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Art Deco Weekend

Miami Beach's colourful art deco district is the place to be during the longest continuously-running community cultural festival in Miami Beach. Celebrate the fantastic architecture of the 1920s and 1930s with everything from jazz to classic cars, a celebratory procession and over 85 other events. Auctions offer the opportunity to purchase memorabilia and collectable items salvaged from a recent renovation.

Date: 18 January 2019 - 20 January 2019
Venue: Lummus Park
Website: http://www.artdecoweekend.com

Annual Homestead Championship Rodeo

For 70 years 'The Southernmost Rodeo in the United States' has had a proud reputation both locally and beyond, standing as a pillar of the Homestead community. This seven-event rodeo promises many exciting All-American entertainments including horse displays, bucking broncos and skilled cowboys demonstrating their abilities with lassos.

Date: 18 January 2019 - 20 January 2019
Venue: Homestead
Website: https://homesteadrodeo.com/

Coconut Grove Arts Festival

Starting in 1963, with just a handful of artists and a few thousand onlookers, has now turned into South Florida’s most successful arts festival. Today, the event attracts around 120,000 people and showcases the works of 360 internationally recognised artists ranging from painting, photography, digital art, printmaking and drawing to watercolours, claywork and sculptures.

Date: 16 February 2019 - 18 February 2019
Venue: Coconut Grove
Website: http://www.cgaf.com/

Food Network South Beach Wine and Food Festival

This is the largest event of its kind in the country. Hosted by popular television networks Food Network and the Cooking Channel, there are hundreds of events and intimate dinners featuring the talent of the world’s most celebrated chefs as well as the most renowned wine and spirits.

Date: 20 February 2019 - 24 February 2019
Venue: Miami Beach.
Website: http://sobewff.org/
Cost:

Varies.


Miami International Film Festival

This 10-day annual festival features independent American and international films, documentaries, and features showcased in several venues around Miami. The festival is also an opportune time for celebrity-spotting so be sure to bring a pen for autographs.

Date: 01 March 2019 - 10 March 2019
Venue: Various venues.
Website: https://miamifilmfestival.com/
Cost:

Varies.


Calle Ocho Festival/ Carnival Miami

Join the largest, one-day, Cuban-American festival and street party in America and celebrate the pride of Little Havana with the locals. The event sprawls across 20 blocks and is filled with 12 music stages, activities for young people, folkloric sites and food stalls. Calle Ocho has been known to be the place to be for the biggest musicians in the Hispanic market.

Date: 02 March 2019 - 10 March 2019
Venue: Calle Ocho
Website: https://carnavalmiami.com/
Cost:

Free.


Miami Sailing Week

The most anticipated multi-class regatta in Miami features teams from all over the world competing at picaresque Biscayne Bay for the celebrated Bacardi Cup and the BMSW Regatta trophy. The week of sailing-themed activities was established to celebrate participants’ shared love of sailing.

Date: 04 March 2019 - 10 March 2019
Website: http://www.miamisailingweek.com/event/

Fourth of July

The celebration of American pride and independence is a true showstopper in Miami. Take in the colourful displays of fireworks under the cover of the warm Miami night. Rides, a parade, and the best Cuban-American food around also complete this celebration of Independence Day.

Date: 04 July 2019 - 04 July 2019
Venue: Bayfront Park and Key Biscayne.

King Mango Strut Parade

A quarter-century old tradition, this festive parade is bound to be a never-ending series of laughs as it parodies traditional holiday parades and spoofs national figures and current events.

Date: 01 December 2019 - 31 December 2019
(Date to be confirmed)
Website: http://www.kingmangostrut.org

Junior Orange Bowl Festival

The world's largest arts, culture and sports festival for youth but anyone who feels young at heart are welcome to attend.

Date: 02 December 2019 - 02 December 2019
(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: Various venues.
Website: https://www.juniororangebowl.org

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Hotel Shelley

Occupying one of South Beach's charming art deco buildings, the pistachio and cream Hotel Shelley is within striking distance of the beach and close to most major amenities. Rooms are cosy and comfortable, and all are decked out in soothing neutral hues. Popular with younger travellers, it doesn't compromise on style.

Freehand Miami

A bright and cheerful hostel that's a short walk from the Bass Museum, the Freehand Miami is a good choice for those on a budget and who don't mind sharing their sleeping quarters. The brightly coloured rooms sleep up to eight people in bunks and are both mixed and gender-specific if you prefer. The beach is a short walk away.

Whitelaw Hotel

Housed in a quaint art deco building in South Beach, the Whitelaw Hotel has become a favourite of hipster travellers who don't want to spend the earth on accommodation. Conveniently close to all of Miami Beach's major attractions, it boasts clean, spacious rooms and a friendly atmosphere.

Dream South Beach

Once you've seen the Dream South Beach's beautifully decorated rooms, all of which come complete with iPod docks, you'll begin to realise what a bargain this is. Housed inside a beautiful art deco building, the boutique hotel is small but highly stylish. A swimming pool and lounge occupy the roof.

The Tides

As the tallest and most elegant art deco hotel on Ocean Drive, The Tides offers genuine style for the incurably hip, with a minimalist interior that is sophisticated, spacious and sumptuous, decorated in soft tones of white, taupe and sand. The 45 suites all have incredible views of the beach.

The Shore Club

It comes as no surprise that Miami's ultimate urban design hotel is located at South Beach. Stark modernism and the white-on-white décor of the 325 rooms and suites is softened by lush Moroccan-inspired tropical gardens. The Nobu restaurant and the Sky Bar are hugely popular with the city's cool crowd.