This post lists things to do in Miami this May, updated for 2023. We include family-friendly activities, events, concerts, festivals, and things to do at night.
If you need more ideas, check out our comprehensive post on Things to Do in Miami.
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This section features our top 10 activities to enjoy in Miami in May.
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1. See a Concert
Miami has a number of performers stopping in this city on tour.
From internationally headlining musicians to some of the best names in comedy, there will be a concert for everyone this month.
- Ville Valo | May 1st | Fort Lauderdale
- Rain - a Tribute to the Beatles | May 6th | Fort Lauderdale
- Tom Jones | May 12th | Seminole
- The Doobie Brothers | May 25th | Seminole
- Dermot Kennedy | May 30th | Fort Lauderdale
May Music Festivals
- Afro Nation Miami 2023 | May 27-28th | Miami | Burna Boy, Wizkid, Rema, Asake, and many more
- Sunfest 2023 | May 5-7 | Fort Lauderdale | lineup announced in late February
Visit Stubhub for a list of concerts in Miami this month.
2. Attend a Sporting Event
Baseball, hockey, tennis, and basketball...the options are endless in South Florida for both professional and college-level sports.
The Miami Marlins should be in full swing in the month of May at Marlin's Park, and as of early February, we could still see the Miami Heat or Florida Panthers make the playoffs.
You can find multiple home games for basketball, baseball, and hockey.
- Miami Heat (if they make the playoffs)
- Florida Panthers (if they make the playoffs)
- Miami Grand Prix | May 5th-7th
Find tickets for all sporting events here.
3. Enjoy the Theatre
Fans of music and theatrical productions will have an abundance of great options to choose from in and around Miami this May.
You’ll find modern musicals, operatic masterpieces, and classic ballet performances throughout the month!
- Mean Girls | May 2nd-7th | Fort Lauderdale
- Shen Yun | May 3rd | West Palm Beach
- Ain't Too Proud | May 9th - 14th | Miami
- Florida Grand Opera | May 18th, 20th | Fort Lauderdale
- Miami City Ballet | May 19th, 20th, 21st | Miami
Find tickets for all theatrical events here.
4. Save Money with a Tourist Discount Pass
There are several different discount Passes you can purchase to save money on the most popular attractions in Miami.
You can often save up to 45% off retail prices on entertainment, tours, and attractions throughout the city.
Attractions Included in Various Passes:
- Fort Lauderdale Half-Day Tour
- Wynwood Art Walk Tour
- Gator & Wildlife Park Safari
- Hop-on-Hop-off Bus Tour
Find our full comparison post on the Miami passes available here.
5. Celebrate the Haitian Compas Festival
Now in its 25th year, the Haitian Compas Festival celebrates everything Haitian including music, food, and culture.
Come for the Compas (or kompa), a modern meringue dance music from Haiti, and other music.
You'll find traditional Haitian food and loads of other activities.
Events take place May 20th - 21st at Bayfront Park in Miami.
For more information, visit the event website or Facebook page.
6. Take a Sightseeing Tour
In May, the weather is sunny and beautiful, which is the perfect time to take a sightseeing tour. There are several great walking tours in Miami.
If you’re interested in architecture, you might enjoy our free self-guided Art Deco tour. Read about other free activities in Miami.
A convenient way to get around Miami while learning about the city is to take a hop-on-hop-off bus tour.
As the weather starts to heat up and the buses are air-conditioned.
These tours make stops at over 20 popular points of interest and attractions and include live English commentary (or recorded commentary in 11 languages).
7. Air & Sea Show And The Musical Explosion
There is no shortage of things to do on Memorial Day Weekend in Miami, and the Air & Sea Show is one that cannot be missed.
All five branches of the United States military are represented in this festival, which will surely entertain everyone with daring flyovers and stunts.
After you've ooo'd and ahhh'd from all the crazy stunts, enjoy a concert performed by a well-known artist.
Then, top off the evening with fireworks and many other fun exhibits for the entire family!
Events take place May 27th-28th in Miami Beach. For more information, visit the Air & Sea Show website.
8. Spend Memorial Day Weekend on the Beach
If you're looking for other things to do on Memorial Day Weekend in Miami, you'll have an endless list to choose from.
South Beach is full of fun by both day and night. The lighthouse and white sand beaches of Key Biscayne are perfect for a family beach day.
Check out the rest of the events taking place on Memorial Day Weekend in Miami.
9. Miami International Piano Festival
This year will mark the 24th Anniversary of the Miami International Piano Festival which focuses on introducing audiences to exceptional and talented pianists.
The idea behind this event is to promote and support incredible artists by giving them a platform where they can perform and share their talents with the world.
Events take place May 20th and 21st. Purchase tickets or learn more.
The III Teresa Carreno International Master Paino Competition also takes place in Miami, May 21st - 26th. Find more info here.
10. Redland International Orchid Show
Come enjoy all the vibrant colors with more than 50 booths of orchid vendors at the annual Redland International Orchid Show.
There's even an event judged by the American Orchid Society!
The event takes place on May 19th - 21st, 2023. For tickets and more information, be sure to check out their website.