Winter is the Perfect Season for outdoor festivals in South Florida

Winter is the Perfect Season for outdoor festivals in South Florida

It’s no secret that South Florida has become a beacon for Art & Culture lovers around the world. Each year sees an increase in international visitors seeking to explore not only the work of established artists, but also discover exciting and innovative new talent, as well as sample delicious, multi-cultural foods.

What makes the winter season ideal for heading out on a cultural adventure is South Florida’s perfect weather. While most of the country is bundled up trying to keep warm inside, Floridians can take advantage of the balmy climate and go on a leisurely stroll through the bounty of Art and Food Festivals conveniently located throughout the area.

Whether you’re interested in Fine Art, Antiques, handcrafted jewelry, food, wine, sweet treats, music and more, there’s something special for everyone this winter. Just don’t forget your sunscreen!

2016 South Motors Fine Arts Festival at Pinecrest Gardens

January 9 & 10, 2016 Saturday & Sunday 10:00am – 5:00pm Pinecrest Gardens 11000 Red Road, Pinecrest Come to one of Florida's premiere juried art shows, our 13th Annual Fine Arts Festival, and enjoy an afternoon surrounded by spectacular visual arts in a verdant and luxurious setting. Amongst a generous representation of the best artists and artisans from the US and abroad, you will find the perfect piece of art for your home that includes painting, sculpture, mixed media and photography. Or peruse a selection of original handcrafted jewelry or wearable art for yourself or significant other. Additionally, there is always a varied selection of delicious food for every palate, live music, and other activities for the entire family. Join us at the most beautiful art show amongst the winding paths and exotic foliage in this magical botanical garden. 305.669.6990

Beaux Arts Festival

January 16 & 17, 2016
10:00am – 5:00pm
University of Miami
1301 Stanford Drive, Coral Gables
The Beaux Arts Festival of Art takes place next January 16 and 17, 2016. Recognized nationally and internationally as one of the top outdoor exhibits of museum-quality art, the Festival highlights more than 200 of the finest juried artists in the country. More than 20,000 visitors annually enjoy the Festival on the grounds of the University of Miami, featuring art for all budgets, live entertainment, children’s art experiences and refreshments in a two-day fun, interactive fiesta that serves as the anchor fundraising project of the Beaux Arts organization since 1952. Thanks to City National for their generous support of this event. The event is free and open to the public, with free parking. Admission to the Lowe Art Museum is also free during the Festival.

The Florida Keys Seafood Festival

January 16 – 17
Saturday 11:00am – 8:00pm; Sunday 11:00am -5:00 pm
Bayview Park in Key West
At the corner of Truman Ave and Jose Marti Dr.
The Florida Keys Seafood Festival is a family friendly event showcasing the fresh local seafood from the area. This event is put on by the Florida Keys Commercial Fishermen's Association and helps to strengthen our fishing industry and provides scholarships to college bound students. It is a way to educate the community and the tourists that visit, the cultural heritage of our fishermen, while promoting sustainable seafood. Live music from local bands will entertain while you eat, and an array of nautical art and craft vendors will be on hand both days. A kids fun zone is also available with touch tanks and marine life exhibit's. $5.00 admission will enter each guest a chance to win $250 of local seafood ( one winner each day) Parking is provided at the Horace O' Bryant School at the end of Jose Marti Dr. and Virginia St. across from the park. A $5.00 fee helps the school with their projects. 305.872.9026

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden’s 10th Annual International Chocolate Festival.

Friday, January 22
Sunday, January 24, 2016
9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
10901 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables
Satisfy your taste buds and delight in a weekend of sweet treats at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden’s 10th Annual International Chocolate Festival. Discover a world of chocolate throughout 83 acres complete with artisan chocolatiers, interactive chocolate making displays, sweet samples, and delicious cooking demos. After sampling delightful treats from dozens of lauded chocolatiers, learn how chocolate is produced from the seeds of the cacao plant (Theobroma cacao), an ancient crop from Central and South America. Take a ChocoWalk and stop by the interactive Living History of Cacao and Chocolate Tent to hear from horticulturists, scientists, and chefs about the rich and fascinating history of cacao, this year featuring the chocolate harvesting and production methods of Colombia. Be sure to visit the Rainforest and Tropical Fruit Pavilion to see how real cacao pods grow on trees.

