While some debate whether or not Miami even has a winter season (hey, sometimes it dips into the low 60s), we think the most important question is how are you going to spend the last few months before temperatures soar again? Answer: With these can’t-miss events.
1. The Salty Donut’s epic cinnamon-bun-stuffed doughnut will make a triumphant return in January. While we don’t have a firm date, we can guarantee that it will happen sometime in mid-January. (We’ll be incessantly checking Instagram until then.)
2. Zoo Miami’s annual Zoo Lights adds a tropical spin to the holiday experience with more than half a million twinkling lights in the shape of animals and palm trees. Through December 30
3. Ring in the New Year with Demi Lovato, Kygo and Travis Scott at the Fontainebleau’s annual poolside bash. Sure, tickets are pricey, but it is Demi Lovato. December 31
4. Have one epic girls’ night by going to see Shakira in concert. C’mon. You deserve it. January 12 and 13
5. Art Deco Weekend, the longest-running free cultural event in Miami Beach, returns with more than 85 events. Expect guided tours, a dog show, retro fashion showcases and a swanky jazz lawn party. January 12 to 14
7. Two words: Dessert Wars. That’s right, you can watch the city’s best sweetshops battle it out at South Florida’s largest dessert festival while enjoying bottomless samples. Brownies and cupcakes and doughnuts, oh my! January 20
8. No matter your running abilities, lace up for the annual Miami Marathon, which welcomes runners, joggers and walkers on a course that takes you through Miami Beach, Coconut Grove, Key Biscayne and the downtown area. January 28
9. Ever dream of owning your own boat? Yep, same. Well, for now, ogle some of the most beautiful ones around at the annual International Boat Show at Miami Marine Stadium. February 15 to 19
10. Get your winter dose of art and culture at the Coconut Grove Arts Festival, where hundreds of artists and collectors will converge for gallery openings, showcases, culinary demos, interactive performances and more. February 17 to 19
11. Pull out your cutest koozie for WakeFest. Drink “around the world” as the city’s best local brewers, along with a handful of international brands, unite for an afternoon of beers and small bites. February 17
12. Rub elbows with Food Network stars and local chefs, attend gourmet tastings and support charities that fight hunger at the South Beach Wine and Food Festival. February 21 to 25
13. As the largest Hispanic festival in the nation, Carnaval Miami brings together an explosion of art, culture, music, food and dancing within 20 blocks in Little Havana. March 11
14. It’s finally bearable to spend more than five minutes outside, which means it’s time to take a free yoga class. You’ll thank us (and feel great) later.
15. Make your way to Strawberry Fields of Kendall to pick some of the freshest and sweetest berries in town. Besides a bucket of fruit, you may leave with a few Instagram-worthy shots, too.
16. Calling all electronic-music lovers: Miami Music Week returns in March, 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).
17. Head downtown to the city’s best pop-up market, the Miami Flea. Expect handmade jewelry and textiles, yummy street food and leashed pups—in short, all the happiest things. It usually happens the third weekend of every month. For more information, check the neighborhood’s calendar.
18. Show off your favorite emerald-colored accessory for the third annual St. Pat’s Wynwood Block Party. The massive street party will include kegs of green beer, local food trucks and a roster of DJs. March 17
19. Say goodbye to winter as the world’s best men’s and women’s tennis players battle it out at the Miami Open. Mingle with pros, A-list celebs and thousands of locals and out-of-towners during the two-week event in Key Biscayne. March 19 to April 1