Yearlong Programs

LGBTQ Visitor Center

The LGBTQ Visitor Center provides essential resources for LGBTQ tourists, both before and during their visit and promotes socioeconomic development and tourism. The Center supports the education, travel and tourism outreach for the Miami-Dade Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce. The Center builds community by fostering social engagement and community wellness. It also enhances the health and well-being of the LGBTQ community by providing activities, programs, and services that bring everyone together for a shared purpose. Programming at the Center includes LGBTQ specific financial planning, HIV testing and a transgender support group among other planned activities and events all year round.

Miami Beach Visitor Center

The Miami Beach Visitor Center, powered by the Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce, receives support from the City of Miami Beach, the Miami Beach Visitor and Convention Authority, Miami-Dade Tourist and Development Council, and the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau. They also partner with leading companies in the tourism and hospitality industry to offer exclusive discounts for visitors along with mobile apps, maps, guides, and brochures to help the visitor explore Miami Beach and its surrounding areas. The Visitor Center has a concierge service providing --Local app. These apps utilize geotechnology to provide real time information from sources such as Trip Advisor, Google Maps, Open Table and Uber. Push notifications can also be sent promoting city events and amenities. A new marketing device is being added this coming year to the Visitor Center called HotelPort’s Trackit Media. This is a Kiosk that will provide content distribution, maps, navigation and hyper-locals site information. This interactive kiosk has digital signage to engage visitors and help them take advantage of special promotions and real time tracking for more efficient transportation around the destination. 

October 2023

South Beach Seafood Festival

The South Beach Seafood Festival celebrating its 11th year, October 18 through October 21, 2023, is a curated event week that celebrates the best chefs and restaurants of South Florida by hosting a variety of events for a diverse group of attendees. This annual seafood festival attracts guests from all over and kicks off Miami’s famed Stone Crab season in October. The events range from intimate dinners to beach bash competitions and all-day pop-up cafes including the Crabs, Slabs and Cabs 6-course dinner and Chef Showdown. The event also showcases the talents of South Florida’s leading chefs and culinary leaders, and the event’s proceeds ultimately benefit the EAT SMART program which provides healthy meals and nutritional guidance to Florida’s youth through programs at Miami Dade Public Schools. 

November 2023

No Vacancy, Miami Beach

No Vacancy, Miami Beach, taking place November 16 through December 14, 2023, is a contemporary art experience that celebrates artists, provokes critical discourse, and invites the public to experience Miami Beach’s famed hotels as destination art spaces by turning hotels into temporary cultural institutions – the very definition of Cultural Tourism. Art will be exhibited throughout twelve (12) hotels in Miami Beach, where lobbies, restaurants, lounges, patio areas, rooms, balconies and swimming pools may serve as a canvas. No Vacancy, Miami Beach is committed to providing art experiences that are accessible to everyone, free and open to the public as well as reinventing Cultural Tourism on Miami Beach. 

South Beach Slam Pickleball Tournament

The South Beach Slam Pickleball Tournament, Miami Beach’s first doubles amateur Pickleball tournament, is taking place over three days November 17 through 19, 2023, just off Lincoln Road at 1665 Lenox Avenue, between Michigan and Lenox Avenues. The weekend’s activities will include a day of free clinics, community play, an opening match and two full days of tournament play. It will be held on a surface parking lot located at 1655 Lenox Avenue in partnership with Major League Pickleball, the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau, and the Lincoln Road Business Improvement District. A community area will be set up to facilitate players engagement with local businesses and their offerings. There will be six skill levels for participants to compete in with each level’ winners receiving a $1,000 cash prize. The event is expected to attract 385+ players and 1,000 spectators over the course of the weekend.

2023 Urge Miami Thanksgiving Festival

One of the world’s biggest LGBTQ event returns to from November 24 through November 27, 2023, during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. A total of 6 events are scheduled to take place on Miami Beach and two others on the mainland. These include 3 nighttime events, the legendary Sunday Beach Party and a Monday morning after-hours event.  Other event venues will include M2 Nightclub, Royal Palm South Beach Hotel, and Lummus Park.

Miami Beach Holiday Festival of Lights

The Miami Beach Holiday Festival of Lights looks to make the holiday season a bit brighter with a blend of music, lights, and projection mapping displays that celebrate the rich tapestry of international holiday traditions intended to captivate audiences of all ages. Shows will take place November 29 through December 2, 2023; December 13 through 16, 2023; December 20 through 23, 2023, with the final performance taking place January 1, 2024 at Lummus Park. The festival will feature a series of live performances spanning a variety of genres and will include appearances by holiday characters such as Santa Claus, Elsa (Frozen) and the Grinch. Cutting edge projection displays will be combined with the music to create exciting and memorable experiences for all to enjoy. The use of projection mapping technology will create vibrant imagery onto some of Ocean Drive’s many façades. There are 9 performances planned.

