Events and Happenings

Art Deco Weekend

The Art Deco Weekend Festival, started by the Miami Design Preservation League over a quarter century ago, heralds Miami's Art deco era from 1920-1945. Taking place in the Art Deco District of South Beach, the event features booths along Ocean Drive, tours, lectures, films, music, and a parade. Mid January every year.

The Miami International Art Fair

Miami hosts galleries from around the world offering modern & contemporary art, photography, and design. Seasoned and novice collectors, as well as museum curators, trustees, art advisors, architects and designers attend this event throughout Miami every year. Mid January

ING Miami Marathon

Runners from around the world congregate in Miami each January for the ING Miami Marathon. The 26.2 mile course starts and finishes downtown in the vicinity of the American Airlines Arena and Bayfront Park. There's a shorter 13.1 mile half-marathon course as well. End of January

Original Miami Beach Antique Show

Over the first long weekend in February every year, over 1,000 dealers showcase their finest antiques at the Miami Beach Convention Center. It is the largest indoor antique show in the world. Early February

Coconut Grove Arts Festival

This annual arts festival attracts over 750,000 people every year the third week of February to the heart of Coconut Grove to view the works of over 300 artists and crafts people. It is one of the largest and most prestigious outdoor art festivals in the world.

Mid February

Miami International Boat Show and Strictly Sail

This popular event showcases the latest in powerboats, sailboats, engines, electronics and accessories. For three days over 2,000 exhibitors showcase millions of dollars worth of nautical pleasure from the worlds leading manufacturers. There's also a Sunset Celebration with street performers, contests and drinks specials. The Boat Show takes place in February at the Miami Beach Convention Center, Miami marina at Bayside for Strictly Sail, and Sea Isle Marina for boats and yachts. One of the greatest boat shows in the world, there is no better place to shop for your pleasure craft.

Mid February

Food Network South Beach Wine and Food Festival

Serious foodies and wine connoisseurs flock annually every February to this ultimate culinary festival which attracts the superstar chefs including Alain Ducasse, Bobby Flay, Nigella Lawson, Jamie Oliver and Emeril Lagasse. A world class wine, spirits, and food tasting extravaganza that features expert tastings, sparkling dinners, culinary seminars, a beachside barbeque, a champagne brunch, and fabulous parties. Mid February

Winter Music Conference

Musicians and corporate representatives from over 70 countries attend this annual music industry conference held over the second week in March. The event takes place at the Miami Beach Convention Center, at numerous nightclubs and other participating venues throughout Miami. Mid March

Miami International Film Festival

Every March thousands of people, including Oscar winners and nominees, flock to Miami to see the best in global cinema. Presented by Miami Dade College, the Miami International Film festival uses various venues for screening independent and foreign films, often selected for artistry rather then box office appeal. Prizes are given in documentary and dramatic categories. March

Gusman Center for the Performing Arts, 174 E Flagler Street, Downtown Miami

Sony Eriksson Tennis Open

The Sony Eriksson is now the fifth largest international tennis tournament in terms of players, attendance, and prize money. Taking place every year at the Crandon Park Tennis Center on scenic Key Biscayne, tennis enthusiasts enjoy 12 days of exceptional tennis every March/April.

Crandon Park Tennis Center, 7300 Crandon Blvd, Key Biscayne

Miami Dade County Fair

Every year the Miami Dade County Fair, commonly referred to as "The Fair" hits the fairgrounds in Southwest Miami at the intersection of Coral Way and 112th Avenue. The event features rides, food, and numerous exhibits. Mid March.

WGC-CA Golf Championship

Every year mid March, golf enthusiasts hit the acclaimed Doral Golf Course to watch top professional golfers compete from across the globe.

March. Doral Golf Resort and Spa, 4400 NW 87th Ave, Miami

Ultra Music Festival

The ultra popular Ultra Music Festival takes place every year in March at Bicentennial Park in Downtown Miami where thousands flock to hear top name groups and newcomers perform live. Mid March

Miami International Fashion Week

Presenting dozens of designers from throughout Latin America, Asia, Europe, the Caribbean, and elsewhere, Miami Fashion Week of the Americas unfolds under a fashion tent at 21st and Collins on Miami Beach and at the Convention Center. There are numerous fashion runway shows and elegant parties. Awards include Designers Choice, Pret-A-Porter Style, and Excellence in Evening Wear. Mid March

Carnaval Miami/Calle Ocho

For ten days each spring, Latino Miami struts its stuff with a full slate of beauty pageants, sports activities, food and concerts. The grand finale is Calle Ocho, a 23-block street festival in Little Havana – the largest block party in the world. More than a million every March watch live entertainment on 30 stages featuring salsa, merengue and Caribbean music. March

