Miami is bursting with reasons to visit. If you’re looking to #FindAReasontToGo then check out our guide to just some of what’s on in Miami 2017.
The circus is in town – Jan. 6 to Jan. 15, 2017
Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey’s ‘Out of this World’ show is now on at the AmericanAirlines Arena until January 15. If you’re quick you might just catch it.
Art Deco Weekend – Jan. 13 to Jan. 17, 2017
If you happen to be in the area this weekend, then you’re in luck. The 40th Annual Art Deco Weekend, hosted by the Miami Design Preservation League will be held on Ocean Drive, Miami Beach. You’ll find lawn parties, classic cars, live music and theater, dancing (particularly the Charleston variety!), street fairs and a retro fashion show. There’s something for all ages.
Dr. Martin Luther King Junior Day Parade - Jan. 16, 2017
Liberty City, Miami will play host to this celebration of history and pride – starting at 11.00am on NW 54th Street.
The Race of Champions – Jan. 21-22, 2017
This world-class auto-racing event will attract some of the world’s greatest drivers to do battle in some of the world’s best race cars in Marlins Park – home of the Miami Marlins.
South Beach Wine and Food Festival – Feb. 22-26, 2017
Miami Beach plays host to the largest event of its kind in the USA. Hundreds of popular chefs, wineries and producers take part each year, offering everything from wine tasting, cocktails and parties to culinary shows. It’s a packed few days.
Coconut Grove Arts Festival – Feb. 18-20, 2017
If art is more your thing, then Coconut Grove Arts Festival welcomes talented and creative artists and performers from across the world to Miami. It’s recognised as one of the USA’s most prestigious Fine Art shows.
Carnaval Miami – Feb. 20 – Mar. 26, 2017
Changing the pace slightly, Carnaval Miami begins February 20, 2017. The volunteer association - Kiwanis Club of Little Havana hosts it and it is an awesome celebration of Latin culture. It includes the Calle Ocho Festival on March 13, Carnaval on the Mile on March 5 & 6.
9-Mile Music Festival Mar. 11, 2017
This festival has been running since 1993 and this will be its 24th year. Cedella Marley Booker founded the event as a testament to her son, the legendary Bob Marley. It celebrates the sounds of Reggae, R&B, Urban, Latino and other types of music.
Miami Open – Mar. 20 – Apr. 2 2017
The world’s biggest tennis stars will descend on Miami again this year for the renowned Miami Open. If watching world-class tennis is your thing, then there’s nowhere better to see it than under Miami skies.
The Longines Global Champions Tour – Apr. 7-9, 2017
If you’re in town and on South Beach around this time, then you’ll be able to see riders and their horses put their jumping skills to the test. There will be free seating for visitors on a first come, first served basis.
Miami Beach Gay Pride – Apr. 8 – 10, 2017
Miami becomes even more vibrant during the Miami Beach Gay Pride event when around 80,000 participants take part in the parade. There’s also a cruise and other events at local nightclubs.
Memorial Day in Miami, May 30, 2017
Memorial Day is celebrated all over the USA – when we take time to remember those who served our country in the armed forces. The weekend is also seen as the start of summer, and there are usually a host of events taking place across the city over the holiday weekend. It’s a great time to visit Miami.
Miami’s 4th of July Celebrations – Jul. 4, 2017
What better time to visit Miami than during the Independence Day celebrations – America’s very own birthday party. At Bayfront Park, the event usually starts at noon on Jul. 4 and there will be food, music, kids’ entertainment as well as an impressive fireworks display after dark.
Miami Spice Aug. 1 – Sept. 30, 2017
This is a two-month celebration of Miami’s food scene. So if you’re a foodie, as they say, then this might be a great time to tour Miami. Some of Miami’s best restaurants and chefs will offer fixed price menus throughout the period. What a great way to experiment with our cuisine!
International Ballet Festival of Miami Aug. 27 – Sept. 11, 2017
As you’ve probably guessed by now, Miami offers a diverse range of cultural events. Towards the end of August, the International Festival of Ballet takes place in 6 venues across Miami and showcases performances of 20 ballet companies from around the world.
South Beach Seafood Festival Oct. 20 -22, 2017
Towards the end of October, you can mark the start of the start of the stone crab season with the Seafood Festival – an annual event hosted by Coca Cola that takes place at Lummus Park, Miami. There’s usually a host of events taking place across the festival.
Great Grove Bed Race – Nov. 2017
As I mentioned above, there’s a diverse range of cultural events in Miami. Where else would you expect to see this kind of race than in Miami! This annual event sees teams race beds (yes, you read that correctly), down the streets of beautiful Coconut Grove. So, whether you want to enter a team or watch the fun unfold from the side-lines, it’s sure to be quite an experience.
NASCAR Ford Championship Weekend – Nov. 2017
If you have a need for speed, but you’d rather it’s of the motor car variety instead of beds on wheels, then NASCAR Ford Championship Weekend is for you. It’s a famous and popular race, so it will sell out in advance. It’s a great experience for motor fans of all ages.
Thanksgiving in Miami – Nov. 23, 2017
Thanksgiving in the USA marks the start of the holiday season and traditionally, Thanksgiving Day itself is when we take a break and spend time with family. But it’s also a lovely time to visit Miami and experience this national holiday. Why not head out to the Everglades and see the return of some migrating birds or catch a sports game. Or head on down to Bayfront Park and see the Christmas tree being lit up over the Thanksgiving weekend.
Santa’s Enchanted Forest Nov. 3, 2017 – Jan. 8, 2018
Three million Christmas lights, carnival rides, and a 92 foot tall Christmas tree – Miami is a great place to celebrate Christmas!
King Mango Strut Parade – Dec. 29 2017
If you’re in town at the end of the year, then don’t forget to check out this event. It’s a satirical parade in the lovely Coconut Grove with floats mocking local and national stories from 2017. It’s a memorable way to round off the year.
New Year’s Eve in Miami, Dec. 31, 2017.
Miami is renowned for its nightlife – so it’s a great place to celebrate the end of 2017 and the start of 2018. There will usually be parties and fireworks downtown in Bayfront Park and on South Beach. Or if you are looking to count down to the start of the new year in another kind of venue – there will be a host of restaurants, bars and clubs open whether you’re looking for something family friendly or even VIP!
How Gray Line Miami can help you explore the area
So – the answer to the question ‘what’s on in Miami 2017’ is that there’s always something on in Miami!
Here at Gray Line Miami – we know this area inside out. If these Miami events have given you the appetite to get a taste of our area, then we are just the people to help you explore. When you visit Miami, we can handle most aspects of your trip – including your transfer from the airport to your hotel, right through to helping you to see and experience all that Miami has to offer. From tours of Miami City, to an airboat adventure of the Everglades, to a picturesque day trip to Key West or even a daycation to the Bahamas. We’ve got your time in Miami covered.
You can find out more on our website at: graylinemiami.com Or, you can check out what our previous guests had to say about their time with Gray Line Miami on our Facebook or TripAdvisor pages, like Scotland89 on TripAdvisor who said he was originally visiting Miami for a sporting event, but decided to book a tour with Gray Line Miami:
“Originally going to Miami just for a sporting event, but decided to do a few things such as an Airboat tour. Mario, the bus driver who picked us up from our Hotel did some basic tourist info on the way and did a good job of explaining what to do when we got there.
The Airboat tour itself was good and insightful. The Captain was encouraging people to stand up while the boat was going slowly and getting us to look in the right places, and doing what he could to show us not 1, not 2 but 3 generations of baby gators, along with Daddy gator. Definitely would suggest this tour to anybody else going to Miami!”