5 de Mayo in South Beach and Miami

Stick on that fake mo, and slap on a sombrero, because 5 de Mayo is upon us! This year, Miami is bracing for its most exciting 5 de Mayo ever, with events all over the city paying tribute to Mexican culture. Celebrate Mexico’s 1862 military victory over French occupation forces with piñatas, tequila and some spicy micheladas. Of course, it’s not all booze, with a handful of kid-friendly events around town. So there’s no excuse not to let loose and dive into a day of fun and celebration.

¡Quueee chido!

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Brickell Cinco de Mayo

The biggest 5 de Mayo party anywhere in Miami will kick off at 11am on the Brickell waterfront. Every year, this block party explodes into a celebration of all things Mexican (but let’s be honest, we’re mostly talking tequila). The new waterfront location offers great views of the beach, plus a larger performance area. Some of Florida’s best DJs are coming out for the occasion. So get ready to stock up on margaritas and dance the night away.  Entry prices begin at $15 if you book ahead, or $20 at the gate.

For more details, head over to the official website.


Brickell Bar Crawl

If that doesn’t sound like enough revelry, then why not sign up for the 5 de Mayo Brickell Bar Crawl? Now in its third year, hundreds of crawlers will stagger from bar to bar, reaping some of the best drink specials you’ll find anywhere in Miami. For starters, all participants are entitled to not one, not two, but five free drinks! Plus, participating venues all have their own drink specials running throughout the day. Your ticket also gets you some great specials on antojitos and other bar fare. Prices start as low as $15, and you can get all the details here.


Wynwood Bar Crawl

The Brickell Bar Crawl is far from the only game in town. Its closest competitor, the Wynwood Crawl, offers similar specials, and will hit up some of the best bars around Miami. Your drinking itinerary includes SHOTS, Racket, La Poderosa, The Butcher Shop, The Dirty Rabbit and more. Each of those stops comes with a free drink for crawlers, plus unique drink specials at every pit stop. Find out more here.


Cinco de Wynwood

Yes, Wynwood will be hosting its own 5 de Mayo block party; and yes, it’ll be wild. Enjoy a refreshing michelada while tapping to the beat of live mariachi. Hungry? Expect tacos galore, plus sugar shot contests and even a bit of street art. Entry is $12, with early bookings getting a free drink thrown in. So what are you waiting for? Head over here to get more details.


Sombreros on the River

What’s 5 de Mayo without a piñata? This year, The Wharf Miami is putting on its first ever piñata party for 5 de Mayo. It’s set to be the biggest piñata party anywhere in Miami this May, so get ready for a papier-mâché massacre. Food is available, and kids are more than welcome until 5pm. Awesome!

Get all the info here.


Unlimited Tequila at Club Space

Tequila is good. More tequila is better. But is Miami ready for … unlimited tequila? Find out on May 5 at Club Space, which is offering some of the best drinks deals in town this year. Get all the info here.

What to do in South Beach May 2018

May was made for Miami. From 5 de Mayo to SunFest, May is packed full of some of Florida’s best events of the year. Of course, if margaritas and music aren’t your thing, then how about a night at the opera, or a mellow afternoon at Brew in the Zoo? Whatever you’re up for, Miami will deliver in May.

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A Masked Ball

Enjoy a night at the opera this May with ‘A Masked Ball’. Follow Giuseppe Verdi’s classic drama of Sweden’s King Gustav III’s assassination by a close friend and minister. It’s a gripping story of love, betrayal and tragedy. See the classic story presented by the Florida Grand Opera. The opera is presented in the original Italian, with both Spanish and English projected subtitles. Get all the details here.


SunFest Music and Arts Festival

May kicks off with one of Miami’s most colorful music festivals. SunFest runs from May 3-6, with big names including Pitbull, Nick Jonas and Billy Idol. Of course, SunFest and is more than just good music. Check out the arts and craft competition, or compete in the final day race. Entry prices start at $49 for a single day. Find more details at the official website.


5 de Mayo

It wouldn’t be May in Miami if we didn’t mention the biggest celebration of Mexican culture of the year. So dust off your sombrero, and get ready to celebrate Mexico’s historic 1862 victory over France with music, Mexican munchies and margaritas big enough to drown in. Entry prices start at $15 if you book ahead, or $20 at the gate. Get all the details here.


Rolling Loud Festival

If you’re not exhausted yet, then how about one of Miami’s loudest hip-hop festivals? Rolling Loud will bring some of the biggest names in hip-hop to Miami, including Lil’ Wayne, J. Cole, Travis Scott and Future. A total of around 40 artists are set to take the stage over the three day festival. Get more details at the official website.


