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Post & Pre - Game Day In Miami Ideas for the 2019-2020 Season

From any given Sunday to the Championship in February, there is always plenty to see and do before and after game day in Miami!

Cheering Football Fan In The StandsNo matter how this season of professional football may be turning out for our city, game day in Miami is always about more than just the plays on the field. Whether you’re coming to the area to cheer on our local team or rooting for the visiting side, a memorable time is guaranteed no matter the score. Trust us, as tried and true Miami fans, we know all about being on the losing side but always look forward to every Sunday on the football season calendar. Even if this is your first time visiting the area to see some action on the gridiron, Hilton Miami Downtown has put together a few tips to make sure you have the best Game Day possible!

Come Early and Explore Wynwood

Many interchange Miami and South Beach so regularly that the beach culture of our area always seems to take center stage. Sure, soaking up the sun is always a great idea for fun, but to really soak up some of the local culture of our area, one of the best areas to explore is the art and soul of Miami – Wynwood. From the vibrant street art and murals that paint the former warehouse district with the spirit of Magic City, there are dozens of new restaurants and bars nestled in between art galleries and public art installations to discover. The neighborhood is teeming with visible and vibrant life every day and each visit will be different as the area is constantly evolving. 

Canton Comes to the HistoryMiami Museum

Since 2012, The Pro Football Hall of Fame has taken its act on the road. Each year, the famous Hall in Canton, Ohio travels to the city of the Professional Football Championship Game. Since Miami has the honors of hosting The Game on Sunday, February 2 (more on this below), the HOF has taken its talents to Downtown at the HistoryMiami Museum. Now through February 9, 2020, the museum will host the Gridiron Glory exhibit, a best of the HOF with interactive multimedia, famous artifacts, photo ops, film showings, and even appearances by some of the game’s greats. For Magic City locals, the exhibit always features a Hometown Tribute section to spotlight the hosts of the Game. 

The Game of All Games at Hard Rock Stadium

Speaking of that February Game, as we mentioned previously (and any tried-and-true football fan probably knows) it is being played at Hard Rock Stadium on Sunday, February 2, 2020. As with other host cities, the game may be one day but the celebration of the event officially starts in the week leading up to kickoff. Besides Hard Rock Stadium, both Bayfront Park and the Miami Beach Convention Center will be headquarters for many official events starting on January 25 and ending on Saturday, February 1, the night before the teams take the field.  

If you want to get the most out of your game day experience, make sure you book a stay with us at Hilton Miami Downtown. We’re not only conveniently located for all of your football-inspired adventures throughout the season (less than two miles from Bayfront Park, less than five miles from Miami Beach Convention Center, and less than 15 miles from Hard Rock Stadium), but our friendly staff members are always available to help you discover the best places to truly discover the Magic of our city!

Grown Up Halloween Fun In Miami 2019

All Hallows Eve is no longer just for the kids and Hilton Miami Downtown has your local guide for the best ways to celebrate a Grown Up Halloween in Miami!

Halloween CocktailThe results are in and a National Retail Federation (NRF) survey for 2019 shows that Halloween is certainly a hot trending topic in the USA! 68% of Americans plan to celebrate this year, yet no longer is All Hallows Eve just for kids and trick-or-treating. The most likely ages to celebrate the holiday are millennials and no, they will not be celebrating by handing out candy! When costumes and carving pumpkins aren’t enough to get in the spirit to celebrate, add some spooktacular fun to the day with these three events for some Grown Up Halloween fun in Miami!

HalloWYN at Wynwood Marketplace

Wynwood’s Official Halloween Block Party is back and as always, free and open to all ages! There will be something for everyone to enjoy as the event stretches from 7:00PM all the way to the wee hours of the night, ending around 3:00AM! New for this year, there will be a fire bar, bursting with flames and serving up special signature cocktails such as the Blood and Fire (a double shot of Fireball Cinnamon Whiskey, peach nectar, and Tropical Red Bull®) to ignite your night! The Dragon’s Den will feature cage dancers and fire spinners, all grooving to the music being spun by the best local DJ’s. Costume contests for cash prizes and a chance to check out the marketplace decked out in frightening fashion is reason alone for popping on by on All Hallows Eve.

