One of the many benefits of living in Florida is the ideal weather that makes venturing out any time of the year a real luxury, especially when our northern neighbors are bundled up for the winter. The tropical climate is ideal for visitors and locals alike to get out and explore the myriad of arts & culture festivals throughout the Sunshine State. Whether it’s visual arts, music, food, film, theater, or nature, Florida’s brimming with festivals for every taste. AroundTown has chosen highlights in each of these categories to help you discover your next outdoor cultural adventure!
| | VISUAL ARTS | |
Art Fort Lauderdale
January 11-15, 2017; January 11, 3pm - 5pm (VIP Preview)
and 6pm - 10 pm (VIP Opening Party);
January 12, 4pm to 8pm; January 13-15, 1pm to 8pm
Art Fort Lauderdale - the World’s First Art Fair on the water, incorporates a different approach to view and interact with art. The four-day fair will feature over 100 artists, 5 Galleries and 8 waterfront properties presenting top tier modern and contemporary art, and transport attendees via water taxi and yachts to these exhibits and performances at a number of waterfront properties along the intracoastal waterways.
Admission: $45 - $225
Miami Antiques + Art + Design Show
February 3-5, 2017, Friday & Saturday:
11:00am-7:00pm. Sunday: 11:00am-5:00pm
Miami Airport Convention Center (MACC),
711 NW 72nd Avenue, Miami
Featuring 200 premier exhibitors from across the U.S., Canada, Europe and South America offering fine antique furniture, silver, paintings, bronzes, porcelain, Asian, antique & estate jewelry, pottery, rare books, lighting, crystal, prints, rugs, vintage clothing & accessories, representing all design movements of the 17th, 18th & 19th centuries -- and introducing vintage 20th century modern.
Admission: $15 good for return entry all weekend
Parking: Self parking at MACC is $5 per vehicle, valet parking is available at the Doubletree Miami Airport Hotel adjacent to MACC. Complimentary shuttle service from the New World Symphony Concert Hall at 500 17th Street, Miami Beach (between Meridian and Pennsylvania) to MACC running continuously all three days of the show from 10am to 8pm.
South Motors Fine Arts Festival
January 21 & 22, 2017, 10:00am-5:00pm
11000 Red Road, Pinecrest
Come to one of Florida's premier juried art shows and enjoy an afternoon surrounded by spectacular visual arts in the most lush 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 great selection of delicious food, live music, and other activities for the entire family.
23rd Annual Pigeon Key Art Festival
February 4-5, 2017, 10 am to 5 pm
Marathon Community Park, MM 49, Marathon
Held as a fundraiser for the tiny historic island called Pigeon Key in the tropical Florida Keys, this two-day juried event attracts exemplary artists and quality buyers from across the globe. The festival offers more than 70 fine artists and craftsmen, delicious local cuisine, live art and auction by preeminent celebrity marine life artist, Wyland. Enjoy historical elements, period entertainment and educational programming highlighting the Pigeon Key Foundation’s important preservation, research and marine biology projects.
Parking: Free parking at Switlik School (across the street). Paid lots not part of the Festival
The Original Miami Antique Show
February 10-13, 2017, 11:00am-7:00pm
(11:00am-5:00pm on the 13th)
Miami Fair Expo Center, 10901 SW 24 St., Miami
As the world’s largest indoor antique show, The Original Miami Antique Show presents more than 600 recognized dealers from 28 countries for four days only. In addition, more than 20,000 attendees with a serious interest in antiques and jewelry will grace this venue. At the show, attendees can explore collections from Renaissance to Art Deco eras, including fine art, American and European silver, antique jewelry, 17th-19th century furniture, porcelain and more. On Appraisal Day, Saturday, February 11, 12pm – 5pm, get a free appraisal with a valid ticket to the show.
Art on the Square: A Premiere Outdoor Gallery
March 18-19, 2017; 10:00am-5:00pm
Old School Square grounds, 51 N. Swinton Avenue, Delray Beach
Presented by the Cornell Art Museum, this premiere, outdoor juried show will feature extraordinary, original works by 100 top fine art and fine craft artists from around the country. The Old School Square center grounds will be transformed into an exciting outdoor gallery, welcoming art collectors and enthusiasts to meet the artists and discover something new. Original works include paintings, ceramics, fiber art, glass, jewelry, mixed-media, metalwork, photography, woodwork and sculptures in a variety of media.
