November 2020
Miami Events, Holidays and Festivals

What's hot: Miami Book Fair, Thanksgiving Events...

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. All beaches and parks have reopened, so get out!

November in Miami, still tropical, balmy and beautiful

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.

December Poinsettias

Miami in November celebrates several exciting events and holidays and because of Covid-19 which continues to present challenging circumstances, the formats of the events are different this year to comply with social distancing and enhanced health and safety measures. The Miami International Book Fair is going virtual. Next door in Ft. Lauderdale, two favorite events are back and confirmed for this November, the Ft. Lauderdale International Boat Show and the Ft. Lauderdale Air Show.

Many attractions and tours that can be conducted safely and within Covid-19 precautionary guidelines have reopened. The Miami Seaquarium will reopen on November 6 and Jungle Island will be back on November 21 with a whole new eco-adventure park, Aerial Game Trek, featuring rope courses, ziplines, tree houses, etc. Perez Art Museum will reopen on November 7, 2020.

Concerts and large scale entertainment events will have to wait for a while as all indoor arenas and performance centers remain closed.

In sports, the Dolphins and the Canes have made arrangements to bring back fans into the stadium with limited in-person attendance. The NHL and our Florida Panthers are looking at December 1st for the restart of the 2020-2021 season. The NBA is planning on December 22 but possibly until next year by MLK Day to kick off the new season. Stay tuned.

Thanksgiving is upon us and it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas! Bayfront Park will kick off the holiday season with the official Tree lighting and Bayfront Holiday Village.

Please always double-check with organizers for any last minute changes or cancellations.

This Month's Miami Highlight Events:

Kicking Off the Holiday Season

Holidays in November

  • Veterans Day - Monday, November 11, 2020
  • Thanksgiving Day - Thursday, November 26, 2020, Thanksgiving Day is a public holiday and also the "unofficial" start to the Holiday shopping season. Unlike previous years, many stores have confirmed they will NOT open on Thanksgiving Day this year, and in our times of social distancing the highly anticipated madness of "Black Friday" will probably take on a different format.

The concert and entertainment scene in November 2020

All concerts and major events at most indoor venues have been cancelled / postponed until further notice

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Specially for kids and families This November 2020:

Ongoing Events in Miami many are FREE or almost FREE:

Things To Do This November, the following have reopened:

It's time to get out! You can book with confidence as there is a free cancellation policy for most of the activities listed here, if your plans change and you cancel up to 24 hours in advance you will receive a full refund.

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Bad Bunny in Miami

Bad Bunny - Most Wanted Tour

Kaseya Center aka Miami Heat Arena
May 24 - 26, 2024

Luis Miguel in Miami

Luis Miguel - Tour 2024

Amerant Arena aka Panthers Arena - June 6, 2024
Kaseya Center aka Miami Heat Arena - June 8 - 9, 2024

Justin Timberlake in Miami

Justin Timberlake - The Forget Tomorrow World Tour

Kaseya Center aka Miami Heat Arena
June 15, 2024

JLo in Miami

Jennifer Lopez - This is Me Live

Kaseya Center aka Miami Heat Arena
June 28 - 29, 2024

Copa America Final in Miami

Copa America Tournament Final

Hard Rock Stadium
July 14, 2024

Jonas Brothers in Miami

Jonas Brothers - Five Albums. One Night. The World Tour

Hard Rock Live at the Seminole Hotel & Casino
August 2, 2024

Shakira in Miami

Shakira - Las Mujeres Ya No Lloran World Tour

Kaseya Center aka Miami Heat Arena
November 20, 2024

Andrea Bocelli in Miami

Andrea Bocelli

Kaseya Center aka Miami Heat Arena
December 22, 2024

Candlelight Concerts in Miami

Candlelight Concerts

Several Venues
Select Dates

November 2020 Highlight Events in Miami

Miami International Auto Show - POSTPONED

Miami International Auto Show

In 1971, Datsun introduced the 240Z, gasoline was 36 cents a gallon and the Miami lnternational Auto Show launched its first exhibition. Today, this same show is recognized as one of the largest and most prestigious in the nation.

A venue for national product introductions, the auto show showcases more than a thousand new vehicles from over 40 manufacturers from around the world - a collection that auto enthusiasts wait all year to see.

This signature South Florida event is back with popular returning exhibits, including Memory Lane celebrating nostalgia of the 50s and Ride & Drive where you are more than an spectator and take the wheel!