Monster Bar Crawl in Brickell

Since Halloween falls on a Thursday in 2019, Miami’s biggest Halloween bar crawl has expanded to two days for its 5th year! On either Saturday, October 26 or Thursday, October 31, enjoy 5 free drinks and shocking drink specials at the 5+ participating venues, including Blackbird Ordinary, TuCandela, and American Social. Registration for either date is required with ticket prices starting at $15. Break out your best costume and get ready for a night full of drinking, dancing, and hoppy Halloween hilarity. Tickets are limited so make sure to register now!

Halloween Night on Lincoln Road

Even if you aren’t into celebrating the holiday yourself, you can still check out Magic City’s biggest and craziest costume party. The main stretch of this famous people-watching promenade will be family-friendly fare from 5:00PM to 8:00PM on Halloween (Thursday, October 31). But as soon as darkness falls across the land and the thousands of local and visiting costumed characters descend, the scene turns much more raucous and rowdy.

After actively seeking out some hauntingly Halloween-inspired revelry, you might be in need of retreating to a perfectly normal safe haven. Luckily for you, Hilton Miami Downtown is not just normal, but also upscale, modernly-appointed, and warmly welcoming. Even better, our central location makes sure that you’re close to all of the action from Wynwood to Brickell and every haunt in between!

South Florida Seafood Festival/South Beach Seafood Week

Hilton Miami Downtown has your guide to two tasty treats that are sure to tempt any seafood lover’s taste buds!

Shrimp Seafood MealIt’s no secret that Florida has an amazing culinary scene benefiting from everything from different cultural influences to geographical placement. Being a peninsula, fishing is always big business, both for the pros and those just looking for a perfect day out on the water. All year round, you’ll find creatures of the sea dotting the menu items at every restaurant and on the dinner tables of families across the Sunshine State. Yet this fall, a dynamic duo of events will shine an even brighter spotlight on this cuisine and all pescatarians should take notice!

South Florida Seafood Festival

On Saturday, October 19 and Sunday, October 20, you will find no better Catch of the Day on any menu throughout the entire Sunshine State then at the South Florida Seafood Festival. Set in the historic Miami Marine Stadium on Virginia Key (located less than 7 miles away from Hilton Miami Downtown), this two-day festival is a celebration of all things seafood! Formerly known at The Coconut Grove Seafood Festival, the live music will be pumping and the sensational seafood will be ready to be eaten. With over 25 gourmet seafood vendors, you better make sure you come hungry, as all afternoon, you can dine on the freshest fish, lovely lobster rolls, crispy conch fritters and so much more! On top of the food, there will be many more diversions to explore, from fun zones to a nautical market, ensuring every member of the family enjoys their time along the coastline! The festival kicks off each day at 11AM and runs til sundown. General Admission tickets along with Family Packs start at $12 (Kids under 12 do not require a ticket).

South Beach Seafood Week

South Florida’s love of seafood cannot be contained to just a two-day celebration! After a few successful years of the Festival, South Beach Seafood Week was born! This week-long seafood spectacular is a perfect way to honor the start of stone crab season in Miami. After the festival, restaurants in the area will still focus on the creatures from under the sea and a few select establishments will have their own special events! The four special events for 2019 will take place at Joe’s Stone Crab (October 22), Meat Market Miami Beach (October 23), Shore Club (October 24), and Lummus Park (October 25). 

With tamed taste buds and stuffed stomachs, you will want somewhere comfortable to catch some zzzzs after the feasting. The comfortable and modernly-appointed rooms at Hilton Miami Downtown, along with our Downtown location, will ensure a convenient home base for either event. Trust us, you will be as happy as a clam (but not like the ones you might have found on your plate)!

Your Guide to Miami Carnival 2019

From those attending this festival for the first time to the annual patrons of all things Carnival, Hilton Miami Downtown has your guide for 2019!

 What is Miami Carnival? Miami Carnival Parade

Common culture may think of Carnival as the pre-Lent celebration in winter, but for Broward County, Carnival comes each and every October the week before Columbus Day. This year’s celebration of Caribbean culture and heritage, Miami Carnival 2019, officially takes place on Carnival Sunday, October 13. But just as with any celebrated tradition in our amazing city, all of the festive pageantry and vibrant cultural fun cannot be contained to one day! Don’t miss out on a thing this year and follow our guide of the marquee can’t-miss events!

