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Your Guide to the 2024 South Florida Annual Events Calendar!

by Roslie L.
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The events in South Florida are world class. Whether you are a tourist or a local, you’ll be spoiled for choice every month of the year. From sporting events to cultural shows to music festivals, you’re sure to find something happening in Miami and beyond.

Going south for the winter? Check out Art Basel for a mind-blowing celebration of contemporary art. Heading to Miami in the summer to soak up the sun? Dance the night away in Little Havana’s Calle Ocho or take in Key West’s Lobsterfest. Every month offers something to check off your Miami bucket list.

Ready to plan your next adventure? Here’s a comprehensive look at the South Florida cultural calendar and the best events in Miami and beyond.


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2024 Miami & South Florida Events Calendar

January 2024 Events in Miami and South Florida

January 4 – 7, 2024: South Beach Jazz Festival

Jazz lovers will adore this three-day festival featuring musicians with disabilities from the entire spectrum of jazz. If you want to keep the party going into the new year, this is one of the best things to do in January in Miami.

Print art on display outdoors

January 6 – 7, 2024: Las Olas Art Fair Part 

This unique three-part art festival is a must. The first part is an event in Ft. Lauderdale in January, and then there are additional South Florida events in March and October. The fair features a diverse showcase of over 300 national and international artists happy to discuss their work and techniques. Best of all, this is a FREE event.

January 7, 2024: King Mango Strut Parade

This much-loved, ultra-fun community tradition brings in over 10,000 eccentric fans who love to strut their stuff in their silliest costumes. It is the perfect Coconut Grove festival if you want to connect with the locals or mingle with your neighbors. One of our favorite Miami cultural events!

January 11 – 14, 2024: Key West Literary Seminar

Readers, writers, and literary enthusiasts come together at this much anticipated South Florida event. For those looking to expand the experience and network with the who’s who in the literary world, they’re also hosting a getaway in Key West with four days of seminars, workshops, and author conversations.

Planning Tip: If you are thinking about visiting the Florida Keys, you must do the Key West Sunset Sail with Full Bar, Live Music & Hors D’oeuvres. This gorgeous tour offers breathtaking views and a lovely atmosphere.

January 11 – 15, 2024: Original Miami Beach Antique Show

Get your fill of antiques, jewelry, and other vintage estate items, as well as fine art and books, at this unique annual South Florida event. If you are a fan of antiques and all things vintage, mark your calendar.

January 11 – 25, 2024: Miami Jewish Film Festival

Experience the finest classic and contemporary Jewish films at the 2024 Miami Film Festival. There are over 100 independent films and international cinema screenings in various venues around the city. Check the official festival website for a complete list of movies and tickets for single events or package pricing.

January 12 – 14, 2024: Art Deco Weekend

Art Deco Lovers Around the World map

This free, three-day festival features over 85 events in Miami Beach’s Art Deco District, including a classic car show, walking tours, and public lectures dedicated to protecting the city through historic preservation. If you’re looking for a Miami Beach event that will help you scratch beneath the surface and better understand the local culture, this cultural festival is a must.

Before the event, it’s well worth taking the The Official Art Deco Walking Tour by The Miami Design Preservation League to get an in-depth look at this unique district.

January 13 – 14, 2024: Beaux Arts Festival of Art

A multi-event festival hosted at the University of Miami in support of the Lowe Art Museum, this contemporary showcase features a juried art show and sale, a student art showcase, children’s events, and the glamorous Beaux Arts Ball.

January 13 – 16, 2024: Wodapalooza

For four days yearly, Wodapalooza transforms Bayfront Park into the ultimate Miami fitness festival. Athletes and fitness enthusiasts come from around the country to marvel at the incredible feats achieved through various competitions.

Planning tip: You’ll want to make a day of it and explore some of Miami’s best things around Bayfront Park. Grab our guide for insider tips on exploring this popular neighborhood

January 20 – 21, 2024: Art & Design Fair (formerly Fine Arts Festival)

In honor of the 20th anniversary, a range of top designers and artisans will join 60+ artists at this essential Miami festival. Whether you are an artist or designer looking for your big break or an arts and design enthusiast, this is a must for your Miami events calendar.

