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Brimstone Woodfire Grill Doral
Photograph: Courtesy Brimstone Woodfire Grill Doral

These are the best things to do in Miami this weekend

A guide to the best events, performances, culinary happenings and more spectacular things to do in Miami this weekend

By Virginia Gil
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October is shaping up to be a busy month! Not since the Super Bowl touched down in the 305 have we seen so many things to do in Miami this weekend. From a virtual symphony and deals across some of the best Miami restaurants to pumpkin patches for the family, there’s something for everyone happening this weekend. And let’s not forget Halloween—we have plenty of ways you can start the ghoulish celebrations early. As always, our goal is to help you discover new ways to experience our amazing city. We’ll continue to do so as restrictions ease and businesses continue to reopen, bringing options for things to do in Miami when you feel like exploring as well as fun stuff to keep you entertained at home if you’d rather stay in. You can count on us to help make it fun no matter your comfort level. 

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Best things to do in Miami this weekend

Stiltsville
Photograph: Courtesy CC/Flickr/Zoë

1. Stiltsville Guided Historic Tour from Deering Estate

Spend the day out on the water and actually learn something for a change. Deering Estate is taking folks on a tour of Biscayne National Park’s historic Stiltsville Houses. The two-hour journey is a part scenic ride and part educational experience and it promises a good time for the whole family. Sat, Sun 4–6pm

Concert
Photograph: Unsplash/James Barr

2. Spooky Symphony by the Alhambra Orchestra

Kick back with a Halloween-themed experience that won’t leave you shaking in your boots. The Alhambra Orchestra and Greater Miami Youth Symphony take the virtual stage for an hour-long performance drawing from popular movies and classical pieces. From musicians to conductors, everyone involved will be wearing costumes—and you should, too. Sun 3pm

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Brimstone Woodfire Grill Doral
Photograph: Courtesy Brimstone Woodfire Grill Doral

3. Bark Brunch at Brimstone Woodfire Grill

You’ve been cooped up for months, and so has your dog. The two of you could use a day out in the form of brunch at Brimstone. This weekend, the Doral restaurant is serving up a pup-friendly feast with special dog bowls and “puptails” (aka bone broth), plus all sorts of brunch dishes and bottomless mimosas for the humans. Fun for all. Sat 11:30am–3:30pm

Pumpkin Patch
Photograph: Shutterstock

4. Not-So-Spooky Halloween

Things to do Miami-Dade County Fair & Expo Center, University Park

Fall activities may look a little different this year, but that doesn’t mean they won’t be fun. The Not-So-Spooky Halloween adventure is a drive-through event that’s perfect for families. Taking place over the next few weekends leading up to the holiday, the kid-friendly happening features interactive storytime, a pumpkin patch and a trick-or-treating alley—all of which little ones can enjoy from the safety of their parents’ car. Costumes are encouraged.

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Nature’s Superheroes: Life at the Limits at Frost Science
Photograph: Courtesy Frost Science/Denis Finnin

5. Nature’s Superheroes: Life at the Limits

Things to do Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science | Miami, FL, Downtown

In a year that’s tested all of our limits, Frost Science puts our powers of survival and resilience on full display at its newest production, “Nature’s Superheroes: Life at the Limits.” The American Museum of Natural History organized the exhibition where life-size models and larger-than-life displays the ways organisms persist in their respective environments. “Nature’s Superheroes” employs a number of hands-on experiences and scenarios to highlight the range in ways organisms—plant, animal, aquatic, terrestrial and beyond—have evolved and developed so-called superpowers that help them thrive in stressful conditions. 

Curtiss Mansion / NWOHaunt
Photograph: Courtesy Curtiss Mansion/NWOHaunt

6. A Nightmare at the Curtiss Mansion

Things to do Curtiss Mansion, Miami Springs

The company once hired to scare the heck out of the Miami Heat is now putting on its own fright night at the Curtiss Mansion in Miami Springs. Expect a terrifying journey through the historical landmark, encountering demons, cannibals, clowns and other sinister creatures of the night. This one promises to be even more frightening than anything you might be used to: visitors will be required to socially distance, so no running up on a stranger when you get scared. Don’t be late as groups are small and it’s going to be a timed visit. Oh, don’t forget your mask.

