Miami’s Cuban heritage, Caribbean flavor, and beachfront location come together to put on one of the best social calendars this year. Halloween on the beach, urban catwalks, and iconic festivals are just some of the items you’ll find on the roster of activities this month. Whether you’re looking for a low-key sports outing or a vibrant occasion to spend with friends and family, you’ll find it on this list of our favorite things to do in Miami in October 2017.
Miami October event guide
October is a big month for sports. The NBA season starts in just a few short weeks, so you’ll soon be able to catch Miami’s team, Miami Heat, out on the court. Sports bars and watching from home are reasonable options for away games. However, when the Heat are facing rivals on their home turf, there’s no excuse for missing the action live at the AmericanAirlines Arena. You’ll get the chance on October 21, when Miami Heat plays against the Indiana Pacers.
When: Oct 21
Where: 601 Biscayne Blvd
Halloween Night at the Lincoln Road mall is the quintessential Miami attractive for All Hallows Eve. Perfect for a family outing or a group date with friends, Halloween Night is a call to action for everyone to get dressed up and bring their A+ costume game. The mall becomes a runway to showcase the best and most eye-catching costumes in town.
When: Oct 31 starting at 5pm
Where: Lincoln Road
Grovetoberfest is the premier craft beer exhibition and festival in all of Florida. One part networking with like-minded individuals and 3 parts getting to know and taste all the new flavors in craft beer you can manage, Grovetoberfest is all about liberating yourself and celebrating all things craft beer.
When: Oct 14
Where: 2820 McFarlane Rd
NFL season started only last month, and already it’s in full swing. When the Miami Dolphins are playing home games, it’s the perfect opportunity to show your support for your team by attending. You’ll get the chance this month when the Dolphins play against the Tennessee Titans on October 8 and the New York Jets on October 22.
When: Oct 8 and Oct 22
Where: 347 Don Shula Dr
Miami’s oldest and best-known regatta returns for its 63rd annual Columbus Day celebration. The original programming consisted of races on both Saturday and Sunday, starting in the early morning hours. Due to the structural damage caused by Hurricane Irma, the schedule has been amended to a substitute celebration on Saturday, October 7, with a shorter race and other activities that promote the sailing tradition.
When: Oct 7
Where: By the water on Coconut Grove, Biscayne Bay
Good news: Hurricane Irma didn’t thwart the Miami Broward Carnival’s regular schedule. On Columbus Day weekend, get ready for a Caribbean fete that’ll blow every other outdoor party you’ve ever been to out of the water. The parade kicks off at 12pm followed by a concert where bands compete for the Panorama Champion title. All of the festivities are centered on promoting and showcasing Caribbean culture.
When: Oct 8, 10am – 11pm
Where: 10901 SW 24 St
The South Beach Seafood Festival inaugurates stone crab season in Florida. This grand display of culinary creativity gathers crowds of thousands to celebrate what they love best: Florida seafood. The main event is Saturday’s festival on the beach, where you can sample food prepared by renowned Miami chefs, enjoy an open bar, listen to live music by artists like Jahfe and Patrick & The Swayzees, and participate in games.
When: Oct 17 – Oct 21
Where: 1400 Ocean Dr – Miami Beach, FL
Miami is one of the stops on Bruno Mars’s 24K Magic World Tour featuring Jorja Smith. The chart-topping, Grammy Award-winning artist will take the stage to promote his upcoming album, 24K Magic. Tickets are selling out quickly so be sure to secure your pass as soon as possible.
When: Oct 18 at 8pm
Where: 601 Biscayne Blvd
Since 2013, III Points has attracted international attention due to its unparalleled roster of Miami artists, intellectuals, and community leaders. Enjoy performances and other creative demonstrations, as well as labs, talks, galleries, and lectures focusing on art and technology. This year’s lineup includes Gorillaz, Thundercat, King, The Black Madonna, Kumi, and many others.
When: Oct 13 – Oct 15
Where: 318 NW 23rd St
No matter if you’re interested in music, food, or sports, options are abundant for you to occupy yourself this month in Miami.