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  • First Colombian King of Carnaval Miami—Fonseca—Headlines Calle Ocho Music Festival with hit songs from his newest album Agustin, bringing local genres from Vallenato in Colombia to Tropical Pop


  • The weeklong celebrations of all things Miami support Kiwanis Club of Little Havana youth development programs making lasting differences in the lives of children


  • Carnaval Miami brings together our city's cultural richness with the first Colombian King of Carnaval Miami and first Ecuadorian poster artist

Chris Sosa Photography Kiwanis Press Conference Jan 2019 82 1 300x200 - CELEBRATING CARNAVAL MIAMI 2019 SOLO CONTIGO: NUESTRA COMUNIDAD LATINA

Kiwanis Club of Little Havana an affiliate of the worldwide volunteers’ organization, Kiwanis International—revealed today the official event schedule for Carnaval Miami 2019 celebrating Miami’s cultural richness across the arts, culinary and neighborhoods.





Culminating with the Calle Ocho Music Festival headlined by the first Colombian King of Carnaval Miami—five-time GRAMMY® winner Fonseca, who will be performing hit songs from his newest album Agustin, in our landmark, Little Havana —where Miami’s microcosm of culture, music, food and the arts comes together Solo Contigo, nuestra comunidad Latina.

States Jesus Lebeña, President, Kiwanis Club of Little Havana, “Bringing Fonseca as King of Carnaval Miami 2019 is truly an amazing feat for us all. As an organization that prides itself on all things rich in Hispanic culture and giving back, Fonseca embodies our shared values with the Kiwanis for his dedication to the well-being of children, as manifested in his album named after his newborn son, Agustin.  Fonseca brings together a cultural fusion of energy and musical genres to our Carnaval Miami audience.”

Adds Fonseca, “Colombia is my heart and Miami is home, a place where Latinos connect and share their passion for music. Headlining the 2019 Calle Ocho Music Festival is very special for me to share one of my most meaningful and inspiring albums, Agustin. Produced with a diverse group of internationally-talented producers and songwriters from Mexico, Cuba, Venezuela and Colombia, this collaboration truly represents Miami’s uniqueness and I’m excited to be able to celebrate Calle Ocho Music Festival with my worldwide comunidad Latina!

The diversity of Miami doesn’t stop there.  The 2019 Carnaval Miami's poster is presented for the first time by an Ecuadorian artist, Alejandra Estefania—an artist living her dream and sharing her talents and inspirations to benefit youths within the Miami area—who states, “ I’m so honored to be here today to share the art influenced by my experiences and culture. My hope is to inspire our youth for a bigger and brighter tomorrow.”

Host to a series of captivating events that attract an average of a million attendees each year, Carnaval Miami 2019 is best known as host of the country’s largest Latino festival, Calle Ocho Music Festival. 

Coral Gables street festival, Carnaval on The Mile celebrates its 21st anniversary this year. The festival brings art, music, culinary tastings with a cocktail pavilion and children’s entertainment for a weekend long extravaganza. The longtime event consists of two Jazz and Latin Funk music concert stages, a mile of paintings, crafts, photography and prestige jewelry; a cultural extravaganza for all ages.

This year’s new special activations include: The Book Nook where book lovers will enjoy spellbinding storytellers, exciting theatrical presentations, and arts and crafts activities for the young; Dream Vacations, a vacation planning pavilion where attendees are introduced to top-rated and must-see attractions by travel experts during Q&A sessions on the best in culture-exploring and adventure destinations.

Fan favorites returning for a culinary extravaganza is the 4th Annual Cork & Fork, with a variety of food and wine tastings, highlighting the best of South Florida’s Chefs and restaurants; Carnaval on the Mile 2nd  annual Cordials & Candy -- the ultimate night cap poolside experience at the exclusive Hotel Colonnade Coral Gables, where attendees will sip exclusive cordials, aromatic coffees, along with enjoying a fine cigar;  and also  Carnaval Live Gala, the black-tie Latin-inspired gala attended by Miami’s multinational executives, corporations and celebrities in a world-class setting.


A new food competition, Cuban Wars, enlists Miami restaurants to compete for the ‘Best Cuban Sandwich’ honors in town by serving up their traditional and innovative recipes featuring Tabasco. And, the World Championship ‘Croqueta’ Eating Contest, Catalina’s El Croquetazo, at Calle Ocho Music Festival, invites professional eaters and amateur “comelones” to compete on how many ‘croquetas’ they can eat in under eight minutes.


Experience Kiwanis Club of Little Havana new culinary inspired events for local and visiting foodies alike.


Sponsors for 2019 Carnaval Miami and Calle Ocho Music Festival include:  Heineken, Telemundo 51, Bacardi USA, Univision 23, Doral Lincoln, Café Pilon, Publix, Coca-Cola, Diageo Amerant Bank, Tu 94.9, Catalina, Subway, Monster Energy Drink, Go RVing, Ritmo 95.7, Fresco y Mas, BB&T and many more.

