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.
The GroundUP Music Festival returns for a third installment at the North Beach Bandshell, February 8 - 10, 2019. This annual event creates a unique festival experience for locals and tourists alike creating an artist-centric, community focused immersive environment. Guests can 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. The 2019 line-up includes Snarky Puppy, Lalah Hathaway, David Crosby, Tank and the Bangas, Susana Baca, Bill Laurance, The Funky Knuckles, Ghost-Note, Prd Maid, Bokante, Michelle Willis, Innov Gnawa, Lucy Woodward, House of Waters, New York Gypsy All-Stars, Maz, The O’Pears, and La Perla.
The Model Volleyball Tournament, taking place February 16 - 17, 2019, will celebrate its 10th year in 2019. This free event features top model agencies competing in a co-ed beach volleyball tournament. These top agencies include Next, CGM, Elite, MC2, Mega, Front, Green, BMG, Runways, 2BC, K2, DAS, & Dorothy Combs. In its 10th consecutive year, In 2018, Model Volleyball expanded to Los Angeles and held its inaugural event on Venice Beach.
The 4-day Festival, taking place February 20 - 24, 2019, 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 116 events, of which 72 are taking place on Miami Beach.
Winter Party Festival, taking place February 27 - March 5, 2019, is a week-long celebration for members of the LGBTQ community and friends. The festival expects to offer 15-20 paid and free events in Miami and Miami Beach over a seven-day period that is expected to attract 13,000 LGBTQ adults and allies. Events include the Beach Party, VIP Cocktail Reception, an outdoor concert, nighttime dance parties, and much more.
Miami Film Festival 2019, taking place March 1- 10, 2019, marks its 36th year 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 120 films from 35 countries along with 200+ events and meetings will take place in 2019 of which approximately 70% will be on Miami Beach.
The Miami Beach Tennis Cup, taking place March 5 - 10, 2019, is a tennis competition between players from the United States and Canada ages 35-85. Players compete in singles, doubles, and mixed doubles over a 5-day competition. All events will take place on Miami Beach. The event rotates between the US (in odd years) and Canada (in even years).
Miami Beach Pride (MBP), taking place April 1 - 7, 2019, brings together Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, Transgender, 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 houses expo/vendor booths for the community to come together providing educational, cultural, food & drink, a kid’s zone for families, a safe Pridelines zone for teens, and a Lambda Living Lounge for seniors. MBP 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, VIP reception and more. In addition, they will continue the activation of “Pride Lights Up the Night”.
Bachateando Miami Dance Festival, taking place April 3 - 7, 2019, 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.
IKT is the International Association of Curators of Contemporary Art. This 700+ network brings together curators from across the world to meet, share knowledge, exchange ideas, and broaden their curatorial opportunities during its annual congress. IKT represents the professional interests of contemporary curators worldwide. This congress, taking place April 11 - 14, 2019, will bring 100-150 international professional curators and local arts professionals to Miami Beach to participate in symposiums and curated visits to local art institutions, alternative spaces, galleries, and museums to network with local art professionals. The events are also expected to attract 75-100 local art professionals, artists, and curators.
The South Beach Triathlon, taking place April 13 - 14, 2019 and celebrating its 12th year in 2019, 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.
Money4Good, taking place April 28 - May 1, 2019, is focused on voting your values through consumer dollars, investment dollars, philanthropic dollars, job or business choice and at the ballot box. It provides sidebar education opportunities for the public. The event will focus on UN 2030 Goals, Cities, Climate Change/Sea level Rise, Health, Millennial/Gen Z, Social Entrepreneurship, Miami & Florida Specific Issues, and Sustainable Tourism.
In 2017 the inaugural National Salute to America’s Heroes was created 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 25 - 26, 2019, is anchored by the two-day Air & Sea Show, a concert, and fireworks display. This salute showcases our country’s state-of-the-art military technology, civilian aerobatic demonstrations, dynamic sea events, interactive exhibit, and much more.