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March 2018

The Historical Journey of Vizcaya Museum and Gardens

Miami is teeming with endless activity and choices for entertainment ranging from pina coladas on sandy beaches to dancing in one of its various nightclubs. Besides these stimulating venues, Miami has a long history and thriving art culture that is captured in its many museums and gardens.

An example of such a representation of Miami’s historical architecture and legacy is the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens.

The Making of the Vizcaya Museum Vizcaya Museum

Commissioned by a retired millionaire, James Deering, who’s delicate health required a sunny climate, the building of Vizcaya began in 1914 and was not completed until 1922, well after his death.

Surviving several hurricanes and reconstructions, Vizcaya Museum officially opened to the public in 1953 with private tours of the Main House beginning the following year and continuing today.

With its expansive gardens filled with native Floridian flora and its buildings housing works of contemporary art from the 1900s, Vizcaya Museum and Gardens is a unique blend of European and American styles with a taste of the Miamian. This has made Vizcaya a popular tourist attraction since the 1950s.

Vizcaya and Community Commitment

Vizcaya Museum and Gardens hosts events ranging from traditional fundraising events to the Baynanza Design Contest and Professional Art workshops.

You can decide to tour the Main House and gardens on your own and take in their grandness and beauty or you choose to take one of its popular guided tours, sharing the experience with others and absorbing the history through the informational presentations provided by a tour guide.

To all those who visit these history laden gardens and buildings we wish an enlightening experience and invite you to stay with us at the Miami Hilton Downtown.

Celebrate Latin Culture with Carnaval Miami 2018

Miami is known for its vibrant Hispanic culture and Carnaval Miami 2018 is a perfect opportunity to experience this heritage. As the largest Hispanic festival in the country, Calle 8 offers 20 blocks and 12 stages of excitement.

Calle Ocho: Arts, Fashion, Food, and Music Carnaval Miami - Calle Ocho 2018

The real star of Calle Ocho is the music. You can watch world-renowned performers this year such as Cuban artist Willy Chirino, Grammy winner Aymee Nuviola, and dozens of international acts.

Get ready to shop because this festival is filled with folkloric artwork and unique handcrafted goods.

As you wander the streets browsing art and absorbing the culture, you can enjoy international dishes and samples. Lovers of Cuban food won't want to miss the Cuban Sandwich Smackdown competition or the El Croquetazo sandwich eating contest.

Kiwanis of Little Havana

The local Kiwanis Club powers this event and the proceeds go to a good cause: the Kiwanis of Little Havana Foundation.

This festival has raised roughly $40 million dollars over the past 35 years to benefit the lives of children through school supplies, scholarships, and helping with unexpected family emergencies.

Running Now Through June 16th

This annual Miami Latin street festival is a free event running now until mid-June. Some vendors serve alcohol but the festival itself is an excellent family activity.

If you're interested in visiting the area for this event, the Hilton Miami Downtown is in a convenient location. We're a downtown Miami hotel so you can soak up the sun or enjoy some cocktails when you're not strolling through the festival.

Enjoy Family Fun and Entertainment at Pinecrest Gardens, Miami

Pinecrest Gardens is South Florida’s premiere cultural arts park. It is a grand destination for families and tourists of all ages. Learn more about the local horticulture, beat the summer heat in the Splash ‘N Play area, or let the kids interact with farm animals at the Petting Zoo.

South Florida’s Cultural Arts Park Has Something for Everyone to Enjoy Flower blooming on lily pad

While you are visiting South Florida’s Cultural Arts Park, you should check out the most popular events and opportunities for family fun.

Games and Outdoor Activities

Special events take place at Pinecrest Gardens all throughout the year - be sure to check their on going social calendar for their up to date seasonal events. Enjoy a game of Chess & Checkers in the Gardens or have fun on the Splash Pad when the temperature outdoors starts to heat up.

Family Fun

If you are looking for a place to take the family this weekend, the Cultural Arts Center offers something for visitors of all ages. There is a playground and petting zoo for little ones and the beautiful Botanical Gardens to admire.


Do you have a wedding or other big event coming up and need a venue? Facility rentals are available for weddings, private parties, and corporate events. You can choose from an indoor or outdoor venue.

Movie Nights

Enjoy a flashlight tour and a featured film in a weather-protected amphitheater outdoors every Friday. New releases are shown that are suitable for the entire family.

If you need a place to stay in town, check out the Hilton Miami Downtown. We offer comfortable, spacious rooms with all the latest amenities for you to enjoy. Our hotel is located on Biscayne Boulevard in the heart of the downtown Miami area. Make your trip more memorable by choosing to stay with us.

Feast with the Beasts at Zoo Miami

The Feast with the Beasts at Zoo Miami is the largest annual fundraiser for the zoo. The event raises awareness on the importance of conserving our wildlife and their habitats so they’ll be around for future generations to enjoy. It is a highly anticipated event that helps bring together the businesses in the community for a worthwhile cause.

Feast with the Beasts Table setting with napkin and forks

Feast with the Beasts features samples from more than 25 local restaurants, open bars, live music and animal encounters for all who participate.

Event Dates

This event will take place on March 16, 2018 at 7:00 PM through March 17th, 2018 at 12:00 AM. This is an adult only event for ages 21 and older. Attendants should wear cocktail attire. The VIP Beastkeeper Lounge Pre-Party will take place between 7:00 PM and 9:00 PM. The Feaster Main Event is from 8:00 PM until midnight.

Ticket Prices

Tickets for the VIP Beastkeeper Lounge are $500 per person. This grants you access to the pre-party, main event, and VIP section during the after party. Ticket holders will have access to special tastings, private bars, and exclusive animal encounters.

Those who wish to only attend the Feaster Main Event can purchase tickets for $250 per person.

Top Event Sponsors

Sponsors for this year’s event include Bamboo Cafe, Bonefish Grill, Crepemaker, Delicious Catering Services Event & Design, Devon Seafood & Steak, and Dos Croquetas.

While in town for Feast with the Beasts, stay with us here at the Hilton Miami Downtown. We offer refreshing guestrooms with fantastic views of Biscayne Bay and the Miami skyline. Our hotel is just minutes from all the best tourist attractions in town and 15 minutes from Miami International Airport.