October 2023
Miami Events, Holidays and Festivals

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

This Month's Miami Highlight Events:

The concert and entertainment scene in October 2023

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Holidays in October

  • Columbus Day - Monday, October 9, 2023. This is a bank holiday. Schools and government offices will be closed but commercial establishments remain open.
  • Halloween - Tuesday, October 31, 2023, parties and events ongoing throughout the month

In the Sports Calendar:

Specially for kids and families This October 2023:

FREE or almost FREE Ongoing Events in Miami:

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Rod Stewart in Miami

Rod Stewart

Hard Rock Live at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel
February 13 - 14, 2024

Messi Experience World Tour in Miami

Messi: A Dream Come True World Tour

The Hangar at Regatta Harbour, Coconut Grove
April 25 - June 30, 2024

Candlelight Concerts in Miami

Candlelight Concerts

Several Venues
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Attractions and Things To Do 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.

October 2023 Highlight Events in Miami

Columbus Day Weekend - October 6 - 9, 2023

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 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.

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

Wynwood's Octoberfest

Wynwood Octoberfest

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.

More Info: www.wynwoodoctoberfest.com.

Miami-Broward Carnival Parade and Concert - October 6 - 8, 2023

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, this year on September 30, 2023

When?

  • Friday October 6, 2023 - Steelband Panorama Competition - 4:00 pm to 11:00 pm at Central Broward Regional Park, Lauderhill
  • Saturday October 7, 2023 - Official J'Ouvert - 7:00 am to 3:00 pm at Central Broward Regional Park, Lauderhill
  • Sunday October 8, 2023 - Parade of the Bands, Concerts, Kings, Queens & Individuals costume competitions - 11:00 am to 11:00 pm at Miami Dade County Fair & Expo

How Much? $25-$50 buy online, VIP $200 Tickets are also available for the different events throughout the week.

More Info and tickets: www.miamicarnival.com

Van Gogh - The Immersive Experience

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

More Info and tickets : Van Gogh The Immersive Experience

SOBE Seafood Week - October 18 - 21, 2023

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 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

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

NASCAR Ford Championship Weekend October 21 - 22, 2023

Nascar Ford Championship Racing

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

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Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show - October 25 - 29, 2023

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 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

More Info www.flibs.com.

Magical Candlelight Concerts in Miami

Candlelight Concerts Miami

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...

More info and tickets: Candlelight Concerts in Miami

Holidays in October

Columbus Day - A Public Holiday - Monday October 9, 2023

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:

Closed

Government Offices
Schools
Post Offices
Banks
Public Libraries

Open

Shopping centers and malls
Grocery Stores
Restaurants
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 2023.

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 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.

More info: Pumpkin Patch at Pinto's Farm

Pumpkin Patch at Little Farm Miami Dade

Pumpkins

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

More info: Pumpkin Patch at the Little Farm, or their FB page here.

Annie The Musical

Annie

When?: October 10 - 22, 2023

Where?: Au-Rene Theater at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts

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The Little Prince World - An Immersive Experience

Little Prince World

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

How Much?: $32 - $50

›› More Info and Tickets - The Little Prince World

For Miami Sports Fans This October 2023

Miami Heat Basketball Pre-Season Schedule October 2023 Home Games and Tickets

Miami Heat Tickets FTX Arena

When? See home game schedule for this month below

Where? Kaseya Center, formerly FTX Arena

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

Miami Dolphins Schedule - October 2023 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.


Miami Hurricanes Schedule - October 2023 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 $15.


Florida Panthers Schedule - October 2023 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? FLA Live Arena (formerly BB&T Arena) Sunrise

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

Inter Miami CF Soccer Schedule October 2023 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

Ocean Drive Promenade Music Series

MOAD Body Electric exhibit

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

›› More info and line up on the Ocean Drive Association FB Page

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

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!

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.

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

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