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.
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.
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.
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.