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The 12 things you absolutely must do in Miami this Spring

Published On 02/04/2014 Published On 02/04/2014
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1. Miami International Boat Show 1901 Convention Center Dr, Miami Beach, FL 33139 (Miami Beach)

With five days of con over three different venues hosting hundreds of water craft, the Miami Boat Show brings bow to stern realness this February 13th-17th.

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2. Coconut Grove Arts Festival 2700 South Bayshore Dr, Miami, FL 33133 (Coconut Grove)

The Grove might be one of Miami's oldest neighborhoods, but the Coconut Grove Art Festival is anything but stodgy. Highlighting new voices in every style and medium, it collects over 400 artists showcasing ready-to-take-home (if you've got the kwan) works from February 15th-17th.

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3. South Beach Wine and Food Festival South Beach, Miami, FL 33139 (South Beach)

For 13 years, SOBEWFF has taken over Miami with more food, chefs, and events than you can shake a fair trade artisanal chocolate sea salt carmel dipped pretzel stick at. This year, they're doing it all over again from February 20th to the 23rd and you're going. (We are too).

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4. Sprung Beer Festival 2820 MacFarlane Rd, Miami, FL 33133 (Coconut Grove)

From the mind of the guys who brought you Grovetoberfest, Sprung adds the only things that could improve a selection of over 200 craft brews: beer pong, corn hole, and human bowling. Don't be a turkey -- it all goes down on March 8th, so get your ticket now.

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5. Calle Ocho 1400 SW 1 St, Miami, FL 33135 (Little Havana)

On March 9th, Calle Ocho is going to set Little Havana aswimming with arepas and bumping with bass from live bands and DJ's for the greatest party you can't say "no" to (FYI that's Spanish for "no").

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6. Dinner in Paradise 19801 SW 320th St, Homestead, FL 33030 (Homestead Redlands)

Dinner in Paradise serves up the work of master chefs let loose on the bounty of Paradise Farms' crop, and it's served outdoors under the stars. Their Spring series is putting the petal to the metal with an Edible Flower Festival featuring the ever-so-aptly named Jose Luis Flores on March 15th, with more surprises coming all season long.

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7. Winter Music Conference 1052 Ocean Drive, Miami, FL 33139 (Miami Beach)

Prepare for 10 days of partying starting March 21st at the largest EDM festival in the world, packed with 2,100 DJ's and 500 events, all kicked off with one hell of a party at Casa Ibiza at the Congress Hotel.

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8. Ultra Music Festival 301 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami, FL 33132 (Downtown)

It's Ultra, the world class EDM festival that every Miamian can hear, feel, and -- in the case of beautiful scantily clad women -- see. Of course you're going to see Diplo, David Guetta, and dozens of other strangely named DJs from March 28th to the 30th.

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9. Marlins Park 501 Marlins Way, Miami, FL 33125 (Little Havana)

If they're good enough to merit a reality television show, then they're good enough to watch, you know, play baseball. The new season kicks off on the 31st of March, so grab a dog and get yourself out to the ballgame.

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10. Miami Beach Polo World Cup 2001 Collins Ave, Miami, FL 33139 (Miami Beach)

They're not horsing around: from April 25th to April 28th, Miami Beach is being visited by the most prestigious beach polo (a real thing) championship in the world, and you can take in all the equine action for free.