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2023 South Florida Annual Events Calendar

by Roslie
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South Florida pulses with energy and creativity, with an array of events to delight tourists and locals year-round. From sporting events to cultural and music festivals, you’re sure to find something happening on the South Florida annual events calendar.

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.

Here’s a comprehensive list of South Florida’s best annual events. Clear your schedule and mark your calendar; the only thing you’re left to decide is what event to plan around.


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2023 Miami & South Florida Events Calendar

January 2023 Events

Art Deco Lovers Around the World map

January 5 – 8, 2023: South Beach Jazz Festival

Jazz lovers will love this festival takes place over three days and features musicians with disabilities from the entire spectrum of jazz.

January 8, 2023: King Mango Strut Parade

January 7, 2023: Las Olas Art Fair Part 1

Ft. Lauderdale hosts a unique three-part art festival. The first event is in January, with additional South Florida events in March and October. The fair feature a diverse showcase of over 300 national and international artists happy to discuss their work and techniques. FREE to attend.

January 12 – 15, 2023: Key West Literary Seminar

Readers, writers, and literary enthusiasts are welcome at this annual South Florida event and island getaway in Key West for four days of seminars, workshops, and author conversations.

January 12 – 26, 2023: Miami Jewish Film Festival

Independent films and international cinema screenings of over 100 films in various venues around the city.  Experience the finest in both classic and contemporary Jewish films. Check the festival website for a full list of movies and tickets for single events or package pricing.

January 13 – 15, 2023: Art Deco Weekend

This free, three-day festival features more than 85 events in Miami Beach’s Art Deco District, including a retro fashion show, classic car show, street musicians, and public lectures dedicated to protecting the city through historic preservation.

January 14 – 15, 2023: Beaux Arts Festival of Art

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

January 19 – 23, 2023: 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.

January 21 – 22, 2023: A Festival of Chocolate

All things chocolate are explored at the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden: 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 celebration.

January 21 – 22, 2023: Pinecrest Gardens Fine Arts Festival

A weekend juried art show featuring artists and artisans from around the world.

January 25 – 29, 2023: Key West Food & Wine Festival

January 26 – 29, 2023: Seed Food and Wine Festival

January 27 – 29, 2023: 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. Don’t worry; you’ll see your share of Broncos and barrel racing too!

January 27 – 29, 2023: Everglades Bluegrass Festival

The longest-running Bluegrass festival in the country, this 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 6 – 29, 2023: The Key Largo and Islamorada Food & Wine Festival

Head to the Florida Keys for nine days of wine tasting, cooking demos, live music, and elaborate dinners that showcase the best of South Florida’s diverse cuisine. Experts will unveil their samples at more than 30 separate events.

January 28 – 29, 2023: Key West Craft Show

This is a juried art show nestled among historical attractions like Audubon House and the Mel Fisher Museum in Key West. Two blocks are closed to vehicle traffic so visitors can stroll through the more than 100 booths of fine art, crafts, and other handcrafted goods.

January 29, 2023: 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!

February 2023 South Florida Events

Coconut Grove Arts Festival signage

February 17 – 19, 2023: Everglades City Seafood Festival

Live music and fresh seafood make this family-friendly country festival one of the Everglade’s perks if you’re already heading out that way. No pets or coolers!

February 15 – 19, 2023: 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 16 – 19, 2023: 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.

February 18 – 20, 2023: 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 19, 2023: Gay8 Festival

February 23 – 26, 2023: 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 – 12, 2023: 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.

Feburary 11 – April 8, 2023: Carnaval Miami

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

February 18, 2023: Brew Miami

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

February 26 – 27, 2023: 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.

March 2023 Events

People under tent at event in park
Calle Ocho Festival

March 1 – 7, 2023: 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 3 – 12, 2023: 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.

March 4 – April 26, 2023: 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 ax throwing, archery, or scale Jacob’s ladder. Try the mead, wine, desserts, and other tempting victuals. Weekends only from 10 a.m to sunset!

March 4, 2023: 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, 2023: Asian Culture Festival

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

March 11 – 12, 2023: 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.

March 11 – 12, 2023: Jazz in the Gardens

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

March 11 – 12, 2023: 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 12, 2023: Calle Ocho Festival

This 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 16 – April 9, 2023: 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, 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 18 – 19, 2023: 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 20 – April 2, 2023: Miami Open

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

March 24 – 26, 2023: 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 26, 2022: Deering Seafood Festival

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

March 30, 2023: Fort Lauderdale Lexus Corporate Run

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

March 2023: 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!

April 2023 South Florida Events

People at marathon run start line

April 1 – 2, 2023: Pinecrest Gardens Chili Cook Off

April 1 – 16, 2023: 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!

November 14 – 16, 2023: 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 20 – 23, 2023: 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 20 – 30, 2023: 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 21 – 23, 2023: Pompano Beach Seafood Festival

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

April 23 – 30, 2022: 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 27, 2023: Downtown Miami Lexus Corporate Run

April 29 – 30, 2023: Fort Lauderdale Air Show

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

April 2023: O, Miami Poetry Festival

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

May 2023 Events

May 5 – 7, 2023: 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 19, 2023: Redland International Orchid Festival

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

May 28 – June 2, 2023: Miami Fashion Week

June 2023 South Florida Events

Multi-color Armored truck

June 14 – 18, 2023: 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.

June 30 – July 2, 2023: Florida Supercon

July 2023 South Florida Events

4th of July 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 21 – 23, 2023: Rolling Loud Miami

July 2023: 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 2023: 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. You might even get introduced to some fruit you never knew existed!

July 2023: Key Lime Festival

This four-day 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 2023: 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 2023: 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!

July 2023: Miami Salsa Congress

August 2023 South Florida Events

Plantain stuff shredded beef salsa and cheese

August 1 – September 30, 2023: 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 10 – 13, 2023: 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 2023: 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.

August 2023: National Rum Day Fest

September 2023 South Florida Events

Participants at parade on-street

September 2023: 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 2023: Key West Brew Fest

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 2023: Urban Film Festival

October 2023 South Florida Events

Girl in yellow carnival costume dancing on street

September 30 – October 8, 2023: 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, 2023: 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, 2023: 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 25 – 29, 2023: 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, 2023: 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 2023: Susan G. Komen Miami/Fort Lauderdale More than Pink Walk

October 2023: ZooRun 5K

October 2023: Kitetober Kite Festival

October 2023: South Beach Seafood Festival

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

November 2023 Events

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

November 2023: North Miami BrewFest

November 2023: 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 2023: 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 2023: 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 2023: Miami Short Film Festival

December 2023 Events

Fireworks and Christmas Tree Miami, Florida

December 7 – 9, 2023: 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 2023: 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 2023: Vegan Block Party

December 31, 2023: New Year’s Eve at Bayfront Park

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

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

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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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Roslie 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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Roslie 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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Roslie 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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Xfinite Radio December 9, 2021 - 2:46 am

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

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Roslie December 9, 2021 - 11:57 pm

Thank you!

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