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Miami is a magical city filled with more options for entertainment than you can possibly imagine! Guests come to Miami for a variety of reasons including, beach, fine dinning, torrid night life but also for cultural events. We believe that being well located in a Miami Beach lodging or Miami Beach vacation rental next to those festivals is a great asset, the last thing that people want is to hassle with parking or driving.
You will love the great selection of festivals in Miami. Furthermore, many of these festivals in Miami are close to popular Miami Beach lodging. When you can walk to these festivals it makes it so much easier to take your time and enjoy all that these festivals in Miami have to offer.

We said above that there are more options than you can imagine, well here is just a sampling of the wonderful festivals in Miami, sorted by month. Again, this is just a sampling! There is truly something for everyone.

January
Art Deco Weekend Festival
Created by the Miami Design Preservation League, the Art Deco Weekend Festival celebrates Miami's Art Deco era (roughly from 1925 to 1945).
It features tours, lectures, films, a parade, and more.
Please call (305) 672-2014 for more information.

Beaux Arts Festival
The Beaux Arts Festival is located at the University of Miami's Lowe Art Museum and features crafts, art, and more from over 300 vendors.
Call (305) 284-3535 for more information.

Taste of the Garden
During the final week of January, the Miami Beach Botanical Garden hosts a sensational festival of Miami's best restaurants. It includes auctions, complimentary valet parking, and live music.
Call (305) 673-7256 for more information.

Coconut Grove Arts Festival
As one of the nation's largest, most prestigious art festivals, the Washington Mutual Coconut Grove Arts Festival features more than 325 renowned artists exhibiting in a dozen categories.
Call (305) 447-0401 for more information.

February
Miami Beach Festival of the Arts
73rd Street and Collins Avenue is popping during the first week of February. Music, eats, demonstrations, you name it! The setting, by the way, cannot be beat!
Call (305) 447-0401 for more information.

South Beach Wine & Food Festival
It’s wine, sensational dinners, the beach, and even some barbecue. What’s not to adore?
Call (305) 348-9463 for more information.

Caribbean Festival
During the last weekend if February, you can find all sorts of Caribbean live music and food at Bayfront Park.
Call (305) 740-7344 for more information.

March
Miami International Film Festival
Miami International Film Festival (MIFF) has recently grown in stature. MIFF uses a number of screens for viewing independent films. If you are a film buff, the first two weeks in March in Miami are for you!
More information is available by calling (305) 237-FILM.

Asian Culture Festival
March plays host to the exotic foods, crafts, clothes and jewelry of the Asian Culture Festival at Homestead's Fruit and Spice Park.
Call (305) 247-5727 for more information and dates.

Calle Ocho
Calle Ocho is Little Havana's world-famous, mid-March festival of food, music and Latin culture. It encompasses the 23-block area around SW 8th Street. You have to see this one to believe it!
Information: (305) 644-8888.

The Miami Taste of Brickell Food & Wine Festival
During mid to late March, this annual festival is a local favorite. It features over 50 area retaurants and their scrumptious creations, live entertainment, and more awesomeness than you can imagine!
Tickets goon sale in January, so it is best to book early! (305) 200-8892

Deering Seafood Festival on the Bay
Near the end of March, the Deering Estate comes alive as it hosts a day-long celebration of seafood and cuisine. Some of the top area chefs are on hand to prepare sensational dishes as well as lead demonstrations! (305) 235-1668

April
Miami RiverDay Festival
The Miami RiverDay Festival, held in early April, is a celebration of the culture and history of the Miami River. There are riverboat tours, live events, activities for children, and tons more. It is primarily located at Lummus Park.
For dates and info call (305) 644-0544

Miami Beach Gay Pride Festival and Expo
April finds Miami hosting the Gay Pride Parade. It travels along Ocean Drive between 5th and 15th. After the parade you will find the sensational festival and expo at Lummus Park. Check with (305) 673-4440 for more information. United Way Miami Wine and Food Festival
Beers, wines, spirits, and more are all part of the stunning United Way Miami Wine and Food Festival. This family friendly event offers entertainment, activities, workshops and more. (305) 646-7111

May
Miami Dance Festival
Led by The Momentum Dance Company in Coconut Grove, the Miami Dance Festival features a number of live dance and theatre productions throughout Miami and Miami Beach during May. (305) 858-7002

Redland International Orchid Festival
Mid-May is highlighted by the Redland International Orchid Festival, hosted at Fruit & Spice Park in Homestead. Vendors, tours, and educational sessions are all common here, not to mention the beautiful setting! (305) 247-5727

June
Miami / Bahamas Goombay Festival
At the beginning of June, Coconut Grove's street festival celebrates the history of early Bahamian residents with food, music, and events. (305) 448-9501

American Black Film Festival
This annual film festival takes place at many places throughout the city, during June. Call (646) 330-5458 for more information regarding times, venues, and screenings.

