2018 International Ballet Festival of Miami

The International Ballet Festival, a diverse, one-of-a-kind South Florida event, incorporates art, film, literature and live performances.

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The 2018 International Ballet Festival of Miami will run from July 28th through August 19th, 2018, and takes place all across Miami-Dade county. The six venues set to host the annual event are the Lehman Theater at Miami Dade College North Campus, Manuel Artime Theater, Amateur Theater Broward Center for the Performing Arts, Fillmore Miami Beach at the Jackie Gleason Theater, Colony Theater and Miami Dade County Auditorium.


The festival will feature a mix of dance film series, art exhibits, workshops, master classes and more. Attendees can see promising young ballet artists in the youth gala, exciting and eclectic programs that mix modern and contemporary styles, and performances of famous classical and neo-classical ballet repertoire.

Participating Countries

The 23rd edition of the International Ballet Festival will present attendees with an opportunity to see a range of exceptional local, national and international artists. Over 200 artists from more than 20 prestigious ballet companies representing countries including the United States, Spain, Mexico, France, Canada, Argentina and Brazil will participate, making it one of the most ambitious ballet events in the world.

Plan Your Trip to Miami For a Memorable Ballet Festival Experience

If you are planning a trip to Miami for the ballet festival, the Hilton Miami Downtown is your most convenient and comfortable starting point. We’re just three miles from South Beach and offer a variety of great amenities, including a relaxing rooftop pool and tantalizing dining options. Book your stay with us now for an unmatched Miami ballet festival experience.

Treat Your Taste Buds During Miami Spice

Enjoy mouth-watering dishes at great prices during Miami Spice celebrating restaurants in Miami.

Miami Spice Month kicks off on August 1st, 2018 offering foodies with a great opportunity to enjoy the best of Miami’s culinary scene at discounted prices. The special dining celebration, which runs through September 30th, 2018 features a variety of fun food events and a fantastic mix of participating restaurants. Try something new or indulge in a favorite, with no membership or sign-up required, it’s all on the table.

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With a plethora of Miami restaurants participating in Miami Spice, there’s something for every taste. Participants include local favorites offering farm-to-table cuisine, tasty cocktails, delicious ethnic food, American classics and more. The three-course meals feature dishes from world-renowned chefs at special prices: $23 for lunch or brunch and $39 for dinner.  Plus, with a great selection of outdoor, waterfront, romantic and kid-friendly dining spots throughout the area, finding the perfect setting for your dining experience is easy.

Special Culinary Events

Miami Restaurant Month offers visitors the chance to experience the city’s unique culture through special culinary events, as well. The 2018 lineup includes the first annual South Beach Mango Festival, National Rum Day Fest, Asian Night Bazaar Dinner Series and Venezuelan Food, Wine & Spirits Festival. Other events feature great live music, selections from local farmers markets and walking tours that highlight the history of Miami and the city’s architectural styles.

The conveniently located Hilton Miami Downtown is the ideal choice for your Miami Spice trip. With our own fantastic onsite dining options, including tantalizing dishes from Brisa Bistro’s celebrated chef Didier Pouzier, guests do not even need to leave the hotel to have a great Miami culinary adventure. Book your stay with us now to savor it all.

Miami Spa Months: The Perfect Time to Unwind

Go ahead, indulge yourself in all that Miami Spa Month offers.

Each month Miami has a different theme, providing visitors with a unique opportunity to immerse themselves in everything the city and its surrounding area offers. Starting on July 1st, 2018, Miami Spa Months takes center stage. With fun activities, great deals and special events taking place each week until the end of August, there truly is no better time or place to unwind.

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To help visitors celebrate Spa Month, 38 Miami spas will offer exclusive treatments at great prices. Participating spas include Aquanox Spa, Emena Spa, Myspa Miami and Exhale Downtown Miami. These rejuvenating treatments, which range from aromatherapy, to deep tissue massages and facials, can be reserved throughout August 31st, 2018 and will be offered at three price ranges: $109, $139 and $199.

Special Events and Activities

Despite the name, this annual summer celebration isn’t all about the spa, either. Miami Spa Month is a great opportunity to get Zen, as well. Miami’s yoga community is top-notch, and with a plethora of free and engaging classes available throughout the area, there’s something for yogis of every level. Special events and activities include Sunset Yoga Sessions, which is followed by usage of eucalytpus steam rooms, and Full Moon Flow Yoga, which is followed by meditation and acupuncture.

Your day of pampering and relaxation would not be complete without a stay at the Hilton Miami Downtown. Located near Miami’s top spas and many other first-rate shopping, dining and entertainment attractions, we offer the most convenient and comfortable place to kick back in Miami. Book your stay now — you deserve to indulge yourself.

Family Fun in Miami for Summer 2018

With a variety of free and fun family attractions, like Wynwood Walls, Miami is the perfect destination for your summer vacation.

