The best festivals in Miami reflect the fact that this city is famous for really knowing how to throw an awesome party. The full calendar of awesome festivals draws massive crowds every year. Whether you love live music and bright costumes or are looking for fashion and high-class events, the wide range of celebrations in Miami offer entertainment for all types of vacationers.

    Miami is a stunning city that’s also known for its glimmering blue ocean views, unique art scene and retro hotels. Since thousands of people from all over the world head to South Florida every year for these events, make sure to plan your adventure in advance so you can get the most out of your trip to Miami.


    Ultra Music Festival

    Miami's massive EDM music festival

    Ultra Music Festival originally started in Miami and features popular electronic dance music. Today it’s known as one of the largest music festivals in the United States and, every year in late March, some of the most famous DJs from across the world as well as around 150,000 music lovers head to Bayfront Park to enjoy this massive party.

    Since the crowds that gather at Ultra come from all over the world, many musicians and DJs use this festival as a chance to debut new music. With free water stations, plenty of alcohol and food stands, and dozens of stages across the festival, Ultra is a great place to enjoy up to 3 days of dancing to your favorite music.

    Location: 301 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33132, USA


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    Carnaval on the Mile

    A lively arts and music festival celebrating Miami culture

    Every year in March, the city of Miami celebrates its popular month-long Carnaval festival. One of the highlights is Carnaval on the Mile, a weekend-long outdoor celebration that features the best of Miami’s local culture. Thousands of visitors come every year to listen to live music, eat delicious food, enjoy kid-friendly entertainment, and check out the incredible selection of local art.

    Over 200 local artists set up their art for display for the crowds at Carnaval on the Mile. Spend an afternoon walking through the art stalls and you’ll find everything from paintings and sculptures to jewelry and photography for sale.

    Location: 199 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables, FL 33134, USA


    Miami International Boat Show

    A premier occasion for boat companies and enthusiasts

    The Miami International Boat Show is one of the most influential boat shows across the globe. This annual event is known as the premier occasion when boat companies and enthusiasts come to experience the latest in boating. Whether you’re looking to buy a superyacht, just want to check out the latest in marine technology, or love a good party by the water, this is an awesome celebration to add to your calendar.

    Since the boat show is located on the Rickenbacker Causeway, transportation and parking can be tricky. Reserve your parking spot ahead of time or take a free water taxi cab from Bayfront Park and enjoy a hassle-free day at the boat show.

    Location: 3501 Rickenbacker Causeway, Miami, FL 33149, USA


    South Beach Jazz Festival

    One of Miami's major outdoor music events

    The South Beach Jazz Festival is an annual event held every year in early January that kicks off a new year of lively outdoor festivals in Miami. Each year, over 30,000 people head to South Beach for this 3-day music festival that aims to spotlight the different styles of jazz. You’ll find every type of jazz music from traditional and contemporary to Latin and New Orleans styles.

    Throughout the weekend, festivalgoers can enjoy a variety of free performances for up-and-coming bands and ticketed performances by famous jazz musicians. Tickets tend to sell out quickly, so make sure to buy yours in advance if there’s a band or musician you’d love to see.

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    Calle Ocho Music Festival

    A South Florida cultural celebration with live entertainment

    Every year, people make a point to head to Miami for the largest Latin street festival and block party in the U.S. – the Calle Ocho Music Festival. Hosted on a Saturday in March, this incredible event features live entertainment and musicians on dozens of stages scattered throughout Miami’s Little Havana neighborhood.

    The streets shut down for the Calle Ocho Music Festival and hundreds of thousands of people come for a fiesta unlike any other. The crowds go wild for the energetic music and people dance in the streets all night long. Because the music styles range drastically from jazz and salsa to reggae, hip-hop, and rap, a wide range of people flock to Calle Ocho to join in the festivities.

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    Miami Fashion Week

    A time for the latest styles and hottest parties

    Every year, top brands, designers, models, and influencers head to Miami for a week of high fashion under the sizzling South Florida sun. While some of the hottest brands in the world head to Miami in May for Fashion Week, it’s known as the time when Latin American and Caribbean designers really shine. A select few of the fashion shows are invite-only, but many of them have tickets available for purchase if you’re looking to catch a glimpse of a runway show.

    In addition to stunning catwalks at the Ice Palace Movie Studios, Miami Fashion Week is also known for its star-studded parties. Check the schedule ahead of time and bring your best outfit for a week of luxury in South Florida.

    Location: 1400 N Miami Ave, Miami, FL 33136, USA


    International Mango Festival

    A unique event dedicated to the juicy fruit

    The International Mango Festival in Miami is one of the most unique events dedicated to a tasty fruit – the mango. Hosted at the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, this festival takes place over the span of 2 days in mid-July and celebrates mangoes of all shapes, sizes, and varieties.

    In addition to enjoying the world’s largest collection of mangoes (over 400 different types), you can also try delicious treats, family-friendly activities, and even learn something new at lectures and cooking demonstrations. Miami restaurants love to participate in this juicy festival and many popular eateries serve up mango-themed dishes for visitors to enjoy.

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    Location: 10901 Old Cutler Rd, Coral Gables, FL 33156, USA

    Phone: +1 305-667-1651


    Brew Miami

    Miami's annual craft beer celebration

    Brew Miami is a one-of-a-kind annual beer festival in Miami dedicated to supporting the craft beer and foodie scenes in South Florida. Located at the Florida International University Riccardo Silva Stadium in Miami this 1-day event in early February is known for its unique pairings of locally brewed beer with chef-inspired food.

    Each year dozens of new breweries are added to the line-up list with a single requirement: they must be from Florida. Thousands of guests’ head to the festival to try new and exciting brews every year. Tickets go on sale well in advance, so make sure to buy yours early.

    Location: 11310 SW 17th St, Miami, FL 33199, USA

    Phone: +1 305-348-4263


    Winter Party Festival

    Fun and fundraisings for the LGBTQ+ community

    Miami is famous for being open and accepting of the LGBTQ+ community and the Winter Party Festival is a great annual fundraising event. Every year, some of the most popular DJs from across the globe fly to Miami for this festival and put on amazing shows that raise money for the community.

    From incredible live music and heart-pumping DJ sets to pool parties and cocktail hours, the party goes at full speed for a full week in early March. It provides a great excuse to enjoy one of the biggest parties in South Florida while also giving back to the community.

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    Miami Beach Pride

    Miami's giant week-long pride parade

    Miami Beach Gay Pride is one of the largest festivals in the world that celebrates the unique spirit and culture of the LGBTQ+ communities. For an entire week in mid-September, the festival hosts a variety of lively events and activities across Miami Beach. The Miami Beach Pride Parade is the highlight of the week and boasts a colorful show along the Art Deco district on Ocean Drive.

    This legendary parade has drawn crowds of over 150,000 people in recent years, including some A-list celebrities. It’s one of the hottest events of the year in South Florida. If you want to keep the party going into the night, join the crowds as they flock to the beach directly after the parade.

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    Victoria Zelefsky | Contributing Writer

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