Join the fun at Miami’s 2022 festivals and events

By Dwight Brown, NNPA News Wire Travel Writer

There are 1001 reasons to travel to Miami. Put festivals and events at the top of your list and you can also play under the sun, moon and stars. Come for a festival, stay for the eclectic restaurants, exciting tours, fun sports and amazing museums.

So buy your event tickets, pack your bags, book your hotels, and catch up.

There are 1001 reasons to travel to Miami. Put festivals and events at the top of your list and you can also play under the sun, moon and stars. Come for a festival, stay for the eclectic restaurants, exciting tours, fun sports and amazing museums.

So buy your event tickets, pack your bags, book your hotels, and catch up.


Miami Boat Show (photo by Dwight Brown)

February 16-20 — The Miami International Boat Show is the largest and most luxurious boat show in the world. And this year, the show has partnered with the Miami Yacht Show so you can experience a spectacle of boating, from the most adventurous kayaks to opulent, gigantic yachts. Overland, head to the Miami Beach Convention Center and Pride Park and wander around and admire. By sea, boats can be seen at Sea Isle Marina, One Herald Plaza, Museum Park Marina, and IGY Yacht Haven Grande at Island Gardens. Expect parties, rock concerts and a good time in a very nautical way.

Also in February: Run in the Lifetime Miami Marathon and Half Marathon (February 6) or taste the best food at the Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival (February 24-27).


JAZZ IN THE GARDENS MUSIC FESTIVAL 2019. “The fastest growing jazz and R&B festival in the United States” Miami Gardens, FL. (AJ Shorter Photography
Mary J. Blige

March 12 – 13 — 15and The annual Jazz in the Gardens music festival will be live this year and the impressive list includes Mary J. Blige, Rick Ross, HER, The Isley Brothers and The Roots with T-Pain. The City of Miami Gardens’ flagship event is proudly hosted by Mayor Rodney Harris: “We look forward to celebrating with our residents and people around the world.” The stellar lineup of legendary jazz and R&B artists and that mellow jazz festival vibe draws thousands in and puts everyone in a good mood. COVID safety protocols will be in effect and luckily the outdoor venue at Hard Rock Stadium is spacious and ventilated so people can breathe easy as the music drags on into the night.

Also in March: Screen the best international films at the Miami Film Festival (March 4-13). Former top 10 tennis player James Blake is the tournament director of the Miami Open (March 21 – April 3), which attracts tennis icons like Naomi Osaka, Frances Tiafoe, Coco Gauff and Gael Monfils.


American Black Film Festival

June 15 – 19 – Good news! The Black American Film Festival is back! After two years as a virtual event, the festival will once again be live in Miami Beach! The ABFF brings together black culture enthusiasts, artists, executives and filmmakers from around the world for five days of screenings, panels, exclusive parties and high-level networking. The annual event attracts key Hollywood players like Halle Berry, Denzel Washington, Malcolm D. Lee, Ryan Coogler, Issa Rae, Tracee Ellis Ross and more. About the all-female panels, ABFF comedy wings, and opening and closing galas are all part of the excitement. Join the festivities in person in Miami Beach from June 15-19, then take part in virtual events on ABFF Play from June 20-30. Film noir matters!

November December

The Art of Black Miami

Nov/Dec – The increasingly popular Art of Black Miami is a brilliant week-long art exhibition (late November early December) that highlights the work of black artists and people of color from across the city. Sponsored by the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau, this window on the creations of black artists is a gem in the world of black art with works from emerging painters to seasoned sculptors. Over the past few years, talks and exhibits by geniuses like Harlem interdisciplinary artist Sanford Biggers have dazzled attendees. ABM is more than just a two-week event, it’s a cultural movement that offers virtual sessions, podcasts, fairs and contests throughout the year. The nurturing spirit of black art shines and it is visible here.

Also in Nov./Dec.: The Miami Book Fair (date to be determined) is attended by hundreds of renowned authors. The annual Taste of SLS food/cocktail tasting event (Date TBA) at the lux SLS South Beach Hotel is packed with the coolest partiers grazing on steak, seafood, Japanese cuisine and craft cocktails as they rock to the music of DJ and producer Mark Ronson. Art Basel Miami Beach (December 1-3) attracts international art lovers to its fine arts fair.

