5 Must Have Experiences in Miami for February 2020
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February 9, 2020
Miami is a prime destination for outdoor athletics thanks to year round warm weather and an abundance of palm tree-lined parks flanked by the water. While training and endurance events take place year round in sunny Miami, nothing’s quite like the excitement surrounding the Miami Marathon & Half Marathon.
As one of the biggest endurance events of the year, the Life Time Miami Marathon & Half Marathon will take place on February 9, 2020. More than 25,000 people from all 50 states and more than 80 countries around the world will compete in both the 26.2-mile marathon and 13.1-mile half marathon that snakes through the city. With such a gorgeous racecourse, it’s easy to see why the Miami Marathon and Half Marathon has emerged as a top destination race for international runners.
It’s an exciting event not only for the athletes competing, but also for spectators who line the streets in the early hours cheering on friends and family with drums, signs and good wishes. From first-time marathoners looking to test their endurance to seasoned runners trying to beat their personal bests, the Miami Marathon and Half Marathon is filled with athletes with inspiring stories.
“It has grown into one of Miami’s signature events, not just for locals but visitors as well,” said Miami Marathon co-founder Frankie Ruiz. “One of the most appealing things about running this race is that you connect with so many people and the city at the same time. You form a special bond with the city and the people you are running with.”
AMERICANAIRLINES ARENA 601 Biscayne Blvd. Miami, FL 33132
February 13-17, 2020
The Progressive Miami International Boat Show returns to Miami Marine Stadium Park & Basin on the Rickenbacker Causeway in Key Biscayne from February 13-17, 2020. As one of the largest and most influential boat shows worldwide, it draws over 100,000 attendees annually to experience the latest in boating from over 1,000 vendors. Everyone from boaters looking to purchase their next mega yacht to novices enjoying a pleasant day under the sun amidst a marina full of state-of-the-art boats will find something exciting at the Miami International Boat Show.
MIAMI MARINE STADIUM 3501 Rickenbacker Causeway Virginia Key Key Biscayne, FL 33149
February 15-17, 2020
The Coconut Grove Arts Festival returns President’s Day weekend, February 15-17, 2020 for its 56th annual edition. You’ll enjoy the works of 360 international artists selected by a jury from an applicant pool of nearly a thousand people in mediums ranging from painting to photography, mixed media, jewelry, sculpture and many other forms. Artists hail from across the country, around the world and right here in Florida.
The festival also encompasses culinary arts, entertainment and family activities, transforming a mile of Coconut Grove’s Biscayne Bay’s coastline into an arts village. The grounds extend from Peacock Park to Regatta Park and along McFarlane Road, South Bayshore Drive and Pan American Drive.
“Early on Coconut Grove was known as a laidback, artistic bohemian community with lots of galleries. With that many artists, you needed three days to celebrate them,” says Monty Trainer president of the Coconut Grove Arts Festival. Today, Kroma is at the center of today’s gallery scene.
COCONUT GROVE ARTS FESTIVAL Along McFarlane Road and South Bayshore Drive Coconut Grove, FL 33133
Sunday, February 16, 2020
Since its inception in 2014 the Gay8 Festival has grown into one of the premier celebrations along Calle Ocho (SW 8th Street). More than 60,000 revelers are expected to pack Miami’s historic Cuban neighborhood, Little Havana, for the festival, which will take place on Sunday, February 16, 2020.
The Gay8 festival is the brainchild of Miami locals Joe Cardona and Damian Pardo, who were having coffee and wondering how to bring the LGBTQ community and its straight allies together along with the amazing vibrant culture that Little Havana has to offer. They wanted to highlight the sounds, the food, the art, and theatre to show that the LGBTQ community is everywhere in every single neighborhood in Miami. With a massive amount of legwork, the first festival in 2014 was a raging success and has continued to grow each year since. “We originally set out to create an event that brought the different South Florida communities together and the results speak for themselves,” said Pardo. “Gay8 Festival is now the undisputed largest Hispanic LQBTQ event in the U.S. This community is important to me because there is so much work to do. There are so many important community issues like climate, homelessness, addiction, education, immigration, transgender rights, etc. with little attention and/or understanding. These issues affect all of us. To the extent that community interest and resources are lacking, we all pay a heavy price.”
The festival is a platform. It’s meant to be a fun-filled day with the purpose of directly or indirectly connecting diverse communities, spurring intellectual curiosity or just creating a safe space to enjoy your day. There are hundreds of events in South Florida – Gay8 Festival was not started to just be another money-making venture for business. It was very intentionally developed to help us learn about each other and spend time together.
The street festival will shut down Calle Ocho between SW 14 Avenue and SW 17 Avenue along what is also known as the Calle Ocho Walk of Fame, where legends like Julio Iglesias and Miami’s own Gloria Estefan are honored. Salsa music will accompany you, forcing you to move your hips or step aside for the couples who will take to the street to show the world how Miami loves to party. If one of the local musical groups playing on the main stage doesn’t get you moving, check the other stages where some of Miami’s hottest DJs will spin EDM and other club mixes which will surely do the trick!
Hundreds of booths are set up along both sides of the street as the smell of delicious treats tempt from all directions. Learn how to roll a Cuban cigar at one of the live demonstrations put on at Little Havana Cigar Factory or one of the many other cigar shops that keep the Cuban tradition alive.
Festival organizers have partnered with some amazing organizations to really connect Miami’s disparate communities with Little Havana. Miami Dade College’s Tower Theatre will partner with the Outshine Film Festival to present LGBTQ themed movies that will show throughout the day and will be free of charge. The Stonewall National Museum and Archives and The American Museum of the Cuban Diaspora will have exhibits and attendees will have the opportunity to take guided tours of Little Havana and learn more about the part it has played for many of Miami’s immigrant communities throughout the years.
The festival is pet and children friendly, there will be a pet zone where your pooch can meet a few new friends while you shop for art from one of the numerous vendors who will be on hand to showcase their creations. Bring a friend and get there early, as parking options will fill up quickly. Check out public transportation options or carpool- the more the merrier!
GAY8 FESTIVAL Calle Ocho (Miami's SW 8th Street) from 14th to 17th avenues Miami, FL 33135
February 19-23, 2020
Take several dozen celebrity chefs and culinary personalities—from Rachael Ray to Geoffrey Zakarian and Guy Fieri, as well as country music star Trisha Yearwood and hip-hop pioneer Rev Run. Add twice the amount of impressive wine, craft beer and artisanal cocktails. Toss to mix thoroughly and garnish with farm-to-table style dining events and demonstrations. Serve to thousands of guests annually on the last weekend of February. What you’ve got is the 19th Annual Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival (SOBEWFF®) presented by Capital One, which descends on the sands of South Beach February 19-23, 2020. Concocted by Lee Brian Schrager, festival founder and director, SOBEWFF® is one of Miami’s most-anticipated annual events and a favorite amongst the highly-regarded chefs in attendance.
South Beach, Miami 1000 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, Florida 33139
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