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Haitian Heritage Month Events In Miami

This May, during Haitian Heritage Month, embrace the rich culture of Haiti that’s woven throughout Greater Miami & Miami Beach. People of all ages, backgrounds and nationalities come together to honor the Haitian community here. Have an unforgettable time celebrating the cultural roots, vibrancy and pride of the Haitian culture in Miami. From savoring mouthwatering authentic Haitian food to learning more about Haiti and the strength of its people, explore vibrant parts of Miami with these Haitian Heritage Month festivities. We’ve also included some ways you can explore Haitian culture any time of year.

View the full published article on the Greater Miami & Miami Beach Tourism Bureau website.

2023 Events

Haitian Heritage Museum Exhibit: Nostalgia Primitive D'Haiti

May 6 - November 18, 2023

You’ll be greeted by colorful artwork at the Haitian Heritage Museum, a space in the Miami Design District dedicated to preserving and promoting Haitian culture, history and art. Stroll through the museum’s Nostalgia Primitive D'Haiti exhibition showcasing works of art that depict sentimental moments experienced by Haitians. Browse through the expressive paintings as you learn more about the African roots of Haitians, the challenges its people have faced for centuries, and the symbolism of strength throughout Haitian art.

Little Haiti Book Festival

May 7, 2023

If you’re looking for a fun and kid-friendly event, head over to the Little Haiti Book Festival at the Little Haiti Cultural Complex in Little Haiti on May 7. Browse books by authors from the Haitian diaspora as you meander through the bustling marketplace filled with Haitian dance, comedy and music performances. Aspiring writers can join in on the fun through workshops designed for the storyteller within, while children can enjoy hands-on activities and lighthearted folklore. Enter your Zen mode with meditation and yoga for all ages while listening to traditional Haitian music in the background. And share an educational moment with your family as you listen to panel discussions about the impact of new immigration laws on Haitian refugees in the U.S. and the state of environmental sustainability in Haiti.

Haitian Flag Day Concert

May 18, 2023

Brighten up your night with a lively celebration at the Haitian Flag Day Concert as the local community proudly waves the brightly colored flag, which was created as a symbol of independence from France. Celebrate Haitian culture and history through dance, lively music and other festivities. Dance the night away with the spirited music of Haitian artists, such as Florence Dure, Charlin Bato and Tony Al Dazoe.

Haitian Heritage Month Celebration

May 18, 2023

Commemorate the legacy of Haitians through literature and art at the Golden Glades Branch Library’s Haitian Heritage Month Celebration. Children will enjoy interactive storytime narratives while learning about Haitian music and art. Marvel at the work of local Haitian artist Mecca “Grimo” Marcelin as he recites cultural poetry. And unleash your imaginative side with a painting workshop (materials will be provided).

25th Anniversary Haitian Compas Festival

May 25, 2023

Don’t miss the Haitian Compas Festival, where Haitian music, dance, food and art meld together for an immersive cultural experience at Bayfront Park in Downtown Miami. Enjoy performances by popular Haitian and Haitian-American musicians and artists, including KAÏ, Nu Look, T-Vice, Kodak Black and more. Transport your taste buds to Haiti as you dive into tasty Haitian food and gain a deeper appreciation of Haitian culture.

Ways To Celebrate Haitian Heritage In Miami Year-Round

Visit the Little Haiti Cultural Complex

Dive into the heart of the Little Haiti neighborhood by visiting the Little Haiti Cultural Complex. Stroll through its 9,000-square-foot Caribbean Marketplace and enjoy Haitian cuisine, dance to live compas music and tour the art gallery. Come on Saturdays for Caribbean Market Days and experience Miami’s version of Port Au Prince’s Iron Market, full of one-of-a-kind Afro-Caribbean marketplace finds.

Dine at Authentic Haitian Restaurants

Throughout Miami, you can savor the flavors of Haiti with traditional dishes like griot (fried pork), diri sos pwa (rice and beans), Haitian legume (eggplant stew) and, of course, the famous pikliz (a Haitian condiment made from cabbage, carrots, peppers and vinegar).

Make your way to one of Chef Creole Seasoned Kitchen’s six Miami locations. This popular Haitian restaurant has served famous diners, including the Obamas, Dwyane Wade, Jay Z and more.

Carnivores and vegans alike can enjoy a delicious meal with a beautiful backdrop of colorful murals at Naomi’s Garden Restaurant & Lounge, a Caribbean culinary gem in Little Haiti. From oxtail and grouper to vegan curry “chicken” and chickpea stew, there are plenty of hearty options.

Relish the rich flavors at Randy's Restaurant & Lounge in North Miami, where you can taste Creole recipes that have been passed down for generations, including pwason (fried whole snapper), koden ensos (stewed turkey) and soup joumou (Haiti’s national pumpkin soup).

Take a Tour of Little Haiti

Explore the hidden gems of Little Haiti like a local with Little Haiti Tap Tap Tours. You’ll learn about the history of Little Haiti, its landmarks and significant Haitian trailblazers in Miami as a knowledgeable tour guide drives you around the historic neighborhood. Weave through the streets of Little Haiti as you catch glimpses of Haitian markets, boutiques, homes and local parks. By the end of your tour, you’ll feel a deeper appreciation for the Haitian community in Miami.

You’ll also find many more multicultural experiences in Miami.

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