May Events to Welcome Summer in Miami

May Events to Welcome Summer in Miami

May 01, 2018 May 01, 2018

Summer’s come a-knocking and it’s time to get up and about in Miami. This month’s lineup includes crazy concerts, museum hopping, Mother’s Day specials, Memorial Day weekend ideas and some wild parties. So what are you waiting for? Let’s get the party started!

Miami Museum Month: May 1-31

Various locations across Miami

It’s the perfect excuse to go museum hopping all month long and give those gray cells a shuffle. Couples can find a higher sense of appreciation at the likes of Rubell Family Collection, The Bass, Lowe Art Museum, Perez Art Museum and more. Take along your little ones for an early start with exhibits at the Philip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science, HistoryMiami, Gold Coast Railroad Museum and more. There’s also special events and exhibits for a more wholesome experience.

Frost Museum
Photograph: courtesy of Frost Art Museum

Mother's Day: May 13

Various locations across Miami

If you’re in Miami, there’s simply no excuse for messing up on Mother’s Day. There’s something to do for every taste and budget. Get an early start with a Painting and Wine special on Saturday. Let mom forget everything and unwind on D-day with Endless Mimosas. Get her to skip town with a Champagne Bay Cruise, or a more extravagant brunch on a South Beach Yacht Cruise. Have a relaxing brunch in the lap of nature, or make a reservation for some luxurious wine and dine. For more specials and dedicated events around town, click here.

Cinco de Mayo: May 5

609 Brickell Avenue, Brickell

Kick-start summer on a festive note with the largest Cinco de Mayo celebrations in South Florida. Tip your sombreros to salute Mexico’s independence as you wild out to tunes from Miami’s top DJs. A live mariachi band, party favors, eight foot piñata, and Grande Margaritas make sure there’s never a dull moment.

All Kids Included Family Arts Festival: May 5

South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center

This backyard party celebrates children with and without disabilities. With this year’s theme based on ‘We’re All Wonders’, kids will get to take home a free copy of the official book. The 12th edition of this annual festival will have live shows, artistic fun, contests, face painting, meet and greet plus performances by America’s Got Talent’s Mandy Harvey and more for a kid-friendly weekend.

Rolling Loud Festival: May 11-13

Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens

Grown-ups can have their fun too this May, with a weekend dedicated to rap and hip-hop. An enviable rap lineup makes this is one of the largest hip-hop festivals in the world. Rock out to over 100 artists performing across three stages. Catch favorites like J. Cole, Travis Scott, Future, and more at this year’s jam.

New Times Brew at the Zoo: May 12

1 Zoo Boulevard, Zoo Miami

After this, you won’t look at the zoo the same way again! Miami New Times and Zoo Miami bring you the annual Brew at the Zoo festival. Guzzle down more than 100 local, international and craft beers at this evening event. Live music and great food make sure you enjoy those suds at leisure. A Brewmaster ticket will get you in an hour early, while a VIP ticket will fetch you complimentary food and full size samplings.

Justin Timberlake Concert: May 18

AmericanAirlines Arena, Downtown

Justin Timberlake is coming to town, and what more can we say. Grab your tickets fast, as the “Flithy” star is on tour to promote his fifth studio album, Man of the Woods.

Redland International Orchid Show: May 18-20

Fruit and Spice Park, Homestead

Enjoy three days of nature’s glory at this international orchid show. With over 60 vendors displaying their best blooms, it’s going to be one vibrant weekend. Besides having exotic flowers on sale, the there will be supplies, lecture series and raffles to add to the excitement of nature lovers.

Paddletopia Festival: May 19-20

96th Street Park, Surfside

More of a water lover? Then dedicate your weekend to the first-ever paddle boarding festival. This weekend-long event will feature stand-up paddle boarding with complimentary paddle boards and kayaks. An eco-fashion show, live DJ, “chill out” lounges, kid-friendly graffiti train, a wellness expo, free smoothies and a family boot camp make sure everyone feels involved.

Out in the Tropics: May 24 - June 24

Various locations across Miami Beach

Get in the know with artists’ works addressing pressing issues ranging from politics to sexuality. This month-long program will feature multi-disciplinary performance art including poetry, micro-theater plays, art and music.

Air & Sea Show/Musical Explosion: May 26-27

South Beach

Gather round to honor the brave men and women who laid down their lives to make this country a safe place for us and our kids. Water activities and adrenaline pumping demos come followed by a spectacular air show in the day. A Music Explosion sets in with the setting sun, shifting the mood to a lighter note with DJ Irie, top musical acts and military demos taking the stage. The evening concludes with a special night-pyro parachute demo and fireworks. Four blocks of interactive displays at the Display Village bring the family together over this humbling weekend.

Memorial Day Weekend: May 26-28

Various locations across Miami

It’s the unofficial kick-start to the summer and a somber weekend just won’t do. Bringing the family together is the Flamingo Garden Kidzfest featuring pony rides, butterfly counters, bounce house and more. You could also take a Segway tour through the historic districts in Miami or enjoy some flyboarding over the weekend. Family-friendly beaches like Virginia Key and Key Biscayne make for a great way to chill with the kids.

Those looking for a little ‘21 and over’ kind of fun should look at the ultimate beach, pool and boat parties taking place during the coinciding Urban Beach Week or Black Beach Week. For a complete list of parties and events like the Afrobeats Day Party, Sundress Szn, South Beach MegaLux Yacht Party and more, click here.

How do you plan to spend May? Do share in the comments below!

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