Miami Carnival Panorama

When: Friday, October 11 | Time: 4:00PM – 11:00PM | Where: Central Broward Regional Park

Get ready to relax and just enjoy the cultural sounds of the steelpan! A multitude of musicians will perform some of your favorite songs with an authentic Caribbean flair. Ever the highlight of this annual musical experience through steel is the crowning of the King and Queen Costume Contest winners!

Miami Carnival J’ouvert

When: Saturday, October 12 | Time: 7:00AM – 3:00PM | Where: Central Broward Regional Park

With its roots firmly from the Trinidadian traditional street party of the same name held during the traditional Carnival celebrations, this event is brimming with culture, vibrant music, and of course… mud and paint?! More than 20 bands serenade revelers, or masqueraders who come dressed in clothing that is covered in vibrant colors of paint, dye or mud! It is a traditional airing of grievances in the form of satire, with the colors drenching your clothes acting as those inner demons being released and on display for all to see. Vendors will be selling Caribbean food and drink to keep you fully engaged in the spirit of the event, as you throw off all of your inhibitions, wear your heart on your sleeves, and just have an unforgettable time!

Miami Carnival Parade of Bands

When: Saturday, October 13 | Time: 11:00AM – 11:00PM | Where: Miami-Dade County Fair & Expo Center

The culmination of the Carnival is the all-day parade, festival, and concert at the county fairgrounds. Over 50,000 patrons are expected to fill the area and enjoy the amazing rhythm and spirit of this cultural celebration. Even if you have no ties to the Caribbean yourself, it will be hard not to feel it in your soul with the cavalcade of sights and sounds continually on display. Remember, this is an all day affair and you will be on de road from sun up to sun down, just as the Carnival comes to a close in true vibrant fashion! This is one of the biggest celebrations of Caribbean culture in our country and the true main event of the entire weekend.

 Yet the celebration doesn’t end here!

Even though these are the official events of Carnival, the cultural vibrancy cannot be contained by them alone. Throughout the weekend, there are a variety of other gatherings, such as those in the Wynwood and Bayfront Park areas. From yacht parties on the water to a post Carnival party after the Parade of Bands is done at the Wynwood Walls (until 3:00AM!!!), you will come to find that this weekend is not a spirit, it is a marathon of cultural celebrations! If you are looking for the perfect place to stay, look no further than Hilton Miami Downtown. Our Downtown property offers spacious and contemporary rooms with modern amenities, while our stellar location offers easy access to all of the Carnival action.

Get Ready to Celebrate Orgullo (Hispanic LGBTQ Pride)

Rainbow flags will be everywhere when the premier celebration of Hispanic LGBTQ pride in Florida returns to Miami for its ninth year!

Hilton Pride LoveIsLoveWhat is Celebrate Orgullo?

As a noun in the Spanish language, Orgullo means self-satisfaction or pride. This fairly common descriptor can also imply vanity and arrogance, just like its English counterpart. But in contemporary culture both orgullo and pride have taken on a new and much more uplifting connotation: Gay Pride! And during our country’s celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month in October, Miami Beach is the place to be to honor the contributions of Hispanic members of the LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning) community with a colorful, inclusive celebration of love – Celebrate Orgullo!

The First Event of Its Kind in the US Celebrating Hispanic LGBTQ Pride

Having grown grassroots style since 2011, Celebrate Orgullo is a fifteen day long showcase honoring the cultural contributions of the LGBTQ Hispanic community (October 1 – 15). Many of the celebrations throughout the festival are free and open to the public, with proceeds from the sale of food and beverages benefiting the local LGBT Youth Scholarship Fund as well as programming for the Unity Coalition. The Unity Coalition is a non-profit organization that concentrates on the Leadership, Protection & Promotion of Hispanic LGBTQ rights, the only one of its kind in South Florida. These events consist of:  International Artists Showcase, ArtDiva Bus Tours, Music, Human Rights Conference, Costume Exhibit, and movies nights. Each event will cater around this year’s theme of the Art of Fashion or Arte de la Moda! Check the full schedule for dates and times of all of the events.

Celebrate Diversity, Love, and Orgullo!

If you're planning an Orgullo getaway to Miami Beach there is no better home-away-from-home for you than with us at Hilton Miami Downtown. We’re proud (no pun intended) to help support those joining in this celebration of inclusion with our perfect complement of comfortable accommodations, upscale amenities, and personalized service, all with an authentic South Floridian flair!