Miami's Hottest Events In October

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By: Patricia Azze

October in Greater Miami & Miami Beach isn’t exactly synonymous with falling leaves or crisp weather. To the contrary, it’s more about perfect beach weather and sun-kissed tropical foliage. This is a time of year that locals love – and you will too. Here’s what’s on tap this October.

October & November: Miami Entertainment Months

October and November are Miami Entertainment Months, two months of performances, programming, events and special offers. It’s the perfect way to get an insider’s view on the local entertainment landscape. Explore the sights, sounds and rhythms of Greater Miami & Miami Beach’s local music scene, plus check out sporting events, cultural happenings, and get to know the destination’s diverse neighborhoods.

Spooks, thrills, and not-so-scary events for everyone this Halloween

Celebrate Spooky Season

Multiple Dates

Celebrate the season with spooks and thrills courtesy of Greater Miami & Miami Beach’s Halloween festivities for adults. Explore a bit of Miami’s history with storytelling from the graves of Miami’s founders and treats from haunted historical sites. Get your scare on with a ghost tour to get in the Halloween spirit. For a not so spooky celebration, enjoy family-friendly Halloween festivities and visits to pumpkin patches.

seafood fest
A day of fun and delicious seafood at the South Beach Seafood Festival

Food Festivals in Miami

Multiple Dates

One week in October stands out as a foodie’s paradise. It starts with South Beach Seafood Week kicking off four days of events on October 20, culminating in the South Beach Seafood Festival on October 23 at Lummus Park. Miami’s finest seafood restaurants will pop up just steps away from the ocean and serve mountains of seafood, from crab to shrimp tacos, oysters to lobster rolls and more.

Meanwhile, work up an appetite for the 1st Annual Chef’s Table on the Bay on October 22 at the Deering Estate. This event benefits their foundation supporting arts and community programming and conservation at the historic waterfront site. Chefs Cindy and Alison Hutson will prepare a delicious three-course meal before your eyes. Michael Thaler will provide wine pairings and education for each course.

Enjoy in-person & virtual events at this year's Celebrate Orgullo

Celebrate ORGULLO

October 1-15

Discover the art of drag and other LGBTQ+ contributions at Celebrate ORGULLO, Greater Miami & Miami Beach’s first Hispanic and Indigenous Pride festival, founded in 2011. People from around the world will gather at this virtual and in-person event series.

Enjoy a view of the river at The Wharf's Oktoberfest celebration

Wharftoberfest, Oktoberfest Riverside Festival at The Wharf

October 2 & 3

You don’t have to make it to Germany this year to celebrate Oktoberfest. Downtown Miami’s beautiful riverside party pad, The Wharf, is hosting its own version. Join in the Wharftoberfest fun, including live music, entertainment and drink specials.

Pick a spot to watch the Columbus Day Regatta

Watch the Columbus Day Boat Regatta

October 9

You don’t want to miss the 69th annual Columbus Day Regatta. Miami’s oldest regatta sets sail on beautiful Biscayne Bay. Spectators can watch graceful vessels maneuver across the turquoise waters of Biscayne Bay in skilled hands. The best vantage point is in Coconut Grove, home to Regatta Park, or consider the rooftop at The Mayfair at Coconut Grove or Mr. C Miami Coconut Grove for a bird’s-eye view – with a tropical cocktail in hand, perhaps.

Get in the festival spirit at Miami's Carnival

Miami Carnival Parade & Concert

October 8-10

You know about Carnival’s famous parties in Brazil, Trinidad and across Latin America, but you can join in the festival spirit right here in Miami. Miami’s Carnival runs from October 8-10, departing from the Lenten calendar and doing things, in typical Miami fashion, in its own way. The 37th Annual Miami Carnival Parade and Concert features a parade of bands, pageantry, live musical performances, and food and drink, and will be held at the Miami-Dade County Fairgrounds.

Start the More Than Pink Walk at beautiful Bayfront Park

Susan G. Komen More Than Pink Walk

October 16

Join the community in raising money for Susan G. Komen for the Cure when you sign up to participate in the Susan G. Komen More Than Pink Walk. The breast cancer awareness and fundraising walk starts at Bayfront Park in Downtown Miami, where teams will meet up in their pink gear to support the cause. Start your own team, or visit the website to find an existing team you can join.

Head to FTX Arena to dance all night to Ricky Martin & Enrique Iglesias

Ricky Martin & Enrique Iglesias Live at FTX Arena

October 22 & 23

Get ready to live “la vida loca” and dance to the rhythms of Latin Pop heroes Ricky Martin and Enrique Iglesias, who perform in concert at the FTX Arena in Downtown Miami for two nights only. This much anticipated show was rescheduled from the original 2020 date, so limited tickets are available. Hurry and get yours now – and start brushing up on your best moves.

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