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New production of George Balanchine's The Nutcracker takes over Miami this December.

This holiday season, step into a winter wonderland and follow Clara on her magical journey after the gift she receives for Christmas comes to life in the Miami City Ballet's production of The Nutcracker.

NutcrackerSet to the music of Tchaikovsky and performed by a live orchestra, this a holiday tradition unlike any other. This year, Isabel and Ruben Toledo are infusing more magic into the production, with new costumes, colorful characters, beautiful sets and mesmerizing scenes. Whether you’re taking that special someone on a date or making a night of it with the whole family, there’s no denying it; you’ll be replaying the performance in your head for weeks!

Tickets for George Balanchine's The Nutcracker can be purchased online or by calling the Miami City Ballet box office. Performances will be held from December 7th-9th, 2018 at the Broward Center, from the 14th through the 24th at the Adrienne Arsht Center, and from the 28th to the 30th at the Kravis Center.

The Broward Center will also present a special sensory-friendly performance on Saturday, December 15, 2015 at 1pm.

If you’re visiting the Miami area for the show, there’s no better place to stay than the Hilton Miami Downtown. We offer first-class accommodations and amenities, unique onsite dining options and a convenient location close to a variety of Miami’s top attractions. Book your stay today to make the most of your Miami holiday experience.


2018 Ford EcoBoost 400 races into Miami this November

The 2018 Ford EcoBoost 400 returns to Homestead Miami Speedway this year for what should be another thrilling finish. Last year, Martin Truex Jr. captured the Monster Energy® NASCAR® Cup Series championship, and he will be out to defend his title on November 18th, 2018. Checkered Flag

With the warm Miami sun on your skin and so much on the line for the drivers, you’re bound to have an unforgettable Nascar experience. Plus, it’s the only place where you can witness three Nascar championships in one weekend, as the EcoBoost 200 returns for the third year and the EcoBoost 300 pits the top up-and-coming drivers against each other for the series championship. Single-day tickets are available, as well as a three-day champions package, which includes reserved parking, an exclusive entrance and access to celebrate with the champs right on the track.

For the ultimate Nascar in Miami experience, you should also consider tickets for the FanVision Fan Zone and Pre-Race Pit Pass. A FanZone ticket includes a lunch buffet and a ticket to the Pre-Race Pit Pass, which allows you to walk on pit road, sign the start/finish line, take photos with drivers and more.

If you’re coming to Miami for the races, there’s no better place to take a pit stop than the Hilton Miami Downtown. We’re conveniently located and offer our guests first-place accommodations and amenities. Book your stay with us today for a championship experience.

 


Stay With Us at the Hilton Miami Downtown for Thanksgiving 2018

Thanksgiving in Miami is a unique holiday experience.

The holiday season is one of the best times of the year to visit Miami, whether you’re coming to see family or taking a much-needed getaway. The Thanksgiving holiday, in particular, provides locals and visitors alike with a plethora of fun things to do and see. Simply put, Miami is the place to be for Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving 2018 in Miami: What to Do Thanksgiving Cornucopia

With a variety of fantastic restaurants, it’s no wonder Miami is one of the top travel destinations for a holiday focused on food. The downtown area is packed with great options that will satisfy many tastes. Zuma is a great choice if you’re in the mood for Japanese fare, while Boulud Sud serves up award-winning Mediterranean dishes. If a holiday feast is more of your scene, there are a plethora of restaurants offering special Thanksgiving deals, too.

There’s plenty to do between meals, as well. The month of November is Miami Live Arts Month, offering special access to concerts, dance performances, comedy shows, poetry readings and more live entertainment. If you enjoy a quality museum experience, a trip to the waterfront Museum Park in downtown Miami is another great option.

Thanksgiving in Miami wouldn’t be complete, however, without Black Friday shopping. From outlet malls to luxury boutiques, Miami has it all. For vintage finds, head to Wynwood Marketplace, but if you’re looking for great high-end selection, the Design District will satisfy your shopping needs.

No matter how you plan on celebrating, the Hilton Miami Downtown is the ideal host for your holiday weekend. We’re conveniently located near many fantastic restaurants, Wynwood, American Airlines Arena and Museum Park. Book your stay with us today for a memorable Thanksgiving weekend in Miami.


Take a stroll down the Wynwood Art Walk

It’s a Miami tradition unlike any other.  Wynwood Art Mural

Every second Saturday of the month, Miami’s Wynwood neighborhood transforms into a cultural hub. One of Miami’s most iconic events, the Wynwood Art Walk, features a world-renowned collection of murals, vendors, food trucks, music and more. It’s a tradition the community takes great pride in and visitors take great enjoyment in celebrating.

The Art Walk, which takes place on the streets of Wynwood Marketplace, is free and open to the public, creating an inclusive atmosphere that fosters creativity, open-mindedness and the freedom to express yourself. Turn your head to one side and you’ll see an artisan market with threads and crafts from local artists; turn the other way and you’ll see gourmet food trucks offering dishes from all over the world. There’s also live music, with local DJs playing everything from hip-hop to EDM, pop, rock and more. All of this, of course, is just a backdrop to Wynwood’s iconic art installations, which seem to come alive during Art Walk.

