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Miami Events, Holidays and Festivals - October 2014

What's hot: BOGO Month, Columbus Day Regatta, Marc Anthony, Carnival, the Dolphins and the Heat...

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Top Miami Events for October 2014

What's hot: BOGO Month, Columbus Day Regatta, Miami-Broward Carnival, the Dolphins and the Heat!

October is BOGO Month in Miami, that is Buy One Get One FREE for some of the most popular attractions in the city. The Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau organizes Miami Attractions Month, with great deals from a growing list of participating attractions.

Also, Miami in October celebrates several exciting festivals and holidays: the Columbus Day Regatta, the Chinese Dragon Boat Festival and the Miami-Broward Carnival, one of the most colorful and vibrant expressions of Caribbean culture.

October brings also the opening of Stone Crab season and with it some splendid seafood festivals that are much anticipated by all.

Selena Gomez is in town and the Dolphins are well underway in the regular season.

What's coming? Our Miami Heat is back this month with a fully loaded pre-season schedule at the American Airlines Arena!

BOGO Month in Miami

Our most popular Miami Attractions are offering this month Buy One Get One Free Admission and other great enticements, this is a wonderful time to visit parks, take advantage of the deals, the cooler weather and get outdoors!

Some of this year's participating attractions:

  • Jungle Island
  • Miami Seaquarium, including the Seal Swim and Dolphin Harbour
  • Vizcaya Museum and Gardens
  • Zoo Miami
  • Everglades Alligator Farm
  • Coral Castle

Here's a full list of attractions and more info from the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau, the event's organizer.

This Month's Signature South Florida Events and Festivals:

The concert and entertainment scene in October 2014 features:

Holidays in October

  • Columbus Day - Monday, October 13, 2014. This is a bank holiday. Schools and government offices will be closed but commercial establishments remain open.
  • Halloween - October 31, 2014, parties and events ongoing throughout the month

Specially for Kids and Families

In the Sports Calendar:

And for the Art and Design Lovers, some ongoing events

Limited Time hot offers and half-price tickets

$18 Sightseeing Boat Cruise for 1 $35 for 2
Bayside Tour in Miami
90-minute Bayride tour of Biscayne Bay, departs from Bayside
(Reg $26)
$20 Everglades Eco-Adventure Airboat Tour
Everglades Safari Park Airboat Tour
$20 for 1, $39 for 2, Eco-Adventure and Airboat Tour at Everglades Safari Park (Up to 20% Off)

For the following deals you must be a Goldstar member. Goldstar membership is FREE, sign up here.

$40 Harlem Globetrotters
2017 World Tour
Harlem Globetrotters
Sunday February 26, 2017 4:00 pm at the AmericanAirlines Arena
(Reg $73.50)
$17.50 ABBA Tribute: Dancing Dream
ABBA Tribute Discount Tickets
At the Boca Black Box
Friday April 7, 2017
(Reg $35)

Hot Tickets Now On Sale

Coldplay A Head Full of Dreams Tour
Coldplay
Monday August 28, 2017
Lady Gaga
Joanne World Tour
Lady Gaga Miami
Thursday November 30, 2017


Chinese Dragon Boat Festival - Saturday, October 4, 2014

Lion Dances at Dragon Boat Festival in Miami

The United Chinese Association of Florida brings us one of China's most colorful and exciting festivals right to our doors.

The annual South Florida Dragon Boat Festival is a fun-filled day of cultural celebrations, including lion and dragon dances, martial arts performances, great food, and kite contests.


Lots of great food, kids zone with bounce houses and face painting, and of course, the exciting dragon boat races with teams of rowers and drummers that characterize this ancient Chinese tradition.

When? Saturday October 4, 2014 - 9:00 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Where? Haulover Beach Park Marina

10800 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL

How Much? FREE!

More Info and race schedule: www.miamidragonboat.com

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Coconut Grove Pumpkin Patch Festival - October 4-5, 2014

Pumpkins and scarecrows

It's pumpkins and palm trees! We might not have the crisp temperatures but yes, we can also have our own fun in the fall.

Coconut Grove puts on a fun-filled weekend for the family, together with scarecrows, hay mazes, carnival rides, hillbilly hay rides, and of course pumpkin galore!


Lots of activities for the kids, a Pumpkin Food Court Feast, and Pumpkin Beer Garden for mom and dad.

When? Saturday and Sunday October 4-5, 2014 - 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Where? Peacock Park in Coconut Grove, located at 2820 McFarlane Rd, Miami, FL 33133

How Much? Kids (2-10) $15 includes all carnival rides, shows and activities, General Admission $10

More Info and tickets: www.coconutgrovepumpkinpatch.com

Check Groupon for $27 Family Deal - 2 adults 2 kids, ($50 Value)

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Columbus Day Regatta - October 11 and 12, 2014

Columbus Day Regatta

The Columbus Day Regatta is a huge boating weekend in Miami attracting hundreds of participants in the races as well as a few thousand fans joining in the revelry and the parties popping all over Biscayne Bay from Key Biscayne to Elliot Key, which may or may not be related to the actual regatta races.

