Yes, many plans changed in 2020 … with vacations and shows and festivals canceled throughout Miami, South Florida and the world.
However, 2021 ushered in events – new and old – including car shows, music concerts, art festivals and more.
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. Have fun in 2021!
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Organizers of the South Beach Jazz Festival have decided the show will go on!
The fifth annual event, presented by Power Access, is scheduled for Jan. 8-10, 2021 at outdoor venues throughout Miami Beach, including the North Beach Bandshell, 1111 Lincoln Road Plaza, Euclid Oval, and the Lincoln Lane Courtyard. Most of the performances are free – and all will be livestreamed for those who don’t wish to attend in person.
Please note: Guests will be required to wear masks and practice social distancing. Organizers say “safety ambassadors” will be on-hand to enforce these protocols.
The three-day musical event takes pride in featuring world-renowned musicians who also have disabilities. The 2021 headliner: Matthew Whitaker, an 18-year-old, blind, multi-award-winning, internationally recognized, young jazz phenomenon. He will be playing at the North Beach Bandshell, and tickets range in price from $35-$75.
For more information, click here.
Behold! The 70th annual Beaux Arts Festival of Art is taking place Jan. 16-17 online – instead of its traditional home: the grounds of the University of Miami in Coral Gables.
According to the official event website: “We all wish we could host our 70th annual Beaux Arts Festival of Art in person. Instead, we are doing the next best thing: going virtual. See you in January at beauxartsfestival.com.”
Each year, the festival features more than 200 juried artists. Displayed artwork includes wood, watercolor, photography, oil and acrylics, mixed media, jewelry, graphics, glass, ceramics and 3-D sculpture.
Wanting to support artists – but understanding the challenges of social distancing – the Pinecrest Gardens Fine Arts Festival will be offered online.
The two-day event, set for Jan. 23-24, will feature the work of dozens of artists, in all types of mediums. Given that Pinecrest Gardens is billed as a cultural arts park with artists in residence, you can expect that this virtual event will include a wide variety of art.
Organizers issued this statement on the official website:
“For the past 17 years, we hosted our Pinecrest Gardens Fine Arts Festival on the weekend after MLK. In 2021, we are excited to host this event online for the first time in our history. We recognize the importance of keeping this economic opportunity active for artists during a time where large, in-person gatherings aren’t safe.
“Don’t miss an opportunity to explore the artwork of our artists from the comfort of your home. All artwork will be available for purchase from the artist. Enjoy our immersive experience, where the Pinecrest Gardens Arts Festival converges with virtual reality.”
FEB. 1-MARCH 1
BLACK HISTORY MONTH
For Black History Month, we’ve found February events being offered throughout Miami.
Even during these difficult times, when many events have been canceled, there is still in-person and virtual programming available to commemorate the special month.
Make your plans to celebrate, honor and learn during Black History Month. (And keep checking back, as we will be adding events!)
Click here for more information.
Presented by the South Florida Bluegrass Association, the 43rd Annual Everglades Bluegrass Festival will feature three days of musical fun at Greynolds Park in North Miami Beach.
Some of the musicians expected to perform include:
- Willie Wells and Blue Ridge Mountain Grass
- Bear Hill Bluegrass
- Jamie and the Last Hippies
- Justin Mason and Blue Night
- Sandy Back Porch
- Stringtime Jubilee
- Remedy Tree
Admission: $5 for March 19; $15 for March 20; $10 for March 21; and $25 for a three-day pass. Entry is free for children younger than 17 who attend with a paying adult.
The park is at 17530 W. Dixie Highway. For more information, visit the association’s official page by clicking here.
After being canceled last year, Ritmo Doral is back! Albeit, the free, family friendly festival will take place virtually in 2021.
The Rhythm Foundation and the City of Doral will present the popular event on Saturday, March 20, from 5 to 10 p.m.
Three bands are scheduled to perform during a livestreamed concert from downtown Doral. Get the details by clicking here.
The 24th annual Miami Jewish Film Festival has new dates and new ticket information this year!
Typically set for January, the popular South Florida event has been rescheduled for April 14-29 AND will be completely free of charge. Considered one of the three largest of its kind in the world, this year’s edition will be a hybrid of virtual and live programming events, with 145 films available, according to organizers.
The fact that the festival is free this year is a big deal, considering that last year’s tickets cost $14-$15 per person for the general public. So that’s quite a bit of savings!
The Food Network and Cooking Channel’s South Beach Wine and Food Festival will, indeed, take place in 2021 – but it has been rescheduled to give organizers more time to plan a safe event.
The new dates: May 20-23, 2021. Make sure to mark ’em on your calendars!
