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September 2019

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month in Miami!

Hispanic Heritage Month may be an official 30-day observance of culture for our entire country, yet these festivities prove Miami is the best place to celebrate!

What is Hispanic Heritage Month?  Welcome to Little Havana street sign

While the observance has only been official for a few decades, the ever growing Hispanic population in the United States has made these 30 days honoring the culture and contributions of people with ancestry from Spain and Latin America more and more popular throughout our country. Yet Miami has always been at the forefront of these celebrations that start every year on September 15th (the Independence Day for various Latin American countries such as Costa Rica, Guatemala, and El Salvador). Beginning in 1968 as only a week and expanding to a month or 30 days in 1988, this cultural celebration is honored in a myriad of different ways, including right here in Miami.

Visit Little Havana! 

There may be no finer example of a true center of Hispanic culture in Miami than Little Havana. The entire area is full of Latin-influenced restaurants, venues, and shops that all sing out with the voices of those from different backgrounds that have come and put down their roots in The Magic City. The heart of this area, Calle Ocho (or southwest 8th Street) is the perfect place to start your celebrations as you dine on authentic dishes from all over Latin America or take in the local flavor of visiting a true cultural landmark at Domino Park.

Celebrate Orgullo!

Not only just a celebration of Hispanic pride, starting on October 1st and running through the end of Heritage Month (October 15th), the Orgullo Festival celebrates Hispanic LGBTQ Pride. Now in its 9th year, the festivities will focus on Art of Fashion through the artistic mediums of art, music, dance, and film. The full schedule for South Florida’s original Hispanic LGBTQ Pride festival is available which include noteworthy events such as ArteORGULLO (October 3) at Pridelines Miami and the Fashion Gala (October 12) at the FROST Art Museum@FIU

Throughout the 30 days, there are free events throughout Magic City for the entire family to enjoy, including Mall of the Americas Hispanic Heritage Celebration (September 27). Another way to celebrate is by soaking in the culture in the heart of the city with us at Hilton Miami Downtown. Overlooking Biscayne Bay, our upscale accommodations are complemented by fantastic facilities including our rooftop pool and incredible eats from Brisa Bistro, highlighting fusion cuisine that is full of Hispanic influence.

Photo Credit: GMCVB

The 10th Annual Wynwood Octoberfest Brings Munich to Miami!

Break out your best lederhosen and get ready to raise a stein at this signature fall event in Wynwood.

Autumn is coming to Wynwood! Wynwood's Octoberfest

Each year, Miami locals and tourists alike look forward to the beginning of fall, and not only for the ever
so slightly cooler temperatures that begin to settle into the area. Now in its 10th year, the start of
autumn for the area heralds in the three-day extravaganza known as Wynwood Octoberfest! With
an inherent Miami flair running through the event, this celebration fuses our vibrant culture with the
Bavarian roots of the world’s largest beer festival.

This is Octoberfest!

The 10th annual Wynwood Octoberfest will kick off on Friday, September 27th and run through Sunday,
September 29th at the Wynwood Marketplace. While this seasonal spectacle’s main attractions are the
same on each day, the hours of the fest do differ: Friday: 7PM – 2AM | Saturday: 2PM – 2AM | Sunday:
12PM – 8PM. Admission to Octoberfest is FREE for all and will be taking place in a designated half
open/half sheltered area of the Marketplace. This will protect all fest-goers from the elements while still
recreating that authentic Munich beer hall feeling. Yet, throughout both areas, you will enjoy many fall-
inspired activities such as the ever-popular grand photo booth and beer hall, but also pumpkin-themed
everything from food, artisan goods, and photo-ops for your Instagram (including a variety of dog-
inspired activities that will surely make those likes skyrocket).

And yes, we repeat: this is O-C-toberfest!

You may find yourself confused by the spelling of this event, but the Wynwood Octoberfest is every bit
as Bavarian-inspired as any celebration that spells it with a K. The reason for the change is solely
American, but not in honor of the tenth month of the year. The main sponsor for the event is Boston-
headquartered Samuel Adams®, with their OctoberFest brew running in copious amounts throughout
the weekend. Their influence has helped craft this event over the years and one of the best ways to
experience the Fest is with a Beer or Party Pack. Yes, a multitude of the events are FREE to the public, but with a Beer Party Pack ($21), you get a much more immersive experience including a souvenir half-liter stein, a complimentary beer, and an authentic Bavarian hat!

