It’s festival season, Miami. Here are the ones you shouldn’t miss

The Miami International Boat Show cruises into Miami from February 15-19.

While our weekends are double- or triple-booked this time of year, there are a few Miami festival events that are simply non-negotiable. Among the of-course-we’re-going festivals that are worthy of quadruple-booking your calendar:

Miami International Boat Show & Miami Yacht Show

Miami International Boat Show Miami Yacht Show festivals
The Miami International Boat Show and the Miami Yacht Show run concurrently this year, February 15-19, in Miami and Miami Beach.

 

Point your GPS to Virginia Key for the best in boating at the Boat Show, February 15-19. Or, cross the causeway into Miami Beach for the 30th annual Yacht Show on Collins Avenue during the same dates. A $150 VIP package includes exclusive access to Watches & Wonders, a horological experience in the Design District. miamiboatshow.com; miamiyachtshow.com.

Art Wynwood

Art Wynwood downtown Miami festivals
Art Wynwood may have moved from Wynwood, but the artistic spirit remains at its new home in downtown Miami.

 

Technically, Art Wynwood is no longer in Wynwood. But it’s hard to imagine a more picturesque spot for this year’s festival, at the former Miami Herald plot on Biscayne Bay. See works from more than 70 galleries when the fest returns for its seventh year, February 15-19. artwynwood.com.

South Beach Wine & Food Festival

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Giada De Laurentiis is one of dozens featured chefs at this year’s South Beach Wine & Food Festival.

 

Yes, you should make an appearance at the Grand Tasting Village when SOBEWFF lands February 21-25. But duck out of the masses and into intimate dinners to snack on Italian bites with Giada De Laurentiis, gorge on tacos late-night with Rick Bayless and tour Spanish cuisine with José Andrés. Here are five top events to check out. And don’t miss Kristin Cavallari in her South Beach Wine & Food Festival debut. sobewff.org.

Calle Ocho Festival

A half-century in, this free Little Havana party claims to be the country’s largest Hispanic festival, with 12 stages spread out over 20 blocks. From 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on March 11, join a million people who will dance everything from salsa to bachata in between food stands, craft beer samples and every manner of costume. carnavalmiami.com.

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