6 Must Have Experiences in Miami for March 2020 Part 2
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Mar 20 – 22, 2020
Start your engines and set your GPS toward the Homestead-Miami Speedway to witness the most exciting weekend of the year in the season-ending NASCAR Ford EcoBoost Xfinity Series Championships 200, 300 and 400 races. This is the only venue on the planet where racing fans can watch three NASCAR champions crowned on the same track over one thrilling weekend.
Before you begin your cooking for Thanksgiving, come experience a feast of championship racing beginning with the Ford EcoBoost 200 NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series Championship Race on Friday, Nov. 15. Smell the aroma of burning rubber and gasoline as NASCAR’s next generation of stars battle over 200 breathtaking miles that the whole family can enjoy.
Last year, Brett Moffitt dominated the field. Although the green flag is dropped at 8 p.m., a full day of festivities on and off the track begin at 9 a.m. Purchase tickets.
Far more delectable than an appetizer will be served on Saturday Nov. 16, when fans are invited to watch the Ford EcoBoost 300 NASCAR Xfinity Series Championship Race, where driver’s names and careers are carved in this treacherous 300-mile race. Four of the approximately 40-driver field will be going head-to-head for the prestigious championship which will move them a step closer to the NASCAR Xfinity Series. Last year, Tyler Reddick crossed the finish line first in this culmination of the 33-week NASCAR Xfinity series. Reddick will try to ward off hungry up-and-comers like Christopher Bell and Cole Custer. Gates open at noon and the green starting flag drops at 3:30 p.m. Purchase tickets.
Fasten your seat belts for the most delicious main course on Sunday, Nov. 17, in the Ford EcoBoost 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Championship Race – 40 drivers will be surpassing speeds of 180-mph as they traverse the 1.5 mile track covering 400 miles. Just the top-four point leaders in the Monster Energy standings will vie for the coveted title and follow in the footsteps of racing legends such as Jimmie Johnson, Richard Petty and the late-great Dale Earnhardt, who share the record with seven Cup Series championships.
Last year, Joey Logano, nicknamed Sliced Bread, in his No. 22 Ford Mustang GT for Team Penske, passed defending champion Martin Truex Jr. on the 78th lap before cruising to Victory Lane. Logano had finished second to Johnson in 2016. “It’s an amazing night,” Logano said after the race, while hoisting the silver chalice trophy with then infant son Hudson in it. “I know what second felt like and I know how much it stinks. I didn’t know what winning felt like, but it feels really, really good.”
Truex, now driving the No. 19 Toyota Camry for Joe Gibbs Racing, hopes to repeat, as does Kyle Busch, but Denny Hamlin and Kevin Harvick, ‘The Closer,’ are hot on their heels to capture their first season-ending Cup Series title. Gates open at 10 a.m. and racing’s grandest spectacle begins at 3 p.m. Purchase tickets.
Fans are welcome to watch pre-race practices which are sometimes as exciting as the actual race. View the complete schedule.
Prior to Sunday’s championship race, fans will be entertained by country music greats, the Gin Blossoms, who will give a one-hour concert on the front-stretch stage. Check out the Championship Weekend Fan Guide.
All weekend, fans can enjoy iHeart Media Fan Village near the Gate 4 entrance, where they can partake in interactive racing games, view Wynwood-like art while hanging out watching football in a sports bar.
Perhaps the coolest view of the championship races where fans can watch drivers enter the final turn is at the Infield Beach Party, a ticketed area nestled alongside an infield lake between Turns 3 and 4 that will feel like you’re on the sand at South Beach.
The Kids Zone is located in the midway where the youngest NASCAR fans can hop on carnival-like rides, receive a toy through NASCAR’s toy launch and visit Zoo Miami for an up-close meeting with live animals.
Vintage car enthusiasts will be displaying their prized Fords of all models in Sunday’s Ford Car Show with the winners being chosen by celebrity judges such as Jack Roush, Edsel Ford II and racing champion Tony Stewart.