The races themselves take place over Saturday and Sunday.

The course is between the Quickflash marker just south of the Rickenbacker Causeway and Black Ledge in the south.

On Saturday, the vessels will race southwards from Quickflash to Black Ledge, and on Sunday on the opposite direction. The points will be marked with orange flags and a red Bacardi (the event's sponsor) mark.

Through the years, the event has given way to a massive Mardi Grass-like boating party that has drifted towards the banks of Elliot Key for a weekend jammed with boaters on (and in) the water, loud music, heavy drinking and clothing optional everything-goes crowd.

When?: Saturday October 11, 2014 race starts at 10:00 a.m. Starting point near Quickflash marker south of Rickenbacker Causeway

Sunday October 12, 2014 race starts at 11:00 a.m. Starting point near Black Ledge

Where?: On the water all along race course. The heavy partying area is along Elliot Key. Elliot Key although part of Biscayne National Park, is not associated with the Regatta activities.

Needless to say, this is not a family event. The park has dubbed this the "most dangerous weekend of the year". If you are heading out please act responsibly and observe the special regulations in effect as there will be zero tolerance for violations.

More info: www.columbusdayregatta.net

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Miami-Broward Carnival - October 12, 2014

Miami Broward Carnival costumes

Steel bands, colorful masquerades, flashy costumes, hot music, concerts, stage shows, cultural performances... all celebrate the spirit and vitality of Caribbean island culture.

This is a week-long celebration that culminates on Sunday October 12, 2014 when the grand finale events are planned. A "Junior Carnival" is also held which include many family-friendly activities.


When? Main events on Sunday October 12, 2014 11:00 am to 11:00 pm include a Carnival Parade and the live Carnival Concert.

Where? Miami Dade County Fairgrounds (The Fair) 10901 SW 24th Street, Miami FL 33165

How Much? $25 advance purchase online, $30 at the gate, $35 after 6:00 pm

More Info and tickets: www.miamibrowardcarnival.com

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Grovetoberfest - October 18, 2014

Miami Grovetoberfest

Without a doubt, this is the "most scenic beer festival in the world" and our own South Florida version of this German classic.

Set along the panoramic vistas of Peacock Park on the waterfront, an enthusiastic crowd descend to enjoy over 200 beers from all corners of the globe, great food, live music, a homebrew contest and more.


Entrance ticket includes all the beer sampling, food is available but extra. Must be 21 or older.

When? Saturday October 18, 2014 2:30 pm to 7:00 pm.

Where? Peacock Park in Coconut Grove, 2820 McFarlane Road, Coconut Grove, FL 33133

How Much? $40 buy online, $45 at the door. VIP tickets also available.

More Info, tickets and event schedule: www.grovetoberfest.com

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Coconut Grove Seafood Festival - October 19, 2014

Coconut Grove Seafood Festival - Stone Crabs

It's that time of the year again! Besides the freshest of deliciously prepared seafood from Cajun to Asian to Northeast chowders, there's a farmer's market for those who want to take something special home.

There's also the cooking workshops, a family fun zone with great activities for the kids and of course live music and a small art's fair.


When? Sunday October 19, 2014 - 11:00 a.m. to sundown

Where? Peacock Park in Coconut Grove, 2820 McFarlane Road, Coconut Grove, FL 33133

How Much? $15 buy online, $20 at the door. Kids under 12 FREE.

More Info, tickets and event schedule: www.coconutgroveseafoodfestival.com

Check for half-price tickets at Groupon

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SOBE Seafood Festival - October 25, 2014

SOBE Seafood Festival

In the sands of South Beach, the main festival grounds will be surrounded by 10 mini cafes from signature local restaurants, multiple bars, a live entertainement stage, interactive zones, and more.

The 10 selected restaurants will have splendid garden seating and showcase 2-3 generous portions of their signature menu dishes of choice that are priced between $5 and $10.


When? Saturday October 25, 2014 - 1:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Where? South Beach at Lummus Park

How Much? General admission $25, Kids under 10 FREE. All Food and drink is for purchase. Passes and food vouchers available. 2 X 1 Groupon Deal

More Info, tickets and event schedule: www.sobeseafoodfest.com

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Halloween Events

Halloween Events in Miami

Boo! It's that time of the year in Miami! Halloween ghosts and spooky mazes, costume parties and trick-or-treating...

Here are this year's most popular Halloween events and celebrations in Miami, from pumpkin patches and pony rides for kids, to haunted houses, live concerts and parties.

Click here for Halloween Events in Miami.

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Marc Anthony - Saturday October 4, 2014

Marc Anthony in Concert in South Florida

When? Saturday October 4, 2014 - 8:00 p.m.

