Carnaval & Calle Ocho Festival

The Miami Carnaval, also known as Calle Ocho is a “Celebration Of All Things Miami” from food and drinks to live music performances. This series of cultural events includes a beauty pageant crowning Miss Carnaval, a cook-off, and a domino tournament to name just a few!

The idea was born during a summer in the 70s when a group of Miami kids decided to start an affiliate of Kiwanis International. They wanted to be heard. They wanted to be different. They wanted to change the world. They started Calle Ocho Music Festival, which soon became the largest Hispanic festival in the country. Soon after, all-time partner The Miami Herald suggested to expand the party to a larger audience and Carnaval Miami was born as the platform for all shapes of art, music, fashion, cuisine, and sports.

For more than 35 years, crowds have been gathering on the streets of Little Havana and historic Calle Ocho to celebrate the huge and varied culture that makes Miami what it is. From the energetic music to the delicious foods, this festival is exploding with life and culture with a buzzing and appreciative crowd.

This incredible festival usually takes place early March, spanning across the historic Calle Ocho from SW 27th ave to SW 12th ave, and free for the public to enjoy! The event also has a sister festival in Coral Gables called Carnaval On The Mile, which takes places on the busiest street in the Gables, Miracle Mile. The festival also boasts musical performances and brings together the community to enjoy good music, good vibes, and of course, good food!

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Latest event date: March 10 , 2019