Things To Do

Miami Events - October 2014


Fritz & Franz Oktoberfest

Oct. 2-12

Where: Fritz & Franz Bierhaus, 60 Merrick Way, Coral Gables

Raise your bier stein at Fritz & Franz Bierhaus’ 20th annual Coral Gables Oktoberfest and party on the daily with music, yodeling and lots and lots of beer.

Coconut Grove Pumpkin Patch Festival

Oct. 4-5

Where: Peacock Park, 2820 McFarlane Rd., 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.


Oct. 7-19

Where: Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 201 SW Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale

The classic story of Little Orphan Annie and Daddy Warbucks comes to life at the Broward Center with all the unforgettable songs like ‘It’s a Hard Knock Life,’ ‘Easy Street’ and ‘Tomorrow.’

Craft Spirits Festival

Oct. 9

Where: Cruz Building, 3157 Commodore Plaza, Coconut Grove

A grand tasting of craft, boutique and artisinal producers of whiskeys, rums, vodkas, gins and other spirits plus the mixologists who turn them into the cocktails we crave.

Festival Miami

Oct. 10-Nov. 8

Where: Various venues around Miami

The University of Miami Frost School of Music hosts this month-long series of concerts, workshops and lectures. This year’s lineup includes a celebration of Ray Charles, a performance by Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Gaby Moreno and a showcase of Emilio Estefan protégé Fantine plus many more.

Bacardi Columbus Day Regatta

Oct. 11-12

Where: Biscayne Bay, Miami

Miami’s oldest regatta returns for its 60th year, filling the waters of Biscayne Bay with almost 300 vessels racing throughout the weekend. After the races, participants head down to Elliott Key to put down anchor and party all night.

The Seed Wine & Food Festival

Oct. 15-19

Where: Various locations throughout South Florida

Health nuts unite at this food festival that celebrates plant-based food, fine wines and lifestyle products and companies through a series of dining events, garden parties, film screenings and an outdoor festival.


Oct. 16-19

Where: Tower Theater, 1508 SW Eighth St., Miami

Get a concentrated dose of the Miami International Film Festival with eight to 10 8-10 international, national and local films premiering over four days plus appearances by filmmakers and stars plus parties and hobnobbing.

Miami International Children’s Film Festival

Oct. 17-19

Where: Coral Gables Art Cinema, 260 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables

Bring your budding cinephiles to the second festival that screens the best of international cinema for South Florida’s children.


Oct. 18

Where: Peacock Park, 2820 McFarlane Rd., Coconut Grove

Celebrate brews from around the world and across the nation with tastings of more than 300 varieties, cooking demos, a home-brew contest, live music and more.

Hess Select South Beach Seafood Festival

Oct. 22-25

Where: Various locations, and Oct. 24-25 at Ocean Drive and Ninth Street

Seafood lovers reel in some of the tastiest dishes in South Florida at this festival that brings out some of the area’s finest dining establishments to offer their most inspired recipes starring the ocean’s bounty.

Coral Gables Hispanic Cultural Festival

Oct. 25-26

Where: LeJeune and Biltmore Way, 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 dominoes tournament.


Oct. 25-26

Where: Zoo Miami, 12400 SW 152nd St., Miami

This family-friendly event 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. 31

Where: Lummus Park, Ocean Drive and Ninth Street, 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.