Miami Soul: 7 Caribbean-American Heritage Month events to check out

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Island massive stand up! It’s Caribbean-American Heritage Month and it’s all one love whether you’re Jamaican, Haitian, Trinidadian, Bahamian, Bajan, St. Lucian or representing any of the Caribbean nations. There’s plenty of events throughout South Florida to choose from to celebrate our heritage, and here’s our some of Miami Soul’s top picks.


Taste of the Caribbean
June 6 – 10 – Hyatt Regency Miami, 400 NE 2nd Ave

The Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association presents the Caribbean culinary experience with a week of food and beverage competitions, Caribbean gastronomy, and cultural celebrations. Competition meals will be prepared by culinary teams from Anguilla, Bahamas, Barbados, Bonaire, Curacao, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, St. Lucia, St. Maarten, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The weeklong event includes the Taste of the Islands festival, Caribbean Culinary Team Lunch Challenge, and the Awards Ceremony on June 10 as the finale.


Caribbean-American Gallery Exhibition
Friday, June 17, 7PM – Yardabraawd Gallery, 5401 NW 102nd Ave, Bay 137, Sunrise

The Caribbean Bar Association hosts an opening cocktail reception for the newest art gallery honoring Caribbean-American talent. The exhibition features art from Caribbean artists from Jamaica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, and Haiti. Local dignitaries representing various Caribbean nations will also be in attendance.


Colors of the Caribbean
Saturday, June 18 – Hollywood Arts Park, 1 North Young Circle, Hollywood

Colors of the Caribbean celebrates Caribbean American Heritage Month with music and flavors of the islands. Enjoy a taste of Caribbean culture with a festival celebration featuring live performances, Bahamian Junkanoo, a Steelband from Trinidad, Caribbean Food Village, arts & crafts, and a YMCA kids activity zone. Headlining the festival stage is Alison Hinds representing Barbados, T-Vice and Jahnesta representing Haiti, Red Rat representing Jamaica, Queen Omega representing Trinidad, and Kennenga representing Martinique. Other acts include local favorite Sizwe-C, and popular deejays Majestic and LLCoolBlaze. This year’s festival will be hosted by ABC’s Local 10 news anchor, Neki Mohan. Free until 5pm with advance online RSVP; $10 admission after 5pm; $40 VIP experience with special viewing area and premium food and drink package. RSVP at


Caribbean-American Heritage Month Celebration
Saturday, June 18, 6PM – 10PM – Perry Park Wellman Field, SW 34th Street & SW 68th Ave, Miramar

The City of Miramar celebrates Caribbean-American Heritage month with a night of music, food, and arts and crafts. Enjoy live music from national recording artists to local talent as well as state-of-the-art video game trailer, bounce houses, photo booth, and more. Hosted by Stichiz from 99 Jamz and music by DJ Epps,  Family friendly and free.


Carib Style Week
June 19-26 – Westfield Mall

All week long Caribbean style, fashion, and culinary is spotlighted at this annual fashion experience. Among the events is the Westfield Fashion Pop-up Experience with curated fashions by Caribbean designers. For more info, visit

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Carnival Rocks the Runway
Friday, June 24, 7PM – 11PM – Revolution Live, 100 SW 3rd Ave, Ft. Lauderdale

Carnival Rocks the Runway brings carnival designs to life featuring top Caribbean Carnival designers and the popular masquerade bands from South Florida. Enjoy live performances by top International Caribbean artistes and deejays and the official afterparty for Carib Style Week 2016. Tickets $25 at

Saturday, June 25
11AM – Carib Style Beauty Bar featuring hair products, makeup, and skincare.

1PM – Westfield Fashion Pop-up Experience featuring fashion shows, live performances, and meet & greet with the designers and artists.

8PM – 12PM – Warehouse
Caribbean food paradise with Caribbean chefs prepare sampling stations and pair dishes with Caribbean rums. Music provided by LLCoolBlaze & Friends. Tickets cost $65

Sunday, June 26
Bikinis and Brunch, 12PM – 6PM – W Ft Lauderdale Beach

Enjoy a Caribbean style buffet brunch and mimosas at a Caribbean-inspired day party. Private cabanas available. Tickets are $75.


Caribbean Village headlined by Kevin Little
Sunday, June 26, 1PM – 9PM – Lauderhill Sports Park, 7500 W Oakland Park Blvd, Lauderhill

Come feel the vibes! The Galleon Foundation presents the annual Caribbean Village, an exciting, family-friendly music, arts, food, and wellness festival celebrating Caribbean American Heritage Month. Headliners include Kevin Lyttle and the Queen of Reggae Marcia “Electric Slide” Griffiths. Highlights include a kids area with donkey rides, rock wall climbing, and bounce houses; games for adults, cooking demonstrations, arts and craft displays, cultural exhibitions. Tickets are $20 in advance; $25 at the gate; kids under 15 are free. Tickets can be purchased at


7th Annual Caribbean American Exhibition & Festival
Sunday, June 26, 3PM – PM – Lauderhill Performing Arts Center, 3800 NW 11th Place, Lauderhill

Feel the Caribbean spirit in this grand finale celebration in honor of Caribbean American Heritage Month. Highlights include the Island Food Pavilion and culinary demonstrations, live entertainment by reggae and soca artists, steel pan music, multicultural exhibits, health & wellness activities, arts and crafts, limbo contest, a Kid’s Zone, and free samples, prizes and giveaways. Fun for the entire family. Free admission; $5 self parking; $10 valet.