Miami Events – October 2013

The parking garage at 1111 Lincoln Rd. was the site for the annual Halloween party benefiting the Little Lighthouse Foundation and sponsored by Grey Goose. Photo: Tomas Loewy

October 2013 Highlights

Festival Miami
Oct. 1-Nov. 1
Various venues around Miami; Complete schedule at 

The University of Miami Frost School of Music hosts Festival Miami, a month-long series of concerts, workshops and lectures. This year for its 30th edition Festival Miami brings big names like Gloria Estefan (Oct. 1), Luis Enrique (Oct. 4), Joshua Bell (Oct. 4) and many more.

Fritz & Franz Oktoberfest
Oct. 3-13
Where: Fritz & Franz Bierhaus, 60 Merrick Way, Coral Gables;

Fritz & Franz Bierhaus host the 19th annual Coral Gables Oktoberfest where you can raise your bier stein and party on the daily with music, yodeling and lots and lots of beer.

Coconut Grove Pumpkin Patch Festival
Oct. 5-6
Where: Peacock Park, 2820 McFarlane Road, Coconut Grove;

Pick out the perfect pumpkin for Halloween at this pumpkin patch in the middle of Coconut Grove. Kids can enjoy a variety of activities like a hay maze, fun zone, rides, inflatables, shows at the main stage, scarecrow making plus more than 2,000 pumpkins.

Miami Carnival
Oct. 13
Where: Sun Life Stadium, 2269 Dan Marino Blvd, Miami Gardens;

The Annual Miami Broward Carnival celebrates the pulsating steel pan and soca music, dazzling costumes, sumptuous foods and lively spirit of South Florida’s Caribbean and international community, with an action packed schedule of festivities including a host of Caribbean performers and a two mile parade in the Sun Life Stadium.

Bacardi Columbus Day Regatta
Where: Biscayne Bay, Miami;

The waters of Biscayne Bay fill up with nearly 300 vessels racing throughout the weekend. After the races, participants head down to Elliot Key to put down anchor and party all night.

FUNKSHION: Fashion Week Miami Beach
Oct. 16-19
Where: Collins Avenue and 21st Street, Miami Beach and Studio 743, 742 Washington Ave., Miami Beach;

FUNKSHION: Fashion Week Miami Beach is a platform for progressive and established designers to showcase their collections to media, celebrities, international buyers and select style makers.

Oct. 19
Where: Peacock Park, 2820 McFarlane Road, Coconut Grove;

Coconut Grove becomes Beer Central at this annual event that celebrates brews from around the world and across the nation with tastings of over 200 varieties, cooking demos, a homebrew contest, live music and more.

Miami Nice Jazz Festival
Oct. 23-Nov. 10
Where: Various venues throughout Miami-Dade County;
This extension of the internationally celebrated Nice Jazz Festival in France features performances by distinguished jazz artists Gregory Porter, Jil Aigrot, Stanley plus a tribute to Chet Baker by Elaine Elias. Satellite events bring stellar jazz to the Van Dyke, Soya e Pomodoro and The Riviera Hotel South Beach.

Coral Gables Hispanic Cultural Festival
Oct. 26-27
Where: LeJeune and Miracle Mile, Coral Gables;

This event showcases Hispanic song, dance, folklore and art and includes family fun at the Children’s Pavilion, the Artists Boulevard, vendors, live music and a domino tournament.

Fairchild’s Edible Garden Festival
Oct. 26-27
Where: Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, 10901 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables;

Skip the farmer’s market and turn your own back yard into a vegetable garden with tips from the pros at Fairchild’s Edible Garden Festival. The event features informative lectures, delicious food, cooking demos, plant vendors and demonstrations on how to create a fruit and vegetable garden.

Oct. 26-27
Where: Zoo Miami, 12400 SW 152 St., Miami;

Boo at the Zoo is a family-friendly event that gives the kids a chance to parade through the Zoo in search of candy, enter a costume contest, watch special performances, make Halloween crafts and see the wild animals get their Halloween goodies. 

Nightmare on the Beach
Oct. 26
Where: Villa Vecchia, 4821 Pine Tree Dr., Miami Beach;

The Little Lighthouse Foundation’s annual Halloween extravaganza is one of the places to see and be seen in full Halloween regalia. The fun includes live entertainment, plenty of cocktails, over-the-top decor and a fun chance to support The Little Lighthouse Foundation and local children and their families who struggle with medical, educational, emotional and financial challenges.
Monster Splash
Oct. 25-27, 31
Where: Miami Seaquarium, 4400 Rickenbacker Cswy., Key Biscayne.

Miami Seaquarium hosts a kid-friendly Halloween Extravaganza with trick-or-treating at Sharky’s Sweet Tooth Station; kiddie rides and bounce houses at the Little Monsters Play Area; the Monsters in the Mangrove Haunted Walk; Lolita’s Dance Party and Halloween-themed marine animal shows.