So, get ready to be transported to Munich in body, mind, and soul and enjoy a fun-filled day and evening
at the Wynwood Octoberfest! Then come back, put down your stein, and relax at Hilton Miami
Downtown, conveniently located only a mile away from the Marketplace. No matter how much hoppy
enjoyment you partake in, we offer sophisticated rooms and modern amenities to bring you back from your Bavarian bliss in Magic City style!

Discover Domino Park, Little Havana

You don’t need to know how to play the game to experience the magic of Domino Park!

 A Magical Place in Little Havana! Little Havana Dominoes on a game table

Nobody may know exactly when the first domino game was played in Maximo Gomez Park, but its rich history and continued cultural significance to all of the residents of Little Havana have made it one of the most emblematic places in Miami. Maximo Gomez Park, better known as Domino Park, is located at the corner of 8th Street (Calle Ocho to the locals) and 15th Avenue in Little Havana. The area surrounding this Cuban-American touchstone is a variety of attractions from the Tower Theater to the ever popular Azucar Ice Cream Company (or the Sugar Spot). Both bring a little bit of contemporary flair to the area that is surrounded by a variety of stores and restaurants all dating back to the 1970’s.

Maximo Gomez Park is more than a park!

Named after a revolutionary who fought against the Spanish in Cuba in the early 1900’s, the park continues to be an enduring symbol for the Cuban community in Miami, reflecting not only the culture of their island but their identity as Cuban-Americans. This is especially true for the older local gentlemen, who have mastered the game over the years and gather in the park not only to play, but to share with their friends (and the multitude of tourists who visit) the memories and stories of the island that they left behind. But don’t let this sentiment fool you – they play a mean game of dominoes too!

Domino Park is a meeting place for generations!

It may seem like just a free park, open to the public daily from 9AM – 6PM, where older men play dominoes. But these friends are a family with whom they will share their morning coffee along with their worries and deepest fears to their hopes and greatest of joys! It encapsulates the true heartbeat of Little Havana and the undying Cuban culture that makes the Magic City sing.

Words cannot describe the simple magic of Domino Park – it must be felt (not seen) to be believed! If you plan on experiencing it for yourself, make sure you book a stay with us at Hilton Miami Downtown. We’re conveniently located less than five miles away from all of your Little Havana adventures with our friendly staff always on hand to point you toward other places you won’t want to miss!

Photo Credit: GMCVB

Gear Up for the 2019-2020 Football Season in Miami

Football season is here, which means it’s time to start planning your visit to cheer on the Miami Dolphins!

Football and helmet on fieldNew head coach, a battle for the starting quarterback job, it must be the start of football season in Miami! That makes now the perfect time to start planning your next visit to South Florida to cheer on the Miami Dolphins. As always, the Fins will be playing their home games at Hard Rock Stadium, the recently renovated, multipurpose football stadium with 65,000 seats, including 32 four-seat luxury pods.

2019-2020 Football Season in Miami

When it comes to Dolphins football this year, anything is possible! Many, including the sportsbooks in Las Vegas, may be predicting that the team will have the fewest wins in all of the NFL, but as there are so many new changes to the roster and coaching staff, we have faith in the boys in aqua, orange, and white! Preseason is already underway with the regular season set to kick off on Sunday, September 8th when the Dolphins will be taking on the Baltimore Ravens. Yet for many, the season won’t start until the Fins take on one of their AFC East Rivals and current NFL champions, the New England Patriots, on Sunday, September 15th! Check out the list below for a complete schedule of the Dolphins home games at Hard Rock Stadium this year:

  • September 8th – vs. Baltimore Ravens
  • September 15th – vs. New England Patriots
  • September 29th – vs. Los Angeles Chargers
  • October 13th – vs. Washington Redskins
  • November 3rd – vs. New York Jets
  • November 17th – vs. Buffalo Bills
  • December 1st – vs. Philadelphia Eagles
  • December 22 – vs. Cincinnati Bengals

Hard Rock Stadium is Hosting This Season’s Finale!

The Biggest Game in Football is in Miami this year! Yes – even though we can safely say that our beloved Dolphins do not have a good chance of being the first home team to compete in the 54th playing of this championship game, it will take place on February 2, 2020 at Hard Rock Stadium. The entire Magic City is already preparing to host the most-watched American football game of the year and all of the supplemental events that take place in the weeks leading up to it. 

It’s always a party in Miami, but this football season will be one for the ages! Whether you plan on attending one game, have season tickets, or have your sights set on that February date, enjoy the comfort of upscale accommodations and top-notch amenities near all of the action at the Hilton Miami Downtown. Located only a short distance away from Hard Rock Stadium, book your stay with us and prove that the teams on the field aren’t the only ones making important plays this season!