This February, Miami will come alive with art festivals, food fairs and two of Florida’s largest annual marine technology shows.
Miami International Map Fair
Get lost over February 2-3 at HistoryMiami’s annual Miami International Map Fair. This two day event will feature rare and historic maps, globes and more leather-bound books than you could point a sextant at. In total, nearly 40 of the world’s most prolific cartographic dealers will be showing off their wares. Tickets start at $15 for day entry, and more information can be found at the official website.
GroundUP Music Festival
The third iteration of GroundUP is looking like it’s shaping up to be even bigger than previous years. This year, the headline act is Snarky Puppy, who will be performing their newest album. The main event will take place at the North Beach Bandshell, though additional, related events will be held at venues across town throughout the three day festival. Find out more information at the official website. As for ticket prices, they don’t come cheap. Expect to pay $85 for one day admission, or $225 for the three day event. GroundUP kicks off on February 8, and continues through to the 10th.
One of Miami’s most prestigious art festivals is returning for its eighth year. This year’s iteration of Art Wynwood will feature works from over 70 galleries from around the world. Tickets start at $15, and more details can be found here.
Miami International Boat Show
Boat-lovers should chart a course to the annual Progressive Insurance’s Miami International Boat Show will take place at Miami Marine Stadium Park & Basin from February 14-18. More than 170 big names in marine supplies will bring out their products for the show. Products for both powerboat and sailing will be available. Meanwhile, seasoned sailors and green landlubbers alike can take advantage of the myriad of seminars on marine education that will be held throughout the show. These seminars will cover a range of topics, from the basics of beginner boating to advanced classes from some of the world’s leading experts. Tickets start at $25 for day visits and $45 for two day passes. The event is fully family friendly, and kids will enjoy the free water taxis.
Miami Yacht Show
Running at the same time as the Miami International Boat Show, it might be easy to overlook the Miami Yacht Show. Focused on the finer things in sea life, the Miami Yacht Show will feature the latest luxurious yachts to gawk at. Entry will set you back $25 for a day visit, while VIP tickets cost $150. Find out more here.
Last year, over 60,000 people packed into Little Havana’s Calle Ocho for a day of partying, live entertainment and music during the 2018 Gay8 Festival. Now in 2019, Gay8 is back, bigger and prouder than ever. This one day event will feature street performances, local music talent and more. Best of all, entry is free. Find out more here.
The Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival (SOBEWFF) will overwhelm your taste-buds with joy from February 20-24. Sample some of Florida’s best cuisine while picking up a few culinary tips during this five day extravaganza of wine and food. The event will also feature celebrity chef appearances. Find out more here.