Our year is always full of exciting events, Miami really capitalizes on that wonderful year-round weather. On any given weekend, there is bound to be something going on.
The range of lively happenings and top notch events spans from art festivals, concerts and shows to world-class sports events, holiday fairs and family entertainment.
Our yearly event calendar kicks off as the hot summer days wind down, temperatures start to cool off and visitors start trickling back.
The peak of activity hits after Thanksgiving when Art Basel Miami returns in early December giving way to a string of cultural events, art fairs and exhibitions before we get all wrapped up in the Christmas holiday season.
And as the new year begins, Miami is host to some spectacular signature events like the Miami Boat Show,
the Coconut Grove Arts Festival, the Miami Art Deco Weekend,
and many more colorful arts and crafts festivals, delightful food fairs and just about all kinds of fun events ranging from the educational to the wacky
affairs... parades, carnivals, parties, food fests...
For sports afficionados, four professional sports teams call South Florida home including three-time NBA Champions our Miami Heat.
In addition, a host of national and international tournaments take place in Miami: the Orange Bowl, the Miami Open Tennis, the International Champions Cup (soccer) to name a few.
And througout the year, leading names in entertainment come pay a visit. Whether it is Cirque du Soleil, Lady Gaga, that award-winning Broadway musical, or a matinee with the Globetrotters, be sure to check the monthly event schedule to see who's in town.
These are just a handful of top signature events in Miami, not only are they a "must see" if you are in the area, these are the kind of events that draw the crowds from all over. Needless to say, hotels might be in short supply during these events so plan ahead!
Art Basel Miami is the largest and most prominent contemporary art show in the country if not the continent, and the epicenter of a series of satellite events, exhibitions, parties, fairs throughout the city, indoor and outdoor, all revolving on what has now become the Miami Art Week.
On this first week of December, the art world converges in Miami... a definite must for contemporary art lovers.
The Annual Art Deco Weekend in South Beach, is one huge street party and definitely the place to be with all happening along Ocean Drive in the backdrop of some of the most striking art deco architecture.
Come for the parades dogs and all, the arts, crafts and antiques, the food, the classic cars, or simply to people watch and enjoy our gorgeous January weather.
The latest and greatest in Boating, Fishing, Sailing, Diving... Cruising Boats, Racing Boats, Sailing Boats, Catamarans, Power Boats, Mega Yachts... some serious boat eye candy all in lovely South Florida weather, definitely a "do not miss" event specially for boating enthusiasts.
This is quite an impressive 5-day event in February, spread out over three magnificent venues. The "trade show" part is held at the Miami Beach Convention Center, and the in-water shows at Sea Isle Marina and Miamarina at Bayside.
Best part, the ON-WATER hands on learning events, for beginners and seasoned skippers. A one-hour Discover Boating session is only $15.
Ranked one of the Top 5 Art Fairs in America, the Coconut Grove Art Festival is a weekend filled with live music, exquisite food, fun outdoor entertainment, and art, art, art... all in the backdrop of one of Miami's most beautiful waterfront settings.
Roger Federer, Andy Murray, Venus and Serena, Maria Sharapova, Rafael Nadal... all in Miami for an electrifying two weeks of tennis, delightful weather, celebrity galore, and if that's not enough, a stunning setting in gorgeous Key Biscayne and a world-class venue equipped with great food and facilities. The Miami Open is the place to be in March.
Presented by Food & Wine, this five-day affair of glorious food, famous chefs, flowing champagne, or wine, or beer... will be attracting its share of foodies to one of the most spectacular places to be in February, gorgeous South Beach.
Night in and night out, this is electrifying, winning basketball! The AmericanAirlines Arena is where awesome happens... Come catch a game, check out this amazing team in yet another quest for that coveted championship ring.
Season starts in October, check the monthly schedules for dates and tickets.
There are ten public holidays observed throughout the country. These are "bank" holidays and most federal agencies are closed. What will be open or closed depends on the holiday and the particular establishment, i.e. on Christmas Day some grocery stores may be open, some may be open with special holiday hours, some may be closed. Some parks are closed Christmas Day, some are open 365 days a year. As a general rule, the following remain
|Government Offices||Shopping centers and malls - hours may vary from regular schedule|
|Schools||Grocery Stores - hours may vary from regular schedule|
|Banks||Federal, State, Regional Parks|
|Public Libraries||Public Transportation with special holiday schedule|
Public Holidays in Miami
|New Year's Day||January 1, 2016||January 1, 2017|
|Martin Luther King's Birthday, observed on the third Monday in January||January 18, 2016||January 16, 2017|
|President's Day, observed on the third Monday in February||February 15, 2016||February 20, 2017|
|Memorial Day, observed on the last Monday in May||May 30, 2016||May 29, 2017|
|Independence Day||July 4, 2016||July 4, 2017|
|Labor Day, observed on the first Monday in September||September 5, 2016||September 4, 2017|
|Columbus Day, observed on the second Monday in October||October 10, 2016||October 9, 2017|
|Veteran's Day||November 11, 2016||November 11, 2017|
|Thanksgiving Day, observed on the fourth Thursday in November||November 24, 2016||November 23, 2017|
|Christmas Day||December 25, 2016||December 25, 2017|
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