Here’s the official statement on the event Facebook page:
“Due to growing concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic, and with the well-being of attendees, partners, participants and staff as the number one priority, #SOBEWFF has decided that rescheduling the event is the most responsible course of action at this time. We know it is the right thing to do.
A fundraising event for FIU’s Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management and the Southern Wine & Spirits Beverage Management Center, the festival has raised more than $31.8 million.
Wynwood Pride returns this year, bringing three days of special events to our beloved arts district.
From June 18-20, 2021, this communitywide event will include activities at restaurants, bars, shops, galleries, and other Wynwood spaces – featuring concerts, drag shows, art, food and more.
Please note: There are so many events to choose from, but not all are free. Some are limited capacity; some require RSVP. Make sure you pay attention to the details in the schedule. Click here for more information.
Round up the family because the Ninth Annual Taste of Doral event has officially begun.
The program, created by the Doral Chamber of Commerce, aims to promote the food scene in Doral throughout the whole month of July. We can already feel our tastebuds tingling!
the city of Doral invites locals and visitors to explore many of the area’s finest restaurants and enjoy special prix fixe lunch and dinner options. Whether you’re craving Italian or Peruvian fare, or simply a juicy burger, there’s something for the whole family to enjoy. For more details, click here.
Summer in Miami means mango trees are filled with the ripe tropical fruit. Come celebrate this popular South Florida fruit during the Mango Mania Festival 2021, set from 9 a.m.-4 p.m July 10-11 at Casaplanta Garden Center.
The event includes tastings, arts and crafts for kids, live music and more. Admission is free, but the tasting event does require a ticket. Sample different varieties of mangoes by paying $6 a person. (Of course, you can enjoy the event without entering the tasting tent.) For information, click here.
This annual event, during which comic book shops nationwide give away FREE comic books, typically takes place every first Saturday in May. But, of course, the pandemic …
So this year’s event has been rescheduled for Saturday, Aug. 14, 2021, “in the hopes that much of the uncertainty and disruption related to COVID-19 will have passed,” according to a statement on the official event website.
During this special event, many Miami comic book stores host special events, including live sketching by comic artists or visits by costumed characters. You may choose from 50 free comic books, though all books may not be available at all stores. The list includes Avengers, Spider-Man, Star Wars and more.
It’s a milestone event – marking its 20th anniversary – and there will be themed t-shirts, posters and a commemorative logo. To find a participating Miami store near you or get more information, click here.
It’s official: Florida Supercon is returning this year. The annual pop culture convention at the Miami Beach Convention Center had to be canceled last year, but now the event’s organizers, ReedPOP (producers of pop culture events), have announced the new dates: Sept. 10-12.
A statement on the website reads: “We look forward to celebrating all things fandom with this amazing community of superheroes and otakus and giving you all the chance to safely hang out with each other. We’ll have guest announcements, badge sale dates, and all things Supercon to talk about with you soon.”
For more information, click here.
HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH
This year’s Hispanic Heritage Month is from Sept. 15-Oct. 15 – and we’ve got some activities rounded up so you can mark the occasion.
The monthlong celebration honors the rich and diverse Hispanic culture. Whether you’re out and about or are still staying at home, there are several ways you can participate, including free live performances, dance and horse shows, arts and crafts and more.
Grammy Award winner Tony Succar is headlining the City of North Miami Beach’s Hispanic Heritage Month Concert on Saturday, Sept. 25. The free concert will be at the North Miami Beach Library and Senator Gwen Margolis Amphitheater from 6 to 9:30 p.m. For more information on this concert, click here.
For a regularly updated roundup of free and cheap Hispanic Heritage Month events throughout Miami, click here.
Looking for a fun outdoor activity? Have you heard of “Shorts Under The Stars”?
The Deering Estate, in partnership with the Miami Short Film Festival, is presenting this popular movie event on Sunday, Sept. 19, 2021.
Attendees are invited to enjoy stunning views (including the sunset!) then pick a spot on the lawn to watch short films. Doors open 5:30 p.m., with the screening scheduled to start at 7 p.m.
The Deering Estate is at 16701 SW 72nd Ave. For more information, click here.
Last year, the Tamiami International Orchid Festival took place in January. This year, orchid-lovers will have to wait a few more months.
The festival, considered among the biggest orchid events nationwide, is set for 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 1-3 at the Miami-Dade County Fair Expo Center, at 10901 Coral Way in Miami.
Admission is $12 at the door and free for children younger than 12. Get more details by clicking here.
The Miami Home Design and Remodeling Show is back for another year – and we’ve got the scoop on a bargain: For a limited time, there’s a Buy-One-Get-One (BOGO) ticket.
