is host to a myriad of multicultural special events, from arts and crafts shows and food festivals to film and sporting events. The choice is endless. Although you will find special events all year long, summer is recognized as “Festival Season” in Miami, when you’ll find festivals celebrating everything art to dance and film to cultural heritage. Recognized as an international hub, Miami has hosted events such as the 4th Annual Latin Grammy Awards Show, the celebration of the Free Trade of the Americas Conference, FTAA and MTV Music Awards and was host city for the visit of the Spanish Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar. A sample of the types special events found in Miami is given below.
Miami Beach Festival of the Arts – Showcases the juried artwork of more than 100 artists from across the nation. Entertainment by local groups, international food and children’s activities. Usually held in February.
South Miami Art Festival – Outdoor juried fine arts show with more than 170 exhibits by local and national artists. Family entertainment and food. Held in the fall.
International Hustle and Salsa Competition
Coconut Grove Art Crawl – Every second Friday of the month, explore the galleries of Coconut Grove.
Coral Gables Farmer’s Market – Outdoor farmer’s market takes place every Saturday from January through March at the Coral Gables City Hall.
Greater Miami Mardi Gras – An annual festival with spectacular parades featuring decorated floats, pageants, elaborate costumes, food, music and dancing in the streets. Held in February.
Saint Sophia Greek Festival – Annual Greek festival offering food, music, dancing and children’s activities. Usually held in February.
Caribbean Carnival – All-night carnival celebration featuring top bands from the Caribbean, island food and drinks. Held at the Coconut Grove Expo Center in October.
Discovery of America Day – An outdoor music and food festival featuring ethnic food, folkloric groups, Latin entertainment and children’s activities. Re-enactment of the landing of Columbus in the Americas.
Miami Carnival – Traditional West Indian-style carnival and parade featuring steel band music, costumes food, arts and crafts and more. Usually held in October.
Harvest Festival – More than 300 craft artists display their items ranging from wood crafts to quilts. Historical re-enactments, food and entertainment. Held at the Fair Expo Center in November.