Every year since 2001, Miami Beach has hosted the super-popular Urban Beach Week. Owners of Miami Beach real estate get a front row seat to what is one of the most well-attended events of the year in South Beach. Over Memorial Day weekend, Miami Beach will be filled with the sounds of some of hip hop’s hottest artists like P Diddy, Lil’ Wayne and more while party-goers enjoy the area’s pristine beaches by day and trendy clubs by night.

About Urban Beach Week

Urban Beach Week attracts both locals and visitors alike, with well over 300,000 people enjoying the festivities during this five-day event. The festival is known for its over-the-top parties and concentration of hip hop concerts, with many celebrities on hand. The event itself is not sponsored by the city, but is instead a long weekend full of performances being held in private venues throughout Miami Beach and the environs.

This is one festival where the sky is the limit. Some of the top DJs from around the world are flown in, pool parties are packed with beach bodies, drinks flow round the clock, and everyone is deck out in their most fashionable wardrobe pieces. All of Miami Beach’s hottest clubs are booked with A-list talent and stay open until the early morning hours to keep the party going.

How It All Started

Urban Beach Week can trace its beginnings back to 1999, when a small group of people decided they wanted a different kind of Memorial Day celebration in Miami Beach. At the time, the festival centered on fashion, and clothing companies began bringing in celebrities to wear their clothes to get some press for their fashion lines. The event was originally known as Urban Fashion Week.

As Miami gained popularity as a vacation destination and celebrity hotspot, more people began attending the event. Soon recording artists and other entertainers took notice and began to schedule concerts and private parties to coincide with the Memorial Day weekend. Since that time, Urban Beach Week has grown to become one of the largest urban festivals in the world with a wide range of events such as a Celebrity Basketball Game, posh pool parties and a reggae festival. It is now known as the ultimate beach party for the hip hop culture. It is estimated that between 350,000 and 450,000 people will attend the event in 2014.

What to Know

Those who own Miami Beach condos and Miami Beach luxury real estate and who plan to be in town over Memorial Day weekend should be aware of the increase in traffic congestion throughout the duration of the festival. With so many people attending the event, there will be additional police presence throughout the area as well as DUI checkpoints. Ocean Drive will be closed to traffic while Washington Avenue and Collins Avenue will become one-way lanes. Plan to avoid driving in the area over the holiday weekend or give yourself plenty of extra time. And if you are in town – why not join in on the fun?

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Miami and Miami Beach Summer Events

For Miami Beach residents there are two kinds of heat, The Miami Heat basketball team and year-round tropical temperatures. The latter makes for a great time to plan a night on the town, or a date at one of the gastronomically amazing Miami Beach restaurants. Below are some options for Miami Beach condo and homeowners to stay entertained with the latest dining and nightlife options in and around Miami and Miami Beach:

Miami & Miami Beach Dining & Nightlife

Haven (1237 Lincoln Road, next to Alta Mare) gets a nice mention in The Miami Herald. It's an upscale neighborhood place for drinks and small bites:

Like BBQ? Stop into Sparky's Roadside Barbecue(204 NE 1st Street) in downtown Miami. Lee Klein of the Miami New Times has great things to say: http://www.sparkysroadsidebarbecue.com/

Pied a Terre (1701 James Ave, at the Cadet Hotel) is starting to get some great recognition, see what Urban Daddy has to say:

Bal Harbour's Makoto (9700 Collins Avenue) gets a good write up too:

Looking for a place to have a drink or have something to eat on the Miami Beach boardwalk along the water? Check out The Setai, Carraba's or The Cabana Beach Club at the Eden Roc. Here's an abbreviated rundown:

1. The Setai: An oasis right on the ocean, the Setai seduces with a wooden bar and tables covered by umbrellas. They offer an extensive menu that include items like ceviche, salads, and sandwiches. Definitely one of the most upscale places around, but well worth it if one wants to be confused with the rich and famous.

2. Carrabba's Italian Grill: Located in the mid-beach area of Miami Beach on 39th Street, Carrabba's offers daily drinks specials and great prices on food. The most casual of the these three places, and on weekends, enjoy the sounds of a live band while enjoying the cool ocean breeze.

3. Cabana Beach Club: Further north on 45th street in Miami Beach, the Eden Roc's Cabana Beach Club offers THE only full water view from their location. They boast a large menu with hotel prices offers something for every taste ranging from coconut shrimp ($14) and fried grouper tacos ($14) to flat iron steak ($27) and sugarcane skewered ahi tuna ($25). Not as fancy as the Setai, yet more upscale than Carrabba's.

Other Highlights:

Live music has come to the The Betsy Hotel & Bar (1440 Ocean Drive in the heart of South Beach) every week on Thursday. On June 9, they have local Miami Beach legend and South Beach Diva Maryel Epps.

The Wizard of Oz will be on the New World Center Soundscape's outdoor big screen (500 17th Street, between Washington & Pennsylvania Aves) on Wednesday, June 8 @ 8pm. Free to the public, get there early! Located at the beautiful Frank Gehry Designed New World Center campus.

Cirque du Soleil's Eloize comes to the Arsht Center July 26th - August 7, Tickets start at $25.00. http://www.arshtcenter.org/tickets/calendar/view.aspx?id=9525


http://www.katyperry.com/ - Katy Perry: June 11 @ 7:30pm BankAtlantic Center Sunrise, Fl

http://www.facebook.com/MartinLawrence - Martin Lawrence: June 25 @ Adrienne Arsht Center

http://rihannanow.com/ - Rihanna: Bank Atlantic Center July 14 @ 7:30 pm.

http://www.sade.com/ - Sade: Friday, July 15, 2011 Bank Atlantic Center

http://www.keshasparty.com/ - Ke$ha: August 7, 20110 @ 7:30pm BayFront Park Amphitheater

http://www.marcanthonyonline.com/- Marc Anthony: September 16 @ 8pm American Airlines Arena

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