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.
Since 2001, this project has interviewed 130 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.
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.
Aqua Girl Festival is taking place October 3 - 6, 2019, celebrating its 20th year. The Festival creates a safe space for LGBTQ women and their allies to showcase and explore music, the arts, connection and equality. This year’s festival, being held across Miami Beach, will feature 8 events that include cocktail parties with live performances, celebrity chef activations, pool parties featuring national female DJs and producers, choreographed dance troupes and percussionists, a wide variety of comedians and spoken word performances surrounded by live and stationary art exhibits. The event attracts thousands of LGBTQ women from across the world to Miami Beach. All proceeds from the festival benefit Aqua Foundation for Women, a non-profit organization that serves to support the LGBTQ community in South Florida.
This is one of South Florida’s most buzzworthy and highly anticipated weekends of the year. Irie Weekend taking place October 10 - 13, 2019, is a star-studded weekend of festivities that draws participants and media from across the globe. Events will include a golf tournament, concerts, pool parties, and more with a large range of celebrity participation. 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.
The 7th annual South Beach Seafood Festival, taking place on October 22 - 26, 2019 is a 5-day culinary event that 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 a Chef Showdown.
The ITF (International Tennis Federation) Seniors World Team Championships, taking place October 19 - November 2, 2019, is a 15-day marquee event that consists of individual and team championship divisions. Over 900 players from more than 35 countries will be competing for the coveted title of World Champion in their respective categories. It is the highest ranked event on the ITF circuit for male and female players 35, 40, and 45 years of age. The individual championships offer singles, doubles and mixed doubles as well as consolation draw for singles first-round losers. The team championships see nations compete against each other in their age category on a round robin basis followed by a knock out stage to decide the winners and final positions. Other events include an opening ceremony, gala event, and player parties.
Circuit Festival Barcelona – the world’s biggest international gay event – joins forces with Miami’s biggest and most well-known party producers. This event, taking place November 28 - December 2, 2019 will offer the ultimate gay dance festival getaway. Circuit Festival Miami will include 5 nighttime events with world-class production in spectacular locations; a minimum of 3 daytime parties, including a Beach party, and international DJs to entertain Circuit Party goers
Once Upon a Kitchen is an unprecedented culinary experience taking place from November 30, 2019 through December 1, 2019, The event recently relocated from New York and includes a multi-course, wine paired dinner featuring signature dishes from a bucket-list-worthy epicurean quartet of Michelin Star culinary masters: Massimo Bottura, Mauro Colagreco, Alex Atala and Antonio Bachou, with renowned winemaker Roberto Cipresso presiding. Guests will enjoy a welcome cocktail experience created by Alex Ott, a world-renown Master Mixologist. This event is endorsed by Forbes Travel Guide and has a not-for profit charitable partner in Food for Soul, an organization founded by Massimo Bottura and his wife Laura Gilmore.
SCOPE Miami Beach, taking place December 3 - 8, 2019, 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, VIP brunches and panel discussions, a Commissioners Brunch, and Porsche Private Dinner, will be held.
UNTITLED, Art Miami Beach, taking place December 3 - 8, 2019, 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 30, 2019 at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami–Dade County, with their ancillary events taking place between December 24 and 31, 2019. It is estimated that over 200,000 college football fans, spectators and participants will take part in the Capital One Orange Bowl Festival events. The game will be televised on ESPN and is expected to reach more than 20,000,000 viewers through ESPN’s family of networks. In addition, as the official broadcast provider of the football game, ESPN Radio, along with the participating teams’ radio networks, are expected to deliver a combined 8 million listeners from the game broadcast. 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.
NATPE Miami, taking place January 21 - 23, 2020, 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 SUPERBOWL LIV game will be played on Sunday February 2, 2020 at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami–Dade County, with their ancillary events taking place between January 25 and February 2, 2020. This will be one of the most watched televised events in 2020 and is expected to attract numerous tourists to Miami Beach to participate in the weeklong events leading up to the big game. The Super Bowl Host Committee will manage several high-profile events on Miami Beach that will showcase the destination as the one of the most ideal locations to host the big game. They will include the Media Center, NFL Experience, NFL Commissioners Ball, NFL Host House, FOX Broadcast, ESPN Broadcast, NFL Networks broadcast, and FOX VIP Party.
