6 Must Have Experiences in Miami for March 2020 Part 1
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March 4-15, 2020
A world-class regatta since 2010, Miami Sailing Week draws sailing competitors and aficionados to the waterfront of picturesque Coconut Grove every March. Shoving off from Regatta Park, the week consists of multi-class sailing races on the clear blue waters of Biscayne Bay. This year, Miami Sailing Week will span two weekends with adults competing March 4-8, 2020, followed by youth competitions the following weekend, March 13-15.
As Miami’s largest spring regatta, Miami Sailing Week benefits the Coconut Grove Sailing Club Youth Program. Now in its eleventh year, sailors from 20 countries (some as far away as Australia!) will race aboard more than 200 boats for an exciting week on the water. With multi-class races taking place over both weekends, Miami Sailing Week also includes cocktail parties, cultural exhibits and awards ceremonies bringing together sailors and the local community.
While sailors unwind between races and work on their vessels, fans can enjoy the spectacular waterfront views of the races from Regatta Park’s Miami Sailing Week Village with hospitality tents featuring cocktails, food and live music by a variety of vendors and sponsors. A number of social events are also planned for the week.
Art and culture are major highlights of Miami Sailing Week. Every year, the festival aims to integrate a cultural tie-in to showcase the art of sailing through the lens of the world’s best photographers, artists and musicians with a thematic exhibition. Throughout the years, organizers have worked with renowned artists like nautical photographers Cory Silken, Franco Pace and Onne van der Wal, as well as Miami-based light painter Vicki DaSilva, Florida-based boat builder George Krewson and Italian painter Roberto Fiorentino.
REGATTA PARK 3400 Pan American Drive Coconut Grove, FL 33133
Mar 4 – 10, 2020
For the 27th year in a row, Winter Party Festival will take over Miami Beach to help raise money for the LGBTQ community. Way back in 1994, Winter Party Festival started out as a one-day mega dance party on Miami Beach, the first ever actually held on the beach. Now, the festival is nearly a full week and has grown into one of the hottest LGBTQ themed parties on the planet. It has evolved into an event that celebrates the true spirit of “chosen family” among the global LGBTQ community. These days, Winter Party Festival is a massive party with an impressive lineup of internationally acclaimed DJs, which has raised millions of dollars for great causes.
According to Winter Party Festival organizers The National LGBTQ Taskforce, “For the LGBTQ community and our allies, Winter Party is a place to rejuvenate and recharge. A place to clear our heads, fill our hearts, and engage our minds. A place to let loose and kick up our heels. We live in a world that challenges us every day; telling us we’re different, less than, other. And while that may be changing, progress is slow, and inequality persists. It can wear on even the strongest among us. It makes us long for safe havens, places where we can be ourselves, surrounded by our chosen family and accepted and loved just the way we are. Winter Party is that place, a safe haven where we can LIVE FREE.”
While things officially get started on Wednesday, March 4, 2020 with a welcome reception, the action really heats up on Thursday, March 5, 2020 with the Ignite party at Treehouse in Miami Beach. From then on, The National LGBTQ Task Force has a nearly non-stop line up of events, because this is Miami, sleep is overrated. We party till the sun comes up then party some more! Ignite features DJ Allan Natal, one of the biggest names in house music in Brazil. Joining Natal will be international spinning sensation DJ Joe Gauthreaux, an institution on the LGBTQ circuit scene. Tickets are $30.
On Friday, March 6, 2020, the party moves to Wynwood Factory where Hilton Wolman Events presents Heat. DJs J Warren, Joe Pacheco, and Edu Quintas will spin starting at 10 p.m. till 5 a.m. Tickets start at $85 for general admission or $130 for VIP which includes a separate entrance as well as open bar till 2 a.m.
Just a few hours later, at noon on Saturday, March 7, 2020, partygoers will take over Nikki Beach Club in Miami Beach’s Sofi neighborhood for Under One Sun: Evolution featuring DJ Tony Armada and DJ Grind. Tickets range from $80-125. When that party ends at 6 p.m., it’s time for the party to move uptown to Mansion where Winter Party and MasterBeat present Major League. DJ Nacho Chapado and DJ Ivan Gomez will keep the party going from 10 p.m. till 5 a.m. Tickets range from $110-150 but ACT FAST! This one is sure to sell out.
On Sunday, March 8, 2020, Winter Party will host the party that started it all, The Beach Party on the sands of Miami Beach at the famous 12th Street Gay Beach at Lummus Park. Things get started around 12 p.m., get heated up around 4 p.m. and wind down around 9 p.m. in the evening. Thousands of scantily clad gay boys and their admirers will have fun in the sun while DJs Alain Jackinsky and Mauro Mozart spin the hottest dance music at the hottest venue in the country! The sun, the water, the breeze and the boys… this party has it all and is a must if you are coming to SoBe for Winter Party. Splurge and get a VIP Cabana for $245 or save your dough and get general admission for $115. Get them while they last!
Don’t worry if you have caught your second wind and don’t want the party to end. After you wash the sand off, head back over to Mansion, just a few blocks away for Legend featuring DJ Oscar Velazquez and Israeli phenom Yinon Yahel. The party starts at 10 p.m. till 5 a.m. Monday morning. But, it doesn’t end there! Wynwood Factory will welcome Winter Party Festival goers for one last hurrah from 6 a.m. Monday morning till noon for After Glow featuring DJ Abel Aguilera. Tickets are $150 for Legend on Sunday night and $40 for After Glow on Monday morning.
