Looking to make a splash in Miami? Coincide your trip with one of these major celebrations. From parties to parades to street carnivals, consider this your guide to Miami’s festival culture.
South Beach Food and Wine Festival
Thousands gather every year for the South Beach Food and Wine Festival, a four-day event where the dishes are outmatched only by the fine wines. Not only does the festival offer tastings, samplings, dinners and demonstrations, but it also hosts fun events like Burger Bash and Kidz Kitchen. It even attracts top culinary talent like Rachael Ray and Masaharu Morimoto, so if you’re looking for the chance to meet your Food Network heroes up close, the South Best Food and Wine Festival is your best bet!
Coconut Grove Arts Festival
Held every February, the Coconut Grove Arts Festival is a celebration of beauty and imagination. More than 300 artists participate each year, including some of the biggest names in impressionist and abstract design, and their efforts include everything from sculptures to paintings to live models. Browse their exhibits and galleries, enjoy tastes and treats from local vendors, and splurge on a new piece for your living room back home. If you aren’t already an art lover when you enter Coconut Grove, you’ll definitely be one by the time you leave.
Miami Broward One Carnival
There’s nothing like a gigantic, city-wide party to celebrate the culture of the Caribbean. You might be familiar with other Carnivals around the world, but Miami’s is one of the biggest and liveliest, in no small part due to its number of real Caribbean expats living on the coast. March in the colorful and dazzling parade, yell yourself hoarse for the Battle of the Bands, or enter a costume contest where entrants are judged by ostentation and creativity. You’ll also want to enjoy the free-flowing rum, of course!
Carnaval & Calle Ocho Festival
A street fair unlike any other, the Carnaval & Calle Ocho Festival offers excitement for all ages. Running down Miami’s famous Miracle Mile, it hosts a staggering variety of games, concerts and even sporting events for the traveler who wants to experience everything. Whether you’re looking for chili to make your mouth sing or a soccer tournament to get your blood pumping, the Carnaval & Calle Ocho Festival has it all.
Ultra Music Festival
Are you a fan of the Prodigy? How about Avicii, Deadmau5 or the Black Eyed Peas? The Ultra Music Festival gathers some of the biggest names in electronica. Despite being only a one-weekend event, some 100,000 people flock to Miami each year to enjoy their favorites firsthand, and they spill onto the streets and crowd the patios of every bar, club and lounge in the city. If you’re a fan of live music and fun crowds, you won’t want to miss this festival!
South Beach Comedy Festival
Tired of knock-knock jokes? Upgrade your humor with the South Beach Comedy Festival. The biggest event of its kind in the entire state of Florida, you’ll find its stages crowded with everyone from Chelsea Handler to Mike Epps, not to mention all the up-and-comers hoping to make it big and impress the crowd. It’s also conveniently located near accommodations like Bentley Hotel South Beach, so if you’re hoping to enjoy a few belly laughs during your next trip to Miami, make it a point of stopping by the Bentley and enjoying close access to the best Miami festivals.
Be sure to spend some time on our newly renovated rooftop pool when visiting for one of the many great local festivals.