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South Beach/ Miami Events in March 2017

If you think Miami gets quiet around this time of year, then think again. Right now, the weather is fantastic, and things are just starting to get fun around Miami and South Beach. Here’s our top picks for the best Miami and South Beach events for March, 2017!

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Carnaval Miami

Kicking off in late February and running until March 26, Carnaval Miami is an annual celebration of Latin culture with a family friendly vibe. Organized by Little Havana’s Kiwanis Club, Carnaval includes dozens of events, though there’s two that particularly stand out. On the first weekend of March, Carnaval On The Mile sees a colorful street festival take over Miracle Mile in downtown Coral Gables. However, this is just a warm up for the Calle Ocho Festival, which takes place on March 13, and runs on 8th Street from 8th Avenue. It’s the biggest annual street festival anywhere in Miami, and arguably the best! More information can be found at carnavalmiami.com.

 

Flamenco Festival Miami

If you can’t get enough of Miami’s Latin culture, then check out this gathering of world class flamenco performers at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in Downtown Miami, from March 2 to 7. Find out more here.

 

Winter Party Festival

Also running from March 2-7, this massive party on Miami Beach celebrates the LGBTI community. More details including ticket prices are available at www.winterparty.com.

 

Miami International Film Festival

Now in its 34th year, the Miami International Film Festival brings together some of the best of world cinema. Given the caliber, the prices are great, and the package deals are a bargain. The festival runs from March 3 to the 12th. More details are available at www.miamifilmfestival.com.

 

Creole Carnival

Loved Calle Ocho? Well when it comes to music, Miami’s Caribbean community gives Carnaval Miami one serious run for its money. Creole Carnival takes place on March 12 at the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center. There’s performers from across the Caribbean. More details are available here.

 

St. Patrick’s Day

What would March in Miami be without St. Pat’s? Most of Miami’s best bars and clubs offer some great, varied events on March 17. For some serious drinking, check out the annual Leprecrawl.

 

Jazz in the Gardens Music Festival

On March 18-19, the Hard Rock Stadium lives up to its name with this festival of R&B, soul, hip hop and jazz. Find out more at www.jazzinthegardens.com.

Ultra Music Festival

From March 18-20, let your hair down with the Ultra Music Festival, which features some of the world’s biggest names in EDM. Find out more at ultramusicfestival.com.

 

Deering Seafood Festival

Hungry? The Deering Seafood Festival showcases some of the best Miami cuisine, including cooking demos and more. Come hungry, leave stuffed to the brim. Find out more here.

 

Miami Open

Beginning on March 20 and running through to early April, the Miami Open brings the world’s best tennis players to Miami. More information can be found at miamiopen.com.

 

Miami-Dade County Fair

Referred to locals simply as “The Fair”, the Miami-Dade County Fair is a great day out for the whole family. For the kids (and kids at heart), don’t pass up the $25 unlimited rides pass. The fair starts on March 23, and continues into mid April. More details can be found here.

Romantic Things to Do on St Valentines in South Beach

Saint Valentine’s Day is upon us, but do you have anything planned for your sweetheart? If not, don’t stress – we’ve got you covered! This year, there’s plenty happening around South Beach, and we’re spoilt for choice for romantic outings, including options for singles.

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 The Fairy’s Kiss

Want a fix of high culture on Valentine’s Day? It’s hard to beat a night at the ballet, especially when the world premiere of arguably the world’s best choreographer is on offer. Alexei Ratmansky’s The Fairy’s Kiss, along with numerous other performances are available throughout the Valentine’s Day week. Times and prices available here.

 

Remède Spa

Treat your loved one to a spa experience like no other this year. Remède Spa is offering specials for individuals and couples, including champagne, pedicures, massages and aromatherapy. Check out their deals here.

Dolphin Encounters

Swimming with dolphins is a once in a lifetime experience, and an unbeatable Valentine’s Day gift. The Miami Seaquarium is offering Valentine’s Day specials for couples looking to get up close and personal with these amazing animals. More information can be found at their website.

 

Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus

If you’d rather spend some quality time with your lover and some comedy, check out the Off-Broadway theatre hilarity of Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus. Showings are nightly from Thursday through to Sunday. More details available here.

Singles Appreciation Night

Don’t have a Valentine? It’s cool, just head over to The Wynwood Yard for a night of music, art and their special $5 “Heartbreak Hotel” punch. More details at their Facebook page.

