Miami Beach

Navigating the Miami Beach Centennial celebration

Ocean Drive in the historic Art Deco District on Miami Beach.
Ocean Drive in the historic Art Deco District on Miami Beach. MIAMI HERALD STAFF

Miami Beach has a full slate of events set for its 100-hour centennial celebration before the big concert Thursday, from fitness workouts to a tennis expo to a mass wedding.

Free shuttles will run throughout the city on Thursday to get people to the concert, when officials expect the largest crowd.

Water taxis will also be available for $15 each way, to and from Bayside Marketplace in Miami and the Miami Beach Marina.

Here are tips for drivers as they make their way to venues for events earlier in the week:

South Beach parking garages

(Find available parking with the city’s ParkMe app, available on iOS and Android.)

▪ Seventh Street and Collins Avenue

▪ 12th Street and Drexel Avenue

▪ 13th Street and Collins Avenue

▪ 16th Street and Collins Avenue

▪ Fifth and Alton Road

The garages will charge the regular $1-per-hour rate during the week. Of course, keep an eye out for coveted street parking and spots at surface lots.

Construction to keep in mind

▪ 17th Street and West Avenue: The city is installing drainage pumps and raising the elevation of the road and sidewalk here, where 17th Street is closed between Alton Road and Dade Boulevard. The west side of West Avenue is also closed between 17th Street and Lincoln Road.

▪ Collins Avenue at 16th Street: One southbound lane on Collins Avenue at 16th Street is closed from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on weekdays for utility work.

▪ Alton Road between Fifth Street and Michigan Avenue: One northbound and/or one southbound lane on Alton Road may be closed between 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. as work on the roadway continues.

100 weddings, food trucks and a drag show

Events leading up to the city’s 100th birthday on Thursday include:

▪ Sunday, 12 p.m.-5 p.m., Miami Beach Concours d’Elegance: Sports, exotic and racing cars will be on display during the show. Miami Beach Golf Club, 2301 Alton Road. Tickets are $40 for general admission and can be purchased at; Miami Beach residents receive a 15 percent discount with the promo code: MBR.

▪ Sunday, 11 p.m.-1 a.m., Drag of Ages: A retrospect of the last 100 years of drag queens, hosted by Miami Beach icon Elaine Lancaster, who will be joined by stars like Henrietta Robinson, Adora, Joanna James, Tiffany Fantasia, Shelley Novak, Chyna girl and Champagne Beaudeux. Free at Eighth Street and Ocean Drive.

▪ Monday, noon, 100 Weddings: One hundred couples will get married or have their vows renewed in a ceremony officiated by Mayor Philip Levine. Free at Eighth and Ocean Drive.

▪ Tuesday, 2:30 p.m.-10 p.m., Miami Beach Centennial Tennis Celebration: The event includes a USTA tennis clinic for 100 Miami Beach kids, a pro-am competition and a tennis expo presented by CAA Sports. Limited free tickets to Miami Beach residents are available at City Hall.

▪ Wednesday, 5 p.m.-10 p.m., Food Truck and Music Festival: For the centennial’s North Beach event, a food truck festival will feature Spam Allstars performing a 20th anniversary show, along with a performance by the Beethose Beatles Tribute Band. Free at the North Shore Bandshell, 72nd Street and Collins Avenue.

For more information about the 100-hour celebration, visit

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