19th Annual Arts and Crafts Festival in the Pines
March 11 & 12, 2017, 10:00am-5:00pm
Pembroke Pines City Center, 601 City Center Way Pembroke Pines
The 19th Annual Arts and Crafts Festival in the Pines offers artists and patrons alike the opportunity to purchase and sell art and fine crafts in a delightful atmosphere. The festival showcases music, entertainment, demonstrations, tours of the NEW City Center Complex, including an 11,000 SF Art Gallery, Commission Chambers and a beautiful 3,500 seat theatre. There is also a kids art tent, food, cash prizes for the winning artists and much more.
April 7 & 8, 2017
Old School Square Pavilion, 51 N. Swinton Avenue, Delray Beach
This unforgettable experience is an electrifying combination of artists painting at amazing speed, right before your eyes, and high energy live music, amazing vocals, creative choreography and audience interaction. Giant artworks jump to life unveiling larger-than-life icons and masterpieces in just moments; all the while, there is constant activity on stage, delighting your senses. It’s a show for the entire family. It’s outrageous… it’s Artrageous! This show takes place during Delray Affair weekend. Delray Affair will celebrate 55 years as the largest arts & craft festival in the Southeast United States. The event takes place along Atlantic Avenue from just west of Old School Square to the Intracoastal.
Admission: $25 (adult); $15 (student)
| | MUSIC | |
January 19th - February 11th, 2017
University of Miami Maurice Gusman Hall, 1314 Miller Drive (Coral Gables campus)
UM Frost School of Music’s Festival Miami will offer a diverse selection of unique concert programs performed by Grammy Award-winning and internationally acclaimed guest artists, who will showcase their talents alongside the stellar students and distinguished faculty artists from the Frost School of Music. More than 20 performances will be offered, organized into four themes: Great Performances, Jazz and Beyond, Music of the Americas, and Creative American Music.
Please note: All Festival Miami concerts will take place at UM’s Maurice Gusman Hall, with the exception of the opening night concert, which will take place at the Arsht Center, and the closing night concert, which will take place at the North Beach Bandshell.
2017 Miami International GuitART Festival
February 20th - 26th, 2017
FIU School of Music, Wertheim Performing Arts Center,
10910 SW 17th St., Miami
The second edition of the Miami International GuitART Festival will take over the Florida International University School of Music, presenting ten concerts, three lectures, five master classes, a composer’s panel, as well as a Luthiers Expo, which will display some of the world’s best hand-built guitars. Featured festival artists include virtuoso Evan Hirschelman and internationally acclaimed harp-guitarist Muriel Anderson, in addition to other artists from Costa Rica, Cuba, France, Italy, Peru, Turkey, and the United States.
2017 New Music Miami ISCM Festival
January 26th - April 20th, 2017
Miami Beach Urban Studios: 420 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach
The FIU School of Music celebrates its twenty first year of the New Music Miami ISCM Festival, directed by FIU composer-in-residence Orlando Jacinto Garcia. The festival includes the presentation of music by composers from around the world, many of whom are present to discuss their music for FIU students and audiences. The festival has continued to expand, featuring new music concerts for acoustic and electro-acoustic instrumentations. Audiences will enjoy the music of Earle Brown and Morton Feldman, music by composers from Cuba and Miami and more.
Celtic Music and Heritage Festival
March 10th - 12th, 2017
Francis Field: 25 W Castillo Dr., St. Augustine
Take in the sights, sounds and tastes of centuries of European history. Celtic clans from around the world show their ancestral pride, while Highland games athletes demonstrate their mind-boggling strength. The St. Patrick’s Day Parade marches through the streets of the Oldest City’s Historic District, and vendors offer up Celtic cuisine and hand-made crafts. Friday, a special whiskey tasting teaches the history and facts of many varieties of whiskey. Live music performed throughout the festival.
Admission: General Admission $10; VIP All Weekend Ticket: $60; Whiskey Tasting: $45
Seabreeze Jazz Festival
Panama City Beach
April 19th - 23rd, 2017
Aaron Bessant Park, 600 Pier Park Dr., Panama City Beach
The Lineup includes Kenny G, Brian Culbertson, Boney James, Tower Of Power, Norman Brown, Candy Dulfer, Richard Elliot, Rick Braun, Patti Austin, Pieces Of A Dream, Sheila E., Michael Lington, Darren Rahn, Paul Brown, Eric Darius, Doc Powell, Ken Ford, Four 80 East, Althea Rene, Matt Marshak, Jake Shimabukuro, Roman Street, and Seabreeze Rising Stars Adam Hawley and Jeanette Harris. Add to that Dinner and Lunch Jazz Cruises and nightly After Parties for an incredible weekend!
