Miami is the place to be as F1 heads to the beachside city in Florida for the second running of the Miami Grand Prix! From fan festivals, to superstar performances and driver appearances, here’s what’s happening across the city in the days leading up to the 2023 Miami Grand Prix.
After a hugely successful inaugural race last year, Formula 1 returns to Florida for the 2023 Miami Grand Prix on May 5-7. The second race held on the new track around Hard Rock Stadium promises to be an action-packed affair, with the near sell-out crowd having 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 2023 Miami Grand Prix – on Sunday.
But there’s much more to enjoy than just the on-track action in Miami. Though the festivities may have been scaled back somewhat from the inaugural event – there is no grand opening party on Wednesday this year, nor are there any F1 car demonstration runs on Ocean Drive – Miami is still embracing F1’s presence with a number of special events lined up for race goers in the days leading up to the Grand Prix.
Jonas Brothers headline Official Miami Grand Prix Concert at Hard Rock Live
American pop rock icons the Jonas Brothers will kick off the 2023 Miami Grand Prix weekend in style at Hard Rock Live on Friday May 5. The trio of brothers rose to stardom soon after forming as a band in 2005. Since reuniting in 2019, the Jonas Brothers have enjoyed huge chart success with their number 1 album Happiness Begins.
This will be the band’s first appearance at a Formula 1 event since performing at the 2010 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. A limited number of concert tickets remain available via Ticketmaster.
Williams F1 Team Pop-Up Experience
The Williams F1 team’s popular fan experience will take place at the Rudolf Budja Gallery in Miami Beach across 2023 Miami Grand Prix race week. In the build up to his first home Grand Prix, Logan Sargeant will appear alongside Williams team-mate Alex Albon in a special meet and greet. They’ll be joined by Team Principal James Vowles and 2009 World Champion Jenson Button, who’ll be on hand to answer fan questions and sign autographs.
Williams’ FW45 show car will be on display, you’ll be able to test your driving skills on the team’s Esports rigs and you can get your hands on the team’s exclusive Miami Grand Prix merchandise.
The pop up will be open from 12:00 on Monday May 1 and will open every day through to the main event, race day, on Sunday May 7.
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 2023 Miami Grand Prix week, with a stellar line-up of talent each evening.
American rapper Rick Ross returns for the second year running during race week, opening the week’s festivities on Wednesday May 3. DJ Snake and deadmau5 will play over the next two nights. There’s a yet-to-be-announced headliner on Saturday night, with Dutch DJ Tiesto performing after the race on Sunday night, just as he did in 2022. You can book tables and tickets for all events at 11miami.com.
Racing Fan Fest
After attracting 120,000 race fans over race week last year, the Racing Fan Fest returns for the 2023 Miami Grand Prix. Wynwood Marketplace will once again be taken over by a four-day festival for racing enthusiasts, running from May 4-7.
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. You’ll also be able to have your photo taken with the special Miami-liveried RB19 Red Bull F1 car, which will be on display throughout the week.
Entry to the festival is free, but you can reserve a spot here.
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, there’ll be a number of watch parties over the 2023 Miami Grand Prix weekend. Fans can watch all of the on-track action from Friday to Sunday on the big screens at the aforementioned Racing Fan Fest.
There’s also a watch party on race day at Hagerty Garage + Social. Located in Little River to the east of Miami Beach, this new space is a social club and collector car storage area. The race starts at 3:30pm local time, so be sure to be there plenty of time before hand to hang out with fellow racing fans! There’ll also be live music and further activities to partake in.
Music Festivals, Nightclub Appearances, DJ Sets
Celebrate race weekend at the Sunset on the Sand festival, which runs from May 5 to May 7 on Miami Beach. Tickets are available from $72.50. Special guest electronic music acts include DJ Tennis, Carlita, John Summit, BLOND:ISH and Fisher & Cloonee.
After qualifying for the 2023 Miami Grand Prix on Saturday, head to Miami Beach for an “unforgettable night of music and dancing”. Diplo, Claptone, Kerri Chandler and Plastik Funk are among the acts who will be performing at the LIGHTS OUT Miami Race Weekend event. Tickets are priced from $125.
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 perform poolside. Headline acts are yet to be announced for 2023. Last year’s performers included Meduza, David Guetta and Calvin Harris. Register for tickets via the website.
DAER Dayclub and Nightclub will host three days of poolside performances and indoor DJ sets on May 5-7. Special guest performers include Deadmau5, Cedric Gervais and KASKADE. Tickets are available from $50.
The M2 Miami nightclub on Miami Beach will host three nights of music in their Race Week event. Charlotte de Witte and Adam Beyer are among the headline performers. Tickets are available from $79.95.
More Race-Week Events in Miami
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 during race week:
- The Cinco de Mayo festival will be celebrated in the week leading up to the 2023 Miami Grand Prix. You can expect a carnival atmosphere on Friday, with many local restaurants and bars participating in the festivities. Get yourself to one of the local parties taking place across the city!
- Michelin-starred restaurant COTE Miami has a special “Grand Prix Feast” menu on offer from May 3-7. Book a table here.
- The World Premier of Lileana Blain-Cruz’s Create Dangerously, “a riveting journey of courage, art, and resilience”, runs from May 4 to May 26 at the historic Colony Theatre, while Charise Castro Smith’s El Huracán has performances at GableStage until May 14.
- The GGA Gallery at the Wynwood Walls is hosting Dutch artist Leon Keer’s Seeing Things Exhibition throughout the month.
- Carbone Beach returns for the 2023 Miami Grand Prix. The VIP supper club takes place across four nights over the race weekend. Last year’s attendees included David Beckham, James Corden and Lebron James, while performers at the event included Andrea Bocelli, Wyclef Jean and Kygo. Tickets for the luxurious event are priced at an eye-watering $3,000 per person.