Coral Gables Festival of the Arts

January 23 & January 24, 2016
10:00am – 6:00pm
Giralda Ave. in Coral Gables between Ponce de Leon and Lejeune. Parking Garage one block south on Aragon.
It's All About The Art! This is a fine art event with over 150 local and national artist and also features Culinary, Performance and Musical Arts. The art festival is a FREE to enter. Feature The Art of Fine Wine & Craft Spirits with unlimited sampling. Cost to enter this area is $59. Also featuring an art auction for charity, emerging artist section, live demonstrations, Kidz Zone and much more! - 786.558.5234

17th Annual Delray Beach Garlic Fest

Jan 29, 30 & 31, 2016
Jan. 29th 5:00 pm – 11 pm;
Jan. 30th 11 am-11 pm;
Jan. 31st 11 am – 7 pm
Old School Square, Downtown Delray Beach
51 North Swinton Ave., Delray Beach
An international award winning gourmet food and entertainment event featuring national act entertainment, Gourmet Alley food area with over 80 garlic laced menu items, a large children’s area, 200 artist and craft vendors, Garlic Chef cooking competition, Cloves & Vines Wine Garden and full liquor bar. The Delray Beach Garlic Fest was founded by a group of local folks looking to establish a fund-raising source for local non-profit organizations serving education and arts organizations for youth. The event relies on volunteer organizations to staff the event. That non-profit organization, appropriately named Delray Beach Arts, Inc. has reached a milestone this year donating over $600,000 and proudly continues to grow its charitable donations each year. - 561.279.0907

Florida Renaissance Festival

February 13 – March 27, 2017 (Weekends)
10:00am – Sunset
Quiet Waters Park
401 S Powerline Road, Deerfield Beach
Hear Ye! Hear Ye! Calling all knaves, knights, wenches and ladies! The honor of your noble company is requested as the Florida Renaissance Festival, now celebrating its 24th year of fantastical journeys back in time, where hundreds of talented performers from around the globe take to the stage and participants donned in their finest regalia fill the bustling streets with laughter and awe! Part of the 2016 festivities, Florida Renaissance Festival adds a Seventh Weekend due to great demand.

Polynesian Cultural Festival

Saturday February 20, 2016 and Sunday February 21, 2016
11:00am - 7:00pm (each day)
Jaco Pastorius Park
4000 N Dixie Hwy
Oakland Park
The 13th Annual Polynesian Cultural Festival offers all the entertainment and activities that festival-goers have come to expect, experiencing the dynamic array of ethnic identities, traditions, cultural expressions and artistry of Polynesian people from Hawaii, Samoa, Tahiti, and New Zealand (Maoris). It will showcase authentic Polynesian dances and live music, culinary offerings and a touch of language introduction, basket weaving, coconut husking, a ukulele exhibition and the crowd favorite, PCA’s Tiki Bar serving Mai-Tais and Funky Buddha Brewery beer and the exciting fire knife dance after sunset. Children will enjoy our kid corner with bounce houses, face painting and more.

South Beach Wine & Food Festival

February 24 -28, 2016
Multiple locations in South Beach
The Festival now attracts more than 60,000 guests annually to its 75+ events throughout the weekend, and will once again feature internationally renowned talent and leaders of the hospitality industry at uniquely crafted events showcasing world-class wine, spirits, food, and fun.

