Biscayne Family Fun Fests 2018 – Fun for Everyone

Every year, the Biscayne National Park puts on a festival that the whole family can enjoy. The festival doesn’t just last one day or one weekend – it’s broken up over five months, from December to April.

The festivals are free, making them a fun, affordable way for families to spend time together and learn.

Here's what can you expect from Biscayne Family Fun Fests 2018

Tower at Biscayne National Park

Upcoming Events at Biscayne National Park for Family Fun in Miami 

Finding some fun activities that the whole family can enjoy isn’t always easy. That’s why we love these fun fests. There’s something for everyone!

Here’s what you can look forward to at this beautiful National Park in 2018.

¡Viva España! – January 14, 2018

Did you know that Spain used to rule over Florida? This fun fest shows off Florida’s Spanish heritage with pride.

Pirates & Wreckers – February 11, 2018

Who doesn’t love stories about pirates? This festival explains (in a fun and exciting way) the history of this National Park – complete with pirates looking for booty.

Biscayne Renaissance – March 11, 2018

If you love stories about King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table, this is the festival for you. You’ll feel like you’ve been transported to another time, especially if you dress up – which is encouraged.

Back to the 60s – April 8, 2018

Celebrate the park’s 50th anniversary in your grooviest hippie gear.

Book Your Stay at the Hilton When You’re in Town for the Fun Fests

Whether you’re a fellow Floridian or traveling in from across the country, we welcome you to stay with us at the Hilton Miami Downtown.

After exploring everything that the fun fests have to offer, the Hilton will provide a nice, relaxing space where you can unwind, sleep soundly, and feel rejuvenated for the next fun-filled day of adventure.


Discover Miami’s Original Neighborhood

Coconut Grove is Miami’s oldest neighborhood, known for being an escape from stressful and overwhelming city life. Within this tropical setting, you can enjoy a laid-back celebration in the heart of Miami.

Things to Do in Coconut Grove Overhead view of boats in a marina

In this neighborhood, you can find a variety of exciting activities. Coconut Grove offers opportunities to shop the boutiques, gaze in their galleries, and watch the sailboats from a sidewalk cafe on a lazy afternoon. You can’t go wrong with this hot destination.

Dining in Miami

Miami’s dining options are anything but limited, especially in Coconut Grove. You can order sushi to your heart’s content at Akashi Japanese Restaurant, or Greek and Mediterranean food at Boho. Want more options? No need to worry.

Get any type of Mexican food you want at El Taquito or El Burrito. Act like every day is Mardi Gras at Fat Tuesday, which offers authentic New Orleans vibes. For dessert, treat yourself to Macarons Too.

Discover New Favorites at CocoWalk

Locals describe CocoWalk as the center of Coconut Grove. You can do everything you need or want to do right in this outdoor mall. Housed at CocoWalk, you will find a dozen boutiques, dining options, and a movie theater with all the latest films.

Find all these Miami favorites and more in the new year. Book your Miami vacation at the Hilton Miami Downtown to start your year off right – with a variety of options and exciting events.

Welcome 2018 with New Year’s Eve in Miami

Let your 2018 start with a bang this New Year’s Eve. Spend the evening where you can always have a great time, making your New Year celebrations in Miami even more special.

Miami Offers an Evening of Parties, Fireworks, and More Tray of champage and glasses with 2018 displayed

Whatever you are looking to do on New Year’s Eve, you are sure to find it here in Miami. Explore your options for an eventful night when spending the night in Miami.

Spectacular Fireworks Display at Bayfront Park

Wherever you choose to New Year’s Eve, end your evening at Bayfront Park.

At midnight, watch a colorful firework show for free, bringing in the New Year with a bright celebreation.

Your past New Year’s Eve will pale in comparison to the powerful fireworks bringing the beginning of 2018.

Miami Transportation Options

Miami’s public transportation will be operating on a 24-hour schedule during these last couple holidays of the season.

The city of Miami joins us in wishing you a safe and happy new year, and that begins with being safe on New Year’s Eve.

Don’t drink and drive ever. There are great transportation options at your fingertips.

After the fireworks are set off, utilize those awesome transportation options to get back to the Hilton Miami Downtown. Book your New Year’s stay with us, so we can help you bring in 2018 with excitement the way only Miami knows how.

Create New Memories at Deering Estate Holiday Wonderland

Every year, the Deering Estate on Biscayne Bay presents an exciting lineup of events for the holiday season. Spending the holidays in Miami gets a whole lot more cheerful at the Deering Estate Holiday Wonderland.

