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November 2015 Miami Events, Holidays and Festivals

What's hot: Bed Races, NASCAR, Miami Book Fair

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Top Miami Events for November 2015

What's hot: Bed Races, NASCAR races, Miami Book Fair, the Dolphins, the Panthers and the Heat... !

With the cooler weather approaching and hurricane season behind us, November is a great time to head outdoors. Beaches are still balmy but the scorching days are over.

November in Miami, tropical pumpkin arrangement

Migrating birds are making their way back and manatees will be looking for the warmer waters, our National Parks will be teeming with wildlife soon.

Miami in November celebrates several exciting festivals and holidays: the Coconut Grove Bed Races, the Miami Book Fair and a weekend of NASCAR racing.

In sports, the Dolphins, the Panthers and the Heat are well underway in their regular seasons.

Thanksgiving is upon us and it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas! From tree lightings to enchanted forests, the holidays are here!

This Month's Signature South Florida Events and Festivals:

Holidays in November

  • Veterans Day - Wednesday, November 11, 2015 a Public Holiday

  • Thanksgiving Day - Thursday, November 26, 2015, Thanksgiving Day is a public holiday, but also the "unofficial" start to the Holiday shopping season. Some stores and malls will be opening on Thanksgiving Day, ahead of highly anticipated "Black Friday", THE shopping day of the year. If you don't like crowds, stay away from shopping malls these days!

The concert and entertainment scene in November 2015 features:

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

$15 Sightseeing Boat Cruise for one, $29 for two
Bayside Tour in Miami
90-minute Bayride tour of Biscayne Bay, departs from Bayside, use within 120 days (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 (Reg. $25)

Coming Soon: Hot Tickets Now On Sale

Demi Lovato
& DJ Khaled
Demi Lovato Miami
AmericanAirlines Arena
March 30, 2018

Cirque du Soleil Crystal A Breakthrough Ice Experience
Cirque du Soleil Crystal
July 18-29, 2018
Beyonce & Jay-Z
On The Run II Tour
Beyonce 2018
At Hard Rock Stadium
August 31, 2018

Taylor Swift
Reputation Tour
Taylor Swift Miami 2018
Hard Rock Stadium
August 18, 2018
El Dorado World Tour
Shakira El Dorado Tour Miami
At BB&T and AArena
August 15, 17, 18, 2018

Elton John
Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour
Taylor Swift Miami 2018
AA Arena & BB&T Ctr
November 23-24, 2018
An American Musical
and Broadway Sensation
Hamilton the Musical in Miami
At the Broward Center for the Performing Arts
Dec 18, 2018 - Jan 20, 2019

Coconut Grove Bed Races - Saturday November 7, 2015

Coconut Grove Bed Races in Miami

The Great Grove Bed Race © is a hysterically fun 30 year-old tradition, what is it you wonder? Like the name says, it's bed races, teams of five competing at breakneck speed on their very own home-made beds and raising money for their causes as they cruise through the streets of Coconut Grove.

And there's tons of fun to be had besides the races, family pajama parties, a pit row parade, and the Awards at the end of the day.

When? Saturday November 7, 2015 - 11:00 am to 5:00 pm. Races start at 1:00 pm

Where? Bayshore Drive, Coconut Grove Village

How Much? Adults $5 (proceeds are donated to charity) Kids Under 12 Free

More Info and events schedule:

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Chinese Dragon Boat Festival - Sunday, November 8, 2015

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? Sunday, November 8, 2015 - 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:

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NASCAR Ford Championship Weekend - November 20-22, 2015

Nascar Ford Championship Racing

A must weekend for NASCAR afficionados, featuring three season ending championship finales in the sport's top three national series:

  • Camping World Truck Series
  • Nationwide Series
  • Sprint Cup Series

And it's all happening here in South Florida at the Homestead Miami Speedway.

When?: Friday through Sunday November 20-22, 2015

Where?: Homestead-Miami Speedway, 1 Speedway Boulevard, Homestead, FL 33035

How Much?: Single Day Tickets $35 - $140, Two and Three-Day Packages also available.