When booking a family vacation, it’s important to choose a destination that offers plenty to do and
see. Nothing is a bigger bummer than discovering there aren’t enough activities to fill your free time. This certainly isn’t a concern in Miami, where families have a diverse selection of sights, smells and sounds to choose from, including gorgeous beaches, engaging tours and excursions, water sports, fun parks, great food and much more. Family laughing under a blue sky

Zoo Miami

The largest and oldest zoological garden in Florida, Zoo Miami allows families to see a wide variety of animals from all over the planet, up close in an engaging and pleasant open-air setting. It’s truly unlike any other zoo experience in the country.

Wynwood Walls

A free outdoor museum showcasing large-scale murals by some of the world’s top graffiti artists, Wynwood Walls is clearly one of the most unique museums you’ll ever visit. You won’t soon forget these stunning and cutting-edge pieces of art.

Miami Children’s Museum

The Miami Children’s Museum is a must-see attraction for families with its interactive programs and exhibits related to the arts, culture, community and more. It’s fun, educational and engaging.

Free Things to Do In Miami

Family-friendly Miami offers plenty of free indoor and activities, as well. The Gold Coast Railroad Museum allows kids to ride on a variety of model trains, and kids aged 8-12 can tour Museum of Contemporary Art exhibits that allow them to learn by painting, drawing and sculpting.

Don’t miss out on an unforgettable family vacation to Miami this summer. Book your stay with us at the Hilton Miami Downtown today.

Weddings at Hilton Miami Downtown: The Perfect South Florida Venue

With our variety of menu choices, floor plans and customization options, it’s no secret why the Hilton Miami Downtown is the top Miami wedding venue.

Considering all of the time that goes into planning the perfect wedding, it’s a relief when some decisions are easy to make. With so much to offer, selecting the Hilton Miami Downtown as your wedding and reception venue is simply a no-brainer.

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 The Hilton Miami Downtown provides a fantastic selection of menu options for Miami weddings, and the ambiance of your reception can be enhanced by specialty linens, theme decor packages and more. Our guests can start with chilled and hot hors d’oeuvres, and choose from a variety of seafood, vegetarian, mediterranean, asian, american and pasta options, or you can pick from a selection of plated dinners. Speciality, cash, package and host bar options are also available.

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 With the largest ballroom in all of Downtown Miami, we can accommodate up to 1,000 guests. You can customize your experience based on the size of your party, and your personal taste and style, to create the perfect atmosphere for your reception.

Located on Biscayne Boulevard in downtown Miami, the Hilton Miami Downtown is an easy choice for your Miami wedding venue with our convenience of accommodations for overnight guests, close proximity to Miami Beach’s top attractions, surrounding beauty and stylish modern decor. Weddings at the Hilton Miami Downtown are simply unmatched.

What’s Happening For Miami Film Month - June 2018

June is Miami Film Month, which means cinephiles can attend special events and take advantage of great discounts.

Looking for an excuse to escape the heat this June? Don’t sweat it, Miami Film Month will be in full swing! With various film festivals and special events taking place every day, it’s the perfect time of the year to celebrate the city’s diverse and proud arts scene.

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Special Discounts

During Miami Film Month, participating art cinemas will be offering movie-goers with $8 films. 2018 participants include Coral Gables Art Cinema, O Cinema in Miami Beach and Wynwood, Bill Cosford Cinema and Miami Beach Cinematheque.

Miami Film Festivals

You can also check out some of the fun and enlightening Miami Film Festivals taking place, including the Miami Short Film Festival, the Women’s International Film & Arts Festival, Miami Fashion Film Festival and the Miami Independent Film Festival. With 21 festivals in total, there’s something for everyone.

Miami Film Month - June 2018 Special Showings

This June in Miami, you will be able to attend special showings of films, as well. Events include the I'm Not Gonna Move to LA screening at O Cinema in Wynwood, a free outdoor screening of The Last Dragon at Gibson Park, and much more.

No matter what film festivals or events interest you, the Hilton Miami Downtown is the perfect starting point for your cinematic adventures. With a serene rooftop pool overlooking the city, it's a great pot to end the day, too.

How to Celebrate the Fourth of July 2018 in Miami

The Fourth of July 2018 in Miami is the perfect time and place to celebrate America's independence with friends and family. If you're getting ready to plan your holiday getaway, check out all the activities Miami has to offer.

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Don't miss America's Birthday Bash at Bayfront Park for the largest fireworks display around. This festival has plenty of food and music to keep you moving. Adults can enjoy a beer garden while kids hang out in the Kids' Zone. America's Birthday Bash at Bayfront Park opens at 10 AM on July 4th with fireworks starting at 9 PM.

If you want to keep things traditional, head to the Barnacle Old Fashioned Picnic at Coconut Grove on July 4th. You can either bring your own food or purchase grilled hot dogs and burgers. Kids will love the variety of activities at Coconut Grove including a scavenger hunt and kite making. This party runs from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

 If you're celebrating on a budget, check out the free Miami Beach Fire on the Fourth Festival. There are plenty of fun activities to keep you busy including yoga, live music, and food (although not all are free). The Miami Beach Fire on the Fourth Festival starts at 11:00 AM with fireworks at 9:00 PM.

