October 2021
Miami Events, Holidays and Festivals

What's hot: Columbus Day Weekend, Stone Crab Season, Halloween...

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Events may be cancelled / postponed / rescheduled due to the current Coronavirus health precautions. Please check with event organizers for updates.

Miami in October: Stone Crab Season

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, the Deering Seafood Festival and SoBe Seafood Week will be delighting seafoodies this month.

As stadiums and entertainment venues have reopened, our sports and concerts calendar is slowly filling back up. That said, Covid-19 continues to present challenging circumstances and the status of the many events scheduled for October may change at the last minute. Always double-check with the organizers prior to purchasing tickets or heading out to the events.

This Month's Miami Highlight Events:

The concert and entertainment scene in October 2021


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Holidays in October

  • Columbus Day - Monday, October 11, 2021. This is a bank holiday. Schools and government offices will be closed but commercial establishments remain open.
  • Halloween - Saturday, October 31, 2021, parties and events ongoing throughout the month

In the Sports Calendar:

Things To Do This October, the following have reopened:

It's time to get out! Make a reservation as many of the tours and activities are running on limited capacities. 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.

Specially for kids and families This October 2021:

FREE or almost FREE Ongoing Events in Miami:

Discount Tickets To Favorite Attractions


Coming Up: Hot Tickets Now On Sale

Hamilton Miami


Au-Rene Theater at the BCPA
Nov 22 to Dec 11, 2022

Andrea Bocelli

Andrea Bocelli

FTX Arena
December 18, 2022

Wicked Miami


Adrienne Arsht Center
Feb 15 - Mar 5, 2023

October 2021 Highlight Events in Miami

Columbus Day Weekend - October 8 - 11, 2021

Columbus Day Regatta

Columbus Day celebrates the arrival of Christopher Columbus to the Americas on October 12, 1492 and is observed in the United States on the second Monday of October. Columbus Day is a bank holiday and this year will be on October 11, 2021.

Columbus Day Weekend is a huge boating event in Miami.

Originally, the center of the celebrations were the Columbus Day Regatta races commemorating the voyages of discovery.

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.

Here's more on this year's Columbus Day Weekend Events

Miami Markets for Makers at the Moore Building - October 9-10, 2021

Miami Markets for Makers Moore Building

Markets for Makers is BACK in Miami this Fall. Located in the historic and spacious Moore Building, come discover 90+ makers, take photos at our photo walls, check out our DIY station and fill your free tote with goods from small businesses!
Safety is our top priority, COVID protocols will be updated according to local CDC recommendations. Check back for updates on our website. These may include masks required, temperature checks at the door, sanitizing stations, and time slot tickets.

When? October 9 - 10, 2021, noon to 6:00 pm

Where? The Moore Building in Miami's Design District. Parking garages are all throughout the Miami Design District! The closest garage is the Paradise Plaza Garage. A parking garage map can be found at https://www.miamidesigndistrict.net/visitor-info/

How Much? $8-$15. Kids 12 and under are free. Upgraded VIP tickets include access all weekend any time, an upgraded tote and the Saturday Preview Hour from 11am-12pm!

More Info and tickets: www.marketsformakers.com/

Miami-Broward Carnival Parade and Concert - October 10, 2021

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 when the grand finale events, the parade, concerts and costume competitions are planned.

A "Junior Carnival" is also held which include many family-friendly activities the weekend before.


  • Friday October 8, 2021 - Steelband Panorama Competition - 4:00 pm to 11:00 pm at Central Broward Regional Park Cricket Stadium
  • Saturday October 9, 2021 - Official J'Ouvert - 7:00 am to 3:00 pm in Broward
  • Sunday October 10, 2021 - Parade of the Bands, Concerts, Kings, Queens & Individuals costume competitions - 11:00 am to 11:00 pm - Miami Dade County Fairgrounds (The Fair) at 10901 SW 24th Street, Miami FL 33165

How Much? $30-$40 buy online, All access $100, VIP $150 Tickets are also available for the different events throughout the week.

More Info and tickets: www.miamicarnival.com

Vegan Block Party - October 16, 2021

Vegan Block Party Miami

VEGAN BLOCK PARTY is the ultimate plant-based food, drink, & lifestyle festival!
Join in for an all-day event featuring an epic vendor line-up, 100% vegan bar, music & entertainment, private beach access, family fun, wellness workshops, and so much more!

