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March 19, 2015 Destination North America No Comments Email Email

Gloria Estefan, Andrea Bocelli, Barry Gibb, Flo Rida, Wyclef Jean, Jon Secada and Diego Torres are just a few of the celebrities who will be helping Miami Beach celebrate its 100th birthday at a huge centennial concert on March 26th produced by Hard Rock Rising.


Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine announces the Centennial event on Miami Beach including the talent line-up for the Hard Rock Rising Miami Beach Global Music Festival. Accompanying the Mayor are from left, Bruce Arosz, CEO, ACT Productions; Jim Allen, Chairman, Hard Rock International; Mayor Philip Levine, and performers Andrea Bocelli and Barry Gibb, two of the Hard Rock Rising Centennial concert headliners.

The concert is the centerpiece of 100 hours of celebrations taking place from March 22-27th and include 100 couples getting married on the beach and 100 new citizens being naturalized. On the 27th, a climate change conference with Al Roker will tackle strategies for the next century.

“Miami Beach is like no other destination in the world and to celebrate its 100th birthday we are throwing a party for residents and visitors like nothing anyone has ever seen before,” says Miami Beach Mayor, Philip Levine. “Between the concert, the 100 weddings I’ll be officiating, the photo exhibit, the tennis tournament, the car show and so much more, everyone will find their own way to celebrate this historic occasion.”

With the official centennial theme, “This is How We Celebrate,” the city will commemorate this historic event with a spectacular 100-hour non-stop celebration that will culminate with the Hard Rock Rising Miami Beach Global Music Festival directly on the beach with many well-known, world-class performing artists and talented musicians.

The centennial events will also serve as a platform to address climate change and issues like sea-level rise while the “Community Resiliency Summit-Miami Beach Rising Above” on March 27th will provide a forum to discuss some of the most pressing concerns facing the environment and provide strategies to tackle the next century.

The ongoing Centennial Photo Exhibition held at Miami Beach City Hall, features historic pictures that capture the past, present and future of Miami Beach.

For more information on Miami Beach’s centennial, please visit: This website is designed to keep you informed of the many events throughout the city and showcase the rich history of Miami Beach through a digital library as well as other features. Use the hashtag#MiamiBeach100 to communicate on social media. Interviews are available with city officials.

Below is a list of the entire 100-hour week of celebrations with an event to get everyone involved!

Sunday, March 22

Shaun T Fitness brought to you by Core Power, 8AM – 10AM

8 Street & Ocean Drive

Get your worked out by this celebrity trainer. Free admission & open to the public.

Miami Beach 100 Years, 100 Photos, 10AM -5PM (Sunday – Thursday)

Miami Design Preservation League, 1001 Ocean Drive

Miami Beach Concours, 12PM – 5PM

Miami Beach Golf Club

A celebration of the greatest sports, exotic and racing automobiles of the past 100 years. Buy tickets online at Tickets are $40 for general admission, Miami Beach residents receive 15% discount with the following promo code: MBR

Fashion Show, 7PM – 11PM

8 Street & Ocean Drive

Liliana Montoya Swimwear presented by FUNKSHION. Free admission & open to the public.

Drag of Ages, 11PM – 1AM

8 Street & Ocean Drive

Drag queen show tribute to Robin Williams starring Elaine Lancaster. Free admission & open to the public.

Monday, March 23

100 Weddings, 12PM

8 Street & Ocean Drive

Beach wedding ceremony and renewal of vows for 100 couples, including same-sex couples. Free admission & open to the public.

The Jackie Gleason Show Marathon, 5PM – 8PM

The Fillmore Miami Beach at the Jackie Gleason Theater

Let’s Get Astrophysical Show, 8PM

8 Street & Ocean Drive

Astrophysicist Dr. Fiorella Terenzi will feature the first and only top 15 stellar-themed pop song countdown, combined with live DJs, musicians, dancers, acrobats, a laser light show and more. Free admission & open to the public.

Tuesday, March 24

Miami Beach Centennial Tennis Celebration, 2:30PM – 10PM

8 Street & Ocean Drive

USTA tennis clinic for Miami Beach kids, a pro-amateur celeb competition and a tennis expo presented by CAA Sports. Limited tickets to Miami Beach residents available at City Hall.

The Jackie Gleason Show Marathon, 5PM – 8PM

The Fillmore Miami Beach at the Jackie Gleason Theater

Free admission & open to the public.

Wednesday, March 25

Naturalization of 100 New US Citizens, 10AM

8 Street & Ocean Drive

Leon Rodriguez, USCIS Director, son of immigrants, grew up in Miami Beach, Beach High grad. This will be first South FL ceremony he oversees as director. Free admission & open to the public.

Food Truck & Music Festival, 5PM – 10PM

North Shore Bandshell

The largest food truck festival Miami Beach has ever seen. Spam Allstars will be performing their 20th anniversary show, along with a performance by the Beethose Beatles Tribute Band. Free admission & open to the public.

The Jackie Gleason Show Marathon, 5PM – 8PM

The Fillmore Miami Beach at the Jackie Gleason Theater

Free admission & open to the public.

Thursday, March 26

Beach Oasis Party, 12PM – 5PM

9 Street & Ocean Drive

A beach party with a sand stage concert featuring a stellar line up of internationally established DJ’s and performances by the IDA artists selected by MB100’s Musical Director Rudy Perez. Free admission & open to the public.

Hard Rock Rising Miami Beach Global Music Festival 2015, 5PM – 12AM

Stars include Andrea Bocelli, Gloria Estefan, Barry Gibb, Flo Rida, Wyclef, Jon Secada, Diego Torres, DJ Irie, Dave Mason, Rudy Perez, The Miami Symphony & Master Chorale, and many more. To purchase seated tickets and/or to obtain free general admission tickets for Miami Beach residents, visit Free tickets can also be picked up at City Hall with proof of residency.

Friday, March 27

“Community Resiliency Summit – Miami Beach Rising Above” Summit (W Hotel)

The summit highlights Miami Beach’s current and future mitigation and adaptation strategies and how these strategies can be used by cities worldwide to adapt to the rising seas.


Miami Beach Centennial Photo Exhibit

Miami Beach City Hall, 8:30AM – 5PM Monday – Friday

Through May 29

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