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Miami Book Fair International - November 15-22, 2015

Miami Book Fair

The Miami Book Fair International produced by the Center for Literature and Theatre at Miami Dade College is one of the nation's finest literary gatherings. It is 8 days of book parties, readings, street fairs and the highlight "Festival of Authors", which with over 350 participating renowned names in the literary world, who knows who you will run into this year?

But it's more than reading and books, lots of activities are planned also for kids including arts-and-crafts and theater events.

When? The Street Fair is Friday through Sunday November 20-22, 2015. Many events are held throughout the week.

Where? Miami Book Fair International * Miami Dade College Wolfson Campus, 300 NE Second Ave., Miami, FL 33132

How Much? Tickets are needed for the Street Fair and the "Evenings With..." series author presentations.

Tickets for the Street Fair:
Friday, November 22 - FREE
Saturday and Sunday, November 23 and 24: $8, children (13-18) $5, seniors +62 $5

More Info, tickets, confirmed authors and schedule of events:

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La Feria del Mercado de San Miguel
September 26 through January 31, 2016

Tapas at Mercado de San Miguel

Madrid's historic Mercado de San Miguel comes to Miami! Tapas, ham, paella, gazpacho, gambas, fish... and a tinto de verano to wash it all down...

Selected Spanish chefs and vendors will set up kiosks and small carts at the wide open air area in Bayfront Park, recreating the atmosphere of this beloved food market.

When? daily through January 31, 2016 10:00 am to 10:00 pm. Fridays and Saturdays until midnight.

Where? Bayfront Park at 301 N. Biscayne Blvd., Miami, FL 33132

Where to Park?: There is limited, paid parking at Bayfront Park. You can also park at Bayside Marketplace nextdoor or take the Metrorail to the Government Center Station then transfer to the Metromover Inner Loop to Bayfront Park.

How Much? Admission is FREE, food prices range from $2 for small tapas to $8 for larger dishes.

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America's Got Talent Live! All Stars Tour
Sunday, November 1st, 2015

America's Got Talent Live  in Miami

When? Sunday November 1st, 2015, 8:00 pm

Where? Kravis Center - Dreyfoos Concert Hall, West Palm Beach

How Much? $36 + Find Tickets

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iHeartRadio Fiesta Latina with Pitbull and Jennifer López
Saturday, November 7, 2015

America's Got Talent Live iHeartRadio Fiesta Latina in Miami

A-level line up includes Pitbull, Jennifer López, Don Omar, Prince Royce, Natalia Jiménez, Marco Antonio Solis, Camila, Becky G, Fonseca, Voz De Mando, Wisin...

When? Saturday November 7, 2015, 8:30 pm

Where? AmericanAirlines Arena

How Much? $35 + Find Tickets

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Alejandro Fernández - Saturday, November 14, 2015

Alejandro Fernandez in Miami

When? Saturday November 14, 2015, 8:00 pm

Where? AmericanAirlines Arena

How Much? $70 + Find Tickets

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Veggie Tales Live! Little Kids Do Big Things Tour
Saturday, November 21, 2015

Veggie Tales Live

When? Saturday November 21, 2015, 2:00 pm and 6:00 pm

Where? Parker Playhouse, Ft. Lauderdale

How Much? $25+ Find tickets. Check Goldstar for discount tickets from $15.75, you must be a Goldstar member but membership is FREE.

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Sesame Street: Make A New Friend
October 31 - November 3, 2015

Sesame Street Make A New Friend

No matter where you're from or where you've been, everyone is special – so join in! Elmo, Grover, Abby Cadabby, and their Sesame Street friends welcome Chamki, Grover's friend from India, to Sesame Street.

Together, they explore the universal fun of friendship and celebrate cultural similarities, from singing and dancing, to sharing cookies!

