Throughout the years, threads of Cuban culture have woven themselves into the tapestry of Floridian culture. This is especially evident on a stretch of 8th Street, or Calle Ocho, where authentic Latin shops, fruit stands, cigar rollers and sidewalk cafes line the street. One day each March, over a million revelers descend on 24 blocks of Calle Ocho and vivaciously participate in Calle Ocho Festival, a celebration of Cuban-American culture in Miami.
Calle Ocho Festival is the one-day grand finale of Carnival Miami, a week long event celebrating Latin culture with music, food, galas and domino tournaments. Calle Ocho Festival claims title as the second largest street fair in the world. The festival explodes with colorful Latin food, art, cultural displays, music and dancing. Over 30 stages feature live entertainment by sizzling Latin musicians and a plethora of hip-swinging music styles. Gloria Estafan sang the festival into the Guinness Book of World Records in 1988 as 120,000 revelers formed the world’s longest conga line during her performance.
Hotels near Calle Ocho Festival are abundant. Nearby limited service hotels include Miami River Inn, slightly more than one mile away, and Days Inn Civic Center, only 1.5 miles from the festival. Conrad Miami, JW Marriott Hotel Miami and Hyatt Regency Miami provide upscale accommodations within 2 miles of Calle Ocho Festival. Miami International Airport stands approximately 6 miles away.