Event Destination Guide: Miami vs Orlando

Event Destination Guide: Miami vs Orlando

The 3rd most populous state of the United States, Florida is a hub for holiday makers, corporate events, honeymooners and party goers from all over the world.

With a tropical climate and the longest coastline in the States, it is no wonder that American citizens and foreign travellers just can’t keep away from The Sunshine State. Bordering both the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean, Florida offers a diverse range of attractions for visitors to partake in. Home to two of America’s most popular cities: Orlando and Miami, there are a wealth of entertainment venues and pastimes to attract people from every walk of life - whether you are a corporate delegate, event host or engaged couple or family. So how do you decide which city is best for your needs and interests? That is where we step in. Comparing the variety of venues and attractions on offer from Miami and Orlando, our team of industry experts at Scarlett Entertainment are on hand to help you decide which Florida city best suits your needs.


Event Destination Guide: Miami vs Orlando

Located in central Florida and with a population of 2,387,138, Orlando is one of the world’s biggest tourist hotspots. A nerve centre for popular culture - Orlando offers some of the globe’s most popular theme parks and attractions, not to mention the beautiful surroundings of Lake Eola Park. For those looking to fill their days whilst visiting the city, they can choose from the delights of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Disney World’s Hollywood Studios, the Magic Kingdom Park and the Kennedy Space Centre.


Perfect for families, these attractions are guaranteed to bring your little ones’ fantasies to life. However, these venues don’t only appeal to kids. All of the attractions can also be hired out for events, meaning that your wedding or corporate functions can be held in one of the most iconic buildings in the world. Ever wished that you could get married at Hogwarts or host a company event with an astronaut? Now’s your time to make your dream into a reality! If you want more ideas about planning the perfect Harry Potter or Disney themed event, make sure to check out our specially made Pinterest boards to give you all of the Pinspiration you need!

Venues & Events

A hotspot for weddings, corporate events and trade shows, Orlando’s amazing venues include the stunning Leu Gardens, a botanical garden located in Downtown Orlando. Ranked as Orlando’s top event space for a reason, this garden and museum offers a truly tranquil location for you and your loved one to say “I do”.


If it is a corporate function that you’re planning, why not head down to the stylish CityArts Factory? Showcasing local and international works of art, this venue is the perfect place to take in some culture whilst also getting down to business. Great for conferences, fashion shows and product launches, this interesting venue offers plenty for guests to do and see.


Located in the heart of Orlando’s tourism district, The Orange County Convention Centre (OCCC) is the perfect place to host a corporate function or trade show. Regularly used as the base for grand-scale events like the world's largest business aviation trade show (NBAA), Renewable Energy North America and Europa Games Orlando, this venue has a reputation for excellent and is known as “The Center of Hospitality”. If you are looking to host a large corporate function, there is no place better than the OCCC.


And what event would be complete without entertainment? At Scarlett Entertainment we represent a dazzling range of high-end Orlando entertainment to ensure that your special occasion is a huge success.


Event Destination Guide: Miami vs Orlando

Continuing with the family theme evoked by Universal Studios and Harry Potter World, we have some amazing kids entertainment acts to top off your Orlando event. If it is walkabout entertainment that you are seeking, look no further than the much loved Peppa Pig, brought to life in full costume. Encouraging snorts of laughter and excitement wherever they roam, these walkabout costume characters provide crackling entertainment. If it is a full show that you are after, why not opt for a Curious George or Garfield themed family show? Providing lively entertainment in their full length performances, your little ones will love to watching their favourite characters brought to life. Perfect for kids parties and festivals, get ready to see your children’s faces light up with these amazing Orlando acts.

For adult audiences, we also have some amazing entertainment options to add the finishing touch to your corporate event or wedding. The perfect finale for any occasion, a good party band is guaranteed to end the night on a high. Playing everybody’s favourite hits from the 60s right through to today’s chart toppers, we have two of Orlando’s best function bands for you to choose from. Featuring four exceptional musicians, our Soulful Party Band focuses on  performing classic hits with a Motown edge. If you are looking for a band that will fill the dance floor even at large-scale events, our Exclusive Party Band: Headline is exactly what you need. Featuring 10-13 members, this classy cover group features some of the best singers and musicians in the States, coming together into one superb ensemble.