On Saturday and Sunday fans will be treated to pre-race breathtaking flyovers, first by 2 F5 VF Sundowners out of NAS Key West and on Championship Sunday, four F16s from the 93rd Fighter Squadron out of Homestead Air Reserve Base.
For the second consecutive year, fans will have a tailgating option on the picturesque infield and the long line of RVs experience continues to be a staple along Palm Drive. For fans who want an inside look they can sign up for a behind-the-scenes tour.
Many premium seating options are available, including individual share suites or cabanas, Speedway Terrace, Champions Club, Infield Tailgate and Pit Box seats on the start/finish line. General parking is free and opens at 6 a.m. VIP lots are available. Each racing day will culminate in a spectacular fireworks display that will rival any found on 4th of July.
After 18 years of hosting the season finale event, next year the Homestead-Miami Speedway 2020 Cup race will be held on March 22, making next month’s three-day extravaganza even more historic
Homestead-Miami Speedway 1 Speedway Blvd. Homestead, FL 33035
The Coconut Grove Food & Wine Festival will return on August 17, 2019 (rescheduled from November 24, 2018) for a fun-filled and delicious day at the Woman’s Club of Coconut Grove! This popular annual event brings the community together for a progressive walking tour of Coconut Grove with food, wine, music, entertainment and family-friendly activities.
Giving attendees a true taste of Miami’s palm-clad neighborhood on Biscayne Bay, a number of the area’s local eateries will offer samples of their most popular, crowd-pleasing dishes. Enjoy bites from restaurants like Flanigan’s, Ariete, Mayfair Kitchen and Monty’s Coconut Grove. You’ll delight in a wide range of regional fare including steaks, burgers, Italian, seafood and Latin cooking.
You can also expect culinary demonstrations, a Kids Zone, arts and crafts exhibits, and entertaining spectacles like a Waiters Race, a Pet Contest sponsored by PetSmart and a collection of Harley Davidsons on display. There will also be craft beer and tastings of unique fine wines and spirits, including a rum bar sponsored by Big Daddy’s Liquors.
Past entertainers have included Tito Puente Jr., and this year you’ll enjoy throwbacks from The Beatles, Frankie Valli, The Beach Boys and more by VIVA Rock & Roll. Iris Nasser will serve as Master of Ceremonies and sing the National Anthem to kick off the day.
The festivities go from 2 to 10 p.m. and start at the Woman’s Club of Coconut Grove. From there, guests can wander and find more food, drinks and activities at other top Coconut Grove locations, including The Mutiny Hotel. An after-party will follow at 10 p.m. at the Hotel Arya pool.
There are four ticket options, including an all-access VIP Couples Ticket that includes unlimited food and drinks for two. Tickets can be purchased online here, and all proceeds will benefit the Wounded Warrior Project, Shake-A-Leg Miami and the Woman’s Club of Coconut Grove. Children 12 and under are free. Pets are free and welcome, but they must be on a leash.
REGATTA PARK 2700 South Bayshore Drive Miami, FL 33133
Mar 16 – 19, 2020
2019 Miami saw the rebirth of one of its most iconic brands, Winter Music Conference (WMC). In 2020 the legendary WMC celebrates its 35th anniversary as the longest-running conference of its kind. The annual gathering that helped give birth to an entire industry from its humble beginnings back in 1985 is now stronger than ever with a renewed sense of purpose and direction. Under the umbrella of Miami Music Week (MMW), the Winter Music Conference will return to The Faena Forum on Miami Beach, March 16-20, 2020 with even more updates, panels, demos and insightful programming that will bring together a new generation of industry professionals and music consumers for a week of unforgettable experiences.
In 2020 WMC will offer three different badges to allow attendees to dial in their experience with precisely the programming they are looking for.
WMC Access | WMC Plus | WMC Pro (Limited to 300) – Full descriptions below. Please note, the Access badge does not include preferred entry to WMC Sanctioned Events. In addition to Main Stage Panels, Fireside Chats, Education Rooms, and Industry Panels WMC will offer new activations and programming for 2020:
MMW Oasis at Generator Miami – The MMW Oasis will run in conjunction with WMC and serve as a social hub during the conference. Located just steps from the Faena Forum at Generator Miami, Oasis will host cocktail hours, pool parties, networking events, and the new Mentor Sessions series.