Florida Dance Festival
The Florida Dance Festival has been a tradition in the area for over 25 years. It celebrates every type of dance and has events and displays for all ages. (305) 867-7111

July
International Mango Festival
Celebrate all things Mango at International Mango Festival, which takes place one weekend in July, at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Gardens. This famous fest features tree sales, tastings, food demos, kid's activities, music and much more. Stop in for lunch or just a delicious mango smoothie! (305) 667-1651, ext. 3311

Coconut Grove 4th of July
There is no place better to spend Independence Day with your family. Fireworks, food, entertainment – something for everyone! (305) 273-7687

4th of July Coral Gables
The stunning Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables offers their take on Independence Day every year with fireworks, music and more, all in a sensational setting. (305) 273-7687

International Hispanic Theatre Festival
This mid-July festival is highlighted by Hispanic-themed plays, readings, and demos at a number of venues throughout Miami. Check with (305) 445-8877 for more information.

Colombian Festival
The Fair Expo Center is where you will find this annual celebration of Columbian culture and cuisine! Over 3 days in July, this famous festival is a definite highlight on the schedule. You will find: live entertainment, dancing, food, and culturally relevant vendors. Information: (305) 223-7060

August
Easter Seals Festival of Chefs
Easter Seals Miami-Dade's Festival of Chefs brings area chefs and their stunning recipes to the masses! This great festival gets a great deal of activity from everyone including authors, television personalities, and more as they participate in events, live auctions, raffles, and talent shows. A great event for everyone in your family! (305) 547-4713

Brazilian Film Festival
In mid to late August, the best efforts in Brazilian cinema compete for the Cristal Lens Award. Call (305) 673-7030 for your tickets to this sensational festival held at the Colony Theater.

International Ballet Fest
The IBF offers a variety of performances and educational opportunities through August. There are events for all facets of ballet featured at places like the Jackie Gleason Theatre and the Manuel Artime Performing Arts Center.
Call (305) 535-0255 for more detailed information.

October
FestivalMiami
Maurice Gusman Concert Hall hosts a series of concerts during the month of October. These shows represent the four themes: great performances, jazz, American music, and music of the Americas. Info: (305) 284-4940

Italian Film Festival
The second week of October finds the best in new Italian cinema arriving at Regal Cinemas South Beach. Info: (305) 864-0101

South Florida Dragon Boat Festival
After Columbus Day weekend, the South Florida Dragon Boat Festival at Haulover Park & Marina brings Dragon Boat racing to the Intracoastal Waterway. But that’s not all. You’ll also find martial arts demonstrations, Asian food booths, a Dragon Kids Playground, educational opportunities, and more.
Information is available at: (305) 345-8489.

Coral Gables Oktoberfest
Food, beer, music, dancing – what else is there? Well actually, quite a bit more including demonstrations and children’s activities. You should call (305) 446-3364 for more information.

Hispanic Heritage Festival
All October long, at varied locations, you will find celebrations remembering the Hispanic role that was played in the discovery of the Americas. Information: (305) 461-1014

Miami Fashion Fest
This is Miami, and the Miami Fashion Fest is exactly what you think it is – glamorous. At this late October event you will see: runway shows, photo shoot sessions, style clinics, shop specials, and presentations by designers. There are a number of venues for this event throughout the city, particularly around the Design District. Info: (800) 608-1140

Stone Crab Seafest - North Beach
Between 73rd Street and Collins Avenue, the beach is transformed into a massive feast complete with music, gourmet food, and drinks. You don’t want to miss this one! Info: (305) 865-4147

November
South Miami Art Festival
The first week of November brings this spectacular art festival featuring painting and watercolor, mixed media, prints and drawings, glass and wood sculpture, clay sculptures, photography, metalwork, and more. You can find all of this and more on Sunset Drive in downtown Miami. Information: (305) 661-1621

Miami Short Film Festival
Tower Theater and Coral Gables Art Cinema combine to present the Miami Short Film Festival. This week of short films from around the globe also features festivities and a number of hip events. Call (305) 642-1264 for more information about the specifics on one of the coolest festivals in Miami.

Harvest Festival
Come celebrate the harvest season at The Fair Expo Center. Call (386) 860-0092 for more information on this great festival that includes: historical re-enactments, quality food, music, antique automobiles, quilts, crafts, and more.

Miami Book Fair International
One of the nation's largest outdoor book fairs features is right here in Miami at Miami-Dade Community College – Wolfson Campus. The Miami Book Fair brings some 300 booksellers and publishers, and more than 250 authors to town to swap, sell, share, and discuss literature. Bibliophiles unite!
Call (305) 237-3258 for more information about the MBFI.

Garden Festival
This annual gardening festival is alive with plants, accessories, and activities for the whole family – and you don’t have to be a botanist to enjoy it! Bring your love for plants to Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden. Info: (305) 667-1651

December
Everglades Music and Crafts Festival
This is the real deal! Experience the Everglades in all its glory, complete with alligator wrestling, local crafts, air boat rides, Native American music, vendors, and great food at the Miccosukee Indian Village.
Give them a call at (305) 223-8380 for more information.

Festival of Carols
Start the holiday season in the right mood at the City of Miami Gardens. Their Festival of Carols features a holiday light display and seasonal entertainment including caroling, vocal and instrumental soloists, choirs, and more. This one is definitely for the whole family! Info: (305) 622-8000.

Junior Orange Bowl Parade & Festival
Here is another family friendly festival. The Junior Orange Bowl Parade and Festival features floats and marching bands. There are also a variety of events for kids of all ages including arts, crafts, children’s sports, and more. Info: (305) 662-1210