Spring Break Fun In Miami

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By: Shayne Benowitz

March and April in Miami means spring break. For college kids around the nation, the shores of South Beach and the parties of Miami Music Week are a huge draw to blow off some steam mid-semester. If you’re planning on making the pilgrimage, read on for your ultimate guide to spring break fun in Miami.

Ultra Music Festival

It all started with Ultra Music Festival, which was first held on Miami Beach back in 1999. For the last two decades, the three-day music festival dedicated to electronic dance music was held in Downtown Miami at Bayfront Park. This year, for the first time, Ultra moves to the Historic Virginia Key Beach and Miami Marine Stadium off the Rickenbacker Causeway. Held from March 29-31, 2019, the festival features nine stages of pulsating electronic music, as well as live performances by acts like Galantis, Griz and the worldwide debut of Deadmau5’s Club 3.0.

The first phase of the lineup and headliners have already been announced and include regulars like Afrojack, Alesso, Armin Van Buren, Carl Cox, The Chainsmokers, David Guetta, Marshmello, Martin Garrix, Richie Hawtin, Tiesto and Zed. With unbelievable light shows, special effects and pyrotechnics, Ultra is an all-encompassing dance party showcasing every major worldwide DJ, as well as underground artists. It’s a once in a lifetime experience for those who love to party and dance—unless, of course, you’ve become an Ultra regular. Then it’s just a part of your March every year.

Miami Music Week

The week surrounding Ultra Music Festival has become known as Miami Music Week because the entire city throws the best parties of the year with headlining DJs at pools and nightclubs across the city. Held from March 25-31, 2019, it’s almost impossible to avoid ending up at a Miami Music Week party. You’ll find the same Ultra headliners like Afrojack, Carl Cox, David Guetta, Gallantis and many more spinning in intimate venues packed with fans. The National Hotel and W Miami are always hot spots for pool parties, while the RC Cola Plant in Wynwood and the Fillmore Miami Beach also host performances. Club Space in Downtown Miami throws parties that literally go until early the next morning after the sun is up. With parties day and night at multiple venues throughout Miami, it’s never too early to start planning your calendar of must-see events.

Winter Music Conference

This week also encapsulates Winter Music Conference (WMC), an industry trade show dedicated to music, technology, culture and education that actually predates Ultra. Held from March 25-29, 2019 in the Faena District, WMC events include panel discussions, networking and listening events, as well as parties.

Hot Party Spots

Whether it’s Miami Music Week or anytime during spring break, Miami always promises a party—and there are a few places to check out while you’re in town. The legendary Nikki Beach still dominates in South Beach’s South of Fifth neighborhood. With oceanfront parties, daybeds and cabanas fueled by bottle service and gourmet cuisine, Nikki Beach promises a stellar lineup throughout spring break.

The Surfcomber is also a perennial hotspot for spring break pool parties. With a massive oceanfront pool deck and yard, they set up a stage for DJs to spin all weekend long. The Delano is another go-to, whether it’s a pool party out back at Delano Beach Club or at their new Doheny Room lounge just off the lobby for late night debauchery.

Of course, when it comes to the ultimate Miami nightlife experience, all roads lead to LIV. The megaclub is famous for its high-octane parties fueled by the best DJs in the industry and a loyal celebrity following. From Diplo to Kaskade and Ja Rule, the lineup at LIV is always stellar. Sister club Story is also worthy of a visit with a similar scene, yet a more inclusive vibe. It showcases both headliners and underground talent from everyone including Gianluca Vacchi to Steve Aoki.

Tips for Staying Safe

It’s important to party responsibly in Miami during spring break and to obey local, state and federal laws. Pace yourself, hydrate and take a night off if you need to. The legal drinking age is 21 and open containers are not allowed in public places, including the beach. Be mindful of these rules and your own limits and you’re guaranteed to have a great time during spring break in Miami.

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