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The best October events in Miami, from Halloween to food festivals to auto shows



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Welcome to the beginning of what’s known as the high season in Miami.

Events in October double in scale and excitement as the city celebrates everything from Octoberfest to Halloween to the return of local favorites like III Points Music Festival and the South Beach Seafood Festival.

It’s a busy month of visiting pumpkin patches in Miami, assembling the perfect costume for whatever spooky Halloween party you’ve got lined up and making plans to check out one of many haunted places in Miami.

Seasonal curmudgeons have plenty of evergreen activities to choose from too, including hitting up a Miami waterfront restaurant or escaping to a neighborhood park.

Whatever your social leanings, there are plenty of October events in Miami to keep you entertained.

1. Miami International Auto Show

Take a peek under a hood or two at the annual Miami International Auto Show.

Stroll down Memory Lane to peep nostalgic rides; experience true 4×4 capabilities during a Camp Jeep outing; and experience Ride & Drives, where select manufacturers invite attendees to get behind the wheel of their brand-new vehicles.

Merely shopping around for your next mini-van?

The show has those too, plus countless other makes and models on the market. 

When is it? Oct 16–24 at various times.

Where is it? Miami Beach Convention Center.

2. OUTShine Film Festival

Formerly known as the Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, OUTShine returns for a hybrid edition of the fest, screening dozens of films online and in person.

The internationally acclaimed event is one of the largest LGBTQ+ cultural arts events in South Florida, spanning comedies, romances, musicals, thrillers and more plus live-streamed special events and Q&A sessions people can experience safely from home.

On opening night, attendees will be treated to a screening of Firebird at the Museum of Discovery & Science, followed by a party in the museum’s Aviation Exhibit.

There will be a total of 35 physical screenings and 39 virtual, all of which are open to the public and take place at various locations.

When is it? Oct 14–24 at various times.

Where is it? The festival takes place at various locations.

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Halloween 2021: Miami’s best spooky cocktails to get you in the spirit



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Spooky season is officially upon us. And what Miami lacks in autumn leaves and cool weather, we sure do make up for with over-the-top creepy cocktails.

Vampire fans can get into character at Grails with a “Blood Transfusion” cocktail bag. (Photo: Grails)

This year, South Florida’s bartenders have conjured up some killer libations strong enough to revive even the deadest of Halloween spirits. From ghoulish black tipples to vampire-approved potions, trick or treat yourself to one (or all) of the Halloween-inspired drinks on this list.

If Dracula had a signature cocktail this would be it. (Photo: Red Bar)

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Get your cider fix at The Doral Yard this October. (Photo: Doral Yard and @Treatyoselfeverywhere)

The Doral Yard’s not-so-scary spiked cider, the Apple Jack O’ Lantern, combines Jack Daniel’s apple whiskey, Fireball, and apple cider served with a cinnamon stick and dried apples ($10). Each sip will transport you to a Fall wonderland brimming with pumpkin patches and hayrides. Snag the refreshing sip throughout the month of October.

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Your ultimate travel guide to Miami Beach — hotels, activities, restaurants, and more



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Miami Beach: Just those two words evoke steaming sun, sexy beaches, exuberant nightlife, celebrity chefs, mixologists offering their talents, stunning hotels, culture and arts, and shopping opportunities — all encased within historic art-decoMiami Modern, and Mediterranean Revival architecture.

It’s amazing to think that only a couple of decades ago, Miami Beach — specifically the historic neighborhood South Beach — was known as “Heaven’s Waiting Room.”

Today, the city has earned itself a different nickname: the “American Riviera.”

The name hints at a playful paradise where it’s impossible to experience the city all at once — especially as the pace and demand create new venues and opportunities for entertainment.

The best way to explore Miami Beach is to follow the lead of the roughly 3.5 million annual visitors — by returning again and again.

Getting to and around Miami Beach

Founded in 1928, Miami International Airport (MIA) is the leader in flights to and from Latin America and the Caribbean.

In fact, the transit hub hosts more than 100 airlines and is the nation’s third-busiest airport for international airports.

About 60% of those who visit Miami arrive via MIA, which is about 13 miles from the heart of South Beach.

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Miami Book Fair is back with a street fair and in-person events



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Miami Book Fair is back — and this edition will include in-person events.

Last year, the beloved annual event that draws thousands to Miami Dade College’s downtown Wolfson campus took place virtually, thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic.

There were no live author readings, no delightfully greasy arepas to eat.

No streets packed with happy readers clutching tote bags stuffed with real, made-from-dead-trees books.

Street vendors will return to Miami Book Fair in 2021. MARSHA HALPER MHALPER@MIAMIHERALD.COM

No Clifford the Big Red Dog hugging starstruck little kids with painted faces.

This year the fair, which runs Nov. 14-21, is a hybrid, a blend of in-person and online events that brings the fair closer to what it was before our story took an unfortunate turn in 2020.

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