There are other events going on throughout the week, so check out WinterParty.com for the full line up, ticket packages, and information about the host hotel- Royal Palm South Beach. The host hotel is just steps from The Beach Party and only a few blocks from several of the other events so it’s a great location and as of press time, great rooms are still available.
All purchases support the important work of the National LGBTQ Task Force in the fight for full freedom, justice and equity. The Task Force also donates a significant portion of the proceeds to South Florida LGBTQ organizations.
LUMMUS PARK 1130 Ocean Dr Miami Beach, FL 33139
Mar 7-15, 2020
Carnaval Miami showcases the best of art, music, fashion, food and sports through series of captivating events that attract an average of one million attendees each year, including Carnaval on the Mile, Cork & Fork, Cordials & Candy and the largest ‘Latino’ experience in the country, Calle Ocho Music Festival.
Carnaval Miami is powered by volunteers of the Kiwanis Club of Little Havana to benefit the Kiwanis of Little Havana Foundation’s youth development programs. It represents an economic impact of $40M for artists, vendors and small businesses in Miami and beyond.
Kiwanis Club of Little Havana 1400 SW 1st St. Miami, FL 33135
Mar 7 – 8, 2020
Part of Miami’s citywide Carnaval Festival throughout the month of March, Carnaval on the Mile is a weekend-long celebration situated in the heart of Coral Gables along Miracle Mile. It’s a festive, family-friendly atmosphere beloved by locals filled with live music, crafts and delicious food. The annual tradition brings the community together to celebrate Miami’s vibrant Latin and Caribbean cultures.
Come out to Coral Gables March 7-8, 2020 where you’ll find Carnaval on the Mile’s bustling Artist Village taking over Miracle Mile featuring over 200 vendors selling everything from arts and crafts to jewelry, paintings, sculpture and photography. The street is flanked by two large stages for live entertainment including jazz, funk and rock music, as well as children’s shows. Past performers have included Chris Cab, Palo! and Locos Por Juana.
In addition to the Artist Village and live entertainment, you’ll also enjoy a wide range of food vendors along Miracle Mile serving everything from Cuban to Caribbean food. Carnaval on the Mile is absolutely free, so bring your entire crew.
All of this leads up to Miami’s premier Carnaval event, the Calle Ocho Music Festival held March 15, 2020 along Little Havana’s famous Calle Ocho (or Eighth Street). Going strong for more than four decades, the festivities are positively brimming with non-stop music, food and activities for an energetic and festive explosion of culture. Join the crowds dancing salsa on the street and enjoy live performances and musicians rocking out on 12 different stages. You’ll hear everything from the beats of merengue, to reggeaton, bachata, balada, hip-hop, rap, jazz and more, all in one exciting day!
MIRACLE MILE CORAL GABLES SHOPPING DISTRICT miracle mile & downtown coral gables shopping district Coral Gables, FL 33134
Mar 14 – 15, 2020
Every March, Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens hosts Jazz in the Gardens over a long weekend. A mainstay in springtime for over a decade, the festival highlights both local and international musicians including the likes of Chaka Khan, Anita Baker, Smokey Robinson and Fantasia. The festival also boasts a marketplace dedicated to artwork, jewelry and fashion, as well as delicious Caribbean food. It’s easily one of Miami Garden’s premier entertainment events and true music fans simply can’t miss it.
The two-day affair, held Saturday and Sunday, March 14-15, 2020, features an impressive lineup headlined by Mary J Blige, The Roots with Bilal, Jill Scott, Charlie Wilson, HER, Stokley, Kirk Franklin and SWV with more acts to be announced soon.
There’s also a handful of events surrounding Jazz in the Gardens that promote art and culture throughout the community. An Opening Night Party is in the works for Friday. There’s also the Film, Music, Art & Culture Conference, which provides professional development and networking opportunities for artists, musicians and filmmakers. This includes a National Poetry Contest where spoken word poets compete for the title, as well as a Women’s Impact Luncheon to inspire women to lead active, fulfilled and balanced lives.
Jazz in the Gardens celebrates a diversity of culture and art through the power of music and it always draws a crowd ready to be moved. The amphitheater venue features both reserved and general admission lawn seating with a food village and merchandise village, as well as a designated cigar lounge and onsite bars. A virtual reality experience will also be available to augment the experience. Jazz in the Gardens promises a memorable, musical weekend filled with incredible performances, dancing and delicious food. So what are you waiting for? Purchase your tickets now.
HARD ROCK STADIUM 347 Don Shula Dr Miami Gardens, FL 33056
Mar 15, 2020
For over 40 years, crowds have flocked to Little Havana’s Calle Ocho (Eighth Street) in March to celebrate Carnaval Miami and the Calle Ocho Music Festival. It’s an annual tradition that brings people together to celebrate Miami’s vibrant Latin and Caribbean cultures on the streets of Little Havana. The festivities brim with non-stop music, food and activities for an energetic and festive explosion of culture. Taking place on March 15, 2020, it’s known as the largest street festival in Miami and the largest Hispanic festival in the entire country, drawing more than a million people to 8th Street for 20 blocks of fun, from 8th Avenue to SW 27th Avenue. Entry is free and open to the public or you have the option to upgrade to a VIP experience
Calle Ocho 1400 SW 1st St, Miami, Florida 33135
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