Miami International Film Festival

March 4 – 13, 2016
Various theaters and times around Miami
Celebrating its 33rd anniversary March 4 - 13, 2016, Miami Dade College’s Miami International Film Festival is considered the preeminent film festival for showcasing Ibero-American cinema in the U.S., and a major launch pad for all international and documentary cinema. The annual Festival, produced and presented by Miami Dade College, attracts more than 60,000 audience members and more than 400 filmmakers, producers, talent and industry professionals. It is the only major festival housed within a college or university. In the last five years, the Festival has screened films from more than 60 countries, including 300 World, International, North American, U.S. and East Coast Premieres. The Festival’s special focus on Ibero-American cinema has made the Festival a natural gateway for the discovery of new talent from this diverse territory. The Festival also offers unparalleled educational opportunities to film students and the community at large. Additionally, every October, the Festival hosts a mid-season festival titled GEMS, showcasing the season’s finest new cinematic works. Major sponsors of the 2016 Festival include Knight Foundation, Lexus and Miami-Dade County. For more information, visit or call 305-237-FILM(3456).

18th Annual Carnaval On The Mile

March 5-6, 2016
10:00 am – 10:00 pm
Miracle Mile - Coral Way between SW 42nd Ave. & SW 37nd Ave.
The Kiwanis of Little Havana is set to welcome thousands of visitors in the heart of Coral Gables to enjoy a weekend-long celebration of art and music in every form during the 18th Annual Carnaval on the Mile. Event attendees can stroll along the mile and be inspired by an eclectic assembly of local artists and their unique arts and crafts, jewelry, paintings, sculptures, photography and more. More than 30 world-renowned musical acts will pack three stages, keeping the rhythm of Jazz, Funk, Samba and more pulsing through the crowd all weekend long. Families can enjoy two days of interactive games, craft making, product demonstrations and more. Culinary enthusiasts will also have an opportunity to purchase tickets to Carnaval on the Mile’s first-ever Cork & Fork food and wine event.

Delray Bacon & Bourbon Fest

March 18 & 19, 2016
March 18th Noon – 11 pm; March 19th Noon – 11:00 pm
Old School Square, Downtown Delray Beach
51 North Swinton Ave., Delray Beach
The 2nd Annual Delray Beach Bacon & Bourbon Fest celebrates the most loved food in the universe – Bacon, and the quintessential American liquor, Bourbon. The two day event features four course Bacon & Bourbon dining experiences, over 80 bacon inspired menu items and a soon to be famous Sunday Brunch, great live music, and a collection of over 40 bourbons and whiskeys for your tasting pleasure. For those not interested in Bourbon, there will be a full bar, wines and Heineken Light, too. The Fest also offers participants extensive Bacon and Bourbon Pairing Seminars, including two exclusive Pappy Van Winkle tastings. The distiller’s art and patient techniques are shared in the seminars and there are tastings by South Florida’s foremost Bourbon experts. All are intended to enhance your knowledge and pleasure of American made Bourbon and whiskey. We will also throw a whiskey or rye into the mix for historical purposes.

The Miami Taste of Brickell Food & Wine Festival

March 18 & 19, 2016
Brickell Park
609 Brickell Avenue behind the First Presbyterian Church of Miami
The Miami Taste of Brickell Food & Wine Festival will toast its fifth anniversary next March 18-19 2016 with a new twist on the popular event.The two-day Festival begins on Friday, March 18th 2016 with activities in Historic Brickell Park which will be the Main Gate Entrance to all festival activities. Thru Saturday the park will be filled with arts and crafts, free samplings, health and fitness vendors, and a FREE kid’s zone. This is an experience the whole family can enjoy. Be sure to bring your appetite to Saturday’s festival where guest’s will enjoy all of the activities at Brickell Park, plus signature dishes from Miami’s best High-end restaurants as well as a variety of fine wine, spirits and craft beer by Stella Artois, plus live music. The Party does not end there, after parties will take place at the finish of the festival, those nightclubs participating will be offering a complimentary Taste of Brickell Drink and free entrance.

Jazz in the Gardens

March 18-20, 2016
Sun Life Stadium
347 Don Shula Dr Miami Gardens
Jazz in the Gardens, produced by the City of Miami Gardens, is the fastest growing jazz & R&B festival in America. Taking place March 18th – 20th, 2016, at Sun Life Stadium, the two-day lineup of world class A-list artists represent a dynamic mix of musical genres. Attendees can expect fabulous performances, a wide variety of exotic food vendors, an exciting arts, crafts and merchandise village and a wonderful 2 days of easy breezy festival fun! Tickets are expected to sell out.

