Spring in Miami: 6 events you don’t want to miss this semester

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Now that the spring semester has finally arrived, it’s time to look for weekend plans in Miami. Besides schoolwork, we all deserve some “me-time” and fun outlets to explore the city’s beauty and diversity.

In just a month, the nearby Coconut Grove will host its own arts festival on Bayshore Drive from Feb. 18-20, the perfect weekend event for any art lover. Visit the Coconut Grove Arts Festival and browse quality art displays and jewelry, enjoy live performances and experience fun family activities.

There will even be cooking demonstrations, so make sure to bring your appetite. General admission tickets include a $20 one-day pass and a $50 weekend pass for all three days.

If you love electronic music and festival outfits, then you’ll also love Ultra Music Festival. Ultra, which will be held from March 24-26 at Bayfront Park, is Miami’s biggest, annual electronic music festival. People from all over the world fly in to experience the unique DJs, music and production of Ultra.

Artists in the 2023 lineup like Armin Van Buren, Tiësto and M.I.A. will turn up the stage with their contagious beats and have us raving for hours. General admission tickets range from $400-$450 for all three days, so start saving now.

At the start of a new year, some set to be more active and focus on our health and wellness. From March 4-20, head down to the beach for Miami Beach Live, which consists of fitness, entertainment, Nike activations and live music.

Whether you choose to participate in these fitness activities or just watch is up to you. Miami Beach Live! is a month-long event with unique programming each week and tickets are free.

Staying on the fitness trend is the Miami Open, which will take over the Hard Rock Stadium from March 19-April 2, with dates subject to change. Catch your favorite tennis players going head-to-head at this famous tournament, where both the athletes and attendees come from all over the globe.

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The Miami Open will also have artwork such as murals being created throughout the Miami Open campus, along with live music from DJs and local musicians. Customize your experience with six different ticketing packages including single sessions, mini plans, full day passes and more.

If you’re looking for more arts-related events, look no further than the Miami Film Festival. From March 3-12, Miami will welcome a diverse range of upcoming and well-known filmmakers to the Miami community. Festival-goers can watch films at the Adrienne Arsht Center, Silverspot Cinema and Tower Theater Miami

The festival features American, International and Ibero-American films in competition categories that filmmakers can submit to and win up to $100,000 in prizes. Member early access tickets go on sale Feb. 3rd while general public tickets go on sale Feb. 10.

Maybe you miss riding on the merry-go-round and swing tower as a child. Embrace the kid in you at the Miami-Dade County Youth Fair, which will be held from March 16-April 9 at the Fair Expo Center located adjacent to Florida International University.

There are almost 100 rides to choose from and you can enjoy the concerts, animals, competitions and student exhibits showcased. Don’t forget to indulge in your favorite fair treats and participate in games to win big plushies. Tickets start at $12, but admission is $5 on March 16, 29 and April 5 only.

Don’t get left behind this spring — instead, check out these six events for some proper Miami fun. With so much to do, you can fully embrace the UM “work-hard, play-hard” mentality.