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New Year's Eve 2018 in Miami

Big Orange, the fireworks and Pitbull's New Year Revolution

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New Year's Eve 2018 Events and Celebrations in Miami

Big Orange, Fireworks, and Pitbull's New Year Revolution

Fireworks in Miami

New Year's Eve is coming right behind the Christmas and holiday blitz and there are plenty of happenings and celebrations to help ring in the New Year.

Miami might not be Times Square, but we do have our very own "Ball Drop" or rather "Orange Drop", fantastic fireworks and a smashing LIVE New Year's Eve event featuring Miami's global superstar Pitbull and many of today's big-name artists.

Pitbull's New Year's Revolution and the countdown to 2018 will be broadcast live on FOX direct from our fantastic setting on Bayfront Park.

In addition to a host of parties, cruises and concerts to ring in the new year, we get to welcome 2018 in balmy 70 degree weather... on the beach... what could be better?!

Have you booked your hotel for New Year's Eve? Here are some recommendations, try to book as early as possible!

Check out what's on this year to welcome 2018 with a bang:

Miami New Year's Highlight Events:

New Year's Concerts and Entertainment:

New Year's Sports Events:

Hot Clubs, Parties and Cruises: TBA

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Miami New Year's Highlight Events

Big Orange "Ball Drop", Pitbull's New Year Revolution and Fireworks at Bayfront Park

Pitbull's New Year Revolution at Bayfront Park Miami

Pitbull's New Year Revolution returns to Bayfront Park for the largest FREE New Year's Eve party in South Florida for the Countdown to 2018!

The smashing live event in Bayfront Park including our traditional Big Orange, the midnight Fireworks and the mega party once again, produced by our very own Mr. 305, Pitbull, will be the perfect place to welcome the New Year in gorgeous South Florida weather...

And again this year, the New Year's Eve event will air on FOX from 11:00 pm to 12:30 am.

The 2018 countdown celebrations and keynote acts are still TBA. Stay tuned for developments. Last year's event was hosted by Queen Latifah and Snoop Dogg, the show featured several hip-hop acts from the inaugural I Love The '90s tour. The full line up included rap veterans Biz Markie, Coolio, Naughty By Nature, Rob Base, Salt-N-Pepa, Tone Loc, Young MC, Nelly, and many more.

Miami's traditional countdown celebration is Big Orange, the city's answer to New York's Ball Drop and one of America's official countdowns.

Big Orange Miami New Years

"Big Orange" is a 35-foot neon icon that is the centerpiece of the countdown to the New Year.

Early on New Year's Eve, Big Orange slowly creeps the 400 feet up the side of the InterContinental Hotel which is adjacent to the park.

Big Orange reaches the top of the building at the stroke of midnight while fireworks explode all around to add that magical sparkle to our lovely Biscayne Bay.

Along with "Mr. Calle Ocho" many of today's big-name artists are expected to participate and put together a dynamite show.

When?: December 31, 2017. The special will air live once again on FOX starting at 11:00 pm.

Where?: Bayfront Park 301 N. Biscayne Blvd., Miami, FL 33132

  • Big Orange on the side of the Intercontinental Hotel
  • Concert at the Amphitheater

How Much?: FREE! Private viewing limited ticket events are also planned, stay tuned for details and pricing.

Where to Park?: There is limited, paid parking at Bayfront Park. You can also park at Bayside Marketplace nextdoor or take the Metrorail to the Government Center Station then transfer to the Metromover Inner Loop to Bayfront Park.

No bottles, cans, coolers or personal fireworks are allowed at the park.

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Miami Beach Ocean Drive New Year's Eve Celebration and Fireworks

On a normal day, or rather night, South Beach and Ocean Drive are a happening place, you can imagine what this turns into on New Year's Eve as the city goes all out to throw one colossal street party complete with a splendid fireworks display on the beach:

When? New Year's Eve December 31, 2017. Ocean Drive will be closed to traffic on New Year's Eve. Fireworks of course at midnight.

Where? Lummus Park and on the streets at Ocean Drive in South Beach

Where to Park?: It will be challenging unless you come early. Several options, metered parking on street or city lots and parking garages, see Parking in South Beach.

Free shuttles to/from North Beach.

More info:

How Much? FREE!

