1. Carnival Miami 2012 is one of the most prestigious cultural events in the region, featuring vibrant costumes, calypso music, and pageants such as the crowning of Miss Carnival Miami. These festivities go on throughout the latter half of February and the beginning of March and include plenty of cooking contests, golf tournaments and concerts.
2. If you love dancing and have a strong interest in learning about Miami's heritage, the Old Time Dance at the Barnacle State Historical Site will give you the chance to enjoy dances popular during the late 1800s on March 25. Live folk music and dancing is the name of the game at this event, and children of all ages are welcome.
3. One place you'll definitely want to be on March 17 is the Brickell Irish Pub, which is hosting its 3rd Annual St. Patrick's Day Street Festival. Based on last year's impressive outcome, the event will feature barbecue specials, traditional dancing and several bands along South Miami Avenue.
4. Since Miami has one of the most prominent musical scenes and some of the most impressive horticulture in the country, it only makes sense for the 7th Annual Jazz in the Gardens festival to take place here from March 17 to March 18. The line-up this year includes the likes of Mary J. Blige, Kevin Eubanks and Ramsey Lewis.