Plan Your Trip to Miami for Independence Day

Parking in Miami isn't easy – especially during holidays. Why not book a stay at the Hilton Miami Downtown and make parking simple? We have a beautiful seventh-floor rooftop pool, so after spending time enjoying the festivals, you can come back to our hotel and relax.

Don't Miss Coral Gables Restaurant Weeks 2018

If you're a self-proclaimed foodie, Coral Gables Restaurant Weeks 2018 is the perfect opportunity to enjoy some of the best dining in Miami at an exclusive price.

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Make sure you show up hungry – each restaurant participating in Coral Gables Restaurant Weeks offers a three-course meal for one reduced price. The different lunch and dinner menus at each location make it easy to visit multiple restaurants in one day.

Which Restaurants Are Participating in Coral Gables Restaurant Week 2018?

Bread + Butter Counter celebrates the diverse flavors of Miami with Cuban-inspired ingredients. For lunch, enjoy a first-class Cuban sandwich with house-cured pastrami and roast pork. Dinner offers a choice between chicken fricassee and braised short ribs.

Bulla Gastrobar offers a large selection of appetizers and entrees. Treat yourself to an extravagant starter like Huevos Bulla, an organic egg with Serrano ham, potato foam, and truffle oil.

Cafe Vialetto has two menus filled with unique flavor combinations. You'll probably have a difficult time choosing between the three lunch entrees: rigatoni lamb sausage, Japanese eggplant parmesan, and veal apricot.

Plan Your Trip to Miami for Restaurant Week

Coral Gables Restaurant Weeks 2018 run from June 10th through the 30th at participating restaurants. The three-course menu selections offer roughly a 20% discount from standard prices – dining in Miami has never been easier.

If you're planning a trip to Miami for these restaurant weeks, consider staying with us at the Hilton Miami Downtown. We're close to many interesting Miami attractions and not far from Coral Gables.

Fun in the Sun at Miami Seaquarium

How would you like to have a fun and an educational experience this summer? Sounds good, doesn’t it? Well, if you’re planning a trip to Miami this summer, make sure to check out the Miami Seaquarium.

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One of the most popular attractions at the Seaquarium is being able to swim with the dolphins in Miami.

But there’s much more to enjoy there.

Besides getting up close and personal with a variety of sea creatures, you’ll be able to attend educational shows. You’ll learn about the animals and vegetation of the sea, and how to protect them.

Here are just two attractions that will teach you more about wildlife conservation:

Rescue a Reef

Coral reefs are dwindling. The reasons for this are numerous, including over-fishing, using dynamite to fish, pollution, and more. We need to do all we can to protect our reefs because they do so much for life on this planet. They contain one of the most diverse ecosystems and protect our shorelines from waves and storms. At the Seaquarium, you’ll learn what you can do to protect this precious natural resource.

Conservation Outpost

If you and your family are interested in learning more about ocean conservation, the lovely people at the Seaquarium can help. This exhibit provides a timeline of conservation achievements accomplished by the Seaquarium over the last 60 years.

Hilton Miami Downtown: Your Summertime Vacation Destination

When you come to Miami to see the manatees and swim with the dolphins, we hope you’ll stay with us. The Hilton Miami Downtown is one of the most stylish hotels in Miami. It’s also one of the most comfortable. We’re positive that a stay with us is a great way to round out your fun-filled trip to Miami this summer.

What's Happening For Miami Museum Month - May 2018

May in Miami is the perfect time to patron some of our city's world-renowned museums. Here's what's happening for Miami Museum Month - May 2018.

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Lowe Art Museum, University of Miami has big things planned for May. Andy Warhol fanatics won't want to miss his Mao series (1972) on display.  You can also enjoy Henry Moore’s Reclining Figure (1957) and several permanent exhibits like the new 150-piece glass display.

The Little Haiti Cultural Center will be full of excitement in May. Take advantage of Sounds of Little Haiti: a free night of live music, Kreyol cooking, dancing, and handcrafted goods.

The Coral Gables Museum is a work of art in itself – a historical coral stone building. This museum focuses on urban design and city planning with original exhibits and Saturday morning bike tours.

Get Ready for May in Miami

Miami Museum Month runs all May long. Simply check the list of participating Miami museums to see what your favorites have planned. Many museums will host unique exhibits with special deals to make patronage extra accessible for the general public.

Several high-profile museums are participating in the Join One Museum, See Them All program which provides access to all participating museums by purchasing membership to just one. Some are also offering a Buy One, Get One Free admission program.

Whether you're a Miami local or planning a trip from out of town, consider staying with us at the Hilton Miami Downtown. We're centrally located in the heart of downtown Miami near many museums and just three miles from South Beach.