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Here Comes the 2016 Colors of the Caribbean Festival

Spend Father’s Day weekend immersing yourself in island culture at this Caribbean festival in Florida.

You won’t want to miss this year’s Colors of the Caribbean Festival. Held annually on the Saturday of Father’s Day weekend in South Florida for the past five years, this is the perfect opportunity to celebrate Caribbean American heritage.

2016 Colors of the Caribbean Festival2016 Colors of the Caribbean Festival
Saturday, June 18th
4 PM – 11 PM
Hollywood Arts Park

Celebrate Caribbean American Heritage Month

In addition to taking place over Father’s Day weekend, Colors of the Caribbean Festival is happening during Caribbean American Heritage Month. Headline acts to look forward to this year includes the popular Haitian artists Jahnesta and T-Vice, Barbados’ Alison Hinds, Trinidad’s Queen Omega, and Jamaican Reggae star Red Rat.

In addition to the live entertainment, there will be plenty of Caribbean delights, including the YMCA Kids Zone, Caribbean Travel Expo, and the Caribbean Food Village. Visitors can delight in all the delectable flavors of the islands while listening to performances by Bahamian Junkanoo and the sweet sounds of a popular steel band. There will also be smaller stages that will feature cultural performances and folk dancing.

Visitors will have the opportunity to purchase arts and crafts and discover popular travel destinations. Colors 2016 has something for anyone looking for an authentic Caribbean experience.

After a fun day at the festival, come and join us at our CityVu Pool Bar at the Hilton Miami Downtown. Take in the incredible views of the city while sipping on refreshing drinks and enjoying a delicious meal.

We hope you have a great time at this year’s festival.


Fresh, Fun, Farmers Markets in Miami to Explore

Farmers Markets in Miami

Get a taste of locally grown produce at these farmers markets in Miami.

Miami doesn’t just grow skyscrapers. There’s an entire world of freshly farmed produce in the city and loads of skilled artisans ready to put their unique mark on each edible indulgence. We’ve rounded up three of the best farmers markets in Miami for you to explore.

Coconut Grove Saturday Organic Market | Saturdays 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

The Coconut Grove Saturday Organic Market stocks a wide array of organic, fresh vegetables, fruits, seeds, grains, and raw vegan foods. You’ll also find a few exotic rarities, including jaboticaba and durian. Be sure to visit the salad bar where you’ll discover a variety of delicious salads and vegan dressings. The raw food deli, especially the raw food pizzas are a big hit at this market.

Wynwood Farmer’s Market | Saturdays 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

At this market, you will find a gathering of passionate artisans, makers, and growers. The focus here is on the bounty of our earth and supporting local businesses that remain true to the planet. Only select vendors are permitted whose products are sustainable and ethical. There is usually live entertainment every Saturday.

Adrienne Arsht Center Farmers Market | Mondays 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

This market features locally grown produce along with prepared foods. Visitors can purchase fresh produce from stands overflowing with seasonal fruits and vegetables, meats, drinks, and prepared dishes. There are also occasional workshops with chefs and food writers, and often you will be entertained by cooking demonstrations and live music.

The Hilton Miami Downtown is conveniently located near some of these wonderful farmers markets.  We are right in the heart of Downtown Miami, about three miles from South Beach and five minutes from the Port of Miami, so there’s plenty to do before and after a visit to a market.


We’re Waiting to Spend Memorial Day Weekend in Miami with You!

Memorial Day Weekend in Miami

Spend the upcoming three-day holiday weekend at these Memorial Day Weekend events in Miami.

You don’t have much longer to wait for Memorial Day Weekend in Miami. Known as the best way to kick-off summer with plenty of parties and events, one of the best ways to spend the holiday weekend is in Miami.

Best of the Best Music Fest | May 29, from 2:00 p.m., Bayfront Park

The Best of the Best Music Fest is a great way to spend Memorial Day Weekend. Head over to the largest Caribbean music festival in North America. In its 9th year, the festival is the perfect way to spend some time under the sunny Florida skies while rocking out to some great acts.