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The Horrorland
Photograph: Courtesy the Horrorland

7. The Horrorland

Things to do Miramar Regional Park,

The first of its kind, Horrorland is a totally contactless, immersive horror game where guests get to participate from their cars. You’ll drive up and while going at an unhurried three miles per house watch as a freaky horror movie unravels around you. Monsters, ghosts, zombies and all kinds of frightening creatures will jump up when you least expect it as you make your way through seven themed passages. Think a creepy carnival, a zombie apocalypse and a Christmas nightmare. The whole thing takes about 35 minutes—if you can handle it.

Miami Design District
Photograph: Luis Gomez

8. Tour the Design District Palm Court

Shopping Designer Design District

Explore the Design District while learning all about its magnificent public artworks, architecture and temporary artist projects on display. The free guided tours leave from Fly’s Eye Dome on the first floor of Palm Court at 5pm and last about one hour. Social-distancing and mask-wearing are required. Sat 5pm, 7pm

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Raúl de Nieves: Eternal Return and The Obsidian Heart at MOCA
Photograph: Courtesy MOCA/Michael R. Lopez

9. “Raúl de Nieves: Eternal Return and The Obsidian Heart”

Things to do Exhibitions Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami

MOCA reopens its doors with a groundbreaking exhibition that examines the relationship between the artist's solo sculptural work and his collaborative performances. Risa Puleo curated Raúl de Nieves’ survey to be an immersive experience composed of sculptures, installations, and audio performances that together reinforce ideas of spirituality, family and self across planes and time. Expect some elements of idolatry, colorful installations and a mix of materials and mediums in Mexican-born de Nieves’ self-reflective showcase.

Camelot at Actors' Playhouse
Photograph: Courtesy Actors’ Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre

10. ‘Camelot’ at Actors’ Playhouse

Things to do Performances Actors' Playhouse, Coral Gables

Originally set to debut in the spring, the Actors’ Playhouse’s production of Camelot finally makes its way to the virtual stage this month. The hour-long, song-driven show features Camelot’s key stars singing memorable Broadway hits like “I Loved You Once in Silence,” and “The Lusty Month of May.” Folks with tickets for the spring performances may redeem their tickets for the virtual show, which are on sale to the public now. The opportunity to watch Broadway in your pajamas is one of the better things to happen in 2020.

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Pumpkin
Photograph: Shutterstock

11. The Little Farm Pumpkin Patch

Things to do Festivals The Little Farm, Redlands

This adorable pumpkin patch has been around for nearly four decades, and it offers much more to do than picking gourds. There’s a petting zoo, a butterfly garden, a corn maze and pony rides for the little ones (an extra $2)—plus so many fall-inspired photo ops. The farm is open weekends by appointment only, and admission is $10.

Pumpkin Patch
Photograph: Shutterstock

12. Pumpkin Patch at Pinto’s Farm

Things to do Pinto’s Farm, Redlands

Pretend that it’s actually fall in Miami for a minute at this charming farm near the Redlands. Besides selecting the perfect pumpkin to carve from the patch, kiddos get to ride pedal boats, tractors and even ponies. There’s also a petting zoo for little ones looking for more hands-on fun. The price of admission includes a guided tour and a pumpkin to take home. Add-ons like a photo in the patch and a feeding experience are available.

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Cuban food
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13. Estrella Damm Culinary Journey

Restaurants

Estrella Damm returns for its annual roving feast this fall. Taking place across dozens of restaurants throughout Miami-Dade and Broward, the month-long celebration of culinary ingenuity pairs specially crafted menus with the Spanish beer’s signature brew. From Cuban dishes and Greek menus to traditional tapas, sample cuisines from all over the world at a discounted price while sipping an ice-cold Estrella beer. Plus, for the first time ever, meals are available for takeout.

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