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Is Jazz in the Gardens happening in 2021?

Last year, Jazz in the Gardens – the popular, two-day music festival in Miami Gardens – had to be canceled just days shy of its scheduled start.

And this year, the popular event is not faring any better. 

Due to ongoing challenges associated with the pandemic, the city has announced its springtime event, which typically features jazz and R&B artists, has been rescheduled for March 2022 at Hard Rock Stadium. However, no exact dates have been released as of yet.

“We are disappointed about the cancellation of the 15th anniversary of the festival, however, safety remains the highest priority for the City of Miami Gardens,” said Miami Gardens Mayor Rodney Harris, in a statement. “It is prudent for us to get COVID-19 under control in order to plan a safe and successful staging of Jazz in the Gardens for everyone to enjoy. I look forward to celebrating with all our patrons, vendors and our sponsors when we return in 2022.”

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The event was also canceled in 2020, just days before its scheduled dates, to protect against the COVID-19 virus. 

Jazz in the Gardens has enjoyed unprecedented growth since its inception in 2006 – and has been hailed as “the fastest growing music festival in the country.” Previous performers have included the likes of Lionel Richie, Mary J. Blige, Earth Wind & Fire, Kenny G., The Roots, Robin Thicke, Brandy, Maxwell, Babyface, Jill Scott and Herbie Hancock.

We will update this post as information about dates, musical lineup and tickets becomes available. For more information, visit jazzinthegardens.com.

Other canceled Miami events for 2020-21

The year 2020 brought many firsts and never-before-seens. Among these were the cancellations of some of our favorite events, including Santa’s Enchanted Forest, Coral Gables Festival of the Arts, Coconut Grove Arts Festival, Florida Renaissance Festival and more. 

We’ve compiled a roundup of canceled events, so you can see if your favorite festivals will take place or not. Many will have to wait for now, but hopefully they’ll be back soon! Click here to see which ones have been affected for the 2020-2021 season.

Miami events in 2021: A month-by-month guide

Of course, not all events have been canceled. Throughout South Florida, there are still plans for car shows, art festivals and more in 2021. 

We’ve compiled a month-by-month roundup of events in our area. Keep in mind that some events may be virtual. Others may follow strict safety protocols. You’ll want to get all the details and decide which options are best for you and your family. Click here for this handy guide to Miami events!

Entertainment and Events Calendar

Monday, November 29, 2021

Discounts for Miami-Dade County Fair

All Day | Discounted | Miami Dade County Fair & Exposition

Santa’s Enchanted Forest

All Day | Discounted | Tropical Park

FREE kinetic art exhibit outdoors in Boynton Beach

All Day | FREE | Boynton Beach City Hall

Free spay/neuter services for Miami-Dade pets

FREE | Robbie’s Feed & Supplies

Broward County Fair

Discounted | 441 & Margate Boulevard

Historic Holiday Decor: Gilded Age

10:00 am to 4:00 pm | $7.00-15.00 | Deering Estate

Farmer's market at Arsht Center

4:00 pm to 6:00 pm | FREE | Brickell City Centre

Las Olas Oceanside Park hosts Menorah Lighting

6:00 pm to 7:00 pm | FREE | Las Olas Oceanside Park

Twilight Fridays

6:00 pm to 8:00 pm | FREE | Coral Gables Museum

Fantasy of Lights drive-through display

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | $17.00-45.00 | Tradewinds Park

Symphony of Lights

6:00 pm to 11:00 pm | FREE | Gulfstream Park Village

Holiday snowfalls and Wishing Tree light show at Rosemary Square

6:30 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | Rosemary Square

Zoo Lights at Zoo Miami

6:30 pm to 10:00 pm | Discounted | Zoo Miami

Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Discounts for Miami-Dade County Fair