Tortuga Music Festival
April 7th - 9th, 2017
Fort Lauderdale Beach Park, 1100 Seabreeze Blvd, Ft Lauderdale
Held on the white sands of Fort Lauderdale Beach Park in a beautiful oceanside setting, Tortuga Music Festival is a 3-day, multi-stage music festival, featuring some of the biggest names in country, rock and roots music. This year's lineup includes Kenny Chesney, Luke Bryan, Chris Stapleton, Alan Jackson, Darius Rucker and many more. Tortuga Music Festival brings like-minded fans together for an unforgettable beach weekend experience that pairs music with meaning to raise awareness for marine conservation. Tortuga Music Festival works hand in hand with the Rock The Ocean Foundation to increase public awareness about the issues impacting the world’s oceans and to support scientific research, education, and ocean conservation initiatives.
FIU Festival of Bands
February 17th, 2017; 5:00pm - 9:00pm;
February 18th, 2017; 8:00am - 9:30pm
FIU School of Music, Wertheim Performing Arts Center,
10910 SW 17th St., Miami
The FIU Festival of Bands, now in its ninth consecutive year, is a FIU community initiative designed to help prepare local area high school bands for their upcoming annual festival performances. Each year, eight to fifteen bands are invited to each perform three pieces for faculty and guest clinicians, who then give written, audio critique (utilizing the current FBA MPA Assessment forms) and workshop directly with the students. Afterwards, the performances and workshops are also recorded and given to the band directors.The festival will conclude with a concert at 7:30pm highlighting the innovative FIU Wind Ensemble, featuring “Songs and Dances” from around the world.
| | FOOD | |
Old Town Untapped
1st Friday monthly 6-9PM
41 NE 1st Street Pompano Beach
Join us for Old Town Untapped, Pompano Beach's 1st ever Craft Brew & Arts Festival! A night filled with free craft beer samples from Pompano's own breweries, live music, food trucks, art and more! Located in the heart of Downtown Pompano at Bailey Contemporary Arts - 41 NE 1st street
FREE on street and lot parking.
The Key West Food & Wine Festival
January 25th - 29th, 2017
1500 Reynolds Street, Key West
The Key West Food & Wine Festival is a series of wine and food themed events showcasing a diverse range of wines and inventive cuisine, hosted by their passionate creators at iconic island locations.
Over 30 unique events include: waterfront tastings, winemaker/chef collaborations and local funky events that present an authentic taste of Key West, Florida, the place to be in January. The festival attracts thousands of culinary explorers from around the country who descend on the tropical island to escape the winter and delight their senses.
Admission: $10 - $300
Uncorked Key Largo and Islamorada Food and Wine Festival
January 5th – 15th
Over 30 events at different locations
The 11-day food, wine and spirits showcase features 30-plus savory events to please virtually every palate and budget, spread among numerous Upper Keys venues with fresh, locally sourced seafood and international-style dishes. The festival's outdoor 'A Grand Tasting,' is set for January 14. What better reason to 'Uncork' and unwind in the Florida Keys? For a complete events schedule, visit website.
Admission: Varies from Free to $100
Chili Cook Off
February 4th, Noon – 5:00pm
11000 Red Road, Pinecrest
Live country music bands, line-dancing, mechanical bull riding, Heat Dancers, food, chili sampling and so much more! You can even enter an old fashioned hands-tied-behind- your-back, pie-eating contest. Don’t miss this lip-smackin’, thigh-slappin’, cookin’-up-a-batch-of-fun event for the whole family.
Carnaval on the Mile Cork & Fork
March 4th - 5th, 2017, 10:00am - 10:00pm
Southside of Ponce de Leon and Miracle Mile, Coral Gables
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 format during the 19th Annual Carnaval on the Mile. Event attendees will stroll along the mile to get 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 rhythms of Jazz, Funk, Samba and more pulsing through the crowd all weekend long. Families will 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 second Cork & Fork food and wine event, hosted by the hotest restaurants and celebrity chefs.
Admission: Free for Carnaval on the Mile; $50 for Cork & Fork
Pensacola Crawfish Festival
April 28-30, 2017, Friday: Noon-11:00pm;
Saturday: 10:00am-11:00pm; Sunday: 11:00am-5:00pm
Bartram Park, Downtown Pensacola
Don’t be shy, dig in! This year’s 32nd annual festival features 16,000 pounds of boiled crawfish provided by the Cordova Crawfish Company of Pensacola, Florida. Cajun dishes, such as red beans and rice, boudin balls, seafood gumbo, etouffee, jambalaya, and Cajun pasta, will also be available in addition to traditional festival fare. There will be a Crawfish eating contest!