Discover New Fun for Your Entire Family at Deering Estate

At the Deering Estate wildlife preserve, you will be surprised to find cocktails, Santa, and more this Holiday stockings hung by a fireplaceholiday season. Enjoy time with your children or take in an evening with your partner. You are sure to have a cheerful time!

The Festival of Trees

Now through January 5th, 2018, local garden clubs and community members decorate the Deering Estate for the holidays. Admission to The Festival of Trees is free with admission to the preserve.

You can also visit the holiday gift shop, get some holiday treats, and tour the historical houses.


Story Time & Photos with Santa

Bring your children to Deering Estate to meet Santa Claus from 10am-noon on Saturday, December 16th 2017. Santa’s elves will be putting on story time, and children can make memories with holiday-inspired arts & crafts.

Holiday photo packages are available as well.

Holiday Champagne Bay Cruise

Cruise along the Biscayne Bay this year on Sunday, December 17th, 2017. Boats depart from the Deering Estate at 11am and 2pm with champagne available throughout the cruise.

Enjoy the cheer this year, and give yourself a little break from the stresses of holidays.

At the Hilton Miami Downtown, our staff is waiting to help you take that break. Book with us today to secure your holiday getaway.

Watch Miami’s Own Hurricanes at the 2017 Capital One Orange Bowl

The Miami Hurricanes will square up against the Wisconsin Badgers December 30, 2017, to battle over the Orange Bowl.

Capital One® Orange Bowl Brings Big 10 Teams to Miami

Orange Bowl
On Sunday, December 3, 2017, the college bowl teams were announced amidst great excitement. The 2017 Orange Bowl will feature the Miami Hurricanes (10-2) against the Big 10’s Wisconsin Badgers (12-1).

This exciting match is pitting the 1st ranked team in the ACC Coastal conference against #1 Badgers from the Big 10 West conference. Who will become the reigning Orange Bowl champion? Watch the game live to find out!

About the 2017 Orange Bowl

Since 1935, the Orange Bowl has been played every year, but it wasn’t until 1939 that this game was declared a major bowl game for university teams. The game is played each year at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, Florida.

This year, the game will be played on December 30, 2017 at 8 pm Eastern time. Whether you’re sporting green and orange for Miami University or red and white for the University of Wisconsin, this game will be one for the history books.

Post-Orange Bowl Relaxation

After an exciting event, we bet you’ll be pretty worn out. College football means lots of partying – where better to celebrate than in Miami? Party all day at Hard Rock Stadium and then come back to the Hilton Miami Downtown hotel where you can relax and sleep until you’re ready to party again.

Have a Cheerful Holiday with Miami City Ballet’s The Nutcracker

The Miami City Ballet is excited to present a holiday tradition in their performance of The Nutcracker. Throughout this year’s performances, experience the ballet’s new sets and costumes mixed with traditional music and choreography.

Enjoy the Holidays in South Florida with Performances of The Nutcracker

Nutcracker Soldier in front of Christmas Tree

Follow a young girl’s journey through a surprising holiday party when a toymaker gives local children a nutcracker doll – and then breaks it. In this fantastical play, all is not as it seems concerning everyone from the nutcracker to the toymaker.

Dates and Location for The Miami City Ballet’s The Nutcracker

The Miami City Ballet’s run of The Nutcracker lasts from December 15th to December 30th, 2017. You can find this show at the Adrienne Arsht Center from December 15th to December 24th, Christmas Eve and from December 28th to December 30th, the show will continue at The Kravis Center.

How to Get Tickets to The Nutcracker

Tickets are available for each show starting at $30. Find tickets at the Miami City Ballet’s website. Simply choose the date, time, and venue you are interested in, and then pick your seats! You will quickly be on your way to a joyous holiday performance.

Following the performance, come back to a refreshing stay at the Hilton Miami Downtown. Find excellent holiday service with a smile to warm your spirits when you stay with us.

Fashion + Film = The 2017 Miami Fashion Film Festival

Fashion and film often go hand in hand. The 2017 Miami Fashion Film Festival celebrates this duo and recognizes the art of clothing in movies. Attend this vibrant event Saturday, December 16th, 2017.

The Miami Fashion Film Society Presents a Celebration of Fashion in Film Woman on brightly lit fashion runway

If you love clothes, movies, or both, this event is for you. It’s a great chance to check out what designers and filmmakers are creating on the local scene and abroad.

Festival Location

The festival will be held at Miami Dade College, including the Wolfson Campus.