Cool places to stay

Miami Hotels

The Balfour Hotel Miami Beach, led by the very gregarious African-American GM James Moore, has a mission: “Our vision for The Balfour Hotel is to create an oasis of relaxation and a hidden gem amongst the buzzing energy synonymous with Miami Beach. Moore has achieved this goal, as his boutique hotel in the quiet South Fifth Street neighborhood has the warmth and privacy of a bed and breakfast and the space and amenities of a mid-size hotel. The beach is only a block away and this part of the Miami coastline is much quieter and ideal for those who prefer a quiet atmosphere while soaking up the sun. Get served Chef Steven Acosta’s Chicharron on the outdoor veranda of Latin-inspired restaurant Mehzcla and you’ll be happy.

Kimpton Angler’s South Beach is within walking distance of all that South Beach has to offer. It’s only two blocks from the beach, but you may never make it to shore once you’ve sunbathed and swum on their rooftop terrace. From the balcony of your room you can people watch until the early hours. Studios, suites, lofts, villas, spa villas and their exclusive three-story poolside bungalows are there to choose from. In-room spa treatments can include the Butterfly Agave couple’s romantic massage. People gather for evening wine hour in the lobby from 5-6 p.m., often after touring the neighborhood on one of the hotel’s free bikes. If you stay here during the Afro Disco Retreat, their lobby Minnow Bar, with its moody interiors and street-side patio, rocks.

The Hilton Miami Airport Blue Lagoon faces Miami International Airport and if there ever was a destination airport hotel, this is it. Located on a lagoon, it features a 3000 square foot swimming pool, tennis courts, gym, restaurant and the extensive Herb N’ Kitchen grocery store. It is also close to the Dolphin Highway, which provides quick driving access to South Beach, downtown, and Hard Rock Stadium. African/Canadian/Bahamian General Manager Michael F Hooper greets guests as if opening his home. Fans heading to Tom Joyner’s and other specialty cruises often stay here. This is where, in awe, you can watch planes take off and land in all their glory and take in views of the Miami skyline.

Restaurants with style, fine dining and people-watching

Miami Restaurants (Photos by Dwight Brown)
  • Dinner at the Angler’s Hotel’s very intimate Seawell Fish N’ Oyster seafood restaurant should include Swordfish Tiradito, the very crispy Pork Belly & Oysters and the succulent Wagyu Pichana Steak. In the morning, as part of the restaurant’s new seven-day brunch menu, Sunrise Breakfast is fresh as the day with eggs, apple chicken sausage and rosemary garlic potatoes.
  • The must-see Asian/Mediterranean Sunday brunch at Mila Restaurant attracts a very cosmopolitan crowd who choose their champagne and then feast on countless tapas-style delicacies: from tataki branzino to yellowtail kosho sushi, eggs benedict to robata lamb kofte. A DJ spins the music and everyone eats to the beat.
  • Dip into French Toast Carrot Cake topped with candied carrots Cafe Americano Collins Ave. and you’ll eventually find your way to a center filled with Raisin Pecan Cream Cheese Filling. Watch the parade of beachgoers, tourists, and nightclubs pass by on Collins Ave. while you eat, and you will also be entertained. Brunch is served all day.
  • The show is set to continue at the Villa Azur Restaurant and Lounge, and sometimes that means a scantily clad and very handsome fire dancer strolls around you while you dine on Seared Octopus, Chateaubriand Au Poivre and Baked Tres Leches. Tasty French cuisine in a sophisticated party atmosphere.

The Kimpton Surfcomber Miami Beach Social Club’s barrel-to-glass wine collection gives you something to sip on while you contemplate dinner. Sea Shells appetizer includes 3 New Bedford Massachusetts scallops. Then move on to the tender braised Short Rib and finish the night with ricotta fritters + shortbread cookies + churros.

Exciting things to do

Things to do (Photos by Dwight Brown)
  • Cross Biscayne Bay and the Atlantic Ocean with panoramic views of Downtown, South Beach, and PortMiami aboard a speedboat with Thriller Miami Speedboat Adventures.

For a complete list of annual and new events, see the Miami Beaches calendar To check the COVID protocols for each event, click on the event websites.

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