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King Mango Strut at the Grove

Coconut Grove King Mango Strut logo

The King Mango Strut is the wackiest of the wackiest, it's a parade that was born as the antithesis of the King Orange Bowl parade way back, when struters were rejected by King Orange for being too "irreverent" so they decided to start their own King Mango parade, and irony of ironies, the King Orange Bowl Parade does not exist any more.

So what is it? It's a parade with a party atmosphere on a fun and laid back afternoon the last Sunday of the year. The theme or rather themes of the parade are well, anything and everything that made the headlines this year, Mango style of course, meaning, it is a parody of the year's highlights all in the name of fun. Like for example? Everything and everybody is fair game, the TSA, the Pope, twinkies, the Royal Family, politicians, specially politicians ...

Who participates? Anybody can participate, as in, "be on the parade". This is not an over the top parade, the "floats" are not fancy structures or designs, it is all very relaxed with hilarity and fun as the only requirement.

Is it ok for kids? Yes, the Pre-Mango Strut activities begin with the Little Miss Mango Pageant for kids 5 to 12, it is a VERY competitive pageant and all contestants are expected to win, the winners get to ride in the opening "float" of the parade!

So take part or just come to watch, bring a cooler, a folding chair, and be ready to spend the funniest and craziest time, check it out:

When?: Sunday December 31, 2017, parade starts at 2:00 p.m., after-strut street party and dancing afterwards

Where?: Downtown Coconut Grove from Green Street to Coco Walk then back to Commodore Plaza

How Much?: Free!

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Orange Bowl 2017

Orange Bowl Miami

When? Saturday, December 30, 2017

Where? Hard Rock Stadium (Formerly SunLife Stadium), Miami Gardens, FL

How Much? Varies, expected to sell out. ]

›› 2017 Orange Bowl

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New Year's Concerts and Entertainment

Cirque du Soleil Volta

Cirque du Soleil Volta in South Florida

When? December 15, 2017 - January 14, 2018

Where? Big Top by Hard Rock Stadium, Miami

›› Cirque du Soleil Volta

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Broadway in Miami: Finding Neverland

Finding Neverland

When? December 26 - 31, 2017

Where? Ziff Opera House at the Adrienne Arsht Center

›› Broadway in Miami: Finding Neverland

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Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker

The Nutcracker in Miami

When? Saturday December 30, 2017 - 7:00 p.m.

Where? The Fillmore Miami Beach at Jackie Gleason Theater 1700 Washington Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139

›› Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker

Check for half-price Moscow Nutcraker tickets at Goldstar, you need to be a member but membership is FREE, just sign up, it's worth the savings!

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Tony Award Winner: The Secret Garden

The Secret Garden

When? December 14 - 31, 2017

Where? Amaturo Theater at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, Ft Lauderdale

How Much? $47 Find half-off tickets at Goldstar, you have to be a member but membership is FREE! and worth the savings, just sign up!

›› The Secret Garden

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New Year's Sports Events

New Year's Weekend Miami Heat vs. Brooklyn Nets

Miami Heat Tickets AA Arena

When? Friday, December 29, 2017 - 8:00 pm

Where? American Airlines Arena

›› New Year's Weekend Miami Heat vs. Brooklyn Nets

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New Year's Weekend Florida Panthers vs. Montreal Canadiens

Florida Panthers Tickets BBT Center

When? Saturday, December 30, 2017 - 7:00 pm

Where? BB&T Center, Sunrise

›› New Year's Weekend Florida Panthers vs. Montreal Canadiens

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New Year's Eve Miami Dolphins vs. Buffalo Bills

Miami Dolphins Home Games

When? Sunday, December 31, 2017 - 1:00 pm

Where? Hard Rock Stadium (Formerly Sun Life Stadium) Miami Gardens, Florida

›› New Year's Eve Miami Dolphins vs. Buffalo Bills

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When? January 1st, 2018 - 7:30 pm

Where? AmericanAirlines Arena

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Hot Clubs, Parties and Cruises NYE 2018 TBA

New Years Eve Party Miami

If you are the party type, talk about being in the right place at the right time. Miami's nightlife is legendary and New Year's is the time to go all out.

From formal lofty affairs with fancy gowns to the latest swanky, celebrity-laden club or a breezy New Year's dinner aboard a mega yacht, New Year's Eve in Miami will be a very memorable experience.

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