What to Do in South Beach in October

October is set to be pretty exciting around South Beach. Even as hurricane clean up continues, the spirit of Florida can’t be kept down. So here are our top picks for what to do around South Beach over October.

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Zun Zun Children Fest

Hosted by FUNDarte, Zun Zun is an international performing arts festival for young people, and it’s coming to Miami on October 1. The festival includes an eclectic mix of music, dance and theater, and is as cultured as it is fun. More information here.

 

Celebrate Orgullo

If there’s two things Miami does well, it’s Latin culture and pride. With Hispanic Heritage Month in full swing, you’d better check out Celebrate Orgullo. Running from October 1 to 15, this festival is a celebration of Miami’s Latin@ LGBT community, with live music, food and more. Some events are free, while proceeds from others go to a good cause: the LGBT Youth Scholarship Fund. More details here.

 

La Feria del Mercado de San Miguel

For more Latin culture, head over to the Mercado de San Miguel for some tasty Spanish treats. From October 1 to 31, the market will be hosting its annual foodie fair, featuring Spanish favorites like tapas and paella. Entry is completely free, while food prices vary. Details here.

 

El Tucan Grand Opening

It’s October, which means Octoberfest is here. The party starts at the brand new El Tucan, which will celebrate its opening from October 2-4 with free live music, and cocktails by Bar Lab. Details here.

 

Mandolin Beach x Saffron Supper Club

The exclusive, semi-underground Saffron Supper Club is opening its doors to the public for one night only on October 4. For $65, they’re offering a three course Aegean dinner, showcasing the cutting edge of Florida’s food scene. You must RSVP ahead of time, and spots will probably fill up quickly. Find out more here.

 

Samuel Adams Octoberfest

Running from October 6 to 8, the Samuel Adams Octoberfest has beer, live entertainment, drinking games and German food. Plus, they even have an authentic Bavarian beer hall, so you can get wasted in style. More details here.

 

Italian Film Festival

If beer pong and binge drinking isn’t your thing, then perhaps you’d prefer the Italian Film Festival, which runs from October 6-10. For $12, you’ll be treated to the best of modern Italian film, with each installment hitting you like a shot of espresso. So head over to the Colony Theater on Lincoln Road in South Beach, or find out more at the official website.

 

Rock the Dead

It’s a theater show about a rock band battling zombies – what more is there to say? Expect brain-melting music and plenty of fake blood at South Beach’s Coral Springs Center for the Arts. The carnage runs from October 9 through to early November, and details can be found here.

 

The Falls Festival of the Arts

For two days starting October 7, take advantage of the free entry to this festival of expression and creativity, with works from over 100 artists. There’s also a kids zone to keep the little ones occupied. More information here.

 

Oktoberfest Miami

We’ve had two Octoberfest events already, but this is the big one. Taking place between October 13-15 and 20-22, the nation’s longest running, annual Octoberfest event has pretty much everything you’d expect: folk dancing, drinking games and live bands from Germany and Austria. There’s even stuff for kids, so there’s no excuse to flake on this one. Find out more here.

Things to Do in Miami in September

September is a great month for getting out and about in Miami. This month, we’ve got fine food, bourbon and beer, a festival for kids, and the best of Brazilian cinema.

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Miami Spice

Miami’s biggest celebration of food continues until the end of this month, offering some of the best cuisine Florida has to offer. Since the beginning of August, some of the most prestigious restaurants across the city have been offering fixed menu meals for between $23 and $39. It’s a great chance to try fare from award winning chefs that would otherwise be far more expensive. So, if you missed Miami Spice in August, don’t make the same mistake in September! More info here.

 

8th Annual Key West BrewFest

For eight years running, the Key West BrewFest has been upping the ante on Miami’s beer culture. Forget peanuts and Pabs; the BrewFest will offer nearly 200 beers from across the US and the world. Take advantage of the beach-side Signature Tasting Festival, or try your luck at the beer run. After working up a sweat, kick back in style with a beer and cigar gathering. The festivities are spread over six days from September 1 to 7, and more details can be found here.

 

International Ballet Festival of Miami

If beer and cigars sound a little uncouth, then how about some ballet? From August 27 through to September 11, the International Ballet Festival will grace six venues across Miami. This year, there’s more than 200 dancers from 20 companies. Find out more here.