January 20 – 21, 2024: A Festival of Chocolate

Attention, sweets fans! All things chocolate are explored at the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden. Look forward to lectures and demonstrations from chefs and chocolatiers, learn about the cacao bean, how to grow a tree, and sample lots of artisan chocolate at this decadent Miami food festival.

Planning Tip: Want to whet your appetite before the event? Eat your way through the best restaurants in Miami. Here is your insider guide to local favorite eateries.

January 20 – 21, 2024: Pinecrest Gardens Fine Arts Festival

Another of our favorite Miami arts events, the weekend juried art show features artists and artisans from around the world at this Miami cultural event.

January 23 – 28, 2024: Key West Food & Wine Festival

Celebrate the Spanish heritage of Key West at this much loved South Florida food festival from Sotheby’s. Each year this has been recognized as one of the best wine festivals in the United States and it’s an absolute must for Florida foodies and wine lovers.

January 24– 28 2024: Miami Fashion Week

Rub shoulders with Miami’s VIPs and fashion trendsetters from around the world at one of the biggest fashion weeks in the United States. Whether you’re a mover and shaker in the design world or just want to gawk at the beautiful people, this is an unmissable experience.

January 25 – 28, 2024: Seed Food and Wine Festival

Another one of the most prominent food and wine festivals in the United States, this Miami vegan food festival is one of the culinary events of the year in South Florida.

January 26 – 28, 2024: Homestead Championship Rodeo

This three-day day rodeo is one of the oldest sporting events in South Florida and has a great turnout, especially for the parade and classic rodeo pageant. And, of course, you’ll see your share of Broncos and barrel racing too!

January 26 – 28, 2024: Everglades Bluegrass Festival

The longest-running Bluegrass festival in the country, this South Florida music festival is a great place to catch some low-key jams, learn about the rich history of bluegrass in Florida and enjoy some refreshments (BYOB).

January 28, 2024: Miami Marathon and Half Marathon

World-class marathoners and beginners flock to this scenic race that spans downtown Miami and Miami Beach. This massively attended marathon takes a route along the coast and offers a special kid’s run. Pushing your limits never looked so picturesque!

Planning Tip: Want to run the Miami marathon but missed the registration window? Check out the Life Time Tropical 5K on Saturday, January 27.

February 2024 South Florida Events

Lobster roll on newspaper

February 2 – 4, 2024: Everglades City Seafood Festival

Live music and fresh seafood make this family-friendly event one of the most fun things to do in the Everglades. This South Florida country music festival is a must for fans, seafood lovers, as well as anybody looking for a fun day out. 

Planning Tip: No pets, lawn chairs, or coolers allowed

February 9 – 11, 2024: Seminole Tribal Fair and Pow Wow

A Pow Wow is a gathering to join in dancing, singing, and friendship. All are welcome to participate in this free event celebrating Native American culture; festivities include food, live music, exhibition dancing, wildlife shows, alligator wrestling, and more.

February 14 – 18, 2024: Miami International Boat Show

This massive boat show lets you tour more than 1,300 boats and luxury yachts docked at the Miami Marine Stadium. Make sure you catch some of the hands-on workshops and food vendors too!

February 14 – 18, 2024: Art Wynwood

This two-day festival focuses on giving back to the business and artists in the Wynwood community with a celebration of art, music, food, and fashion.

Planning tip: Visiting Wynwood for the first time? Grab our guide for Miami visitors looking to dive into the local culture

Coconut Grove Arts Festival signage

February 17 – 19, 2024: Coconut Grove Arts Festival

Held annually over the President’s Day Weekend, this three-day event takes place along the one-mile waterfront stretch of Coconut Grove. You will find work by internationally-acclaimed artists, booths, activities, food vendors, live music, and an entertainment lineup.

