The annual events in Miami are as many and varied as the city itself. Residents and visitors can choose between a wide variety of festive activities that showcase and celebrate the city's culture and citizenry.
As a result of the city's mild weather, there are events all year round, provided the celebrations aren't dampened by the occasional hurricane. Here are some of the top yearly events in Miami.
Annual events in Miami
Coconut Grove Arts Festival (February)
Each year on President's Day weekend, the neighbourhood of Coconut Grove plays host to a fabulous outdoor art festival. With everything from photography and jewellery to sculpture and woodwork, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.
Calle Ocho (March)
The biggest Hispanic bash in the United States, Calle Ocho is a fantastic way to become more familiar with Miami's vibrant culture. Expats who like a little Latino flavour should head down to the streets to enjoy the shows, parades, dancing and revelry. This massive party has 12 stages and stretches across 20 blocks.
Miami Beach Gay Pride Week (April)
The city's LGBT community comes out in full force to celebrate Pride Week, with the Miami Gay Pride Parade being a major highlight. Friends and allies from all walks of life are welcome to join the celebration. The parade is accompanied by live music events and celebrity appearances.
Goombay Festival (June)
Bahamian culture has been an active influence in the city since the 19th century. In June of each year, the streets of Coconut Grove are transformed into a celebration of the Bahamas and its people. There is dancing, a street parade, music and streetside Caribbean food, making this a truly unique experience.
Miami Carnival (October)
This cultural celebration of Caribbean-Latin flavour attracts hordes of people each year. With a parade featuring performers, floats and colourful costumes, new arrivals in Miami should head down to the streets to enjoy the festivities.