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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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.
“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!”
Coral Gables Festival of the Arts
Another day, another festival canceled. This time, it’s the Coral Gables Festival of the Arts.
The event, which typically featured more than 200 artists of fine arts and crafts, was originally scheduled for Jan. 30-31, 2021.
Florida Renaissance Festival
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.
This year, however, it will not take place. Find the official announcement and other details by clicking here.
Santa’s Parade of Elves
Presented by the South Miami Parks & Recreation Department, Santa’s Parade of Elves has been known to fill the streets with floats, horses, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, dancers, horses, marching bands and more. And let’s not forget Santa and Mrs. Claus.
Coconut Grove Arts Festival
The annual Coconut Grove Arts Festival, the internationally acclaimed fine arts exhibition which typically takes place during Presidents Day weekend, will not be held on the planned dates of Feb. 13-15, 2021.
The festival, which began in 1963, features classic to unconventional, contemporary to eccentric, festival artists exhibit in mixed media: painting, photography, digital art, printmaking/drawing, watercolor, claywork, glass, fiber, jewelry/metalwork, sculpture and wood. There’s also a category for new and emerging artists and a “Family Zone” with arts-focused activities for kids of all ages. Click here for more details.
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 will not happen this year.
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 until next year.
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.
Santa’s Enchanted Forest
This popular holiday theme park is known for its carnival rides, shows, games and towering trees laden with twinkling lights. Miami may not have seasons, but drivers on the Palmetto Expressway always know fall/winter has arrived when they pass the lights along Tropical Park.
An announcement on the official website states: “While we have been in the process of planning for a Grand 2020 Holiday Celebration to honor our community, public safety must remain our number one priority. Our wish for you is to stay safe during these difficult times. We look forward to a New Season in 2021, bigger and better than ever.”
Dubbed the “World’s Largest Holiday Theme Park,” Santa’s Enchanted Forest has been around for more than 37 years. Click here for more details.
Florida Supercon 2020
This annual pop culture convention at the Miami Beach Convention Center was originally scheduled for May but later postponed until July 4th weekend.
However, the event’s organizers, ReedPOP (producers of pop culture events), eventually announced that the next edition will take place in 2021.
Through the years, Supercon has evolved into an annual three-day convention that celebrates comic books, animation, cartoons, anime, video games, cosplay, fantasy, sci-fi and more. 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
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