Over the last 40 years, Carnaval Miami has made it possible for the members of the Kiwanis Club of Little Havana to provide service programs in the community. The club was started in 1975 by a small group of high school friends and has grown into a major service non-profit organization. The network of over 160 members dedicates endless hours to improve the lives of underserved children. Thanks to the corporate support given to Carnaval Miami, the Kiwanis Club of Little Havana continues to give and provide, making Carnaval Miami far more than the hottest street party in the nation! The festival features several music stages with live performances and pavilions with family activities, games, raffles, and other promotions.
The Calle Ocho Festival occurs every year during March for an entire week and Calle Ocho (8th Street) turns into a giant carnival scene. Starting in 1978 as a small Cuban block party, this event has turned into the city of Miami’s largest annual party, with thousands of spectators, ethnic foods, a domino tournament, golf and 30 stages of live performances ranging from all hip-hop to reggaeton. This year’s event drew in more than 1 million attendees and continues to be a top Miami celebration.