Calle Ocho Festival

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Calle Ocho Festival
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Join over a million people who party in the streets of Miami's Little Havana for the Calle Ocho Festival, the culmination of Carnaval Miami each year. The festival takes place yearly on a Sunday in March and spreads over 24 city blocks, with entertainment on 30 stages, delicious food options, and Pan-American cultural demonstrations. Dance to salsa, merengue, and reggaeton as you make your way through the neighborhood or drop in on the popular domino tournament at Domino Park. In the past, world records have been set or broken at the festival, including the longest cigar, most domino players, and the world's longest conga line of nearly 120,000 people!
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387indy
Coral Springs, FL4,568 contributions
Calle Ocho Festival
Aug 2019
Calle Ocho Festival (SW 8th St.) comes to life in March with live music, salsa dancing, art exhibits, dominoes, cigar rolling. If you are in Little Havana and its the third Friday, no need to wait, because Viernes Culturales (festival celebrating latin american culture) dancing in the streets.
Written August 15, 2019
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rafesq
Davie, FL60 contributions
Big Festival - Every Block almost identical
Mar 2017 • Friends
Went to Calle Ocho 2017. Walked from 22 Ave to 37 Ave and back!
I was exhausted.
All the food was basically the same on every block.
All the drinks were the same on every block.
All the music was similar on every block.
it was all good - but it was all the same.
If you like Hispanic food, drinks, alcohol and music, you could be there all day and all night.
If not, do a few blocks, have fun, dont hurt yourself!
Written March 30, 2017
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NatalieFBlanch
9 contributions
Vamos! Do it!
Mar 2017 • Couples
Salsa! Reggaeton! Even vegan food in the most unexpected place ever (and loads for you carnivores). If you want a feel of Latino Miami go to this super festivals. Music and atmosphere are just too good. Love! Me encanta hermano!!
Written March 20, 2017
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AngelaML101
Miami, FL3 contributions
MARCH 13,2016 IS THE EVENT
Mar 2016 • Family
Goggle images of Calle Ocho Festival to get the picture, all pun intended. See you there! Its an all day event for free. Expect a crowd of one million, and dance all day. plenty of food to choose from. you can come with your family including young children. I went with my mother the last time and it was awesome!
Written March 9, 2016
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ChALUTCH
Elmwood Park, NJ1,596 contributions
An Amazing Street
Nov 2015 • Couples
We have been coming to Calle Ocho for over 30 years,neither one of us are actually Cuban,but we both have Cuban relatives nearby that we have learned from.People come here and see nothing and complain,you need to know when and where to go.Friday evenings between 7 and midnight are very good.During the day most of the cigar shops are open and some welcome visitors to watch as the workers hand roll the cigars right in front of you.The Domino Park is always a highlight for the tourist,but ask before you take a photo,they almost always say yes.The best time to go is during the Calle Ocho Festival,usually the third Sunday in March,you will never forget this festival,it goes for miles and miles with non stop Music and FOOD.
Written December 3, 2015
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Eliza P
Milwaukee, WI4 contributions
A Must See
Mar 2015 • Family
Calle Ocho Festival was one of the coolest things I have ever been to. It was amazing and fun and extremely large! It was so great to show my friends that were one vacation with me a bit of a my family culture in such a fun environment!
Written April 9, 2015
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Thomas A
Miami, FL687 contributions
Calle Ocho Festival - Specifically about the Street Carnival in March
Mar 2015 • Couples
This was my first year at the Calle Ocho Music Festival.

It really boils down to ....either you hate, or love it....I love it!!

Overall I was quite impresses in the scale and size of this event - it is huge. Bring comfortable walking shoes!!!

If you do not like Hispanic music, then do not come. I say Hispanic, because my wife is Brazilian which is a completely different culture and music (Brazilian speak Portuguese, therefore are not Hispanics who speak Spanish). Music varies......Latin music, of different genres of which there are many, you will hear it all. Yes, even countries that speak Spanish are different. Some music is more popular in one country then another. This is all about Hispanic culture and music...period!!

Yes, it is dirty.....but this is a festival. Lots of people....thousands!! If you do not like crowds...again, do not come!!! People will throw their cups on the street and garbage bins overflow....but I am glad, because I see the vendors selling lots of food and the locals making an income. That is good, right??? It will all be cleaned up ....don't worry!

What you will see is people of lots of different cultures and colors. If you do not like diversity...again, do not come!

My wife, who I would consider a prissy, actually liked the event which greatly surprised me. I did not see fights, there was plenty of police to keep order, and people overall were respectful. This speaks to safety....again, no problems.

What I saw was an incredibly fun event...lots of people, of different backgrounds having a good time! Lots of great food, music, and just a great atmosphere overall.

You will see it all......but just take it all in and enjoy. This is a once a year event.... don't worry and just try it, even if once. It will be crowded, busy, and at times a little crazy......but remember, once it gets too much just leave. Otherwise stay and enjoy!

Here are some tips - bathrooms are not very obvious and at time frustrating to find. However, I discovered that Porty Potties are usually at the outer edges of each street corner. You will find that almost all restaurants, including fast food restaurants, will have their bathrooms closed.

Prices vary...look around. Some awesome food to be found. Beer prices tend to ranges from $2.00 to $3.00....usually, you will get a discount getting two...2 for $5.00

Parking - expect to pay $20.00. Parking can be found in almost all the surrounding neighborhoods.....it is private parking, at someones house. But this money is not going to some city garage, but a family. Don't worry, let them make them make a little cash this one time of year - who doesn't need that??? Expect many of them not to speak English....but this Little Havana, awesome!

Enjoy....relax...and just have a good time!!!!
Written March 16, 2015
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