The Wynwood Miami block party also offers attendees with the opportunity to enjoy tasty craft beers and cocktails. With Miami’s top bartenders and mixologists at the scene and drinking games everywhere you turn, you’re bound to have a great time. Plus, if you RSVP online ahead of time, you’ll receive a complimentary cocktail! Upcoming walks will be held on November 10th and December 8th from 12 p.m. until 3 a.m.

If you’re looking to experience the Art Walk for yourself, there’s no better place to stay than the Hilton Miami Downtown. We’re conveniently located just a few minutes from Wynwood, as well as South Beach and the best of Miami nightlife. Book your stay with us today to take part in a unique Miami celebration.

 


Miami Ghost Tours at Deering Estate

If you’re looking for an authentic spooky experience this October, there’s nothing quite like the Miami Ghost Tours at Deering Estate. With P.R.I.S.M. (Paranormal Research & Investigative Studies), you will learn about the infamous sightings and paranormal experiences at Miami’s most haunted property, including the history of those who have graced the grounds before you. That is, if you dare to step onto the property.

Miami Ghost Tours  Jack-O-Lantern Ghost

Deering Estate provides a variety of ghost tours, including paranormal experiences and an overnight visit dubbed the Deering Estate Spookover. It’s like stepping into the past, as you cross paths with Native Americans, Miami’s early pioneers and Charles Deering himself. The tour includes a walking tour of historic homes at night, so don’t be surprised if your experience gets a little more real than you expected!

Deering Estate Spookover

For the bold and the brave, Deering Estate offers an overnight experience from 10pm to 2am led by paranormal investigators. You’ll visit the most actively haunted locations on site where you can investigate and attempt to communicate with the spirits yourself. Feel free to bring equipment to document your investigation; you’ll probably be glad you did!

The next date for the ghost tour, which runs from 8pm to 10pm and is priced at $30 per person, is October 24th. The Spookover, which is $65 per person, will be held on October 20th, November 9th and January 11th.

Halloween in Miami isn’t complete without a paranormal experience. If you’re planning to take a ghost tour, the Hilton Miami Downtown is your ideal host. We offer a variety of non-haunted accommodations, unique onsite dining options, and more. Book your stay today - you might be surprised by what you see!


A Seafood Lovers Dream at the 2018 South Beach Festival

South Beach Seafood Week isn’t just another ordinary seafood festival. Seafood Salad

If you consider yourself a foodie, especially a seafoodie, the 2018 South Beach Seafood Festival has your name written all over it. The five-day event, which runs from October 16-20, 2018, unites all of South Florida with its variety of fun experiences - including premium open bars, live music, culinary demonstrations with celebrity chefs and more.

Tickets are on sale for general admission open bar, along with a VIP open bar, which includes $20 worth of food vouchers, entrance into the VIP Hospitality Village, premiere VIP sampling of dishes from GOYA, Celebrity Cruises, Papa’s Raw Bar, and American Social and much more.

The main event will feature pop-up cafes, premium menu items at affordable festival-friendly prices and shareable appetizer-sized portions. With a variety of great foods available, there’s simply no way you can go home hungry!

VIP Chef Showdown

South Beach Seafood Week will also feature a chef showdown you’ll never forget. This top Miami competition will pit 14 chefs against each other in 7 battles and a cocktail showdown between Miami’s top 10 bartenders. The best part? You’re the judge!

#SobeSeafood Fest is simply unlike any other seafood festival. Where else will you find world-class chefs creating unique seafood dishes just for you? Don’t miss out on this exciting opportunity to treat your taste buds.

The Hilton Miami Downtown is the ideal host for your festival fun. We’re conveniently located on Biscayne Blvd  and offer first-rate amenities and accommodations. Book your stay today to make the most of one of Miami’s top fall events.


Welcome to Bayside Marketplace

Shopping in Miami is unlike anywhere else.

If you’re searching for the ultimate Miami experience, look no further than Bayside Marketplace in downtown Miami. The two-story, open-air shopping center offers visitors a variety of things to do and see, including shopping, dining and entertainment, as well as marina attractions, boating, events and great views. It’s your one-stop shop for fun.

Shopping SHOPPING_women holding bags

A trip to go shopping in Miami isn’t complete without a visit to Bayside Marketplace. From chain stores to small souvenir shops, it’s got it all. Some of the shops include Claire’s, the Disney Store, Express, Foot Locker, Guess, Harley-Davidson, Victoria’s Secret, Bayside-Branded Shops and more.

Dining

If you’re dining in downtown Miami with the family, the Marketplace is a must-visit spot. There’s something for every taste, including chain restaurants like Chili’s, the Hard Rock Cafe and Bubba Gump Shrimp Factory. There’s also a food court that highlights international cuisine. Adults can pick up a tasty German beer at the Bavaria Haus Beer Hall or order cocktails from to-go stalls, while the kids enjoy an ice cream cone.

Entertainment

The marketplace has a lot to offer entertainment-wise, as well. There’s live music and entertainment in the evenings and on the weekends, a Miami Walk of Fame filled with local stars and more.

Marina Attractions

The downtown Miami marina is another reason to visit Bayside Marketplace. Hop on some of Miami’s best boat tours or check out the boat rentals, fishing charters, jet ski tours and rentals.

If you plan on visiting the Marketplace, there’s no better place to stay than the Hilton Miami Downtown. We’re conveniently located and close to many other top attractions. Don’t miss out on a unique Miami experience. Book your stay with us today to make some new memories with the family or friends.


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.