Miami, the vibrant and sizzling city of eternal summer, knows how to throw a festival like no other. With its pulsating beats, cultural diversity and breathtaking beachside locations, it's no wonder Miami has become a haven for party animals and culture enthusiasts alike. If you're a seasoned festival-goer or just looking to unleash your inner party animal, we've got the lowdown on the hottest events that will make your Miami experience unforgettable. Here is the crème de la crème of Miami's festival scene.
Art Deco Weekend (January):
Kicking off the year in style, Art Deco Weekend transports you back to the glamorous era of the 1920s and 1930s. In January, the iconic Miami Beach becomes a living, breathing time capsule, showcasing classic cars, live music and jaw-dropping fashion that would make Gatsby himself green with envy.
South Beach Jazz Festival (February):
For lovers of smooth melodies and soulful rhythms, the South Beach Jazz Festival is a must-attend event. Held in the heart of Miami Beach, this festival brings together world-renowned jazz artists and local talents to create an unforgettable auditory experience. Grab a cocktail, find a cosy spot on the sand and let the music transport you to new heights.
Gay8 Festival (February):
Celebrating the LGBTQ+ community with an infectious dose of colour, the Gay8 Festival is a spectacular event that embraces diversity and love in all its forms. In the heart of Miami's historic Little Havana neighbourhood, this lively street festival combines music, dance and art to create an unforgettable celebration of unity and acceptance.
Ahoy, sailors! The Miami International Boat Show is an absolute must for those with a penchant for the high seas. With an enviable display of yachts, boats and marine accessories, this event is a paradise for maritime enthusiasts. Whether you're a seasoned captain or simply dreaming of setting sail, this festival will ignite your love for all things nautical.
Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival (February):
Prepare your taste buds for a culinary journey like no other at the Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival. Renowned chefs, food enthusiasts and passionate gourmands gather in Miami to indulge in delectable dishes, sample exquisite wines and learn the tricks of the trade from culinary legends. Think sumptuous seafood feasts and mouthwatering desserts – this festival is a gastronomic delight.
Coconut Grove Arts Festival (February):
Prepare to feast your eyes on a visual smorgasbord at the Coconut Grove Arts Festival. This February extravaganza showcases the work of talented artists from around the world, with stunning displays of paintings, sculptures and mixed-media masterpieces. Lose yourself in a sea of creativity as you wander through the charming streets of Coconut Grove, surrounded by art that will leave you in awe.
Miami Film Festival (March):
Lights, camera, action! The Miami Film Festival takes centre stage in March, showcasing the best in international cinema. With a diverse selection of thought-provoking films, engaging panel discussions and star-studded red carpet events, this festival is a treat for movie buffs and aspiring filmmakers alike. Sit back, relax and let the magic of the silver screen transport you to new worlds.
Get ready to samba, merengue and cha-cha your way through Carnaval Miami. Held in the colourful streets of Little Havana, this vibrant celebration of Latin American culture is a feast for the senses. Carnaval Miami will have you dancing in the streets with a smile on your face, where you’ll boogie to electrifying parades with pulsating music and sample mouthwatering street food.
Calle Ocho Music Festival (March):
Bienvenidos a la fiesta! The Calle Ocho Music Festival is the epitome of Miami's Latin flare. Celebrating Hispanic heritage and music, this street festival brings the heart of Little Havana alive with vibrant performances, salsa beats, and delicious Latin cuisine. So grab a mojito, perfect your salsa moves, and immerse yourself in the lively atmosphere of Calle Ocho.
Ultra Music Festival (March):
Prepare to have your senses shaken, stirred and electrified at the Ultra Music Festival. Renowned worldwide as one of the premier electronic music events, this festival brings together the biggest names in EDM for an unforgettable weekend of non-stop beats and mesmerizing visuals. Join thousands of music aficionados as you dance the night away under Miami's starry sky.
Miami's festival calendar continues to heat up throughout the year, with events like Miami Beach Pride, the Formula 1 Miami Grand Prix, Wynwood Pride and the Miami Carnival Parade and Concert, just to name a few. Each festival births a unique experience that showcases Miami's rich cultural tapestry, captivating visitors from near and far.
Now that you've got the scoop on Miami's hottest festivals, it's time to pack your bags, grab your shades and head to the Magic City. And while you're here, make your stay at citizenM Miami your home away from home. With our stylish design, vibrant atmosphere and central location, citizenM is the perfect base for your Miami adventure. Come on down and let Miami's festivals sweep you off your feet in the most fabulous way possible. We'll see you on the dance floor!