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Annual Events

Greater Miami, with its balmy subtropical climate, hosts a powerhouse line-up of annual events from major conventions and sporting events to food, film and cultural festivals, art fairs, parades, and more.

Below is an overview of major annual events, some with links to more information on venues and related activity. For other South Florida annual events, check out the Annual EventGuide overviews for Greater Fort Lauderdale and the Palm Beaches. For specific dates on events, check out the EventGuide calendars for Miami and Fort Lauderdale. To go directly to today's events, click here.

College Baseball
From the crack of the bat to the slide on into home, NCAA baseball packs a wallop of home run frenzy for what's oft called America's favorite pastime. Diamond action starts in January, continuing through most of June.
FIU Golden Panthers, Miami Hurricanes

Art Deco Weekend Festival
Started by the Miami Design Preservation League and going strong for more than a quarter century, the Art Deco Weekend Festival, heralding Miami's Art Deco era (roughly from 1925 to 1945), brims with events including tours, lectures, films, music, a parade, and more. Call (305) 672-2015 for more information.
Art Miami
This modern and contemporary art show features more than 100 international galleries, mostly from Latin America and Spain. Call (866) 727-7953 or (216) 750-4620 for more information.
Beaux Arts Festival
Arts, crafts, and assorted media from more than 300 exhibitors star at the juried Beaux Arts Festival of Art at the University of Miami's Lowe Art Museum in Coral Gables. Call (305) 284-3535 for more information.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Parade
Commencing from 10th Avenue in Liberty City, the parade, comprised of residents, marching bands, Miami-Dade Fire Rescue, police officers and representatives of community organizations, proceeds up Northwest 54th Street, ending at the Festival in Martin Luther King, Jr. Park which features a kids' area, food and vendor stands. Call (305) 835-2464 for more information.
D. S. Clarke Antique Show and Sale
More than 750 booths are filled with antiques from exhibitors from around the world at the Coconut Grove Expo Center. Call (561) 988-9898 for more information.
FedEx Orange Bowl Classic
This collegiate gridiron bowl between the Atlantic Coast and Big East conferences plays out at Dolphins Stadium. Call (305) 341-4700 for more information.
South Beach Dachshund Winterfest
The dog-friendly Tides Hotel -- Ocean Drive's Art Deco jewel and home of the 1220 at the Tides and Tides restaurants -- puts on the haute dog while hosting champagne toasts, photo ops and revelry leashed to the annual South Beach Dachshund Winterfest at Lummus Park, mirroring a similar event in New York City. Call (305) 604-5070 for more information.
Homestead Championship Rodeo
Towards the end of January, attend the largest rodeo event in the region, featuring roping and riding, barrel racing, steer wrestling, recitations of cowboy poetry, live entertainment and dancing, and the rodeo parade, at the 'Doc' DeMilly Rodeo Arena at Harris Field, South End. U.S. Highway 1 and Campbell Drive. Call (305) 247 3515 for more information.
Puerto Rico Plantain Festival
Participants at Rios de Esperanza Church on Bird Road celebrate “Las Octavitas" with typical Puerto Rican music, art, and food. Call (305) 441-0014 for more information.
Taste of the Garden
During the last week in January, the Miami Beach Botanical Garden hosts a culinary festival represented by Miami's finest restaurants and wine merchants, with complimentary valet parking, live music and auctions. Call (305) 673-7256 for more information.
Redland Natural Arts Festival
For nearly three decades, the Fruit and Spice Park has featured a weekend of arts and crafts, food, music, jugglers, puppets and more. Call (305) 247-5727 for more information.
ING Miami Marathon and Half Marathon
ING sponsors annual marathons which start at American Airlines Arena and end at Bayfront Park, a 26.2 mile course, over the last weekend in January. Call (305) 278-8668 for more information.

Original Miami Beach Antique Show
Over the first long weekend in February, more than 1,000 dealers provide shopping pleasure for antique lovers at the largest indoor antique show in the world, held at the Miami Beach Convention Center. Call (239) 732-6642 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.
Miami Beach Festival of the Arts
During the first week in February, Miami Beach hosts a free street fair featuring artists, food, music and entertainment centering around the corner of 73rd Street and Collins Avenue. Call (305) 447-0401 for more information.
Coral Gables Bluesfest
Local and national blues bands provide accompaniment to Austrian, German, American and Creole refreshments in front of Fritz & Franz Bierhaus. Call (305) 774-1883 for more information.
Home Design and Remodeling Show
Home furnishings, accessories, interior design, architecture, and more star at the Coconut Grove Convention Center. Call (305) 667-9299 for more information.
International Map Fair
Hundreds of antique maps are presented each year at the Historical Museum of Southern Florida. Call (305) 375-1492 for more information.
Miami Beach Festival Of The Arts
Paintings, sculpture, glass, ceramics, jewelry, photography and more are showcased at this juried show of more than 100 artists from across the nation. Call (305) 865-4147 for more information.
Miami International Boat Show & Strictly Sail
With more than 2,000 exhibitors at various locations including the Miami Beach Convention Center, this show features powerboats, sailboats, engines, electronics, accessories and more. Call (954) 441-3220 for more information.
St. Stephen's Art & Craft Show
Established nearly two decades ago, St. Stephen's Art & Craft Show in Coconut Grove features international talent of more than 150 artisans, plus live music, garden art, children's activities, food court, and an English tea room. Call (305) 648-0056 for more information.
Shake-A-Leg Mid-Winter Regatta
Experienced sea salts with physical disabilities compete on Biscayne Bay in one of many Shake-A-Leg events and programs. Call (305) 858-5550 for more information.