February 22 – 25, 2024: Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival

Foodies, take note! This five-day event showcases wine, spirits, and gourmet-inspired samplings from some of the world’s finest chefs. You’re likely to see your favorite celebrity chefs and television personalities strolling around, too! A must for foodies!

February 10 – April 6, 2024: Carnaval Miami

Multi-event celebration including music, fashion, art, food, and entertainment showcasing the city’s vibrant Latin, and Caribbean culture. 

Planning tip: While you’ll never be able to experience all of Carnaval in Miami, you’ll definitely want to check out key events like Calle Ocho Music Festival on March 10.

February 10, 2024: Brew Miami

A festival devoted to craft beer and food pairings featuring local breweries, restaurant vendors, limited spirits, and live DJ entertainment.

February 22 – 25, 2024: Melton Mustafa Jazz Festival

The Melton Mustafa Jazz Festival is a top jazz festival in Florida. The festival brings together some of the world’s finest musicians, showcasing their musical prowess. In addition to the exceptional musical performances, the festival also hosts a variety of artists, authors, and vendors from the local community. The festival perfectly blends culture and entertainment, providing an unforgettable experience.

February 24 – 25, 2024: The Key West Art and Craft Festival

The Key West Craft Show and The Old Island Days Art Festival have come together for 2024 to become the The Key West Art and Craft Festival at The Truman Waterfront Park. Come to explore the endless booths of fine art, crafts, and other handcrafted goods.

February 24 – 25, 2024: South Miami Rotary Art Festival

This festival takes place in the heart of downtown South Miami on Sunset Drive (SW 72nd Street) from US 1 to Red Road (SW 57th Avenue). It features a juried art show, food court, beer garden, live jazz stage performances, and more.

February 28 – March 5, 2024: Winter Party Festival

This LGBTQ fundraiser is a lively week-long series of dance, music, and social events in the name of charity. It’s fun and glamorous, and all are welcome!

March 2024 Events

People under tent at event in park

March 2, 2024: Pinecrest Gardens Chili Cook Off

There’s nothing better than a steaming hot bowl of chilli on a cool day in late winter. For a family friendly festival with fabulous food, this is the place to be.

March 4 – April 26, 2024: Florida Renaissance Festival

Travel back in time and visit the bawdy past with seven glorious weekends of entertainment, artisans, food, and drinks. Watch jousting matches and sword fights. Try your skills at axe throwing, archery, or scale Jacob’s ladder. Try the mead, wine, desserts, and other tempting victuals. Weekends only from 10 am to sunset!

March 4, 2024: Las Olas Art Fair

This two-day block party is Fort Lauderdale’s largest art celebration featuring a diverse showcase of over 300 national and international artists. The outdoor, pet, and child-friendly event is held on Las Olas Boulevard, which is convenient for dining and other shopping.

March 4, 2024: Asian Culture Festival

Celebrate the Asian culture in Miami with food and artisan vendors, as well as theatre and dance performance.

March 9, 2022: Florida AIDS Walk & Music Festival

Come together for a 5K walk, food trucks, drinks, and an epic concert! This event is a great way to give back to the community, as proceeds raised go to local AIDS service organizations. Be a part of the movement. Click here for tickets and more information. Use code: BEACH20 for 20% off registration!

March 9 – 10, 2024: Original Marathon Seafood Festival

This two-day event is a wonderful way to experience the Florida Keys. Classic seafood, including stone crab and lobster tails, plus entertainment and kids’ activities, make it fun for the whole family.

People on street at Calle Ocho Festival in Little Havana Miami

March 10, 2024: Calle Ocho Festival

This Miami street festival marks the end of Carnaval Miami. It is the largest Hispanic festival in the United States and an all-out (20 blocks of fun) party featuring delicious Latin-inspired street food, dancing, art, and live music along Little Havana’s Calle Ocho.

March 9 – 10, 2024: Jazz in the Gardens

This soulful weekend event in Miami Gardens showcases jazz and R&B music for a laid-back Floridian feel.