Where? AmericanAirlines Arena

How Much? $107+

Find Marc Anthony Tickets

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Annie - The Family Musical - October 7-15, 2014

Annie the Musical in South Florida

When? October 7-15, 2014

Where? Au-Rene Theater at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 201 SW 5th Avenue, Ft Lauderdale, FL 33312

How Much? $49+

Find Annie Tickets

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Enrique Iglesias & Pitbull - Saturday and Sunday October 25-26, 2014

Enrique Iglesias and Pitbull in Concert in South Florida

Two South Florida Venues:

When? Saturday October 25, 2014 - 7:30 p.m.

Where? Hard Rock Live At The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino - Hollywood

How Much? $120+

Find Enrique Iglesias & Pitbull Tickets

When? Sunday October 26, 2014 - 7:30 p.m.

Where? AmericanAirlines Arena

How Much? $75+

Find Enrique Iglesias & Pitbull Tickets at AmericanAirlines Arena

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Miami Broward Junior Carnival - Sunday October 5, 2014

Parade at Miami Broward Junior Carnival

Kids can have their own Carnival fun too! Junior Carnival will feature a parade with over 10 participating bands and many children's activities including bounce houses and face painting.

When? Sunday October 5, 2014 - 1:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Where? Central Broward Regional Park Cricket Stadium, 300 NW 11th Place, Lauderhill, Fl, 33311

More Info and tickets: www.miamibrowardcarnival.com/index.html

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A Night of Lasers, Stars and Pop: Fabulous First Fridays at the Miami Science Museum - October 3, 2014

Miami Science Museum Events for Kids

On the First Friday of each month, the Miami Science Museum Planetarium opens up for a great night of family fun. The program includes:

  • 7:00 pm - A free Planetarium Star Show
  • 8:00 pm 10:00 pm - Rooftop Observatory Session (depending on weather), check out the four moons of Jupiter, the Rings of Saturn, nebulas, double stars...

  • 8:00 pm 9:00 pm - Activity Room for the little ones 3 and up including hands-on activities
  • 8:00 pm - Midnight - The Planetarium's signature production, Music-Filled Laser Shows, at the 4-story surround sound dome. Several shows per night.

When? October 3, 2014

Where? Miami Science Museum Planetarium

How Much? Laser Show - Adults $8 Children $4 (includes laser glasses)

More Info: Miami Science Museum Events

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Miami Dolphins Football Home Game Schedule October 2014

Miami Dolphins Home Games

When? Home game schedule below

Where? Sun Life Stadium (Formerly Dolphin Stadium) Miami Gardens, Florida

How Much? $21+

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Miami Heat Basketball Pre-Season Schedule
October 2014 Home Games and Tickets

Miami Heat Tickets AA Arena

Night in and night out, this is electrifying, winning basketball with Dwayne Wayde, Chris Bosh, Ray Allen... never a dull moment! The AmericanAirlines Arena is where awesome happens...

Come catch a game, check out this amazing team in yet another quest for that coveted championship ring.

When? Home game schedule below

Where? American Airlines Arena

How Much? Varies

Compra Miami Heat Boletos

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Florida Panthers Hockey Schedule - October 2014 Home Games and Tickets

Florida Panthers Tickets BBT Center

When? See schedule below

Where? BB&T Center, Sunrise

How Much? Tickets can be had for as low as $4, but they go quick. Find Tickets here

Buy Florida Panthers Tickets!

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Wynwood Second Saturday - October 11, 2014

Miami Wynwood 
District Street Art

Like its counterpart at the Miami Design District, Wynwood is an emerging neighborhood in a decaying part of town that has been revitalized and is transforming the art scene in Miami, but this is where the likeness stops.

Wynwood is best known for its street art and splashy murals and over 70 galleries and counting.

On Second Saturdays, the place is on overdrive, crowds come to enjoy their art and their food trucks. A must for street art lovers, but if you are not into crowds, definitely not for you.

When? Saturday October 11, 2014 - 6:00pm to 11:00 pm

Where? Roughly between Biscayne Boulevard and I-95 and NW 36th Street and NW 20th Street. CAUTION: The area surrounding the Wynwood District is a very doubtful neighborhood, please exercise caution when getting here and back.

How Much? FREE

More info and Map: www.wynwoodmiami.com

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Perez Museum of Art FREE Second Saturdays
October 11, 2014

Perez Art Museum Miami Second Saturdays

This is a monthly program for the newly-opened Perez Art Museum Miami PAMM, in its beautiful location on Biscayne Bay.

PAMM Free Second Saturdays is a family-friendly program featuring hands-on activities for kids, guided tours of the museum's exhibits, and occasional guest artists and performers.

Families can create art and enjoy the Museum's exhibitions for FREE each second Saturday of the month. Second Saturdays emphasizes families making art together.

When? Saturday October 11, 2014 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Where? PAMM, 1103 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, FL 33132

How Much?: FREE!

More Info: www.pamm.org/.

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