South Beach Wine & Food Festival
A world-class wine, spirits and food tasting unfolds along with sparking dinners, a beachside barbecue, a champagne brunch, and more, incorporating some of the events and activities of the Biltmore International Food & Wine Weekend formerly held in May. Call (305) 348-9463 for more information.
Caribbean Festival
Over the last weekend in February, Bayfront Park hosts a festival of live music and food, and a canned food drive, sponsored by a local radio station. Call (305) 740-7344 for more information.
NASDAQ 100 Open Sessions
The Crandon Park Tennis Center is the site for this annual competition held throughout March. To book seats for the NASDAQ 100 Open Sessions, click here.
Ultra Music Festival
Through the month of March, top-name groups as well as newcomers perform live at Bicentennial Park. Call (305) 358-7550 for more information.
South Florida Comedy Festival
During the months of March and April, many of Miami-Dade's theaters, nightclubs and other venues host well-known comedians as part of this annual area comedy festival. Call (305) 673-7050 for more information.
Dade Heritage Days
During the month of March and halfway through April, the Dade Heritage Trust with the support of local businesses and government organizations sponsors a number of programs which highlight the wealth of Miami-Dade County's historic places. Many of the area's historic landmarks and buildings will have special events during this period. Call (305) 358-9572 for more information.
Winter Party
With proceeds going to the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force, the gay and transgendered community sponsors five days of festivities on South Beach at several venues, including parties, musical performances, art exhibits, wine tastings, and more, culminating with a Beach Party on Sunday, noon to sunset, followed by the White Caps Tea Dance, during the first week in March. Call (305) 571-1924 for more information.
Miami International Film Festival
Miami International Film Festival (MIFF), presented by Miami Dade College uses several venues for screening independent domestic and foreign films, often selected for artistry rather than wide box office appeal, during the first two weeks in March. Call (305) 237-FILM for more information.
Miami Sailing Week
During the second week in March, EFG Bank and Bacardi sponsor an annual sailing regatta across Biscayne Bay, in competition for the Bacardi Cup, with some of the hotels which have a good view of the Bay offering special package deals. Call (305) 373-6671 for more information.
Miami International Fashion Week
The Miami Beach Convention Center hosts the largest Latin American fashion show in the region, featuring many runway shows and elegant wine and food tastings, during the second week in March. Call (954) 476-5761 for more information.
Winter Music Conference
Musicians and corporate representatives from over 70 countries attend this annual music industry conference held over the second week in March, headquartered at the Miami Beach Convention Center, with additional programs at nightclubs and other participating venues throughout Miami-Dade. Call (954) 563-4444 for more information.
Community Festival
International food, carnival games, a Kid Fun Zone, arts and crafts vendors, and live entertainment on three stages are featured all day along Hanford Boulevard, between Northeast 18th and 20th Avenues at Northeast 164th Street. Call (305) 948-2946 for more information.
Asian Culture Festival
Homestead's Fruit and Spice Park is where South Florida's Asian community stages an exposition of exotic foods, crafts, clothes and jewelry. Call (305) 247-5727 for more information.
Ball of the Wild
Formerly called Feast with the Beasts, this music-filled black tie fundraiser catered by South Florida's top restaurants takes place at the Zoo Miami. Call (305) 255-5551 for more information.
Calle Ocho
Little Havana's mid-March festival of food, music and Latin culture, part of CarnavalMiami, stretches out over the 23-block area flanking SW 8th Street (Calle Ocho), sponsored by the Kiwanis Club. Call (305) 644-8888 for more information.
Ford Championship Golf Tournament
Top pro golfers compete in this international event, hosted by the Doral Golf Resort & Spa. Call (305) 592-2030 for more information.
Miami Dade County Fair and Exposition
Carnival rides, food, circus, entertainment and student exhibits are at The Fair Expo Center. Call (305) 223-7060 for more information.
Miami International Agriculture and Cattle Show
In the middle of March, Ronald Reagan Equestrian Center hosts an exhibition of premium show cattle from all over the country, as well as the best in regional produce, and is attended by visitors from over 20 countries, featuring live entertainment, food and craft vendors, kids' activities and more, to encourage and support commerce between participating countries. Call (305) 500-9440 for more information.
The Miami Taste of Brickell Food & Wine Festival
In mid to late March, the communities of downtown Miami and Brickell invite all of South Florida to celebrate the local cuisine of the neighborhood by hosting a number of food and wine tastings presented by over 50 area restaurants, and live entertainment in a variety of venues, with tickets available online beginning in January. Call (305) 200-8892 for more information.
Jazz in the Gardens
In mid to late March, Sun Life Stadium hosts a jazz festival attended some of the top names in jazz and r&b, plus food and other vendors, in a casual family-oriented picnic environment. Call (305) 623-6100 for more information.
Miami Grand Prix
The annual season opener of the world famous Indy Racing League, at Homestead-Miami Speedway's 1.5 mile oval track. Call (305) 230-5000 for more information.
At Jose Marti Park, Miami Riverday celebrates the natural resource aspects and heritage of the Miami River. Festivities feature live music, kids' activities, river boat tours, water taxis, historical re-enactments, environmental education booths and cuisine with local flavor. Call (305) 361-4850 for more information.
Miami Spring Home Design & Remodeling Show
Featuring home furnishings, accessories, remodeling, and more the Spring Home Design and Remodeling Show puts interior / exterior inspiration under one roof for the trade and public. Call (305) 667-9299 for more information.
