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Things to Do in Miami in May

Updated: January 27, 2024
 By Nichole

This post lists things to do in Miami this May, updated for 2024. 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.

Disclosure: While our recommendations are always unbiased, we may receive a small share of sales through some of the links below at no cost to you. See the full text.


This section features our top 10 activities to enjoy in Miami in May. 

For tips on the most popular activities in Miami, check out our other popular posts: 

And be sure to check out our post on the weather in May in Miami.

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.


Music Festivals

Check here for a list of even more concerts taking place in the Miami area in May.

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 May at Marlin's Park, and as of early February,

You can find multiple home games for basketball, baseball, and hockey.




We could still see the Miami Heat or Florida Panthers make the playoffs - so check here for tickets to these or other sporting events.

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 often be able to find modern musicals, classic plays, operatic masterpieces, and powerful ballet performances throughout the month!




Check here for even more Miami theatrical productions in May

4. Save Money with a Tourist Pass

There are several different 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 26th 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 18th, 2024, in the past 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 25th-26th, 2024 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

The 2023-24 season marks the 25th 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.

On May 19th, see pianist Avery Gagliano perform. Purchase tickets or learn more.

The III Teresa Carreno International Master Paino Competition has also taken place in May in the past. 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.

Redland is less than an hour's drive from Miami.

There's even an event judged by the American Orchid Society!

The event takes place on May 17th - 19th, 2024. For tickets and more information, be sure to check out their website.


About The Author


Nichole's love for Miami began when she chose the Magic City as her future home, after living overseas in Singapore. She cannot get enough the city's food scene, culture and 'multiple boroughs,' each unique in their own way. She is an avid worldwide traveler and thrives on learning about new cultures in each place her feet land. She joined the Free Tours by Foot team in 2017, first as a part of administration and then later as a writer. She's a chiropractor and yoga teacher with a full-time business in Miami. Her motto is "Peace, Love, & Travel.”
Updated: January 27th, 2024
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