When?: Postponed to February 19 - 28, 2021
Where?: Miami Beach Convention Center
How Much?: TBC Adults $15.00, Children 6-12 $6.00, Children under 6 Free. All tickets plus $1 fee. Groupon One-Day General Admission $16 $12

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Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show

Ft Lauderdale Boat Show Outdoor Boat Exhibits

Every year, the largest in-water boat show in the world comes to Fort Lauderdale, the "Yachting Capital of the World" to exhibit a vast array of the industry's latest boats and yachts of all sizes, worldwide debuts, plus a medley of marine products and accessories to enhance the nautical lifestyle.

From yacht builders and designers to exotic cars and brokerage yachts, this show has something for everyone!

Events will be run according to official government and local authority guidance to comply with Covid-19 prevention measures including social distancing of 6 ft to be maintained at all times with the exception of family members residing together, temperature checks, mandatory masks, guest circulation paths and wider docks, additional entrance gates, etc.

When? October 28 - November 1st, 2020
Where? Bahia Mar Yachting Center at 801 Seabreeze Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316
How Much? Adult $35, Child (6-15) $15


Miami Book Fair International has gone virtual

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, and this year it has gone virtual meaning everybody no matter where you are in the world will be able to join in!

But it's more than reading and books, lots of activities are planned also for the little ones including a Storybook Picnic for kids.

When? November 15 - 22, 2020.
Where? Virtual, here is how to Livestream the Miami Book Fair
How Much? FREE

More Info, confirmed authors and schedule of events:

Fort Lauderdale Air Show

Ft Lauderdale Air Show

Featuring the U.S. Navy Blue Angels, the U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor Demo Team along with military jet flyovers, parachute teams, civilian aerobatic acts and formation flight teams for a fantastic day out on the beach!

Flown from Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport, the show's main flight line area is between Sunrise Boulevard and 18th Street.

When? Saturday and Sunday, November 21 - 22, 2020 - noon to approximately 4:00 pm
Where? Fort Lauderdale Beach accross from Birch State Park
How Much? Drop Zone Beach - get away from the crowds, food and beverages including beer and wine for purchase plus portable restrooms - Adult $28 advance purchase, $40 on day of event, Child (6-12) $14
Flight Line Club VIP - the ultimate spot on the beach, tents with shade, lunch and drinks/beer, parking, golf cart valet - Advance Purchase $179, on day of event $265

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Event Site Map of Fort Lauderdale Air Show

Design Miami

Design Miami

Design Miami/ is the global forum for design with annual shows in Miami and Basel and this year, it is back at the Miami Design District, where it all began! In no less than the gorgeous historic Moore Building which features front and center the iconic Zaha Hadid Elastika, this should be reason enough not to miss Design Miami this year!

What?: At the core of the Design Miami/ is a marketplace for collectible design, amid which the most reputable international design galleries present curated exhibitions of museum-quality furniture, lighting and objets d'art, attracting the highest level of private and public collectors of historical and contemporary design. The exhibition contains works by pioneering modernists to one-off and limited-edition pieces by cutting edge contemporary designers.
The galleries invited to exhibit in Design Miami/ deal mainly in exceptional design objects from the advent of Modernism (circa 1900) to the present day, with select galleries specializing in outstanding 18th and 19th century antiques.
Where?: The Moore Building at the Miami Design District at 191 NE 40th Street Miami, FL 33137 USA
When?: November 27 - December 6, 2020
How much?: One day pass $22.50

More Info, exhibitor list, hours,

Coconut Grove Food & Wine Festival - Postponed to possibly 2021

Coconut Grove Food and Wine Fest

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? Postponed to possibly 2021 - 2:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Where? Elizabeth Virrick Park at 3255 Plaza Street, Coconut Grove, FL 33133
How Much? TBA last year General Admission $25, children under 12 free with adult, 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

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NightGarden a Magical Light Spectacular

NightGarden Magical Light Spectacular at Fairchild

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.
Come and marvel at unbelievable live effects such as holographic butterflies and floating orchids throughout multiple acres of dazzling magic.

When? Select dates November 10, 2023 to January 7, 2024
Where? Fairchild Tropical Botanic Gardens at 10901 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables, FL 33156
How Much? Weekday prices starting at $25. General Admission $35, Children 10 and under $30, plus service fees. Discounts for Fairchild members, students, senior, military, group (min. 6) bundle available.