 

Broken Hearts Club

Another option aimed squarely at singles, the Faena Hotel is offering cocktail specials and live DJs to liven up the nights of the broken hearted. Turns out, being single on Valentine’s Day isn’t so bad after all! More information here.

 

Blue Matisse Dinner for Two

This Valentine’s Day week, the Blue Matisse is putting on a five course dinner for two. Some of the highlights of this feast include a seafood platter, prime ribs and a glass of Cava Rose. Both individual and couple menus available. More details at their website.

 

Blue Starlite Drive-In

What could be more romantic than a night at the drive-in? This year, the Blue Starlite Drive-In is hosting a Valentine’s Day special. The night starts at 7 pm with a screening of Grease, followed by Casablanca at 9.45. The show starts with a screening of A Charlie Brown Valentine. Entry is $35 per vehicle, or $8 per person for lawn seating.

 

Seaplane Flights

What could be more romantic than a private seaplane flight with stunning views, followed by a sumptuous meal and champagne? Both morning and afternoon departures are available. More information here.

 

Stupid Cupid Pub Crawl

Why be soppy when you could be getting smashed? The annual Stupid Cupid Pub Crawl has deals for both individuals and couples, and promises to be a great party. More information available here

Ten Things to Do In Little Havana Miami

Tucked away from the bustle of South Beach and gentrification of other Miami neoghborhoods, Little Havana has become a vibrant home for the city’s thriving Latino community. Cubans began migrating to this neighborhood in the 1950s and was officially named Little Havana a decade later. Now, Miami has a majority Latino community and the Spanish language has become the predominant language in some parts of the city. There is a lot of activity and culture to be a part of in this neighborhood, including these ten ideas.

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  • The Cuban Quarter: The area begins on Calle Ocho between 17th and 13th. At this center, you will find attractions, such as massive vibrantly painted roosters, various art galleries, and the neighborhood’s Walk of Fame that celebrates famous Cubans like Celia Cruz and Gloria Estefan.
  • Culinary Tours: The Cuban food in Little Havana is out of this world. There are now even organized tours of different venues from fruit stalls to cafes to ice cream vendors. One popular, authentic spot is called El Pub. It serves amazing dishes like bacalao (codfish), a Cuban chorizo hamburger, chilindrón de cordero (lamb stew), and plantain chips.
  • Versailles Cuban Bakery: Start your Little Havana adventure out with delicious scrambled eggs and croquettes. The main attraction is at La Ventanita, the takeaway window where locals like to order their daily café cubano, cortadito con leche evaporada, morning empanadas guava pastries, and sugar cane juice with a little lime.
  • Azucar Ice Cream Company: If your sweet tooth still hasn’t dissolved yet, stop by and order a mantecado, which is a beloved Cuban flavor of vanilla, nutmeg, and cinnamon.
  • Máximo Gómez Park: On a typical afternoon, you will find older men and women come neatly dressed and sprayed with fine perfume to play a competitive game of dominoes in this park. Join in on the banter, while the regulars play their beloved game.
  • Cuba Tobacco Cigar Company: Of course, how can visitors forget about the famous Cuban cigar? Calle Ocho has numerous cigar shops, but one strong recommendation is the Cuba Tobacco Cigar Company that has belonged to the Bello family for five generations.
  • Augstín Gaínza Art Gallery: Take the opportunity to visit the studio of Augustín Gaínza, one of Cuba’s most famous and influential artists. Maybe, visitors may even spot him painting and be able to chat with him.
  • Bay of Pigs Museum: This museum hold a a collection of objects and artifacts surrounding the failed Bay of Pigs invasion of 1961, when a small group of Cuban exiles in Miami were trained by the CIA as part of a covert operation to invade the island and restore US interests.
  • Music and Dancing: You’ll hear music blasting everywhere as you wander through Little Havana. Whether you hear it spilling from cafes or out of car windows, you will be sure to have an earful of son cubano sounds, and maybe even see people dancing to salsa or the merengue. One place to check out is Lily’s Records, as it has the best of Latin music and truly passionate staff.
  • Nightlife: Hoy Como Ayer pours with Cuban spirit until the wee hours of the morning. Dance the night away with locals of Little Havana at this club.

Get to know the sight, sounds, and tastes of Miami’s largest population with a visit to Little Havana, and fall in love with Cuban culture.