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.
Since 2001, this project has interviewed 137 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.
No Vacancy, Miami Beach, taking place December 2 – 12, 2020, is a contemporary art experience that celebrates artists, provokes critical discourse, and invites the public to experience Miami Beach’s famed hotels as destination art spaces by turning hotels into temporary cultural institutions – the very definition of Cultural Tourism. Art will be exhibited throughout ten hotels in Miami Beach, where lobbies, restaurants, lounges, patio areas, rooms, balconies and swimming pools may serve as a canvas. The selected hotels include the Avalon Hotel, The Betsy Hotel South Beach; Catalina Hotel & Beach Club; Hotel Croydon; Hyatt Centric; Kimpton Palomar; Lennox Miami Beach; Plymouth Hotel; Riviera South Beach, and The Confidante.
The College Football Playoff (CFP) is a four-team event to determine college football’s national champion on the field. Since its inception in 2015, the national championship has been played in a different host community, selected through a highly competitive bid process. The 2021 national championship game will be played at the Hard Rock Stadium on Monday, January 11, 2021. Miami Beach will host 11 of 12 schedule events expected to take place January 9 – 12, 2021. The events include at least three full days of live ESPN studio broadcasts from Lummus Park; sponsor activations; and “Instagrammable moments” around ESPN’s sets, all of which are free and open to the public.
The Bachateando Dance Festival, taking place April 14 – 18, 2021 at the Eden Roc Miami Beach, is a 5-day dance event that 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.
Beginning in 2017 the National Salute to America’s Heroes once again became the world’s largest Air & Sea Show, Music Explosion, and Star-Spangles Fireworks Extravaganza. The 2021 event, taking place May 29 – 30, 2021, will showcase our country’s state of the art military technology, civilian aerobatic demonstrations, dynamic sea events, the finest musical talent and more. There is no better time than Memorial Day to pay tribute to our military, first responders and those that have paid the ultimate sacrifice on behalf of our freedom. This salute will generate community spirit, generate revenue for businesses, and positively showcase the Miami Beach community.
Celebrating its 13th edition, September 10 - 19, 2021, Miami Beach Pride brings together members of the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community, their friends, allies, and supporters, in celebration of the unique spirit and culture of the LGBTQ+ community. The event, that anticipates attracting 125,000 attendees, is expected to include the popular Pride Festival, proposed for Lummus Park, with community booths and expo areas; two stages with high quality named entertainment, food and drink vendors, family-safe play areas, and niche LGBTQ+ lounge, and a new Safe Space/Calming Pavilion. The Pride Parade will feature 50+ floats along Ocean Drive and will be led by Pride’s 2021 Celebrity Grand Marshall, non-confirming actor Alex Newell. A contingency hybrid event plan is also in place should the planned event be disrupted by unknowns due to COVID-19. This will include crowd-decrease and socially distanced on-the-ground events in Lummus Park based on guidance from the City of Miami Beach.