Rock the Yacht | May 29, 8:30 p.m. and May 30, 1:00 a.m., Miami Beach

Don’t miss one of the hottest 2016 Memorial Day events in Miami. Hop aboard a multi-million dollar yacht and enjoy one massive party, complete with cash bars on every deck and plenty of outdoor partying.

Miami Comedy Festival | May 29, 8:00 p.m.

Go along and enjoy incredible acts like Cham, Chris Martin, Vershon, Denise Belfon, and many others at what is sure to be side-splitting fun at this Memorial Weekend comedy festival.

Start planning your Memorial Day Weekend getaway now. Book your stay with us at the Hilton Downtown Miami. Ease into the weekend with delicious cocktails around our rooftop pool. There are loads of lounge chairs available and the pool bar offers a great lunch menu. After celebrating the days and nights away, retire to your spacious guest room complete with all the amenities you could need to enjoy optimum comfort. Enjoy the night view of the city before falling into a cozy slumber.

We look forward to hosting you this Memorial Day weekend!


Our Florida Resident Miami Hotel Special is the Perfect Excuse to Get Away

Florida Resident Miami Hotel Special

Get away without going far with our Florida Resident Rate.

Lying right in the heart of the city, our hotel offers the perfect Florida getaway, complete with cultural attractions, a vibrant nightlife, and plenty of great shopping opportunities nearby. If you live in state, you can enjoy a great deal, which is even more reason to grab that getaway you’ve been wanting. With our Florida resident Miami hotel special, you don’t need to go very far to enjoy a stay in our elegant hotel.

Florida Residents: It Pays to Get Away

With our Florida resident hotel discount, you can enjoy some time at “America’s Riviera”. When you book a stay of two nights or more, you’ll enjoy:

  • $25 property credit
  • Deluxe accommodations for the duration of your stay

At our Miami hotel with Florida resident rate, you can make your budget stretch without compromising on luxury accommodations and world-class service. Whether you are coming to Miami for business or pleasure, you’re sure to enjoy staying in the comfort of the Hilton Miami Downtown. Head to the seventh floor to experience our roof-top pool and take in the stunning views of the city. Grab a cocktail or a light snack from the City Vu Pool Bar on the weekend before dining at our Brisa Bistro.

The Hilton Miami Downtown is minutes from the Port of Miami and South Beach. If you’re a Florida resident looking for a place to stay near the airport before catching an early flight, we’re just a 15-minute ride from Miami International Airport as well. You’ll find us right in the heart of Downtown Miami, too, so there is plenty to see and do!


Don’t Miss Out on Miami Museum Month

Enjoy Miami museum discounts during the month of May.

May is Miami Museum Month! May in Miami is the perfect time to admire the beaches, take in the city skyline, and indulge in an ever-growing art scene. Throughout the month, locals and visitors can enjoy “Buy One, Get One Free” admissions along with other special offers at museums in Miami. It’s the perfect opportunity to check out a range of museums in Greater Miami.

Participating Museums in Miami

Miami Museum Month
Some of this year’s participating museums include:

  • Miami Auto Museum
  • Bakehouse Art Complex
  • Historic Old Town Hall Museum
  • Jewish Museum of Florida
  • Holocaust Memorial
  • HistoryMiami Museum
  • Wings Over Miami Air Museum
  • Lowe Art Museum
  • Little Haiti Cultural Complex
  • Vizcaya Museum & Gardens

There will also be some exciting events, exhibits, and installations throughout the month, such as:

  • Sensory Saturdays, May 14th. Miami Children’s Museum turns into an environment that caters specifically for special needs children and offers them the chance to explore and experience the museum.
  • Cuba: From Gunboat Diplomacy to Good Neighbor Policy, available until May 15th. This installation is located at The Wolfsonian-Florida International University.
  • Predators and Prey: A Roman Mosaic from Lod, Israel, available until May 15th at The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum.