December 2023

North Beach Music Festival

This event returns for a third year and has expanded to include a third day. The event, taking place December 1 through 3, 2023, will once again feature a mixture of improvisational music, jam bands, funk music, and jazz and will take place at the Miami Beach Bandshell and adjacent Bandshell Park that will hold a second stage along and a variety of food and craft vendors. The festival’s lineup includes the following artists: The Disco Biscuits x 3, Cory Wong, Sunsquabi, Daniel Donato’s Cosmic Country, Eggy, George Prter Jr. & Runnin’ Pardners, Mark Farina, Adam Deitch Quartet (and Producer Set), Say She She, The Heavy Pets, Electric Kif, Tamayo, Ajeva, and Twyn.    

SCOPE Miami Beach 2023

SCOPE Miami Beach 2023 will be celebrating its 22nd edition beginning December 5 through December 10, 2023.  A total of 140 International exhibitors from 25 countries and 60 cities plus 20 emerging galleries are expected to participate. This event has generated a total of >$1 billion in sales with over >1.5 million in attendance in its history thus far. The expanded production and programming within the Atrium will include large scale installations and events from day through night to featuring design, fashion, art, music and food events. A premium nightlife experience with South Beach as backdrop and engaging art installations. Additional gallery space focused on the birth of the New Contemporary genre will also be included.  SCOPE partners with DASH to provide students with the opportunity to gain art show experience thus building a new audience of art fans each year as they return to see the show with their VIP passes and bring family and friends along.

Untitled Art, Miami Beach

Untitled Art, Miami Beach, is an international curated art fair that focuses on curatorial balance and integrity across all disciplines of contemporary art. Untitled, Art Miami Beach will be taking place December 6 through December 10, 2023.  The fair’s pavilion is situated directly on the beach, and elegantly integrates presentations from international galleries and non-profit spaces.  

Capital One Orange Bowl Game Marketing Campaign and Ancillary Events

The 2023 Capital One Orange Bowl Game will be played at the Hard Rock Stadium on December 30, 2023, with the ancillary events taking place between December 26, 2023 and December 31, 2023 throughout Miami Beach. It is estimated that over 200,000 college football fans, spectators and participants will take part in the Capital One Orange Bowl Festival events. The game will be televised on ESPN and is expected to reach more than 20,000,000 viewers through ESPN’s family of networks.  In addition, as the official broadcast provider of the football game, ESPN Radio, along with the participating teams’ radio networks, will broadcast the game. The Orange Bowl features a week of exciting events including the Team Welcome Receptions, Team Beach Parties, Family and Spouses’ outings, Coaches Dinners, AvMed Orange Bowl Coaches Luncheon, Bacardi Orange Bowl Rhapsody, Media Party, Game Officials Dinner, Children’s

January 2024

The Miami Marathon and Half Marathon

The Miami Marathon and Half Marathon will take place  January 26 through January 28, 2024 and is a favorite “racecation” for runners from around the world. The event consists of 3 components including a Health and Fitness Expo at the Miami Beach Convention Center, a Saturday Tropical 5k race (3.1 miles) which takes runners by the cruise port, the Art Deco District, and ends at Nikki Beach. All events lead up to the signature Marathon and Half Marathon on Sunday. Capacity for the event has been expanded this year. The Kids Run Miami Program will also be continued this year, where 1,000 Miami Dade County Middle Schoolers will be able to participate in the last mile of the race.

February 2024

Miami Billfish Tournament of Champions

This 3-day fishing event is an elite sailfish tournament, taking place February 1 through 3, 2024. It is in its 4th year as the Yamaha Contender Miami Billfish Tournament of Champions. This VIP experience kicks off the sailfish season locally, allowing the public to see and enjoy an incredible weekend of competitive sportfishing as teams pursue an estimated $400,000 purse and coveted Championship Cup. The kickoff event will take place Thursday night before hitting the waters on Friday and Saturday.  

Amateur Slam

Following the success of the South Beach Slam last November, 2023, the Amateur Slam will feature 64 teams (single gender and mixed gender teams) with a combined DUPR doubles rating of 8.5 and less.  This event will be taking place over two days beginning February 2 through 3, 2024 and will be situated just off Lincoln Road at 1665 Lenox Avenue, between Michigan and Lenox Avenues. Teams will compete for $25,000 in prize money and the chance to play against tennis legends Andre Agassi, Stefanie Graf, Maria Sharapova, and John McEnroe!

GroundUP Music Festival

This three-day event is set to take place February 2 through 4, 2024, at the Miami Beach Bandshell. This festival delivers an immersive, authentic, and optimal experience for both musicians and fans. The production features two performance stages but no overlapping sets. GroundUP brings musicians’ musicians to offer exclusive oceanfront workshops, musical brunches, interactive masterclasses, late night sets, in a welcoming, communal atmosphere just steps from the beach.  

Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival presented by Capital One

Celebrating 23 Years, this 4-day Festival, will take place February 22 through February 25, 2024, showcases Miami Beach as a first-class destination that offers a wealth of culture, arts, beaches, and nightlife. SOBEWFF will showcase celebrities and top names in the culinary, wine and spirits industries. Events are scheduled to take place at several locations throughout Miami Beach and other venues within the destination.