When? Saturday October 16, 2021 12:00 pm to 8:00 pm.
Where? Historic Virginia Key Beach Park at 4020 Virginia Beach Drive, Miami, FL 33149
How Much? Adult General Admission $25, Child General Admission $12 Groupon General Admission Adults $25 $21, Children $12 $10

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

Miami International Auto Show

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?: October 16 - 24, 2021
Where?: Miami Beach Convention Center
How Much?: Adults $13.00, Children 6-12 $6.00, Children under 6 Free. Groupon One-Day General Admission $13 $10

›› More Info www.miamiautoshow.com

SOBE Seafood Week - October 20 - 23, 2021

SOBE Seafood Festival

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

It has expanded beyond the main showcase fest on Saturday to a week of delectable events, South Beach Seafood Week, starting on Wednesday October 21 and featuring interactive cooking experiences, an Evening at Joe's and Chef Showdowns and culinary battles.

In the sands of South Beach, the main festival grounds on Saturday October 24 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? October 20 - 23, 2021

  • An Evening at Joe's - Wednesday, October 20, 2021
  • Crabs, Slabs & Cabs at the Shore Club Hotel - Thursday, October 21, 2021
  • VIP Chef Showdown at Lummus Park at 12th Street and Ocean - Friday, October 22, 2021
  • SOBE Seafood Fest at Lummus Park at 14th Street and Ocean - Saturday, October 23, 2021

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

The 16th Annual Deering Seafood Festival On The Bay - October 24, 2021

Seafood feast at the Deering Estate Seafood Festival

Get ready for a non-stop celebration at the Annual Deering Seafood Festival on the Bay, complete with delicious catch from the sea, celebrity chef cooking demos, fun-filled adventures for kids, Virgin Island stilt walkers, a Bahamian Junkanoo musical parade and on-going live entertainment.

When? Sunday, October 24, 2021 - 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Where? The Deering Estate at 16701 SW 72nd Avenue in Palmetto Bay, Miami, FL 33157
How Much? Admission: Adults $20 in advance online, $30 the day of the event; children 4-14 years $7, $10 at the gate, Members FREE

Here's more on the Deering Seafood Festival. For Tickets.

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!

When? October 27 - 31, 2021
Where? Bahia Mar Yachting Center at 801 Seabreeze Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316
How Much? $37, child (6-15) $15, two-day and Prime-time and VIP tickets available

More Info www.flibs.com.

Holidays in October

Columbus Day - A Public Holiday - Monday October 11, 2021

Christopher Columbus Statue

Columbus Day is a public holiday which officially celebrates the anniversary of Christopher Columbus' arrival in the Americas on October 12, 1492 and celebrated on the second Monday in October in the United States.

Federal government offices are closed except for National parks.

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)

Columbus Day Weekend is a BIG boating weekend in Miami. Here's what-where-when is happening this Columbus Day Weekend 2021.

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.

Fun For Kids and Families

Pumpkin Patch at Pinto's Farm

Pumpkins at Pinto Farm

One of the best Pumpkin Patches in Miami with plenty of entertainment for the whole family! Admission includes Pumpkin, unlimited rides, magic shows, pumpkin patch walkthrough, pedal boat ride, tractor ride, race karts, pony rides, playground, walk-through around the farm to meet our animals

When?:Weekends September 25 - October 31, 2021

Where?: Pinto's Farm at Redland Citrus Orchards: 14890 SW 216 Street, Miami, FL 33170 across the street from Monkey Jungle

How Much?: $27.99 all ages, under 2 FREE

More info: Pumpkin Patch at Pinto's Farm

Miami Broward Junior Carnival - Postponed to 2022

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? October 2, 2021 Postponed to 2022 - noon to 9:00 pm
Where? Central Broward Regional Park at 3700 NW 11th Place, Lauderhill, Fl, 33311, on the corner of 441 and Sunrise
How Much? $15

More Info and tickets: www.miamicarnival.org/junior-carnival/

Coconut Grove Pumpkin Patch Festival - POSTPONED TO 2022

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, cornstalk and haybale mazes, hillbilly hay rides, and of course pumpkin galore!

Lots of activities for the kids, a Pumpkin Food Court Feast, thrilling carnival rides, bounce houses, a Pumpkin Beer Garden for mom and dad and of course your favorite fair foods!

When? Saturday and Sunday October - POSTPONED TO 2022
Where? Peacock Park in Coconut Grove at 2820 McFarlane Rd, Miami, FL 33133
How Much? TBA, previously General Admission $20, (2 years old and up) includes all carnival rides, shows and activities except pumpkin and decorating purchases which are available for an extra fee.

More Info and tickets: www.coconutgrovepumpkinpatch.com

For Miami Sports Fans This October 2021

Miami Heat Basketball Pre-Season Schedule October 2021 Home Games and Tickets

Miami Heat Tickets AA Arena

When? See home game schedule for this month below

Where? FTX Arena, formerly AmericanAirlines Arena

How Much? As low as $15, but they go quick! Find Tickets
›› Check for Miami Heat Tickets at Groupon from $14!!!