 

Blue Starlite

Relive the glory days of drive-in cinema at Starlite by the Bay. From September 9, they’ll be playing classics like Jaws and The Princess Bride at their new bayside location. But that’s not all. They’ll also be putting on a few mind-melting mashups in the spirit of the 70s. Ever wondered what would happen if you cross-bred The Wizard of Oz and Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon? Find out at Blue Starlite! Tickets can be purchased here.

 

Children’s Trust Family Expo

Fine dining, retro movies, beer and ballet might not seem all that kid-friendly; luckily, on September 10 the Children’s Trust Family Expo will be in town. The expo will feature a colorful mix of performances and games, sports and art. It’s all family friendly, and would make for a great day out with the kids. Check out the official website for more details.

 

4th Annual Crown Bourbon Affair

Maybe leave the kids at home for this next one. Also on September 10, Crown Wine and Spirits will be hosting its famed bourbon fair. More than 80 top shelf bourbons and whiskeys will be available for tasting. Of course, nobody likes to drink on an empty stomach, so be sure to try some of the fine food on offer. Doors open at 7pm, and tickets start at $50. More details here.

 

Brazilian Film Festival

From September 17 to 24, the Brazilian Film Festival will feature 25 short and featured films premiering for the first time in Miami. There’s a little something for everyone, so find out more here.

Best Spots to Take Rented Yacht in Miami

As the yachting capital of the world, Miami and its surroundings are pretty much perfect for hitting the water. Great weather, beautiful surroundings and plenty of nooks and crannies to explore make Miami something special for yachting enthusiasts. Realistically, Miami lends it best to free exploration, though we’ve decided to highlight a few of the best spots to take a yacht in and around the city. These spots are specifically aimed at visitors renting a yacht, so both time and ease of access have been taken into account here. Essentially, these are the can’t-miss experiences of Miami and around.

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Fort Lauderdale

Let’s start with the obvious: the beautiful stretch off the coast of Fort Lauderdale. Fort Lauderdale’s reputation as a Mecca for yachting is well and truly deserved, with stunning clear water and the allure of the Caribbean always tugging at the mind of the adventurer. Just a few miles off shore, you’ll find the Gulf Stream brings in blue-water anglers, while the smattering of coral reefs just beg for your attention. On top of this, the Greater Fort Lauderdale region boasts over 300 miles of inland waterways, making its moniker “The Venice of America” well deserved. The best time of year to visit is in November, when the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show draws thousands of yachting enthusiasts from across the globe.

 

Miami River District

If you prefer the high life to the high seas, then you’d better hit up the Miami River District. Easily navigable by yacht, this area offers some of Miami’s best restaurants, alongside shopping and bars. If you’re hungry, don’t miss Sea Spice, which is arguably Florida’s best seafood restaurant. On top of this, the entire district is known as a haven for the rich and famous, so there’s a good chance you’ll run into a celebrity or two.

 

Haulover Sandbar

If you really want to get decadent, then don’t miss the Haulover Sandbar. Located just near the Haulover Marina, yachting enthusiasts flock here on weekends to soak up the sun and enjoy a day on the water. It’s perfect for the whole family, with kayaks and other water toys up for hire. On Saturdays and Sundays the floating restaurants are out in force, dishing up surprisingly good grub and delivering it straight to your yacht.

 

Florida Keys

For the budding adventurer, Florida Keys is unmissable. This string of Caribbean islands is somewhat further afield than the other destinations listed here, and can be found around 120 miles off the southern-most tip of Florida. The islands just scream to be explored, and offer great fishing. If you’re a scuba diver, then you better plan some extra time here. The real explorers could even push out further, and head all the way to the Bahamas.

 

Tampa Bay

Closer to home, Tampa Bay has a serious reputation to uphold. As the largest estuary anywhere in Florida, this little slice of paradise is a magnet for yachts. One of the highlights of the area is Egmont Key, where you can explore the ruins of an impressive 19th Century Fort Dade. The fort played a key role in the Spanish-American War, and makes for a great half day excursion. Another good option is the nearby Caladesi Island, a national park replete with docking facilities. Finally, if you’ve worked up an appetite, head over to St. Petersburg, where you can find a good mix of upmarket and casual dining.