Following is a full breakdown of 2019 events.



  • February 17 Miss Carnaval Miami

Manuel Artime Theater

Each year, ladies ages 16-26 come together for a pageant competition based on elegance, beauty and talent in hopes of being crowned Miss Carnaval Miami, to serve as the ambassador of the festival. She is also awarded a scholarship and paid entry to the Miss Florida USA pageant.

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  • March 2– 3 Carnaval on the Mile

Coral Gables, Miracle Mile
The weekend-long festival in the heart of Coral Gables features the best of local art, live music, fine cuisine, and entertainment for all ages.


  • March 2 – 3 Cork & Fork presented by Publix and Amerant Bank

Coral Gables, Miracle Mile

Meet us at the Fourth Annual Cork & Fork food and wine festival, featuring the hottest chefs, restaurants, and international wines in town. Enjoy two days of unrivaled culinary tastings, intimate cooking demonstrations, live entertainment, mixology experiences, and exclusive book signings.

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  • March 3         Cordials & Candy

Coral Gables, Miracle Mile

The Official After Party of Carnaval on the Mile

Give into temptations at the second Annual Cordials & Candy. Indulge in tasting experiences that will entice your senses. Sip on fine cordials, aromatic coffees or enjoy a fine cigar. Cordials & Candy is the ultimate night cap experience poolside at the exclusive Hotel Colonnade Coral Gables.

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  • March 4-6 Carnaval Miami Domino Tournament presented by Café Pilón and Aetna

Domino Park

A classic Little Havana cultural experience becomes a friendly but passionate race at the Carnaval Miami Domino Tournament. Domino enthusiasts from around the country gather for a laid-back afternoon of laughter and fierce competition. The tournament also welcomes all corporate and small business to participate in teams.


  • March 7          Carnaval Miami Golf Classic

Miami International Links

Connect with VIPs at this Carnaval Miami-flavored tournament to benefit the Kiwanis Little Havana Foundation’s scholarship awards. All proceeds benefit four-year college scholarships awarded every year to students that otherwise would not have the opportunity of a higher education.


  • March 8 Carnaval Live! Gala

Jungle Island

An upscale, black tie gala attended by executives of multi-national corporations in a world-class setting. The Carnaval Miami “Live” gala is a Latin-inspired celebration of flavors, sights and sounds of Miami’s diverse, eclectic community.


  • March 10 Calle Ocho Music Festival 

SW 12th to 27th Avenue

The culmination of it all! A marquee event of Carnaval Miami, Calle Ocho is the world’s largest ‘Hispanic’ festival! Block after block of Little Havana full of musical stages, international food, dance, sampling sites and family entertainment to celebrate life and all Hispanic ethnicities. Tickets for VIP Access, with limited capacity, available through


  • March 10 Calle Ocho Music Festival VIP Passport

Get premium access to lounges and backstage parties of Calle Ocho Music Festival, the largest Latino music festival in the nation.

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  • March 10 Catalina’s El Croquetazo

Calle Ocho Music Festival

El Croquetazo at Calle Ocho, presented by Catalina as the World Championship Croqueta Eating Contest sanctioned by Major League Eating, looks to find this year’s new croquette eating champion! Competitors at each level (Amateur, Celebrity, Professional) will devour as many of this Hispanic delicacy as possible for bragging rights and a chance to win cash prizes. Register to compete at


  • March 10 Cubano Wars- A Cuban Sandwich Competition

Calle Ocho Music Festival

Restaurants from every corner of Miami compete for the valued title. Categories include traditional recipes and best innovative recipe featuring TABASCO®

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  • April 20 Carnaval Miami Soccer 5v5

Kendall Soccer Park

The Carnaval Miami Soccer 5v5 provides an afternoon of fun and healthy activities for the whole family.  More than 4,000 attendees comprise 100 teams, ages U5 to U18, participating for trophies and glory as Carnaval Miami 5v5 Challenge winners!



Carnaval Miami—organized annually by the Kiwanis Club of Little Havana—showcases the best music, art, fashion, food and sports, celebrating all things Miami, culminating with the flagship street festival and         music concert, Calle Ocho Music Festival—the largest Hispanic music festival in the country. All proceeds benefit the Kiwanis of Little Havana Foundation’s youth development programs that change children’s lives, from sports leagues to summer camps, the distribution of school supplies, college   scholarships and more.  For more information about the Kiwanis of Little Havana, visit and follow Instagram (@CarnavalMiami) and Facebook (@CarnavalMiami) for real-time updates.

The Kiwanis of Little Havana is an affiliate of Kiwanis International, a worldwide non-profit organization of volunteers dedicated to serving children in their communities. Founded in 1975, the Little Havana Chapter is known for using advanced fundraising initiatives, such as Carnaval Miami and its flagship events Carnaval on the Mile and Calle Ocho Music Festival. Through the Kiwanis Little Havana Foundation, the organization impacts thousands of families annually, with youth development programs including holiday giving, scholarships, youth summer camps, back to school and more. For more information, visit, and



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