If you’ve been itching to finally get that kitchen redone, this is just the place to get your wheels turning with great ideas and inspiration. The show will run from Oct. 1-3, 2021, at the Miami-Dade County Fair & Expo Center, 10901 Coral Way.
Regular admission is $12 per person. So it definitely pays to buy early and save with this BOGO offer! For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.
The Love-In Music Festival returns to Greynolds Park this summer! But the date of this signature event of the Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department has changed.
Originally scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 5, the festival has now been moved to Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021. If you already have tickets, those will be honored, according to the event’s official Facebook page. General admission tickets are $15.
If you haven’t purchased your tickets yet, there’s a special BOGO ticket offer to take advantage of: Buy one ticket and get one free! Click here to learn more about the event and to get the promo code.
Vegan foodies, rejoice! Coming to Miami’s Virginia Key Beach Park in October is the Vegan Block Party, coined the ultimate plant-based bash.
But you can buy your tickets now – and we’ve got a Miami On The Cheap exclusive discount for you. Click here for the discount code!
This mega block party – set for noon to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 16 – will feature plenty of 100 percent vegan food and beverage vendors and fun for the whole family. Historic Virginia Key Park also has access to beautiful beachfront waters, making it the perfect addition to a family fun day of great food and good vibes. So, don’t forget your swimsuits!
Car enthusiasts, it’s almost time for the 2021 Miami International Auto Show! The annual show at the Miami Beach Convention Center, 1901 Convention Center Drive, had been rescheduled for May 2021 but had to be postponed once again. But now, the show is happening Oct. 16-24, 2021.
Presented by the South Florida Automobile Dealers Association, the event typically features more than 190 dealerships in Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach and Monroe counties, displaying cars, trucks, vans, sport utility vehicles, hybrids and concept vehicles by the world’s leading automotive manufacturers. Show attendees can take a drive along the most picturesque roadways of Miami Beach in their favorite new cars and trucks at the Ride-n-Drives.
Expect the sky over Haulover Beach Park to get quite colorful on Saturday, Oct. 23, 2021, during the annual Kitetober Festival. From noon to 5 p.m., spectators can take in kites of all colors, shapes and sizes as they soar high above. There will even be giant show kites.
The event – presented by Skyward Kites and Miami-Dade County’s Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces department – invites people to watch or participate. Admission is free, but there’s a $7 parking fee. The park is at 10800 Collins Ave.
Spectators are invited to bring a blanket, enjoy the sights, listen to music and buy food, drinks – even kites will be available for purchase! Of course, if you wish to participate, you’re encouraged to make kites in the traditional styles of different countries. Click here for more information.
NOV. 4-JAN. 2
This annual Miami tradition is expected to return this year!
The 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.
Dubbed the “World’s Largest Holiday Theme Park,” Santa’s Enchanted Forest has been around for more than 37 years. It was canceled in 2020, but now is scheduled for Nov. 4, 2021-Jan. 2, 2022.
The icing on the cake: There’s a discount. If you buy your tickets now, before opening day, you can get an “Early Elf” Season Pass for up to 30 percent off the regular ticket price. And this isn’t the only discount available! Click here for more information.
Savor the delicious blend of South Florida cultures at the Miami Food Festival on Saturday, Nov. 6, 2021.
This outdoor event – set for 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. at the German-American Social Club of Greater Miami, 11919 SW 56th St. – will offer a “a marriage between gastronomy and culture to eat, laugh, share and enjoy,” according to organizers. Cost is $10 a person.
Expect music, dance, art and more from around the world. Of course, cuisine is the highlight, with restaurants, food trucks, bakeries and street vendors offering items from Peru, Cuba, Colombia, Uruguay, the Dominican Republic, Venezuela, Italy, Germany, and the United States.
Click here for more information.
Like hard seltzers? Come November, there’s a hard seltzer festival making its way down to South Florida to showcase more than 100 fizzy flavors. Called Seltzerland Miami, it will be taking over Miami’s Costa Del Sol Golf Club on Saturday, Nov. 6, and the fun starts at 12:30 p.m.
“We created Seltzerland to give hard seltzer fans the opportunity to sample new flavors in the most fun way possible. With one-of-a-kind activations, brand-new seltzer varieties and beautiful golf courses, Seltzerland is a can’t-miss experience.” said Cannonball Productions CEO and founder, Kate Levenstien, in a statement.
Aside from all of the fizzy fun, you can indulge in seltzer swag and tons of photo ops perfect for Instagram! Click here for more information.