March 9 – 10, 2024: Orchid in Bloom Festival

A two-day festival featuring an arraying display of orchid plants nestled throughout the garden. Join the fun with lectures, vendors, food, and more.

March 14 – April 7, 2024: Miami Dade County Fair and Exposition

Also called the Youth Fair, this event has agricultural and educational exhibits, midway rides, as well as your typical carnival food. It’s held on sprawling fairgrounds and is one of the largest fairs in North America.

March 18 – 19, 2024: Miami Sailing Week

A regatta and a full-week celebration of all things sailing, this action-packed event is a fun way to experience the waterfront.

March 17 – 31, 2024: Miami Open

A world-class tennis tournament showcasing competition by the best players on the planet. An unforgettable experience for tennis fans!

March 22 – 24, 2024: Ultra Music Festival

A world-class electronic music festival that draws enthusiasts from across the globe featuring EDM DJs and cutting-edge visual effects.

March 20, 2024: Fort Lauderdale Lexus Corporate Run

This 5k run and walk promotes healthy living and raises funds for community involvement. It’s popular with workplace teams or groups, but solo runners are welcome too.

March 2024: Winter Music Festival

A week-long celebration featuring music, dance, and performances through a wide-ranging mix of talent. This festival is a must for electronic dance music enthusiasts! Exact dates TBA.

April 2024 South Florida Events

People at marathon run start line

April 5 – 7, 2024: Rock the Ocean’s Tortuga Festival

Some seriously big names hit up this country music festival, which is also a fundraiser and educational event dedicated to marine conservation.

April 5 – 14, 2024: Miami Beach Pride

The city’s week-long celebration supports the spirit and culture of the LGBTQ community. Aside from the iconic parade, you’ll find dance parties, social events, beach parties, and plenty of food and drink. Love is love!

April 5 – 14, 2024: Miami Film Festival

This is a ten-day film festival showcasing independent American and international films, as well as film-inspired events throughout the city.

April 14, 2024: Deering Seafood Festival

Hosted on the historic Deering Estate, this seafood-filled festival features live entertainment, chef demos, and activities for the whole family.

April 18 – 28, 2024: OUTshine Film Festival Miami

Experience culturally diverse films and media that offer historical and contemporary perspectives on the LGBTQ experience at screenings throughout the city. This is a well-loved event that has been running for over 30 years.

April 19 – 21, 2024: Miami Beach Polo World Cup

This version of the equestrian competition will see it played on sand. If you are interested in this dynamic sport, see it at its best during this event.

April 19 – 21, 2024: Pompano Beach Seafood Festival

A three-day festival situated with music, food, arts, and crafts area, all benefitting local Pompano Beach charities.

TBA late April 2024: Fleet Week Port Everglades

This week-long event showcases sailors, marines, and Coast Guard professionals and their work. See live-action demos, tour Coast Guard and Navy ships, and learn about the day-to-day operations. 

April 25, 2024: Downtown Miami Lexus Corporate Run

Looking for a Miami marathon? Head downtown for the next in this series of Florida marathons.

April 2024: O, Miami Poetry Festival

A month-long community-based festival celebrating Miami through poetry

May 2024 South Florida Events

May 3 – 5, 2024: Sunfest

A waterfront music festival in West Palm Beach, this event has over 50 bands on three different stages along the beach, plus food and drink vendors. A perfect way to soak up the sun!

May 11 – 12, 2024: Fort Lauderdale Air Show

A classic air show featuring high-flying stunts, demos, and educational booths, any aviator enthusiast would be at home here.

May 25 – 26, 2024: Redlands Festival of Arts

A  juried art show featuring over 100 artist from across the U.S.

TBA May 2024: Redland International Orchid Festival

This is a large-scale event perfect for admiring orchids or picking up supplies from vendors around the world.

June 2024 South Florida Events

June 12 – 16, 2024: American Black Film Festival

This independent film festival is your chance to participate in the largest gathering showcasing Black film and television productions in the United States. The five-day festival features screenings, panel discussions, and seminars encouraging resource sharing, education, and artistic collaboration.

