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Miami Events, Happenings and More Things to Do Right Now

Here's a guide to the best activities and events around Miami.

Don't get the summer blues, there's still loads to do in Miami for fall. From festivals to art and happy hours, the city offers a variety of entertainment for adults and children alike. 

Oct. 12-Nov. 25

Sensatia: Awaken the senses with a multi-sensory performance that combines dance, aerialists, musicians, specialty artists and projection mapping, to tell the story of an uninspired ballerina and overworked violinist as they are led by a muse into a fantasy cabaret where their magic is rekindled.  During its opening weekend on October 12 and 13 at 9 pm, Sensatia will host two community shows benefitting Feeding South Florida in the name of hurricane relief. The shows are limited seating on a first come, first serve basis with a minimum donation request of $15. Faena Theater, 3201 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, FL

Oct. 25-Nov. 26

'Evita': Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s "Evita" charts the rags-to-riches rise of the First Lady of Argentina, Eva Duarte Perón. It follows her journey from fatherless child, to ambitious actress, to the most powerful woman in Latin America and eventually, to a saint-like figure after her death from cancer at age 33. This musical theatre masterpiece fuses evocative chorales with exuberant Latin pop and jazz influences, creating an arresting theatrical portrait as complex as Eva Perón herself. Spanish-language production: Nov. 30-Dec. 17. Actors' Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre, 280 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables, FL, 305.444.9293

"Evita" (Courtesy Actors' Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre)

Nov. 2-20

'Stickwork': Pinecrest Gardens hosts world-renowned sculptor and "Stickwork" creator Patrick Dougherty. With Pinecrest Gardens’ botanical garden as his stage and inspiration, Dougherty will begin building a magnificent sculpture–branch by branch and twig by twig–with the help from 100 community volunteers over the course of 19 days. 11000 Red Road, Pinecrest, 305.669.6990

Patrick Dougherty "Double or Nothing"
Patrick Dougherty's "Double or Nothing" stickwork. (Courtesy Pinecrest Gardens)

Nov. 2-Jan. 7, 2018

Santa's Enchanted Forest: It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas as the Winter Wonderland opens its doors at Tropical Park. Enjoy the magic of South Florida’s tallest Christmas tree light show, dazzling lights, hundreds of themed displays, festive Christmas music and delicious foods from around the world, live show entertainment and carnival rides for the entire family. Open everyday from 5 pm to midnight. 7900 SW 40th St., Miami, FL 305.559.9689

Santa's Enchanted Forest
Santa's Enchanted Forest main entrance (©Bob B. Brown/Flickr, Creative Commons)

Nov. 5, Nov. 19

Miami Dolphins Home Games: The Hard Rock Stadium is the place to be to cheer, scream or wave the legendary Miami Dolphins. Considered the underdogs this season, expect the Miami Dolphins to make their presence known as the players make bold and daring plays. Nov. 5 (Raiders); Nov. 19 (Buccanneers). 347 Don Shula Drive, Miami, FL

Nov. 11-12

Coral Gables Food, Wine & Spirits Festival: Make your way to downtown Coral Gables to sample food and more than 300 beverages including craft beer, wine and spirits at this annual fest. 2 pm-6 pm. Tickets: $49 (beverages); $69 (all-inclusive); $99 (two-day ticket). On Alhambra, from Lejeune (42nd Avenue) to Salzedo Street, Coral Gables, FL

Nov. 12

Food Truck Block Party at SLS Brickell: Taste Miami's culinary scene at SLS Brickell's first-ever gourmet, block party. For $50/pp, attendees can enjoy live entertainment, delicious dishes and tasty cocktails from all of SBE Miami’s dining destinations including Bazaar Mar by José Andrés, Fi’lia by Chef Michael Schwartz, Leynia at DELANO, Katsuya and more. The event caps off the new SBE Miami culinary series, Taste of SBE, and will benefit World Central Kitchen, the non-profit organization founded by chef José Andrés. Purchase tickets here1300 S. Miami Ave., Miami, FL

Katsuya baked crab roll
Katsuya baked crab roll (Courtesy SLS Brickell)

