Things to do in Miami

It's time, once again, for Oktoberfest in Miami

Oktoberfest in Miami, one of the top fall events, is a beer lover’s paradise.

Nothing says Fall quite like Octoberfest in Miami. With a variety of celebrations and festivities, there’s something for everyone.

OktoberfestOktoberfest in the Garden at Miami Beach Botanical Gardens

The Miami Beach Botanical Garden’s Oktoberfest celebration, which takes place on October 5th, 2018 at their Botanical Biergarten, will feature many of South Florida’s top craft breweries, live music and delicious food. Admission is $45 and includes unlimited beer and a complimentary sampling glass.

Sam Adams Octoberfest

Wynwood’s Octoberfest is one of the best events of the year. The three-day festival, which will takes place from October 28th through October 30th, 2018, features live music and entertainment, an artisan market, beer games and, of course, delicious seasonal brews. Some of the fun beer games, which Sam Adams dubbs the Brewlympics, include giant beer pong, giant jenga, raise the stein and corn hole. The 9th annual folk festival is free to attend, but you can purchase a beer pack for $8 that includes free beer, a beer stein and a bavarian hat, as well.

If you’re planning to celebrate Oktoberfest this year in Miami, the Hilton Miami Downtown is ideally suited to be your host. Take in our picturesque views from our rooftop pool and enjoy a one-of-a-kind meal from our celebrated chefs at Brisa Bistro. You won’t soon forget your Oktoberfest in Miami experience.

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month in Miami

Miami’s Hispanic Heritage Month is a celebration of the strong Hispanic ties to the community.

The influence of the Hispanic community on Miami culture is undeniable. From September 15th through October 15th, the city pays homage to the Hispanic people and their contributions, offering a great variety of events and fun things to do. It’s a month-long celebration unlike any other.

Cultural Fridays  Little Havana Dominoes on a game table

One of the best ways to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month in Miami is Viernes Culturales, or Cultural Fridays, which is a hit with both locals and visitors. There are a variety of tents and shops to check out, along with live music, art exhibits, tobacco rolling, poetry, theater, film and more.  

Little Havana

To truly experience the impact of Hispanic culture on Miami, you must visit Little Havana. Simply strolling down the street and through Miami’s famous Maximo Gomez Park is a good start. After that, a visit to the Bay of Pigs Museum provides an important learning experience.

Rumba Crawl

If you love dancing and music, make sure to check out the Rumba Crawl on Brickell Avenue in Downtown Miami, which features lively merengue, salsa, bachata, and reggaeton sounds that are bound to get your feet moving.

These are just a small sample of the many events and activities taking place during Hispanic Heritage Month in Miami. If you want to take full advantage of the festivities, make sure to book your stay with us at the Hilton Miami Downtown. Conveniently located on Biscayne Boulevard, we’re close to many top local attractions, including South Beach, Bayside Marketplace and much more. Don’t miss out on this unique experience.

South Florida Craft Beer Run

If you consider yourself a beer lover who enjoys running, or at least enough to sweat out some of those suds, the South Florida Craft Beer Run has your name written all over it. With 450 participants, last year’s inaugural event was a hit, with the 2nd annual event proving to be bigger and better with even more top Miami breweries getting involved and post-race festivity fun. If you run one fun race this fall, this is it.

Beer - view from above glassRace Details

The race will take place on Saturday, September 15th, 2018 at 6 p.m. at Miami’s Tank Brewing Co. at 5100 NW 72nd Ave. Your registration fee includes a t-shirt, medal and tasty complimentary brew.

Participating Breweries and Festivities

This year’s race features a long list of great participating breweries, including Tank Brewing Co., Funky Buddha Brewing, Wynwood Brewing, Miami Brewing Co., Swamp Head Brewery and Cigar City Brewing Co. Post-race festivities will include tasty eats, live music, cigars, games and craft beer.

Charitable Cause

This year’s Miami beer run will support a couple of good causes - Nico’s Promise and Sebastian Strong. Nico’s Promise provides ongoing support for those who have suffered the loss of a loved one at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital. Sebastian Strong raises awareness and funds for research to find a cure for childhood cancer.

If you’re running in the race and looking for a place to stay, the Hilton Miami Downtown is ideally suited to be your host. Our gorgeous heated rooftop pool is a great spot to unwind after running and our comfortable guestrooms will meet your expectations for a good night’s rest. Book your stay today to take advantage of this unique South Florida experience.

Escape to Miami Triathlon 2018

The Mak Cycle Escape to Miami Triathlon is an experience unlike any other.

South Florida plays host to many unique and exciting events year-round, but none are quite like the Escape to Miami Triathlon. Each September, triathletes from all over descend upon Miami for the multisport competition, which treats athletes and spectators to scenic sights and sounds. It’s one of those races you won’t forget. 


If you’re participating in the Miami Triathlon, you’re in for a treat. You’ll start in the waters off of Margaret Pace Park and head inland to the infamous Escape Island. From there, the bike course provides a unique and scenic view of Miami that continues until you run across the finish line. It’s called the Escape Route for a reason, but when you finish, you’ll have an accomplishment worth boasting about!

