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
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.
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
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.