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By: Sergy Odiduro

If you’re a fan of festivals, Greater Miami & Miami Beach is the place to be. Simply put, it’s always festival season here.

Whether you’re looking to try salsa dancing, snag your next favorite book or sample a dish that’s new and exotic, there’s a festival that will suit you. Not sure where to start? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Always check with each event or venue in advance to confirm dates and times.

Lowe Sculpture
Discover a variety of artists at the Beaux Arts Festival

Beaux Arts Festival (January)

Originally known as the “Clothesline Sale” (all the way back in the ’50s), the annual Beaux Arts Festival has since transformed into heaven on earth for creative connoisseurs. On the grounds of the University of Miami in Coral Gables, this free festival offers a great opportunity to browse through a range of artists and styles – and to find something within your budget. There are also food options, live entertainment and a children’s art tent, making this a fun outing for everyone in the family.

Jose Andres
Don't miss the South Beach Wine & Food Festival

South Beach Wine & Food Festival (February)

Foodies, rejoice. The Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival is a four-day feast of an event. In recent years, more than 400 wine and culinary experts have descended on our shores to offer an unforgettable experience for those who believe good food creates a good mood. The schedule typically includes activities such as special dinners, wine seminars, tastings and culinary demonstrations.

Asian Culture Festival (March)

Greater Miami & Miami Beach is known for its blend of cultures, allowing visitors to take a “day trip” to international hotspots without leaving the area. Don’t miss the Asian Culture Festival at Tropical Park in Westchester, where you can immerse yourself in the traditions of different Asian countries. Enjoy activities such as Thai classic and folk dance; Japanese origami and flower arranging demonstrations; Iranian arts, literature and handicraft – and, of course, cuisine from throughout the continent.

Cinema Italy Miami (March)

Did you know Miami Beach hosts an Italian film festival? It’s held each year in March, typically at the Regal Cinema South Beach on Lincoln Road. Not fluent in Italian? Not a problem. All films have English subtitles. Benvenuto to all lovers of Italian film.

Calle Ocho Performers
Experience culture, food & entertainment at Carnaval Miami

Carnaval Miami (March)

Looking for a Latin party? Plan to attend some events during the Carnaval Miami celebration, presented by the Kiwanis of Little Havana Foundation. There’s so much to see and do – concerts, great food, a pageant and games including soccer, golf and dominoes. The marquee event is the Calle Ocho Music Festival along 15 blocks of Southwest Eighth Street in Little Havana. It’s considered one of the largest Hispanic festivals in the United States, and we’re lucky enough to have it every year right in our backyard. Conga line, anyone?

Miami Book Fair
Explore the booths at the Miami Book Fair

Miami Book Fair (November)

We can’t discuss festivals without mentioning the Miami Book Fair. Acclaimed authors, booksellers and publishers converge to present a true literary smorgasbord, including signed editions, collectibles, antique books and more. Over eight days, you’re invited to browse the booths that line the streets of Downtown Miami, attend author readings and participate in group discussions. The fair also features arts and crafts activities, storytelling sessions and visits from beloved children’s authors. After the fair is over, organizers keep the fun going throughout the year with affiliated events. One is the Little Haiti Book Festival, typically held in May at the Little Haiti Cultural Complex in Little Haiti, where you’ll experience the magic of this culture through music and dancing, workshops and author presentations.

Miami Rum Renaissance Festival (November)

Ready for an exquisite rum experience? Indulge your spirit with some spirits at the Miami Rum Renaissance Festival, which takes place at the historic Coral Gables Woman’s Club in beautiful Coral Gables. This annual event celebrates all things rum with unlimited samples from around the world, including limited-edition, vintage and more tried-and-true varieties. Cheers!

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