Fall events in Miami
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 week might convert you thanks to a week’s worth of events featuring some of our tastiest seafood restaurants like Joe’s Stone Crab. It all culminates with the giant South Beach Seafood Festival on October 20. Bring an appetite and possibly a bib.
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. Throughout the week, expect a grand tasting village as well as smaller workshops and tastings featuring a whole bunch of plant-based all-stars.
House of Creatives Festival is officially coming back for its third year in Miami. The festival will return to Historic Virginia Key Beach Park, where it took place last year with headliners alt-J and MGMT. The 2018 lineup includes M.I.A., Chromeo and Foster the People. The festival has a more beach-y, bohemian vibe than other Miami fests—with local food and vendors as well.
The annual weeklong celebration of all things literature is back with a bang. The program boasts seven full days of programming, including readings and a massive outdoor street fair. In previous years, notable guests have includd former Vice President Joe Biden, Dan Rather, Patti Smith, Isabel Allende, Pete Souza (President Obama’s official photographer), Bill McKibben, Michael Eric Dyson, Edwidge Danticat and Kevin Young, plus numerous others.
Take your seats for three full days of races as NASCAR takes over the Homestead-Miami Speedway for its Ford Championship Weekend. Each day brings a new race and title, culminating in Sunday’s 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champ.
Feel like the belle of the ball at one of Miami’s most glamorous affairs. The spectacular evening begins with a red-carpet photo op, followed by cocktails in the courtyard and a lavish dinner on the terrace overlooking Biscayne Bay. Bonus: Proceeds from the hefty ticket price go toward preserving and protecting the historic property.
This renowned HIV/AIDS benefit, which celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2014, attracts an estimated 12,000 people for a week of events and parties. Highlights include the legendary White Party itself and the Muscle Beach open-air dance party bash (dress code: swimsuits and shorts). Expect DJs and gay celebs aplenty.
Marching bands, colorful floats and community groups take over the streets of downtown Coral Gables during this South Florida staple. Created especially for children and families, and acting as the flagship event of the Junior Orange Bowl Festival Season, the parade marches through Thanksgiving weekend.
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 250 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.