Yearlong Programs

Miami Beach Visual Memoirs Project

This project has interviewed over 100 long-time Miami Beach residents in an effort to capture the rich history this City has to offer, over the past 6 years. 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. A Facebook page and website have been created, and the interviews have all been transcribed with a digital archive now available through FIU’s Digital Library. While continuing to expand the video archive, “Window on Miami” a digital promotional portal showcasing the existing archive with links highlighting Miami and Miami Beach’s historical resources, was created. The emphasis this coming year is to document Miami Beach’s business history and increasing their educational outreach through a partnership with the Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber will promote usage of the Miami Beach Visual Memoirs Project’s educational videos and teacher guides in all the Miami Beach public schools through its educational foundation. MDPL will also develop a program encouraging student-produced videos on Miami Beach history to be shown through social media.  MDPL will continue to exhibit and promote the educational videos at the Art Deco Welcome Center and Museum. Close-Up Productions will promote the project during Art Deco Weekend with a presentation on the global impact of Art Deco at the Wolfsonian Museum, using video excerpts from the archive.

Miami Beach Watersports Center

Miami Beach Watersports Center begins each season in October with a major rowing race, Head of the Indian Creek Regatta, the only Nationally Recognized Regatta of its kind in Florida and attended by hundreds of out of town participants and spectators. Activities continue year-round including training camps and adaptive programs. The second floor space is also a draw for destination weddings, event, and meetings. 

The Hub at the LGBT Visitor Center

The Hub at the LGBT Visitor Center provides LGBT tourists resources to ensure a successful stay in Miami Beach while promoting socioeconomic development and tourism. In addition to their daily services, the Center proudly offers ongoing panel discussions, educational workshops, special social events, recovery & support groups, and dance & fitness classes.

Tourist Hospitality Center 

The Tourist Hospitality Center provides assistance to visitors and welcomes an average of 8,500 visitors annually and an average world-wide internet outreach of 28,000 through its website The center provides assistance to visitors through a combination of marketing campaigns that adds more exposure to Miami Beach. The marketing efforts help attract travelers to stay in Miami Beach hotels. 

Visit Miami Beach Visitor's Center 

Visit Miami Beach (VMB) is located at 530 17th Street, Miami Beach, FL. Their new street-front location will be able to assist a greater number of guests that walk through the Lincoln Road area and towards the New World Symphony and Fillmore Theaters. VMB's multilingual staff meets and greets thousands of tourists, convention goers, residents, and business travelers annually. VMB has successfully welcomed and received visitors that come to Miami Beach for conventions, meetings, and expos at the Miami Beach Convention Center to assist in the promotion of restaurants, attractions and retail stores throughout the City.

October 2017

South Beach Seafood Festival

This 5-day culinary Festival, taking place October 17 - 21, 2017, kicks off Miami’s globally-recognized stone crab season through a high-end experience that showcases the talent of South Florida’s leading chefs and culinary masterminds.  The South Beach Seafood Festival includes nightly culinary events leading up to Saturday’s festival, to include a VIP Chef Showdown, An Evening at Joe’s, Cooking and Cocktails featuring Goya and Herradura, and the new Crabs, Slabs, and Cabs featuring Cambria and Menin Hospitality. The event will also be televised on the Food Network’s newest show “Food Festivals”; on VIP Television that airs throughout the state of Florida, and featured on NBC6 “Six in the Mix.

2017 Miami Beach Halloween Half Marthon & Freaky 4-Miler

This annual event, taking place October 27 - 29, 2017, has placed a creative twist on the traditional running event.  The majority of participants are dressed in full costume while running the course.  The event will celebrate its 9th anniversary in 2017 and has grown steadily since its inception. Events will include packet pick-up at Nike Miami Beach on Lincoln Road, an awards ceremony and post-race party at Nikki Beach, and a happy hour at the host hotels. There is also a “Freaky 4-miler” taking place in conjunction with the 13.1-mile half marathon, taking place October 28, 2017.