Film Screenings

The event will showcase both local and international films with stories that are enhanced or underscored by fashion. Over 45 documentaries, short films, classics, and movies with iconic style will all be screened.

Workshops and Talks

Designers and filmmakers can learn about fashion filmmaking in interactive workshops. There will also be talks centered on trends, challenges, and opportunities in the industry.

Award Ceremonies and Parties

The best fashion films will receive the highest honors at the festival’s award ceremonies. You can also attend parties to mix and mingle with industry professionals and hopefuls alike.

Planning to check out this festival from the Miami Fashion Film Society? Book your stay in Miami with us at the Hilton Miami Downtown.

Step into Santa’s Enchanted Forest This Holiday Season

Delight in the magic of the holidays at Santa’s Enchanted Forest. This is the world’s largest holiday theme park and it’s the perfect fun escape for the whole family.

Spend The Holidays in South Florida at Family Fun Attractions

Santa standing next to a theme park rideThe theme park is open for the holiday season from November 2, 2017 to January 7, 2018. Experience everything from fun rides to festive lights, shows, holiday music, themed displays, food from around the world and visit the big man himself, Santa Claus!

Tickets and Passes

You can purchase Single Day passes, Season Passes, or Express Pass Add-Ons for your trip to this Christmas wonderland. A Season Pass gets you unlimited visits to the park for the entire season. This includes admission to rides, shows, and light displays.

Children 2 years old and under receive free admission.

Special Events

Come to the park to witness the Christmas Tree Light Show, a dazzling display of LED lights set to holiday music. The show lights up every hour – it's something you don't want to miss!

35th Anniversary

This year, the park is celebrating its 35th anniversary. Visit to experience a family holiday tradition that’s been going strong for nearly four decades.

While spending the 2017 holiday season in South Florida, book your stay with us at the Hilton Miami Downtown and be sure to visit Santa’s Enchanted Forest.

Watch History at NASCAR Weekend in Miami

The weekend of November 17, 2017 is a big one in Miami! At Homestead-Miami Speedway, you have the chance to watch history being made during the NASCAR® Championship 2017. This is a three-race weekend featuring the Ford EcoBoost® Championship series. Tickets are available for a single day or as a package for all three days of the NASCAR® Championship.

NASCAR - cars on speedway

Ford EcoBoost® 200

Watch four drivers compete for the title in the first race of the weekend on Friday, November 17, 2017. Tickets for this race start at $35, and they always promise a dramatic night. Bring your enthusiasm for NASCAR® to this race to enjoy this evening to the fullest.

Ford EcoBoost® 300

The second race of the weekend is on Saturday, bringing the NASCAR XFINITY® Series Cup race. Watch a year of racing come to a head during the Ford EcoBoost® 300. This race is full of up-and-comers making their name in racing and hoping to come out on top. Be the first to know the newest names in NASCAR® by catching this Championship race.

Ford EcoBoost® 400

On Sunday, November 19, 2017, Ford EcoBoost® 400 is bringing an end to an exciting weekend. Last year, this race sold out as crowds watched driver Jimmie Johnson win his 7th Championship title. Find out who will win the Monster Energy® NASCAR® Cup Series this year.

Are you going to be in Miami for NASCAR® Weekend? Book your stay at Hilton Miami Downtown to experience coastal Florida at its most exciting time.

A Fun November Is On Tap For Miami Live Arts Month

All November long, Miami comes alive to celebrate arts, entertainment, and music for Miami Live Arts Month. There’ll be performances galore, plus special deals to enjoy for a fantastic month.

Get Your Fill of Live Entertainment in Miami

Stage with red curtains -MiamiLiveArtsMonthThis event lasts from November 1 – 30, 2017. There will be concerts, shows, theater performances, and more at area venues and Miami dance clubs.

Live Events

Here are some featured live events happening around Miami this month.

Get a taste of Haitian culture at the Sounds of Little Haiti: Culture Walk. It will be held every third Friday of the month at the Little Haiti Cultural Center and will feature art, live music, and delicious Haitian cuisine.

Take the kids to see Miss Nelson Is Missing, a musical based on the popular children’s book, at the Actors’ Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre.

You can also check out performances of classic musicals like Evita at Coral Gables and Into the Woods Jr. at Pinecrest Gardens.


The Burgerlicious event features 20 of the best restaurants from around Coral Gables. They will conjure up delicious burgers for the tasting and battle it out for coveted trophies, including Best in Bun and the People’s Choice Award.

Take in a month of live entertainment in Miami when you book your stay at our hotel, the Hilton Miami Downtown.