It’s not just the sunshine you can enjoy when you’re in South Florida. There’s a smorgasbord of events happening in the area every year for every taste. From a love of the renaissance to a slobber-knocker of a football game, there’s plenty of fun for everyone in South Florida.
Feb. 12 – Mar. 13, plus Monday Feb. 21
Quiet Waters Park, Deerfield Beach
If ye think thou art worthy of attending, a wonderful time can be had at the Florida Renaissance Festival at Quiet Waters Park in Deerfield Beach. From grabbing a meal to marrying your fair lady or even taking in a quiet joust, you can find all your Renaissance heart desires. Beware of the Black Knight though or you might be sword-fighting for your honor.
January 3, 2011
Sun Life Stadium, 2269 Dan Marino Blvd., Miami Gardens
For decades, college football fans have migrated to Miami every January for the annual Orange Bowl. The game has seen multiple national championships decided in the stadium, including FSU head coach Bobby Bowden’s first national title in 1993. The game is as much fun for the fans as it is for the players as Miami always puts on quite a show for the teams and the fans that travel here. Two years ago, fans were treated to the BCS Championship Game between Florida and Oklahoma. But, don’t assume the weather will be great, in 2010’s Orange Bowl, temperatures hovered around 40-45 degrees for parts of the game.
SOBE Wine & Food Festival
February 24-27, 2011
Various locations around South Florida
The annual SOBE Wine & Food Festival is one that will have three of your senses working overtime: sight, smell, and taste. Chefs from Bobby Flay to Rachael Ray show up each year to show off their latest culinary delights. 2011 marks the 10th anniversary of the festival and it will be hosted by Southern Wine & Spirits of Florida and Florida International University.
Miami International Boat Show & Strictly Sail
Miami Beach Convention Center and 2 other locations
If you’re looking for cheap fishing boat, or a luxury multi-million dollar yacht, you can find it at the Miami International Boat Show. The annual event brings in tens of thousands of boat enthusiasts looking to bring back the perfect sea vessel. Traffic can be a nightmare since it’s on Miami Beach, so if you’re attending, you might try the shuttle bus which runs from the AmericanAirlines Arena. Tickets range from $75.00 for a 5-day pass to $16.00 per day for adults.
Columbus Day Regatta
Biscayne Bay near Dinner Key
Yearly on Columbus Day
The annual regatta features an incredible, yearly race that features some of the best boats in the country looking to take the crown. The regatta has sometimes been linked to some drunken debauchery that happens near the regatta, but, the two are NOT related. Regatta organizers have fought for years to protect their race and keep it a family event. The wild parties that take place in the water near the regatta are simply people looking to celebrate one last time for the summer. When you go for the race, enjoy the beautiful boats and the thrill of the competition, but beware, near the event, though again NOT a part of the regatta, you may find quite a bit more than you bargained for.