A city known for partying, Miami hosts several events. In late February there is South Beach Wine Food Festival in various locations throughout the south beach. This event raises money for Florida International University’s hospitality program by having celebrity cooks and chefs descend upon South Beach to do cooking demonstrations and throw parties.
There is a winter music conference at southern beach in mid march. It attracts electronic musicians and DJs as well as fans of various electronic music genres for the love of music.
The biggest event of them all is the Carnaval Miami, a nine-day festival at the beginning of March, which includes a Miss Carnaval contest, Carnaval Night concerts at the Orange Bowl, an inline skating contest, jazz concerts, a Latin drag show, and a Calle Ocho cooking contest. The Calle Ocho Festival is the end of Carnaval Miami and a great time to be in Little Havana, since there are lots of concerts, giveaways and Cuban food.
There is The International Hispanic Theater Festival from late May to mid-June, which is one of the largest Hispanic theatre events in the US, featuring US, Latin American, Caribbean and European theatre companies at the El Carrusel Theater in Coral Gables. Held at Bayfront Park in early august, the Annual Miami Reggae Festival is a huge celebration of the music.
On July 4th the Miami skyline is illuminated by fireworks on the “birth date” of the United States, Independence Day. While Key Biscayne has great views of the fireworks show, Bayfront Park has live music as well as a laser show.
During the second week of November, for book lovers there is Miami Book Fair. With hundreds of nationally known writers joining similar numbers of publishers and hundreds of thousands of visitors, it is among the most well attended in the US.