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What’s going on in Miami in October? Film festivals, beer festivals and lots of Halloween fun

Miami-Broward Carnival brings out the feathers and sequins for a day-long party.
Miami-Broward Carnival brings out the feathers and sequins for a day-long party.

Put your elbows into action when you sample beers and just about all the cocktails and spirits you can handle at a few events this month. Prefer to be in the dark? Then head to the cinema for the GEMS Festival or for an Italian film adventure. And before the Miami Heat take over the AAA, Colombian hottie J Balvin heats things up.

Here’s what October has in store for Miami. 

1. Coral Gables Oktoberfest at Fritz & Franz Bierhaus

Oktoberfest 2011 – Opening Day
) Alexandra Beier Getty Images

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

Oct. 5-15 at Fritz & Franz Bierhaus, 60 Merrick Way, Coral Gables;

60 Merrick Way, Coral Gables, FL 33134

2. House of Horror

House of Horror zombie

It’s a month-long fright fest with a Haunted Carnival that features areas like Freak Emporium, 1455 Asylum and Gates of Phobia. There are also plenty of carnival rides and the Phantasma Music Festival with the “Despacito” singer himself Luis Fonsi, Dillon Francis, DJ Flosstradamus and the group Cheat Codes.

Oct. 5-Nov. 4 at Miami International Mall, 1455 NW 107 Ave., Miami;

1455 NW 107 Ave., Doral, FL 33172

3. Sam Adams Octoberfest

Sam Adams Octoberfest
Be part of the "Brewlympics" at the Sam Adams Octoberfest in Wynwood. (Facebook)

Three-day celebration of German culture, history and beer with food, live music and Bavarian entertainment. The Sam Adams “Brewlympics” include a Giant Beer Dunk Tank, Jenga and Beer Pong plus corn hole as well as a Raise the Stein and Miss Octoberfest competitions.

Oct. 6-8 at MANA Wynwood Convention Center, 318 NW 23 St. Miami, FL

318 NW 23 St., Miami, FL 33127

4. Animate Florida

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Cosplayers pose at last year's Animate Florida. (Handout)

The world of Anime converges on Miami with three days of cosplay contests, celebrity guest appearances of everyone from the anime and cosplay world, wrestling matches, round-the-clock anime viewing and plenty of video game contests.

Oct. 6-8 at the Miami Airport Convention Center, 711 NW 72 Ave., Miami;

711 NW 72 Ave., Miami, FL 33126

5. XI Cinema Italy Miami

Check out the best in short films, documentaries, and feature-length film from Italy along with tributes at Colony Theatre, along with dinners and cocktail receptions in venues throughout the city.

Oct. 6-10. Film screenings at Colony Theatre, 1040 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach;

Colony Theatre, 1040 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach, FL 33139

6. Miami Broward Carnival


This exciting festival celebrates the culture, traditions, art and heritage of the Caribbean with a parade, musical performances, Caribbean food and the crowning of the Carnival King and Queen.

Oct. 8 at the Miami-Dade County Fairgrounds, 10901 SW 24th St., Miami;

10901 SW 24th St., Miami, FL 33165

7. Band of Horses

The indie rock, Grammy-nominated group who have opened for the likes of Pearl Jam and Neil Young, perform music from their four studio albums including songs from “Infinite Arms” and “Mirage Rock.”

Oct. 8 at the Fillmore Miami Beach, 1700 Washington Ave., Miami Beach

1700 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, FL 33139

8. GEMS Film Festival


Miami International Film Festival’s four-day mid-season mini festival returns with a look at the season’s finest new cinematic works.

Oct. 12-15 at the Tower Theater, 1508 SW Eighth St., Miami

Tower Theater, 1508 SW Eighth St., Miami, FL 33135

9. ​J Balvin

Colombian singer brings his tour to Miami where he performs his form of reggaeton which he fuses with hip hop rhythms and seductive lyrics. He’ll perform songs from his albums “La Familia” and “Energia.”
Oct. 13 at American Airline Arena, 601 Biscayne Blvd., Miami;
601 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, FL ​33132

10. III Points Festival


Headlining the three-day music festival are the rarely seen live in concert Gorillaz best known for the their hits “Clint Eastwood” and “Feel Good Inc.” Headlining the other two days are Nicolas Jaar and The xx. Each day features a line-up of DJs, EDM artists, singer/songwriters, girl groups, R&B performers and hip hop groups, culminating in more than 85 performers taking the stage. Tech talks, lectures, labs and gallery showcases are also part of the festival.

Oct. 13-15 at Mana Wynwood Convention Center, 318 NW 23 St., Miami;

318 NW 23 St., Miami, FL 33127

11. Grovetoberfest

Grovetoberfest 2016
Beer lovers will converge at Peacock Park for this year's Grovetoberfest. Pictured are happy attendees at the 2016 event. (Facebook)

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.

Oct. 14 at Peacock Park, 2820 McFarlane Rd., Coconut Grove;

2820 McFarlane Rd., Coconut Grove, FL 33133

12. South Beach Seafood Festival

It's all about seafood this weekend at the South Beach Seafood Festival. (Pedro Portal/El Nuevo Herald) PEDRO PORTAL

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.

Oct. 21 at Lummus Park, 7 St. and Ocean Dr., Miami Beach;

7 St. and Ocean Dr, Miami Beach, FL 33139

13. Coconut Grove Pumpkin Patch Festival

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Aerial view of last year's Coconut Grove Pumpkin Patch Festival. (Facebook)

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 corn stalk maze, fun zone, rides, inflatables, shows at the main stage, scarecrow-making plus more than 5,000 pumpkins.

Oct. 21 – 22 at Regatta Park, 2699 SW 27 Ave., Coconut Grove;

2699 SW 27th Ave, Miami, FL 33133

14. Coral Gables Hispanic Cultural Festival

Dancers at 2016 Gables Hispanic Fest
Dancers at last year's festival twirl as their colorful costumes flare out. (Facebook)

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. 21-22 at LeJeune and Biltmore Way, Coral Gables;

Ocean Drive and Ninth Street, Miami Beach, FL 33139

15. Nightmare on the Beach

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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.

Oct. 27 at Lummus Park, Ocean Drive and Ninth Street, Miami Beach;

Ocean Drive and Ninth Street, Miami Beach, FL 33139

16. ZooBoo

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 while they get their Halloween goodies.

Oct. 28-29 at Zoo Miami, 12400 SW 152nd St., Miami;

12400 SW 152nd St., Miami, FL 33177

17. Vizcaya Halloween Sundowner

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Costumed revelers party at last year's Halloween Sundowner at Vizcaya.

One of Miami’s premiere Halloween event where locals don their most creative Halloween costumes and party at the historic Vizcaya estate to raise funds for its preservation and protection.

Oct. 28 at Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, 3251 S. Miami Ave., Miami;

3251 S Miami Ave, Miami, FL 33129