Coral Gables Wine & Food Festival
Presented by the Miccosukee Tribe of Indians of Florida, the Coral Gables Wine & Food Festival on historic "restaurant row" opens Giralda Avenue to foot traffic only for a celebratory evening of philanthropy. Superb food, exquisite wine, and live music raise funds for the American Lung Association of Florida-South Area (ALAFSA) and Pulmonary Research at The University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. Call (800) 524-8010 or (954) 524-4657 for more information.
Sony Ericsson Open
ATA Men's and WTA Women's champions compete in this annual open tournament during the second half of March, at Crandon Park Tennis Center. Call (800) 725-5472 for more information.
Deering Seafood Festival on the Bay
Towards the end of March, the Deering Estate is decorated like a Caribbean venue with calypso sounds, and hosts an all-day celebration of fresh seafood and Caribbean cuisine, with top chefs preparing island treats and leading demonstrations. Call (305) 235-1668 for more information.
Miami Easter Pageant
On Easter weekend, whether towards the end of March or beginning of April, the Central Bible Church presents a live performance of the Life of Christ, featuring pyrotechnics, live animals and a cast of over 100 singers and dancers. Call (305) 553-2433 for more information.
Women's International Film & Arts Festival
From the end of March to the beginning of April, a variety of theaters and other venues screen new films about or produced by women. Call (305) 653-9700 for more information.
Yamaha Contender Miami Billfish Tournament
On the last days in March and first days of April, Marina Beach Marina hosts an open fishing tournament with a number of different competitions and awards, boat charters, specials on local accommodations, and more. Call (305) 598-2525 for more information.
Major League Baseball
Nothing signals advent of spring more than baseball with a capital B, tightly meshed into American culture with historic firsts, icon performances, record-setting events, and traditions from hot dogs slathered in mustard to unexpected curveballs, and seventh-inning stretches. Books and movies about baseball are fine and dandy, but nothing beats Major League Baseball action, playing out each season from April through the World Series.
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Professional Soccer
There's no end to the excitement each season as Miami FC, South Florida's only professional soccer team, playing in USL First Division, hosts its home matches at Tropical Park Stadium in the heart of Miami-Dade County. The regular season begins in April and ends in September. Call (305) 377-2700 for more information.

Miami RiverDay Festival
Early in April, The Miami River Commission sponsors a celebration of the culture and history of the Miami River with riverboat sightseeing tours, live entertainment, kids' activities, and more, centered in and around Lummus Park and Public Beach. Call (305) 644-0544 for more information.
Swim Miami
Nike Swim sponsors the annual 10K, 4k, mile, 800m, and K-9 Krawl World Championships swimming competitions, in early to mid April, featuring a Trislide / Foggle Pitstop open seating area with large LED screen, swimming-related and skin care vendors, at the Miami Yacht Club on Watson Island along the Julia Tuttle Causeway in the beautiful waters of Biscayne Bay. Call (305) 273-1129 for more information.
Nautica South Beach Triathlon
In early to mid April, thousands participate in an annual race along South Beach to support the research and programs of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Call (818) 707-8866 for more information.
Miami Beach Festival of the Arts
In early to mid April, contemporary art, jewelry, photography and sculpture will be on exhibit in and around the Ocean Surf Hotel. Call (954) 472-3755 for more information.
Miami Beach Gay Pride Festival and Expo
In mid-April, the Gay Pride Parade travels along Ocean Drive between 5th and 15th, ending at the Festival and Expo in Lummus Park and Public Beach. Call (305) 673-4440 for more information.
Board Up! Miami and NIKE Swim Miami
In the middle of April, two events are held at the same time at Miami Yacht Club, a wakeboard music festival and an open swimming competition with a choice of 3 contests. Call (305) 273-1129 for more information.
United Way Miami Wine and Food Festival
A vast selection of beers, wines and spirits is offered for tasting and pairing with food, along with educational programs, live entertainment and fun activities for all family members, in a variety of restaurants and other venues in Miami. Call (305) 646-7111 for more information.
The Great Taste of the Grove Food & Wine Festival
Peacock Park hosts a weekend festival of live entertainment, food supplied by local restaurants paired with wines for sampling and purchase, and a 'Beans & Blends Coffee House,' where the best coffees in the world can be sampled. Call (305) 662-7152 for more information.
Merrick Festival
Coral Gables hails city founder George Merrick with French and Italian movies, “Taste the Gables" cuisine, art exhibits, performances and more. Sister cities including Pisa, Italy and Aix-en-Provence, France join the celebration. Call (305) 491-4180 for more information.
Easter Seals' Walk With Me
As the opening event for the Merrick Festival, Easter Seals' Walk With Me helps put hope within reach for people with disabilities. Registration is followed by the walk to the finish line on the first level of Village of Merrick Park. Call (305) 547-4713 for more information.
The Miami Beach Polo World Cup
In mid to late April, between 20th and 22nd streets on South Beach behind The Setai South Beach, polo teams from around the country attend an annual competition sponsored by AMG and Nespresso. Call (305) 538-3809 for more information.
Heineken Transatlantic Festival
During the second half of April, a variety of venues in the Miami area host a series of concerts presented by the Miami-based Rhythm Foundation which showcases the music of the Atlantic Rim including music and rhythm from Africa, Europe, South American, Caribbean islands, and New York City. Call (305) 672-5202 for more information.
Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival
The Regal, Gusman and the original art-deco Colony Theater, plus the Gateway in Fort Lauderdale, host hundreds of full-length and short features from around the world, late April to early May. Call (305) 531-2117 for more information.
Great Egg Safari
Towards the end of April, Zoo Miami hosts a series of egg hunts, visits with the Easter Bunny, and special treats for the animals. Call (305) 251-0400 for more information.
