Miami in November celebrates several exciting festivals and holidays: the Coconut Grove Bed Races, the Miami Book Fair, a weekend of NASCAR racing and for the first time, the Miami Beach Jazz Festival debuts at the Fillmore. Josh Groban and Michael Bublé are in town, Book of Mormon opens at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts and the Dolphins and the Heat are well underway in their regular seasons.
The Great Grove Bed Race © is a hysterically fun 30 year-old tradition, what is it you wonder? Like the name says, it's bed races, teams of five competing at breakneck speed through the streets of Coconut Grove on their very own home-made beds.
And there's tons of fun to be had besides the races, family pajama parties, a pit row parade, and the Awards at the end of the day.
When? Sunday November 3, 2013. Races start at 1:00 pm
Where? Bayshore Drive, Coconut Grove Village
How Much? Adults $5 (proceeds are donated to charity) Kids Under 12 Free
More Info and events schedule: www.thegreatgrovebedrace.com
A must weekend for NASCAR afficionados, featuring three season ending championship finales in the sport's top three national series:
And it's all happening here in South Florida at the Homestead Miami Speedway.
When?: Friday through Sunday November 15-17, 2013
Where?: Homestead-Miami Speedway, 1 Speedway Boulevard, Homestead, FL 33035
How Much?: Single Day Tickets $35 - $140, Two and Three-Day Packages also available.
More info and tickets: www.homesteadmiamispeedway.com
The First Annual Miami Beach Jazz Festival, for one night only, will be bringing some "true jazz" and going back to basics with some "swinging, no nonsense, straight ahead jazz performances by world renown musicians"
Jazz lovers can't afford to miss it at the Fillmore, one of our favorite venues for its cozier atmosphere, perfect for the event's launching.
When?: Saturday November 16, 2013 - 6:00 pm
Where?:The Fillmore at the Jackie Gleason Theater, 1700 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139
How Much?: Advance sales: $45 general $55 reserved, $10 more at the door, discounted rates for students available
This year's line up includes: Michelle Coltrane - Shea Welsh, Ali Ryerson - Joe Carter Duo, Ed Calle, Markus Gottschlich, Mads Tolling, The South Florida Jazz Orchestra, Brass-A-Holics and more.
More info: www.miamibeachjazz.com
The Miami Book Fair International produced by the Center for Literature and Theatre at Miami Dade College is one of the nation's finest literary gatherings. It is 8 days of book parties, readings, street fairs and the highlight "Festival of Authors", which with over 350 participating renown names in the literary world, who knows who you will run into this year?
But it's more than reading and books, lots of activities are planned also for kids including arts-and-crafts and theater events.
When? The Street Fair is Friday through Sunday November 22-24, 2013. Many events are held throughout the week.
Where? Miami Book Fair International * Miami Dade College Wolfson Campus, 300 NE Second Ave., Miami, FL 33132
How Much? Tickets are needed for the Street Fair and the "Evenings With..." series author presentations.
Tickets for the Street Fair:
Friday, November 22 - FREE
Saturday and Sunday, November 23 and 24: $8, children (13-18) $5, seniors +62 $5
Tickets for 2013 Inaugural Author: Dan Brown $15
More Info, tickets, confirmed authors and schedule of events: www.miamibookfair.com
When? Saturday November 2, 2013 - 8:00 p.m.
Where? BB&T Center (Formerly BankAtlantic Center), Sunrise, Florida
How Much? $90+
When? Wednesday November 6, 2013 - 7:30 p.m.
Where? BB&T Center (Formerly BankAtlantic Center), Sunrise, Florida
How Much? $64+
Ben Brantley of The New York Times calls it "the best musical of this century." Entertainment Weekly says it's "the funniest musical of all time." From South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, it's The Book of Mormon, winner of nine Tony Awards including Best Musical. Jon Stewart of The Daily Show calls it "a crowning achievement. So good it makes me angry."
It's here in South Florida, don't miss it!
When? November 26 - December 22, 2013
Where? Broward Center for the Performing Arts Au Rene Theater, 201 SW 5th Avenue, Ft Lauderdale, FL 33312
How Much? $96+
The largest Christmas-Themed Amusement Park and Carnival is back on its 25th year with its 3 million lights, 92" christmas tree, and the carnival rides for little ones and those wanting a little more extreme.
Located in the heart of Miami in Tropical Park, you will no doubt see the lights from the highway as you drive past.