All Day | Discounted | Miami Dade County Fair & Exposition

Santa’s Enchanted Forest

All Day | Discounted | Tropical Park

FREE kinetic art exhibit outdoors in Boynton Beach

All Day | FREE | Boynton Beach City Hall

Free spay/neuter services for Miami-Dade pets

FREE | Robbie’s Feed & Supplies

Discount Tuesdays at AMC Theatres

Discounted | AMC Theatres

Broward County Fair

Discounted | 441 & Margate Boulevard

Winter Wonderland display in Plantation

FREE | Plantation Historical Museum

Historic Holiday Decor: Gilded Age

10:00 am to 4:00 pm | $7.00-15.00 | Deering Estate

Market Tuesdays at CityPlace Doral

5:00 pm to 9:00 pm | CityPlace Doral

Food truck gathering at Haulover Park

5:00 pm to 9:30 pm | FREE | Haulover Beach Park

Food Trucks Tuesdays

5:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | Haulover Beach Park

Twilight Fridays

6:00 pm to 8:00 pm | FREE | Coral Gables Museum

Yuletide Street Fair with 100-foot Tree Lighting in Delray

6:00 pm to 9:00 pm | Old School Square Pavilion

Fantasy of Lights drive-through display

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | $17.00-45.00 | Tradewinds Park

Symphony of Lights

6:00 pm to 11:00 pm | FREE | Gulfstream Park Village

Holiday snowfalls and Wishing Tree light show at Rosemary Square

6:30 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | Rosemary Square

Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Discounts for Miami-Dade County Fair

All Day | Discounted | Miami Dade County Fair & Exposition

Santa’s Enchanted Forest

All Day | Discounted | Tropical Park

Discounts for Art Basel Miami Art Week events

All Day | Discounted | Mana Wynwood

FREE kinetic art exhibit outdoors in Boynton Beach

All Day | FREE | Boynton Beach City Hall

Free spay/neuter services for Miami-Dade pets

FREE | Robbie’s Feed & Supplies

Broward County Fair

Discounted | 441 & Margate Boulevard

Half-price games

Discounted | In The Game Sawgrass

Winter Wonderland display in Plantation

FREE | Plantation Historical Museum

Historic Holiday Decor: Gilded Age

10:00 am to 4:00 pm | $7.00-15.00 | Deering Estate

Holiday festivities in L-B-T-S

5:00 pm to 8:00 pm | FREE | Anglin Square

Food Trucks In Volunteer Park

5:00 pm to 9:00 pm | Volunteer Park Plantation

Food truck gathering at Pelican Harbor Marina

5:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | Haulover Beach Park

Twilight Fridays

6:00 pm to 8:00 pm | FREE | Coral Gables Museum

$8 roller skating in Davie

6:00 pm to 8:30 pm | Discounted | Galaxy Skateway Davie

Night Garden Experience

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | $24.00-34.00 | Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

Fantasy of Lights drive-through display

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | $17.00-45.00 | Tradewinds Park

Symphony of Lights

6:00 pm to 11:00 pm | FREE | Gulfstream Park Village

Holiday snowfalls and Wishing Tree light show at Rosemary Square

6:30 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | Rosemary Square

Free live music @ bandshell on Hollywood Beach

7:00 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | Hollywood beach bandshell

School choir caroling competition

7:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | McBride Plaza

Free SoundScape Cinema Series returns in October!

8:00 pm | FREE | New World Center | New World Symphony

Thursday, December 2, 2021

Discounts for Miami-Dade County Fair

All Day | Discounted | Miami Dade County Fair & Exposition

Santa’s Enchanted Forest

All Day | Discounted | Tropical Park

Discounts for Art Basel Miami Art Week events

All Day | Discounted | Mana Wynwood

FREE kinetic art exhibit outdoors in Boynton Beach

All Day | FREE | Boynton Beach City Hall

Free spay/neuter services for Miami-Dade pets

FREE | Robbie’s Feed & Supplies

Broward County Fair

Discounted | 441 & Margate Boulevard

Winter Wonderland display in Plantation

FREE | Plantation Historical Museum

Historic Holiday Decor: Gilded Age

10:00 am to 4:00 pm | $7.00-15.00 | Deering Estate

Food trucks and free concerts

5:00 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | Wellington Amphitheater

Twilight Fridays

6:00 pm to 8:00 pm | FREE | Coral Gables Museum

Enjoy live entertainment at Clematis by Night

6:00 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | West Palm Beach Waterfront

Sandi's Holiday in Paradise music and light shows

6:00 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | West Palm Beach Waterfront

Night Garden Experience

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | $24.00-34.00 | Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

Fantasy of Lights drive-through display

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | $17.00-45.00 | Tradewinds Park

Christmas Lights in the Acres

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | $10.00 | Plantation Baptist Church

