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Miami Events, Holidays and Festivals - October 2013

What's hot: BOGO Month, Columbus Day Regatta, Selena Gomez, Carnival, the Dolphins and the Heat...

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Top Miami Events for October 2013

What's hot: BOGO Month, Columbus Day Regatta, Miami-Broward Carnival, the Dolphins and the Heat!

October is BOGO Month in Miami, that is Buy One Get One FREE for some of the most popular attractions in the city. The Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau organizes Miami Attractions Month, with great deals from a growing list of participating attractions.

Also, Miami in October celebrates several exciting festivals and holidays: the Columbus Day Regatta, the Chinese Dragon Boat Festival and the Miami-Broward Carnival, one of the most colorful and vibrant expressions of Caribbean culture. Selena Gomez is in town and the Dolphins are well underway in the regular season. What's coming? Our Miami Heat champions are back this month with a fully loaded pre-season schedule at the American Airlines Arena!

BOGO Month in Miami

Our most popular Miami Attractions are offering this month Buy One Get One Free Admission and other great enticements, this is a wonderful time to visit parks, take advantage of the deals, the cooler weather and get outdoors!

Some of this year's participating attractions:

  • Jungle Island
  • Miami Seaquarium, including the Seal Swim and Dolphin Harbour
  • Vizcaya Museum and Gardens
  • Zoo Miami
  • Everglades Alligator Farm
  • Coral Castle

Here's a full list of attractions and more info from the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau, the event's organizer.

This Month's Signature South Florida Events and Festivals:

The concert and entertainment scene in October 2013 features:

Holidays in October

  • Columbus Day - Monday, October 14, 2013. This is a bank holiday. Schools and government offices will be closed but commercial establishments remain open.
  • Halloween - October 31, 2013, parties and events ongoing throughout the month

Specially for Kids and Families

In the Sports Calendar:

And for the Art and Design Lovers, some ongoing events

Limited Time hot offers and half-price tickets

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$42 for a Three-Hour 1.6 mile stroll through South Beach's best eateries ($85 Value)
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For the following deals you must be a Goldstar member. Goldstar membership is free, sign up here.

$17.50 Adult, $13 Child, Hop On Hop Off Sightseeing Bus
Hop On Hop Off Bus Discount Tickets in Miami
Tickets can be redeemed through December 31, 2014 (Reg $35 and $26 - 50% off)
$45-$95 Amaluna: Cirque du Soleil's Epic Love Story
Amaluna in Miami
Grand Chapiteau at Sun Life Stadium. Selected Dates from 12/12 to 12/31/2014 (Reg $76-$126)

Chinese Dragon Boat Festival - Saturday, October 5, 2013

Lion Dances at Dragon Boat Festival in Miami

The United Chinese Association of Florida brings us one of China's most colorful and exciting festivals right to our doors.

The annual South Florida Dragon Boat Festival is a fun-filled day of cultural celebrations, including lion and dragon dances, martial arts performances, great food, and kite contests.


Lots of great food, kids zone with bounce houses and face painting, and of course, the exciting dragon boat races with teams of rowers and drummers that characterize this ancient Chinese tradition.

When? Saturday October 5, 2013 - 9:00 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Where? Haulover Beach Park Marina

10800 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL

How Much? FREE!

More Info and race schedule: www.miamidragonboat.com

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Columbus Day Regatta - October 12 and 13, 2013

Columbus Day Regatta

The Columbus Day Regatta is a huge boating weekend in Miami attracting hundreds of participants in the races as well as a few thousand fans joining in the revelry and the parties popping all over Biscayne Bay from Key Biscayne to Elliot Key, which may or may not be related to the actual regatta races.

The races themselves take place over Saturday and Sunday.

The course is between the Quickflash marker just south of the Rickenbacker Causeway and Black Ledge in the south.

On Saturday, the vessels will race southwards from Quickflash to Black Ledge, and on Sunday on the opposite direction. The points will be marked with orange flags and a red Bacardi (the event's sponsor) mark.

Through the years, the event has given way to a massive Mardi Grass-like boating party that has drifted towards the banks of Elliot Key for a weekend jammed with boaters on (and in) the water, loud music, heavy drinking and clothing optional everything-goes crowd.

When?: Saturday October 12, 2013 race starts at 10:00 a.m. Starting point near Quickflash marker south of Rickenbacker Causeway

Sunday October 13, 2013 race starts at 11:00 a.m. Starting point near Black Ledge

Where?: On the water all along race course. The heavy partying area is along Elliot Key. Elliot Key although part of Biscayne National Park, is not associated with the Regatta activities.

Needless to say, this is not a family event. The park has dubbed this the "most dangerous weekend of the year". If you are heading out please act responsibly and observe the special regulations in effect as there will be zero tolerance for violations.

More info: www.columbusdayregatta.net

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Miami-Broward Carnival - October 13, 2013

Miami Broward Carnival costumes

Steel bands, colorful masquerades, flashy costumes, hot music, concerts, stage shows, cultural performances... all celebrate the spirit and vitality of Caribbean island culture.

This is a week-long celebration that culminates on Sunday October 13, 2013 when the grand finale events are planned. A "Junior Carnival" is also held which include many family-friendly activities.


When? Main events on Sunday October 13, 2013

Carnival Parade starts at 11:00 a.m., live concert starts at 6:00 p.m.

Where? Sun Life Stadium - 2269 Dan Marino Blvd., Miami Gardens, FL 33056

How Much? $20

More Info and tickets: www.miamibrowardcarnival.com

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Grovetoberfest - October 19, 2013

Miami Grovetoberfest

Without a doubt, this is the "most scenic beer festival in the world" and our own South Florida version of this German classic.

