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Top 20 Miami Florida USA Events and Festivals

Here is a selection of the Top 20 events and festivals, fairs and celebrations (listed in calendar priority) taking place in and around Miami Florida.

Just two of the main Miami Florida events are the Discover Orange Bowl and the
Miami Calle Ocho which are rated as two of the top 20 events in the whole of the USA.

See below for a complete list of the main Miami Florida US events and festivals.

Discover Orange Bowl
beginning January
Sun Life Stadium – Miami Gardens, Southeast Florida

Just one of the top 20 Miami Florida USA Events and Festivals, this popular sporting event involves all kinds of related sporting and social events before and after the main happening – the Orange Bowl, one of the top New Year games involving major college football teams at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens.

Discover more about the Discover Orange Bowl at:

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The Orange Bowl in Miami, Florida is one of the TOP 20 EVENTS in the whole of the USA

Holtz Children's Hospital Beaux Arts Festival of Art
mid January
University of Miami, Coral Gables – Miami, Southeast Florida

A popular event for more than 62 years, recognized as one of the main Miami Florida events, the 2-day annual Beaux Arts Festival of Art on the beautiful grounds of University of Miami in Coral Gables is the oldest juried fine art show in Miami featuring more than 250 artists displaying their talents along with varied entertainments and food offerings.

For more information about the Holtz Children's Hospital Beaux Arts Festival of Art visit:

Art Deco Weekend Festival
mid January
Miami Beach, Southeast Florida

Another one of the top 20 events in the Miami Florida USA areaStarted in 1976, the Art Deco Weekend® Festival in Miami Beach’s Art Deco Historic District raises awareness and appreciation of the arts and culture of the Art Deco era (approx. 1925-1945). Attracting more than half a million visitors, activities include art and crafts, guided tours, musical attractions, annual "Light Up the Drive" opening night parade and the "Arf Deco Weekend" dog promenade, food vendors, as well as performances and hands-on events for children.

More on the subject of the Art Deco Weekend Festival is located at:

Miami Marathon and Miami Half Marathon
end January - early February
Miami, Florida

top marathon events in the USAAttracting over 20,000 marathon runners and enthusiasts, and fast becoming favorites for runners throughout the world since it began in 2003, the Miami Marathon, and the Miami Half Marathon which basically has everything in common with the full marathon except of course the distance, follows a breathtaking course along the streets of Miami and Miami Beach, through three beautiful barrier islands as well as four bridge crossings. The Miami Marathon is open to all runners, and is an official Boston Marathon qualifier.

In reference to the Miami Marathon and Miami Half Marathon catch:

Miami International Map Fair
early February
Miami, Southeast Florida

The largest map fair in the world, for over two decades the Miami International Map Fair has been offering everything from a huge display and collection of old cartography and antique maps and atlases from all over the world, to a rich series of lectures and other events created by experts in the field of maps and cartography.

For knowledge concerning the Miami International Map Fair view:

Progressive Insurance Miami International Boat Show
mid February
Miami, Southeast Florida

Top Boat Shows in the USALabelled as the “greatest boat show in the world”, and acknowledged as one of the main Miami Florida events, the Miami International Boat Show is the Sunshine State’s largest annual event with displays of more than 3,000 boats and over 2,000 exhibitors in three main locations in Miami, offering everything from boats, displays, and relevant booths, to special events and entertainment, attractions and activities all designed to celebrate the wonderful world of “boats”.

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Coconut Grove Arts Festival
mid February
Downtown Coconut Grove – Miami, Southeast Florida

A popular event for more than half a century, the Coconut Grove Arts Festival is one of the oldest and largest such event in the USA regularly attracting more than 150,000 visitors each year to enjoy the wide range of paintings, drawings, digital art, jewelry and art workshops for kids, as well as live entertainment by top jazz performers, and a wide range of internationally themed and local foods.

As to the Coconut Grove Arts Festival check in at:

South Beach Comedy Festival

early March
Miami Beach, Southeast Florida

Another of the top 20 events in the Miami Florida USA area, a popular event for more than 7 years, and now considered to be one of the “top” comedy festivals in the USA, the South Beach Comedy Festival features some of the world’s funniest comedians performing in many different locations in Miami including the Jackie Gleason Theater.

Concerning the South Beach Comedy Festival the website is:

Miami International Film Festival
early March
Miami, Southeast Florida

top film festivals in the USACelebrating over30 years of popularity, the Miami International Film Festival (MIFF), the preeminent Ibero-American film festival in the USA attracts more than 70,000 audience members and more than 400 filmmakers, producers, talent and industry professionals. showcasing some of the best-crafted films from around the world.

Explaining the Miami International Film Festival the website is:

Carnaval Miami
mid March
Miami, Southeast Florida

The largest Hispanic festival in the USA attracting more than a million people, Carnaval Miami is a two-week festival with a variety of events including jazz concerts, fine art displays, children’s entertainment, culinary competitions and more.

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Jazz in the Gardens
mid March
Miami, Florida

top jazz events nd jazz festivals in the USA USANow attracting more than 45,000 guests every year, the Jazz in the Gardens festival is one of the most highly regarded and anticipated music festival events in the country. Showcasing Grammy award-winning artists such as Ms. Lauryn Hill, Charlie Wilson, Al Jarreau, and Gladys Knight, this weekend jazz festival in Miami features everything you would expect of what is now becoming one of the most popular jazz events in the USA. There is also a wide offering of foods and all sorts of merchandise.