July 2024 South Florida Events

4th of July fireworks over Miami Florida skyline

July 4th Celebrations

If you want to celebrate the 4th of July in Florida, there’s no shortage of events. Outdoor parties at Bayfront Park, South Beach, and Coral Gables are popular spots for food, drink, and fireworks.

July 12 – 14, 2024: Florida Supercon

For all things comic books, video games, and cosplay in Florida, it all about the FL Supercon.

July 17 – 24, 2024: Miami Salsa Congress

From concerts to classes, this music and dance festival is the epicenter of salsa in Miami.

July 21 – 23, 2024: Rolling Loud Miami

One of the biggest and best hip hop festivals in the world, Rolling Loud Miami is one of the most popular music festivals of the year in Miami.

July 2024: International Ballet Festival of Miami

See local and international performers at this ambitious celebration of dance. With a focus on dancers and artists of Hispanic descent, this is a world-class event that will delight art enthusiasts and skeptics alike!

July 2024: Mango and Tropical Fruit Festival

Join some of the region’s best chefs as they prepare a variety of exotic fruit in ways you’ve never seen. At this fabulous Miami food festival, you might even get introduced to some fruit you never knew existed!

July 2024: Key Lime Festival

This four-day Miami food festival celebrates all things key lime. You can expect unforgettable antics in addition to a pie-eating contest, book signing, cocktail sip and stroll, and a key lime scavenger hunt.

July 2024: Hemingway Days Festival

Celebrate the iconic author as look-alike fans, fellow writers, and literary enthusiasts gather to honor the former Key West resident.

July 2024: Lower Keys Underwater Music Festival

This unique festival uses pre-selected playlists streamed live from underwater speakers, so musicians play various underwater instruments in a whimsical setting. You’ve never seen anything like it!

August 2024 South Florida Events

Plantain stuff shredded beef salsa and cheese

August 1 – September 30, 2024: Miami Spice

This decadent restaurant promotion features the best of Miami’s world-class cuisine, with participating eateries offering three-course meals at affordable prices. A great time for a foodie tour!

August 8 – 11, 2024: Key West Lobsterfest

To celebrate the lobster season, Key West hosts a massive four-day party. Highlights include a street fair, concert, pub crawl, and of course, lobster served in more ways than you can imagine. If you are a lover of this crustacean, make plans now.

August 2024: Afro-Cuban Dance Festival

This massive party in Little Havana features traditional performances, classes, and seminars designed to celebrate Miami’s rich Afro-Cuban influence through dance and performance.

September 2024 South Florida Events

Participants at parade on-street

September 2024: Brazilian Festival of Pompano Beach

You won’t need a passport to enjoy the delights of Brazil. Just head to Pompano Beach, and you will experience Brazil’s art, culture, culinary delicacies, music, and ambiance of the exotic South American country.

September 2024: Key West BrewFest

Celebrate all things beer with beer dinners, boozy brunches, pool parties, and even brewing workshops at this weekend-long celebration in Key West. With over 200 beers, this is a must for the brewmaster!

September 2024: Urban Film Festival

Meet the next generation of filmmakers at this unique film festival in Miami, or submit your own film to connect with the movers and shakers in the world of cinema.

October 2024 South Florida Events

Girl in yellow carnival costume dancing on street

October 5 – 13, 2024: Miami Carnival

Traditional Caribbean music, dancing, and food are on display at this festival, which also happens to be one of the largest Caribbean Carnivals in North America.

October 12 – 22, 2024: OUTshine Film Festival Fort Lauderdale

Experience culturally diverse films and media that offer historical and contemporary perspectives on the LGBTQ experience at screenings throughout the Fort Lauderdale area.

October 20 – 29, 2024: Fantasy Fest

Key West’s Duval Street is the place to be during this impressive street fair and costume party. This 10-day festival features a parade, street fest, and tons of events for the creative and whimsically minded.

