Hold the phones, is that cooler weather we feel? Miami’s windy season is finally upon us which means more darkness, more party time, and way less mosquitos (finally). As we enter into the better half of our weather year, our city is bursting with tons of great things to do. From markets and anniversaries, to music festivals and art exhibits, we can’t help but fall in love with Oct. (Got the pun there?)
Sunday, Oct. 16
Tea on the Terrace – Swing by for an afternoon on Vizcaya’s North Terrace, sipping tea and enjoying the picturesque view of Biscayne Bay. Tea Service is on Sundays from 1-4:30 pm, beginning on Oct. 16 through Mother’s Day 2017. High Tea is $26 per guest, and consists of Vizcaya Tapestry Tea, freshly baked scones, clotted cream, three gourmet spreads and artisan breads. As a special treat, any guest wearing a “Tea Hat” will receive a complimentary glass of champagne.
Where: Vizcaya Museum & Gardens – 3251 S Miami Ave. Time: 1-4 p.m. Tickets: On-site.
Tuesday, Oct. 18
My Miami Story: 100 Conversations to Spark Change – Every Miamian has a story. Talk about your experiences in this town and what you can do to make Miami-Dade County an even better place to live for everyone. It’s easy. All you need to do is get together six to 10 friends over a meal or cafecito break at any time on Oct. 18. A few weeks before the conversation, you’ll get a toolkit with everything you need, including a conversation guide and easy ideas for taking action and sharing your story after your event.
Where: City-wide. Time: 6 a.m. – Midnight. Tickets: Free.
Wednesday, Oct. 19
Sip of Science No. 004: You’re invited to Sip of Science on the Miami Science Barge! Sip of Science is a monthly lecture series hosted on the Miami Science Barge where cool people get to talk to other cool people about cool environmental stuff. Enjoy discussion and drinks with a talk that makes you think. What’s on tap this month: Dr. Paul Gray, Audubon Florida, Lake Okeechobee, blue-green slime and Everglades restoration.
Where: Miami Science Barge – Museum Park. Time: 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Tickets: Snag em here.
Salon Series: Artists as Citizens – Join YoungArts for an intimate discussion about art as activism, social practice and artists as citizens with Teresita Fernandez, Mel Chin, and alumnus Chat Travieso (2003 Winner in Visual Arts & U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts), moderated by Carolina García Jayaram, President & CEO, National YoungArts Foundation.
Where: YoungArts – 2100 Biscayne Blvd. Time: 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. Tickets: Snag em here.
Final Presidential Debate Watch Party – Our Presidential candidates have one more round to go before the big showdown on November 8th. And since this election cycle has been…interesting, watch it with your tribe, share some lively conversations, enjoy some laughs, and have a stiff drink. Join The New Tropic in Wynwood at Gramps, from 8-11p.m. to watch along, play some fun drinking games, and enjoy specials on shots and pizza. Whether you rep the red or the blue, all are welcome!
Where: Gramps Bar – 176 NW 24th ST. Time: 8-11 p.m. Tickets: Free w/ RSVP.
Thursday, Oct. 20
Rooftop Unplugged – Join A+E as magic washes over the city skyline at the Filling Station Lofts for the crowd-favorite concert, Rooftop Unplugged Sessions, now at the newly renovated outdoor pool. Take in an intimate performance by local eclectic spirit and folky performer, Shira Abergel. Enjoy handmade ice cream sandwiches by Wynwood Parlor and sips to drink in the soothing sounds and breathtaking views of the city. p>
Where: Filling Station Lofts – 1657 N Miami Ave. Time: 7-9 p.m. Tickets: Free w/ RSVP.
Make Your Own Gin & Tonic Bar – The Broken Shaker is back at it again with the fun cocktail-themed nights by the pool at The Freehand. This time, learn how to craft the perfect gin and tonic using The Botanist Gin, infused with 22 hand-foraged botanicals. Now that’s impressive.
Where: The Broken Shaker – 2727 Indian Creek Dr. Time: 8:30 – 10:30 p.m. Tickets: Free.
Friday, Oct. 21
Keith Johns Album Release Folk Festival – In honor of Keith Johns‘ debut album release, swing by The Wynwood Yard and experience Miami’s bursting folk community first-hand. Take in the sounds of local folk musicians, make a flower crown, rest on a hand-woven blanket, and taste the fall season with pumpkin patches, autumn drink specials, themed menus, and tons of fun stuff to celebrate.