Enlightenment about Jazz in the Gardens on offer at:

MiaCalle Ocho
mid March
Miami, Southeast Florida

Recognized as one of the top 20 Miami Florida USA Events and Festivals, and also referred to as Carnaval Miami, this ten day event is one of the world's largest street parties and Miami’s largest annual party attracting over a million visitors and spreading over 23 blocks of Little Havana. Calle Ocho features some of the world’s best Cuban food along with presenting more than 30 stages of Cuban music like salsa and merengue. (In 1988, the festival was the scene of a Guinness World Record, as 119,986 people joined in the world’s longest conga line!)

For more information about Calle Ocho visit:

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Calle Ocho is one of the TOP 20 EVENTS in the whole of the USA

Miami Beach Gay Parade
early to mid April
Miami, Florida

top gay pride events in the  USAe USAFamous for a long and large festival celebrating pride and attracting over 100,000 people each year, the Miami Beach Gay Parade, a popular event now for over 5 years, showcases the amazing and hitherto unheralded beauty, strength, unity, talent, and creativity of the gay community in Miami.

Referring to the Miami Beach Gay Pride Parade check out:

April 9 – 12
Locations vary each year. Locations for 2014: Wynwood Walls, Village of Merrick Park, InterContinental Miami Hotel and Marlins Park

The annual, four-day VeritageMiami, brings together a who’s who of more than 3,000 wine, beer, spirits and food lovers from all across South Florida along with top sommeliers, notable chefs, prestigious wineries, winemakers and breweries and an impressive lineup of auction lots all to benefit the South Florida community. VeritageMiami benefits United Way of Miami-Dade, supporting programs in our community that are focused on improving the education, financial stability and health of our residents.

The website highlighting the VeritageMiami is:

4th July Celebrations in Miami
4th July
Miami, Southeast Florida

top 4th July celebrations festivals in the USAThere are many wonderful, different events celebrating the 4th July in and around Miami – the biggest of which is the annual Fourth of July patriotic celebration of music and fireworks at Miami Beach. The event is free and open to the public.

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IFE-ILE's Afro-Cuban Dance Festival
mid August
Miami, Southeast Florida

top african american festivals in the USA USACelebrating Afro-Cuban culture through dance, IFE-ILE's Afro-Cuban Dance Festival features everything from traditional and contemporary dance and music performances, lectures, dance and drumming workshops and panel discussions. A successful event for more than 11 years, this festival attracts thousands to the streets of Miami to enjoy and celebrate Afro-Caribbean and Cuban culture.

Regarding the IFE-ILE's Afro-Cuban Dance Festival study:

International Ballet Festival of Miami
late August – mid September
Miami, Southeast Florida

Considered the most important ballet festival in the USA, and labelled as “September’s Most Spectacular ‘Must See’ Event in South Florida”, the International Ballet Festival of Miami has been a popular event for over 16 years showcasing the world’s leading ballet companies as well as highlighting the work of USA and local artists.

With reference to the International Ballet Festival of Miami take a look at:

Miami Carnival
early October
Miami, Southeast Florida

One of the largest street festivals in the USA, the family-friendly Miami Carnival enables the Caribbean people in the South of the Sunshine State to share their Caribbean culture, promote cultural exchange and build economic cooperation in the multi-ethnic and multi-cultural environment of South Florida.

Respecting the Miami Carnival visit:

Miami International Dragon Boat Festival
early November
Miami, Southeast Florida

Top Dragon Boat Festgivals in the USAAttracting more than 25,000 visitors each year, the free Miami International Dragon Boat Festival features the skills and efforts of paddlers in beautifully colored Hong Kong-style Dragon Boats which are 40 feet long, 4 feet wide, carry 20 paddlers, 1 drummer, and 1 steersperson as they compete on the 250-meter course at Bickell Key.

Everything on the Miami International Dragon Boat Festival is at:

Miami Book Fair International
mid November
Miami, Southeast Florida

A popular event for more than a quarter of a century, the week-long Miami Book Fair attracts hundreds of thousands of fans each year to enjoy more than 350 authors reading selections from their books over 6 nights of readings and discussions, revel in the displays of more than 300 publishers and booksellers, and allow their children to enjoy a host of special children’s events and activities.

Touching the Miami Book Fair International observe:

Art Basel – Miami Beach
early December
Wynwood Art District – Miami, Southeast Florida

A popular attraction for more than a decade, Art Basel at Miami Beach is the biggest contemporary art event in the USA and features several galleries from all over the world including Europe, America, Asia and Australia, showcasing the work and talent of more than 2,000 artists of the past 120 years.

For more information about Art Basel Miami Beach visit :

King Mango Strut
end December
Downtown Coconut Grove – Miami, Southeast Florida

A truly original event that has been popular for over 20 years, ever since the Mango Marching Band was not allowed to take part in the Orange Bowl Parade and they set out to crate their own event. The King Mango Strut is basically a satirical parade making fun of national USA celebrities and events that have made the previous year interesting.

To see the home page for the King Mango Strut drop in at:


Bayfront Park's New Year's Eve

New Year’s Eve
Bayfront Park – Miami, Southeast Florida

Top New Years Eve  Events in the USAThis annual New Year's Eve event in Miami’s Bayfront Park is a free New Year’s Eve party and concert complete with a DJ dance party and midnight fireworks display when the huge orange completes its ascent up the side of the Hotel Intercontinental during the countdown to midnight.

Concerning the Bayfront Park's New Year's Eve the website is:


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