If you are looking to add an extra special touch to your Orlando product launch or trade show, our Speed Painter US is ideal. Creating bespoke artwork for clients within a matter of minutes, this spectacular artist conjures celebrity icons and company CEOs from nothing! Prepare to be amazed.



Event Destination Guide: Miami vs Orlando

A seaport city at the Southeastern corner of Florida, Miami is known for its style, creativity and laid-back attitude. Classified as an Alpha-City in the World Cities Study Group's inventory, Miami is one of the US’ leading locations for finance, commerce, fashion and culture. A superb spot for hosting events, Miami boasts an extensive range of spectacular event venues for both corporate and private clients to choose from. With Miami beach being one of the city’s greatest attractions, there is plenty to do during the daytime - whether it be topping up your tan, trying out some waterspouts or visiting one of the cities fabulous museums like Vizcata Museum and Gardens and The Bass contemporary art gallery. With many of Miami’s museums also available for event hire, you can plan a beautiful wedding ceremony or function in one of the city’s cultural landmarks.


If you are looking for a truly stylish venue for your wedding or corporate function, world renowned Nikki Beach Resort is undoubtedly going to hit the nail on the head. A luxury resort right on Miami beach, this oceanfront beach club and hotel is unmatched for its chic look and VIP appeal. Regularly hosting both day and night time events, give your guests a little taste of paradise with this remarkable resort.


Another exceptional venue is The Olympia Theater. A working theatre in thriving Downtown Miami, The Olympia is one of the city’s most historical landmarks and a beautiful Miami venue to host your event in.


If you are would like to host your event in a chic, contemporary space, the Wyndwood District of Miami is perfect. Home to a wide variety of event spaces and galleries, there is plenty of choice for any art lovers looking to make an impression on guests. Also host of the annual Miami International Art Fair, this area has proven a popular choice for trade shows and creative businesses.


For fashionistas, Miami is also a popular spot. Featuring a yearly fashion week, Miami is the place to go if you want to peruse the world’s best fashion conscious beach wear. Previously host to Karl Legerfield’s Resort Collection, The Raleigh Hotel is a beachside venue popular with fashion brands. A beautiful Miami venue for your corporate function, fashion launch or wedding reception, The Raleigh combines a relaxing setting with a luxury feel.



Just like Orlando, Miami has a fantastic variety of home-grown entertainment for guests to choose from. If you are selecting Miami for your next corporate function, our event speaker Bruce is already au fait with the area, making him the perfect brand management expert to offer an entertaining keynote speech for your conference. CEO of a successful brand management firm and experienced event speaker, Miami local Bruce is guaranteed to create a superb talking point at your function.


If you would like to book something a little more risqué for your corporate event or gala, our Miami burlesque performer will not disappoint. Seductive and playful, our seasoned burlesque artist takes audiences on a historical journey in her beautifully choreographed shows. The ideal after dinner show for Miami events, this must-see burlesque performance is guaranteed to capture your guests’ imaginations.


Event Destination Guide: Miami vs Orlando

And finally, a glamorous act for any occasion, Miami Electric Strings is a trio of talented string performers, certain to add that finishing touch to your event. Performing covers of both classical and pop music, the musicians can even play on LED instruments, making them ideal for evening parties as well as daytime functions. Whether you are planning you wedding ceremony or a glittering awards ceremony, these musicians will ensure that your event is memorable.

Miami or Orlando?

So the time has come to decide, do you opt for the exciting world of space centers, Disney and Harry Potter or do you choose the laid back elegance of beachfront resorts and art galleries? Both locations have their own advantages and certainly appeal to a wide range of event types. Whilst we recommend Orlando for family events and Miami for art and fashion functions, weddings and corporate functions can be easily accommodated in both cities. Since Miami and Orlando both offer an exceptional range of attractions, venues and entertainment acts to make your event truly special, we know that you won’t make the wrong decision with either of these cities. So sit back, relax and plan a show stopping Florida even!


For more information about Miami entertainment and Orlando acts, take a look at the dedicated site on our website and feel free to contact our US entertainment coordinators today.


__By Erin Pooley-Cooper

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