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MIAMI, FL – (November 30, 2017) – The Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau (GMCVB) announces the 4th annual Miami Heritage Month (sponsored by Citi Bank), taking place throughout the month of December. Each year, Miami Heritage Month celebrates the destination’s rich cultural diversity, showcasing various events throughout Greater Miami and the Beaches’ Heritage Neighborhoods – Historic Overtown, Little Haiti, Little Havana, and Coconut Grove Village West.
From multicultural events to hotel deals, Miami Heritage Month features unique offerings that provide locals and visitors alike with a way to experience the destination’s diverse history. For more information, check out www.MiamiHeritageMonth.com.
This year’s featured Miami Heritage Month partners include:
- Ball & Chain
- Black Archives Historic Lyric Theater Cultural Arts Complex
- Black Police Precinct and Courthouse Museum
- Cultural Heritage Alliance - CHAT Miami
- Dade Heritage Trust
- Deering Estate
- Guayaba y Chocolate
- Historic Virginia Key Beach Park
- Jackson Soul Food (Historic Overtown)
- Jackson Soul Food II (Opa Locka)
- Kool Kasual Entertainment
- KROMA Gallery
- Little Havana To Go Marketplace
- Miami Culinary Tours
- Viernes Culturales @ Futurama 1637
Historic Overtown is one of Miami’s most significant communities and is poised for a renaissance thanks to the work of the Black Archives. At the turn of the 20th century, it was known as Colored Town and was used as an area for black workers who built and serviced the railroad, hotels, and streets. Despite Black Codes and Jim Crow law, Overtown still managed to grow, soon becoming a vital area for the black community when it came to shopping, business, and entertainment. Lyric Theater in Overtown celebrates the thriving music from Overtown’s heydays in the 1920s. Music is very important in Historic Overtown and in honor of that every fourth Friday of the month the Historic Hampton House hosts Jazz in the House featuring a night of live entertainment with The Instant Attraction Band II. The event runs from 8pm to midnight and tickets cost $10 and include light hors d’oeuvres.
Little Haiti is rich in culture brought to the area by the Afro-Caribbean immigrants who founded the colorful artistic Miami community. In Little Haiti, one can stumble upon record stores and authentic eateries that bring its vivid culture to light. The Little Haiti Cultural Center hosts several events throughout the month. Sounds of Little Haiti takes place the second Friday of the month and is host to some of the hottest Haitian bands in Miami. The night commences at the sounding of the Conch shell of “Neg Maron” and then the party begins. There are vendors selling crafts and spices that quickly transport guests to the island of Haiti.
Visitors who take a stroll down Little Havana’s Calle Ocho will be surrounded by salsa music, hand rolled cigars, and open-air fruit markets. The Cuban culture is busting at the seams in this neighborhood. Take a stroll through Domino Park, a quintessential hangout for Cuban veterans, families, and more. This is where locals come for the latest headlines, to smoke cigars, or play a game of dominos. Every month Little Havana hosts Viernes Culturales Arts and Culture Festival on the last Friday of the month. It’s the perfect time to dance, eat, and shop in the streets, all while taking in the cultures of the surrounding area.
Coconut Grove Village West:
Coconut Grove is home to the beautiful Peacock Park, named after one of the area’s most important settlers, “Jolly” Jack Peacock, one of the Bahamians who helped shape Coconut Grove into the neighborhood it is today. Over the years the neighborhood has grown a strong community of those who live, work and play here. Many of the natives will tell you they literally never leave here- finding everything they need to live a rich, bohemian life within the borders of our lush tropical village. One of the world’s most distinctive tropical neighborhoods. A culturally diverse, eclectic and fun-loving community. Every 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month from 9:30am to noon, the Coconut Grove Business Improvement District and Royal Palm Tours of Miami offer free bicycle tours through many of the historic sites and shady lanes of Coconut Grove. Local historian, Frank Schena, shares history and tales of early Coconut Grove on the leisurely bike ride.
Art of Black:
The GMCVB is looking forward to celebrating its 4th year of The Art of Black Miami (that will take place during Art Basel. The campaign will spotlight twenty-five new local artists and will promote the creative influences of African Americans, Caribbean Americans, Latin Americans, African cultures. This month-long program will feature events and special offerings through Miami and the Beaches diverse and multicultural neighborhoods. For more information on Art of Black, visit www.ArtOfBlackMiami.com.
Miami Heritage Month is part of the GMCVB’s very popular year-long Miami Temptations Program. Each month, the program focuses on different aspects of Miami and ways to take advantage of them. Other Miami Temptation Programs include Miami Cruise Month (January), Miami Romance Month (February), Shop Miami Month (March), Miami Sports Month (April), Miami Museum Month (May), Miami Film Month (June), Miami Hotel Months (June-September), Miami Spa Month (July-August), Miami Spice Restaurant Month (August-September), Miami Attractions Month (October) and Miami Live Arts Month (November). For more information on the Miami Temptations programs please visit www.MiamiTemptations.com.
For all promotion details, a full list of venues and calendar of performances and events, visit www.MiamiHeritageMonth.com for full details.
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About The Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau
The Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau (GMCVB) is an independent accredited not-for-profit sales and marketing organization whose mission is to attract visitors to Greater Miami and the Beaches for leisure, business and conventions. For a vacation guide visit our website at www.MiamiandBeaches.com or call 1-888-76-Miami (US/Canada only) or 305-447-7777. To reach the GMCVB offices dial 305-539-3000. Meeting planners may call 1-800-933-8448 (US/Canada only) or 305-539-3071 or visit www.MiamiMeetings.com. To get further engaged with Miami and the Beaches, join the conversation by following us on our social media channels at Facebook.com/visitmiami, Twitter.com/miamiandbeaches, Instagram.com/miamiandbeaches and Pinterest.com/miamiandbeaches.