If you’re going to be exploring the amazing museums Miami has to offer during the month of May, be sure to come and spend some time at Hilton Miami Downtown. Come and quench your thirst at the CityVu Pool Bar with a couple of tasty cocktails. We also serve light meals by the pool. The bar is open on Fridays, Saturday and Sundays, weather permitting.

We look forward to hearing about your museum adventures!


Don’t Miss This Year’s South Florida Boat Show

Check out the latest boat models at this annual boat show in Miami.

The Miami Beach boat show you’ve been looking forward to will be returning in May. Get ready to drop anchor at the Miami Beach Convention and sail through the South Florida Boat Show!

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May 20th – 22nd, 2016
Miami Beach
Convention Center

This year one of the best boating events in Miami will celebrate its 23rd show. If you love being out on the water, manning vessels, or simply checking out all things water related, you cannot miss the South Florida Boat Show. The event will showcase hundreds of power boats right up to 40’, including walk-arounds, center consoles, personal water crafts, cruisers, and loads of accessories. Financing and insurance will be available on site for those wishing to buy a new vessel. Trades will also be accepted.

Make sure you check out the indoor pool, which will feature stand-up paddle board demos and kayaking, along with plenty of other water toy demonstrations. A weekend trip will be given away to one lucky winner.

The show will take place on May 20th starting at 12:00 p.m., May 21st from 11:00 a.m., and May 22nd from 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Admission will cost $8 per adult and kids get in for free. If you’re driving to the event, parking is available at the 17th Street Garage.

Why not stay with us at the Hilton Miami Downtown while you’re in town for the show? With luxurious guest rooms and top amenities along with world-class service, you’ll love staying at our hotel. We’re only minutes away from the South Beach nightlife and some the top shopping, dining, and art attractions in the city. We’re also just 15 minutes from Miami International Airport and 5 minutes from the Port of Miami and Biscayne Bay docks if you cannot wait to try out your new boat and water toys.

We look forward to welcoming you!


Head to the Wynwood Life Festival in April

Check out the liveliest street festival in Miami.

The Wynwood Lifestyle Festival will be back in Miami in April. Be sure to check out the most anticipated parts of the festival, such as the Live Music Stage, Back Alley, and Art House.

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April 22nd – 24th, 2016
Wynwood Miami

If you love a good festival, you will love the Wynwood Life festival in Miami. From top street artists creating art daily in the Back Alley to a myriad of top bands on the Live Music Stage and even a pop-up gallery at the Art House, there’s sure to be something for everyone who appreciates the arts in Miami.

The event promises visitors a strong lineup of designers, painters and illustrators all coming together for three full days of inspiring interactions. The Live Music Stage will see more than 20 bands and DJs playing during this year’s festival from start to finish. The music will include hometown bands gone big, local favorites, and even a couple of international stars, so you can dance in the festival’s streets day and night.

If you’re more of a fashionista than a music aficionado, make your way to the Style Lounge & Runway. There will be fashion shows throughout the festival, complete with local styles and brands and the chance to check out the latest trends. Wynwood is Miami’s original fashion district, so it’s fitting that local designers are celebrated in style.

Once you’ve danced and seen the art and creations the festival has to offer, call on your inner foodie, at the Wynwood Culinary Showcase. Sample local cuisine, meet the area’s best chefs, and eat a meal from some of Miami’s top-rated food trucks.

If you’re coming to Miami especially for the festival, the Hilton Miami Downtown hopes to welcome you to our hotel. Come and indulge in luxury accommodations and convenient amenities to ensure your stay is unforgettable.


Book Your Miami Trip with Our Stay Hilton. Go Out. Package

LGBT travel in Miami is made easy with our great hotel special.

Looking for an exclusive getaway? Look no further than our hotel, nestled right in the heart of Downtown with incredible cultural attractions, shopping, and a vibrant nightlife right on our doorstep. If you’re long overdue a getaway, it’s time to treat yourself to our Stay Hilton. Go Out. Package!

