Miami is a well known coastal city located in Southeastern Florida and sometimes known as the Capital of Latin America due to its sizable Spanish-speaking population, which is the second largest in U.S. The city is famous for its lovely beaches and friendly people. It is a thriving economic hub and a leader in media, culture, commerce, arts, international trade and entertainment. Besides this, it is also blessed with a beautiful landscape that consists of vast green lands. With all these natural resources and marvelous infrastructure, it is no wonder that this beautiful city is a favorite holiday destination with many great festivals that draw visitors to Miami throughout the year. Here are some of my favorites!
Calle Ocho Festival
This free festival is held every spring during Carnaval. The Latino population celebrates the festival by holding beauty pageants, domino competitions, foods events, concerts and sports activities. Calle Ocho is the grand finale which involves the largest street festival party covering 23 blocks in Little Havana. About a million people watch the events that feature merengue, Caribbean music and salsa. Visitors and locals are treated to a variety of activities such as drawings, paintings, jewelry, art workshops for children, digital art and live jazz performances. There is also local and international cuisine.
Coconut Grove Arts Festival
The festival attracts over 100,000 people to see the artistic works of over 350 craftspeople and artists. Artists are evaluated by jurors in areas like painting, photography, digital art, claywork, glass, sculpture and wood. The festival is held every year in the Coconut Grove Street of Florida. It is a three-day event taking place during President’s Day weekend and admission is $15 every day.
Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival
Mouth-watering food and delicious wines are served at this festival that attracts famous chefs like Bobby Flay, Jamie Oliver and Alain Ducasse. There are also culinary seminars, tastings, parties, and friendly dining experiences. The four day event takes place February 25 - 28, 2016. Prices vary widely depending on the day and exact event.
South Beach Seafood Festival
The Hess Select South Beach Seafood Festival was inaugurated in 2013 and is held in October. There is plenty to be showcased on this day such as foods prepared by the best chefs, cocktail bars and beer stalls. Revelers also get to enjoy live music played by local bands, VIP hospitality benefits, a health village and a kids zone. Ten local restaurants also serve their meticulously and skillfully cooked seafood. It heralds the start of the infamous stone crab season on Miami Beach. Admission costs $30.
Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival
This festival starts in April and is held in the famous South Beach neighborhood and airs videos and films shot in Miami-Dade County. It aims at educating and promoting tolerance of diversity. Prices range anywhere from $8 for a matinee to $45 for the opening film and party.
What festival would you most like to visit in Miami?
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