The Miami Beach Polo World Cup

Every year in mid to late April, on the sands of South Beach between 20th and 22nd Street, polo teams from across the country and top polo players compete for the cup. Mid April

The Miami Goombay Festival

The streets of Coconut Grove come alive and welcome a taste of Bahamian culture every year. June

Miami Spice

This is a fantastic opportunity to enjoy the best dishes and culinary masterpieces from Miami's finest chefs at reasonable prices. Every year in August and September, Foodies delight in sampling the menu's offered throughout Miami Spice.

The Miami Home Show

Held at the Miami Beach Convention Center every year, the Miami Home Show hosts dozens of design companies displaying their expertise and the latest furnishings and products to help you renovate or build your dream home. End August/Early Sept

Columbus Day Regatta

Every year mid October to commemorate Christopher Columbus's 1492 voyage, over 200 sailboats race on Biscayne Bay just off Coconut Grove. This celebration includes numerous nautical enthusiasts out on the bay and concludes with a historically rowdy party off Elliott Key. Mid October

NASCAR - Ford Championship Weekend

Nascar is a four day exciting racing event that takes place at the Homestead Miami Speedway in Homestead every November. Except racing celebrities on the track, food, and lots of beer.

Early November. Homestead Speedway, 1 Speedway Blvd, Homestead, South Miami

Miami Book Fair International

Half a million people turn out for this literary event every November. The lively street fair takes place Downtown Miami and 250+ renowned writers take part in lectures and readings.

Miami Dade College, Wolfson Campus, 300 NE 2nd Ave, Downtown Miami

The South Florida International Auto Show

Auto enthusiasts and car shoppers flock to this annual event at the Miami Beach Convention Center every year to see over 1,000 models of the latest and classic automobiles and motorcycles. Mid November

White Party

The White Party is the most famous of HIV/AIDS benefits which draws an estimated 10,000 people for a week late November every year. The list of events include the legendary elegant bash at Vizcaya, the White Party, tea dances, fashion shows, and the Muscle Beach Bash. This annual fundraiser attracts numerous gay celebrities and famous DJ's. Late November

Miami Art Week/Art Basel

Miami Art Week features 20+ art fairs and events throughout Miami, Miami Beach, Downtown Miami, and the Wynood/Midtown Art District. Art Basel is the largest fair at the heart of Art Week, and the reason for the numerous satellite fairs that have risen in popularity. Art Week and Art Basel run annually in the first week of December. Art Basel and Design Miami are located side by side in Miami Beach. Scope is directly on the beach. Miami Beach hotel fairs include Nada, Ink, Select, and Aqua. Art Miami is another huge fair located alongside Context, Spectrum, Miami Project, Brazil Art Fair, and Red Dot in the Wynwood/Midtown Arts District. Many additional art galleries and events take place in Wynwood. The Wynwood Walls are not to be missed during Art Week. Pulse Miami and the Miami River Art Fair are notable fairs located near Wynwood Downtown Miami. There are convenient shuttle busses to and from the fairs.

Art Basel

Art Basel is the world's largest, premier Modern and Contemporary Art Show held annually in Basel Switzerland, Hong Kong, and Miami Beach. This innovative and prestigious platform for artists from throughout the world to showcase their finest works is Miami's largest and most esteemed event. This is the show to be seen and attend, attracting the worlds leading gallerists, curators, museum directors, and collectors, in addition to the who's who and social jetset. The world meets art at Art Basel. The diverse and iconic Miami Beach with its glittering beaches, classic Art Deco architecture, and sizzling nightlife is the perfect winter meeting place to embrace this dynamic and cultural event. Held the first week of December, Art Basel attracts over 60,000 visitors every year drawn to the premier artwork by renowned artists, emerging stars, and the social excitement stimulated by this dynamic and creatively extravagant occasion. Paintings, sculptures, drawings, installations, photographs, films, video, and editioned works of the highest quality are displayed at the main exhibition hall at the Miami Beach Convention Center, with additional artwork, exhibits, and performances at Collins Park, SoundScape Park, New World Center, and nearby beaches. Galleries from North America, South America, Europe, Asia, and Africa make up the list of impressive participants, in addition to panel discussions, special presentations, and performances, exhibitions at the Miami Art Museum, Bass Museum of Art, Norton Museum, the new Perez Art Museum, Wolfsonian, and Moca further accentuate this unique event.

