A quick look at what’s upcoming

Unlike our neighbors to the north, South Florida residents enjoy plenty of opportunities to get out during the winter and spring months, thanks to mild temperatures, low humidity and plenty of sunshine. Practically every weekend, there is some sort of festival, art show or event to draw the locals and visitors outside. Here are a few popular choices:

Palm Beach Jewish Film Festival

Jan. 16 – 26, Delray Beach, West Palm Beach and Palm Beach Gardens

Tickets at PalmBeachJewishFilm.org

The Palm Beach Jewish Film Festival, founded in 1990 and one of the largest in South Florida, offers the finest examples of cinema from around the world and often includes films of interest to LGBT audiences.

Art Deco Weekend

Jan. 17 - 19, Miami Beach

Information at ArtDecoWeekend.com

Sponsored by the Miami Design Preservation League, Art Deco weekend is a celebration of the distinctive architecture that makes Miami Beach’s skyline iconic. Enjoy exhibits, tours, vendors and performers along Ocean Drive all weekend long.

Coconut Grove Art Festival

Feb. 15 – 17, Miami

Tickets at CGAF.com

Ranked one of America’s top five art fairs last year, the Coconut Grove Art Festival is one of the biggest events of the President’s Day weekend, attracting hundreds of artists and craftsmen and throngs of art lovers.

PrideFest South Florida

March 1 – 2, Fort Lauderdale

Information at PrideSouthFlorida.org

We’re so out and proud in greater Fort Lauderdale that we host not one, but two pride festivals each year. The first, PrideFest, is a relaxing outdoor festival at the War Memorial Auditorium in Fort Lauderdale and popular with LGBT families.

Winter Party Festival

March 5 – 10, Miami Beach

Tickets at WinterParty.com

This annual circuit party and cultural festival, a fundraiser for the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and local LGBT organizations, draws both locals and thousands of northern snowbirds escaping the dark days of winter for fun in the Florida sun.

Credit: National Gay and Lesbian Task Force

Winter Music Conference

March 21 – 30, Miami Beach

Information at WinterMusicConference.com

A pivotal platform for the advancement of the music industry, Winter Music Conference attracts thousands of artists and industry delegates from 70 countries and 100,000 attendees each year for 500 events, parties, seminars and workshops.

PrideFest of the Palm Beaches

March 29 – 30, Lake Worth

Lake Worth is a charming setting for this Palm Beach County tradition, which includes an old fashioned parade with floats and marching bands. Afterwards, enjoy performances, vendors, food and fun with friends at the waterfront festival.

Miami Beach Gay Pride

April 11 – 13, Miami Beach

Information at MiamiBeachGayPride.com

In just five years, Miami Beach Gay Pride has grown into the city’s largest LGBT event, attracting more than 80,000 people to Ocean Drive. The parade is always a big draw, along with the performance stages on both ends of the drag (pun intended).

Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival

April 25 – May 4, Miami and Miami Beach

Tickets at MGLFF.com

The Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival continues to be one of the premier LGBT events of the spring, with screenings of dozens of new features, documentaries and shorts, as well as panel discussions with filmmakers and the ever popular parties.

Fleet Week Port Everglades

April 28 – May 5, Broward County

Information at BrowardNavyDaysInc.org

Hundreds of sailors, Coast Guardsmen and Marines will arrive in South Florida for a week of recreation and community service projects sponsored by Broward Navy Days, Inc. Be sure to thank our heroes in uniform while they’re in port.