdoor exhibits, local vendors and lots of food. 

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Until Sun Jan 14

Life in Color Festival

The self-proclaimed world’s largest paint party comes back to Miami with their usual lineup of EDM superstars and hip-hop heavyweights: Zedd, 21 Savage, Snails, Lil Pump, blackbear and more. Don’t miss your opportunity to get smothered in brightly colored hues and dance the night away.

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Until Sun Jan 14

Nite Hike

Let the snowbirds hit the beach; you have more important things to do in December, like go on a hike. Explore Deering Estate’s backwoods on foot during a guided walking tour, then end your night toasting marshmallows and eating s’mores around the campfire.

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Until Wed Jan 10

Art Deco Weekend

Commemorate the city’s beautiful facades with special film screenings on the sand, classic car displays, walking tours, a retro-themed fashion show and art exhibitions. At Ocean Dr between Fifth and 15th Sts.

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Until Sun Jan 14

Redland Heritage Festival

Experience the wonder of Redland, a southern slice of Miami ripe with farmland, fruit and South Florida traditions forgotten to much of Miami. The Redland Heritage Festival is a great way to reconnect with local art, food and culture. Plus, there’s a petting zoo!

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Until Sun Jan 14

Miami Marathon and Half Marathon

Lace up for Miami’s most popular racing event. Now in its 16th year, the run winds through the city’s most scenic neighborhoods, from Bayfront Park to Coconut Grove and Key Biscayne. Supporters are encouraged to cheer along the way. 

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Until Sun Jan 28

International Chocolate Festival

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden dedicates three full days to the beloved cocoa bean for this annual event. Don’t miss your opportunity to taste samples from artisan chocolatiers, sit in on lectures and participate in all sorts of sweet demonstrations.

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Until Sun Jan 21

Pegasus World Cup

The richest horse race in the world (with a $16 million dollar purse on the line) comes to Gulfstream Park. Not into horses? Come for the atmosphere, which will be bordering on South Beach nightclub thanks to a day party hosted by LIV’s David Grutman.

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Until Sat Jan 27

Miami Jewish Film Festival

Celebrate the unexpected at the largest Jewish cultural event in South Florida, showcasing all things cinema with nearly 100 feature-length and short films screened at multiple venues around the city.

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Until Thu Jan 25

Miami International Boat Show

Whether you want to gawk, check out some marine gear or actually buy a yacht, the Miami International Boat Show is the place to be. Get nautical at the five-day boat show, which takes place at the historic Miami Marine Stadium.

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Until Mon Feb 19
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Hanging around longer? Add these to your list of seasonal essentials.