Carol Klopfer: Whether your passion is dining or International culture, film or fashion, Miami is host to a variety of world famous events that draw crowds from all over. Experience the largest street party in Miami at Calle Ocho highlighting Cuban Culture at it's finest in the heart of Little Havana. This day long free event held every March is evolved from it's beginnings in 1978, to a carnival atmosphere Pan-American showcase, featuring blocks of ethnic food vendors, top Latin musical performances, shopping kiosks, and plenty of children's activities.
You will find plenty of food for thought at the four day Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival held every February and attracting top Chefs and wine makers from all over the country, or come in the off season to partake in three-course meals at fine dining spots across the city, during Miami's Spice Restaurant Month in August and September.
When it's time for some art appreciation, Miami's calendar is brimming with events, beginning in January, check out Art Deco Weekend in Miami Beach, an annual festival that highlights the largest collection of such architecture in the world. The end of the year culminates with Art Basel Miami Beach, perhaps one of the most important art shows in the country.
If you are hoping to see and be seen, Miami hosts two events in March that draws fans and famous personalities alike. The Miami International Film Festival attracts filmmakers, stars, enthusiasts and industry professionals to screen films from 60 countries or dress your best and attend the Funkshion Fashion Week in Miami Beach, where it shows spotlight fashion trends and you can rub elbows with top designers and celebrities.
If you prefer to mingle with sports celebrities, pay Miami a visit, watch top PGA Golfers at the World Golf Championship at Doral, taking some racing action during NASCAR Ford Champion Weekend or see the best Tennis Players in the world to compete at the Sony Ericsson Open. And if you are in the market for a boat or have dreams of yachting, make it a point to attend the Annual Miami International Boat Show & Strictly Sailing in February, and this event brings together more than 2000 of the newest boats and marine accessories, including plenty of high-end luxury vessels for sale.
In this Cosmopolitan City that has it all, there are plethora of events that attracts sports professionals, artists, fashionistas, moviemakers, foodies and fans from all over the world.