Spectators and Volunteers

As a spectator, you get to take in all the views without having to break a sweat. If you’re interested in volunteering for the South Beach Triathlon, however, you’re more than welcome! Whether you’re a first-time volunteer or a veteran, volunteering is a great way to give back to the community and support the athletes. Plus, you’ll receive lots of exciting goodies as a thank you for lending a hand.

The 2018 Escape to Miami Triathlon is a can’t-miss event for serious triathletes. If you need a place to relax and rest before and after the race, look no further than the Hilton Miami Downtown. Our rooftop pool offers scenic views of the city, which looks especially grand after you’ve conquered it, and our location is convenient for exploring South Beach and many other Miami attractions. Book your stay with us today and challenge yourself to the Mak Cycle Escape to Miami Triathlon.

Florida Residents Special Offer

A Florida staycation that feels like an escape.  Woman Eating Fruit In Bed at Hilton Miami Downtown

If you live in Florida, it pays to get away; even if you’re not leaving the Sunshine State. Now is the perfect time to take advantage of our in-state discount at the Hilton Miami Downtown, where Florida residents can enjoy deluxe accommodations for two nights and a $25 property credit when they book a stay of at least two nights. Hilton Honors members receive an exclusive discount of up to 12 percent off our hotel’s best available rate, and even non-Hilton Honors members will receive up to 10 percent off. That’s not to mention all of the great features and amenities you get when you stay with us.


Our prime downtown location is the perfect starting point for your exploration of the greater Miami area. We’re only three miles from lively South Beach, just minutes from the unique Wynwood Arts District and conveniently located near American Airlines Arena, the home of the NBA’s Miami Heat, and Bayside Marketplace.


What’s a Florida staycation without great food? We’re close to some of Miami’s top dining destinations and, when you don’t feel like venturing off the property, offer great onsite dining options, including delicious dishes from Brisa Bistro’s celebrated chef Didier Pouzier. Our 1601 Lounge’s Bimini Bliss Happy Hour is a fun way to start Thursday nights out, too.


Our serene, heated rooftop pool offers breathtaking views of the city, and guests can enjoy delicious cocktails and lunch options at our CityVu Pool Bar.

Take advantage of our Florida Residents Special Offer and book your stay today. Our newly-refreshed guest accommodations, first-class amenities and prime location provide guests with an opportunity to take a unique getaway without leaving their backyard.

Labor Day 2018 In Miami

Labor Day Weekend in Miami is unlike any other time of the year.

Miami is a preferred destination for travelers year-round, but it’s especially lively during Labor Day weekend. While the holiday marks the unofficial end of summer, there’s no shortage of sunshine and cool breezes in the greater Miami area. Not to mention all of the attractions and activities you can take part in to celebrate the holiday weekend.

World Famous Beaches  Hammock on Palm Trees 

If you love sticking your feet in the sand or taking a refreshing dip in the ocean, Miami’s Sunny Isles Beach and Surfside beach provide easy-going, family-friendly settings. South Beach, meanwhile, is known for its lively scene, while the beaches along Key Biscayne provide a better opportunity to experience local nature.

Art, Architecture and Museums

If your idea of a fun Labor Day in Miami involves immersing yourself in culture, there are endless possibilities. A simple stroll down Ocean Drive and through the Art Deco District offers stunning views of historic Art Deco and Tropical Moderne buildings, and South Beach’s Wolfsonian-FIU museum houses one of the largest university art collections in the United States.

Miami Spice

If you want to treat your taste buds, you’re in luck. Miami Spice, the two-month restaurant promotion in which local eateries offer special, three-course, prix-fixe menus for brunch, lunch and dinner, coincides with Labor Day Weekend in Miami. This is an event not to be missed when visiting Miami this time of year!

There’s no better place to celebrate Labor Day 2018 in Miami than the Hilton Miami Downtown. Our rooftop pool area is the perfect spot to soak up some sun. We’re equally equipped to host your relaxing end of summer trip or action-packed tour of all Miami has to offer. Book your stay with us today to make the most of this end of summer holiday.

Miami Dolphins Football: Experience It Live

Catch all the action of Dolphins Football, up close and personal, at Hard Rock Stadium.

A new season of Miami Dolphins football is nearly upon us, and with it comes a new wave of excitement. The 2018-19 Dolphins are on the cusp of achieving something great, and they’ll have their fair share of exciting battles along the way to prove it.

Season Schedule  Football On Field

The Dolphins will kick off the pre-season against their in-state foe, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and return to Hard Rock Stadium a few weeks later to clash with the Baltimore Ravens. The regular season schedule is filled with intriguing games, with many of those matchups taking place at home. The season opener against a talented Tennessee Titans squad will be a thriller, along with early games against the Oakland Raiders and Detroit Lions. Later in the season, fans will need to gear up in their aqua, orange and white to root for the Dolphins in tough battles against the rival Buffalo Bills, New England Patriots and Jacksonville Jaguars.

