This March, head down to Miami for one of the biggest street festivals in the world – Calle Ocho!
Calle Ocho, or El Festival de la Calle Ocho, is a celebration of all things Caribbean and is a street party like no other. It takes place in Miami’s Little Havana on SW 8th St, also known as Calle Ocho.
More than 1 million people come from all over the world to party at Calle Ocho. The party is 23 blocks long with more than 30 stages set up for musical entertainment and dancing, food and street vendors, impromptu street music, dancing and more.
One of the best parts of the festival is the food and drink vendors. Food, cocktails and beer from all over the Caribbean will be sold. Don’t miss the wildly delicious Cuba Libres and Cuban mojitis!
You can also score free products from companies handing out promotional items and food.
Calle Ocho is famous for its musical acts. Performers from around the world come to play, including famous bands and singers. This year’s line up hasn’t been announced yet, but check back on Calle Ocho’s website soon to see who will be performing. Since Calle Ocho is a free event, it’s a great opportunity to see and hear some amazing music at no charge!
This festival is so big, it made it into the Guinness Book of World Records in 1998 for the longest conga line in the world – 119,000 people!
Calle Ocho is held on the last day of Carnaval Miami – a week long celebration of Hispanic culture and heritage. There are plenty of events to enjoy during Carnaval as well including an 8K run, a tournament, a cooking contest, a golf classic and Carnaval on the Mile.
Calle Ocho will be held on March 13, 2011 from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm on SW 8th St in the heart of Little Havana, Miami.