Symphony of Lights

6:00 pm to 11:00 pm | FREE | Gulfstream Park Village

Water Taxi Holiday Lights Tour

6:30 pm to 8:00 pm | $15.00-35.00 | Water Taxi in Fort Lauderdale

Holiday snowfalls and Wishing Tree light show at Rosemary Square

6:30 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | Rosemary Square

Free live music @ bandshell on Hollywood Beach

7:00 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | Hollywood beach bandshell

Live music at Doral Yard

7:00 pm to 9:30 pm | FREE | Doral Yard

$12 Adult Skate Night

7:00 pm to 10:00 pm | $12.00 | Xtreme Action Park

Friday, December 3, 2021

Discounts for Miami-Dade County Fair

All Day | Discounted | Miami Dade County Fair & Exposition

Santa’s Enchanted Forest

All Day | Discounted | Tropical Park

Discounts for Art Basel Miami Art Week events

All Day | Discounted | Mana Wynwood

FREE kinetic art exhibit outdoors in Boynton Beach

All Day | FREE | Boynton Beach City Hall

Free Sea Shorts Play Festival

FREE | Jarvis Hall

Free spay/neuter services for Miami-Dade pets

FREE | Robbie’s Feed & Supplies

Broward County Fair

Discounted | 441 & Margate Boulevard

Winter Wonderland display in Plantation

FREE | Plantation Historical Museum

Free Water Shuttle Weekends

10:00 am to 3:00 pm | FREE | Deerfield Island Park

Historic Holiday Decor: Gilded Age

10:00 am to 4:00 pm | $7.00-15.00 | Deering Estate

Art Deco Walking Tour 

10:30 am to 12:30 pm | $30.00

Lakewood Market

5:00 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | Wellington Amphitheater

Light Up Sistrunk

5:00 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE

Winter Wonderland in Riviera Beach

5:00 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | Riviera Beach Marina Village

Food truck gathering at Tropical Park

5:30 pm to 10:30 pm | FREE | Tropical Park

Twilight Fridays

6:00 pm to 8:00 pm | FREE | Coral Gables Museum

Zoo Lights at Palm Beach Zoo

6:00 pm to 9:00 pm | $13.00-18.00 | Palm Beach Zoo

Night Garden Experience

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | $24.00-34.00 | Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

Fantasy of Lights drive-through display

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | $17.00-45.00 | Tradewinds Park

Rock The Park live entertainment

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | Plantation Central Park

Christmas Lights in the Acres

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | $10.00 | Plantation Baptist Church

Free live music at Gulfstream Park Village

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | Gulfstream Park Village

Lights 4 Hope drive-through light display

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | $15.00-35.00 | Okeeheelee Park

Old Town Untapped in Pompano with Santa & fireworks

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | Bailey Contemporary Arts

Symphony of Lights

6:00 pm to 11:00 pm | FREE | Gulfstream Park Village

Water Taxi Holiday Lights Tour

6:30 pm to 8:00 pm | $15.00-35.00 | Water Taxi in Fort Lauderdale

Holiday snowfalls and Wishing Tree light show at Rosemary Square

6:30 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | Rosemary Square

Friday Night Sound Waves free entertainment online

6:30 pm to 9:30 pm | FREE | Las Olas Oceanside Park

Historic Holidays Evening Strolls at Deering Estate

6:30 pm to 9:30 pm | $7.00-15.00 | Deering Estate

Zoo Lights at Zoo Miami

6:30 pm to 10:00 pm | Discounted | Zoo Miami

Free live music @ bandshell on Hollywood Beach

7:00 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | Hollywood beach bandshell