Brew at the Zoo

The annual Brew at the Zoo is back! Every year, Miami Zoo and the Miami New Times join forces to bring you adorable animals and some serious brewskies. This year, they’ve got over 100 beers on offer, including both local gems and international favorites. Tickets start at $25 if you book ahead, or $40 at the door. Get all the info here.


Taste of Haiti

Worked up an appetite yet? If so, then you might want to treat your taste-buds at Taste of Haiti. Feast on authentic Haitian fare on May 13 at this celebration of Caribbean culture. Some unmissables include Griot and Soupe de Giromond, two classic Haitian dishes prepared by Florida’s very own local chefs. Find out more here.


Justin Timberlake: Man of the Woods

Justin Timberlake’s Man of the Woods tour will hit Miami in full force on May 18. Book ahead to ensure you don’t miss out. Find out more here.


Out in the Tropics

This eclectic mix of performing arts is always full of surprises. Expect artists to tackle themes ranging from politics to sex and sexuality over a month of performances. Sessions start on May 24, and will continue through to June 24. Find out how you can attend here.

What to See and Do in South Beach Miami April 2018

April can well be called the month of sports in Miami! From tennis matches and cattle shows to music festivals and gay pride celebrations, April is brimming with plenty of fun thinks to do. Here is a list of our favorite events which we recommend you attend if you’re here:

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Miami-Dade County Fair & Expo: March 15 – April 8

It’s the largest fair in Florida and includes more than 90 carnival rides, livestock and agricultural competitions, live concerts and more. Tickets start at $12.

Miami Open: March 19 – April 1

The top tennis players in the world compete at the Miami Open presented by Itaú tennis tournament. This is the last year the event will be held at the Crandon Park Tennis Center on Key Biscayne before it moves to Hard Rock Stadium in 2019.

Miami Beach Gay Pride: April 2 – 8

With more than 80,000 participants the Miami Beach Gay Pride Festival is a weekend full of non-stop celebration. Highlights include the High Heel Race, Gay Pride Parade, Miami Pride Cruise and parties in and around the area’s nightclubs. It’s mission is to bring together members and allies of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities hand in hand with Miami’s community.

The Longines Global Champions Tour: April 5 – 7

Talented riders and their horses will showcase their jumping skills right on the sands of South Beach for the The Longines Global Champions Tour. As the second leg of the multi-event championship tour, Miami Beach will provide the perfect backdrop as the world’s top horses and riders compete. Visitors will have free access to seating around the arena on a first-come, first-served basis.

Miami Riverday Festival: April 7

Cruise down the Miami River on free boat rides, enjoy live music performances and learn more about the Lummas Park Historic District at the Miami Riverday Festival from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. on April 7. Event admission is free.

Redland Blues & Barbecue Festival: April 14 – 15

Sing the blues and enjoy traditional slow-cooked barbecue at the Redland Blues & Barbecue Festival at the Fruit & Spice Park in Homestead. Family-friendly activities include pony rides and games for the kids. General admission is $8 per person and children 11 and under are free.

South Beach Triathlon: April 15

Athletes will compete by running, swimming and biking along Miami Beach’s gorgeous shoreline. Life Time Tri is hosting the 2018 South Beach Triathlon with 100 percent of proceeds going directly to featured charity partner, Save the Children.

The Eagles and Jimmy Buffet and the Coral Reefer Band: April 18

Make your way  to Hard Rock Stadium for a concert featuring The Eagles – Don Henley, Joe Walsh & Timothy B. Schmit, with Vince Gill and Deacon Frey, as well as special guests Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band.

Earth Day at Pinecrest Gardens: April 22

Celebrate Earth Day at Pinecrest Gardens. Fun for the whole family, the free event will feature plant vendors, workshops, food demos, crafts for kids, wildlife shoes, lady bug releases and performances by Fantasy Theater.

Miami Downtown Jazz Festival: April 26 – 28

Enjoy live jazz performances at locations throughout Downtown and Bayfront Park during the Miami Downtown Jazz Festival. Almost 30 bands with over 200 local, national and international musicians will perform. Many performances are free and tickets to the Saturday night performance start at $20 per person.

Miami International Jazz Festival: April 26 – 28

Enjoy smooth sounds of live jazz at the Miami International Jazz Festival, presented by The City of Miami and the Miami-Dade Department of Cultural Affairs. Ticket prices vary.

SoFlo Cake & Candy Expo: April 27 – 29

If you have a sweet tooth, then the SoFlo Cake & Candy Expo is for you. Join industry professionals and hobby bakers at this conference at the Miami Airport Convention Center. Tickets start at $24.