The Miami Marathon and Half Marathon, taking place February 7 – 9, 2020, are health and community-based running/walking races. It is a favorite “race cation” for runners throughout the world. The event will kick off with the Health & Fitness Expo that is free and open to the public 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 post-race party at Nikki Beach.
The GroundUp Music Festival returns for a fourth year in between February 14 - 16, 2020 at the North Beach Bandshell. 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 2020 line-up includes Snarky Puppy, Lettuce, Michael McDonald, Cecile McLorin Salvant, Lila Downs Christian Scott a Tunde Adjuah, Brian Blade and the Fellowship Band, and Becca Stevens, among others.
The Model Volleyball Tournament, taking place February 15 – 16, 2020, will enter its 11th year in 2020. 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. The tournament expanded in 2018, to Los Angeles (Venice Beach) and will soon be adding a New York City component in 2020. In the past, guests have included Dwayne Wade, Hassan Whiteside, Calvin Klein, Jamie Foxx and many more noteworthy celebrities and athletes.
The 4-day Festival, taking place February 19 – 23, 2020, will showcase celebrities and top names in the culinary, wine and spirits industries. Al Roker is confirmed to participate in the Beachside BBQ event on Saturday Night, therefore, a live taping of the Today Show is anticipated from The Loews Miami Beach on the Friday morning of the event. The Festival will be showcasing Miami Beach as a first-class destination offering a wealth of culture, arts, beaches, and nightlife
Winter Party Festival, taking place March 4 – 10, 2020, is a week-long celebration for members of the LGBTQ community and friends. The festival expects to host 18-22 events in Miami and Miami Beach, and will include the Beach Party, VIP Cocktail Reception, an outdoor concert, nighttime dance parties, and much more.
Taking place July 31 – August 2, 2020, SPICE MIAMI is a three-day lesbian-centric festival for women seeking to foster a supportive environment that empowers women by providing access to research on women’s health, particularly breast and cervical cancer prevention. Held at the Confidante Miami Beach Hotel, the event will feature performance artists, sports influencers, comedians, dancers, social media influencers, celebrity hosts, local and national DJ’s vendors, and sponsors delivering a great music, art and food experience. Additionally, mental health services, women’s health and wellness services will also be a focus particularly GYN services, education and promotion of mammograms, pap smears, HIV/STD/STI testing, LGBTQ culture, nightlife activities all within a safe space. The Florida Department of Health/Miami-Dade County’s office of Preventive Medicine will be a special guest.Beach activations will include games such as volleyball, bocce, bean bag corn-hole games, IV hydration tents, VIP beach beds, hammocks, and cooling fans. Two fully equipped bars selling premium and top shelf liquor, bottle and VIP service with food will be available on the beach as well.
Swim Fashion Week - Paraiso Miami Beach will take a new form as a digital platform in light of the current environment. The digital platform www.ParaisoMiamiBeach.com will be for both trade and consumer audiences; embracing the creativity and allowing designers greater flexibility in presenting their upcoming collections. Swim Fashion Week - PARAISO Miami Beach will take place August 20 - 22, 2020.
In its 13th year, The Miami Takeover Weekend, is well positioned to be the signature yearly travel event for the mature urban traveler (28-45). The purpose of the event is to bring together like-minded mature urban travelers and provide them with a stress-free travel getaway to Miami Beach, centered around entertainment, peer networking as well as the opportunity to participate in community service while travelling. Taking place September 4 – 7, 2020, the weekend festivities kick off on Friday with a Colgate Smiles Bright Futures dental screening in the morning and continues with an afternoon meet and greet. Five additional social and community service events are planned during the remainder of the weekend including a masquerade party, a Neon Glow pool party at the host hotel (Nautilus), to Sunday events that feature live performances of Go-Go which is the recently adopted official music of Washington DC and a Miami Beach Sweep. The Miami Takeover has attracted over 100,000 guests and has been a driver of increased hotel room nights, food, beverage, and tax revenues for Miami Beach, since its inception in 2008.