Set along the panoramic vistas of Peacock Park on the waterfront, an enthusiastic crowd descend to enjoy over 200 beers from all corners of the globe, great food, live music, a homebrew contest and more.


Entrance ticket includes all the beer sampling, food is available but extra. Must be 21 or older.

When? Saturday October 19, 2013 2:30 pm to 7:00 pm, afterwards the party moves to the Grove Spot which will be featuring all the Bavarian specialties if you're in the mood for a Bratwurst.

Where? Peacock Park in Coconut Grove

How Much? $40 buy online, $45 at the door. VIP tickets also available.

More Info, tickets and event schedule: www.grovetoberfest.com

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Halloween Events

Halloween Events in Miami

Boo! It's that time of the year in Miami! Halloween ghosts and spooky mazes, costume parties and trick-or-treating...

Here are this year's most popular Halloween events and celebrations in Miami, from pumpkin patches and pony rides for kids, to haunted houses, live concerts and parties.

Click here for Halloween Events in Miami.

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Selena Gomez - Tuesday October 29, 2013

Selena Gomez in concert in Miami

When? Tuesday October 29, 2013 - 7:30 p.m.

Where? BB&T Center (Formerly BankAtlantic Center), Sunrise, Florida

How Much? $52+

Find Selena Gomez Tickets

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Miami Broward Junior Carnival - Sunday October 6, 2013

Parade at Miami Broward Junior Carnival

Kids can have their own Carnival fun too! Junior Carnival will feature a parade with over 10 participating bands and many children's activities including bounce houses and face painting.

When? Sunday October 6, 2013 - noon to 8:00 pm

Where? Central Broward Regional Park, 300 NW 11th Place, Lauderhill, Fl, 33311

More Info and tickets: www.miamibrowardcarnival.com/index.html

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A Night of Lasers, Stars and Pop: Fabulous First Fridays at the Miami Science Museum - October 4, 2013

Miami Science Museum Events for Kids

On the First Friday of each month, the Miami Science Museum Planetarium opens up for a great night of family fun. The program includes:

  • 7:00 pm - A free Planetarium Star Show
  • 8:00 pm 10:00 pm - Rooftop Observatory Session (depending on weather), check out the four moons of Jupiter, the Rings of Saturn, nebulas, double stars...

  • 8:00 pm 9:00 pm - Activity Room for the little ones 3 and up including hands-on activities
  • 8:00 pm - Midnight - The Planetarium's signature production, Music-Filled Laser Shows, at the 4-story surround sound dome. Several shows per night.

This month's Laser Show line up (each show requires one ticket):
8:00pm "Pop" (Family Laser Show)
9:00pm The Beatles: Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
10:00pm Best of Led Zeppelin
11:00pm Pink Floyd: Animals
Midnight: Radiohead

When? October 4, 2013

Where? Miami Science Museum Planetarium

How Much? Laser Show - Adults $8 Children $4 (includes laser glasses)

More Info: Miami Science Museum Events

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Miami Dolphins Football Home Game Schedule October 2013

Miami Dolphins Home Games

The Dolphins are back with a revamped offensive line-up.

We are well underway into the regular season and this month the Dolphins face off the Baltimore Ravens, the Buffalo Bills and the Cincinnati Bengals at SunLife Stadium.

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 - October 2013

DateTimevs.
Sunday, October 6, 2013 1:00 p.m. Baltimore Ravens Find Tickets
Sunday, October 20, 2013 1:00 p.m. Buffalo Bills Find Tickets
Thursday, October 31, 2013 8:25 p.m. Cincinnati Bengals Find Tickets

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Miami Heat Basketball Pre-Season Schedule
October 2013 Home Games and Tickets

Miami Heat Tickets AA Arena

The HEAT will open the preseason vs. Atlanta on Monday, October 7, 2013 and if that isn't enough excitement, they will host a rematch of last season NBA Finals against the San Antonio Spurs on Saturday, October 19, 2013.

Regular season begins October 29 when they face off the Chicago Bulls.

Miami Heat Home Pre-Season Games at AA Arena October 2013

DateTimevs.
Monday October 7, 2013 7:30 p.m. Atlanta Hawks - Preseason Find Tickets
Saturday October 19, 2013 7:30 p.m. San Antonio Spurs - Preseason Find Tickets
Friday October 25, 2013 7:30 p.m. Brooklyn Nets - Preseason Find Tickets
Tuesday October 29, 2013 8:00 p.m. Chicago Bulls - Season Opener Find Tickets

Compra Miami Heat Boletos

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Florida Panthers Hockey Schedule - October 2013 Home Games and Tickets

Florida Panthers Tickets BBT Center

The season opener is on October 3, 2013 when the Panthers meet the Dallas Stars on their home turf.

When? See schedule below

Where? BB&T Center, Sunrise

How Much? Tickets can be had for as low as $4, but they go quick. Find Tickets here

Florida Panthers Preseason Home Games at BB&T Center - September 2013

DateTimevs.
Friday October 11, 2013 7:30 p.m. Pittsburgh Penguins
Sunday October 13, 2013 3:00 p.m. Los Angeles Kings
Thursday October 17, 2013 7:30 p.m. Boston Bruins
Saturday October 19, 2013 7:00 p.m. Minnesota Wild
Tuesday October 22, 2013 7:30 p.m. Chicago Blackhawks
Friday October 25, 2013 7:30 p.m. Buffalo Sabres
Sunday October 27, 2013 5:00 p.m. Tampa Bay Lightning

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Miami Design District Art Walk - October 12, 2013

Miami Design District Gallery Walk

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 October 12, 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

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Wynwood Second Saturday - October 12, 2013

Miami Wynwood 
District Street Art

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 October 12, 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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