Sea Shorts Play Festival

7:00 pm to 9:30 pm | Jarvis Hall

First Friday Art Walk

8:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | Arts Garage

Free outdoor family-friendly films

8:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | ArtsPark

Free outdoor movies in Hollywood

8:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | ArtsPark

Dinner and a Show at Doral Yard

8:00 pm to 10:30 pm | FREE | Doral Yard

Saturday, December 4, 2021

Gold Coast Museum free first Saturday

All Day | FREE | Gold Coast Railroad Museum

Discounts for Miami-Dade County Fair

All Day | Discounted | Miami Dade County Fair & Exposition

Santa’s Enchanted Forest

All Day | Discounted | Tropical Park

Discounts for Art Basel Miami Art Week events

All Day | Discounted | Mana Wynwood

How to visit South Florida museums for free

All Day | FREE | South Florida Museums

FREE kinetic art exhibit outdoors in Boynton Beach

All Day | FREE | Boynton Beach City Hall

Free Sea Shorts Play Festival

FREE | Jarvis Hall

Free spay/neuter services for Miami-Dade pets

FREE | Robbie’s Feed & Supplies

Broward County Fair

Discounted | 441 & Margate Boulevard

Winter Wonderland display in Plantation

FREE | Plantation Historical Museum

Plantation Farmers Market

8:00 am to 2:00 pm | FREE | Volunteer Park Plantation

Upper Eastside farmer's market

9:00 am to 2:00 pm | FREE | Brickell City Centre

Las Olas Oceanside Park Farmers, Antiques & Artisan Market

9:00 am to 4:00 pm | FREE | Las Olas Oceanside Park

Free Water Shuttle Weekends

10:00 am to 3:00 pm | FREE | Deerfield Island Park

Free pet photos with Santa

10:00 am to 3:00 pm | FREE | PetsMart, Multiple Locations

Historic Holiday Decor: Gilded Age

10:00 am to 4:00 pm | $7.00-15.00 | Deering Estate

Sawgrass Farmer's & Artisan's market

10:00 am to 8:00 pm | FREE | Sawgrass Mills

Art Deco Walking Tour 

10:30 am to 12:30 pm | $30.00

Santa @ Festival marketplace 

12:00 pm to 2:00 pm | FREE | Festival Marketplace

Free holiday concert at church

4:00 pm to 5:30 pm | FREE | Old Cutler Presbyterian Church

Outdoor Dance Party

5:00 pm to 8:00 pm | FREE | Weston Town Center

Ice skating & snow @ Coral Springs holiday festivities

5:00 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | Coral Springs City Hall

Ocean Way

5:00 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | Deerfield main beach Parking Lot

Twilight Fridays

6:00 pm to 8:00 pm | FREE | Coral Gables Museum

Winter Wonderland in Riviera Beach

6:00 pm to 8:00 pm | FREE | Riviera Beach Marina Village

Palm Beach Holiday Boat Parade

6:00 pm to 8:00 pm | FREE | Intracoastal Waterway

Zoo Lights at Palm Beach Zoo

6:00 pm to 9:00 pm | $13.00-18.00 | Palm Beach Zoo

Holiday By the Bay in Palmetto Bay

6:00 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | Village of Palmetto Bay city hall

Holiday lighting festivities in Davie

6:00 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | bamford Sports complex

Night Garden Experience

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | $24.00-34.00 | Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

Fantasy of Lights drive-through display

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | $17.00-45.00 | Tradewinds Park

Christmas Lights in the Acres

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | $10.00 | Plantation Baptist Church

Free live music at Gulfstream Park Village

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | Gulfstream Park Village

Lights 4 Hope drive-through light display

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | $15.00-35.00 | Okeeheelee Park

Symphony of Lights

6:00 pm to 11:00 pm | FREE | Gulfstream Park Village

Water Taxi Holiday Lights Tour

6:30 pm to 8:00 pm | $15.00-35.00 | Water Taxi in Fort Lauderdale

Holiday snowfalls and Wishing Tree light show at Rosemary Square

6:30 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | Rosemary Square

Zoo Lights at Zoo Miami

6:30 pm to 10:00 pm | Discounted | Zoo Miami

Candy Cane Parade, Hollywood 

7:00 pm to 8:00 pm | FREE | Hollywood Beach Broadwalk

Free live music @ bandshell on Hollywood Beach

7:00 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | Hollywood beach bandshell

Sea Shorts Play Festival

7:00 pm to 9:30 pm | Jarvis Hall

Free holiday concert at church

7:30 pm to 9:30 pm | FREE | Old Cutler Presbyterian Church

Free concerts

7:30 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | Wellington Amphitheater

