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Canceled Miami festivals & other events – UPDATED

The year 2020 brought many firsts and never-before-seens – including the cancellation of some of our favorite events.

Throughout Miami, organizers have had to make tough decisions and take into account factors such as public safety.

These events will have to wait for now, but hopefully they’ll be back soon! Check here to see which ones have been affected for the upcoming season.

And keep checking back, as we will continue to update this roundup.

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Deering Seafood Festival on the Bay

Miami’s popular Deering Seafood Festival on the Bay initially was rescheduled for this fall, but now – thanks to the Delta variant – the 16th annual edition won’t take place this year at all.

The family friendly event – previously planned for March 28 and then Oct. 24 – is now rescheduled for Sunday, April 10, 2022, on the grounds of the historic Deering Estate, overlooking Biscayne Bay. It typically includes music, art, nature activities, pontoon boat rides, and a science discovery area for kids. (Plus fresh seafood served every way you can think of, as well as burgers and wings!)

“As the Delta variant continues to spread and the Miami-Dade community faces an unprecedented surge in COVID-19 cases, The Deering Estate Foundation has made the difficult decision to cancel the 16th Annual Deering Seafood Festival on Sunday, October 24, 2021 and move ahead with previously-scheduled plans for the next iteration of the festival on Sunday, April 10, 2022,” according to a statement on the website.

For more information, click here

Summer Shorts festival

City Theatre’s Summer Shorts festival at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts will not take place in 2021. The annual event turned 25 this year, and a special Silver Anniversary edition had been planned for June 3-July 4, 2021. 

Instead, the Silver Anniversary Edition has been postponed until June 2-July 2, 2022, “due to the continuing caution and safety restrictions associated with the ongoing Covid 19 pandemic,” according to a joint company announcement. 

“We have been itching to mount this Silver Anniversary production since 2020, selecting two excellent lively programs of plays and musicals,” City Theatre artistic director Margaret M. Ledford said in a statement. “These programs will feature an incredible ensemble of amazingly talented performers to enhance the storytelling and bring life to the characters, deftly guided by many of the region’s top directors and enhanced by the area’s most skillful designers. We’re eager to safely bring audiences and artists back together in the theatre for the SUMMER SHORTS FESTIVAL once again.” 

Find more information by clicking here

Jazz in the Gardens 

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.”

For more on Jazz in the Gardens in Miami Gardens, click here

Calle Ocho Music Festival 

The Calle Ocho Music Festival and Carnaval on the Mile will not return this year.

Officials have announced the 2021 edition of this annual Miami event has been canceled, but the website does offer some hope for next year. It lists the time and date of the next event as: 

Time & Date
March 13, 2022
11am – 7pm

The official website states: “Calle Ocho Music Festival and Carnaval on the Mile canceled due to ongoing pandemic. Stay tuned for updates! Social distancing today to be part of big party tomorrow.”

Here’s hoping! For more information, click here

Chili Cook-Off at Pinecrest Gardens

The annual next Chili Cook-off in Pinecrest Gardens typically featured a primary competition for professional chili cooks and a separate contest for amateur chili cooks – plus country music bands, line dancing, mechanical bull riding and more.

The official site for this event, which is sanctioned by the International Chili Society, has this announcement:

“Due to Covid-19 concerns, we will not have our Chili Cook-Off this season, but we will be back with more fun and chili than ever in Season 2021-2022!”

Florida Renaissance Festival

Another South Florida tradition – the Florida Renaissance Festival – is not expected to return until 2022.
 
On Dec. 8, 2020, organizers made this announcement on the official Facebook page: “With a heavy heart, we have sad news to share. In light of the present situation brought on by the global COVID-19 pandemic and the fact that all signs point to a predicted new surge of the virus in the new year, we have had to make the very difficult decision to cancel the 2021 Florida Renaissance Festival. This decision was one that we felt we needed to make in order to ensure the safety of our staff, our vendors, volunteers, entertainers and our loyal patrons. We are grateful for your continued support and look forward to our 30th Anniversary, in 2022, which will be bigger and better than ever. —- Florida Renaissance Festival team.”
 
For more information, click here
 
 

Fairchild’s The NightGarden

During Miami winters, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden typically transforms itself into The NightGarden, an enchanted, illuminated experience full of fantasy and wonderment where things like the Wise Talking Tree, Archimedes and Flying Fairies come to life.

It was canceled in 2020, but we’ll see about 2021! Get more details by clicking here

Hialeah’s Art on Palm 

More disappointing news for art lovers: The City of Hialeah has canceled its annual event, Art on Palm.

According to the annual event’s organizers: “As of right now, we do not have any events planned, including Art on Palm.”

Typically organized in February along Palm Avenue, the free event featured all types of art, including paintings, photography, mixed media and sculptures. Click here for more information. 

Art Basel Miami Beach

The most important annual arts event in South Florida did not happen in 2020.

According to a Facebook post: “We regret to announce that the 2020 edition of Art Basel Miami Beach has been canceled. As the artworld continues to face momentous challenges, we remain firmly committed to supporting the global gallery community and look forward to when we can meet again. #artbasel

This mammoth global cultural event typically takes place in December, helping to support galleries, as well as the greater Miami arts community and economy. Click here for more details. 

King Mango Strut

The hilarity and sarcasm of the annual King Mango Strut will have to wait.

