2018 Thanksgiving Weekend and Holiday Events in Miami

Top Concerts, Sports and Things to Do
November 22 - 25, 2018
Thanksgiving and Autumn Decorations

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.

A big part of Thanksgiving Weekend is now the sales in what has now become the largest shopping weekend of the year, which includes "Black Friday" or the Friday after Thanksgiving and Cyber Monday, the Monday after.

More recently, some malls and stores are beginning to open on Thanksgiving Day, now dubbed "Gray Thursday", but many still remain closed, so check before you head out, and needless to say, if you don't like crowds, avoid the stores on these days.

Thanksgiving is also the "unoficial" start of the holiday season. Christmas and Hannukah decorations will be popping up all over town, and many holiday events and concerts kick off right around this time.

A fantastic line-up awaits this Thanksgiving Weekend as Broadway comes to Miami with two smash hit musicals, the all-time classic Rodgers and Hammerstein's The King And I and Tony Award winner Hello, Dolly! and Elton John is in town on his Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour!

For sports fans, the Miami Hurricanes meet the Pittsburgh Panthers at Hard Rock Stadium as hockey fans also have a chance to catch a game or two at BB&T Center.

As in all public holidays, government offices, schools, post offices, banks and public libraries will close on Thanksgiving Day. Many restaurants remain open and offer special dinners to celebrate the Holiday.

And this is the perfect time to head outdoors and enjoy the fresh air and cooler temperatures as we wave goodbye to the scorching heat of summer. And as migrating birds are heading back our way, this is a good time for a visit to the Everglades, enjoy the beautiful wildlife or a thrilling airboat ride!

Everglades Airboat Rides in Autumn

Here's what's happening this Thanksgiving in Miami as well as some popular see's and do's to take advantage of the long weekend!

Thanksgiving Weekend Concerts and Plays

Catch a game this Thanksgiving Weekend

Thanksgiving Weekend Outdoor Fun and Things To Do


Thanksgiving Weekend Concerts and Plays

Rodgers and Hammerstein's The King And I

The King and I in South Florida

When? November 20 - December 2, 2018

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

How Much? $40+

›› Find Rodgers and Hammerstein's The King And I Tickets

You can get discount tickets for The Kind and I at Goldstar, $55.25 - $85.25 $34 - $64, you must be a Goldstar member but membership is FREE! Just sign up it's worth the savings!

Hello, Dolly!

Hello Dolly the Musical

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).

When? November 20 - 25, 2018
Where? Ziff Opera House at the Adrienne Arsht Center Miami
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Elton John Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour

Elton John Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour

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"

Two South Florida performances:

When? Friday, November 23, 2018 - 8:00 pm
Where? BB&T Center, Sunrise
How Much? $90+
›› Find Elton John Tickets at BB&T Center

When? Saturday, November 24, 2018 - 8:00 pm
Where? AmericanAirlines Arena, Miami
How Much? $90+
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Catch a game this Thanksgiving Weekend

Miami Hurricanes vs. Pittsburg Panthers

Miami Hurricanes schedule and tickets

When? Saturday, November 24, 2018

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 Thanksgiving Weekend Home Games

Florida Panthers Tickets BBT Center

Florida Panthers vs. Chicago Blackhawks
When? Saturday November 24, 2018

Florida Panthers vs. New Jersey Devils
When? Monday November 26, 2018

Where? BB&T Center, Sunrise
How Much? As low as $15, but they go quick!

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Thanksgiving Weekend Outdoor Fun and Things To Do

Hit the Boardwalks and Trails at the Everglades

Everglades Boardwalks

The dry season is approaching, meaning our migrating birds are coming back, manatees take refuge in our warmer waters, alligators are easier to spot as they congregate around the waterholes, in short, this is the season for visiting the Everglades and enjoying nature and the outdoors. Why not spend a couple of hours walking off all that turkey along the boardwalks and trails?

Our favorite short walks are:

These two trails are always full of activity and are very easy to get to. The walk can be as short or as long as you want to make it.