Drive up to the ninth annual Vintage Auto Show and check out classic cars on the grounds of Miami’s historic Deering Estate. Presented in collaboration with the Antique Automotive Club of America – South Florida Region, the latest edition of this popular show will take placefrom 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 7, 2021.
Spend a relaxing day out in the fresh air as you peruse vehicles from 1965 and older. The displays will include The Harvester Truck, which was donated to the Deering Estate Foundation. You’re also welcome to bring along blankets, lawn chairs, and small picnic baskets.
Admission costs $15 for adults and $7 for children (ages 4-14). Though it’s free for Deering Estate Foundation members and children younger than 4 years old, you must reserve a ticket online. Click here for more information.
Get out your dancing shoes because the Miami Beach Salsa Fest is coming back in November!
Presented by Melina Almodovar, known as “La Muñeca de Salsa,” this special annual event will celebrate the music – and its culture on Miami Beach – from 4-10 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 7, 2021, at the North Beach Bandshell.
The Miami Beach Salsa Festival typically has featured Latin bands, food vendors and visual artists. General admission for this year’s event is $10 a person. For information, click here.
Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church is celebrating its annual North Miami Greek Food & Wine Festival on Nov. 12-14, 2021.
From noon to 9 p.m. each day, guests can enjoy a menu of authentic Greek recipes, traditional live music, a raffle and tours of the church, at 12250 NW 2nd Ave., North Miami.
Admission to this event is free, and you can even score a Groupon deal for up to 27 percent off select food items. Click here for more information.
NOV. 18-DEC. 5
South Florida’s springtime tradition is moving to the fall!
Originally set to start in mid-March, the Miami-Dade County Youth Fair has been rescheduled for Nov. 18-Dec. 5, 2021.
The official website has this announcement: “When the emergency order was issued by Miami-Dade County in March 2020, we could not have foreseen the effects and duration of the pandemic. At the time, we were confident we would be able to re-open for our March 2021 dates. As the Youth Fair’s annual Spring dates approach, we have continued to closely monitor the coronavirus pandemic. After careful consideration and with the best interests of our guests, vendors, volunteers, performers and staff in mind, we have decided to reschedule this year’s Youth Fair to November 18 – December 5, 2021.”
The Miami-Dade County Fair & Exposition Center is at 10901 Coral Way (SW 24th St.), Miami. General admission is $14. Parking is free, and all entertainment and concerts are free of charge, too.
For more information – and to find out what to do if you had purchased 2020 tickets, click here.
Looks like Santa’s Parade of the Elves in South Miami is returning this year!
Presented annually by the South Miami Parks & Recreation Department, this popular parade has been scheduled for Sunday, Dec. 5. 2021. Starting at 2 p.m., you’ll find the streets flooded with floats, horses, Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts, dancers, horses, marching bands and more. And let’s not forget Santa and Mrs. Claus!
The grand marshall will be beloved South Florida personality, Ron Magill, who is Zoo Miami Goodwill Ambassador and communications director.
Click here for more information.
This one-day family friendly event did not take place in 2020, and is now rescheduled for Dec. 12, 2021.
The wellness and fitness festival, set for 10 a.m.-5 p.m., will feature yoga classes, workshops, live music acts, and a free vendor village. Its location is technically outside of the Miami area – at The Village at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach – but it’s just minutes away from the Miami-Dade County line.
The official event website includes a tentative schedule, as well as this message: “ALL RECOMMENDED CORONAVIRUS PRECAUTIONS WILL BE IN TAKEN. MASKS ARE OPTIONAL AND WE ASK YOU DO WHAT FEELS BEST FOR YOU. ALL CLASSES WILL BE OUTSIDE AND IN LARGE SPACES. VENDOR VILLAGE WILL BE SPACED OUT WITH A LOT OF SPACE BETWEEN VENDORS. BRING YOUR OWN MATS AND BLOCKS AND PROPS. PLEASE KEEP SOCIAL DISTANCE THROUGHOUT THE FESTIVAL. PRECAUTIONS BEING TAKEN EVENT MANAGEMENT IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY ILLNESS DUE TO ATTENDING THIS EVENT. IF YOU HAVE RECENTLY TRAVELED AND FEEL SICK PLEASE DO NOT ATTEND THE FESTIVAL.”
Early-bird registration costs start at $39. Children pay $10. For more information or to buy tickets, click here.
Canceled events in Miami
Throughout Miami – and all of South Florida, really – organizers have had to make tough decisions about whether to go ahead with their annual events.
Some are doing the best they can under the circumstances. Others have decided their events will just not happen.
Click here to see which events have been affected for the 2020-2021 season. These events will have to wait for now, but hopefully they’ll be back soon!