Miami Beach in October: A Haven for Tourists

Miami Beach in October: A Haven for Tourists

A haven for tourists as fall rolls around and the weather gets chilly everywhere else, things heat up in Miami with Halloween activities, high-speed races, and upbeat music and culinary festivals. Check out Miami’s hottest October events that will turn up the fun.

Hispanic Heritage Month

Celebrating Hispanic culture in Miami is a must-do. The destination is home to one of the nation’s largest concentrations of Latin people and cultures. Exciting Hispanic Heritage Month events will be offered throughout Miami for art and culture lovers. Those wanting to experience visual art should head to Doral for the Hispanic Heritage Doral Art Exhibit for a showcase of local art. You can also experience a collective art exhibition, La Mano Hispana (The Hispanic Hand), in Hialeah. Reading enthusiasts can celebrate Hispanic diaspora literature at in-person author discussions with Rosa Lowinger, Elizabeth Cerejido and Lisandro Pérez. If you’re in the mood to party, head to Little Havana. It’s Miami’s Cuban culture capital, for the annual Celebrating Milestones event on Calle Ocho. Socialize with local artists and small business owners. Experience salsa dancing, domino games, art galleries and, of course, authentic Cuban food.

Miami Carnival: A Haven for tourists

October 8
If towering feathered headdresses, bejeweled costumes and the grand pageantry of Caribbean jump bands make your heart race, you don’t want to miss Miami Carnival. Held at the Miami-Dade County Fair & Exposition grounds, the event features the Parade of Bands & Concert,. This is a brilliant spectacle of themed bands in stunningly detailed costumes marching along the parade route. Enjoy 12 hours of dance, music, vendors, prizes and Caribbean food from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

13th Annual Miami Children’s Museum Halloween Bash

October 8
Who said Halloween celebrations have to scare your socks off? That’s certainly not the case with the Not So Scary Family Halloween Bash at Miami Children’s Museum on Watson Island, just east of Downtown Miami. Put on your favorite costume and spend the afternoon trick-or-treating in the museum’s 17 galleries. Enjoy pumpkin decorating, crafts, lunch, character meet-and-greets and, for the most daring in the family, the museum’s Haunted House. Tickets are not required for children under the age of 2. If you’re feeling in the Halloween mood, check out more spooktacular Halloween events for the little ones or enjoy a Halloween-themed adults night out.October 813th Annual Miami Children’s Museum Halloween Bash

Oktoberfest Miami

October 13-15 & 20-22
What better way to enjoy Miami’s warm fall weather than by cooling down with a cold beer at Oktoberfest Miami in Kendall? The longest-running Oktoberfest event in Florida! Besides, this fun festival serves up authentic German beer and savory traditional foods, including bratwurst, schnitzel and pretzels. Stein-holding competitions, German folk dancing, magic shows, bounce houses and live music will round out the 66th edition of this annual family-friendly event.

South Beach Seafood Festival

October 21
Don’t miss the 11th annual South Beach Seafood Festival, which serves as a great reminder to enjoy Florida’s celebrated stone crab season (which begins October 15). Unlike most festivals, where seafood lovers simply meander among food trucks, this South Beach festival features a host of specialty events showcasing the destination’s best chefs and superb seafood. Enjoy this beachfront affair, where Miami’s top restaurants offer pop-up cafés, more than 30 bars serve up delicious cocktails, and culinary demonstrations are provided by Miami’s local Milam’s Markets. Celebrity DJs and three live music stages top off this beachy seafood extravaganza.

Miami Home Design And Remodeling Show

October 20-22
Dreaming about upgrading or changing your living space? If so, putting the Miami Home Design and Remodeling Show on your must-do list is a great start. Meet industry leaders, discover new options to renovate or reimagine your property. Meet consult design and remodel experts at this home design and remodeling event held at the Miami-Dade County Fair & Exposition grounds.

