Jackson Indie Music Week (featured photo)
January 7-14, 2024
Hip-hop, EDM, singer-songwriter genres and more draw music-lovers to Mississippi’s musical capital for the fastest-growing indie music festival in the South.
Insider Tip: For the hottest table in town, reserve early at Elvie’s in the walkable Belhaven neighborhood for caviar service, Gulf seafood and sinful Foie Gras Creme Brulee.
Key West Food & Wine Festival
January 23-28, 2024
Pay homage to Jimmy Buffett in one of his favorite places in the world by raising a glass to Florida’s good life at this beloved wintertime festival in Key West. Spanish wine tastings, tapas lunches and Hemingway-inspired rum dinners await.
Insider Tip: For a true private island escape, take a three-minute ferry ride from Duval Street and Mallory Square to book one of the luxury oceanfront bungalows at Sunset Key Cottages.
Mardi Gras in New Orleans
February 13, 2024
This year, Fat Tuesday falls in mid-February, but the festivities start as early as January 6 for nearly a month of non-stop partying, costumed revelry and parades across New Orleans. Whatever bit of Mardi Gras you manage to hit, it’s guaranteed to be a very good time.
Insider Tip: With just 67 rooms, Maison de la Luz is a favorite with A-listers for its Beaux Arts boutique vibes and stylish Warehouse District setting, close to some of the city’s hottest cocktail lounges and galleries.
Hilton Head Island Seafood Festival
February 19-25, 2024
Southern heritage and culture get served up alongside oyster roasts, Champagne brunches, celebrity chef dinners and Southern pitmaster demos in gorgeous coastal South Carolina.
Insider Tip: Make it the ultimate luxury getaway with a stay just west of the festival in Bluffton at Montage Palmetto Bluff, set on 20,000 acres of idyllic Low Country with horseback riding, golf and a sporting clay course among the onsite diversions.
Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival
February 22-25, 2024
Rockstars of the culinary world descend on Florida’s most vibey beach for cooking demos, global tastings and red carpet reveals. Tickets cover all food and drinks, and the people-watching is priceless.
Insider Tip: Loews Miami Beach is the festival’s official headquarters, but we recommend staying just north of the fray at Faena. While there, don’t miss the regular three-course Sunday Asados, featuring meat and seafood grilled alfresco in the tradition of Argentina’s gauchos.