What to do in South Beach May 2018

May was made for Miami. From 5 de Mayo to SunFest, May is packed full of some of Florida’s best events of the year. Of course, if margaritas and music aren’t your thing, then how about a night at the opera, or a mellow afternoon at Brew in the Zoo? Whatever you’re up for, Miami will deliver in May.

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A Masked Ball

Enjoy a night at the opera this May with ‘A Masked Ball’. Follow Giuseppe Verdi’s classic drama of Sweden’s King Gustav III’s assassination by a close friend and minister. It’s a gripping story of love, betrayal and tragedy. See the classic story presented by the Florida Grand Opera. The opera is presented in the original Italian, with both Spanish and English projected subtitles. Get all the details here.


SunFest Music and Arts Festival

May kicks off with one of Miami’s most colorful music festivals. SunFest runs from May 3-6, with big names including Pitbull, Nick Jonas and Billy Idol. Of course, SunFest and is more than just good music. Check out the arts and craft competition, or compete in the final day race. Entry prices start at $49 for a single day. Find more details at the official website.


5 de Mayo

It wouldn’t be May in Miami if we didn’t mention the biggest celebration of Mexican culture of the year. So dust off your sombrero, and get ready to celebrate Mexico’s historic 1862 victory over France with music, Mexican munchies and margaritas big enough to drown in. Entry prices start at $15 if you book ahead, or $20 at the gate. Get all the details here.


Rolling Loud Festival

If you’re not exhausted yet, then how about one of Miami’s loudest hip-hop festivals? Rolling Loud will bring some of the biggest names in hip-hop to Miami, including Lil’ Wayne, J. Cole, Travis Scott and Future. A total of around 40 artists are set to take the stage over the three day festival. Get more details at the official website.


Brew at the Zoo

The annual Brew at the Zoo is back! Every year, Miami Zoo and the Miami New Times join forces to bring you adorable animals and some serious brewskies. This year, they’ve got over 100 beers on offer, including both local gems and international favorites. Tickets start at $25 if you book ahead, or $40 at the door. Get all the info here.


Taste of Haiti

Worked up an appetite yet? If so, then you might want to treat your taste-buds at Taste of Haiti. Feast on authentic Haitian fare on May 13 at this celebration of Caribbean culture. Some unmissables include Griot and Soupe de Giromond, two classic Haitian dishes prepared by Florida’s very own local chefs. Find out more here.


Justin Timberlake: Man of the Woods

Justin Timberlake’s Man of the Woods tour will hit Miami in full force on May 18. Book ahead to ensure you don’t miss out. Find out more here.


Out in the Tropics

This eclectic mix of performing arts is always full of surprises. Expect artists to tackle themes ranging from politics to sex and sexuality over a month of performances. Sessions start on May 24, and will continue through to June 24. Find out how you can attend here.