Where: The Wynwood Yard – 56 NW 29th ST. Time: 6-10 p.m. Tickets: Free w/ RSVP.
Bookleggers Presents: Boobleggers – Hit the Standard for an evening of books, booze, boobs, and bands as Bookleggers presents the fourth annual Boobleggers, a cancer awareness party benefitting The Jay Weiss Institute for Health Equity at Sylvester Cancer Center Jackson Memorial. Live performance by Afrobeta and DJ sets by Goin’ Ghost and Dan Milewski. Enjoy drink specials with part of the proceeds going to the cause. Plus, your first book is free!
Where: The Standard Spa – 40 Island Ave. Time: 6 p.m. – 11 p.m. Tickets: Free w/ RSVP.
Saturday, Oct. 22
Panel Discussion: Ephemeral Cities – Engage with nationally recognized humanities scholars in a panel discussion of cultural and design responses to natural disasters and environmental change. Speakers include geographer Craig Colten, architect Jorge Rigau, and poet Danielle Legros Georges.This event is part of the Fragile Habitat: Conversations for Miami’s Future program series, co-sponsored by The Wolfsonian and the Ecohumanities for Cities in Crisis project of FIU’s Department of History.
Where: The Wolfsonian-FIU – 1001 Washington Ave. Time: 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Tickets: Free w/ RSVP.
Choose Your Sound Benefit – Join Guitars Over Guns for an evening of mingling and dancing to the music of the Guitars Over Guns All-Star Band, Danay Suarez, ArtOfficial and special surprise guests plus drinks, yummy bites and an impressive silent auction. With the staggering rate of youth violence, the demand for their programming is at an all-time high. Your support is essential as they strive to give more young people the tools to reach a better future. All event proceeds directly support Guitars Over Guns arts-based mentoring programs.
Where: UM Student Activities Center – 1330 Miller Dr. Time: 7-11 p.m. Tickets: Snag em here.
Sunday, Oct. 23
Cubanisms at Books & Books – Spanish is a unique language. From Argentina to Spain, accents, meanings, connotations and more get lost between borders. “Cubanisms” by Pedro García-Menocal details the diverse history of the Spanish language as it evolved in the Lost City. With beautifully traditional illustrations from noted Cuban artist Gustavo “Garrincha” Rodriguez, Cubanisms embraces the hilarious and historic value of words and their interpretations.
Where: Books & Books – 265 Aragon Ave. Time: 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. Tickets: Free.
Classic Album Sundays – Join Sweat Records for the fifth Miami edition of Classic Album Sundays! Started in the UK in 2010, every month CAS selects a seminal album and listening parties are held in cities around the world utilizing audiophile-quality equipment. This month’s album is “Billy Holiday: Lady in Satin” (1958) which will start early because as as a special treat they’ll be following it with Amy Winehouse’s “Back to Black” (2006)!
Where: Sweat Records – 5505 NE 2nd Ave. Time: 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. Tickets: Snag em here.
Tuesday, Oct. 25
Engage Miami Takes Issue – Come join Billy Corben, Engage Miami, and New Leaders Council Miami as proponents and opponents go head-to-head in a Lincoln-Douglas style debate on this election’s ballot initiatives, including solar power and medical marijuana. Plus improv, a short film by The Plantain, and free food and drink! Thanks to the generous support of the Knight Foundation as part of NLC Miami’s Blueprint Conversation Series and to Venture Cafe for hosting.
Where: Venture Cafe Miami – 1951 NW 7th Ave. Time: 6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. Tickets: Free.
Taps & Tunes – Curators of culture at Prism Creative Group are making Tuesdays at the Yard tantalizing with their new series, Taps & Tunes at The Yard. Join us every Tuesday evening for craft beer as our favorite Miami singer-songwriters light up the stage. They continue October’s line-up with Jacob Jeffries all the way from California.
Where: The Wynwood Yard. Time: 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. Tickets: Free.
Wednesday, Oct. 26
Viewing Vizcaya: “Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde” – What better setting than Vizcaya to view this classic horror film, complete with live musical accompaniment on their historic pipe organ?
This chilling tale stars John Barrymore as the virtuous Dr. Jekyll who becomes obsessed with the duality of good and evil and formulates a potion to separate the two. In doing so, he unwittingly unleashes his maniacal alter-ego, Mr. Hyde, who wreaks havoc in his wake. Light bites and themed cocktails will be available for purchase to round out the evening’s horror!
Where: Vizcaya Museum – 3251 S Miami Ave. Time: 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. Tickets: Snag em here.