More info and tickets: Nightgarden Magical Light Spectacular

Holidays in November

Veterans Day - a Public Holiday - Wednesday, November 11, 2020

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.

You can expect the following to be open and closed on Monday:


Government Offices
Post Offices
Public Libraries


Shopping centers and malls
Grocery Stores
Federal, State, Regional Parks
Public Transportation (check for special holiday schedules) all our Veterans

Thanksgiving Day - Thursday, November 26, 2020

Halloween Events in Miami

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 naturally, the shopping.

Here are this year's most popular Thanksgiving Weekend and Holiday Season events and celebrations in Miami.

Kicking Off The Holiday Season

Symphony In Lights Holiday Celebration at Gulfstream Park

Gulfstream Park Symphony in Lights

The entire property will be illuminated with more than 250,000 LED lights, all set to the classical sounds of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra and other popular artists.

A 15-minute light show will begin at the top of every hour from 6:00 pm to 11:00 pm

All guests are required to maintain social distancing of 6 feet and face coverings are requested to protect yourself and others.

When? November 16 - December 31, 2020
Where? The Village at Gulfstream Park at 901 S. Federal Hwy, Hallandale Beach, FL 33009
How Much? FREE

More info:

Nightly Snowfall at Dadeland Mall

Snowfall at Dadeland Mall

The forecast calls for 100% chance of snow at DADELAND MALL this holiday season!
Snow in Miami? Only at Dadeland Mall! Enjoy Nightly Snowfalls in the Fashion Wing near Tesla. Snow Shows take place every night at 5PM and 7PM throughout the holiday season, set to the tune of holiday favorites. Don't miss it!
Shows last approximately 7 minutes. Health and safety measures will be in effect.

When? November 16, 2020 - January 3, 2021
Where? Dadeland Mall
How Much? FREE

More info: Magican Snowfall At Dadeland Mall

"A Merry Little Shop & Stroll" at the Galleria Fort Lauderdale

Christmas at Galleria Mall

The Galleria at Fort Lauderdale will be "Making It Merry ASAP" with a FREE, safe and fun night of cheer and surprises to kick-off the holiday season. Guests can enjoy complimentary light bites and beverages at participating stores plus live entertainment from NBC's The Voice former contestant Laura Vivas as part of "A Merry Little Shop & Stroll."

As an added-bonus, select retailers including Dillard's, Altar'd State, Ann Taylor, Banana Republic, Seasons 52 and The Capital Grille will be offering exclusive shopping and dining incentives.

When? November 18, 2020 - 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Where? The Galleria at Fort Lauderdale at 2414 East Sunrise Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304
How Much? FREE! but registration is necessary.

More info and registration: A Merry Little Shop & Stroll

  • Almost Christmas! a Holiday Movie at Fantasy Theatre Factory - November 21, 2020

    Almost Christmas! a Holiday Movie

    Almost Christmas

    Join in for a night of laughter and joy as we watch the holiday movie Almost Christmas! Walter Meyer (Danny Glover) is a retired mechanic who lost the love of his life almost a year ago. For the holidays, he invites his now grown children and their families to his house (where they all grew up) for a traditional celebration. Walter soon realizes that if his bickering children and the rest of the family can spend five days together under the same roof, it will truly be a Christmas miracle. PG-13: Parents Strongly Cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.

    Face coverings are still required on all individuals and social distancing requirements will be enforced.

    When? Saturday, November 21, 2020 - 8:00 pm
    Where? Sandrell River Theater at 6103 NW 7th Ave Miami, FL 33127, there is safe and secure parking
    How Much? $5
    Fantasy Theatre Factory is committed to bringing the arts to all in our community. If you need reduced or free tickets, please contact 305-284-8872.

    More info and tickets: Fantasy Theater Factory

    Santa's Flight Academy at Dolphin Mall

    Christmas Magical Snow at Dolphin Mall

    You can visit Santa and become a flight crew at Santa's Flight Academy. The 2020 program will be announced soon but what's different this year is that reservations are required for time and photos with Santa

    When? November 27 through December 24 by appointment only
    Where? Dolphin Mall
    How Much? TBA

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    Zoo Lights at Zoo Miami

    Zoo Miami Christmas

    It's that magical time of the year as the park transforms into a fabulous array of shimmering trees and dazzling (animal-shaped of course) lights that adorn every corner of this fantastic animal kingdom.

