Yearlong Programs

LGBT Visitor Center

The LGBT Visitor Center provides essential resources for the LGBTQ tourists, both before and during their stay on Miami Beach, to ensure a successful stay in Miami Beach, while promoting socioeconomic development and tourism. In addition to their daily services, the Center also enhances the health and well-being of the LGBTQ community by providing activities, programs, and services that create community by bringing everyone together for a shared purpose. Events and activities include panel discussions, educational workshops, special social events, recovery and support groups, and dancing fitness classes.

Miami Beach Visual Memoirs Project 

Since 2001, this project has interviewed 137 long-time Miami Beach residents in an effort to capture the rich history this City has to offer. Miami Design Preservation League and Close-Up Productions have created numerous promotional videos and three educational videos for elementary, middle, and high school students with supplemental curricula for the classroom. Several social accounts have been created to include Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Vimeo. In addition, a dedicated website has been created and all interviews have been transcribed with a digital archive now available through FIU’s Digital Library. While continuing to expand the video archive, On-MiamiBeach.com, a digital promotional portal showcasing the existing archive with links highlighting Miami and Miami Beach’s historical resources, was created.

Visit Miami Beach Welcome Center

Visit Miami Beach’s main objective is to promote the City of Miami Beach as the ultimate tourist destination. Their friendly staff assists locals as well as tourists with a multitude of needs such as hotel and restaurant reservations, tours, attraction bookings, and much more. The Miami Go Card and Explorer Pass are also sold at the Visitors Center. In addition, their revamped website has been designed to attract visitors from international, regional, and local destinations, as well as to promote a variety of local businesses. The Visit Miami Beach Welcome Center is located at 100 16th Street, Suite #6.


December 2020

No Vacancy, Miami Beach

No Vacancy, Miami Beach, taking place December 2 – 12, 2020, 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 ten hotels in Miami Beach, where lobbies, restaurants, lounges, patio areas, rooms, balconies and swimming pools may serve as a canvas. The selected hotels include the Avalon Hotel, The Betsy Hotel South Beach; Catalina Hotel & Beach Club; Hotel Croydon; Hyatt Centric; Kimpton Palomar; Lennox Miami Beach; Plymouth Hotel; Riviera South Beach, and The Confidante.


January 2021

2021 College Football Playoff National Championship

The College Football Playoff (CFP) is a four-team event to determine college football’s national champion on the field. Since its inception in 2015, the national championship has been played in a different host community, selected through a highly competitive bid process.  The 2021 national championship game will be played at the Hard Rock Stadium on Monday, January 11, 2021. Miami Beach will host 11 of 12 schedule events expected to take place January 9 – 12, 2021. The events include at least three full days of live ESPN studio broadcasts from Lummus Park; sponsor activations; and “Instagrammable moments” around ESPN’s sets, all of which are free and open to the public.


April 2021

Bachateando Dance Festival

The Bachateando Dance Festival, taking place April 14 – 18, 2021 at the Eden Roc Miami Beach, is a 5-day dance event that consists of nightly dance showcases from around the world; dance workshops and clinics; live concerts by world renowned artists and daily pool parties. The festival attracts novice and seasoned dance aficionados looking to learn, perform, watch shows and immerse themselves in the rich sounds of Bachata. 


May 2021

National Salute to America’s Heroes

Beginning in 2017 the National Salute to America’s Heroes once again became the world’s largest Air & Sea Show, Music Explosion, and Star-Spangles Fireworks Extravaganza. The 2021 event, taking place May 29 – 30, 2021, will showcase our country’s state of the art military technology, civilian aerobatic demonstrations, dynamic sea events, the finest musical talent and more. There is no better time than Memorial Day to pay tribute to our military, first responders and those that have paid the ultimate sacrifice on behalf of our freedom. This salute will generate community spirit, generate revenue for businesses, and positively showcase the Miami Beach community. 

