20 Awesome Things to Do in Miami This Spring
You know we don’t have much time before these glorious temperatures turn torturous, so we dug up 20 exciting happenings to fill your calendar with all kinds of culture for the next three months. Behold your ultimate spring list. Now go forth and get it while it’s still only moderately hot.
1. Kick off the season with some of the world’s best tennis players as they battle it out at the Miami Open. Better yet, hit the court with the legendary Serena Williams herself at the All-Star Charity Tennis Event at the Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne on March 20. Through April 1
2. Calling all electronic-music lovers: Miami Music Week returns at the end of the month, bringing a slew of world-renowned DJs and musicians to the city’s clubs, concert halls and other venues (March 20 to 25). The week of performances also coincides with the 20th anniversary of the Ultra Music Festival (March 23 to 25).
3. Did someone say sunset yoga? Yup. Join a class set to live music in the Design District’s Palm Court, led by Dawn B. of Ahana Yoga. Afterward, snack on complimentary healthy bites and refreshments. March 22
4. Head downtown to the city’s best weekend afternoon hang, Southern Soul Sunday. Expect live music, yummy street food and leashed pups—in short, all the happiest things. March 25
5. Have one epic girls’ night out by going to see Demi Lovato (and DJ Khaled) in concert. C’mon. You deserve it. March 30
6. Springtime means another round of Miami’s craft beer fest Sprung! You’ll sip on South Florida’s tastiest local brews (more than 300 varieties, to be exact) while munching on snacks from food trucks and listening to live music. April 7
7. You’re telling us more than 30 restaurants (BLT Prime! Cibo! Bagatelle!) plus nearly a dozen wine and spirit producers will band together to host Miami’s biggest and booziest brunch party of the year? OK, sign us up for the New Times’ Out to Brunch 2018 event ASAP. April 14
8. Throw on a floppy hat and spend the day alfresco at Wynwood Life, the year’s largest street party that brings together our favorite chefs, artists and musicians for a three-day fest. Oh, and it’s free! April 20 to 22
9. Get classy (and maybe a little funky) at the annual International Jazz Fest, where a smorgasbord of artists will perform their best tunes live at various locations across the 305. April 26 to 28
10. Eat and drink your way through Taste of the Nation. Restaurants like Stubborn Seed and Bourbon Steak will serve up small bites, while bartenders mix handcrafted cocktails—all in support of Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign. April 27
11. Spring weather practically begs for outdoor bubbly with your besties. While we may not have many rooftop spots, Miami is replete with glorious patios that are perfect for day drinking, happy hours and nightcaps.
12. How does spending a weekend immersed in all things sweet sound? The SoFlo Cake & Candy Expo returns to the Miami Airport Convention Center, and everything you could ever need to make your signature triple-decker chocolate cake will be showcased—and sold at discounted prices. April 28 & 29
13. If you’ve wanted to visit every museum in the city, here’s your chance. Soak up as much culture as possible during Miami Museum Month, when you can join one museum, like the PAMM or HistoryMiami, and get free access to other participating institutions. May 1 to 31
14. A change of season calls for a new slate of brunches to try over the next three months. These new spots are a welcome break from the same old eggs-and-pancakes routine.
15. Permission granted to dust off your festival gear (hello, maxi skirts and flower crowns) and go to Florida’s largest waterfront music and art festival, SunFest. Zedd, Nick Jonas, DNCE and PartyNextDoor are just a few of the stars lined up to perform. May 3 to 6
16. Pull out your cutest koozie for Brew at the Zoo. Drink “around the world” as the city’s best local brewers, along with a handful of international brands, unite for an evening of beers and small bites. May 12
17. What better time to sip rosé than, well, right now? Fortunately, wine shops across Miami are stocked with our favorite blush-hued varietals. Here’s a guide to the best bottles under $25 and where to buy them.
18. Feast your eyes on the prettiest orchids from around the world as the Redland International Orchid Festival takes over Homestead’s Fruit & Spice Park for three days of flower power. May 18 to 20
19. Need a reason to justify chartering your own private yacht for you and your friends? Well, we think 73-degree weather is a pretty darn good excuse. Rent a boat through Boatsetter and bring the party to the bay.
20. What rhymes with fun? Rum—well, kinda. Either way, you’ll want to check out the Rum Renaissance Festival, featuring the best varieties from the U.S., Caribbean, and Central and South America, along with seminars, awards and a trade expo. June 9 & 10