Miami Dragon Boat Festival

October 8
Round out the month with the Miami Dragon Boat Festival, a unique boat racing spectacle held at Haulover Park, just south of Sunny Isles Beach. Watch novice as well as top rowing teams compete. See the ornate and beautifully carved dragon heads and tails that decorate the vessels, adding to the fun of the event. Aside from the race, enjoy live entertainment, food trucks, and a health and wellness village. A percentage of the proceeds support the Save Our Sisters Miami program. Consequently, this program introduces breast cancer survivors to the sport.

Candlelight Orchestra: Halloween Special

October 28
The tropical surroundings of Pinecrest Gardens in Pinecrest make a perfect setting for an evening of Halloween favorites. Performed by a live symphony orchestra. The Candlelight Orchestra: Halloween Special takes a spooky turn with performances at 7 and 9:30 p.m. The orchestra will play renditions of “Danse Macabre,” “Transylvanian Lullaby from Young Frankenstein,” “Night on Bald Mountain,” “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” and more.

Miami-Dade County Fair & Expo

Miami-Dade County Fair & Expo

Held from March 14 to April 7

The Miami-Dade County Fair & Expo, also known as The Youth Fair, is scheduled to take place from March 14 to April 7, 2024. The event will be held at the Fair Expo Center in Miami, Florida. The fair features a wide range of attractions, including rides, food, entertainment, student competitions, and interactive exhibits. Basically, it’s a significant annual event that aims to showcase youth achievement. Consequently, to promote South Florida agriculture and education.

The fair has a long history of giving back to the community. With a total amount of $11 million given back since 1952, and over $553,462 in scholarships, youth programs, premiums, and awards given in 2023. Therefore, this event typically attracts a large number of visitors, with an estimated turnout of 20,000 to 50,000 visitors based on previous editions. For more information visit the official website at

The Miami-Dade County Fair & Expo or The Youth Fair

It is a significant annual event that will be held from March 14 to April 7. This will be held at the Fair Expo Center in Miami, Florida. The fair offers a wide range of attractions, including carnival rides, two giant kiddielands, livestock and agricultural competitions, live concerts, blockbuster shows, a European-style circus, and a variety of fair foods.

Additionally, the fair aims to showcase youth achievement. Consequently, promote South Florida agriculture and education. The event typically attracts a large number of visitors. An estimated turnout of 20,000 to 50,000 visitors we know based on previous editions. For more information and to plan a visit, individuals can refer to the official website at

The Miami Wine Festivals

The Miami Wine Festivals

Held During January 2024

The Miami Wine Festival is set to take place in January 2024 and will feature unlimited samples of craft beer, fine wine, top-shelf spirits, champagne, sparkling wine, and amazing food. Additionally, the Miami Brickell Food & Wine Festival on January 27, will offer unlimited samples of beer, wine, and spirits, along with food, live music, and other surprises. Furthermore, the Miami Beer, Wine and Spirits Festival is also scheduled for January 27, and will provide attendees with unlimited samples of fine wines, craft beers, and signature cocktails from over 100 brands, along with offerings from 30 local restaurants.

The Great Gatsby Party

The Great Gatsby Party in Miami during January 12th and 13th at the Alfred I. DuPont Building located at 169 East Flagler Street, Miami, FL 33131. Will feature a variety of entertainment, including live music, aerialists, theatrical acts, dancers, contortionists, showgirls, stilt walkers, and other performers, all of which will contribute to an atmosphere of exuberance and decadence reminiscent of the Roaring Twenties. The event aims to recreate the world of wealth and revelry depicted in “The Great Gatsby” through a combination of music, dance, and theatrical performances, providing an immersive experience for the attendees.

This event of the Miami wine festivals will also feature craft cocktails, fancy bites like caviar and petit fours, and entertainment from aerialists, acrobats, dancers, and musical performances, creating an ambiance that echoes the world of wealth and decadence portrayed in “The Great Gatsby”. The party has a strict mandatory dress code for both men and women, with men invited to attend in black tie and women requested to arrive in authentic flapper fashion. The beverage selection includes cocktails, premium spirits, or Freixenet Cava, and non-alcoholic drinks will also be available. The event is for ages 21 and above, and doors open at 10:00 PM for all ticket holders, with the last entry at 12:30 AM. VIP and Jay Gatsby Table ticket holders receive entry beginning at 9:00 pm.