ITF World Senior Team and Individual Championships

The 2017 ITF (International Tennis Federation) Seniors World Team Championships will take place over a period of 2 weeks throughout Miami and Miami Beach, between October 29 and November 11, 2017. The Championship is the highest ranked team event on the Seniors Circuit for male and female players in the age categories of 50-60. Since the tournament’s inception in 1981, the number of competitors has continued to increase year. There are now 21 age categories, from the original 4, with more than 1,000 players competing in both singles and doubles matches. The event will include approximately 4,000 matches over a 2-week period. 

November 2017

Pan American International Karate Tournament

The Pan American International Karate Tournament, taking place November 16 - 18, 2017, is one of the largest and most prestigious sport martial arts events in the world today. Established in 1980, it has become one of the best sport karate tournaments in the world with competitors coming in to compete from all over the United States and the world. A 30-minute show highlighting the event will be featured on NBC stations/Telemundo.

December 2017

SCOPE Miami Beach 2017

SCOPE Miami Beach, taking place December 5 - 10, 2017, is a contemporary art fair that will welcome over 120 established International Exhibitors and 20 emerging galleries, many of whom will experience their first introduction to the art market. Also featuring a wide range of curated projects, sponsor programs and Platinum VIP tours, SCOPE’s emphasis on activating young galleries and artists draws attendees who are seasoned collectors, curators and tastemakers looking for new discovery. In addition to the art show, a total of 4 ancillary events will take place to include a Platinum First View Brunch, VIP + Press Preview, Bombay Sapphire + SCOPE party, and the SCOPE Official party, and daily interactive events inside the pavilion and outside in SCOPE’s beach lounge.

UNTITLED, Art Fair Miami Beach

UNTITLED, Art Fair Miami Beach, taking place December 5 - 10, 2017, is a curated art fair for international galleries and nonprofit art spaces with a focus on emerging and mid-career contemporary art. UNTITLED is situated directly on the beach with natural light and ocean views, and is working with internationally recognized architecture firm K/R, under the direction of John Keenen, to construct the design of its temporary pavilion to integrate international galleries, nonprofit spaces, and a designated space for the fair's programming. In addition to its roster of international exhibitors, UNTITLED will present a series of conversations, performances, special events, and special projects as part of its compelling visitor experience.

2017 Capital One Orange Bowl Game and Ancillary Events

This year’s Capital One Orange Bowl game will be played on Saturday, December 30, 2017 at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami–Dade County, with their ancillary events taking place between December 26 and 30, 2017. It is estimated that over 200,000 college football fans, spectators and participants will take part in the Festival’s events. The game will be televised on ESPN. In addition, the radio broadcast, through ESPN Radio, and the radio networks of the participating schools will generate a combined 8 million listeners.  The Orange Bowl features a week of exciting events including the Team Welcome Receptions, Team Beach Parties, Family/Children and Spouses’ outings, Coaches Dinners, Team Hospital Visits, Orange Bowl Coaches Luncheon, Orange Bowl Rhapsody, and Capital One Orange Bowl Fan Fest.  

January 2017

NATPE Miami 2018

Celebrating 55 years of service to the global television industry, NATPE, taking place January 16 - 18, 2018, inspires the growth and success of content development, creation, production, financing, and distribution across all platforms through interdepend marketplaces where industry powers gather to offer insight and make deals. The annual market & conference is the only American program market serving the worldwide television/content community. This 3-day conference is recognized throughout the world as a key media event. Events will include the NATPE Market & Conference, NATPE Opening Night Party, and the Brandon Tartikoff Legacy Award Ceremony and Reception. Additional events, not managed by NATPE, may be planned in the Miami Beach area by exhibitor and sponsors

2018 Miami Marathon and Half Marathon, Tropical 5K, Health and Fitness Expo

The Miami Marathon (26.2 miles) and Half Marathon (13.1 miles) are health and community based running/walking races that are expected to draw approximately 25,000 athletes for the marathon/half marathon, 2,500 athletes for the Tropical 5K, and 3,000 public school students for the Kids Run Miami Program. The events, taking place January 26 - 28, 2018, will kick off with the health and fitness expo which will be visited by over 20,000 visitors, as well as, a press conference, VIP Party, and Tropical 5K. 

