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.
The 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, conferences, events, and destination weddings, attracting hundreds of out-of-town guests. The Center also hosts an adaptive program for people with disabilities that is recognized nationally.
Visit Miami Beach, located at 530 17th Street, has been operating in its new location for approximately one year. Their 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.
This 5-day culinary Festival, taking place October 16 - 20, 2018, 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 an Evening at Joe’s Stone Crab, Cooking & Cocktails, Crabs, Slabs, and Cabs, and Chef Showdown. The Festival, as well as some pop-up events, has also been selected to air nationally on The Travel Channel’s Food Paradise series that highlights top festivals in the country, generating at least 1,000,000 in viewership.
The ITF Young Seniors World Tennis Championships, taking place October 20 - November 3, 2018, is a 15-day marquee event that consists of individual and team championship divisions. Over 800 players from over 35 countries are expected to compete for the world champion title within their respective categories. In addition to the approximately 4,000 matches, events are expected to include an opening ceremony, a gala event, and activities in and around Miami Beach for the attendees to enjoy during their visit.
This annual event, taking place October 26 - 28, 2018, 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 10th anniversary in 2018 and has grown steadily since its inception. Events will include packet pick-up at Lululemon 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.
The Pan American International Karate Tournament, taking place November 9 - 11, 2018, 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.
SCOPE Miami Beach, taking place December 4 - 9, 2018, is a contemporary art fair that will welcome over 140 established international exhibitors and 20 emerging galleries, many of whom will experience their first introduction to the art market. Also offering 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, many ancillary events to include a Platinum First View Brunch, VIP+Press Preview, Bombay Sapphire+SCOPE Party, and various VIP brunches and panel discussions will be held.
UNTITLED, Art in Miami Beach, taking place December 4 - 9, 2018, is an international curated art fair that focuses on curatorial balance and integrity across all disciplines of contemporary art. Founded in 2012, UNTITLED selects a curatorial team to identify, and curate a selection of galleries, artist-run exhibition spaces, and non-profit institutions and organization, in discussion with an architecturally designed venue. In addition to the art fair, other events will include a series of conversations, performances, and special events to enhance the visitor experience.
This year’s Capital One Orange Bowl game will be played on Saturday, December 29, 2018 at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami–Dade County, with their ancillary events taking place between December 24 and 29, 2018. 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.
NATPE Miami, taking place January 21 - 24, 2019, is the epicenter of the global content, community focused on commerce, deal-making, screenings, awards, education, thought-leadership, and networking all under one roof. It is the largest US-based global content association that hosts their annual anchor marketplace & conference, and award shows attracting entertainment, content, talent, producers, buyers, distributors, brands, service providers, and press from every corner of the world. In addition to the marketplace & conference, events will include an opening night party, the Unscripted Breakthrough Awards & Reception, the Brandon Tartikoff Legacy Award Ceremony & Reception, “Living the DREAM: A Career in Content”, and the Miami Beach Party hosted by the GMCVB.
The Miami Marathon (26.2 miles) and Half Marathon (13.1 miles), taking place January 25 - 27, 2019, are health and community-based running/walking races that are expected to draw approximately 56,000 participants and spectators. The event will kick off with the Health & Fitness Expo followed by the various races that include the Tropical 5K and Kids’ Run, with courses that will be lined with spectators, local bands, DJs, and high school cheerleaders rooting on participants. There will also be a Finish Line Festival at Nikki Beach.