The Best Diverse Events Hitting Up Miami This Year


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By: Jessica Modkins

Miami is a diverse city with festivals and events that are just as culturally diverse.

Miami's multicultural diversity shows in its array of festivals, food, and music. Miami always has something fun to do that celebrates its unique cultural fabric. Whether it's an outdoor festival or conference, each has an annual place on the city’s calendar. Grab a marker and circle these dates on your agenda so you don’t miss out on these upcoming diverse events.

Coconut Grove Arts Festival is a premier arts festival along McFarlane Road that has graced the community since its inception in 1963. The Coconut Grove Arts Festival showcases the work of 360 internationally recognized artists and attracts approximately 120,000 guests annually. Attendees can view mixed media, paintings, photography, watercolor, jewelry, sculptures, wood and much more. The three-day festival hits the Grove every February for President's Day weekend. It’s literally one-mile full of vendors, food and of course art.

Try out something outside of the box. Treat your taste buds to the Asian Culture Festival. Every Asian country is represented from Vietnam to Turkey. The Thai-American Association of South Florida joins forces with the Miami-Dade County Asian-American Advisory Board annually to promote cultural diversity. This festival is family-friendly and has arts, crafts, entertainment, and a variety of food. The festival takes place at the Fruit & Spice Park in Homestead every March.

The Haitian Compas Festival is a two-day festival that began in 1998. Festival founders Rodney Noel and Jean -Michel Cerenord bring the best of Haitian music to Miami. The Haitian Compas Festival is ranked one of the largest Caribbean festivals drawing around 15,000 guests who not only enjoy konpa dance music, but other genres as well. Billed as the Haitian festival that promotes the true heritage of the country with food vendors serving the finest griyo (baked pork shoulder), The Haitian Compas Festival is a must-see. This annual festival takes place in downtown Miami in May.

The American Black Film Festival (ABFF) has traveled the globe hosting festivals for decades. In 2002, founder Jeff Friday brought the festival to sunny Miami Beach and attendees can now count on it as their annual Miami Summer Film Festival. ABFF is the largest Black gathering of TV and filmmakers as well as film enthusiasts in the country. The festival features shorts, full-length features and documentaries created by emerging artists and seasoned filmmakers. With over 10,000 guests in attendance and over 1,000 films, ABFF is sure not to disappoint. Check it out every summer in June.

Established in 1996 by Neri Torres, the IFE-ILE Afro-Cuban Dance Festival encompasses a three-day children's camp, dance workshops, an academic conference, and a gala. IFE-ILE is a celebration of the Afro-Cuban culture. The festival showcases a fusion of modern dances and Afro-Cuban dance styles like Mambo, Son, Afro-Modern, Chancleta, Salsa, and Rumba. The festival was created to enhance cultural awareness, establish cultural understandings, as well as to preserve and promote art. It takes place in August.

Music. Memories. Miami Beach. That's the Revolt Music Conference. Founded by Music Executive Sean Combs in 2013, the music conference is billed as an unforgettable experience featuring the “who's who” in music and entertainment. It's no wonder that the conference has successfully cultivated an educational conference with unforgettable networking swagger. The three-day conference features breakout panelists for music, creatives, technology enthusiasts and of course the parties. Pool party, yacht party, club party - they've got you covered. Join the conference annually in October.

Art of Black Miami explores, celebrates and showcases the vast African diaspora through the visual arts. This includes paintings, sculptures, art exhibitions, art talks, and performances. The Art of Black Miami began in 2013 and takes place in heritage neighborhoods throughout South Florida. You can venture through Miami’s communities like Historic Overtown for Soul Basel Weekend or to Coconut Grove to visit Kroma. Each distinct neighborhood has a unique schedule of activities sure to excite the art aficionado. Although Art of Black Miami initially emerged in conjunction with Art Basel Miami Beach, taking place annually in December, it has been gaining more recognition and a stronger presence through events and exhibits occurring all year long. Because of this it is successfully transitioning into Art of Black Miami 365.

The Miccosukee Indian Arts Festival has been going on for several decades. In fact, it began in 1974 and celebrates the traditions of the Miccosukee’s culture. You can expect to see alligator wrestling - yes, a tribal member will single handedly take on a gator. It's an age-old tradition past down from generation to generation. Also on hand will be Pow-Pow styled dance, the beloved Native American Hoop-dance style, live painting exhibitions, shopping, food and more. Save the date to visit the Miccosukee Indian Village this December.

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