Live Music Saturdays at Doral Yard

8:00 pm to 10:30 pm | FREE | Doral Yard

Discount late-night movies

11:30 pm to 2:00 am | $5.00 | Coral Gables Art Cinema

Sunday, December 5, 2021

Discounts for Miami-Dade County Fair

All Day | Discounted | Miami Dade County Fair & Exposition

Santa’s Enchanted Forest

All Day | Discounted | Tropical Park

Discounts for Art Basel Miami Art Week events

All Day | Discounted | Mana Wynwood

How to visit South Florida museums for free

All Day | FREE | South Florida Museums

FREE kinetic art exhibit outdoors in Boynton Beach

All Day | FREE | Boynton Beach City Hall

Free Sea Shorts Play Festival

FREE | Jarvis Hall

Free spay/neuter services for Miami-Dade pets

FREE | Robbie’s Feed & Supplies

Broward County Fair

Discounted | 441 & Margate Boulevard

Pinecrest drive-up Farmer's Market

8:00 am to 2:00 pm | Pinecrest Gardens

Outdoor Yoga at Flamingo Gardens in Davie

8:30 am to 10:00 am | $15.00 | Flamingo Gardens

Palmetto Bay Farmer's Market

8:30 am to 3:00 pm | FREE | Coral Reef Park

Vizcaya weekly farmer's market

9:00 am to 2:00 pm | Vizcaya Museum and Gardens

Tamarac Farmers Market

9:00 am to 2:00 pm | FREE | Veterans Park

Yellow Green Farmers market reopening

9:00 am to 4:00 pm | FREE | Yellow Green Farmers Market

Lincoln Road Mall market

9:00 am to 6:00 pm | FREE | Lincoln Road

Hanukkah art projects at Festival

10:00 am to 10:30 am | FREE | Festival Marketplace

Free Water Shuttle Weekends

10:00 am to 3:00 pm | FREE | Deerfield Island Park

Free pet photos with Santa

10:00 am to 3:00 pm | FREE | PetsMart, Multiple Locations

Historic Holiday Decor: Gilded Age

10:00 am to 4:00 pm | $7.00-15.00 | Deering Estate

Sawgrass Farmer's & Artisan's market

10:00 am to 8:00 pm | FREE | Sawgrass Mills

Art Deco Walking Tour 

10:30 am to 12:30 pm | $30.00

Free live music at Jazz Brunch in Fort Lauderdale

11:00 am to 2:00 pm | FREE | Fort Lauderdale Riverwalk

Farmer's Market at Village of Merrick Park

11:00 am to 5:00 pm | Merrick Park

Santa @ Festival marketplace 

12:00 pm to 2:00 pm | FREE | Festival Marketplace

Bluegrass festival and acoustic jam

1:00 pm to 5:00 pm | FREE | Greynolds Park

Santa's Parade of the Elves

2:00 pm | FREE | South Miami Downtown

School caroling competition goes virtual

3:00 pm to 7:00 pm | 550 Biltmore Building

Sea Shorts Play Festival

4:00 pm to 6:00 pm | FREE | Jarvis Hall

Twilight Fridays

6:00 pm to 8:00 pm | FREE | Coral Gables Museum

Winter Wonderland in Riviera Beach

6:00 pm to 8:00 pm | FREE | Riviera Beach Marina Village

Zoo Lights at Palm Beach Zoo

6:00 pm to 9:00 pm | $13.00-18.00 | Palm Beach Zoo

Lights 4 Hope drive-through light display

6:00 pm to 9:00 pm | $15.00-35.00 | Okeeheelee Park

Night Garden Experience

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | $24.00-34.00 | Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

Fantasy of Lights drive-through display

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | $17.00-45.00 | Tradewinds Park

Christmas Lights in the Acres

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | $10.00 | Plantation Baptist Church

Symphony of Lights

6:00 pm to 11:00 pm | FREE | Gulfstream Park Village

Water Taxi Holiday Lights Tour

6:30 pm to 8:00 pm | $15.00-35.00 | Water Taxi in Fort Lauderdale

Holiday snowfalls and Wishing Tree light show at Rosemary Square

6:30 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | Rosemary Square

Free live music @ bandshell on Hollywood Beach

7:00 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | Hollywood beach bandshell

$12 Adult Skate Night

7:00 pm to 10:00 pm | $12.00 | Xtreme Action Park

 

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About Melina

Melina I. De Rose is a veteran editor and communications specialist with a special love for all things Miami. The longtime resident spent 22 years at the South Florida Sun Sentinel in roles such as section editor, department head, social media specialist and web producer. Melina has much experience in the freebies-and-bargains arena, having edited the popular Sun Sentinel feature, “Doreen’s Deals,” for many years. She also is editor of ArtburstMiami.com, a media hub for local music, theater, dance, visual arts and independent arts coverage. Contact her at editor@miamionthecheap.com.

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