February 2018

GroundUP Music Festival

The 2nd Annual GroundUP Music Festival, taking place February 9 - 11, 2018, will be held at the North Beach Bandshell and hotel partner Deauville Beach Resort. This annual event creates a unique festival experience for locals and tourists alike creating an immersive experience that breaks down barriers between artist and festival- goer where guests will enjoy and appreciate the music up close and interact with the artists in the masterclasses and workshops lead by the artists themselves. A strong line-up of Grammy-award winning artists and internationally renowned performers combines community focus and an international audience.     

Model Volleyball

The Model Volleyball tournament, taking place February 17 - 18, 2018,  has lived on the sand in Miami Beach since 2010 and become a signature event across South Florida. This free event is open to the public and features top model agencies competing in a co-ed beach volleyball tournament. These top agencies include Next, CGM, Elite, Ford, MC2, Mega, Front, Green, BMG, Runways, 2BC, Wilhelmina, K2, DAS, & Dorothy Combs. In its 8th consecutive year, Model Volleyball has grown to see nearly 15,000 attendees, over 300 participating models and over 200 million in media impressions. 

2018 Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival

The 4-day Festival, taking place February 21 - 25, 2018, will showcase celebrities and top names in the culinary, wine and spirits industries. Televised programming specials on national TV via the Food Network and Cooking Channels will reach an estimated 100 million households The Festival's marketing plan will generate at least 2 billion impressions. The Festival showcases Miami Beach as a first-class destination offering a wealth of culture, arts, beaches, and nightlife. A total of 89 events, of which 58 are taking place on Miami Beach.

Winter Party Festival

Winter Party Festival, taking place February 28 - March 6, 2018, is a week-long celebration for members of the LGBTQ community and friends. The festival expects to offer 20 paid and free events in Miami and Miami Beach over a six-day period that is expected to attract 13,000 LGBTQ adults and allies. Events include dance events at local clubs, outdoor dance parties, cocktail receptions, an art exhibit and many more.  

March 2018

2018 Miami Film Festival

Miami Film Festival 2018, taking place March 9 - 18, 2018, celebrates 35 years of offering a selection of the best new films to the community. For more than 15 years the festival has successfully promoted Miami Beach as a cultural and business destination by presenting the year’s best international and independent films over a 10 day period and by bringing filmmakers, industry leaders (producers, sales agents, distributors, buyers, etc) and new audiences to the city. Approximately 100 films from 35 countries along with 200+ events and meetings will take place in 2018 of which more than 70% will be on Miami Beach.  

April 2018

10th Annual Miami Beach Gay Pride 2018

Miami Beach Gay Pride Inc. (MBGP) brings together Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, Trans-gender, Queer & Questioning members of the community as well as allies and supporters to celebrate Pride in Miami Beach. MBGP provides a safe, free, mass-appeal festival and parade for all. The Festival, taking place April 2 - 8, 2018, houses expo/vendor booths for the community to come together providing educational, cultural, food & drink, and a kid’s zone for families. MBGP promotes dance, art, fashion, community, and networking events as well as civic receptions enhancing the community, educating masses about the nature of Pride while celebrating their diversities. Primary programming includes the annual parade, expo and festivities on Ocean Drive, the rainbow flag-raising ceremony at Miami Beach City Hall, Miss Pride Pageant, VIP reception and more. In addition, they will continue the activation of “Pride Lights the Night – A Tribute to Pulse” where they anticipate over 50 distinct locations to be lit up in the Pride rainbow colors as a tribute to the Pulse victims, their families, and friends.

