2019 Thanksgiving Weekend
and Holiday Events in Miami

Top Concerts, Sports and Things to Do
Thanksgiving and Autumn Decorations

Thanksgiving Day is a public holiday observed every year on the fourth Thursday in November. This year it will be on November 28, 2019.

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, with many holiday events and outdoor concerts adding a sparkle to the celebrations.

Ariana Grande kicks off the long weekend with her Sweetener World Tour 2019 on Wednesday. A couple of exciting matches will be going on over the weekend, our Miami Heat meets Golden State Warriors at AmericanAirlines Arena and for hockey fans, the Florida Panthers meet the Nashville Predators 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.

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!

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Hot Tickets Thanksgiving Weekend Concerts, Plays and Sports

Ariana Grande Sweetener World Tour 2019

Ariana Grande 2019 on Tour

When? Wednesday, November 27, 2019 - 8:00 pm

Where? AmericanAirlines Arena

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Escape to Margaritaville, The Musical

Escape to Margaritaville

Welcome to Margaritaville, where people come to get away from it all-and stay to find something they never expected.

Get ready for a hilarious and heartwarming musical with the most unforgettable songs from one of music's greatest storytellers. USA Today calls it "A little slice of paradise!"

When? November 19 - December 1, 2019

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

How Much? ›› Find Escape to Margaritaville Tickets

Miami Heat vs. Golden State Warriors

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When? Friday November 29, 2019 - 8:00 pm

Where? AmericanAirlines Arena

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Florida Panthers vs. Nashville Predators

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When? Saturday November 30, 2019

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.

Most Popular Everglades Excursions

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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.

Most Popular Bay Cruises and Excursions

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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:

Popular Day Trips From Miami...

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Luminosa! Festival of Lights

Luminosa

A Chinese Lantern Festival with a very Miami tropical twist! Taking place in Jungle Island where 13 acres of the park's environs will be decked out with humongous brightly lit silk lanterns featuring four different themes portraying the diverse animal and plant life found in the park. Certainly a fantastic way to explore wildlife and adventure in a new light. The exhibits will be a very festive addition to the holidays!

When? TBC coming this November 2020 - 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Where? Jungle Island at 1111 Parrot Jungle Trail Miami, Florida 33132
How Much? TBC Adults $38.50, Children $33.00

More Info, tickets & early bird discounts: Luminosa! Festival of Lights

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