Experience It In-Person

Watching the Dolphins from your couch is fine, but if you’re a die-hard fan who watches all the games, you need to experience it for yourself. There’s nothing quite like seeing the field up-close. The plays look faster and more intense because they’re happening live right in front of you, not on delay on your TV. Plus, with individual game tickets starting at just $15, you don’t have to empty your wallet to go.

The Hilton Miami Downtown is well-equipped to host your trip to see the Dolphins this season. We’re just a quick drive from the stadium, as well as many other unique and exciting Miami attractions. Book your stay with us today for a Dolphins game experience you won’t forget.

Florida Track Days: Where Riding Your Dream Comes True

Ride like you always dreamed at the famed Homestead-Miami Speedway. Motorcycle-Bits-Wheels

For over a decade, Florida Track Days has offered riders of all skill levels an opportunity to truly experience what a bike can do without worrying if they are being reckless. Riders can ride their bikes in the fashion they were designed to be driven, but in a safe and controlled environment that’s pure fun. Simply put, if you love riding motorcycles, or even just watching people ride them, it’s a dream come true.

The 2018 event will take place on August 12th at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Novice, intermediate and advanced riders can register with Track Days to take advantage of all that the 2.2-mile course and expert staff offer. Those who need to rent a motorcycle can do so, and track gear is free for novice riders. Tickets for the event can be ordered online or by calling 954-816-6321.

The Hilton Miami Downtown is the perfect starting point for your Track Days experience. We are just a short drive from the speedway, but still provide you all of the benefits of staying in downtown Miami. Take a dip in our refreshing rooftop pool after your day at the track, and end your day by enjoying some of the many tasty cocktails and dining choices we offer. Don’t let an opportunity like this pass you by. Book your stay with us today to make your dreams a reality and ride like you’ve always wanted.

Wynwood Miami: A Unique Art and Culture Adventure

You would be hard-pressed to find a more accessible and exciting Miami art & culture experience.

Miami’s Wynwood neighborhood is unconventional, vibrant and exciting. The former warehouse district turned arts and culture hub features more than 70 galleries and museums, great restaurants, bars and more. Immersing yourself in Miami art & culture has never been easier - or more fun.

Wynwood Walls Wynwood Walls

If you’re looking to truly experience Miami, you need to tour Wynwood Walls. A collection of giant walls covered in murals, it’s one of the most easily accessible art exhibits for pedestrians in the world. You’ll see everything from life-sized murals of the Dalai Lama, to graffiti quotes and breathtaking sculptures - art lovers of any age will find it unique, colorful and inspiring.

Second Saturday Art Walk

The most popular time to visit is during Wynwood Art Walk, which takes place every second Saturday of the month. The monthly event turns Wynwood into an all-day art festival, with live music filling the air, food trucks offering tasty bites and beverages, and art galleries staying open late. It’s a Miami tradition unlike any other.


Unsurprisingly, Wynwood’s artistic touch isn’t limited to its murals and galleries. With its creative and flavorful dishes, the Wynwood Miami dining scene is paradise for foodies. Artisanal eateries, breweries, and bars are all located a short walking distance from the walls, and the area is home to three James Beard Nominated chefs and restaurants. Whether you’re simply in the mood for a casual drink or looking to challenge your palette with a unique dish, Wynwood’s dining scene caters to all.

The Hilton Miami Downtown is conveniently located just minutes from the Wynwood Arts District, along with many other top Miami attractions. Book your stay with us today for the ultimate art and culture adventure.

First Annual South Beach Mango Festival

Get your taste of Miami’s new tradition, the South Beach Mango Festival.

Every month, locals and visitors alike come together to celebrate Miami’s unique culture at a variety of festivals and events. On August 5th, 2018, you can take part in South Florida’s newest celebration, the South Beach Mango Festival, which will take place at South Beach’s Lummus Park during the peak of Miami’s delicious mango season.

Great Tastes Woman smiling eating mango

As you can expect, there will be plenty of opportunities to treat your taste buds. Attendees can stroll through a farmers’ market boasting more than 40 varieties of locally farmed mangoes, along with other tropical produce, including avocados, coconuts, and dragon fruit. There will also be farm-to-table mango dishes from local restaurants, mango smoothie-making and tasting stations available.


The inaugural one-day event, which is part of the Miami Spice festivities, will feature a mix of fun activities that can be enjoyed by all ages. Adults can take part in interactive mango cooking classes, and check out demos from some of Miami’s top chefs, a mixology competition, and a baked mango recipe contest. There will also be a kids cooking class, kids mango eating contest, live music and a bounce house. A portion of the festival’s proceeds will benefit the non-profit philanthropic organization, Big Brothers and Big Sisters.

If you’re looking for the ultimate Miami experience, the Hilton Miami Downtown has you covered. We’re conveniently located just minutes from South Beach, and offer a variety of relaxing guest rooms with stunning Miami views. There’s no better host for the first annual South Beach Mango Festival experience.