RIBFEST AT ZOO MIAMI
Oct. 31-Nov. 2
Where: 12400 SW 152nd St., Miami
Carnivores will be in hog heaven at this three-day barbecue festival and cook-off. Chefs from across the nation will compete in several categories plus enjoy live country music, a farmer’s market, arts and crafts vendors and family fun.
SOUTH MIAMI ART FESTIVAL
Where: Sunset Drive between U.S. 1 and Red Road
Celebrating its 43rd year on the quaint streets of downtown South Miami, this juried fine art show features nationally recognized artists and brings in about 50,000 visitors.
Where: Ponce Circle Park, 2800 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Coral Gables
If burgers are your kryptonite, then this event that brings together some of Coral Gables’ premier restaurants for a burger showdown is the place to be.
TIGERDIRECT TECH BASH
Where: Marlins Park, 501 Marlins Way, Miami
TigerDirect hosts its third expo of emerging technology and interactive entertainment with a bonanza of tech exhibits, demonstrations and large-scale activities.
COTTON’S 24 HOUR FASHION SHOW
Where: 8th and Ocean Drive, Miami Beach
E! Network stars Giuliana and Bill Rancic return to South Beach along with E! News’ Jason Kennedy at this 24-hour event that will feature a non-stop parade of fashion in its attempt to officially break the Guinness World Record in the category of world’s longest lasting fashion show.
Where: South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center, 10950 SW 211th St., Cutler Bay
Dance troupe out of Minnesota founded by Alvin Ailey veterans combines modern dance, classical ballet, African and urban movement in innovative ways.
GREAT GROVE BED RACE
Where: Bayshore Drive by Peacock Park, Coconut Grove
The Great Grove Bed Race brings together five-person race teams for a mad dash down the road all in the name of charity. This year the 40 racing teams raising money for Little Smiles, a charity that helps sick children.
MIAMI INTERNATIONAL AUTO SHOW
Where: Miami Beach Convention Center, 1901 Convention Center Dr., Miami Beach
Car lovers flock to this showcase of the latest models of cars, trucks, vans and SUVs from more than 40 of the world’s leading manufacturers.
NASCAR FORD CHAMPIONSHIP WEEKEND
Where: Homestead-Miami Speedway, 1 Speedway Blvd., Homestead
Homestead-Miami Speedway hosts NASCAR during Ford Championship Weekend for the 10th consecutive year featuring five-time Champ Jimmie Johnson, South Florida resident Juan Pablo Montoya and fan favorite Dale Earnhardt Jr. racing for NASCAR’s biggest prize: the Sprint Cup Trophy.
MIAMI RIVERWALK FESTIVAL
Where: Miami Riverwalk between 315-335 S. Biscayne Blvd., Miami
Celebrate the history and enjoy the unique surroundings at the mouth of the Miami River. The event will also feature children’s activities and food.
MIAMI BOOK FAIR INTERNATIONAL
Where: Miami Dade College Wolfson Campus
The annual literary event brings out authors and bookworms for a series of author events, plus the popular Street Fair Nov. 21-23 with hundreds of publishers and booksellers, live music and theater events.
WHITE PARTY WEEK
Nov. 26-Dec. 1
Where: Nightclubs and bars throughout Miami Beach
The 30th annual event raises money for AIDS service organization Care Resource by hosting lavishly themed dance parties at clubs such as Score, Miami, Space and Perez Art Museum.
JUNIOR ORANGE BOWL PARADE
Where: Dowtown Coral Gables
The 66th Junior Orange Bowl Parade is the highlight of the Junior Orange Bowl Festival Season, which consists of nearly 20 athletic, academic and cultural youth events in South Florida.