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 SoBe Seafood Week will be delighting foodies this month.
As stadiums and entertainment venues have reopened, our sports and concerts calendar is fuller than ever: Jonas Brothers, Depeche Mode, Luis Miguel, Chicago, Mana and more are in town this October.
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.
Segway Tours are a great way to discover the Art Deco District, Ocean Drive, Fisher Island... You see a lot more gliding around than on foot while enjoying the breathtaking views and some fresh air! These Segway Tours are running daily
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 9, 2023.
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.
Seasonal brews on tap, live music, beer games, scrumptious food, stein hoisting and more await at this long weekend Beer Festival!
Mark your calendars for Wynwood's Octoberfest presented by Samuel Adams! Returning for its 13th year, the three-day festival, which takes place at the Wynwood Marketplace, will turn the vibrant neighborhood of Wynwood into a fusion of the world's largest beer festival. Get your official Octoberfest Party Pack featuring authentic Bavarian goodies and official Samuel Adams treats!
Guests must be 21+
When? September 29 - October 1, 2023
Where? Wynwood Marketplace
How Much? Entry is FREE, you can purchase Festive party packs for $16 which include beer ticket, authentic stein mug, Sam Adams key chain and Octoberfest hat.
Take an awe-inspiring journey into the incomparable universe of Van Gogh, one of the greatest artistic geniuses of the 19th century. Explore his life, his work, and his secrets as never before through cutting-edge 360-degree digital projections, a one-of-a-kind VR experience, and a uniquely atmospheric light and sound show.
Become completely immersed in the works of art around you, and feel the shift in reality as you dive deep into the world created by Van Gogh's brush strokes.
When?: Select dates October 12 - December 17, 2023 - visits take around 60 - 75 minutes
Where?: Olympia Theater at 174 E Flagler St, Miami, FL 33131, United States
How Much?: $35 - $45
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 18 - 21, 2023
An Evening at Joe's - Wednesday, October 18, 2023
Crabs, Slabs & Cabs at the Kimpton Surfcomber Hotel - Thursday, October 19, 2023
VIP Chef Showdown at Lummus Park at 12th Street and Ocean - Friday, October 20, 2023
SOBE Seafood Fest at Lummus Park at 12th Street and Ocean - Saturday, October 21, 2023
NASCAR Ford Championship Weekend October 21 - 22, 2023
A must weekend for NASCAR afficionados. The Speedway's race weekend will once again feature a full slate of exhilarating racing and exciting entertainment as two of NASCAR's national series come to South Florida.
NASCAR Xfinity Series - Saturday October 21, 2023
Dixie Vodka 400 NASCAR Cup Series - Sunday October 22, 2023
Where?: Homestead-Miami Speedway, 1 Speedway Boulevard, Homestead, FL 33035
How Much?: Single Day Tickets $35 - $140
Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show - October 25 - 29, 2023
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 25 - 29, 2023
Where? Bahia Mar Yachting Center at 801 Seabreeze Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316 plus six other locations: Las Olas Marina, Hall of Fame Marina, SuperYacht Village at Pier 66 South, Pier 66 Marina, Broward County Convention Center, and Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina.
How Much? $42, child (6-15) $16, two-day and Prime-time and VIP tickets available
This concert series known simply as "Candlelight" which have had tremendous success around the world has arrived in Miami! Listening to classical or jazz or contemporary music in an intimate and atmospheric setting of a candlelit concert is a delightful and magical experience.
These enchanting concerts feature a wide variety of genres, from Vivaldi and Tchaikovsky, operas and Broadway, to Frank Sinatra, Taylor Swift, Adele, Fleetwood Mac, ABBA... all played by talented musicians at a variety of gorgeous and unique indoor and outdoor venues including Hotel Colonnade, Jungle Island, the Coral Gables Congregational Church...
Columbus Day - A Public Holiday - Monday October 9, 2023
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:
Shopping centers and malls
Federal, State, Regional Parks
Public Transportation (check for special holiday schedules)
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 from September 23 - October 29, 2023
Where?: Pinto's Farm at Redland Citrus Orchards: 14890 SW 216 Street, Miami, FL 33170 across the street from Monkey Jungle
How Much?: $26.16 - $32.71 all ages, under 2 FREE, includes unlimited rides and activities.
What?: Pumpkin Patch, Animal Interactions, Hay Maze, Kids Play Field, Photo Ops, Butterfly Garden, Local Food Vendors. Pony Rides $2.00 Additional – 54" & under
When?: Weekends in October - 10:00am – 4:00pm, fall decorations until end of November
Where?: The Little Farm, entrance at the back of the property off 222 ST and 137 AVE - Follow the Yellow Flag!
How Much?: $12 per person, Pony Rides $2.00 Additional – 54" & under, pumpkins available for purchase
Bringing the iconic book by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry to life, discover the magical story of the Little Prince in an immersive experience brimming with wonder and enchantment inside a 137 ft-diameter and 45 ft-high dome with real sand dunes! A beautiful and nostalgic experience perfect for all ages
When?: October 10 - December 31, 2023
Where?: Watson Island at 888 MacArthur Causeway, Miami
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!
Come and enjoy the Magic of Ocean Drive with this new FREE open air family-friendly classical music series every Sunday at 5:00 pm. Talented South Florida performers will present concerts that are free and open to the general public. You are welcome to bring picnic blankets, lawn chairs and refreshments.
This year's line up includes performances by the South Beach Chamber Ensemble, Nu Deco Ensemble, Nicole Henry, the New World Symphony Ensemble among many others.
When?: Sundays at 5:00 pm
Where?: Ocean Drive Promenade located between 14th Street and 14th Place in Lummus Park
How Much?: FREE
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:
Miami Children's Museum
Perez Art Museum (PAMM)
Frost Museum of Science
Frost Art Museum
Vizcaya Museum and Gardens
Lowe Art Museum
Fruit and Spice Park
... and many more!
Fantasy Theatre Factory at the Sandrell Rivers Theater Series
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.
New World Symphony WALLCAST® Concerts
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