Miami Dolphins Schedule - October 2021 Home Games and Football Tickets

Miami Dolphins 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 $15 but you have to be quick! ›› Find Tickets
›› Check for Miami Dolphins Tickets at Groupon from $8.

Miami Hurricanes Schedule - October 2021 Home Games and College Football Tickets

Miami Hurricanes schedule and tickets

When? College Football season just starting! Get your Hurricanes season tickets now!

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! ›› Find Tickets
›› Check for Hurricanes Tickets at Groupon from $18.

Florida Panthers Schedule - October 2021 Home Games and Hockey Tickets

Florida Panthers Tickets BBT Center

Panthers are pouncing, get over to the BB&T Center to see first-class teams battle it out on the ice!

When? See Home Schedule below

Where? BB&T Center, Sunrise

How Much? As low as $15, but they go quick! Find Tickets
›› Check for Panthers Tickets at Groupon.

Inter Miami CF Soccer Schedule October 2021 Home Games and Tickets

Inter Miami Tickets Lockhart Stadium

When? See home game schedule for this month below

Where?DRV PNK Stadium (Drive Pink Stadium) formerly Lockhart Stadium, Ft Lauderdale at 1350 NW 55th St, Fort Lauderdale. Between I-95 and the Turnpike, north of Commercial.

How Much? $28 - $150 Find Tickets

Free Or Almost Free Ongoing Events in Miami

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? 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!
More Info: www.wynwoodartwalkblockparty.com

Miami Design District Art and Architecture Walks

MDD Art and Architecture Walks

Explore the art murals, outdoor art spaces, perhaps a gallery or two, featured exhibitions or the fabulous architecture throughout the Design District with resident experts.

Also on Sundays, The Market brings you locally sourced produce, culturally influenced food, or that special one-of-a-kind creation, while enjoying live entertainment.

When?: Several Saturdays / Sundays throughout the month, check the calendar of events for details
Where?: Miami Design District
How Much?: FREE

›› More Info www.miamidesigndistrict.net

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 second or third Saturday of the month and the season runs from October through May.

When? Second or third Saturday of the month

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

Miami Museums Free Days

MOAD Body Electric exhibit

Many Miami museums regularly offer free admission days, so take advantage and save if you can!

Here are some of the offerings, and be sure to double check for updates or changes with each venue before you head out.

For our Residents, if you have a Miami Dade Library Card, check out the FREE Museum Pass Program where you can get passes to many of the most popular museums and attractions in the city. Passes are good for a family of 4 and can be easily "checked out" with your library card. Passes are first-come-first-served and as you can imagine, some of the most popular ones get snatched as soon as they become available, each library branch gets a limited number of passes for each attraction.

The Museum Pass Program offers free entry to the following:

  • Deering Estate
  • Miami Children's Museum
  • Perez Art Museum (PAMM)
  • Frost Museum of Science
  • Frost Art Museum
  • Vizcaya Museum and Gardens
  • Zoo Miami
  • Lowe Art Museum
  • The Bass
  • Fruit and Spice Park
  • ... and many more!

Miami Beach Live Music Series - Currently Postponed

Miami Beach Live Music Series

The Washington Avenue Business Improvement District Presents Miami Beach Live Music Series. From upscale hotels, museums, restaurants to clubs Washington Avenue is the new hotspot on Miami Beach. Explore each venue or settle at one while enjoying great music from all around the world. Enjoy the best live Jazz, Latin, Blues, Reggae, Soul, Pop and Rock music in South Florida every 3rd Thursday of the month... FREE of charge!

When? Every 3rd Thursday of the month
Where? Along Washington Avenue in South Beach
How Much? FREE
More Info: Miami Beach Live Music Series.

Fantasy Theatre Factory at the Sandrell Rivers Theater Series

Fantasy Theater Factory Show

Fantasy Theater Factory is a non-profit organization that manages the Sandrell Rivers Theater, a state of the art black box theater in Miami. FTF places its greatest programmatic emphasis on Theater for Young Audiences which place a primary focus on childhood literacy and ecology. Other focus areas of programming include: fitness, history, diversity, self esteem, peer pressure and bullying prevention. FTF also produces cultural arts workshop residency programs that serve at-risk youth, children with disabilities and general population students.

Monthly lineups include a bi-monthly film screening series, a bi-monthly live music series, an art exhibition series and a new play competition, where playwrights can have their new works performed as staged readings in front of live audiences.

Each year FTF produces well over 500 programs, many are FREE and open to the public, some offered for a low nominal fee, in many cases if you are unable to afford a ticket, please call their box office, and they will be happy to reserve up to four (4) free tickets for your party.

When? Various throughout the month
Where? Sandrell Rivers Theater at 6103 NW 7th Ave, Miami FL 33127
How Much? Many FREE or offered for a low fee.
More Info and this month's lineup: Fantasy Theater Factory Shows.


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