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.
Since 2001, this project has interviewed 144 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.
The Center offers year-round activities to visitors and residents alike, that stimulate interest in rowing as a sport and Miami Beach as a great location. Programming at the center begins with the Head of the Indian River Regatta on October 16th, 2021 – the only nationally recognized event in the State of Florida. Programs and events continue year-round at the Center and include regattas, winter and spring training camps, summer camps and year-round rowing programs. Local high school students have qualified 32 rowers for National Championships and graduating seniors have been recruited to top universities including Harvard, Yale, Columbia, Boston University and Vanderbilt; some with full scholarship. The center’s adaptive program opens the waterways to people with disabilities along with a partnership with the VA and Jackson Spinal Cord Unit. These are on hold for the moment due to COVID-19 but provide a valuable resource for the community. The center has attracted international attention from around the world including India, Eastern Europe and from Olympian rowers. The Center also has meeting and event space which is expected to host weddings and other events in the near future.
The South Beach Seafood Festival is now in its 8th year and is taking place October 20 – 23, 2021. 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 18 – December 9, 2021, 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; The Faena, International Inn; Royal Palm Hotel; Plymouth Hotel; Riviera South Beach, and The Confidante.
UNTITLED,ART, is a 6-day Contemporary Art component event of Art Basel, Miami Beach that will be taking place November 29 – December 4, 2021. The fair will bring together 149 international galleries and non-profit spaces from 31 countries. A new, special section for selected young and emerging galleries (5 years or less) will debut this year. Untitled Art Miami Beach is pleased to present a program of curated Special Projects, installations, performances, podcast conversations, Monuments and events for the 2021 edition of the fair.
Now in its 20th year, this year’s SCOPE Miami Beach will be held Tuesday, November 30-December 5, 2021. Celebrating its 20th year in Miami, it is with tremendous excitement that SCOPE returns to its iconic location on the sands of Miami Beach, nestled amongst the iconic architecture of Ocean Drive at 8th Street. With stunning views of the ocean, SCOPE’s extraordinary selection of contemporary art from 140 international exhibitors will be presented alongside museum-quality installations, panel discussions, and nightlife events.
Taking place December 10-11, 2021 at the North Beach Bandshell, the festival is a first-year cultural event that will feature live music in the Jam Band, Funk, Rock and Jazz genres. The “jam band” music scene encompasses rock, jazz, funk, and electronica all united by a love of improvisation and musicianship. The festival’s lineup includes the following artists: Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, Spafford, The Motet, Marco Benevento, TAUK, Aqueous, Ghost-Note, Eric Krasno & The Assembly, Karina Rykman, Holly Bowling, Brandon “Taz” Niederauer, The Heavy Pets, Brendan Bayliss & Jennifer Hartswick, Electric Kif, Juke, and TAND.
The 2021 College Football Playoff Semi-Final at the Capital One Orange Bowl Game will be played at the Hard Rock Stadium on Friday, December 31, 2021, with the ancillary events taking place from December 26, 2021 – January 1, 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 LIFETIME Miami Marathon and Half Marathon will celebrate its 20th anniversary this year. The event will take place February 4 - 6, 2022 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.
This 4-day Festival, set to take place on February 24 - 27, 2022, showcases Miami Beach as a first-class destination that offers a wealth of culture, arts, beaches, and nightlife. The Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival presented by Capital One (SOBEWFF®) 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. All net proceeds from the Festival benefit the Florida International University Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management.
This 4-day art fair, taking place March 10 – 13, 2022, is comprised of 80+ artists curated into 25,000 square feet of open-air space on the 7th floor of the Herzog and De Meuron-designed 1111 Lincoln Road building. Miami Beach will serve as the backdrop to this In-Person/NFT Hybrid Art Fair serving as positive counterprogramming for Spring Break. The open-air fair is committed to carbon neutrality and eco-friendliness and will feature a locally grown organic brand Truman Vodka. The fair will also encourage biking and provide free, monitored bike parking outside of the venue. After expanding into new US markets, Superfine marks its return to Miami Beach, with plans to make a bigger than every splash on the cultural scene of the city where it was hatched.