Deering Seafood Festival

Sunday, March 20, 2016
10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Deering Estate
16701 SW 72nd Avenue, Palmetto Bay
Get ready for a non-stop celebration at the 12th Annual Deering Seafood Festival on the Bay, complete with an assortment of delicious catches from the sea, celebrity chef cooking demonstrations, fun-filled adventures for kids, Virgin Island stilt walkers, a Bahamian Junkanoo musical parade and live entertainment. Florida’s freshest fish and seafood are always the main event, with area restaurants and caterers providing sumptuous delights along Seafood Alley. Acclaimed chefs host cooking demonstrations presented by Whole Foods Market under the big-top tent, while seminars on pairing wine with fish and seafood are conducted in Charles Deering’s Prohibition Era Wine Cellar in the historic Stone House.
305.235.1668 ext. 263

35th International Orchid and Bromeliad Show

March 26-27, 2016
9:30am to 4:30pm
Flamingo Gardens
3750 South Flamingo Road - Davie
Experience the beauty and diversity of orchids and bromeliads at Flamingo Gardens’ 35th International Orchid and Bromeliad Show. Over 30 vendors will have rare and exotic orchids and bromeliads on display and for sale along with an American Orchid Society judged orchid show hosted by the Flamingo Gardens Orchid Society. Find orchid supplies, enjoy lectures and demonstrations from orchid and bromeliad experts plus music, food and more. For Easter kids can meet the Bunny and make Easter crafts.

Tortuga Music Festival

April 15-17
Fort Lauderdale Beach Park
Country superstars Blake Shelton, Tim McGraw and Dierks Bentley will be hitting the beach as headliners at this year’s Rock The Ocean’s Tortuga Music Festival, where tens of thousands of fans will enjoy the endless sun, songs, sand and surf. After last year’s sold out festival, the one-of-a-kind music at the beach event added a third day in 2016 to accommodate an even bigger star-studded lineup of some of music’s hottest talent. Tortuga Music Festival will take place Friday, April 15, Saturday, April 16 and Sunday, April 17, 2016 on the sands of Fort Lauderdale Beach Park in Fort Lauderdale.

20th Annual Garden Festival & Bonsai Show

April 16-17, 2016
9:30am to 4:30pm
Flamingo Gardens
3750 South Flamingo Road - Davie
The annual garden event features a Bonsai Show by the Broward Bonsai Society, along with a variety of plant and landscape experts with plants, supplies, garden art and accessories for sale. Demonstrations and lectures take place on various topics throughout the day as well as guided tours through the Botanical Gardens, live performances, food, and Kid's Gardening Zone.

ArtsNaples World Festival

April 25 – May 8, 2016
Events at various venues and times
By focusing on a new cultural region of the world each year and partnering with dozens of area arts organizations, the ArtsNaples World Festival has proven that not only does it bring national and international artists to Naples; it enhances the region's reputation as a world-class cultural destination. In keeping with its tagline – “Stay In May, We’ll Bring the World to You!” – the 2016 festival - “Best of All Worlds” - will feature culinary, music, art, film, dance, and more, representing more than 20 countries to an eager crowd of over 10,000 arts enthusiasts in and around Naples from April 25 through May 8.

Greater Miami Festivals & Events Association

The Greater Miami Festivals & Events Association (GMFEA) is a not-for-profit corporation comprised of South Florida's major annual festivals. Its central purpose is in promoting the year-round schedule of special events to residents and visitors. Its member organizations maintain a commitment to producing excellent public celebrations and to expressing and championing this community's cultural diversity. In 2013, the organization hosted its First Annual Conference & Exhibition, which sold out and received accolades from the event production community. The fourth annual Conference and Exhibition will be held on June 22, 2016 at the Miami Airport & Convention Center. The theme – “Event Magic – Creating the Experience” permeate the workshops, an exhibition and a performance showcase, to promote artists, craftsmen, vendors, performers and support services to the festival & event production community.
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