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.
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: a weekend of NASCAR racing and the Miami
Book Fair are back this year.
The Concert and Entertainment Calendar is busy this month with Elton John, Marc Anthony, Travis Scott and Ozuna in town. Broadway comes to Miami with two smash hit musicals, Rodgers and Hammerstein's The King and I and Hello, Dolly!...
In sports, the Dolphins, the Canes, 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!
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Holidays in November
Veterans Day - November 11, 2018, this year observed on Monday November 12
Thanksgiving Day - Thursday, November 22, 2018, Thanksgiving Day is a public holiday and 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!
A must weekend for NASCAR afficionados, featuring three season ending championship finales in the sport's
top three national series:
Camping World Truck Series
Sprint Cup Series
And it's all happening here in South Florida at the Homestead Miami Speedway.
When?: Friday through Sunday November 16 - 18, 2018
Where?: Homestead-Miami Speedway, 1 Speedway Boulevard, Homestead, FL 33035
How Much?: Single Day Tickets $35 - $140, Two and Three-Day Packages also available.
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.
Last year's highlights included an appearance by former Vice President Joe Biden to discuss his memoir, Promise Me, Dad: A Year of Hope, Hardship and Purpose. This year's authors include Laura Esquivel, Tina Brown, Liane Moriarty, among many others.
When? November 11 - 18, 2018. The Street Fair is Friday through Sunday November 16 - 18, 2018. 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 16 - FREE
Saturday and Sunday, November 17 and 18: $10, children (13-18) $5, seniors +62 $5, FREE for children under 12 and Miami Dade College students, faculty and staff with valid ID
Explore and sample Coconut Grove's Newest Restaurants, Famous Chefs, and Caterers while enjoying being on beautiful Biscayne Bay at Coconut Grove's biggest culinary event of the year! What's on? Delicious Restaurant samplings, Fine wine & spirits tastings, Rum Bars, Craft beer, Culinary Demos...
Lots of family entertainment including a Kid's Zone, Doggies Bark in the Park Contest, Waiters' Race, Miami Cuban Sandwich Smackdown Contest and a Holiday bazaar featuring many local exhibitors and vendors.
Live music line up this year includes Blues Revival & VIVA Rock & Roll.
When? Sunday, November 24, 2018 - 1:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Where? Peacock Park at 2820 McFarlane Road in Coconut Grove
How Much? General Admission $25, individual sample dishes available for sale, prices $3+
VIP $75 includes unlimited sampling on-site from all participating restaurants, complimentary liquor, wine and non-alcohol drinks from all beverage tents, complimentary wine glass, and goodie bag.
Check out Groupon Discounts: General Admission $25 $13, VIP $75 $55
NightGarden is back this year! An enchanted, illuminated experience full of fantasy and wonderment where things like the Wise Talking Tree, Flying Fairies and a Sunflower Maze come to life.
Three times larger than last year's fantastic hit, come and marvel at unbelievable live effects such as holographic butterflies and floating orchids throughout multiple acres of dazzling magic.
When? November 15, 2019 to January 11, 2020
Where? Fairchild Tropical Botanic Gardens at 10901 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables, FL 33156
How Much? General Admission $33, Children 10 and under $26, plus service fees. Discounts for Fairchild members and season passes available.
A spectacular evening of dazzling lights, colors, shapes, and themes.
The Lantern Light festival is a six week celebration of Chinese culture featuring massive lanterns, inspiring performances, and incredible cuisine.
Each Chinese lantern is custom-built by Chinese artisans and typically takes four weeks and a team of seven to complete.
The lanterns are handmade from hundreds of pieces of silky cloth. Some are over 30 feet high and others are up to 300 feet long.
When? November 30, 2018 to January 20, 2019 - Thursdays through Sundays 5:00 - 10:00 pm, Fridays and Saturdays open until 11:00 pm
Where? Miami-Dade County Fairgrounds at 10901 SW 24th Street,Miami, FL 33165
How Much? Adults $23, Children (3-12) $18, Seniors and Active Military $20, Children activity packages and group packages available.
It's Yesterday Once More when Debbie Taylor and her band bring the unforgettable, exquisite music of The Carpenters to the stage.
The warmth and tone of Debbie's vocals are so reminiscent of Karen Carpenter, at times you'll think you're listening to Karen herself!
This very talented and accomplished group of musicians bring to life the most authentic versions of the songs. Performing many memorable hits like "We've Only Just Begun", "Close to You" and "Rainy Days and Mondays", this show is a MUST SEE for any and all Carpenters fans.
When? Saturday, October 13, 2018 - 7:00 pm
Where? Aventura Arts & Cultural Center
How Much? $48+
Rolling Stone calls it "a must-see event. A musical comedy dream. If you're lucky enough to score a ticket, you'll be seeing something historic. Wow, wow, wow, indeed!"
Tony Award-winning Broadway legend Betty Buckley stars in HELLO, DOLLY! - the universally acclaimed smash that NPR calls "the best show of the year!" Winner of four Tony Awards including Best Musical Revival, director Jerry Zaks' "gorgeous" new production (Vogue) is "making people crazy happy!" (The Washington Post).
Elton John's most anticipated 300-date Farewell Yellow Brick Road world tour will bring him to South Florida early on the round this November on what is expected to take about 3 years to complete. If you can't catch him this time around, he will be returning in March 2019 for a second appearance in South Florida.
After almost 50 years of performing, he has amassed fans all over the world, and he expressed the Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour is his chance "to say thank you to all my fans around the world and then to say goodbye"
The largest Christmas-Themed Amusement Park and Carnival is back 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 31, 2019 - January 5, 2020 - 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 (9-64) $37.01, Children (3-8) and Seniors 65+ $28.60, Season and express passes available.
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, so come and take
a break from the shopping and enjoy the spirit of the holidays.
When? Friday, November 24, 2017, 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!