MIAMI/SOUTH FLORIDA Miami is many things to many people. To art and design lovers, it’s the only place in the world to be in December, when Miami Art Week, Art Basel, and Design Miami turn the beachfront into a global capital of culture. To watercraft aficionados it’s the headquarters for the world’s largest boat show, and for hip-hop heads it’s all about the tuneful parties of Urban Beach Week.
Then there’s the Miami social scene, which hosts at least one glitzy gala nearly every week from late October all the way through to spring, and the local arts scene, offering up quirkier alternatives to Art Basel with events such as Artopia and Art Deco Weekend. Whatever the pleasure, there are thousands of excellent reasons to be in South Florida every year.
To choose and rank the annual events on this list, we look at several factors, including economic impact, buzz, innovation, and an event's prominence within the communities it intends to serve.