Mercedes-Benz Corporate Run
Over the last weekend in April, Bayfront Park hosts a 3.1 mile road race / walk open to employees of government agencies, financial institutions and other corporations. Call (305) 666-RACE for more information.
Grove Slam! Dolphin Tournament
At the end of April, beginning of May, Ocean Promotions presents an open contest with prizes awarded for dolphins weighing at least 10.1 pounds, held at a variety of Miami venues and headquartered at Shake A Leg Miami, Inc. water sports facility. 2620 South Bayshore Drive. Call (305) 858-5550 for more information.
Miami Dance Festival
Formerly known as the Miami Beach Dance Festival, The Momentum Dance Company in Coconut Grove sponsors a number of live dance and theatrical productions in venues throughout Miami and Miami Beach during the month of May. Call (305) 858-7002 for more information.
Miami Museum Month
Participating museums in the Miami area offer special programs during the month of May to showcase the city's unique collections and types of museums, sponsored by the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau. Call (305) 539-3000 for more information.
Miami Fashion Week of the Americas
Presenting dozens of designers from throughout Latin America, Asia, Europe, the Caribbean, and elsewhere, Miami Fashion Week of the Americas unfolds under a fashion tent at 21st and Collins on Miami Beach. Awards include Designers Choice, Pret-A-Porter Style, and Excellence in Evening Wear. Call (305) 662-0775 for more information.
Aqua Girl
In mid-May, the Aqua Foundation for Women sponsors a number of fundraising events, including dance and pool parties, jazz brunches, celebrity meet-and-greets, and much more in the Miami area to benefit local women's organizations as well as lesbian, bisexual and transgender charitable foundations, and to support the fight against breast cancer. Call (305) 576-AQUA for more information.
Redland International Orchid Festival
In the middle of May, Fruit & Spice Park in Homestead hosts orchid vendors and exhibitors from all over the world who offer educational programs and guided tours of the gardens. Call (305) 247-5727 for more information.
Also under the fashion tent immediately following Fashion Week of the Americas, CityStyle -- a hot sister event -- spotlights designers, manufacturers, retails and innovators creating buzz. Designers slated include names like Sean John Collection, Taylor and Madison, Johnny Handsome / Johnny Girl, Mia Shvili, Apple Bottoms, and Reebok. Call (305) 662-0775 for more information.
The Fair-Expo Center at Tamiami Park hosts a Cuban cultural festival, featuring art exhibits, traditional Cuban food and music, and celebrations of old Cuba, in mid to late May. Call (305) 856-7595 for more information.
Orchids in the Park
Dante Fascell Park hosts a sale of plants to benefit the Pediatric AIDS program at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, over the last weekend in May. Call (305) 667-2992 for more information.
Mainly Mozart Festival
The Westin Colonnade Coral Gables Hotel hosts a series of concerts featuring the works of Mozart, from mid-May through the month of June. 180 Aragon Avenue, Coral Gables. Call (786) 468-2251 for more information.
Miami Romance Month
Miami celebrates romance during the month of June when local restaurants, bridal shops, and hotels offer specials and packages that cater to those in love, organized by the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau. Call (305) 539-3000 for more information.
Summer Shorts
During the month of June, the performers of City Theatre in downtown Miami present a series of the top short plays of the year, at The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts. 1300 Biscayne Boulevard. Call (305) 372-7611 for more information.
Miami / Bahamas Goombay Festival
During the first week in June, Coconut Grove's summer street party celebrates the life and times of early Bahamian and Keys residents. Call (305) 448-9501 for more information.
World Spinning and Sports Conference
Fitness professionals, including instructors in Pilates, yoga, functional training and more will present over 300 programs, exhibits, and classes at this major international fitness convention. Hotel InterContinental, downtown Miami. Call (800) 847-SPIN for more information.
American Black Film Festival
Film executives, directors, actors, and the public gather for screenings staged throughout the city. Call (646) 330-5458 for more information.
Coral Gables Restaurant Week
In mid-June, the restaurants of Coral Gables offer a number of specials to showcase the unique variety of cuisine available in the Miami area. Call (305) 569-0311 for more information.
Fete De La Musique Coconut Grove
Celebrated around the world, Coconut Grove's Fete De La Musique provides a day of free entertainment with more than 65 bands on multiple stages with jazz, rock, pop, soul, classics, and more. Call (305) 495-9655 for more information.
Miccosukee Everglades Music Festival
Enjoy authentic local live music at the edge of the Everglades National Park, including Bachata, country, rap and salsa, as well as carnival rides and alligator wrestling. Miccosukee Resort & Convention Center. Call (305) 222-4600 for more information.
Sunny Isles Beach Offshore Powerboat Challenge Weekend
Power boat racers from around the country convene on Sunny Isles Beach in mid-June for a number of exciting contests. Call (305) 947-0606 for more information.
Florida Dance Festival
For more than a quarter century, the Florida Dance Festival has thrilled audiences with new themes and talents from classic ballet to dance for people with disabilities. Call (305) 867-7111 for more information.
Tropical Ag Fiesta
At Fruit and Spice Park in the Homestead / Redland agricultural area, the Tropical Ag Fiesta, going strong for three-quarters of a century, never stops growing. Newer events include chef demos using tropical fruits and a tropical fruit dessert contest. While adults sip lychee, carambola, or passion fruit wine, children can partake in old fashioned Florida farm activities, including a watermelon eating contest and hayrides. Parking is free. Call (305) 247-5727 for more information.