It is a huge sprawling lively event, just coming to see the lights is worth the trip. Tons of entertainment for kids and families round it all up. There are the many live shows, games, magic acts, mazes, all sorts of rides, from carrousels to roller coasters and drop towers and of course, the carnival food!
When? October 31, 2013 to January 5, 2014 5:00pm to Midnight
Where? Tropical Park, on the Palmetto (SR826) and Bird Road (40th Street) 7900 SW 40th Street, Miami, FL 33155
How Much? Adults (10-64) $28.97, Children (3-9) $19.63, Seniors (65+) $19.63
Check limited time 50% offers from Groupon
More Info: Santa's Enchanted Forest
The official kick off to the holiday season in downtown Miami takes place the day after Thanksgiving as Bayfront Park unveils its 50-foot tree covered with glittering lights.
The countdown to the tree lighting is accompanied by cheery holiday music and Miami's legendary food trucks! So come and take a break from the shopping and enjoy the spirit of the holidays.
When? Friday, November 29, 2013 - 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm, tree lighting at 7:00 pm
Where? Bayfront Park 301 N. Biscayne Blvd., Miami, FL 33132
Where to Park?: There is limited, paid parking at Bayfront Park. You can also park at Bayside Marketplace nextdoor or take the Metrorail to the Government Center Station then transfer to the Metromover Inner Loop to Bayfront Park.
How Much? FREE!
More info: Directions and Parking
On the First Friday of each month, the Miami Science Museum Planetarium opens up for a great night of family fun. The program includes:
This month's Laser Show line up (each show requires one ticket):
8:00pm "Pop" (Family Laser Show)
9:00pm Pink Floyd: Wish You Were Here
10:00pm The Doors
11:00pm Jimi Hendrix
Midnight Pink Floyd: Dark Side of the Moon
When? November 1st, 2013
Where? Miami Science Museum Planetarium
How Much? Laser Show - Adults $8 Children $4 (includes laser glasses)
More Info: Miami Science Museum Events
The Dolphins are back with a revamped offensive line-up.
We are well underway into the regular season and this month at SunLife Stadium, the San Diego Chargers and the Carolina Panthers are in town.
When? Home game schedule below
Where? Sun Life Stadium (Formerly Dolphin Stadium) Miami Gardens, Florida
How Much? $21+
Miami Dolphins Home Games at Sun Life Stadium - November 2013
|Sunday, November 17, 2013||1:00 p.m.||San Diego Chargers Find Tickets|
|Sunday, November 24, 2013||1:00 p.m.||Carolina Panthers Find Tickets|
The Miami Heat promises to deliver another highly charged exciting season to all of our fans.
Come watch Le Bron James and Co. as they turn up the HEAT at American Airlines Arena once again. Here are this month's home games:
Panthers are pouncing and with ticket prices as low as $4, what a better chance to see first-class teams battle it out on the ice!
When? See home game schedule for this month below
Where? BB&T Center, Sunrise
The second Saturday of every month is the day, or rather night, to visit this great up and coming neighborhood when the District does the "Art Walk".
Galleries are open to the public and host events, many serving refreshments and cocktails.
This entire area of the city is in constant change. It has been fun watching how it keeps evolving as it tries to find its identity. It is for the design and art lovers out there, as well as the well-heeled fashion trotters.
There is the art galleries, design showrooms, gourmet restaurants, and a roster of top-of-the-line fashion houses, all in a thriving compact area.
When? Saturday November 9, 2013 - 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Where? Roughly between 38th St and 42nd St and N. Miami Avenue and NE 2nd Avenue. CAUTION: The area surrounding the Design District is a very doubtful neighborhood, please exercise caution when getting here and back.
How Much? FREE!
More info and Map: www.miamidesigndistrict.net
Like its counterpart at the Miami Design District, Wynwood is an emerging neighborhood in a decaying part of town that has been revitalized and is transforming the art scene in Miami, but this is where the likeness stops.
Wynwood is best known for its street art and splashy murals and over 70 galleries and counting.
On Second Saturdays, the place is on overdrive, crowds come to enjoy their art and their food trucks. A must for street art lovers, but if you are not into crowds, definitely not for you.
When? Saturday November 9, 2013 - 6:00pm to 11:00 pm
Where? Roughly between Biscayne Boulevard and I-95 and NW 36th Street and NW 20th Street. CAUTION: The area surrounding the Wynwood District is a very doubtful neighborhood, please exercise caution when getting here and back.
How Much? FREE
More info and Map: www.wynwoodmiami.com
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