When? Several performances October 31 - November 3, 2015

Where? Parker Playhouse, Ft. Lauderdale

How Much? $39+

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Santa's Echanted Forest - October 29, 2015 to January 3, 2016

Santa's Enchanted Forest

The largest Christmas-Themed Amusement Park and Carnival is back on its 26th year with its 3 million lights, 92" christmas tree, and the carnival rides for little ones and those wanting a little more extreme.

Located in the heart of Miami in Tropical Park, you will no doubt see the lights from the highway as you drive past.

It is a huge sprawling lively event, just coming to see the lights is worth the trip. Tons of entertainment for kids and families round it all up. There are the many live shows, games, magic acts, mazes, all sorts of rides, from carrousels to roller coasters and drop towers and of course, the carnival food!

When? October 29, 2015 to January 3, 2016 - 5:00pm to Midnight

Where? Tropical Park, on the Palmetto (SR826) and Bird Road (40th Street) 7900 SW 40th Street, Miami, FL 33155

How Much? Adults (10-64) $30.84, Children (3-9) $21.49, Seniors (65+) $21.49 Season and express passes available.

More Info: Santa's Enchanted Forest

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Christmas Tree Lighting and Food Truck Invasion at Bayfront Park - November 27, 2015

Christmas Tree Lighting at Bayfront Park

The official kick off to the holiday season in downtown Miami takes place the day after Thanksgiving as Bayfront Park unveils its 50-foot tree covered with glittering lights.

The countdown to the tree lighting is accompanied by cheery holiday music and Miami's legendary food trucks! So come and take a break from the shopping and enjoy the spirit of the holidays.

When? November 27, 2015, Food trucks and holiday music 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm, tree lighting at 7:00 pm

Where? Bayfront Park 301 N. Biscayne Blvd., Miami, FL 33132

Where to Park?: There is limited, paid parking at Bayfront Park. You can also park at Bayside Marketplace nextdoor or take the Metrorail to the Government Center Station then transfer to the Metromover Inner Loop to Bayfront Park.

How Much? FREE!

More info: Directions and Parking

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Veterans Day - a Public Holiday - November 11, 2015

Veterans Day

This is a public holiday observed every year on November 11 to honor all those men and women who have served in the armed forces.

This is different from Memorial Day, celebrated in May, which honors those who have died while serving the country.

Federal government offices and schools are closed on Veterans Day.

  • Government Offices
  • Schools
  • Post Offices
  • Banks
  • Public Libraries
  • Shopping centers and malls
  • Grocery Stores
  • Restaurants
  • Federal, State, Regional Parks
  • Public Transportation all our Veterans

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Thanksgiving Day - Thursday, November 26, 2015

Thanksgiving Day

Thanksgiving Day is a public holiday observed every year on the fourth Thursday in November.

This holiday has its roots in the early pilgrim days as a celebration to the end of a fruitful harvest season.

For many americans it means time with family, turkey and mashed potatoes, a weekend of football, and more recently, the shopping.

A big part of Thanksgiving Weekend is now the sales in what has now become the largest shopping weekend of the year, which includes "Black Friday" or the Friday after Thanksgiving and Cyber Monday, the Monday after.

More recently, some malls and stores are beginning to open on Thanksgiving Day, now dubbed "Gray Thursday", but many still remain closed, so check before you head out, and needless to say, if you don't like crowds, avoid the stores on these days.

As in all public holidays, government offices, schools, post offices, banks and public libraries will close on Thanksgiving Day. Many restaurants remain open and offer special dinners to celebrate the Holiday.

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Miami Dolphins Football Home Game Schedule November 2015

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 Schedule
November 2015 Home Games and Tickets

Miami Heat Tickets AA Arena

Night in and night out, this is electrifying, winning basketball... the AA 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? Tickets from $15

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Florida Panthers Hockey Schedule - November 2015 Home Games and Tickets

Florida Panthers Tickets BBT Center

Panthers are pouncing and with ticket prices as low as $4, what a better chance to see first-class teams battle it out on the ice!

When? See home game schedule for this month below

Where? BB&T Center, Sunrise

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Wynwood Second Saturday - November 14, 2015

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 November 14, 2015 - 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

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