Lizard Day
Children are invited to bring their favorite lizard to the Miami Museum of Science & Planetarium for fun and games, and competitions with other lizards. Call (305) 646-4200 for more information.
Miami Spa Month
During the months of July and August the famous luxury spas and resorts of Miami and Miami Beach offer specials on their beauty and pampering sessions, sponsored by the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau. Call (305) 539-3000 for more information.
International Mango Festival
Mangos star at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden's International Mango Festival, a weekend of tree sales, tastings and evaluations, lectures, food demos, kid's activities, music and more. The Veranda Restaurant serves snacks, lunch and – best of all -- mango smoothies. Call (305) 667-1651, ext. 3311 for more information.
Coconut Grove 4th of July
Peacock Park hosts an Independence Day festival featuring live music, fireworks and lots of activities for the whole family. Call (305) 273-7687 for more information.
4th of July Coral Gables
The venerable Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables serves as a setting for fireworks, music and more. Call (305) 273-7687 for more information.
America's Birthday Bash
Bayfront Park in downtown Miami hosts a 4th of July celebration featuring fireworks, kids' activities, food and beverages, presented by the Bayfront Park Management Trust. Call (305) 358-7550 for more information.
4th of July Miami Beach
Live music and fireworks take place near the sand at Collins Avenue near 72nd Street. Call (305) 539-3063 for more information.
American Black Film Festival
During the week following Independence Day, independent filmmakers from around the world convene for a series of programs and screenings of the year's top films at area theaters. Call (646) 375-2144 for more information.
International Hispanic Theatre Festival
In the middle of July, theatre companies from around the country, plus Latin America and Europe, present a series of Hispanic-themed plays and staged readings in venues throughout the greater Miami area, sponsored by Teatro Avante and American Airlines. Call at (305) 445-8877 for more information.
Funkfashion - Fashion Week Miami Beach
Half way through July, fashion designers from around the world convene to show off their latest lines in a series of fashion shows in Miami Beach venues, and at the Miami International University of Art and Design in downtown Miami. Call at (305) 428-5700 for more information.
International Hispanic Theatre Festival
In mid-July, theatre companies from around the country, plus Latin America and Europe, present a series of Hispanic-themed plays and staged readings in venues throughout the greater Miami area, sponsored by Teatro Avante and American Airlines. Call at (305) 445-8877 for more information.
Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim
In the middle of July, fashion designers from around the world convene to showcase their swimwear creations on the runways of the Raleigh Hotel. Call at (305) 534-6300 for more information.
Salon Allure
Fashion presentations, cocktail parties with international designers and luxury brands are featured at this annual convention for the swimwear trade, in mid-July at the W South Beach Hotel. Call at (786) 879-7027 for more information.
Zo's Summer Groove Golf Classic
In mid to late July, this celebrity-hosted fundraiser features golf and basketball clinics, a youth summit, and a dinner to benefit a number of local charities, on the grounds of the Fairmont Turnberry Isle Resort & Club. Call at (305) 476-0095 for more information.
International Swimwear Fashion Show
Hosted by the Samuel Financial Group, the International Swimwear Convention closes annual Investment Convention and Economic Summit of Miami as an opportunity for the fashion, entertainment, luxury goods industries to achieve high visibility. Call at (312)927-0839 or (305) 948-6006 for more information.
Parade of Beds & Races
From Peacock Park this zany event with the Parade of Beds, bed races and more rolls through streets of Coconut Grove along with music and fireworks. Call (305) 221-9395 for more information.
Colombian Festival
The Fair Expo Center hosts the Colombian community's annual celebration, featuring live entertainment, dancing, food, and exhibitors over 3 days in mid July. Call (305) 223-7060 for more information.
Miami Salsa Congress
During the week of August, the Fontainebleau Hotel hosts the 'ultimate Summer dance event,' featuring world famous salsa dancers in exhibitions and leading workshops, poolside parties and after parties. Call (305) 220-7115 for more information.
Miami Spice Restaurant Program
During the months of August and September, the top restaurants in Miami and Miami Beach offer a variety of specials that showcase the best of Miami cuisine, sponsored by the Greater Miami Convention & Visitor's Bureau. Call (305) 539-3000 for more information.
Homestead Main Street Fest
On the first Friday in August, artists and chefs of Homestead host a street party along Krome and Washington avenues.
Summer Splash Wet Fete
At Bayside Hut, the all-inclusive Summer Splash includes a rum punch tasting, wet t-shirt competition and more. Call (305) 233-0697 for more information.
Snake Day
Slithery fun takes place with the Miami Museum of Science & Planetarium inviting guests and their snakes for a day of games and learning. Call (305) 646-4200 for more information.
Easter Seals Festival of Chefs
Easter Seals Miami-Dade's Festival of Chefs tantalizes as a culinary extravaganza featuring nearly two dozen area chefs, plus television personalities, authors, and more, combining with a live auction, raffle prizes, and talent from Easter Seals' Culinary Arts Education & Training Program. Call (305) 547-4713 for more information.
Brazilian Film Festival
In mid to late August, the Inffinito Festival Circuit sponsors a competitive screening of the latest in Brazilian cinema, for the coveted Cristal Lens Award, at the Colony Theater. Call (305) 673-7030 for more information.
Super Sand Blast
On Ocean Drive, between 9th and 10th streets, kids and guests can enjoy a sand castle building competition, live music from the Islands, face painting and free food. Call (305) 673-7030 for more information.
Miss Notre Dame D'Haiti Pageant
The Miss Notre Dame D'Haiti Pageant, staged at Miami's Joseph Caleb Center to continue fundraising for construction of the new facility, also establishes fun activities for youngsters. Call (305) 522-1672 for more information.