31st Annual Winter Party Festival

The National LGBTQ Task Force’s Winter Party Festival is an annual, world -renowned week-long celebration held at various locations throughout Miami and Miami Beach for members of the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer community, and its allies. The 2024 festival marks the 31st anniversary of the festival and will take place February 28 through March 5, 2024. The 2024 festival will be hosted at the Royal Palm South Beach Hotel with overflow and staff production rooms at the nearby Axel Beach hotel.

March 2024

Open House Miami

Open House Miami is part of a global effort to make cities more open, accessible, and equitable by providing unique views and perspectives to residents and visitors. The event is scheduled to take place March 1 through 2, 2024 and it will bring, behind the scenes peeks, tours, expert lectures, performances, and curated experiences – all open and free to the public – over two full days of exploration, connection, and celebration of our vibrant city!

Aspen Ideas: Climate

In collaboration with the City of Miami Beach and a diverse group of partner institutions in and beyond South Florida, the Aspen Institute is enlisting global and local policymakers, scientific experts, corporate leaders, inventors and innovators, artists, young leaders, influencers, and engaged members of the public to participate in their annual summit, taking place March 11 through 13, 2024, throughout the City of Miami Beach. This event showcase a variety of solutions to our climate challenge through formats such as main stage events, breakout sessions, roundtable discussions, and excursions focused on mitigating and adapting to climate change. The Climate Innovation and Future Technology Expo will provide an exclusive stage for invited startups, public and private companies demonstrating real climate action solutions.

Model Volleyball

Model Volleyball will take place on the beach March 30 through 31, 2024. The Model Volleyball tournament has lived on the sand of Miami Beach since 2010 and has become a globally renowned event. This free event is open to the public & features top model agencies competing in a co-ed beach volleyball tournament. These top agencies include Next, CGM, Elite, Ford, Select, Front, Source, Runways & Dorothy Combs. There will be a total of 5 component events – all taking place on Miami Beach, to include a kickoff party, pool party, closing party, along with the two tournament days.  

May 2024

National Salute to America’s Heroes

The National Salute to America’s Heroes presented by Hyundai is set to take place on Miami Beach during Memorial Day weekend; May 23 through 26, 2024. “The Greatest Show Above the Earth”® showcases the men, women, technology and equipment from all six branches of the United States Military as well as our police, firefighters and their first responder agencies. This two-day spectacular event features offshore powerboat racing exhibitions, extreme water sports, the FPL Display Village and more, all on the beautiful shores of Miami Beach. View the show inside the LiquorSplit Beach Club at Show Center.

Miami Swim Week – Paraiso Miami Beach

This 5-day event, taking place May 29 through June 2, 2024, is considered the world’s largest marketing event for swimwear and resort wear industry in the world. It gathers designers, buyers, influencers, and celebrities to celebrate swimwear and resort collections from around the world. The event consists of a series of fashion shows along with wellness related events and panels. PARAISO is the global leader in bridging brands, media, trade and consumers, and a destination that invites the discovery of new brands as well as meeting like-minded people to immerse themselves in highly curated lifestyle and fashion events that embrace the spirit, body, and beauty.

June 2024

Miami Beach Classical Music Festival

The Miami Beach Classical Music Festival (MMF) offers pre-professional students in Opera, Orchestra and Conducting the opportunity to study with world-class artists and perform high caliber summer concerts for the Miami Beach community. The festival will take place from June 10 through July 28, 2024.  Young artists from over 25 different countries ages 16-30 will travel to Miami Beach to perform public concerts in venues throughout Miami Beach. Now in its 11th year, this festival offers young artists a prestigious training opportunity where they will be able to participate in everything from full opera productions to symphonic concerts, recitals, chamber music performances, masterclasses and more in venues throughout Miami Beach from Lummus Park and Ocean Drive to Lincoln Road and others.

American Black Film Festival

This 5-day film festival is taking place June 12 through 16, 2024 and, as in past years will include a virtual segment on Miami Beach from June 17 - 24, 2024. The Festival is dedicated to recognizing Black talent and showcasing quality film and television content by and about people of African descent. The program is dedicated to the belief that diverse artists deserve the same opportunities as their mainstream counterparts. Event types will include independent film screenings, talk events, sponsored screenings, and hospitality events. As the largest community of Black film and TV enthusiasts, now in its 28th year, the American Black Film Festival remains the preeminent event of its kind, empowering Black artists and spotlighting a diverse array of entertainment content created by and for individuals of African descent. An event like no other, the festival brings together enthusiasts of Black culture alongside industry executives and content creators from across the globe for five days filled with screenings, engaging talk events, exclusive parties, and invaluable networking opportunities.

July 2024

16th Annual Miami Takeover

The Miami Takeover Weekend is a signature yearly travel event for the mature Urban traveler (35-50). The event is scheduled for July 26 through 29, 2024 and its purpose is to bring like-minded mature urban travelers a stress-free getaway in Miami Beach, one of the world’s most desired travel destinations. This event brings together opportunities to enjoy great entertainment, participate in  community service activities and network with fellow event participants. The weekend festivities kick off with a networking meet and greet.

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