Organizers have decided not to go through with this year’s event, which typically takes place in December through the streets of Coconut Grove. The parade was established as a comic version of the annual Orange Bowl Parade – an event that was held for more than three decades on New Year’s Eve through the streets of downtown Miami.

In typical King Mango Strut fashion, the official announcement on the website simply says: “See you at a safer time at our 39th Strut in 2021.” (The flyer shows a cartoon orange wearing a mask – with a fly on its head, a parody of Vice President Pence.) Click here for more details. 

 

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

Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Free spay/neuter services for Miami-Dade pets

FREE | Robbie’s Feed & Supplies

Discount Tuesdays at AMC Theatres

Discounted | AMC Theatres

South Florida Fair

Discounted | South Florida Fairgrounds

StoryWalk displays on nature paths

FREE | Pondhawk Natural Area

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

Poetry Night

8:00 pm to 10:00 pm | $5.00 | Arts Garage

Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Free spay/neuter services for Miami-Dade pets

FREE | Robbie’s Feed & Supplies

South Florida Fair

Discounted | South Florida Fairgrounds

StoryWalk displays on nature paths

FREE | Pondhawk Natural Area

Food Trucks In Volunteer Park

4:00 pm to 8:00 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

Free live music @ bandshell on Hollywood Beach

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

Free SoundScape Cinema movie

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

Thursday, January 20, 2022

Free spay/neuter services for Miami-Dade pets

FREE | Robbie’s Feed & Supplies

WAYUP STAYUP live music

FREE | Freehold Miami

South Florida Fair

Discounted | South Florida Fairgrounds

StoryWalk displays on nature paths

FREE | Pondhawk Natural Area

Wellington Food Trucks & Live Entertainment

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

Twilight Fridays

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

Free Third Thursdays in Surfside

6:00 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | 95 St. and Collins Ave.

Enjoy live entertainment at Clematis by Night

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

Culture Crawl

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | New World Center | New World Symphony

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, January 21, 2022

Fort Lauderdale Orchid Show

$12.00-15.00 | Fort Lauderdale Convention Center

Free spay/neuter services for Miami-Dade pets

FREE | Robbie’s Feed & Supplies

South Florida Fair

Discounted | South Florida Fairgrounds

StoryWalk displays on nature paths

FREE | Pondhawk Natural Area

Fort Lauderdale Orchid Society Show

Discounted | Fort Lauderdale Convention Center

Free Water Shuttle Weekends

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

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

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

Family-friendly fun at Weston Winter Safety Expo

6:00 pm to 8:30 pm | FREE | Tequesta Trace Park

Winter Safety Expo

6:00 pm to 8:30 pm | FREE | Tequesta Trace Park

Free live music at Gulfstream Park Village

6:00 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | Gulfstream Park Village

Free live music @ bandshell on Hollywood Beach

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

Sounds of Little Haiti

7:00 pm to 11:00 pm | Discounted | Little Haiti Cultural Center

Free outdoor family-friendly films

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, January 22, 2022

Fort Lauderdale Orchid Show

$12.00-15.00 | Fort Lauderdale Convention Center

Free spay/neuter services for Miami-Dade pets

FREE | Robbie’s Feed & Supplies

South Florida Fair

Discounted | South Florida Fairgrounds

StoryWalk displays on nature paths

FREE | Pondhawk Natural Area

Fort Lauderdale Orchid Society Show

Discounted | Fort Lauderdale Convention Center

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

Yellow Green Farmers market reopening

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

Free Water Shuttle Weekends

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

Free Fine Arts Festival

10:00 am to 5:00 pm | FREE | Pinecrest Gardens

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 Power Yoga class from YO BK

11:00 am | FREE | Oasis Wynwood

Hollywood Pride event

1:00 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | Downtown Hollywood

Twilight Fridays

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

Free live music at Gulfstream Park Village

6:00 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | Gulfstream Park Village

Free live music @ bandshell on Hollywood Beach

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

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, January 23, 2022

Fort Lauderdale Orchid Show

$12.00-15.00 | Fort Lauderdale Convention Center

Free spay/neuter services for Miami-Dade pets

FREE | Robbie’s Feed & Supplies

South Florida Fair

Discounted | South Florida Fairgrounds

StoryWalk displays on nature paths

FREE | Pondhawk Natural Area

Gospel Jam Session

FREE | North Beach Bandshell

Fort Lauderdale Orchid Society Show

Discounted | Fort Lauderdale Convention Center

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

Lincoln Road Mall market

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

Car Show in Coconut Creek

10:00 am to 2:00 pm | FREE | Coconut Creek Community Center

Free Water Shuttle Weekends

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

Free Fine Arts Festival

10:00 am to 5:00 pm | FREE | Pinecrest Gardens

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

Farmer's Market at Village of Merrick Park

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

Free acoustic music jam

1:00 pm to 4:00 pm | FREE | Secret Woods Nature Center

Celebrate The Arts event in Weston

1:00 pm to 5:00 pm | FREE | Weston Town Center

Twilight Fridays

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

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

Monday, January 24, 2022

Free spay/neuter services for Miami-Dade pets

FREE | Robbie’s Feed & Supplies

South Florida Fair

Discounted | South Florida Fairgrounds

StoryWalk displays on nature paths

FREE | Pondhawk Natural Area

Farmer's market at Arsht Center

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

Twilight Fridays

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

Jam Session

8:00 pm to 10:00 pm | $5.00 | Arts Garage

 

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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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