It’s almost lights out in the 305.
Miami’s biggest parties of the year will kick off next week as Formula 1 returns to the beachfront city.
The who’s who of the sport, entertainment, and business worlds will descend upon South Florida for star-studded fêtes ahead of the May 7 race at the Miami International Autodrome.
Reigning world champion Max Verstappen leads the 2023 points standings, and is the favorite to take home the trophy after standing on the top step in 2022.
Since the inaugural race last year, F1 has well and truly entered the cultural zeitgeist: Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc has a song in the iTunes top 10, AlphaTauri launched its season at New York Fashion Week, and Aston Martin driver Fernando Alonso was romantically linked to Taylor Swift.
Away from the track, it’s clear Art Basel has some serious competition on the Miami social front, with F1 festivities including pricey private dinners, like the $3,000-a-head Carbone Beach and $6,000 per person Once Upon a Kitchen event, along with parties at celebrity-loved hot spots, including LIV and E11EVEN.
Here’s everything you need to know about what’s happening across the Grand Prix weekend.
As if Carbone Beach could get any more exclusive, the Italian eatery’s $3,000-a-head dinner party in the sand will be “bigger and better” upon its return to the Miami Grand Prix for a second year.
Major Food Group, the creative force behind the celebrity-loved haunt, has once again joined forces with American Express for the ritzy fête, which was attended in 2022 by LeBron James, Venus and Serena Williams, James Corden, David Beckham, Rich Paul, Jamie Foxx, and more.
“Last year was such an incredible event, from the food to the people to the music, that really this year, our goal is to take it even further and make it even better,” Major Food Group co-founder Jeff Zalaznick told Page Six.
Miami Race Nights at The Fontainebleau
Ludacris, Kaskade, and Verstappen’s pal Martin Garrix will headline a star-studded beachside music experience at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach.
BleauLive, in partnership with The Creative and Capture Studios, will transform the iconic hotel pool into a late-night bash from Saturday, May 6 to Sunday, May 7.
Big Race Weekend at LIV
LIV is starting the party early with its Big Race Weekend series on Thursday May 4, featuring “Shower” singer, Becky G.
The party will continue through Sunday, May 7 with “Clarity” chart-topper Zedd, Colombian singer, Maluma, Tiësto and Diddy.
GMC has teamed up with Miami nightlife king David Grutman for an exclusive, private event, spotlighting the 2024 GMC HUMMER EV Edition 1 SUV.
The invite-only soirée has previously been attended by Paris Jackson, Big Sean, Jordyn Woods and Karl-Anthony Towns. The event will be catered by Grutman’s renowned celebrity-loved restaurants, Gekkō and Papi Steak.
E11EVEN Race Week EXPER11ENCE
E11EVEN will welcome Formula 1 fans and celebrities alike for five nights of parties during the 24-hour Race Week EXPER11ENCE, powered by Zouk Nightclub Las Vegas.
Revelers will party until the sun comes up, while Rick Ross, DJ Snake, Deadmau5, Tiësto and more special guests provide tunes.
Hard Rock Beach Club
The Hard Rock Beach Club is returning to the Miami International Autodrome with resort-style pools and luxury cabanas at turns 11 and 12 throughout the race weekend.
The exclusive club will also give guests front-row access to performances by the Jonas Brothers, Wisin y Yandel, Cedric Gervais, Tiësto and more.
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If you can’t catch the “Waffle House” singers at the track, the trio will take the stage for an intimate concert at Hard Rock Live on Friday, May 5.
Once Upon a Kitchen
GR8 Experience is bring Once Upon a Kitchen — a $6,000-a-head dinner party — back to Miami Beach.
The culinary experience will be curated by Chef Massimo Bottura of the Michelin Star restaurant Osteria Francescana, along with Juan Manuel Barrientos of Miami’s Michelin-starred El Cielo, Chef Bernardo Paladini of Michelin-starred Torno Subito in Dubai, and molecular biologist Alex Ott, who will concoct a slate of elixirs to be served during cocktail hour.
Lights Out Miami Race Weekend Party
No party in Miami is complete without Diplo.
The music producer will hit the decks at the star-studded Lights Out event on Saturday, May 6, thrown by UnKommon Events and Hurry Up Slowly.
Celebrity hot spot Sexy Fish Miami will unveil its new Premium Ludicrous omakase menu in celebration of the race weekend.
DJs Guy Gerber, Birds of Mind, Yokoo, and Shimza will also be on the turntables as part of Sexy Fish’s “One Hell of a Ride” programming across the weekend.
The MAXIM Miami Race Weekend Party
MAXIM will transform Hyde Beach at the SLS South Beach into a chic outdoor lounge on Friday, May 5.
The iconic race weekend party will return to the South Florida city, where guests will be treated to performances from Ruckus, DJ Cruz and more surprise guests.
IWC Chrono Challenge
Luxury watchmaker IWC will bring F1 champ Lewis Hamilton and “Barbie” actor Simu Liu together as captains of two celebrity basketball teams on Wednesday, May 3.
The invite-only event, which will be attended by “Jury Duty” actor James Marsden, among other celebs, benefits Miami-based charity, Dibia DREAM.