Miami Speed Triathlon
Towards the end of August, the Homestead-Miami Speedway hosts a series of sprint and Olympic distance races in a two-day multi-sport expo in competition for a $30K prize. Call (305) 230-RACE for more information.
National Football League
If it's fall and you're ready for some football, count on the National Football League to deliver non-stop grid action, leading to playoffs, and the incomparable Super Bowl. The NFL has come a long way since its 1920 founding in Canton, Ohio at Ralph Hay's Hupmobile dealership. NFL action was first televised in 1939 when NBC broadcast within New York City. The NFL's Longest Day was on Christmas, 1971, in a playoff between the Kansas City Chiefs and Miami Dolphins, and Miami's 17-0 Perfect Season unfolded the following year. But that's history, and prospects for new milestones start in September.
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College Football
NCAA Football, created in 1997 to promote college football ideals, makes no bones about the importance of each game. Losing at any time during the season can thwart a team's chances for postseason action or an NCAA Championship. No wonder NCAA Football marketers have adopted a tagline of "NCAA Football: Every Game Counts."
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International Ballet Fest
Ballet companies from around the world present a series of outstanding programs at a number of venues in Miami, from the end of July through mid-August. Call (305) 549-7711 for more information.
Great Grove Bed Race
Over Labor Day weekend, commencing from the corner of Commodore Plaza and Grand Avenue in Coconut Grove, teams of bed pushers and riders compete in a timed race, to benefit Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade. Call (305) 446-9910 for more information.
Miami Home Design & Remodeling Show
Featuring home furnishings, accessories, remodeling, and more, the Labor Day weekend Home Design and Remodeling Show puts interior / exterior inspiration under one roof for the trade and public. Call (305) 667-9299 for more information.
Arabian Nights Festival
Opa-Locka, with its Islamic architecture, hosts an annual festival of live music and theatrical presentations at its airport. Call (305) 688-4611 for more information.
Homestead Agricultural Festival and Barbecue
A petting zoo, live country music, and barnyard dance go along with the barbecue. Call (305) 248-1624 for more information.
International Ballet Festival
From late August to mid-September, the Jackie Gleason Theatre and the Manuel Artime Performing Arts Center host leading ballet companies performing contemporary work. Call (305) 535-0255 for more information.
IFE-ILE Afro-Cuban Festival
From Conga lines to history lectures, this celebration of African, Caribbean and Cuban culture unfolds at Miami-Dade Community College Wolfson Campus. Call (305) 476-0388 for more information.
Music Fest
Reggae, salsa, jazz and more entertain at this festival where blankets and lawn chairs are welcome. Call (305) 358-7550 for more information.
Publix Escape to Miami Triathlon Weekend
Towards the end of September, Margaret Pace Park hosts a challenging race around the streets and causeways of downtown Miami, involving a ferry ride to Escape Island where the race continues. Call (305) 661-8363 for more information.
International Wine Fair
Over 1,500 wines from over 300 wineries in 20 countries will be exhibited and tasted, at the Miami Beach Convention Center in late September. Call (886) 887-WINE for more information.
National Hockey League
The National Hockey League's rough and tumble world packs a mother lode of milestones, from 1917's NHL opener, to when Maurice Richard was first to score 50 goals in one season in 1944-45, to when Clint Benedict was the first goalie to put on a mask after a shot knocked him unconscious, to when Manon Rheaume made headlines in 1992 as the first woman playing in one of the four major sports leagues, goaltending for the Tampa Bay Lightning against the St. Louis Blues. From October on, it's non-stop action in the world of hat tricks -- three goals in a game by a player -- and sudden death overtime.
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Miami Attractions Month
The Greater Miami Convention & Visitor's Bureau sponsors a month of discounts and specials at many of Miami attractions to showcase the wealth and diversity of unique and world-class attractions available in greater Miami. Call (305) 539-3000 for more information.
During the month of October, Maurice Gusman Concert Hall hosts a series of concerts representing the four basic themes of great performances, jazz and beyond, creative American music, and music of the Americas. Call (305) 284-4940 for more information.
IZOD IndyCar Series Championship
During the first week in October, Homestead-Miami Speedway hosts the final race between participants of the IZOD IndyCar and Firestone Indy Lights championships. Call (866) 409-RACE for more information.
Italian Film Festival
During the second week in October, the best in new and short Italian films are screened at Regal Cinemas South Beach, culminating in a closing ceremony with awards. Call (305) 864-0101 for more information.
Miami Broward One Carnival
In early to mid-October, Sun Life Stadium hosts a Caribbean 'carnival in the gardens' featuring costumed dancers, authentic islands cuisine, and live music. Call (305) 653-1877 for more information.
Miccosukee Championship
Towards the middle of October, Miccosukee Golf and Country Club hosts a PGA Nationwide Tour event where players compete for a place in the 'top 25' to earn a PGA Tour card. Call (305) 382-3930 for more information.
Columbus Day Regatta
More than 200 sailboats from more than a dozen classes race on Biscayne Bay from north to south on Saturday, and back on Sunday. Call (305) 858-1733 for more information.
South Florida Dragon Boat Festival
Sponsored by the United Chinese Association of Florida and always after Columbus Day weekend, the South Florida Dragon Boat Festival at Haulover Park & Marina provides two family-oriented days of Dragon Boat racing on the Intracoastal Waterway plus martial arts demonstrations, Asian food booths, a Dragon Kids Playground, and more. Call (305) 345-8489 for more information.
Miami Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival
Hong Kong-style Dragon Boats race along a waterway. Call (305) 633-0168 for more information.
