April is one of the best months of the year in Miami. This month has some amazing events if you love art, fashion, music, sports, food or all the above. While the rest of the country is busy defrosting from a brutal winter, Miami will be enjoying sunny days in the 70's all April. Now is the time to enjoy all the events you can while the odds of getting caught in a rainstorm are really low and every day will be filled with sunny days and amazing events to attend. These are the best things to do in Miami this April.
SPRUNG! SPRING BEER FESTIVAL
Sprung! has always been the rebellious, little sister to Grovetoberfest, bringing a more free-spirited approach to some serious beer tasting of over 300 craft beers. Besides the new location, Sprung! has made the date more in line with the Spring and Summer seasonal beers. Beer enthusiasts will also be treated to a selection not available in South Florida, and in keeping with tradition, the homebrew section will showcase brews created by locals who are passionate about their beer. Aficionados know to keep an eye on homebrew participants, because more often than not, they end up opening a brewery of their own.
MIAMI RIVERDAY FESTIVAL
The Miami Riverday Festival, a daylong event dedicated to the history and culture of the city’s winding waterway. The festival will feature free river tours via boat, live music, paddleboard and kayak races, historic reenactments, environmental education, kids’ activities, food, drinks, and other diversions. Admission is free.
GRILLIN N' CHILLIN MIAMI BBQ FESTIVAL
Barbecue season kicks off with a family friendly festival in the heart of Wynwood that will tempt your taste buds with all kinds of wonderful BBQ. Whether you’re craving churrasco, Memphis, Texas or Kansas City barbecue Grillin N’ Chillin will have it all.
With live music being played on stage, kids will have a blast in the Family Fun Zone, and the adults can enjoy drinks in The Pit, a pop- up sports bar. Get smoked in the Kitchen Lab by the best in the biz, who will share tips and tricks for the BBQ master in all of us.
The Kitchen Lab will offer four cooking demonstrations throughout the day, featuring some of the most popular South Florida chefs and restaurants. Not only will they be available for a Q&A session after the workshop, but lucky members of the audience will get to taste their wonderful creations. Seating is limited, so get to the demos early.
SOUTH BEACH TRIATHLON
The 2016 South Beach Triathlon, produced and presented by Life Time and part of the 11-race Life Time Tri Series, is returning on Sunday, April 3 with the gorgeous backdrop of the Atlantic Ocean and Miami Beach’s Art Deco district. The race serves as a fundraiser for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, which is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. The South Beach Triathlon has raised more than $1.5 million for the kids of St. Jude.
STUDIOcrawl, held every first Wednesday of the month, invites visitors to wander throughout the building, exchange with artists in their studios and view current exhibitions. This event is free and open to the public.
MIAMI BEACH FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS
The Miami Beach Festival of the Arts has evolved from a local street show to one of the most prestigious cultural arts festivals on the East Coast. This signature community event for residents and visitors of the City of Miami Beach showcases the artwork of 150 artists from across the nation.
This nationally recognized event brings over 40,000 visitors to Ocean Terrace to browse amongst the fine art on exhibit while enjoying the cultural and performing arts. Ocean Terrace is positioned between the open sea, the commercial district, and the Community Center. This magnificent site offers an open-air band shell, Activity Center, and Beach Bowl with on-going music, dance, theater, arts & crafts, storytelling, and international cuisine throughout the event for children of all ages.
SPRING GARDEN FESTIVAL
What's growin' on this spring? Join the Fairchild Botanic Garden as they celebrate the season with local foods and the gorgeous gardens they grow in. Learn tips to keep your garden thriving during the summer months, pick up a trick from local chefs at a cooking demonstration, shop artisan vendors or pick up delicious foods from local vendors. And, take home a spectacular plant from their Annual Spring Plant Sale.
BRICKELL FASHION MARKET SPRING FASHION BASH
Brickell Fashion Market: A Trendsetter's Bazaar, a one-day, high energy pop-up Fashion market devoted to bringing a unique local shopping experience to Brickell Area. A trendy trade show connecting emerging fashion designers and creative businesses with new markets. It will feature creations from fashion and accessories designers, artists and beauty product sellers.
DEERING ESTATE FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS
The Deering Estate presents the 2016 Festival of the Arts “Intersections” Exhibition. Within the unique invitational format of this year’s event, artists in the South Florida Community and beyond create site-specific works and performances. Events include a special performance by National Water Dance, an indoor and outdoor exhibit, a Curator’s and Artists’ Tour, a Literary Lounge, and interactive activities for all ages.
THE JOYFUL JOURNEY BABY & FAMILY EXPO
This special baby and family expo explores the all-encompassing world of babies, their moms, and their affiliated baby or family interests. It’s a great baby and family expo experience. An exciting, interactive, fun-filled exploration and showcase of the world of baby, children and family oriented places, products, services, goods, businesses, and organizations – all under one roof with free admission for attendees.
THE YOGA EXPO FORT LAUDERDALE
The Yoga Expo is an all-day yoga event featuring local teachers and studios. Studios showcase their unique styles of mind & body practice. Connect with local teachers, bring a friend (or make one), explore yoga studios in your area, and taste local and sustainable food & beverages. The Yoga Expo strives to inform and empower Miami to make lifestyle choices that are healthy for the mind and body. The Yoga Expo showcases local teachers and environmentally-conscious brands, uplifting our body, mind, and soul.
ALBERT CASTIGLIA BAND, LIVE AT THE BILTMORE. A BEER, BOURBON, BURGERS AND BLUES EVENT
Legendary Blues artist Albert Castiglia is taking a break from his world tour to bring down the house at their annual Beer, Bourbon Burgers, and Blues event. Must be 21 and older to attend, $30 for members, $40 for guests.
WYNWOOD LIFE: ART, MUSIC, FOOD, AND FASHION
Wynwood Life is back and packed with everything that Miami loves. Check out all the great features of the festival like the Back Alley where top street artists are painting live daily. Listen to any one of 20 bands at their Live Music Stage. Or visit the Art House a pop-up gallery curated by Wynwood’s Finest. The Style Lounge & Runway is where all the fashionistas will hang. And if you fancy the culinary arts, the Wynwood Culinary Showcase is the place to be. You and your crew can peruse over 150 arts & crafts vendors or eat at one of South Florida’s top food trucks.
MIAMI BEACH POLO
All Miami Beach Polo World Cup polo matches are held directly on the beach— making the South Florida polo tournament the world's largest and most prestigious beach Polo Tournament. The beachside competition is between 20th and 22nd Streets, near The Setai, a South Beach luxury hotel located in the Art Deco district of Miami Beach. More than 10,000 people attend the event over four days each year.
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SUNFEST MUSIC AND ARTS FESTIVAL
5 days, 3 stages and 50 bands. SunFest is Florida’s largest waterfront music and art festival held annually in downtown West Palm Beach. The Juried Fine Art & Craft show features the work of more than 150 national artists. Their works include jewelry, painting, pottery & ceramics, photography, sculpture, wood, arts and crafts, and more. Wander the art show between music sets and shop the galleries.
ARMAGEDDON EXTREME MUD RUN
Armageddon Ambush events are strenuous 5k mud and color ambush obstacle courses designed to challenge your all around power and endurance through mental and physical tests. Imagine a rugged park terrain with hefty obstacles that are tailored to end of the world disasters and challenges. Not to mention the color ambushes all throughout the course. Those with a sense of adventure will define themselves and then rock out at the after party with great bands, live DJ's, other activities and plenty of beer!
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