Live in the Garden ft. Yoli Mayor – Escape the bustle and transport yourself to the twinkling times of yesteryear at your new favorite hidden gem: Mina’s Mediterraneo. The garden will come alive every last Wednesday of the month to the sounds of local artists and musicians. Launching the new series will be Miami’s underground powerhouse, the woman you’ve all been waiting for: Yoli Mayor and her stellar band! Come by for that kind of wine-filled Wednesday we all want under the stars.
Where: Mina’s Mediterraneo – 749 79th ST. Time: 7-10 p.m. Tickets: Free w/ RSVP.
Thursday, Oct. 27
American Banned – Three renowned contemporary artists, Chor Boogie, Stuart Sheldon, and Ashley Reid present uncompromising visual political and social commentary in American Banned. Essentially nonpartisan, the collective body of work provokes political discourse, spurs citizens to participate in the political process, and examines systemic violence, racism, and oppression.
Where: Macaya Gallery – 145 NW 36th ST. Time: 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. Tickets: Free.
Nu Deco Ensemble – Season 1 Opener – Season Two of Nu Deco Ensemble begins at Wynwood’s own Light Box at Goldman Warehouse. Experience the music of Adam Schoenberg, William Brittelle, Judd Greenstein, and Massive Attack with Miami’s 21st Century Chamber Orchestra. They are pleased to have legendary singer/songwriter Bilal as our guest artist and collaborator for the evening.
Where: The Lightbox – 404 NW 26th ST. Time: 8 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. (Oct. 27th – 29th). Tickets: Snag em here.
Friday, Oct. 28
Suwannee Hulaween – Silver Wrapper & Purple Hat Productions brings Halloween to live at the Suwannee River Music Park and Campground once again. Step into a new dimension with seven sets of The String Cheese Incident, My Morning Jacket, Disclosure, Umphrey’s McGee, STS9, Big Gigantic, Anderson Paak, Gramatik, and so many more. Plus, lights and fire installations around the Spirit Lake that’ll blow your mind. Believe us.
Where: Suwannee River Music Park & Campground – 3076 95th Dr. Live Oak. Time: Oct. 28th-30th. Tickets: Snag em here.
Free Piano Concert by Steinway – Award-winning pianist Ana Nikolic from Serbia performs with rising star Jana Koenig from Austria. Light refreshments will be served. Seating is limited, RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org or 305-609-3269.
Where: Steinway & Sons – Coral Gables. Time: 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Tickets: Free w/ RSVP (above).
Annual Ghosts of Miami Cemetery Tour – Get into the spirit of Halloween and celebrate Dr. George’s birthday with HistoryMiami Museum on this haunted history tour. Lurk among the tombstones of this historic graveyard to hear stories about the mysterious deaths of the inhabitants. Visit the final resting places of early settlers, Miami’s first mayor, the Burdine family and Julia Tuttle. Wear your costume if you’d like.
Where: City of Miami Cemetery – 1800 NE 2nd Ave. Time: 8 p.m. – 10 p.m. Tickets: Snag em here.
Saturday, Oct. 29
Bay Skate Miami – The outdoor skating experience you know and love is back in support of the public parks and our local community and culture. It will feature a full bar, interactive activation and craft cocktails by presenting sponsor, Zignum Mezcal, and other surprises. They’ll also have a selection of local craft beers, delicious eats, and your favorite local DJ’s setting the mood.
Where: Bayfront Park. Time: 5 p.m. – midnight Tickets: Free.
Witch, Please! – Join your favorite Villains for a night of comedy and partying at their second annual Halloween show. Featuring fall AF activities such as: Where My Witches At? Costume Contest, Witches Be Crazy Karaoke, Straight Outta Salem Drink Specials, Dat Witch Donut Eating Contest, Pumpkin Spice Photo Booth, the chance to win swag like t-shirts, tickets and more!
Where: Villain Theater – 8325 NE 2nd Ave. Time: 8 p.m. – 2 a.m.. Tickets: At the door.
Sunday, Oct. 30
Freaky Tiki Halloween Party – Nothing screams Halloween in Miami like a Hawaiian luau with a freaky twist! Come by for an all-out backyard bash featuring BBQ bites, complimentary tiki cocktails courtesy of Don Q Rum until 5pm, beats and hula dancers! Creepy Hawaiian attire encouraged.
Where: Freehand Miami – 2727 Indian Creek Dr. Time: 2 p.m. – 8 p.m. Tickets: Free.
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