Head of Indian Creek Regatta
More than 750 competitors including high school, collegiate, and master rowers from more than 30 organizations compete in the 2.7 mile Indian Creek Regatta along Miami Beach's Indian Creek Waterway. Call (305) 861-8876 for more information.
Miami International Orchid Show
Featuring more than 500,000 rare and exotic blooms from nearly 200 professional growers, amateurs, and orchid aficionados, the Miami International Orchid Show, established more than 60 years ago, draws up to 15,000 admirers each year. Debuting in 2006: A cake decorating competition, with chefs using either real or sugar-icing orchids. Call (305) 255-3656 for more information.
Coral Gables Oktoberfest
Food, beer, music, polka dancing, and plus kid's activities are sponsored by Mozart Stube Restaurant. Call (305) 446-3364 for more information.
Discovery of America Day
This all-day festival of ethnic food, live music and fun includes a re-enactment of Columbus' discovery of America, at Bayfront Park Amphitheatre. Call (305) 541-5023 for more information.
Festival of the Americas
Latin musical headliners entertain at this giant street party with food and fun along Sunset Drive between U.S. 1 and Southwest 57th Avenue. Call (305) 461-1014 for more information.
FIU Music Festival
Top talent performs in assorted musical genres showcasing the Wertheim Performing Arts Center at Florida International University University Park Campus. Call (305) 662-6960 for more information.
Hispanic Heritage Festival
This month-long celebration at varied locations hails the Hispanic role in discovery of the Americas. Call (305) 461-1014 for more information.
Japanese Cultural Weekend
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden hosts a weekend of music including Taiko drumming, lectures, Ikebana demonstrations and more. Call (305) 667-1651 for more information.
Jewish Book Fair
Famous Jewish authors lecture at bookshops throughout Dade County, particularly in Kendall. Call (305) 271-9000, ext. 268 for more information.
Miami Fashion Fest
Runway shows, style clinics, shop specials, photo shoots and presentations by world class designers are featured in various venues throughout Miami, especially in and around the Design District, towards the end of October. Call (800) 608-1140 for more information.
Trick-or-treating and costume contests with prizes for ages 12 and younger take place at Zoo Miami. Call (305) 251-0400 for more information.
Stone Crab Seafest at North Beach
The beach around 73rd Street and Collins Avenue becomes an outdoor feast scene with live music, drinks and gourmet delicacies. Call (305) 865-4147 for more information.
National Basketball Association
Toronto, Canada was the site of the National Basketball League's first game on Nov. 1, 1946, with the Huskies hosting the New York Knickerbockers at Maple Leaf Gardens. Thirteen original rules were drafted by Dr. James Naismith, creator of basketball. Pro basketball suffered in popularity in the early 1950's, but one rule change -- that of the 24-second clock -- transformed the sport from a dull, stalling game to an exciting, offensive showcase. Icons along the way, from Bob Cousy and Wilt Chamberlain to Magic Johnson, Larry Bird and Michael Jordan, have immortalized what's now the National Basketball Association's game, creating long-standing rivalries from coast to coast.
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College Basketball
First devised by James Naismith in 1891, with the first recorded collegiate game in 1893, legions testify there's no sound so soothing as a basketball whooshing through the net after a flick of the wrist. NCAA basketball brings grass roots hoop dreams to an entirely new level each fall, building toward March Madness, the NCAA Division Basketball Championships.
Miami Hurricanes, FIU Golden Panthers
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NASCAR Nextel Cup Series: Ford 400
The Homestead Miami Speedway is the site for this annual NASCAR race held in November.
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Miami Live Music Month
During the month of November, in conjunction with the Miami Music Festival, the diversity of elements comprising the Miami sound is celebrated in various venues throughout the Miami area, sponsored by the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau. Call (305) 539-3000 for more information.
French Spice
Throughout the month of November, the French-American Chamber of Commerce of Florida and French Consulate sponsor price specials for prix fixe lunches and dinners at top area French restaurants, including appetizer, entree, dessert and wine. Call (305) 374-5000 for more information.
French Week Miami
Actually held throughout November's middle 3 weeks of French Spice, Miami's French cultural festival features cocktail receptions, public meetings, art exhibits and educational activities. Call (305) 374-5000 for more information.
South Miami Art Festival
During the first week in November, Sunshine Artist Magazine sponsors a juried show featuring painting and watercolor, mixed media including digital art, prints and drawings, clay, glass and wood sculpture, photography, metalwork and jewelry, and more, along Sunset Drive in downtown South Miami. Call (305) 661-1621 for more information.
South Florida International Auto Show
The Miami Beach Convention Center hosts an exhibition of over 1,000 new vehicles of all types, regarded as one of the largest and more prestigious in the country, during the first week in November. Call (305) 673-7311 for more information.
Wings Over Homestead
The Homestead Air Reserve Base hosts a spectacular air show early in November, free and open to the public. Call (305) 224-7000 for more information.
Miami Short Film Festival
At the Tower Theater and Coral Gables Art Cinema, the Miami Short Film Festival features a week of short films from around the globe combined with gala festivities. Call (305) 642-1264 for more information.
ExpoNica: The Fair of the Americas
The Fair Expo Center showcases Central and South American culture with arts, crafts, dance, bands and food. Call (305) 227-2929 for more information.
Harvest Festival
Historical re-enactments, music, antique automobiles, quilts, crafts and more are at The Fair Expo Center. Call (386) 860-0092 for more information.
Miami Book Fair International
One of the nation's largest outdoor book fairs features some 300 booksellers and publishers, and more than 250 authors at Miami-Dade Community College Wolfson Campus. Call (305) 237-3258 for more information.
