Miami's Hottest Events In October

Luminosa at Jungle Island

Luminosa Chinese Lantern Festival at Jungle Island

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By: Shayne Benowitz

Fall into fun and kick off the autumn season in Miami with a variety of lively festivals and family-friendly events throughout the month of October.

Miami Entertainment Months

October kicks of the two-month long Miami Entertainment Months. You’ll enjoy promotions on everything from craft brewery tastings to movie screenings at state-of-the-art cinemas. Miami’s entertainment scene runs the gamut from concerts to the theater, dance, nightlife and shopping.

Celebrate Orgullo:
Oct. 1-15

Kick off Hispanic Heritage Month with 15 days of cultural events in Miami Beach. The Celebrate Orgullo festival highlights the local Hispanic LGBTQ community and proceeds from events benefit the LGBT Youth Scholarship Fund. Enjoy music, entertainment, food, poetry, parties and more at the North Beach Bandshell.

Aqua Girl: Oct. 3

Aqua Girl is a women’s weeklong celebration involving live music, a pool party and a cocktail reception that in turn helps South Florida's LGBTQ community. Come out to the National and Marseilles hotels and join the fun at the largest gay women charity event in the country.

Luminosa! Chinese Lantern Festival at Jungle Island: Oct. 5-Jan. 8

Explore a whole new side to this family-friendly attraction, with a magical nighttime journey through the jungle, strewn with hand-crafted Chinese lanterns. These colorful lanterns will be your guide, taking you and your whole family through an exploration of wildlife, birds, and blooms in honor of Miami's lush natural environment starting with beautiful Biscayne Bay. Wind your way through an underwater tapestry filled with fish, turtles and manatees, culminating in a visit to a very "Instagrammable" South Beach, filled with the music and food and imagery that is iconic to the area. This is a truly magical event you won't want to miss.

Burger King Beach Run: Oct. 5

Take part in a heart-pumping 5K or 10K race starting at Lummus Park in South Beach. The Burger King Beach Run is happening in the morning on October 6 along with a Kiddie Dash. The post-race beach party is free for everyone.

Miami Carnival: Oct. 5-13

Dress in masquerade and celebrate the heritage and traditions of the Caribbean at Miami Carnival. The annual event includes authentic eats, live music, lively parades and contests at various locations across the city.

Cinema Italy Film Festival: Oct. 11-15

Enjoy the best short films and documentaries that Cinema Italia has to offer. The Cinema Italy Film Festival will take place at Regal Cinema 18 on Lincoln Road in South Beach. All films are in Italian with English subtitles.

Oktoberfest Miami:
Oct. 11-13 & Oct. 18-20

Enjoy this annual German tradition featuring food, games, and entertainment for the whole family, organized by the German International Parent Association. It's a family-friendly Oktoberfest, featuring carnival rides, game booths with prizes, German food and drink, delicious baked goods, entertainment, activities for kids and more.

Race for the Cure:
Oct. 12

Join thousands of runners for the annual Susan G. Komen Miami Race for the Cure at waterfront Bayfront Park in Downtown Miami. Funds are used to support breast cancer research.

Grovetoberfest: Oct. 12

Check out the largest craft brew festival in Florida. Happening at Regatta Park in Coconut Grove, Grovetoberfest offers festival-goers the opportunity for unlimited samples from a variety of 400 local and regional brews, plus exotic and rare varieties.

South Florida Seafood Festival: Oct. 19-20

Seafood lovers rejoice! The South Florida Seafood Festival is back. Taking place at the picturesque Miami Marine Stadium on the beautiful island of Virginia Key, listen to live music and taste delectable dishes by some of Miami’s hottest chefs.

South Beach Seafood Week: Oct. 22-26

Eat your heart out at the annual South Beach Seafood Week at some of the hottest restaurants in South Beach. The festival helps kick off the annual stone crab season and will feature some of Miami’s best restaurants at Lummus Park.

Curtis Taylor at MOCA: Oct. 25

Jazz great Curtis Taylor has performed and recorded with Patrice Rushen, Billy Childs, Gary Novak, Bob Sheppard, Marvin “Smitty” Smith, Ed Motta, Rodney Whitaker, and great gospel luminaries Karen Clark-Sheard, Kierra Sheard and the Singletons. See him live at a free concert at MOCA.

Smash & Grab Fundraiser at Locust Projects: Oct. 26

Join Locust Projects for its 17th annual Smash and Grab fundraiser on Saturday, October 26, 6:30 p.m. - 9:30pm at its recently renovated exhibition space and headquarters in the Miami Design District at 3852 N. Miami Avenue. Approximately 300 guests are expected to come out and support Locust Projects at one of Miami’s liveliest, interactive fundraisers where every ticket holder gets a chance to get lucky during the “art raffle” and be among the first to choose from one of over 100 artworks to take home by local, national, and international artists.

Halloween: Oct. 31

With many fun and family-friendly events happening throughout Miami-Dade County, Halloween is the perfect opportunity to score loads of candy and sweet treats. Crowds decked out in all kinds of fun costumes head to pedestrian-friendly Lincoln Road for their annual Halloween celebration.

Downtown Coral Gables invites kids of all ages to celebrate the annual Halloween on the Mile. Offering a lineup of exciting Halloween activities, Halloween on the Mile is a treat the whole family will enjoy. There will be spooky storytelling, arts andcrafts, a kiddie costume contest and a doggie costume contest, produced by the Coral Gables Business Improvement District (BID).

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