By Kara Franker
Don’t miss these Miami events in the month of February.
While the rest of the country is freezing cold, Miami offers tropical weather and a hot list of not-to-miss events. Whether you take advantage of all the hotel and restaurant deals for Miami Romance Month, or attend one of the many popular festivals this month, February has something for everyone.
Miami Romance Month: Feb.1-29
Fan the flames of love during Miami Romance Month. Enjoy special offers at area hotels and restaurants and attend the 2016 It’s So Miami Wedding Showcase at the Coral Gables Country Club on Feb. 24. Tickets start at $10.
The Original Miami Beach Antique Show: Jan. 28-Feb. 1
The Original Miami Beach Antique Show brings together nearly 1,000 antique dealers from all over the world to the Miami Beach Convention Center. Shop antique furniture and jewelry collections dating as far back as the 17th century. Tickets start at $20.
From Brazil to the World: Feb. 1
Enjoy cultural music and performances at From Brazil to the World at the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center. Tickets start at $10.
Miami International Map Fair: Feb. 5-7
Spark wanderlust at HistoryMiami’s 23rd annual Miami International Map Fair in Downtown Miami. Discover antique maps, globes and rare books at this three-day event. Tickets start at $15 for general admission.
Pinecrest Gardens Chili Cook-Off: Feb. 6
Pinecrest Gardens is hosting it’s 4th Annual Chili Cook-Off event featuring country music bands, line-dancing, mechanical bull rides and lots of chili to taste. Tickets start at $5 and admission for Pinecrest Gardens members is free.
BritWeek: Feb. 10-18
First launched in 2013 in Miami, Britweek celebrates the creative fusion between the United Kingdom and the Magic City. British born “So You Think You Can Dance” judge, Nigel Lythgoe founded the event, which brings a wide range of activities and parties; some are by invitation only and others are open to the public. Ticket prices vary.
Miami International Boat Show: Feb. 11-15
Held each year in February, the Progressive Insurance Miami International Boat Show is back. This year the festival will be held at Miami Marine Stadium Park & Basin on the Rickenbacker Causeway, leading out to Virginia Key and Key Biscayne. Hop on one of the free water taxis or shuttles for easy access to the show. Tickets start at $20.
Art Wynwood: Feb. 11-15
Explore art by more than 70 international galleries at the Art Miami Pavilion in Miami’s colorful Wynwood neighborhood. An annual art fair, tickets to Art Wynwood start at $25.
Coconut Grove Arts Festival: Feb. 13-15
Check out more than 300 international artists in the eclectic seaside village of Coconut Grove. The annual Coconut Grove Arts Festival is held each year on Presidents Day Weekend and showcases live music, food by local chefs and, of course, lots of great art. Tickets start at $15 and there’s a $5 discount for residents.
Valentine’s Day: Feb. 14
Take advantage of the special restaurant and hotel deals available during Miami Romance Month. Attend a romantic event like The Love Boat 2016 Miami Valentine’s Day Yacht Party or the “Moonlight & Music” Valentine’s Day Concert at the Deering Estate at Cutler. Prices vary.
Kite Day Festival: Feb. 14
The 24th annual Kite Day Festival will showcase hundreds of kites over Miami Beach at Haulover Park. Started by Skyward Kites at Haulover Park, the event is free and open to all ages.
Taste of Miami: Feb. 18
Hosted by the Miami Marlins and celebrity Chef Adrianne Calvo, Taste of Miami will feature a live cooking competition with Miami’s finest chefs and athletes. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Marlins Foundation. Tickets start at $99.
Artopia: Feb. 18
Celebrate Miami’s best artists, musicians, fashion designers, chefs and mixologists at the 8th Annual Artopia Miami hosted by the Miami New Times, Miracle Mile and Downtown Coral Gables. Tickets start at $20.
Virginia Key Grassroots Festival of Music and Dance: Feb. 18-21
Enjoy roots rock, reggae, funk, Latin and more at the Virginia Key Grassroots Festival of Music and Dance at the Historic Virginia Key Beach Park. Featuring more than 50 bands, the festival will also feature dance, yoga and music workshops. Tickets start at $25.
Carnaval Miami: Feb 20-March 26
A series of vibrant events celebrating Latin culture and hosted by the Kiwanis Club of Little Havana, Carnaval Miami includes the Calle Ocho Festival (March 13), Carnaval on the Mile (March 5-6), Miss Carnaval Miami Pageant (Feb 20) and more. Ticket prices vary.
South Miami Rotary Art Festival: Feb. 20-21
The 33rd annual South Miami Rotary Art Festival will take place in downtown South Miami along Sunset Drive. Listen to live music, hang out in the beer garden and view works by more than 150 artists. Admission is free.
Model Beach Volleyball Tournament: Feb. 20-21
The hottest runway models compete against the top professional volleyball players in the world at the Model Beach Volleyball Tournment at Lummas Park on Miami Beach.
Ranger-Led Tamiami Trail Triathlon: Feb. 21
Discover the wild side of Everglades National Park and Big Cypress Nature Preserve on during the Ranger-Led Tamiami Trial Triathlon. Not your average triathlon, the event isn’t a competition to beat the clock or other participants. Instead, it’s a fun way to explore the Everglades by paddling, hiking and biking with park rangers. For more info and to sign up, visit nps.gov.
SOBEWFF: Feb. 24-28
Back in Miami for its 15 edition, the Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival Presented by Food & Wine (SOBEWFF) will dazzle your taste buds. Nosh on delicious eats crafted by celebrity chefs and attend glitzy late-night parties at this popular annual event. Ticket prices vary depending on event.
Miami International GuitART Festival: Feb. 24-28
Hosted by the FIU School of Music, the Miami International GuitART Festival brings international guitarists from around the world for a series of concerts, master classes, lectures and more at WPAC Concert Hall. The music festival is led by Benjamin Verdery, from Yale University School of Music. Tickets start at $20.
9 Mile Music Festival: Feb. 27
Groove to the sounds of reggae music at the annual 9 Mile Music Festival at Historic Virigina Key Beach Park. Once known as the Caribbean Music Festival, the event will feature performances by Stephen Marley, Damian Marley, Julian Marley and Nas. Tickets start at $53.83 and attendees are also asked to bring four canned goods as a charitable donation.
Walk for the Animals: Feb. 27
The Humane Society of Greater Miami is hosting the 16th annual Walk for the Animals event in Downtown Miami’s Bayfront Park. You and your pooch can participate in the walk as an individual, family or a pack and all funds raised will raise money to support homeless and abandoned animals.
Harlem Globetrotters at AmericanAirlines Arena: Feb. 28
Celebrating their 90th anniversary tour, the Harlem Globetrotters will showcase their crowd-pleasing basketball skills for this family-friendly event in Downtown Miami at AmericanAirlines Arena. Tickets start at $20.
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