Mentor Sessions – Pro Badge holders will be given access to the new mentor session program with leading professionals from across the industry as well as established artists conducting intimate Q&A sessions in a classroom-style setting. Come learn from some of the best in the business.
Exhibition Hall Stage – The exhibition hall will now feature a dedicated stage with music education sessions, product demos, tutorials, and performances.
WMC Sanctioned Events – For 2020 Plus and Pro level badge holders will be given access to some of the best events during Miami Music Week. Please note that the Access badge holder will not have free or preferred entry to these sanctioned events, just events at MMW Oasis.
Yoga Sessions – Due to popular demand WMC will host additional yoga sessions for pro-level badge holders in the mornings at the MMW Oasis.
Travel Benefits – WMC will offer badge holders access to discounted hotel rooms around Miami Beach on a first-come, first-served basis. Selected hotels will be listed to badge holders once they have completed their registration and have become available.
Winter Music Conference [WMC] today announced its first round of dynamic programming, global media partners, local hotel partners, premier event partners and more for its forthcoming 2020 event, which returns to The Faena Forum in Miami Beach on March 16-19. Celebrating 35 years in 2020, WMC is today recognized as the longest-running conference of its kind. For more than three decades, WMC has evolved with the ever-changing music landscape, continuously advancing the dialogue across Music, Technology, Education and Culture.
MMW Oasis Central to Miami Music Week (MMW), the Oasis will serve as the new social hub hosted at the Generator Miami, just one block south of WMC HQ. MMW Oasis will host five days of private poolside parties, cocktail hours, yoga sessions, workshops, and industry networking events. Programming will be announced in early 2020.
Mentor Sessions As part of WMC’s ongoing commitment to providing a bridge to the industry for college graduates, new artists and newcomers, the all-new WMC mentor sessions will invite the industry’s brightest minds and forward-thinking creators to gather for networking and thought-provoking discussions hosted by artists like Josh Wink and Sydney Blu, professionals like Pandora’s Andrew Marcogliese, Beatport’s Jonas Tempel, Little Empire’s Stephanie LaFera, SBE’s Kozmoe Alonzo, Falcon PR’s Alexandra Greenberg and more.
Education Programming WMC’s educational sessions will include a variety of content for both DJs and producers of all levels including one day of immersive classroom sessions hosted by our educational and gear brand partners (Tuesday, 3/17), new product demos, hands-on training, and focused tutorial sessions on WMC’s new Exhibition Hall stage.
WMC 2020 First Round of Programming (more TBA) Keynote – The Art of Youtube: How Ultra Music Built A Monster Chanel – Lyor Cohen, YouTube’s Global Head of Music – Patrick Moxey, President and Founder of Ultra Records, Ultra Music and Ultra International Music Publishing – Sofi Tukker, GRAMMY-nominated dance music duo
Mainstage, Fireside Chat, and Industry Panels: 21 Years of Defected Records: How to Build a Brand That Lasts Talent First: Navigating the Talent Buying Field Rise of the Underground: How Detroit Shaped the Global Techno Market Beyond Instagram: TikTok, Triller, Lasso and the future of music social media Up All Night: The Future of Nightlife Marketing How America’s Secondary Markets Are Creating World-Class Festivals Global Dancefloor: How Dance Music Is Crossing Borders and Genres Music Modernization Act of 2018: What You Need to Know to Get Paid Under the New Law How to Build Multiple Revenue Streams as an Artist SoStereo Presents: Brands, Music, and the Content Explosion
FAENA DISTRICT Various locations throughout Miami Beach Miami Beach, FL 33139
Mar 20 – 22, 2020
After a year of experimentation in a new location on Virginia Key, Ultra Music Festival returns to its longtime home at Downtown Miami’s Bayfront Park from March 20-22, 2020 for its 22nd edition promising a pulsating, three-day immersive electronic dance party like no other. The unique setting of Downtown Miami’s skyscrapers and Biscayne Bay’s waterfront makes for an amazing atmosphere to listen to the biggest names in electronic dance music.