    What else? Appearances by Santa (until December 23) and Grinch, animal presentations, arts & crafts and letters to Santa (limited spaces available), hot cocoa and cookies (fee), Snowman's River Boat Rides ($5 per person)

    Opening Night & Tree Lighting Ceremony on Friday, November 24, 2023

    When?: Select nights November 24 - December 30, 2023 - 6:30 pm to 10:00 pm
    Where?: Zoo Miami at 1 Zoo Boulevard, 12400 SW 152 Street, Miami, FL 33177
    How Much?: $20.95 (online $18.95) per adult and $18.95 (online $16.95) per child age 3 - 12 plus tax, Snowman's River Boat Rides $5

    More Info and Tickets: Zoo Lights

    Chimp with Christmas Presents  at Zoo Miami

    Christmas at the Deeering Estate

    Christmas at Deering Estate

    "Holidays in Wonderland", a Lewis Carrol Story - Historic Holiday Decor: This season, the Deering Estate celebrates the holiday season through the looking glass with décor inspired by the fantastical world of Lewis Carroll. Alice, White Rabbit, Mad Hatter, and the Queen of Hearts, will be featured in several historic rooms, galleries, and hand-decorated holiday trees.

    When? November 24, 2023 - January 7, 2024
    How Much? Adults $15, Children (4 - 14) $7

    Holiday Evening Strolls: Stroll the main grounds and the Historic Homes as they light up in the night. Enjoy the warmth of a campfire and showings of holiday films! Children can also bring their letters to Santa to drop off. Wrap up the night as Mrs. Claus arrives to read bedtime stories to the children from afar.

    When? December 1 and 13, 2023 - 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm
    How Much? Adults $15, Children (4 - 14) $7

    Story Time and Photos with Santa: Enjoy story-time with Santa's elves and photos with Santa (for an additional fee) inside the Great Hall. Children can participate in holiday arts and crafts activities.

    When? December 16, 2023 - 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
    How Much? Adults $15, Children (4 - 14) $7, additional fee for photo packages

    Where? The Deering Estate at 16701 SW 72nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33157

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    Nights of Lights at Pinecrest Gardens

    Christmas Tree Lighting Doral

    Pinecrest Gardens transforms into a winter wonderland dotted by thousands of twinkling lights that go up, through and around the whimsical botanical landscape.
    Eat yummy treats, pictures with Santa, Story Time nights, face painting, train display, pajama nights, carolers, brewery nights and much more...

    When? Select nights from December 9, 2023 to January 6, 2024 - 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
    Where? Pinecrest Gardens at 11000 Red Road, Pinecrest, Florida 33156
    How Much? $18 - $22

    More info, tickets and Schedule of Events at the Banyan Bowl:

    Santa's Spectacular a Drive-Thru Musical Extravaganza at Tamiami Park

    Santas Spectacular at Tamiami Park

    It's an experience unlike any other as you sing-along to your holiday favorites with the many actors, singers, and dancers.

    At the holiday market, find the perfect gift for everyone on your list from one of the many artisan vendors, grab a bite to eat from local favorites, and sip on holiday-inspired craft cocktails.

    The perfect place for families to celebrate the season safely - Santa's Spectacular brings the spirit of the season to Tamiami Park.

    When? November 28 - December 23, 2020
    Where? Tamiami Park
    How Much? Pre-sale $45 per vehicle

    More info and tickets:

    For Miami Sports Fans This November 2020

    Miami Heat Basketball Schedule November 2020 Home Games and Tickets

    Miami Heat Tickets AA Arena

    Start of the 2020-2021 NBA Season has been pushed back to December or January 2021. Stay tuned.


    Where? AmericanAirlines Arena

    How Much? As low as $15, but they go quick!
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    Miami Dolphins Schedule - November 2020 Home Games and Football Tickets

    Miami Dolphins schedule and tickets

    The Dolphins have made arrangements to bring back fans into the stadium with limited in-person attendance. Get your tickets now!

    When? See schedule below.

    Where? Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, Florida

    How Much? Individual game tickets can be had for as low as $15 but you have to be quick!
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    Miami Hurricanes Schedule - November 2020 Home Games and College Football Tickets

    Miami Hurricanes schedule and tickets

    When? See Schedule below

    Where? Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, Florida

    How Much? Individual game tickets can be had for as low as $14 but you have to be quick!