Going into its 12th year, the Model Volleyball Tournament will take place on the beach over the March 12 - 13, 2022 weekend. The event will feature each city’s top model agencies as well as some of the top professional volleyball players from around the world competing in a co-ed beach volleyball tournament. Top agencies set to participate include Next, CGM, Elite, MC2, Mega, Front, BMG Runways, 2BC, K2, DAS, and Dorothy Coombs. This year’s event will support a Miami based organization called AWOM whose mission is to help those who have lost loved ones and improve the lives of young girls locally. Past noteworthy celebrity guests have included Dwayne Wade, Chanel Iman, James Mardsen, Jamie Foxx, Rob Gronkowski, Cedric the Entertainer, Reggie Bush, Calvin Klein and many others. There will be a total of 5 component events – all taking place on Miami Beach.
This three-day event is set to take place on May 6 – 8, 2022 at the North Beach Bandshell. Now in its third iteration since 2017, the festival brings to Miami an eclectic mix of international and nationally known artists such as three-time Grammy winner Snarky Puppy, Rock n’ Roll Hall of Famer David Crosby, Grammy winner Lalah Hathaway and others for an intimate and immersive experience where fans can appreciate the music close up. They can also participate in masterclasses and workshops lead by the artists themselves. Each festival day will feature a minimum of 8 performances on two stages.
This annual summit focused on education and policy discussions concerning climate change will be held in Miami Beach, May 9 – 12, 2022 throughout the City of Miami Beach. Through a collaboration with the City of Miami Beach and a diverse group of partner institutions in and beyond South Florida, the 2022 Program will feature a variety of main stage events, breakout sessions, roundtable discussions, and excursions focused on mitigating and adapting to climate change. Topics will include solutions to flooding and sea-level rise; new renewable energy technologies; the impact of climate change on food and agriculture; test drives of new electric vehicles, and much more.
The purpose of this event is to bring back the true meaning and spirit of the Memorial Day weekend and pay tribute to all those that have paid the ultimate sacrifice on behalf of our nation’s freedom. The two-day event will be held May 28 - 29, 2022 and the main component of the event is the world-class Hyundai Air & Sea Show that showcases our country’s state of the art military technology. It also includes dynamic sea events, interactive displays along Ocean Drive and much more. Entitled “The Greatest Show above the Earth” ®, it will feature the men, women, technology, and equipment from all five major branches of the United States military as well as our police, firefighters and first responder agencies.
Now in its 26th year, the American Black Film Festival provides a platform for emerging Black artists, many who have gone on to become successful actors, comedians, producers, writers, and directors. This 5-day film festival, taking place June 15 - 19, 2022, is an annual event dedicated to recognizing Black talent and showcasing quality film and television content by and about people of African descent. The festival will feature 40-45 separate events and 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 last year’s event was virtual due to the COVID 19 pandemic, this year’s festival will continue to feature a virtual component that will take place from June 20 - 30, 2022.
The Miami Beach Classical Music Festival (MMF), now in its ninth season, is expected to bring 175 young pre-professionals ages 16-30 from 25 different countries together to study and perform high caliber summer concerts for the Miami Beach community. Taking place from June 21 – July 24, 2022, these young artists will study and perform approximately 20 public concerts in venues throughout Miami Beach including Lincoln Road, Lummus Park, Faena Forum, Normandy Fountain, The Betsy South Beach, Temple Emanu-El, Faena Forum and many more. An Independence Day Concert will take place in Lummus Park, through a partnership with the City of Miami Beach. Events will include family-friendly productions, outdoor performances, piano recitals, chamber music performances, Opera Aria, Broadway, Zarzuela Nights, and surprise flash mob performances all at no cost.
This 5-day event, taking place July 13 - 17, 2022, is considered the world’s largest marketing event for swimwear and resort wear industry in the world. The fair is the official umbrella for Swim Week Miami Beach promoting a comprehensive calendar that includes experiential events, 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.
The Miami Takeover Weekend is well positioned to be the signature yearly travel event for season. Scheduled for July 15 - 18, 2022, 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 Neon-Glow beach party at the Marseilles Hotel; a cultural exchange arts and music festival that will feature live performances of Go-Go Basel – the official music of Washington DC, and a City of Miami Beach sweep/clean-up.
Preparate! for The Annual Miami Salsa Congress — a 5-day Latin music and dance festival featuring a unique compilation of the world’s top Salsa talent including local and international dance performers, world-class dance instructors, top industry DJs and award-winning Latin orchestras. The Miami Salsa Congress, taking place July 20 – 25, 2022 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 draws a wide range of attendees from around the globe to enjoy dancing, shopping, and socializing.
The Bachateando Dance Festival, taking place September 7 – 12, 2022 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, a style of romantic music that originated in the Dominican Republic.