Admission is $5 daily or $10 for a weekend pass
(children 12 and under get in free).
20th Annual Greek Festival
October 2017 Dates TBD
Francis Field: 25 W Castillo Dr., St. Augustine
Discover St. Augustine’s Greek heritage and enjoy a delicious assortment of Greek foods, pastries and beverages. See and learn traditional music and dancing by the Hellenic Band and a beautifully costumed Greek dance troupe.
Admission: $5, includes parking
St. Augustine Spanish Wine Festival
September 8th - 9th, 2017
Various locations in St. Augustine
Celebrate Spanish history in one of the nation’s oldest cities. The festival features Spanish foods and wines presented at a variety of special events and local restaurants. At the Vino Veritas event, learn the secrets of authentic Spanish recipes and Spanish wine pairings from Spanish food and wine experts; the Grand Tasting - sample more than 120 different types of wines made in Spain; and the Batalla de Vino – an exciting “wine fight” tradition from Haro, Spain, where participants spray each other with wine for charity.
Ticket prices vary by event. See website for details.
| | FILM | |
St. Augustine Film Festival
January 20th - 22nd, 2017
Flagler College Lewis Auditorium: 14 Granada St, St Augustine
Corazon Cinema and Café: 36 Granada St, St Augustine
Laugh, cry, ponder, feel anger, and joy. Have your imagination challenged at the 7th Annual St. Augustine film festival, featuring a collection of more than 25 international film projects from France to Morocco, Spain and Italy.
$7- $11 per film
$95 all access pass
Miami Film Festival
March 3rd - 12th, 2017
Over the course of the 34th Edition of the 10-day Festival, over 100 films from as many as 40 different countries will screen for the first time in Florida, including Premieres of some of the best world cinema has to offer. There will also be Oscar nominees, made-in-Miami stories, film panels and parties galore.
The Sarasota Film Festival
March 31st - April 9th, 2017
Screening locations and times vary.
Caption for Image: Stranger Things' Matthew Modine and filmmaker Jen Senko on the red carpet.
The Sarasota Film Festival is celebrating its 19th anniversary. With more than 200 films, star-studded events, symposiums with industry leaders, and free YouthFest programs, the Sarasota Film Festival has something for everyone. Visit the website for more information, and to download the 2017 Festival Guide to films and events.
MiFo LGBT Film Festival: 19th Annual Miami Edition
April 21st - 30th, 2017
Venues: Regal Cinema South Beach, Colony Theater Lincoln Road, O Cinema Miami Beach, Miami Beach Cinematheque
With more than 80 films, the lineup is a spectacular reflection of the festival’s international growth and expansion. All films will be screened in the heart of South Beach.
Admission: $10 - $75
The 32nd Annual Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival
November 3rd - 19th, 2017; Noon-11:00pm
Savor Cinema, 503 SE 6 Street, Fort Lauderdale and Cinema Paradiso, 2008 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood.
The 32nd Annual Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival (FLiFF) rolls out the red carpet for celebrity guests and film talent who attend premieres, parties, galas and a brunch cruise aboard a luxury yacht. Throughout the 17-day event, over 100 of the finest new American Indie and world cinema feature films, documentary and shorts are presented. Signature events include opening night premiere and party and Centerpiece and Closing Night festivities. The Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival (FLiFF), recognized as one of the nation’s top destination film festivals, is truly a vacation from ordinary film.
Admission: $11 general admission, $8 Seniors and Students, $6 FLiFF members
Key West Film Festival
November 15th - 19th, 2017
Festival venues include the historic San Carlos Institute, the Key West Theater, the Studios of Key West. Host venues for social events include the Truman House, the Waldorf Astoria Casa Marina and the Southernmost Mansion.
A diverse, entertaining and artistically rigorous selection of films are represented through a broad array of categories that offer opportunities for filmmakers, both aspiring and established, to commune and exchange ideas with each other, while showing their work to audiences in an historic and artistically vibrant tropical paradise.
MiFo LGBT Film Festival: Fort Lauderdale Edition
October 6th - 15th, 2017
Venues: The Classic Gateway Theatre, Savor Cinema
The 9th Annual MiFo LGBT Film Festival: Fort Lauderdale Edition offers a cornucopia of films ranging from hilarious takes on LGBT relationships to compelling dramas, documentaries and foreign films. Featuring spectacular parties and special events.
