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The absolute best fall events in Miami

Say goodbye to summer and hello to spooky happenings, outdoor food festivals, the book fair and more

Virginia Gil
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Virginia Gil
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Fall in Miami is upon and there’s really no way to tell unless you just pulled up a calendar to check the date. The heatwave continues, weekends are still for lounging on a Miami beach and that visit to a Miami pumpkin patch you’ve been planning will require less clothing and more sunscreen. It’s a glorious season elsewhere in the country, but we’re in the throes of an extended summer. Still, fall in Miami is when the city really starts to come alive with things to do, from Wynwood to South Beach to Coconut Grove. Whether you’re up for a music festival on an island, a full week of literary events or a family-friendly craft beer adventure, Miami has it this fall. Take notes: Our guide to the best fall events in Miami has arrived, and willl be updated often so check back soon.

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Like seafood? If you’re in South Florida, you don’t have much of a choice. And even if your taste buds dwell more on land, South Beach Seafood weekend might convert you thanks to a week’s worth of showcases featuring dozens of our city’s tastiest seafood restaurants, such as Joe’s Stone Crab and RED South Beach. It all culminates with the giant 10th annual South Beach Seafood Festival’s main event on October 22. Bring an appetite and possibly a bib. 

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Brought to you by the team behind hit films Magic Mike and Magic Mike XXL—including star Channing Tatum, director Steven Soderbergh and others—the 360-degree, immersive experience weaves together hot dance performances, acrobatics, live music and cocktails, which you’ll want on deck as things heat up throughout the 90-minute production. Miami's six-month run of the touring production takes place at Miami Marine Stadium, where they've built a souped-up venue complete with a lounge serving food and drink options pre- and post-show.

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Hay Maze brings all the fall feels to Miami. The immersive pop-up combines the best of autumn in the northeast into one compact, festive experience. It comprises a massive, 7,000-square-foot hay maze similar to the winding cornfields you expect to find during Halloween in states with cooler climates. But unlike those, Hay Maze sprinkles in photo opportunities positioned throughout the path—think sunflowers and scarecrows—plus there’s a large leaf pit at the center for that must-have Instagram moment. 

Once you’ve found your way out of the maze, celebrate with a drink. The adults-only beer garden sells a long list of seasonal brews as well as fall-inspired bites, including pumpkin bread, pies and candy corn. Expect local vendors selling harvest-themed treats, live music, rum and whiskey tastings and more.

Hay Maze takes place at Bayfront Park in Downtown Miami.

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Few things pair better than tacos and margs. Knowing this, the smart people at loanDepot park and United Festival Productions decided to create an entire festival in their name. Taking over the Promenade Level of loanDepot, the single-day party boasts rows and rows of delicious taco and margarita preparations for grazing, as well as live pro wrestling, an artisan market, a photo booth and bar games with a view of the baseball diamond. Expect both classic and creative taco offerings including birria, pastor and volcano chicken—and don't forget to sample the dozens of hot sauces. As for the margaritas, there's a flavor for all palates, from a spicy jalapeño-infused sipper to an espresso margarita.

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From the company that brought us last year's Haunted Circus Festival—a traveling sideshow and carnival filled with all kinds of freakish characters—comes this Alice in Wonderland-themed Halloween spectacular. More kooky than bone-chilling, the whimsical story follows Alice down the rabbit hole to meet a host of well-known characters, including the Mad Hatter, Queen of Hearts, White Rabbit and other familiar faces. 

Join Alice on this interactive journey, featuring game quests, character performances, Wonderland-themed photo zones, pumpkin carving stations, tarot card readings and more. Spooky Wonderland promises a frightening experience just in time for Halloween, but organizers assure that it’s not too scary and safe for the whole family.

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Love food festivals but wish they left you feeling a little less, uh, bloated? Well, health nuts will certainly appreciate Seed Food and Wine Week, a plant-based food and wine festival that won’t have you in a sodium coma for months to come. There are events spread throughout the week, everything from a grand tasting village to smaller workshops and panels featuring a whole bunch of vegan all-stars. Grab a ticket to one event—like Thursday’s plant-based burger battle—or snag an all-access pass to all of the above. Various locations

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LADD Miami Circus Arts Center, a 501c3 charity that supports education programs in Circus Arts through after-school and summer enrichment programs for both children and adults, follows up its sold-out inaugural show at Superblue Miami with another boundary-pushing performance in the acclaimed experiential art space. Taking inspiration from Superblue's installations by renowned artists like Es Devlin, James Turrell and teamLab, LADD artists will awe guests with artful expressions of the human body, including ground, aerial and manipulation disciplines. Dutch fashion-tech designer Anouk Wipprecht contributes whimsical costuming. Enjoy complimentary cocktails by Bacardi and access to Superblue prior to the performance, with all profits benefitting LADD.

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How much beer can you put down in a few hours? Take your best shot at this one-day brew fest featuring more than 150 beers from over 50 craft breweries across Florida. It’s a fun afternoon packed with educational seminars, home-brew presentations and one-of-a-kind beers. Proceeds from the festival benefit FIU Chaplin School of Hospitality and Tourism Management and its Brewing Science program.