Nov. 12-19

Miami Book Fair International:  Book lovers of all ages descend upon Miami Dade College-Wolfson Campus and Greater Miami to meet their favorite authors and listen to talks from literary powerhouses. From former CBS News anchor Dan Rather and Chilean-American author Isabel Allende, to former Vice President Joe Biden and former First Daughters Barbara Pierce Bush and Jenna Bush Hager, there's an event for everyone. Plus, the weekend transforms the college campus to a Street Fair with a popular outdoor market, Children's Alley, ReadCaribbean, The Kitchen with cooking demonstrations, local performers at The Porch and even more autograph sessions. 300 NE Second Ave., Miami, FL

Miami Book Fair International
See best-selling authors discuss their latest projects at one of the country's major literary festivals. (Courtesy Miami Book Fair International)

Nov. 17-19

Ford Championship Weekend: This three-day championship tradition features a weekend full of scintillating racing by the world’s greatest stock car drivers. In addition to crowning champions in each of NASCAR’s three national series, all eyes will be on Homestead-Miami Speedway for another reason that weekend, as it will serve as the setting for the final laps of Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s Monster Energy Series career. One Speedway Blvd., Homestead, FL, 305.230.5000

Nov. 18

Miracle on 136th Street Parade: Beginning at 1 pm, this free holiday parade led by Grand Marshall Derek Dietrich, infielder for the Miami Marlins, will spread good tidings and cheer to all. In addition to local dignitaries, celebrities and Jolly Old Saint Nick, the parade will feature music from local marching bands, holiday-themed floats, bag pipers, stilt walkers, junkanoos, community groups and internationally recognized costumed characters. The Falls, 8888 SW 136th St., Miami, FL, 305.255.4571

The Falls holiday parade
The Falls' Miracle on 136th Street Parade (Courtesy Simon)

Sunset Bayou: Blues, old country and folk music are just a part of Sunset Bayou at The Wynwood Yard. The second annual family- and dog-friendly event features music from Ella Herrera, Hillside Spirit Revival, Macy Todd, The Wynwood String Band and Keith Johns. 5 pm-11 pm. Free admission. Tickets via Eventbrite. 56 NW 29th St., Miami, FL

Tropikalia: Tropikalia is a variety show with music, dancing and comedy similar to the Tropicana Nightclub in Havana, Cuba. A production of Donato Poveda, Tropikalia features comedian Boncó Quiñongo, magician Omar Ferret, the band Timbalive directed by Leo García and Party Zone 305 directed by Maritza Espin. 10 pm. Free admission, must be 21 years or older. Magic City Casino, 450 NW 37th Ave., Miami, FL, 305.649.3000

Nestor Torres and the South Motors Jazz Series: Latin Grammy-award winning musician Nestor Torres brings his rhythmic and mellifluous flute sound to Pinecrest Gardens' South Motors Jazz Series. Tickets: $30-$35. 11000 SW Red Road, Pinecrest, FL, 877.496.8499

Nestor Torres
Nestor Torres performs as part of the 2017-18 South Motors Jazz Series which features that includes Grammy Award-winning musicians and National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Masters. (Courtesy Pinecrest Gardens)

Dec. 5

'Abandoned Vehicles of the Everglades - A Most Unusual Vernissage': Photographed by Matt Stock and conceived in partnership with entrepreneur Charles J. Kropke, the opening preview of this exhibition is the culmination of a 10-year plan to capture the striking beauty of vehicles that have been left behind in the Florida Everglades. 6 pm-10 pm. Free admission. Biltmore Hotel, 1200 Anastasia Ave., Coral Gables, FL, 855.311.6903

Dec. 10

Harlem Globetrotters: With a star-studded roster, the Harlem Globetrotters are bringing their awe-inspiring talent to Miami. With their incredible ball handling wizardry, rim-rattling dunks, trick shots, hilarious comedy and other hijinks, this family-friendly show will also include an autograph and meet-and-greet fan session. 2 pm. AmericanAirlines Arena, 601 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, FL, 786.777.1000

Dec. 15-24

'George Balanchine's The Nutcracker': The crown jewel and most anticipated performance by the Miami City Ballet, "George Balanchine's The Nutcracker" will enchant this holiday season with a redesign that includes brand-new sets and costumes designed by Cuban-American artistic power couple, Isabel and Ruben Toledo. Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, FL, 877.929.7010 

Miami City Ballet "The Nutcracker"
Miami City Ballet is one of the few companies in the country to continuously perform George Balanchine’s "The Nutcracker," which it has done for almost 30 years. (Art by Ruben Toledo)