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October 2015 Miami Events, Holidays and Festivals

What's hot: BOGO Month, Columbus Day Regatta, Taylor Swift, Halloween...

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Top Miami Events for October 2015

What's hot: BOGO Month, Columbus Day Regatta, Taylor Swift, the Dolphins, the Heat, Halloween!

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.

Miami in October: Columbus Day Regatta

Also, Miami in October celebrates several exciting festivals and holidays: the Columbus Day Regatta, the Miami-Broward Carnival, one of the most colorful and vibrant expressions of Caribbean culture, and of course goblins and witches come out as Halloween approaches...

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

Taylor Swift, Marc Anthony and Ricky Martin are 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:

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 2015 features:

Holidays in October

  • Columbus Day - Monday, October 12, 2015. This is a bank holiday. Schools and government offices will be closed but commercial establishments remain open.

  • Halloween - Saturday, October 31, 2015, 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

$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 Pumpkin Patch Festival - October 24-25, 2015

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 24-25, 2015 - 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

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Columbus Day Regatta
Saturday and Sunday October 10-11, 2015

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 in Key Biscayne and Black Ledge in the south, just north of the Biscayne National Park boundary.

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. The Elliott Key revelry is NOT part of the Regatta activities.

When?: Saturday and Sunday October 10 - 11, 2015.

Saturday races will start at 9:55 a.m. Starting point near Quickflash marker south of Rickenbacker Causeway in Key Biscayne.

Sunday races start at 10:55 a.m. Starting point is the previous day finish line near Black Ledge ending off Dinner Key.

Where?: On the water all along race course. Where to watch the races? The start and finish points are good places

The heavy partying area (not part of the Regatta activities) 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.

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Miami-Broward Carnival - October 11, 2015

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 11, 2015 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 11, 2015 11:00 am to 11:00 pm include a Carnival Parade and the live Carnival Concerts.

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

How Much? $27 advance purchase online, $100 VIP (Includes preferred parking, VIP Parade and Main Stage Viewing Area, Air-Conditioned 2nd Floor Hospitality Suite) Tickets are also available online for the different events throughout the week.

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Grovetoberfest - October 17, 2015

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 17, 2015 General 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm. VIP 2:30 pm to 7:00 pm

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

How Much? $40 - $90

More Info, tickets and event schedule:

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Coconut Grove Seafood Festival - October 18, 2015

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 18, 2015 - 11:00 a.m. to sundown

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

How Much? Early Bird $10, General Admission buy online $20, at the door $25. Kids under 12 FREE.

More Info, tickets and event schedule:

Check this $8 Groupon Discount Offer!

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SOBE Seafood Festival - October 21-24, 2015

SOBE Seafood Festival

The festival kicks off Miami's renowned annual Stone Crab season every October.

It has expanded beyond the main showcase fest on Saturday that closes a week of delectable events including interactive cooking experiences, an Evening at Joe's and Chef Showdowns and culinary battles.

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

The 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 24, 2015 - 1:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Where? South Beach at Lummus Park, Ocean Drive between 7th and 9th Streets

How Much? General admission $25 (limited time!), includes Open Bar for +21, Kids under 10 FREE. Passes and food vouchers available.

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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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Marc Anthony - October 2-3, 2015

Marc Anthony in Miami

When? Friday and Saturday, October 2 and 3, 2015, 8:00 pm

Where? American Airlines Arena

How Much? $68+

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Joan Manuel Serrat - October 3, 2015

Joan Manuel Serrat in Miami

When? Saturday, October 3, 2015, 8:00 pm

Where? James L. Night Center, Miami

How Much? $88+

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Ricky Martin One World Tour 2015 - October 24, 2015

Ricky Martin in South Florida

When? Saturday, October 24, 2015, 8:00 pm

Where? American Airlines Arena

How Much? $23+

Find Ricky Martin One World Tour Tickets in Miami

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Taylor Swift 1989 World Tour - Tuesday October 27, 2015

Taylor Swift in Concert in South Florida

When? Tuesday October 27, 2015 - 7:00 p.m.

Where? AmericanAirlines Arena

How Much? $300+

Find Taylor Swift 1989 World Tour Tickets in Miami

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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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Miami Broward Junior Carnival - Sunday October 4, 2015

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 4, 2015 - 1:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Where? Central Broward Regional Park, 3700 NW 11th Place, Lauderhill, Fl, 33311, on the corner of 441 and Sunrise.

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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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Miami Dolphins Football Home Game Schedule October 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 Pre-Season Schedule
October 2015 Home Games and Tickets

Miami Heat Tickets AA Arena

Night in and night out, this is electrifying, winning basketball with Wayde, Bosh, Whiteside, Deng... the Heat is loaded with talent! 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

And check these fantastic offers from Groupon including Miami Heat Preseason Game with Options for Jersey Signed by Dwyane Wade on October 4, 12, or 21.

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Florida Panthers Hockey Schedule - October 2015 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

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Wynwood Second Saturday - October 10, 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 October 10, 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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