March Madness

March gives us lots to celebrate with the welcoming of Spring, St. Patrick’s Day, Women’s History Month, and Miami’s very own Hispanic celebration: Calle Ocho. With all of these days to look forward to, there is no shortage of events this month. Attend a parade that will paint the town green, get your tennis on at the Miami Open, and experience female brewery at FemAle Brew Fest!


Enjoy an exciting week of fishing at the 7th Annual Jimmy Johnson’s “Quest for the Ring” Championship Fishing Week. This four-day event will feature the one-day Celebrity Charitable Pro Am and the two-day Billfish Championship, which will include a Catch & Release Division as well as an all-new Weighted Division. In partnership with Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, a guaranteed purse of $1.5 million will be awarded to the winner! This is the largest tournament purse ever in Florida tournament history, so get ready to test your fishing skills!


The St. Patrick’s Parade and Festival Presented by The Law Firm of Kelley/Uustal will take over Fort Lauderdale in celebration of St. Patty’s Day. Get a head start on the day by participating in the running courses! At 7:30 a.m., a Shamrock 4 Miler, and for kids, a Little Lucky Leprechaun Dash, will take place, with green bead necklaces and beer at the end to reward you. At 11 a.m., the festivities continue with a parade featuring dance acts, cheerleaders, musical performances, carnival rides, and more! Food stands will be available throughout, as well as delicious beer to indulge in. Be clover and make sure to head out!


Party hard at the largest Hispanic festival in the nation: Calle Ocho. Twenty blocks of Little Havana are turned into the world’s biggest party with musical stages and tons of opportunity for international food tasting. Folkloric dances and entertainment will have you on your feet; the biggest Latin stars usually make it out to perform with past acts featuring Pitbull, Maluma, Nicky Jam and more!


Fort Lauderdale Fashion Week, a premier fashion event, will wow attendees on the weekend of the 15th. This event provides an international platform for designers, and places a spotlight on Fort Lauderdale fashion as it continues to grow and change year after year. On the first night there will be an Opening Night VIP Gala as the FLL Fashion Week magazine is released. The next two days will consist of five daily fashion shows that will have you gazing at the intricate styles and designs on the runway. Some designers that will be featured include bebe, Banana Republic, OMG Miami Swimwear, Versa-Lux, and Lila Nikole.

15-April 8

The Miami Dade County Fair & Exposition (a.k.a. The Youth Fair) is back for their 67th Anniversary! It’s the largest fair in Florida hosting over 600,000 guests every year. The 86-acre complex will have lots to do with over 90 carnival rides, two giant Kiddielands, outrageous and classic fair food options, livestock competitions, live concerts and entertainment, a European style circus and more! The Youth Fair also gives back to the community by showcasing the “artistic, academic and athletic talents of more than 63,000 public, charter, private and home school students through competition and exhibition.” Last year, the fair was able to raise $530,000 in academic scholarships and awards!


A celebration of diversity, culture and art through different genres of music will take place at the Hard Rock Stadium for Jazz in the Gardens Music Fest. World-renowned talent has appeared at this festival as well as new artists, giving them a platform to be discovered. This year the lineup includes Chaka Khan, Smokey Robinson, Fantasia, Anita Baker, Joe, Tasha Cobbs Leonard, and Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue.

19-April 1

The Miami Open presented by Itaú is an annual tennis tournament that attracts people from all over the world. Daily tennis tournaments are hosted over a 14-day period, with some of the most famous names in the sport set to participate. Last year, it was a close call between known rivals Roger Federer and Rafael Nada, with Roger Federer becoming the champion. On the female side, British No. 1 Johanna Konta was able to defeat Caroline Wozniacki, securing her first Miami Open championship title. To get the best out of the experience, ticket packages are available that include better seating, access to the Eatery by the Knife, and access to the exclusive Patron A/C lounge with complimentary beverages and snacks. Expect a luxury setting, great food, and fashionable guests present for this terrific tennis event.


Craft beer lovers will be delighted at the 2nd Annual FemAle Brew Fest, which aims to celebrate women in the brewing industry. This is a pet friendly (and men friendly) event so you can bring your hubby and your cuddly companion along too! Female brewsters and brew experts will be on site to discuss the brewing industry and share their beers that were brewed by them. A roster of female bands and solo artists will be performing, including DJ La Trice Perry. Small bites from local restaurants will complement the beer, as well as shopping options provided by female-owned businesses

By Aaliyah Pasols