The first day of Art Basel is the private view and evening Vernissage, by invitation only. The show is open to the public from the second day onward. Tickets can be purchased online, or at the show where guides, catalogs, and information is readily available.

Art Basel Miami Beach - Dec. 5-8 2013

Next editions of Art Basel Miami Beach will take place:

Dec 4-7 2014

Dec 3-6 2015

Complimenting Art Basel is the annual Art Miami, Context, Design Miami, Aqua Art Miami, and the Red Dot Art Fair that run simultaneously offering visitors additional top notch art works from around the globe. The collaboration of these exclusive events constitute Miami Art Week.

Art Miami. Context, and Aqua Art Miami

Art Miami showcases premier works of contemporary 20th and 21st century art from over 125 galleries and art institutions from around the world. It is an annual event since 1989 held during Art Basel at the Art Miami pavilion in Miami Midtown in the Edgewater/Wynwood Arts district just north of Downtown Miami. It is one of the most important US art events attracting over 60,000 collectors, curators, museum professionals, and art enthusiasts every year.

Art Miami 2013 - Dec 3-8, 2242 NW 2nd Ave, Miami

Context is the annual sister fair to Art Miami that takes place in its own large pavilion adjacent to the Art Miami pavilion joined by a cafe and lounge. The open atmosphere is the ultimate platform to present cutting edge works, curated projects, and exhibitions from emerging talent and mid career artists.

Aqua Art Miami is one of the best fairs for emerging art during Miami Art Week. Recognized for presenting vibrant and noteworthy art, performance art, and media art, Aqua affiliates young dealers and galleries with emerging and mid career artists from around the globe. Set within a classic South Beach hotel, Aqua Art offers visitors easy access to Art Basel at the convention center and shuttle service to its sister fairs, Art Miami and Context.

Aqua Art Miami - Aqua Hotel, 1530 Collins Ave, Dec 4-8, 2013

Design Miami

Design Miami occurs annually alongside Art Basel adjacent to the Miami Beach Convention Center at Meridian and 19th Street. This celebrated event showcases museum quality exhibitions of 20th and 21st century furniture, lighting, and objects d'art from top designers and architects. It attracts the most influential collectors, gallerists, designers, curators, and critics from around the world in celebration of design, architecture, art, fashion, and culture. Design Miami - Dec 4-8 2013

Red Dot Art Fair

The Red Dot Art Fair is an annual event that runs concurrent with Art Basel and Art Miami. Acclaimed for its diversity, Red Dot offers a unique selection of over 60 galleries exhibiting painting, sculpture, photography, and fine art from around the world. Located adjacent to Art Miami in the Midtown/Wynwood Arts District just north of Downtown Miami, Red Dot Fair showcases a unique collection of art from emerging, mid career, and established artists.

Red Dot Fair Miami - Dec 3-8 2013


Scope takes place on the sands of Miami Beach within a 70,000 square foot pavilion adjacent to South Beach's acclaimed Art Deco district. Scope showcases an extraordinary presentation of emerging contemporary art attracting emerging galleries, collectors, curators, and visitors looking for new discovery. Scope features and outdoor beach lounge and views of the Atlantic Ocean.

Scope - Dec 3-8 2013, 10th and Ocean Drive, Miami Beach


Pulse, held annually in New York and Miami, is one of the leading US art fairs dedicated solely to contemporary art. It provides a unique platform for diverse galleries to showcase a progressive blend of renowned and pioneering contemporary artists, large scale installations, and innovative programming. It is located in the Media and Entertainment District just north of Downtown Miami in the Ice Palace.

Pulse Miami - Dec 5-8 2013, 1400 North Miami Avenue, Miami

Nada Art Fair

Nada is located at the Deauville Hotel in Miami Beach's North Beach and runs parallel with Art Basel every year. It is a non profit event that creates an open flow of information, support, and collaboration amongst the youngest and strongest art galleries of emerging contemporary art from around the world. The contemporary art displayed nurtures the growth of emerging artists, curators, and galleries.

Nada Art Fair - Dec 5-8 2013, The Deauville Beach Resort, 6701 Collins Ave, Miami Beach

Winterfest Boat Parade

One of the top 20 parades in the world, this Fort Lauderdale memorable event takes place every year in December. Offering magical moments for kids and adults alike, this unique event features festively decorated boats and a visit from Santa Claus. Mid December

King Mango Strut

To cap off the year, every December the streets of Coconut Grove turns into a crazy place when the King Mango Strut comes to town. This is the Groves version of the Orange Bowl Parade and offers tons of fun. End December

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