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There's Always Something Happening Under the Sun

No matter what time of the year it is, something fun and interesting is always taking place in South Florida. From festivals to parades, championship games to concerts and everything in between, there's no shortage of events in Miami and Miami Beach. So before considering when to book your stay at the finest of hotels near Orange Bowl and South Beach Festivals - the Beacon Hotel, check out our convenient calendar of Miami area events.


The Orange Bowl
2014 Dates TBA
This classic championship football game is held each year at Sun Life Stadium.

Martin Luther King Day Parade
This tribute to the civil rights leader travels along N.W. 54 Street, beginning at 10th Avenue in Liberty City, and culminates in a festival at the Martin Luther King Jr. Park at 6101 Northwest 32nd Court. Festivities include a children's cultural area, food booths and a vendor marketplace.

International Chocolate Festival
2014 Dates TBA
Visit Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden and enjoy a sweet day!

Redland Heritage Festival
2014 Dates TBA
Head to the Fruit & Spice Park for arts and crafts, tropical plants and great food.

Miami Jewish Film Festival
2014 Dates TBA
Watch richly diverse national and international films of artistic merit and thought-provoking subject matter.

Homestead Championship Rodeo
2014 Dates TBA
Enjoy a variety of riding, roping, and racing events as well as great down-home hospitality.

Tamiami International Orchid Festival
2014 Dates TBA
Come meet orchid growers from around the world with beautiful displays, plant sales, art and supplies.

ING Miami Marathon and Half Marathon
2014 Dates TBA
Join thousands of people downtown for a 26.2 mile marathon and 13.1 mile run through Miami and Miami Beach.


February Miami Events

Valentine's Day Events

In a relationship or looking for love? Miami offers plenty of ways to get your heart racing!

SoBay Festival of the Arts
February 14 - 24
An annual celebration of the literary, performing and visual arts hosted at the beautiful Deering Estate.

Miami International Boat Show & Strictly Sail
February 14 - 18
One of the largest shows of its kind in the world, with over 2,000 exhibitors displaying the latest powerboats, sailboats, engines, electronics and accessories.

Coconut Grove Arts Festival
February 16 - 18
This celebrated South Florida event showcases the works of over 300 artists in a wide variety of mediums.

Carnaval Miami
February 2 - March 10
The largest Hispanic festival in the nation features concerts, food and dancing as well as a golf and domino tournament.

South Beach Wine & Food Festival
February 21 - 24
This world-renowned culinary event brings together celebrity chefs to take part in a multitude of tasty events.

Washington's Birthday Regatta

2013 Dates TBA
This revival of Commodore Ralph Munroe's boat race takes place on Biscayne Bay just offshore from his historic home "the Barnacle."



Florida Renaissance Festival
March 30 - April 14
Step back in time and delight in sword fighting, minstrels and more while enjoying unique food and crafts reminiscent of the period.



South Beach Comedy Festival
April 17 - 20
You'll laugh yourself silly watching the country's top comedians when they descend on SoBe.

Winter Party Festival
March 6 - 11
The National Gay & Lesbian Task Force hosts this annual fundraising dance event in South Beach which features celebrity DJs, cocktail receptions, food and fellowship.



Barnacle Under Moonlight
October 12, 2012
Enjoy a free concert held on the second Friday of every month from September through May at the Barnacle Historic State Park in Coconut Grove.

October Events in Miami

Bird Festival at Fairchild
October 10 - 13
Visit Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden for several days of activities geared toward life-long 'birders' and birdwatching novices alike.

Coral Gables Oktoberfest
2013 Dates TBA
Partake in German food, beer, music and entertainment at this traditional fall festival.

Miami Carnival Parade & Festival
October 13
This dynamic West Indian festival and parade features Caribbean music, food, dancing and splendid colorful costumes.

Edible Garden Festival at Fairchild
October 26 - 27
Featuring lectures, cooking demonstrations, outstanding food and lessons on how to start a fruit or vegetable garden.

Mad Hatter Arts Festival
2013 Dates TBA
This whimsical Coconut Grove event includes art, music, food, contests, and a visit with - who else? - the Mad Hatter.

Wine on Harvest Moon
2013 Dates TBA
Enjoy fine wine, amazing food and exquisite art under the golden moon at the Deering Estate.

South Florida Theatre Festival
2013 Dates TBA
Immerse yourself in the magic of the stage with an array of live productions, including drama, comedy, musicals and family-friendly plays.

Italian Film Festival
2013 Dates TBA
An award-winning festival that showcases the best new full-length features and short films out of Italy.

GIPA Oktoberfest
2013 Dates TBA
A day of German traditions, food, games, and family entertainment sponsored by the German International Parent Association.

Halloween Events
Miami offers a variety of Halloween activities all month long, with spooky and silly events for all ages.


Miami Short Film Festival
November 8 - 25
A celebration of the celluloid image focusing on movies ranging from one to thirty minutes long.

Exponica International: The Fair of the Americas
2013 Dates TBA
This exposition and festival of Central and South American culture includes crafts, customs and foods from various countries.

South Florida International Auto Show
2013 Dates TBA
More than 1,000 of the industry's latest vehicles for the upcoming year are on display, along with car related merchandise and special events that put guests behind the wheel.

Bayside Rocks Festival
2012 Dates TBA
Referred to as the Woodstock of reggae, this music festival held in Bayfront Park features a multitude of artists and activities.

White Party Week
2012 Dates TBA
The world's oldest and biggest HIV/AIDS fundraiser comes to Miami every year for a week filled with parties and dancing.

Thanksgiving Events in Miami

Celebrate Thanksgiving in Miami by running a race, attending a parade or helping others.

Butterfly Days at Fairchild
2013 Dates TBA
Come explore the world of these winged works of art at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden.

DocMiami International Film Festival
2013 Dates TBA
Dedicated to highlighting the innovators of the documentary film format worldwide.

Christmas & Holiday Events in Miami

Search here for ways to celebrate the holiday season, including theatre & dance performances, caroling, and children's activities.

Miccosukee Indian Arts Festival
2013 Dates TBA
Experience Native American culture through food, art, crafts and demonstrations.

New Year's Eve Events in Miami

Choose from a number of parades, firework displays  and other celebrations taking place in South Florida.

Orange Drive Miami Beach Music Festival
2013 Dates TBA
Watch top artists perform on the beach under the stars for three days stretching into the new year.

Santa's Enchanted Forest
November 7 - January 5
Experience the world's largest Christmas theme park and enjoy rides, food, games and a petting zoo.


Ongoing Miami Events

Miami Jazz Society Events

The Miami Jazz Society puts on a series of live jazz performances, film screenings, and more - every month in Downtown Miami.

A free monthly cultural event and street fair on the last Friday of each month that focuses on music, dance, poetry and the visual arts.

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