Miami, Florida is a worldy renown party destination for a number of valid reasons. South Beach is home to some of the most incredible nightlife filled with beach-side lounges, clubs and high-end restaurants. The city is a leader in international trade, arts, entertainment and above all, culture. The prolific coastal location provides immaculate weather all year long and has easily become the number one cruise passenger port in the world. Whether you want to party every night, immerse yourself in its dense latin culture or enjoy the best of Florida’s cuisine, Miami has it all. Let’s take a look at Rad’s very own Top 5 Miami Festivals.
USA’s largest street festival calls South Beach home..
Take part in a wildly entertaining celebration of the caribbean culture during the Miami Carnival in the month of March. Over one million people come together in the ultimate party atmosphere that leaves both kids and adults wanting more. Enjoy dozens of mini parties throughout the week-long celebration including dancing, mixology sessions, live music and a beauty pageant!
While you take a break from dancing, grab a rum inspired cocktail and find a spot in the shade as you take in the colorful parade filled with bright, extravagant costumes. For over 30 years the Miami Carnival has been blaring Soca music and serving up only the best of latin dishes. If you are looking for an entirely different experience during your spring break trip, South Beach is the place to be.
Dates: March 2-10, 2019
A worldwide celebration of art..
The annual Art Basel Miami Beach packs works from thousands of galleries around the globe into its coveted Miami Beach location. Shows include artists from Latin America, Europe, Australia, Asia and Africa with stunning works of modern and contemporary art. Gawk at endless amounts of photographs, films, sculptures, installations and paintings in the center exhibition hall.
The best part of the festival are the dozens of parties that pop up because of the winter event. Leaving the gallery doesn’t mean the fun stops. Several art shows surround the area and parties keep bumping all night long. Try out the international renditions of the Art Basel at the Hong Kong and Europe locations!
Dates: Dec. 5-8, 2019
EDM unrivalled and unmatched..
Dozens of EDM festivals bless the music culture of today’s party-heads, but nothing quite matches up to Miami’s very own Ultra Music Festival. For nearly 20 years, this multi-day event has hosted the very best of EDM acts and awe-inspiring sets leaving ravers speechless. The massive influence of Ultra has grown to international heights as versions of the festival have started in Croatia, Chile, Japan, Russia and Hong Kong.
Voted several times as the World’s Best Festival and Best Dance Event, Ultra stays at the top of of every EDM rager’s bucket list. For three days straight, epic names in the genre throw down wild parties under unmatched beach weather, incredible music sets, thirst-quenching drinks and scrumptious festival foods.
Dates: March 29 -31, 2019
The irresistible combination of food tastings, demonstrations, spirits and industry parties composes one of the country’s most coveted culinary events ever. Food Network and Florida International University host the South Beach Wine & Food Festival in the month of February for the die-hard foodies who are in it to win it.
Bring an empty stomach and thirsty mouth for alcohol as attendees will be showered with varying cuisines from world-renowned chefs and mixologists. From oysters, tacos, Italian and brunch favorites you and your crew will not be dissapointed. Even your furry friend gets to join in during Nulo Pet Food “Happy Hour.”
Dates: Feb. 20 – 24, 2019
Celebrating over 30 years of film..
The Miami Film Festival welcomes over 70,000 people every year to showcase the world’s top-crafted films. The marquee includes dozens of independent American titles and international films with a specialized focus on Iber-American flicks. This inspiring event is an all-out celebration of thought-provoking productions that a wide range of movie-lovers can appreciate.
Over $1 million has been awarded to established and emerging filmmakers for their efforts in creating groundbreaking cinema works. Grab a ticket and head to the festival for your chance to catch a glimpse of Hollywood stars who come in attendance at Miami Dade College Theatre.
Dates: March 1-10, 2019
Feature image credit: Ultra Music FestivalLast updated on Oct 11, 2019
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