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This fall showcase from Miami City Ballet alumni Carlos Guerra and Jennifer Kronenberg’s Dimensions Dance Theatre is steeped in Cuban nostalgia. Its program includes “Juanita y Alicia,” a crowd-pleasing, toe-tapping favorite with a full Latin band; a new ballet from Dimensions’ choreographer in residence, Yanis Pikeris; and the South Florida premiere of “Balance,” a contemporary ballet from Jimmy Orrante.

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How's this for a reality check: The Miami Book Fair celebrates its 39th edition this year! Expect the regular mix of riveting author presentations, mind-expanding conversations and even more innovative ways to honor the written word. The annual street festival is slated to take place on November 19 and 20 along the Miami-Dade College downtown campus. Check back for a preview of the best-selling authors scheduled to be in attendance.

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Picture a battalion of gourmet chefs cooking the top heritage beef, pork, lamb and all kinds of succulent meats, sommeliers pairing fine wines with delectable dishes and teams competing in a culinary showdown to see who will be crowned the Prince or Princess of Meat. From parillada stations and multiple Cajas Chinas to over-the-top dessert stations, all that and more is going down at this annual extravaganza, and it’s going to be delish.

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Art Basel, which stages three major fairs each year—in Hong Kong, Basel and Miami Beach—focuses on modern and contemporary art and puts more than 200 leading galleries and 4,000 artists from across the globe in front of the art world’s top curators, museums and collectors. The weekend of Art Basel has become a major draw for Miami, with parties, satellite fairs and major events being held in conjunction with the show—have fun celebrity-spotting.

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The second annual Audacy Beach Festival is showing up big time this fall with an impressive lineup of acts, and we're only privy to the first half. Can you imagine what's to come? The two-day event kicks off on Saturday with performances by Muse, Jack White, Jimmy Eat World, Phoenix, YUNGBLUD, Beach Weather, BoyWITHUke, half alive and The Maine. It's an alt-lovers dream. The event takes place on Fort Lauderdale Beach and festivalgoers are encouraged to bring towels and blankets to sit on, though chairs are not allowed.

Tickets for Audacy Beach Festival 2022 are on sale now via audacybeachfestival.com. Two-day general admission tickets cost $94.75 and VIP passes start at $250. Single-day tickets are available starting at $55.25. $1 from every ticket sold will be donated to various charities, including REVERB.

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The edgy dance labels Life & Death and Innervisions return to Virginia Key Beach for their annual fest, featuring multiple stages and moments that “will awaken the deepest of your senses,” according to organizers. This year's lineup includes Dixon, TSHA, Moodymann, Seth Troxler, DJ Tennis, Powder, Or:la, Yu Su, Quest and more. Missed the electro-dance fest? Spring for the All Along Pass, intended for “free spirits and daydreamers” with the stamina to groove all day and night. Remember to pace yourself: The party doesn’t stop until 7am the next day.

 

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The world’s largest holiday theme park (at least according to the website) returns for its 39th season of shimmering lights, carnival rides and only-in-Miami experiences. The county-fair-meets-winter-wonderland is chock-full of roller coasters, amusement rides, carnival games, photo ops with Santa and his helpers, and an assortment of fair food—think fresh doughnuts, funnel cakes and more.

For 2022, Santa's Enchanted Forest moves from Hialeah Park, where it decamped for a year after spending 37 at Tropical Park, to a new, much larger location in Doral. 7500 NW 87th Ave

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Get ready to jam out to some of the biggest names in improvisational rock and funk at the breezy North Beach Bandshell. The second annual North Beach Music Festival features a packed lineup, including headliners Lotus and Lettuce, as well as Karl Denson's Tiny Universe, Dopapod, Antibalas, Trouble No More, Keller Williams and others. As you're grooving by the Atlantic Ocean, make sure to hit up the yummy local food vendors that will be there to nourish your body and soul.

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A much-anticipated precursor to the holiday season in Miami, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden’s immersive NightGarden installation will return for a fourth season this November, promising even more psychedelic scenery, cutting-edge technology and interactive experiences running through the New Year.

Spanning 83 acres of enchanted tropical trails, the full NightGarden experience takes anywhere from 60 to 90 minutes as visitors explore a neon playground of secret sunken ponds, hidden fairy worlds, giant swaying dandelion fields and the rainbow-colored Orchid Bridge. Chock-full of photo-worthy moments and interactive pit stops, NightGarden invites guests to frolic in a magical snowfall experience, and yes, Archie will be there to once again reprise his role as your favorite wise-talking tree.

The whimsical holiday spectacle will be open four days a week starting Friday, November 11 and runs through Sunday, January 8. Tickets can be purchased here and start at $30 for adults and $25 for children ages 10 and younger.

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Release your inner reggaeton star at the second annual Vibra Urbana Festival, held at the Miami-Dade Fair & Expo. With a lineup of the biggest names in the genre, including Maluma, Don Omar, J Balvin, Nicky Jam and more, this weekend-long event calls for some serious perreo. Enjoy food and drink on-site plus more than 40 performances at one of the country’s largest reggaeton music festivals.

 

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