What’s happening in the city on 2022 Miami Grand Prix weekend?

Miami is the place to be as F1 heads to the beachside city in Florida for the first time! From fan festivals, superstar performances and driver appearances, here’s what’s happening across the city in the days leading up to the inaugural Miami Grand Prix.

Formula 1’s first visit to Miami is set to be a race weekend to remember. With a brand new circuit, around the Hard Rock Stadium, the near sell-out crowd has lots to look forward to. The on-track action gets underway on Friday, with the first two hours of Formula 1 Free Practice. A further practice session and qualifying follows on Saturday before the main event – the 2022 Miami Grand Prix – on Sunday.

In addition to F1, the all-female W Series and Porsche Sprint Challenge North America will also be taking to the track for two races each. But the on-track action isn’t all there is to enjoy in Miami. The city is embracing F1’s presence with a number of special events lined up for race goers in the days leading up to the Grand Prix.

Wednesday evening Opening Party

The official F1 festivities will kick off in Miami on Wednesday with a star-studded Opening Party. The party, which will take place on the south side of Hard Rock Stadium, will be attended by F1 drivers and other well-known motorsport figures.

Live music will be provided by DJ Kygo and other special guests, performing on the podium where the top three drivers will collect their trophies after the race on Sunday. Drivers, team principals, stars from W Series and other celebrities will be interviewed throughout the evening. Tickets to the official Opening Party are available from $100. The event will be broadcast on F1’s social media channels.

FTX Off The Grid Festival

Crypto currency exchange, FTX, a sponsor of the Mercedes F1 team, have organised a three-day festival across the race weekend which will take over three entire blocks in the Miami Beach area. The immersive “Electric Beach” themed event will expand onto the beach itself, where headline acts will perform as part of the “Sunset on the Sand” concert series each evening.

There will also be demo runs by Mercedes’ Formula 1 cars on Ocean Drive to kick off proceedings on Saturday and Sunday. Musical performances will be provided by Disclosure, Kaytranada and Jamie XX. Access is free during the day, with events ticketed at night. Entry point to the festival can be found at 10th Street on Ocean Drive. More information and access to tickets can be found on the FTX Off The Grid festival website.

World famous acts at E11EVEN

If you’re heading on a night out in Miami, the 24/7 ultraclub E11EVEN is one of the hottest tickets in town. There’s even more reason to visit the world-renowned club during Miami Grand Prix week, with a stellar line-up of talent each evening.

American rapper Rick Ross, Diplo, Snoop Dogg and Travis Scott are among the headline acts in the week leading up to the race, with a yet to be announced special guest on Friday night. Dutch DJ Tiesto will perform after the race on Sunday night. You can book tables and tickets for all events at 11miami.com.

Miami Speed Week

Miami Speed Week is a two-day festival which will take place in Bayfront Park on May 7-8. It promises to be one of the biggest events outside of the race track on Grand Prix weekend. 

Get involved with Pit Stop Challenges and Reaction Time Challenges, enjoy live music performances and hear from motorsport legends Emerson Fittipaldi, Helio Castroneves and Juan Pablo Montoya in an exclusive Q&A session. Tickets are priced from $30 and are available at miamispeedweek.com.

Racing Fan Fest

Wynwood Marketplace will be taken over by a four-day festival for racing enthusiasts from May 5-8. On site at the family-friendly event, there’ll be everything from racing simulators, to a Red Bull fan zone, an F1 merchandise shop and a range of food and drink options. 

Entry to the festival is free, but tickets must be purchased for the closing party, which will feature a performance by Swedish DJ Alesso. 

Miami Grand Prix Race Watch party

If you haven’t secured a ticket for the race but will be in Miami anyway on race day, Time Out Market Miami will be hosting a free watch party in the heart of South Beach. The Grand Prix will be screened on a huge 17-foot HD LED screen and there’ll be food on offer from some of Miami’s top chefs. Entry is free but you need to register for a ticket.

Other events in Miami on race week

Of course, there are lots of other things to see and do year-round in Miami. Check out our guide to where to visit in Miami – including the best restaurants, arts districts, beaches and more! Here’s some more major events happening in Miami on race week:

  • Try your hand at go karting! Red Bull sponsor TAG Heuer will be taking over Jungle Plaza, in Miami’s Design District, transforming it into a mini race track where you can put yourself in the driving seat from May 3-7.
  • Fan of Breaking Bad? On Saturday May 7 from 6:30pm, Bryan Cranston & Aaron Paul (Walter White & Jesse Pinkman) from the show will be hosting a tasting of their Dos Hombres Mezcal at Wynwood’s newest hotspot, Bottled Blonde.
  • If you’re a McLaren fan, the team will be on the 7th floor of South Beach’s 1111 Lincoln Road on race weekend. Running from 10:00 to 17:00, there’ll be a number of McLaren’s famous race cars – and their supercars – on display. Entrance is free, but you’ll need a ticket.
  • There’ll be a replica of Mercedes’ championship-winning W12 on display at 95 NE 40th St in Miami Design District. The space will be open to the public, free of charge.
  • FREEHOLD Miami, a popular restaurant and cafe in Wynwood with three bars and a large courtyard will be hosting a series of concerts on race weekend in partnership with Project 91. Walshy Fire of Major Lazer plays on Thursday May 5 (9pm), the Gold Room is on Friday May 6 (9pm), Whethan performs on Saturday May 7 (9pm) and on Sunday there will be an F1 Viewing Party (3pm).
  • The iconic luxury hotel Fontainebleau will host a series of special event nights over the race weekend. Miami Race Nights will see world famous DJs – including Meduza, David Guetta and Calvin Harris – perform poolside. Tickets are available from $250.
  • The Cinco de Mayo festival will be celebrated in the week leading up to the Miami Grand Prix. You can expect a carnival atmosphere on Thursday, with many local restaurants and bars participating in the festivities. Get yourself to one of the many local parties across the city!
  • The World Premier of Carmen Pelaez’s The Cuban Vote, a play about Miami politics inspired by Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew, runs until May 15 at the historic Colony Theatre, while Jessica Provenz’s Boca has performances at GableStage throughout the month.
  • At the Pérez Art Museum Miami you’ll find the Marisol and Warhol Take New York exhibition, a collection of iconic pieces by artists Marisol Escobar and Andy Warhol. The GGA Gallery at the Wynwood Walls is hosting Peter Tunney’s evolving art project which spans two decades, Tunney Munney: The Exhibition, until May 10.

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