What to Look Forward to When You Books This LGBT Miami Travel Package

Come and create incredible moments and experience Pride Season celebrations and exciting events in Miami. Our enticing Stay Hilton. Go Out. Package includes:

Stay Hilton Go Out Package

  • Two complimentary beverages on arrival
  • High-speed Internet access
  • Late checkout
  • A complimentary one-year digital subscription to OUT magazine

We’re sure that you will enjoy your stay with us when you book with our LGBT Miami hotel package. Come and enjoy panoramic views of the city from our rooftop pool while enjoying the perfect Florida weather and sipping cocktails or grabbing a bite to eat from the pool bar. If you are keen on fine dining, be sure to sample the international flavors of our on-site restaurant, Brisa Bistro.

Book Your Stay Today

The Hilton Miami Downtown is just a mere 5 minutes away from the Port of Miami and just 3 miles from the stunning South Beach. We’re also just 15 minutes from Miami International Airport so you can look forward to complete convenience and superb service. If you’re looking to explore LGBT nightlife in Miami, our hotel is an ideal location for going out, with a MetroMover station just footsteps away. With over 500 luxury guest rooms and 58 deluxe suites to choose from, our guests are spoilt for choice when it comes to comfort, convenience and all the amenities needed for a memorable stay.


Reel ‘Em In at the Miami Sportfish Tournament

Cast a line in hopes for the top prize at this fishing tournament in Miami.

Whether you are a spectator or a participant, this year’s Yamaha Contender Miami Sportfish Tournament promises to be a good one.

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April 21st and 23rd, 2016
Miami Beach Marina

If you are set to be a Miami Sportfish Tournament participant this year, you could walk away with the $30,000 guaranteed top boat prize. Go along and fish for tuna, wahoo, kingfish, billfish, cobia and, new this year, mutton snapper. After the event, visitors and contenders can look forward to angler gifts, rocking parties, a dock party and the Baywalk Festival.

April 21st events include:
-Registration and Captain’s Meeting & Kick-off Party, 6pm – 10pm
-Captain’s Meeting, 7:45pm

April 23 events include:
-New fishing Hours, 7am – 4pm
-Dock party and Baywalk Festival, 3pm – 6pm
-Weigh-in, 4pm – 6pm
-Silent Auction, 5:30pm – 7:30pm
-Awards Buffet, 6:30pm – 8:30pm
-Awards presentation, 7:30pm

Don’t miss the exciting finish to the fishing weekend with the Yamaha Contender Boat raffle draw where one lucky ticket will be drawn for that grand prize – a Contender Boat with all the bells and whistles.

If you’ll be traveling to Miami for the tournament, we’d love to welcome you to the Hilton Miami Downtown. After a day of fun in the sun and plenty of catches, come and take in the panoramic views of the city from our rooftop terrace pool. If you will be travelling to Miami by car, we have both self-parking and valet services available at the hotel for an additional fee. Come and enjoy luxurious accommodations and top-notch service right in the heart of Downtown Miami.


Be Sure to Check Out the Miami Marlins 2016 Home Games

Catch an MLB baseball game in Miami during the 2016 baseball season.

Baseball in Miami is an absolute must-see, must-do when you visit and the Miami Marlins 2016 home games are just the matches to catch.

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Now – September 28th, 2016
Marlins Park

Check out Marlins Park While You’re Around

This year’s schedule features an exciting list of home games. The Braves, Phillies, Mets, and Cubs are just a few of the teams the Marlins will face at Marlins Park in the coming months. When you’re over in the city for a Miami Marlins home game, why not fit in a tour of the ball park where you can go behind the scenes and check out the retractable roof, the New Era Team Store, and a range of other no-access areas.

Don’t Forget to Book Accommodation

If you’re coming to Miami for a Marlin’s game, be sure to book your stay with us at the Hilton Miami Downtown. Our impeccable service and world-class amenities will ensure you enjoy a memorable stay with us.  Allow our concierge service to take care of an array of arrangements for you, from confirming flights to making dinner reservations or helping you get to the ballpark. After the game, come and relax in our fitness center or heated rooftop pool and take in the incredible views of the city. We look forward to hosting you and celebrating the Miami Marlins!