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    Florida Panthers Schedule - November 2020 Home Games and Hockey Tickets

    Florida Panthers Tickets BBT Center

    The NHL is aiming for December 1 for the start to the 2020-2021 season.

    Where? BB&T Center, Sunrise
    How Much? As low as $15, but they go quick!
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    Inter Miami CF Soccer Schedule November 2020 Home Games and Tickets

    Inter Miami Tickets Lockhart Stadium
    Inter Miami CF resumed the season on August 22. The return to play in home stadiums will feature comprehensive health and safety protocols, including regular testing of players, coaches and essential staff fo COVID-19. Inter Miami CF will Open Stadium to Limited Number of Season Ticket Members on November 8.

    When? See home game schedule for this month below

    Where? Lockhart Stadium, Ft Lauderdale at 1350 NW 55th St, Fort Lauderdale. Between I-95 and the Turnpike, north of Commercial.

    More Info and Tickets

    Free Or Almost Free Ongoing Events in Miami

    Miami Design District Free Outdoor Concerts

    Free Gloria Gaynor Concert at the Design District in Miami

    The Miami Design District Performance Series kicks off in the fall and is a fantastic chance to enjoy live FREE outdoor concerts, our marvelous weather as it starts to cool off all wrapped in a fantastic South Florida atmosphere. The events are put together by the Knight Foundation, Design District developer Craig Robins and our very own Emilio Estefan and are free for all to enjoy. (THANK YOU!!!!)

    The season normally starts in October and runs through the Holidays. Taking the stage on Friday evenings are performers in all sorts of genres from classical, pop, salsa... last year we had Gloria Gaynor, Jose Luis Rodriguez (El Puma), the Miami Symphony Orchestra... it's an eclectic bunch and regardless of who appears at Palm Court, it is always an enjoyable evening and a great way to kick start your weekend. And did I mention it's FREE?!!!


    Where? Palm Court Plaza at the Miami Design District

    How Much? FREE!

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    New World Symphony WALLCAST® Concerts

    WALLCAST Concert at SoundScape Park

    These are live classical music performances by the New World Symphony which are projected into a 7,000 square-foot wall at the New World Center for thousands to enjoy in a fantastic outdoor atmosphere.

    The concerts are typically on the third Saturday of the month and the season runs from October through May.

    New for the 2020-2021 season, WALLCAST® Concerts will utilize 4K Ultra High Definition visual technology for projections on the wall at the New World Center.


    Where? SoundScape Park at 500 17th Street, Miami Beach, FL 33139

    How Much? FREE! Bring a picnic, blankets, beach chairs, cocktails... yes, there are restrooms available at the south-east corner of SoundScape Park.
    More Info: New World Symphony Wallcast Concert Series

    Wynwood Art Walk Block Party

    Wynwood Art Walk

    Every second Saturday of the month, the Wynwood Art Walk Block Party is one of the most iconic events in the city in this up and coming neighborhood which has been transforming the art scene in Miami.

    Wynwood which is best known for its street art and splashy murals puts together a live art show, pop-up shop & gallery experience where you can mingle among the artists and creators, drink in hand, watch as art is being created in front of you and purchase directly from them.

    And beyond the fantastic art there's plenty of gourmet food trucks, cocktails, live music and vendors, yes, it's a party!

    When? November 14, 2020 and every second Saturday of the month, doors open at noon
    Where? The Wynwood Marketplace at 2250 Northwest 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33127 at the Wynwood Art District
    How Much? FREE! RSVP for a free drink!
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    WAVE Wine + Beer Taste on Washington Avenue

    WAVE Festival in Miami

    The Washington Avenue Business Improvement District Presents a Live Music Series Featuring a Wine & Beer Taste!
    15 wine, beer, and live music locations over a 1 mile stretch on Washington Avenue, Miami Beach
    A diversity of live music everyone can enjoy! Grab a friend and come enjoy your favorite wines, beers, and try something new while sitting back with locals and tourists alike to take in all the live music. Must be 21+.

    When? December 17, 2020 - 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm, and every 3rd Thursday of the month.
    Where? Along Washington Avenue in South Beach from 5th to 17th St. 12 different locations.
    How Much? General Admission $15 (entitles you to 12 wine / beer tastes), VIP $25 (entitles you to 24 wine / beer tastes, for 2 people)
    More Info and Tickets: WAVE Wine & Beer.

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