The LGBT 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 LGBT 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.
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 customized itineraries and recommendations on current and upcoming events, dining, shopping, attractions, and the arts whereby the guest is guided towards quick and easy user-friendly apps such as the MBVCA’s Experience Miami Beach app and the GettinLocal 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.
The South Beach Seafood Festival is in its 10th year and will be taking place October 19 – 21, 2022. The festival 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. The event 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.
No Vacancy, Miami Beach, taking place November 17 – December 8, 2022, 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; Esme; Fontainebleau, The Faena, International Inn; Royal Palm Hotel; Loews Miami Beach; Royal Palm Hotel; Cadillac Hotel; and Riviera South Beach Hotel.
One of the world’s biggest LGBTQ event returns to Miami Beach, November 25- November 28, 2022 during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Events will include 3 daytime parties and 3 nighttime events taking place at various venues including M2 Nightclub, the Royal Palm South Beach Hotel, and the Beach at 12th Street. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Miami Beach Gay Pride (non-profit).
Untitled Art, Miami Beach is an international curated Contemporary Art component event of Art Basel, Miami Beach that will be taking place November 29 – December 3, 2022. This year’s fair will bring together 142 international galleries and non-profit spaces from 25 countries. A progressive sector in support of young and emerging galleries (5 years or less) entitled “Nest” will return. The program offers reduced rates to help foster new galleries and artists. There will also be a focus on non-profits to support the advancement of the creative arts community and an exhibition entitled Arts of Life – Circle Contemporary that provides artists will intellectual and developmental disabilities a collective space to expand their practice. Long Road Projects, an artist residency program dedicated to providing a platform for contemporary artists from diverse backgrounds will also participate as will “Her Clique”, an organization that supports women artists.
This year’s SCOPE Miami Beach, taking place November 29 - December 4, 2022, will be celebrating its 21st year. A total of 150 International exhibitors from 25 countries and 60 cities are expected to participate. The expanded Atrium will provide an experiential multidisciplinary program, now in its 10th year, called The New Contemporary. Originating from the SCOPE Foundation, this non-profit component’s mandate supports emerging contemporary artists through grants, awards, and acquisitions. The expanded Atrium provides an experiential multidisciplinary program now in its 10th year called The New Contemporary.
This 3-day fishing event is an elite sailfish tournament, taking place December 8 – 10, 2022, and is in its 3rd year as the Yamaha Contender Miami Billfish Tournament of Champions. This VIP experience kicks off the sailfish season locally, however, the public will be able to see and enjoy an incredible weekend watching the best 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. Event producers will work with local restaurants to create a VIP Hospitality experience for participants with nightly dinners at Red the Steakhouse South Beach, Joe’s Stone Crab, Lobster Shack, Pizza Bar, Bodega, among others. All events will take place on Miami Beach and at the Miami Beach Marina. Teams competing in the tournament are expected to travel from New York, New Jersey, Texas, Alabama, North Carolina, and throughout the state of Florida. This particular event will support the Billfish Foundation which helps in the conservation of our oceans off the coast of Miami and Miami Beach and helps to improve the health of area fisheries.
This event returns for a second year and has expanded to include a third day. The event will once again feature a mixture of improvisational music, jam bands, funk music, and jazz and is set to take place on December 9 - 11, 2022, 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: moe., Lotus, Lettuce, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, Dopapod, Antibalas, Trouble No More, Keller Williams, Doom Flamingo, Brandon “Taz” Niederauer, Melt, Neighbor, Lemon City Trio, Shira Elias, Guavatron, Afrobeta, Cool Cool Cool.
The 2022 Capital One Orange Bowl Game will be played at the Hard Rock Stadium on Friday, December 30, 2022, with the ancillary events taking place between December 26 and December 30, 2022 throughout Miami Beach. The Orange Bowl features a week of exciting events including the Team Welcome Receptions, Team Beach Parties, Family/Children and Spouses’ outings, Coaches Dinners, Orange Bowl Coaches Luncheon, Orange Bowl Rhapsody, and Capital One Orange Bowl Fan Fest.
The Miami Marathon and Half Marathon will take place January 27 - 29, 2023 and is a favorite “racecation” for runners from around the world. The event consists of 5 component events including a Health and Fitness Expo, Pasta Party, VIP Party, 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.