If you're up for a bike ride, the Shark Valley Loop is also a great option and there are bike rentals available here.

Here's our comprehensive guide to the Florida Everglades and Everglades National Park

Take an Airboat Ride...

Everglades Airboats

Another fun way to see the vastness of the Everglades and fantastic wildlife is by zipping around in an Airboat.

There are many operators offering airboat tours. Many concentrate along US 41, or Tamiami Trail and also near the park's main entrance and visitor center in Homestead.

Simply drive along these two corridors and you can not miss the many signs advertising the airboat rides.

Here's more on Everglades Airboat Tours and don't forget to check for any offers at Groupon, airboat rides can be had for as low as $17.

A Cruise On The Bay...

Biscayne Bay Cruise

This Thanksgiving Day Weekend, enjoy a fantastic outing in the sun, enjoying the breeze and beautiful waters of Biscayne Bay and our magical skyline or wonderful colorful reefs...

There are many options for cruises and on special holidays, many charters will be hosting special deals and programs like buffets, brunches, barbeques, etc.

For the different types of cruises, check our Biscayne Bay Cruise options page.

And here are some special cruise offers we have come accross:

$37 Jungle Queen Riverboat Cruise for Two

$37 for a three-hour sightseeing cruise for two (Reg. $59.90) from Jungle Queen Riverboat
$84 for an all-you-can-eat dinner cruise and show for two (Reg. $109.90)

Leaves from Bahia Mar in Ft Lauderdale

More details at Groupon

$45 Glass-Bottomed-Boat Cruise for Two

Gaze down upon the John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, the only underwater state park in the United States and enjoy panoramic views of the Florida Keys!
$45 for a two-hour glass-bottomed-boat cruise for two aboard the Key Largo Princess (Reg. $70)
Tours typically depart at 10 a.m., 1 p.m., and 4 p.m.
Leaves from Key Largo

More details at Groupon

Get Out Of Town...

This IS a long weekend! Why not spend some time exploring our surroundings? The Florida Keys are at our doorstep and you can be there within an hour from Miami. Get out your snorkel or dive gear and head south! John Pennekamp Park in Key Largo is a fantastic destination for all sorts of water sports and outdoor activities, snorkeling, diving, kayaking... And of course, Key West, as far south as you can go, famous for wonderful sunsets, its street art scene, shops, outdoor cafes, restaurants and historic sites has also much to offer.

Heading north, you can stop at the Kennedy Space Center or spend a couple of days at the theme parks in Orlando.

And the Bahamas are equally accesible, there are regularly scheduled ferries to bring you to the Islands.

Don't have a car? Check out these hassle-free offers that take care of your transport and sightseeing:

Santa's Echanted Forest

Santa's Enchanted Forest

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? TBA, last year Adults (10-64) $33.64, Children (3-9) $24.30, Seniors (65+) $24.30 Season and express passes available.

More Info: Santa's Enchanted Forest

NightGarden a Magical Light Spectacular

NightGarden Magical Light Spectacular at Fairchild

This Winter, Fairchild transforms into The NightGarden: 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 experience this inaugural year event and marvel at unbelievable live effects such as holographic butterflies and floating orchids throughout multiple acres of dazzling magic.

When? November 23, 2018 to January 6, 2019
Where? Fairchild Tropical Botanic Gardens at 10901 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables, FL 33156
How Much? General Admission $28, Children 10 and under $20, plus service fees. You can get discount tickets at Goldstar, $28 $20, you must be a Goldstar member but membership is FREE! Just sign up it's worth the savings!

More info: www.fairchildgarden.org

Miami Lantern Light Festival

Colorful lanterns adorn the Miami Lantern Light Festival

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.

You can get discount tickets for general admission and children activity packages at Goldstar, you must be a Goldstar member but membership is FREE! Just sign up it's worth the savings!

More Info, tickets: www.lanternlightfestival.com

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