Friday, Oct. 14
RAISE A TOAST
The original and longest-running Oktoberfest in Florida celebrates its 59th year with German beers, live music, German food and German folk dancing, plus bounce houses for the kids, magicians and a big field on which to run and play.
Details: 6 p.m.-midnight Friday, 1 p.m.-midnight Saturday, and noon-10 p.m. Sunday, running through Oct. 23, at the German-American Social Club of Greater Miami, 11919 SW 56th St., Miami; www.gascmiami.org; $10, children 6-20 $5, under 6 free.
TOUR DE COMPADRES
South Carolina country- and Southern-rock Christian band performs tracks from its six studio albums, including this summer’s release “Hard Love.” Mat Kearney, Parachute and Welshly Arms open.
Details: 7 p.m. Friday at Pompano Beach Amphitheater, 1806 NE 6th St., Pompano Beach; Ticketmaster; $40.50-$50.50.
SOUNDS FROM ITALY
As part of the Italian HIT Week, the Rhythm Foundation presents singer, songwriter and bassist Max Gazzè, one of Italy’s most popular artists today, performing feel-good pop tracks from his most recent album, “Maximilian.” Opening act is young Italian electronic artist Ainé.
Details: 7 p.m. Friday at the North Beach Bandshell, 7275 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305-672-5202 or www.rhythmfoundation.com; free.
GET DOWN ON IT
KOOL & THE GANG, THE COMMODORES
Grammy-winning funk, R&B and soul legends come together to churn out hits including Kool & the Gang’s “Celebration,” “Ladies Night,” “Get Down On It,” “Joanna,” “Cherish,” “Jungle Boogie” and “Too Hot,” and The Commodores’ “Brick House,” “Three Times a Lady,” “Easy,” “Sail On,” “Lady (You Bring Me Up)” and “Nightshift.”
Details: 8 p.m. Friday at the Hard Rock Live Arena at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, 1 Seminole Way, near Hollywood; Ticketmaster; $50-$90.
Saturday, Oct. 15
PLANT THE SEED
Fifth-annual event celebrates “all things edible, green and growing,” and connects the dots between the farm and the family dinner table. Activities include local food samples (don’t miss the jackfruit curry), live music, art, tours, giveaways and plenty of fun for kids.
Details: 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Fruit and Spice Park, 24801 SW 187th Ave., Homestead; www.fruitandspicepark.org; $10, kids under 12 free.
MIAMI’S BEER FESTIVAL
Love beer more than Homer Simpson does? Well, that might not be possible, but this is the place to be for suds connoisseurs, as this is the largest craft-beer festival in Florida, with more than 400 beers. Plus, enjoy live music, a Home Brew Pavilion, cooking demos, a VIP lounge, tasting workshops and much more. ‘Nuff said.
Details: 2:30-7 p.m. Saturday at Miami Marine Stadium, 3501 Rickenbacker Cswy., Key Biscayne; www.grovetoberfest.com; $40 general admission (4 p.m. entry), $70 beer socialite package (includes 3 p.m. entry and custom pint-glass), $90 VIP (2:30 p.m. entry, special high-end beer tastings); 21 and up.
DOUBLE SHOT OF COUNTRY
Kentucky country-music duo performs No. 1 hits including “If You Ever Stop Loving Me,” “Something to Be Proud Of,” “Back When I Knew It All,” “Lucky Man” and “Roll With Me.” Nashville band Love and Theft (“Angel Eyes,” “Whiskey on My Breath”) opens.
Details: 7 p.m. Saturday at Pompano Beach Amphitheater, 1806 NE 6th St., Pompano Beach; Ticketmaster; $28-$98.
WINE ON HARVEST MOON
Spectacular annual fundraising event celebrates 15 years by bringing together fine wine, fine cuisine and fine art under the enchanting glow of the harvest moon. This year, the focus is on South African flavors, with golfer Wayne Gary Player – co-host of the Golf Channel’s “On the Range” and son of nine-time major champion golfer, South African Gary Player – serving as Auction Master of Ceremonies. The auction will include an online opportunity for a once-in-a-lifetime golf experience with Wayne and Gary Player in South Africa.
Details: 7:30-10:30 p.m. Saturday at Deering Estate at Cutler, 16701 SW 72nd Ave., Miami; www.deeringestate.org; $175, $150 members; 21 and over.
NEW WORLD SYMPHONY
Kick off NWS’ 29th year with this blockbuster program featuring conductor Michael Tilson-Thomas and pianist Emanuel Ax performing works by Brahms, Mozart, Schoenberg and Strauss.
Details: 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the New World Center, 500 17th St., Miami Beach; www.newworldcenter.com; $120-$150.
A REAL STAND-UP GAL
Emmy-winning actress and comedian takes a break from starring in a constant parade of feature films and TV series (Sundance fave “I Smile Back,” “A Million Ways to Die in the West,” “Take This Waltz,” “Gravy,” “Peep World,” “There’s Something About Mary,” “The Way of The Gun,” “Wreck It Ralph” and Fox’s “Bob’s Burgers” and Showtime’s “Masters of Sex”) to do what she was born to do – stand-up.
Details: 8 p.m. S
aturday at the Hard Rock Live Arena at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, 1 Seminole Way, near Hollywood; Ticketmaster; $40-$70.
Sunday, Oct. 16
COCONUT GROVE SEAFOOD FESTIVAL
Just in time for the start of stone-crab season comes this beloved extravaganza featuring the best in regional cuisine from the Caribbean, Latin America, New Orleans and more, plus live calypso and reggae music, cooking workshops and the new Eco-Discovery Zone, plus great slides and rides for the kids.
Details: 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday at Miami Marine Stadium, 3501 Rickenbacker Cswy., Key Biscayne; www.coconutgroveseafoodfestival.com; $15, kids under 12 free; $59 VIP (21 and over) features great perks including free beer, wine, water and soda, plus air-conditioned private restrooms.
Grammy-winning Brazilian pop superstar, who headlined at the opening ceremony of the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio, performs songs from his five-decade career that incorporate elements of rock, reggae, fado, tango, samba and even rap. See why The New York Times declared him “one of the greatest songwriters of the century.” With special guest Teresa Cristina.
Details: 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, Au-Rene Theater, 201 SW Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale; 954-462-0222 or www.browardcenter.org; $30-$75.
YOU PICK THE SET TOUR
To celebrate 20 years in the biz and the release of its compilation album “XX,” the alt-rock and jam band from Rockville, Md., (whose name is short for Of a Revolution) is letting its rabid fans choose the songs it will play.
Details: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and Oct. 21 at the Culture Room, 3045 N. Federal Hwy., Fort Lauderdale; www.cultureroom.net; $40.
Irish singing quintet’s theatrical mixture of traditional Celtic folk songs with more contemporary numbers (not to mention its members’ boy-band looks) has catapulted it to superstardom.
Details: 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, Au-Rene Theater, 201 SW Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale; 954-462-0222 or www.browardcenter.org; $30-$100.
free for all
JAZZ IN THE LOBBY
6:30-9 P.M. WEDNESDAY: The Front Yard Theatre Collective serves up a little bit of burlesque, vaudeville, improv and whatever else comes into their minds. But be alert – you just might become part of the show; Lobby lounge of the Olympia Theater at the Gusman Center for the Performing Arts., 174 E. Flagler St., Miami; 305-374-2444 or www.olympiatheater.org.