The festival draws more than 70,000 party people from over 100 countries who relish in a euphoric dance experience with major pyrotechnics and laser shows across multiple stages. “Ultra has made so many people happy, including myself,” says Armin Van Buuren, international DJ and Ultra regular. “It’s a celebration of life, it’s a celebration of the young, the new, the fresh.”
Musicians choose Ultra Music Festival to debut new music because of its vast international audience, so festivalgoers are amongst the first to hear the latest soon-to-be hits before they hit the radio. Every single stage is packed with the best EDM talent spanning the globe. No matter which stage you stumble upon, you’ll be exposed to the beats that you’ll be thumping to for the rest of the year.
Every genre of electronic dance music is represented, from progressive house to big room, techno, trance, dubstep and more. With the Phase 2 lineup out, Ultra will bring over 200 artists to its stages in Downtown Miami. DJ headliners include superstar acts like Van Buuren, Afrojack, Carl Cox, David Guetta and Richie Hawtin along with breakout stars like Martin Garrix, Kygo, DJ Snake and Above & Beyond. The festival also features live headliners, including Flume, Gesaffelstein, Zedd and Major Lazer. More details including set times will be announced with the Phase 3 lineup soon.
With multiple stages promising different immersive experiences, stage-hopping is a must. Bounce from the Main Stage to the World Stage, the Live Stage, the Carl Cox Megastructure, Resistance Miami and back again, soaking up the good vibes.
BAYFRONT PARK 301 Biscayne Blvd Miami, FL 33132
Mar 23 – Apr 5, 2020
There’s no question that the first year the prestigious Miami Open presented by Itaú tennis tournament moved from Key Biscayne to a 65,000-seat NFL stadium occupied by the Miami Dolphins was a smashing success.
The best players in the world and their fans loved the spacious grounds and accessible parking spots as evident by a tournament-record 388,734 patrons. Everyone got to enjoy a 12-day tennis/music/art/foodie festival all rolled into one. The tennis wasn’t too shabby either.
What To Expect At The Miami Open
Tennis icon Roger Federer continued to defeat Father Time as well as toppling defending champion and America’s best John Isner 6-1, 6-4 to capture his 101st career title and fourth Miami Open, giving him 28 Masters 1000 trophies.
Federer has already committed verbally to return to the 36th Miami Open, which runs from March 23 to April 5, 2020. At 38 and focusing his curtailed schedule around the four Grand Slams, could this be the last time South Florida tennis fans get to watch the Swiss Maestro in action?
“It was a good atmosphere at the end,’’ Federer said of his first-round escape against Radu Albot last year. “I thought it was quite electric, how it usually is in Miami. I’m happy that hasn’t gone away.’’
While the women top seeds fell early, feisty Aussie Ashleigh Barty trumpeted her arrival with a straight-set dismantling of hard-serving Karolina Pliskova. The victory catapulted Barty, 23, from relative obscurity to year-ending No. 1 in the world after she added the French Open and WTA Finals to her growing resume.
The Big Three of 30-somethings – No. 1 Rafael Nadal, No. 2 Novak Djokovic and No. 3 Federer – still stand tall as they compete for the G.O.A.T. mantle, but NextGen youngsters such as Stefanos Tsitsipas, Sasha Zverev, Denis Shapovalov, Daniil Medvedev and Alex De Minaur are nipping at their heels.
Still lurking to oust the Terrific Trio at the top are Dominic Thiem and former Grand Slam champions – all returning from injuries – such as Stanislas Wawrinka, Juan Martin del Potro and Andy Murray. Enigmatic Aussie Nick Kyrgios is always entertaining with his trick shots, immense talent and mercurial personality.
The women’s game is wide open now that Carolina Wozniacki is retiring and her BFF and doubles partner, 38-year-old Serena Williams, hasn’t won a tittle since becoming a mom on Sept. 1, 2018.
