Every year the 23 blocks of Miami’s Little Havana transform into one giant street fiesta for their coveted place in Miami Carnival. Latino Miami shines with amazing food, dancing, drinks and fun during this, the mother of all salutations to spring. In between your salsas, conga lines and Cuban rum good times, Calle Ocho also boasts 30 stages of Latin music at the heart of the celebrations.

Be one in a million

Make a million new friends as you bond over Latino music, dance and food for Miami Carnaval’s Calle Ocho – Little Havana’s street party salute to Spring. Held in February or March for the past 35 years or so, it is is the largest Hispanic festival in the country with proceeds going to community projects.

In addition to a Latin Jazz Festival, golf and domino tournaments, cooking contest and Miss Carnaval Miami, Calle Ocho is the highlight of Carnival and includes a music bonanza. Think 30 stages of music from international latino stars to local legends, reggae beats pumping out music in Little Havana from morning to night. Local venues host parties, giveaways and loads of different competitions. As you stroll Little Havana’s bustling streets during Colle Ocho, stop at the food vendors and try dishes from all over the world.


When is it?

13th March 2016

Tips and tricks

  • Calle Ocho is hugely popular – Student Flights can help book your flights, accommodation and arrange your transport to the festival in advance.

  • Miami International Airport is the closest airport to the festival.

  • If you want a good night sleep, stay outside of Little Havana and commute to the festival by public bus and train. We hear around 11am is a good time to arrive.

  • Try Calle Ocho (Spanish for SW 8th Street, Little Havana’s main street) outside of the festival and take in the culture of local Cubans, Hondurans, Nicaraguans and others at the many bakeries, shops, bars and art galleries.

  • Join in on the fun – try your best salsa dance, sample the food and live in the moment.

  • It’s a big street party and you have at least 23 blocks to cover not including your trek from your hotel room. Comfy shoes, sun protection and water are a must.

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