Seed Food & Wine Week

It is a festival taking place throughout Greater Miami and Miami Beach from January 18 to 21, 2024. This event focuses on plant-based foods and wines. These events offer a great opportunity to explore the diverse culinary scene in Miami. For more information visit

Beer and Spirit at the Miami Wine Festivals

For all those who find bliss in a smooth drink then the Miami Beer, Wine and Spirits festival is your carnival. It’s reportedly a common sight to see people getting lost while taking in the aromas. You get unlimited samples of  bubbly, fine wines. Craft beers and signature cocktails spanning over 100 brands. And as for the food, 30 local restaurants will bring their A game. Past years have had sushi, Peruvian stir-fried beef, wok-tossed noodles and cute hors d’oeuvres to wash the alcohol down. Anywhere you look, bartenders are waving their shakers preparing to serve 20 thirsty attendees in one pour. Glasses are clinking, and people are spontaneously dancing to groovy live music. 

This festival is part of the larger two-day Miami Brickell Art Festival. Free admission includes access to the Kid Fest, arts and crafts, Fashion Festival, and The Beat Music Festival. The festival recently underwent a name and venue change from Coral Gables festival. Now its called – the Miami Brickell Beer, Wine and Spirits.

Miami During December

Miami During December

Zoo Lights

November 24-December 30

Miami in Miami during December offers a whole new light during Zoo Lights, the annual holiday tradition in Miami. Experience when the zoo stays open late with a dazzling array of more than 1 million lights. In these immersive light displays, you’ll experience animal lanterns and festive entertainment. Plus you’ll enjoy seasonal treats, like cookies and hot chocolate. With a 26-foot-tall LED tree, themed nights and the chance to meet Santa, Zoo Lights is a fun-filled holiday treat for the whole family.

Miracle In Miami during December

November 25-December 23

The Miracle in Miami Christmas-themed pop-up bar is back, so if you’re looking for some holiday cheer, make your way to Better Days in Downtown Miami for some over-the-top décor, holiday-inspired cocktails and a fun, festive crowd.

Pretty Woman: The Musical

December 5-10

December is a blockbuster month for the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County in Downtown Miami. Mark your calendar for Pretty Woman, a lively adaptation of the beloved romantic film starring Julia Roberts. Set to an original musical score that includes songs by Grammy Award-winner Bryan Adams and Jim Vallance, the iconic love story is brought to life in a captivating and theatrical way.

Miami Beach Holiday Festival of Lights

Select Fridays & Saturdays, December 1-23

Presented by the Miami Beach Classical Music Festival, the Miami Beach Holiday Festival of Lights is an enchanting, family-friendly celebration of international holiday traditions through projection mapping displays and live music at various locations throughout Miami Beach. Audiences will delight in musical performances in a diverse range of genres and familiar holiday characters, including Santa Claus, The Grinch and Elsa from “Frozen.”

Candlelight: Miami Holiday Special Featuring The Nutcracker

December 15-16

Enjoy a multisensory live musical experience with a holiday candlelight concert at Miami Scottish Rite temple in Downtown Miami, featuring music from “The Nutcracker” and more, all under the glow of candlelight. Enjoy the sounds of a string quartet performing a program of holiday favorites.

George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker

December 15-24

Immerse yourself in the enchantment of Miami City Ballet’s rendition of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker® at the Arsht Center. With Tchaikovsky’s timeless score as the backdrop, captivating set designs and a cast of over 100 dancers, it’s a must-see tradition.

Miami Holiday Season With Ballet Stars

December 29-30

Experience a holiday extravaganza featuring dance luminaries from the world’s top companies. Holiday Season with Ballet Stars at the Arsht showcases a stellar lineup including Natalia Osipova, Ludmila Pagliero, Christine Shevchenko, New York City Ballet and more.