Nextel Cup Series Ford 400
The biggest names in auto racing each more than 140 m.p.h. at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Call (305) 230-5000 for more information.
NASCAR Ford Championship Weekend
In mid-November, Homestead-Miami Speedway hosts a competition where Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series division winners are crowned. Call (305) 230-5000 for more information.
Networking Show & Sale
At Miami Shores Country Club, this networking show and sale sponsored by the Miami Shores Business & Professional Women's Club spills over with fine art, sculpture, gourmet items, gifts, kids' fashions, and more at pre-holiday pricing. Call (305) 270-3308 for more information.
Ramble – A Garden Festival
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden hosts this annual gardening festival with plants, accessories and activities for the whole family. Call (305) 667-1651 for more information.
White Party Week
A week of tea dances, fashion shows and an elegant bash at Vizcaya Museum and Gardens highlight this annual fundraiser fighting HIV/AIDS at various venues throughout the city. Call (305) 667-9296 for more information.
Miami International Wine Fair
Florida's largest independent wine trade show hosts an annual edition at the Miami Beach Convention Center featuring some 400 wineries from 19 countries to benefit the Red Cross. Call (305) 777-2255 for more information.
Run Miami's Turkey Trot
Towards the end of November, the largest 5K / 10K race in South Florida is held at Tropical Park. Call (305) 278-8668 for more information.
Santa's Enchanted Forest
Every evening, from early November through early January, Tropical Park, decorated with more than 3 million lights, hosts a huge outdoor Christmas fair with a petting zoo and visits from Santa. Call (305) 559-9689 for more information.
WinterNational Thanksgiving Day Parade
Walkers, riders, bikers, clowns, bands and floats participate in a Thanksgiving Day Parade, on 125th Street from NE 6th Avenue to NE 12th Avenue. Call (305) 893-6511 for more information.
Art Miami
Modern and contemporary art from over 100 galleries, museums and schools is on exhibit at the Art Miami Pavilion, in the week before Art Basel Miami Beach. Call (520) 529-1108 for more information.
Art Basel Miami Beach
Sister to Art Basel in Switzerland, Art Basel Miami Beach showcases art from more than 150 galleries in the U.S., Europe, Asia and Australia. Call (305) 674-1292 for more information.
Design Miami
Sister to Design Miami / Basel held in Switzerland during the summer, the Design Miami center hosts an international design exhibition towards the end of the year. 3841 Northeast 2nd Avenue, Suite 400. Call (305) 572-0866 for more information.
Everglades Music and Crafts Festival
Alligator wrestling, air boat rides, Native American music, crafts and food highlight this event at the Miccosukee Indian Village. Call (305) 223-8380 for more information.
Encuentros Literarios Internacionales "Luz del Corazon" (International Literary Encounters "Light of the Heart")
Towards the middle of December, the City of Miami hosts live presentations by painters, sculptors, musicians, short stories and poetry by authors in attendance, as well as virtual, i.e. Internet, presentations by artists, musicians and writers not present, founded and directed by Mery Larrinua and coordinated by Martha Larrinua of the Asociación Internacional de Poetas y Escritores Hispanos - Miami since 2009, in the Brickell Hammock area of southeast Miami along Biscayne Bay. 200 Southeast 15th Road. Call (786) 556-7601 for more information.
Festival of Carols
Kicking off the holiday season, the City of Miami Gardens stages the Festival of Carols, with a spectacular holiday light display and traditional holiday entertainment including caroling, soloists, choirs, jazz, and more. Call (305) 622-8000 for more information.
Greater Miami Dog Club Show
The Fair Expo Center show features several breeds with two rings of obedience training and an agility event, plus booths with food, treats and other specialty items. Call (305) 223-7060 for more information.
Junior Orange Bowl Parade & Festival
Floats and marching bands parade through streets of Coral Gables, with related events involving arts, crafts and children's sports competition. Call (305) 662-1210 for more information.
King Mango Strut
This zany quarter-century old parody of traditional holiday parades spoofs newsmakers and current events. Call (305) 401-1171 for more information.
Miccosukee Indian Arts Fair
From the day after Christmas to the day after New Year's Day, Miccosukee Indian Village is open every day offering one of the year's best selections of gifts, souvenirs and other Native American products, authentic Indian cuisine, Native American dancers and other performers, alligator exhibitions, air boat rides through the Everglades, and a Native American fashion show. Call (305) 925-2555 for more information.
Matzo Ball
From a humble start in a Boston bar, Matzo Ball bashes unfolding in more than a dozen cities including San Francisco and Washington D.C. now make a splash in South Florida, attracting some 2,000 or more. Venues in Miami Beach, Boca Raton and West Palm Beach host this holiday party for Jewish singles on the night before Christmas. For more information, call (305) 531-5535 for Miami Beach's Opium Garden, (561) 392-3747 for Boca Raton's Club Boca, and (561) 833-6500 for the Monkey Club in West Palm Beach.
New Year's at Vizcaya
With a champagne toast at midnight and fireworks over Biscayne Bay, La Lega dei Viscayani hosts a New Year's Eve party at Vizcaya Museum and Gardens as a rain or shine semi-formal to black-tie event for celebrants age 21 and older. Proceeds benefit Vizcaya restoration. Call (305) 856-4866 for more information.
New Year's Eve at Bayfront Park
Celebrate the new year with a cosmopolitan array of food, assorted vendors, DJs spinning a variety of genres, culminating in a spectacular fireworks over Biscayne Bay and the Big Orange ball drop countdown to midnight. Call (305) 358-7550 for more information.
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