2021 Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine + Food Festival

The 4-day Festival is a national, star-studded, four-day destination event showcasing the talents of the world’s most renowned wine and spirits producers, chefs and culinary personalities. Its 20th anniversary will take place May 20 - 23, 2021. All net proceeds from the Festival benefit the Florida International University Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management. The Festival will be showcasing Miami Beach as a first-class destination offering a wealth of culture, arts, beaches, and nightlife. A total of 62 events are scheduled with 42 events taking place on Miami Beach.


July 2021

Paraiso Swim Fashion Week Miami Beach

This 4-day event, taking place July 8 - 11, 2021, is the world’s largest marketing event for swimwear and resort wear industry. The fair is the official umbrella for Swim Week Miami Beach promoting a comprehensive calendar that includes experiential events, leading trade shows and satellite programs that support emerging and independent designers. 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.

2021 USTA National Clay Court Championships – Boys 14 Division

National Clays is the premiere clay court tennis tournament for American boys aged 14 and under and is one of the 4 “Junior American Grand Slams”. A total of 200 players represent all 50 states for singles play, along with 92 doubles teams. USTA National awarded Van Daalen Tennis the contract to host the National Boys 14 Clay Court Championships for 3 years beginning in 2021. The tournament will be held July 11 - 19, 2021, and all games will take place at the Miami Beach Tennis Center and the Flamingo Park Tennis Center. 

Miami Salsa Congress 

The Miami Salsa Congress, taking place July 21 – 25, 2021 at the Eden Roc Miami Beach, is a 5-day dance event that consists of 30 dance instruction workshops; 70 showcases; live concerts, trade shows and an exchange of social and cultural diversity. This event has drawn more than 50,000 attendees from around the globe which has converted Miami Beach into the epicenter of dance entertainment.  

Miami Takeover

The Miami Takeover Weekend is well positioned to be the signature yearly travel event for the mature Urban traveler. Scheduled for July 23 - 26, 2021, its purpose is to bring like-minded mature urban travelers in a stress-free getaway in the Greater Miami area to participate in peer networking, community service and enjoy entertainment. The weekend festivities kick off with a Golf tournament, followed by a networking meet and greet. Other events include a beach party; Go-Go Basel Art & Culture Installation; MASK-querade Ball, an annual beach sweep, and a Love DC Go-Go All White Concert.


September 2021

Orange Blossom Classic Weekend 

Founded in 1933, as a “Blacks only” season-ender for Florida A&M University to play against another Historically Black College/University (HBCU), this event laid the foundation for other HBCU Classics elsewhere. This year’s program will take place from September 2 - 6, 2021, and is anticipated to attract fans, alumni, students and family members to raise scholarship funds for the participating schools, that include Florida A&M University and Jackson State University. Programming will include dinners, golf tournaments, and a recruitment fair, culminating in the game to be held at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens. 

Miami Beach Pride

Celebrating its 13th edition, September 10 - 19, 2021, Miami Beach Pride brings together members of the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community, their friends, allies, and supporters, in celebration of the unique spirit and culture of the LGBTQ+ community.  The event, that anticipates attracting 125,000 attendees, is expected to include the popular Pride Festival, proposed for Lummus Park, with community booths and expo areas; two stages with high quality named entertainment, food and drink vendors, family-safe play areas, and niche LGBTQ+ lounge. The Pride Parade will feature 50+ floats along Ocean Drive and will be led by Pride’s 2021 Celebrity Grand Marshall (TBA). A contingency hybrid event plan is also in place should the planned event be disrupted by unknowns due to COVID-19. This will include crowd-decrease and socially distanced on-the-ground events in Lummus Park based on guidance from the City of Miami Beach.

GroundUP Music Festival

The 3-day Festival, taking place September 17 - 19, 2021, at the North Beach Bandshell is now in its fifth year. In partnership with the Rhythm Foundation since its inception, the festival has created an immersive experience that breaks down barriers between artist and festivalgoers that appreciate music in an intimate setting. Along with 8 daily performances from a strong line up of Grammy Award winning musicians, participants are also able to engage with the artists through masterclasses and workshops that are artist-led.

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