Hip-Shaking Music & Street Festivals During Carnaval Miami
Carnaval is an indelible part of pre-Lenten and Lenten life across Latin America, the Caribbean, and South Florida. It's a festive time of music, dancing, authentic food, folklore, and family tradition everywhere you turn - especially in the treasured neighborhood of Little Havana. Thanks to organizers there, Carnaval in Miami has become one of the world's most popular celebrations of its kind, stretching all season with over a month of festivities. From a Miss Carnaval Miami Beauty Pageant to a pair of the city's biggest street festivals, it's quite possibly our favorite time of year.
Carnaval on the Mile
March 5-6th, 10am-10pm
Miracle Mile, Coral Gables
Over 125,000 people fill the Miracle Mile of nearby Coral Gables during this annual upscale street soiree on one of the city's trendiest throughways. The two-day festival runs the entire length of Downtown, with three stages of live Latin, Caribbean, jazz, and funk music (30+ bands total), alongside the work of over 150 area artists.
The 39th Annual Calle Ocho Festival
March 13th, 10am-7pm
SW 8th Street (between 8th & 27th Ave)
This is the party at the heart of Carnaval in South Florida - not to mention the largest street festival in Miami all year - drawing nearly a million partiers to Little Havana's famous 8th Street for an unforgettable day of Latin-Caribbean celebrating. A total of 19 city blocks join the party, transforming into dance floors and 12 stages for styles as varied as salsa, reggeaton, hip hop, and merengue. Expect winding conga lines, cold drinks, fragrant home-cooked delicacies and laughter wafting through the air, not fifteen minutes from our hotel.