However, Williams, who has owned a home in Palm Beach Gardens for nearly two decades and owns a piece of the Dolphins, reached two Grand Slam finals last year only to fail to notch major No. 24 that would’ve tied her with Margaret Court for most all time.
Williams is fully recovered from the knee injury that knocked her out of Miami in the second round last year. The clock is ticking so this could also be the fans last chance to witness Williams add to her record haul of eight Miami titles.
Romanian Simona Halep and 20-year-old Canadian Bianca Andreescu, the 2019 U.S. Open champion, will challenge Barty for the $3.15 million purse, as will two-time major champion Naomi Osaka, 22, Amanda Anisimova, 18, Sofia Kenin, 21, and former U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens, 26.
The Miami Open: More Than Just tennis
Thanks to the generosity of Miami Dolphins owner Stephen M. Ross and his $60 million transformation of a giant parking lot into one of tennis’s finest facilities, the real winners are the fans who get to attend this 12-day party.
Besides elite tennis, they can take in non-stop music and an art gallery right out of Wynwood while strolling exquisitely landscaped grounds where they can enjoy the roomy food courts that feature some of Miami’s finest restaurant fare (Casa Tua Cucina, Bourbon Street, Kiki’s on the River, Sushi Maki, Novecento and Moet Champagne Garden) as well as a rooftop deck and beer garden.
There are four giant LED video scoreboards inside the stadium and three on the grounds so fans don’t have to miss a point while enjoying lunch and dinner.
New this year is a beach-like seating area on the west campus, food trucks next to the Grandstand Stadium and an overhead ski lift-like gondola cable ride that traverses the length of the site.
Miami Open’s Stadium
The change of scenery was needed so that the Miami Open could keep up with the BNP Paribas Open tournament in Indian Wells, Calif., which transplanted it as the sports unofficial fifth Grand Slam gem because of the $200 million improvements made by Oracle founder Larry Ellison.
“We are committed to bringing a best-in-class experience alongside IMG to all of the players, fans and partners that will take part in this global affair,” Ross said recently.
The temporary Stadium Court seats 14,000 between the 30-yard lines with the excess seats blacked out to create an intimate experience. Fans can purchase access to the Dolphins’ 72 Club as well as 50 luxury suites.
The players seemed pleased with their plush locker rooms, state-of-the-art gym, as well as spacious lounge areas with private entries that will have triple the space they had before.
“I think the stadium is beautiful,’’ Victoria Azarenka, a three-time winner of the Miami Open, has said. “I think the logistics here work out pretty well. … I think they have done a great job with organizing and it looks like incredible fan experience, as well, for players. There is a lot more room, a lot better facilities.’’
Despite his loss to Federer, the 6-foot-10 Isner raved about the new site. “I’m very happy with it, the atmosphere out there, I can’t tell you how cool that was seeing the upper deck full. The players have enjoyed it. It’s a lot of space. I think the fans have enjoyed it as well, just really, simply amazing.
“I think it’s a good change for everybody and I’m sure they’re going to improve it a lot… They did a great job for the first year.’’ Venus Williams, 39, a three-time Miami champion, loved the intimacy of the 5,000-seat Grandstand Stadium.
“The atmosphere on the Grandstand was something I’d never played in before,’’ Williams said. “The first time I played there I was like, ‘I think I hear foot stomping.’ I never really played in front of a crowd like that. Tournament director James Blake, once ranked No. 4 in the world, was all smiles after the men’s final.
“Hard Rock Stadium will allow us to continue to build and grow the event,” Blake says. “The experiences we will be able to offer both this year and in the future will be amazing.’’