Admission: $10 - $75
| | PERFORMING ARTS | |
The Nerve 2017 Performance Art Festival
521 NW 1st Ave, Fort Lauderdale
March 17th - 19th , 2017; 7:00pm-10:00pm
(6:00pm-9:00pm on the 19th)
THE NERVE: Performance Art Festival is three days of multi-disciplinary, boundary pushing, sometimes indefinable and often un-nerving original performances, created by 50 artists/artist groups who use performance as a means of visual and conceptual expression. The performances will be as varied as the artists who create them, and audiences can expect to see elements of installation, the creation of visual artifacts, performances that involve endurance, audience interaction, theatre, movement and sound.
Admission: Single Day: $10 - student, child; $12 - senior citizen; $15 - general admission; 3-Day Festival Pass: $22 - student, child; $25 - senior citizen; $35 - general admission
Streetside parking is available.
One-Minute Play Festival at the Deering Estate
January 14th - 15th, 2017; 8:00pm (14th), 3:00 pm & 7:00 pm (15th)
Deering Estate, 16701 SW 72 Avenue, Miami
The One-Minute Play Festival (#1MPF), America’s largest and longest running short form theatre company, founded by Producing Artist Director Dominic D’Andrea, features one-minute plays by over 50 established and emerging South Florida playwrights commissioned for this event.
305.235.1668 ext. 233
| | FLOWER & GARDENS | |
21st - Annual Garden Festival and Bonsai Show
March 11th - 12th, 2017
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.
36th - International Orchid and Bromeliad Show
April 15th - 16th, 2017
3750 South Flamingo Road, Davie
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 and enjoy lectures and demonstrations from experts, along with music, food and more.
Annual Japanese Spring Festival 2017
April 30th, 2017; 10:00am-4:00pm
Miami Beach Botanical Garden, 2000 Convention Center Drive,
Miami Beach Botanical Garden invites you to a cultural extravaganza of free Japanese-themed activities, cuisine, and Taiko drumming performances by Fushu Daiko. During this annual Japanese Festival, Miami Beach's friendship with Japan is celebrated. Featured activities include, free guided garden tour, live drumming, Ikebana classes, Japanese Tea Ceremonies, children's martial arts, Anime-themed vendors, Paper making, Calligraphy and Origami, Miami sushi vendors, Japanese themed deserts AND MUCH MORE!
Parking is available at the 17h Street lot at the corner of 17th Street and Convention Center Drive.
Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival
March 1st - May 29th
200 Epcot Center Dr, Orlando
Celebrating its 24th anniversary, the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival will jump-start spring with gardens of earthly delights, plus new character topiaries, entertainers and food and drink offerings. The festival, which expanded to 90 days in 2016, will open with an irresistible array of fresh surprises and new treats. Dozens of Disney-crafted “flower towers” and beds of multi-colored blooms will transform the park’s landscape. At least 70,000 bedding plants will surround the Future World east and west lakes alone; on the water, 220 mini-gardens will be set afloat.
| | SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE | |
26th Annual Florida Keys Island Fest
April 1st - 2nd, 2017, 10:00am - 5:00pm
Founders Park (MM 87 bayside) Islamorada
Two full days of music, food and fun, including one of the largest fine art and craft shows in the Keys, live entertainment, an All-American Road Vintage Cruisers Show, sand castle building, kids' activities and the annual "Taste of Islamorada" - a local chef's competition, which takes place on Sunday.
Parking available inside Founders Park
Florida Keys Celtic Festival
January 6th - 9th, 2017; 10:00am-8:00pm
(11:00am-5:00pm on the 8th)
Marathon Community Park, MM49 US Hwy 1 Ocean Side
Festivities include world-renowned musical groups Albannach, Screaming Orphans, Rathkeltair, West of Galway and Marcille Wallis and Friends. Highland Athletics, the original Strongman sport will conduct sanctioned Woman’s Highland Athletics Competition, Men’s Highland Athletic Demonstrations and The Official Florida Haggis Hurling Championship. Also returning is the Sheepdog Herding Demo. There will be Pipe and Drums, Celtic Food, Beer and Celtic Merchandise Vendors, Children’s Glen with activities for the wee ones! There will also be Irish and Scottish Dancing. Literally, there is something for everyone.
Admission: Two Day - $20; Single Day - $12