The Magic City doesn’t wait for summer to heat up. Here are four reasons to get out of the house and make the most of Miami in April and May:
1. Miami Beach Gay Pride
The annual celebration has grown from 15,000 visitors in 2009 to more than 100,000 today. Look for LGBT-friendly vendors, businesses and performances, plus food and a family friendly play area. miamibeachgaypride.com.
2. Taste of the Nation
The food-filled fundraiser finds a new home when it returns to town April 27. Inside the Ice Palace Film Studios, find wine, cocktails and food from 50 local restaurants, with proceeds helping to end childhood hunger. events.nokidhungry.org.
3. Miami Museum Month
More than a dozen local museums in May offer BOGO ticket deals and specials where membership to any museum gets you access to others. miamiandbeaches.com.
4. Aqua Girl
Dubbed “a festival for women who love women,” the charitable event to benefit women’s causes is May 18-21. VIP passes promise access to dance and pool parties all weekend. aquagirl.org.