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Mark Your Calendars with the Best Festivals in South Florida
May 14, 2018
Text your friends and mark your calendars! We’ve hand-picked the best festivals in South Florida. Don’t forget to book a ride with Brightline to make sure your festival experience is smooth and stress-free.
South Florida foodies, rejoice! There are incredible restaurants to visit year-round—like these great spots in Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach’s hidden dining gems. The South Florida food festival takes this dining experience to another level.
For five days each February, the South Beach Wine & Food Festival (SOBEWFF) takes Miami by storm. It’s sponsored by the Food Network and the Cooking Channel, so look out for your favorite celebrity chefs. Wander the Grand Tasting Village to sample bites from South Florida’s best restaurants or buy a ticket to a special event.
The Las Olas Wine & Food Festival has been serving up good eats for the past two decades. Not only does this one-day event in April include food and drinks from dozens of South Florida’s best restaurants, wineries and breweries, but it also benefits the American Lung Association.
Every December, the Palm Beach Food & Wine Fest brings Food Network stars and legendary chefs—and their legendary food—to the Palm Beaches. This four-day fest has been drawing crowds for 12 years.
Pack your flower crowns and denim cut-offs. Get ready for the best of South Florida’s music festivals.
Ultra Music Festival is one of the biggest festivals in the country. This three-day electronic festival features DJs and live performances by the trendiest EDM acts every March. Bring your energy (and your neon clothes!) to Miami’s major music festival.
If country music is more your thing, check out Tortuga Music Festival. Tortuga takes place on Fort Lauderdale Beach Park in April and hosts country and rock musicians. Plus, proceeds help benefit the Rock The Ocean Foundation, a marine conservation organization.
West Palm Beach’s SunFest offers something for everyone. This four-day festival includes an impressive musical lineup, a 5K, a Battle of the Bands and an Art District fest that highlights local artists.
Other must-visit festivals
Once you’ve penciled in your food and music festivals, don’t forget to explore these other unique South Florida festivals.
Every December, Art Basel takes over Miami. Over 70,000 visitors from all over the world flock to Miami to check out galleries, public installations, film screenings and more. Whether you’re an art buff or you just love to people watch, Art Basel is the place to be.
In Fort Lauderdale, the Las Olas Art Fair brings the art community to the street multiple times a year. This art festival sets up shop on Fort Lauderdale’s bustling Las Olas Boulevard with booths highlighting local painters, photographers, sculptors and more. Plus, it’s free admission! You can take a stroll down Las Olas—and maybe take home a one-of-a-kind piece.
The Palm Beach International Boat Show is one of the top boat shows in the U.S. for a reason. With fishing boats, superyachts, live music and even kids’ fishing clinics, the show is the destination for boat aficionados and amateurs alike.
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