HARD ROCK STADIUM 347 Don Shula Drive Miami Gardens, FL 33056
Mar 28 – Apr 5, 2020
the past 12 years, Miami Dade’s LGBTQ+ community has celebrated Pride during early April in Miami Beach. What started off as a relatively modest crowd of 15,000 people at the first event in 2009 has ballooned into one of the most popular parties along Ocean Drive, drawing over 140,000 people last year. This year, the festivities will last nine days from March 28, 2020 through April 5, 2020 and will culminate with the famous two-day festival on Saturday and Sunday along the sands of Lummus Park in South Beach, as well as a parade down Ocean Drive in the city’s Art Deco neighborhood on Sunday morning.
New events and activations, including a vogueing ball featuring Jason Rodriguez from the hit FX series Pose and a queer art pop up, celebrate South Florida’s diverse and creative LGBTQ+ community while nodding to Miami Beach Pride’s 2020 theme: “Let’s Have a Ball.”
Last year, while coming off the most successful event in its history, the Miami Beach Gay Pride Board of Directors decided on a new name: Miami Beach Pride (they dropped the word “Gay” from the name). The new name reflects the changing landscape of the LGBTQ+ and allied communities. This year, to continue that same goal, the organization has new leadership at the top. Late in 2019, Rich Walczak was named Miami Beach Pride’s Executive Director, replacing long time leader Dave Cook. According Bruce Horwich, chair of the Miami Beach Pride Board of Directors, “As our community grows and becomes more diverse, it’s our duty to develop programming celebrating all facets of our LGBTQ+ community here in Miami Beach and beyond. Rich Walczak brings the LGBTQ+ and international event management experience we need to achieve our goals in providing more inclusive and educational programming and better mirrors the inclusiveness of the celebration.”
“It’s an honor to join a team that has helped make Miami Beach Pride such a successful and visible event,” Walczak said. “I hope to build off this success and begin to include year-round programming for Pride with a focus on educating and helping our LGBTQ+ community, as well as teaching people on the outside looking in about the issues we deal with on a daily basis. We want to celebrate our diversity, our differences and the things that make each of us unique.”
Included in the celebration this year, Miami Beach Pride will feature nine days of activities with Ultimate Miami Drag Queen (one of the two pageants taking place during the week) officially kicking things off on Saturday, March 28, 2020 at 9 p.m. at Magic City Casino. Things will continue with the rainbow flag raising ceremony at Miami Beach City Hall on Monday, March 30, 2020 at 6:30 pm. The flag raising ceremony will be followed by a “Flip the Switch” event at 7 p.m. for the fourth annual “Pride Lights the Night” whereby buildings throughout greater Miami will light up in the colors of the rainbow flag as a tribute and remembrance of the PULSE nightclub victims.
While there will be activities throughout the week – including the Miss Miami Beach Pride contest on Tuesday, March 31, 2020 where Mhi’ya Iman LePaige will relinquish the title and pass along the crown and a VIP Gala on Friday, April 3, 2020 – the highest energy events will happen over the weekend.
On Saturday and Sunday, April 4 and 5, 2020, the Miami Beach Pride Festival will take over Lummus Park between 10th and 12th streets. Just east of Ocean Drive, the party will kick off at noon each day with live entertainment, two stages, over 125 vendor booths, more food than you can shake a stick at, and of course, lots of that famous SoBe sun. Pride is full of fun for the entire family, so bring the baby gays and gals so they don’t miss the Pridelines Youth District and Safe Zone, Lambda Living Lounge, the BB&T Food Pavilion, The Garden of Eve Women’s tent and many other family-friendly activities.
On Sunday, the final day of the festivities, things will kick off at noon with the 12th annual Pride Parade along Ocean Drive. After the parade, revelers will pack the park for an afternoon and evening of dancing and pride. The “Opening Ceremonies” will be held at 2 p.m. with the excitement building throughout the afternoon till its time for the headliner to take the stage. Past performers have included Adam Lambert and Jordin Sparks from American Idol fame, 80s chanteuse Taylor Dayne, and Grammy Winner Thelma Houston.
Stick around after sunset for a spectacular fireworks display that will put the finishing touches on the week of nonstop events. For more information, a full event schedule for the week, and to learn more about volunteer opportunities for Miami Beach Pride week, visit their website.
LUMMUS PARK Miami Beach, FL 33139
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