October 30 – November 3, 2024: Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show

Experience the latest and greatest in yachts, ancillary gear, and nautical equipment. Whether you are there to buy or dream, it is well worth the experience. Tour luxury yachts, ask questions and attend hands-on workshops at this popular gathering.

October 15 – 16, 2024: Las Olas Art Fair

This two-day block party is Fort Lauderdale’s largest art celebration featuring a diverse showcase of over 300 national and international artists. The outdoor, pet, and child-friendly event is held on Las Olas Boulevard, convenient for dining and other shopping.

October 2024: Susan G. Komen Miami/Fort Lauderdale More than Pink Walk

October 2024: ZooRun 5K

October 2024: Kitetober Kite Festival

October 2024: South Beach Seafood Festival

Need more options? Here are a few more of our favorite Miami Fall events.

November 2024 Events

Miami Book Fair International Street Fair vendor displays
Miami Book Fair International Street Fair Downtown Miami

November 2024: North Miami BrewFest

November 2024: Miami International Auto Show

For the luxury auto enthusiast, this show will not disappoint. From vintage classics to contemporary models, this show spans ten days and is one of the country’s most attended for a reason.

November 2024: Miami Book Fair International

This annual South Florida event is one of the country’s most anticipated literary fairs. It features over 300 renowned international authors in Miami for a week of book signings, readings, and literacy events, including seminars, workshops, lectures, and kids’ activities.

November 2024: Santa’s Enchanted Forest

Christmas in Miami? You bet! This holiday theme park takes it to a new level, featuring over 100 rides, holiday displays, live music, shows, and games. It’s as fun for kids as it is for the young at heart.

November 2024: Miami Short Film Festival

December 2024 Events

Multi color tank outside building

December 7 – 9, 2024: Art Basel Miami

An experimental art show featuring contemporary and modern art, this international fair showcases work from galleries, seasoned artists, and emerging sculptors and painters across the globe.

December 2024: Seminole-Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade

A one-of-a-kind parade featuring boats of all sizes as they cruise along the waterfront. Charter a private boat and see the parade up close or enjoy food and drinks along the promenade.

December 2024: Vegan Block Party

December 31, 2024: New Year’s Eve at Bayfront Park

This free event is a wonderful way to experience New Year’s Eve in Miami, featuring fireworks, music, and performers on the waterfront. Don’t be surprised if there’s a surprise celebrity appearance or two!

Fireworks and Christmas Tree Miami, Florida

For more ideas, check out these things to do in December in Miami.

Clear your schedule and mark your calendar; the only thing you’re left to decide is what event to plan around. Whether you’re a local stuck in a rut of going to the same old places every weekend or you’re planning the ultimate Florida vacation, our 2024 guide to the 101 top Miami bucket list experiences is sure to inspire you!

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8 comments

Crystal January 5, 2019 - 6:53 am

Wow, looks like tons of cool events coming for 2019! Wish I was headed to Florida this year to partake in the jazz festival. Great list!

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Coastlines to Skylines January 6, 2019 - 1:42 am

Thanks Crystal! Finding something to do here is almost always never a problem. It definitely one of the perks of living in this vibrant city.

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Asoitgo January 17, 2019 - 4:13 am

Fantastic list…! As a local, Im going to print this out and consider it a challenge taken
. Great checklist of what our beautiful region has on offer!

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Coastlines to Skylines January 18, 2019 - 4:39 am

Thanks! It’s a great way to reacquaint with our own backyard. I’m challenging myself as well to keep finding and discovering new events so check back often as I’ll update regularly.

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Cara January 20, 2020 - 2:45 pm

What a great list – thank you for compiling! Love SoFla!

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Coastlines to Skylines January 22, 2020 - 5:03 pm

Hi Cara, thank you for reading. I hope you get a chance to check out a few.

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XRadio December 9, 2021 - 2:46 am

This is such a great blog and website. Thanks for sharing.

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Coastlines to Skylines December 9, 2021 - 11:57 pm

Thank you!

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