New Year’s Eve At Bayfront Park in Miami

December 31

For an iconic Miami New Year’s celebration, Bayfront Park in Downtown Miami hosts a spectacular party. Fireworks lighting up Biscayne Bay and the Miami skyline. You’ll enjoy cocktails, live entertainment and a champagne toast to ring in 2024. See more ways to celebrate New Year’s Eve in Miami. If you want to stay in a comfortable and conveniently located hotel, we recommend The Cavalier Beach Hotel in Ocean Drive or the Henrosa Hotel located in Collins Ave.

Art Basel Miami Beach Event

Art Basel Miami Beach Event

December 8 – 10, 2023

Art Basel Miami Beach, said to be North America’s most comprehensive international contemporary art fair, returns for its 21st edition December 8 – 10, 2023. Thousands of art dealers, artists, collectors and art aficionados will enjoy modern and contemporary art. There will be around 277 galleries represented. 

The center of the action will be the gleaming Miami Beach Convention Center. The huge Convention Center is divided into sections, the following are the main ones:

  • Galleries: This is the main area or section, where top galleries will show major works in all mediums.
  • Positions: This is where you’ll find solo exhibitions by 16 emerging international artists.
  • Nova: This year, Nova will showcase 22 presentations from 22 galleries. 
  • Survey: In this sector, 16 galleries will present work created before the year 2000.
  • Meridians: Curated by Magalí Arriola, Director of Mexico City’s Museo Tamayo, this year’s Meridians’ projects will be announced soon.
  • Kabinett: This sector features curated selections displayed by galleries in a separate section of their booth. 2023 Kabinett selections will be announced soon.

Where to stay during Art Basel Week

It’s never too early to book your accommodations for Art Basel Miami Beach. The most highly anticipated event on the social calendar in Greater Miami & Miami Beach. The ideal hotel will place you in close proximity to the Miami Beach Convention Center where the event is held. Or you might want to be close to your favorite Miami Art Week satellite fairs and all the parties that go along with them. Of course, stylish accommodations and a buzzy scene never hurt. Many hotels even boast their own impressive contemporary art collections as well as exclusive parties and events.

The Cavalier South Beach Hotel is conveniently located on Ocean Drive, with a walking promenade, walking distance from the beach. The Cavalier is recommended for art lovers to stay during Art Basel Miami Beach and Miami Art Week 2023. The beautiful Art Deco Henrosa Hotel located in Collins Ave is also steps away from the beaches.

Art Basel Miami Beach is one of only four Art Basel fairs in the world; the others are in Hong Kong, Paris and the founding fair in Basel, Switzerland. Read about the history of Art Basel.

Halloween on Lincoln Road

Halloween on Lincoln Road

Come see and be seen in your Halloween best an Lincoln Road!

The parade of Halloween on Lincoln Road attracts over 50,000 participants each year. The landmark celebration is world famous for its spontaneous parades of the most creative and outrageous costumes. Consequently, for the main event on October 31, Lincoln Road will open its streets to a fun packed night of the ghoulish, glamorous and everything in between. Ghosts and goblins of all ages are invited to enjoy the promenade early in the evening. Enjoy, before it transforms into a vibrant catwalk for costume revelers and visitors later in the night. Guests can choose from a bevy of restaurants, cafes and bars. Another key point is, the outdoor seatings for top-notch views of the Halloween on Lincoln Road promenade. It is decorated with zombies, super-heroes and vampires. Join us for Miami’s largest block party!

Trick-or Treat

Whether you’re looking to show off your most outrageous Halloween costume, planning to trick-or-treat with the kiddos or just want to people watch, head to Lincoln Road Mall. Expect spooktacular sights and sounds. Additionally you will find as well a myriad of restaurants and bars where you can grab a bite or sip a cocktail.

5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Trick-or-Treating for Kids

7:00 PM – 1:00 AM (+1 day)

Halloween Block Party

Date, time and location

October 31, 4 pm – November 1, 1 am EDT. Lincoln Road Miami Beach, FL 33139

Have a memorable visit by staying at the Cavalier’s South Beach Art Deco hotel that is located on Ocean Drive in front of the beach.

For reservations call (305) 673 1199.