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16 events you can't miss in Miami in April 2016

You thought March was busy? April in Miami is just as bustling. Here are some of the top events happening in April so you can plan out your agenda. 

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O Miami Poetry Festival

April 1-30

Where: Various venues throughout Miami and Miami Beach

This month-long poetry celebration will feature a packed itinerary of open mics, seminars, workshops, author presentations plus a zine fair, contests and readings by poets like John Giorno and Frank Bidart.

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Miami Riverday Festival

April 2

Where: Lummus Park Historic District, 250 NW North River Dr., Miami

The free festival features riverboat tours, a variety of live music, children’s activities, environmental education, historical re-enactments, art displays and more.

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Photo by Michael Brosilow

‘The Hammer Trinity’ 

April 2-May 8
Where: Adrienne Arsht Center, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami
The Hammer Trinity is a multi-part, all-day theatrical adventure in the heroic, larger-than-life tradition of Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones. The Hammer Trinity tells the story of young Casper Kent, who discovers he is the rightful heir to the Crown, recovers the lost Hammer, and defends it against pirates and the Crownless faction. 
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‘The Passenger’

April 2-9
Where: Adrienne Arsht Center, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami
Mieczyslaw Weinberg’s long-suppressed opera about a former prison guard at Auschwitz who revisits her dark past when a chance encounter brings back the memories.
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Sprung! Spring Beer Festival

April 2
Where: Mana Wynwood, 2250 NW Second Ave., Miami
Beer afficionados can taste more than 300 craft beers from local, national and international breweries, enjoy live music, food and games, plus head to the Kitchen Lab and get schooled in the culinary arts with beer and food pairing demos by Miami’s top chefs.
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April 4-8
Where: Intercontinental Hotel, 100 Chopin Plaza, Miami
Latino trendsetters, newsmakers, journalists, bloggers and marketers plus tech and business leaders come together at this launch pad for creative endeavors, new products, technologies and marketing campaigns. 

Longines Global Champions Tour

April 7-9

Where: Collins Park, 21st Street and Collins Avenue, Miami Beach

The “Super Bowl of Show Jumping” takes up residence at Collins Park on Miami Beach with three days of equestrian show jumping featuring the 44rd American Invitational on Thursday and the Longines Global Champions Tour Grand Prix on Saturday.

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Miami Beach Gay Pride

April 8-10

Where: Miami Beach, on Ocean Drive between 6th and 12th streets.

Make way for the rainbow flags as Miami Beach becomes ground zero for the LGBT community to celebrate their pride in an extravaganza that includes a beach party and a festival and parade down Ocean Drive. This year’s Grand Marshall is radio personality Elvis Duran.

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Heineken Transatlantic Festival

April 8-9

Where: North Beach Bandshell, 7275 Collins Ave., Miami Beach

Emerging and international artists get some love from The Rhythm Foundation every year with their Transatlantic Festival, a showcase of up-and-coming musicians from around the globe. Things kick off Friday with performances by Beirut, Troker and Kazoots. Saturday night’s lineup includes EMEFE, Psychic Mirrors, Chantil Dukart and Sunset raga.

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Spring Garden Festival at Fairchild

April 9-10

Where: Fairchild Tropical Botanic Gardens, 10901 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables

See what’s growing at Fairchild during its annual showcase of spring plants, plus sample local foods, learn how to tend your own garden, shop for veggies from local vendors and enjoy hands-on activities and culinary demonstrations.

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Miami International Agriculture, Horse and Cattle Show

April 14-18

Where: Tropical Park, 7900 SW 40th St., Miami

Check out premium show cattle from around the world, the Paso Fino horse show, the farm animal exhibition, horseback skills demos, plus kids’ activities and more farm life fun at this agribusiness event.

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Tortuga Music Festival

April 15-17

Where: Fort Lauderdale Beach Park, 1100 Seabreeze Blvd., Fort Lauderdale

Held on the white sands of Fort Lauderdale Beach Park, Tortuga Music Festival is a multi-day, multi-stage music festival featuring some of the biggest names in country, rock and roots music. Just a few names in this year’s lineup: Blake Shelton, Tim McGraw, Dierks Bentley, Sam Hunt, Thomas Rhett, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Michael Franti & Spearhead and many more. 

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Rum Renaissance

April 15-17

Where: DoubleTree by Hilton, 711 NW 72nd Ave., Miami

Rum gets the respect it deserves at this festival dedicated to exploring its finer features through tastings, seminars, workshops, cocktail competitions and more.

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Redland Blues and Barbecue Festival

April 23-24

Where: Fruit & Spice Park, 24801 SW 187th Ave., Homestead

Chow down on barbecue and listen to blues and country music then enjoy activities including a Miccosukee Indian alligator show, interactive zone by Homestead Miami Speedway, bungee jumping, rock climbing and pony rides. 

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Miami Bash 2016

April 23

Where: AmericanAirlines Arena, 601 Biscayne Blvd., Miami

A blowout concert featuring some of the top Latin artists including J Balvin, Maluma, Nicky Jam, Alex Sensation, Farruko, Zion y Lennox, Jacob Forever, Cosculluela, Ken-Y, Chacal y Yakarta, De La Ghetto, Reykon and many more. 

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Miami International Jazz Festival

April 28-30

Where: Various venues throughout Miami

The Miami International Jazz Fest showcases a diverse line-up of jazz performers throughout Miami including Allan Harris, Mozayik, The Rodriguez Brothers, Roxana Amed and Natalia Sulca.