Bachateando Dance Festival

Bachateando Miami Dance Festival, taking place April 4 - 8, 2018, is a 4-day dance event which 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.  

South Beach Triathlon

The South Beach Triathlon, celebrating its 11th year and taking place April 13 - 15, 2018, is known as one of the nation’s most prestigious races, due to its unique and intense course combined with great perks. The race begins with an ocean swim in the beautiful water that runs parallel to world-famous South Beach. The bike course crosses over Miami Beach’s famous Causeways with scenic views of the Intracoastal Waterway, downtown Miami, and Miami Beach. The run course runs alongside Miami Beach’s Art Deco District, finishing on the while sands of South Beach. The race features the International Distance, a .93 mile swim, a 24.25 mile bike and a 6.2 mile run. The Classic Distance features a .5 mile swim, 20.7-mile bike and 4-mile run.

May 2018

National Salute to America's Heroes

The inaugural National Salute to America’s Heroes was created in 2017 on the beautiful shores of Miami Beach (South Beach) during the Memorial Day weekend. Recognized as one of the largest events promoting our National Heroes, this annual event, taking place May 26 - 27, 2018, is anchored by the Air & Sea Show. This salute showcases our country’s state-of-the-art military technology, civilian aerobatic demonstrations, dynamic sea events, interactive exhibit, and much more. 

June 2018

American Black Film Festival

The American Black Film Festival, taking place June 13 - 17, 2018, is an annual event dedicated to showcasing quality film and television content by and about people of African descent. The ABFF attracts a national audience of celebrities, filmmakers, film-loving consumers, and industry stakeholders. The festival events include educational workshops, informative panel discussions, celebrity conversations, as well as networking receptions. In addition, independent feature, documentaries, shorts and web series are showcased along with preview screenings of studio and TV network programming.

Irie Weekend

This is one of South Florida’s most buzzworthy and highly anticipated weekends of the year. Irie Weekend, taking place June 28 - July 1, 2018, is a star-studded weekend of festivities that draws participants and media from across the globe. Events will include a range of celebrities taking part in a golf tournament, concerts, pool parties, and more. A portion of the proceeds will go towards the Irie Foundation, a non-profit organization that works to improve the lives of at-risk youth within the community.

July 2018

Swim Fashion Week Paraiso Miami Beach

Swim Fashion Week Miami Beach, taking place July 11 - 15, 2018, is the largest fashion event for swimwear and resort in the world. It gathers the most famous international designers from around the world such as Tommy Hilfiger, Nicole Miller, Donna Karan, Jennifer Lopez, Betsey Johnson, Custo Barcelona, and many more. Events are expected to include a week of fashion shows, presentations, showrooms, music performances, and afterparties. The event will be broadcast on Fashion TV that will run multiple shows, multiple times a day, generating 500 million in viewership. The event will also be broadcast through a 30-minute show on Trendy TV.


SwimShow, taking place July 14 - 17, 2018, is celebrating its 36th anniversary this year and continues to be the catalyst for everything “swim” around this important tradeshow during swim week. SwimShow is the largest swimwear tradeshow in the world offering the finest presentation of swimwear, beachwear, resort, lifestyle / active and accessories. The show caters to boutiques, resort shops, specialty stores, surf shops, department stores, mass merchants and more. SwimShow, the first and only industry swim tradeshow in the United States, is currently the most comprehensive and sought after in the world. In addition to the four-day tradeshow at the Miami Beach Convention Center, this year's SwimShow includes a Swim Lounge, Breakfast Bar, High Tea, and Seminars.

Miami Salsa Congress

The Miami Salsa Congress, taking place July 25 - 29, 2018, is a five-day dance and music festival, which consists of dance instruction workshops, showcases, live bands, trade shows, accommodations, and an exchange of social and cultural diversity. This event has attracted over 50,000 attendees from around the world over the last several years. Events expected to take place include over 30 professional dance workshops and over 70 evening showcases, live bands, and daily social poolside dancing.

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