As the fall weather begins to get cooler (or is that wishful thinking), we’ve got a few fun things to do that won’t break your budget. Enjoy:
Find the great pumpkin
Celebrate autumn as only we can in Miami, by the water, at the Coconut Grove Pumpkin Patch Festival from Oct. 21-23 in Coconut Grove’s new Regatta Park. Enjoy carnival rides, beer, food, scarecrows, corn maze — and oh, yeah, and pick out the perfect pumpkin. Tickets cost $15 for general admission, which includes unlimited rides. We found a 50 percent off coupon but it sold out.
This weekend is the last call for das Oktoberfest in Miami. The German American Social Club in West Kendall has been hosting the event for 59 years. Expect Bavarian food, live music, beer and more. Tickets cost $10 for ages 21 and over, $5 for ages 6-20, free for under 6 years old. Active and retired military are free every day with ID. Police, Fire, and Miami-Dade County employees are free on Sundays with ID.
Month-long Halloween parties
The Halloween festivities have already begun and will be ongoing through Oct. 31. We’re updating the list regularly as we gather information so check back often, including events that are Halloween alternatives. This weekend, House of Horror at Miami International Mall continues to scare folks, Arcade Odyssey in Kendall is having a costume contest and free tokens for those dressed up, and Little Shop of Monsters in Miami Beach continues to offer small children a free arts and crafts workshop.
Edgar Allen Poe, anyone?
Here’s an alternative: How about a night of poetry and music? On Oct. 22, Artistic Vibes is hosting ‘ReVerb Forevermore’ in Kendall. It features a night of spoken words and music in homage to Edgar Allen Poe. In addition, they’ll have a Party for Pink fundraiser celebration and collect donations for breast cancer awareness. Tickets cost $10 online, $15 at the door.
“Because I’m happy…”
Warm up your voice for the “Sing Miami – MCC Family Sing-Along – Music of the Americas” community sing-along with the Miami Children’s Chorus on Oct. 22 at the Adrienne Arsht Center in downtown Miami. This interactive sing-along will have families and kids of all ages exercising their vocal cords and, best of all, no experience is needed to be part of the fun. Free but RSVP is required to reserve seats.
Miami-Dade College’s historic Koubek Center launches a new bilingual family series, “Playtime: Días de las Familias,” on Oct. 22 with a Día de Los Muertos celebration. This event is free and open to the public. If you want your child to learn and practice Spanish through play, here’s your opportunity. Activities will include a puppet parade, thematic face painting and craft making, live Mexican folkloric music and dance performances and storytelling, a musical instrument petting zoo and more. Mexican food will be available for purchase.
Brazilian festival in Broward
Entry is free to the Brazilian Festival of Pompano Beach on Oct. 22, which includes food vendors, parade, bands, dancers, exhibitors and a focus on recycling and environmental protection.
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