By Jennifer Agress and Yours Truly
Get out your calendars! Here’s our monthly list of things to do in Miami in October 2019, from a Maroon 5 concert and fashion, film and seafood festivals, to a unique art fundraiser, a boat show and more. Looking for something new to do in the Magic City? Try one of the events listed below. We love them—and we think you will, too!
60TH-ANNUAL FORT LAUDERDALE BOAT SHOW
Wednesday, October 30th to Sunday, November 3rd
In a city dubbed the “Yachting Capital of the World,” its 60th-annual boat show is not to be missed. During this event, hundreds of the industry’s latest boats, marine products, boating accessories and yachts—including some worldwide debuts—are on display. Not into boats? Check out the exotic luxury car exhibit. Spread across seven locations around Fort Lauderdale, this show really does have something for everyone. The show’s main location is the Bahia Mar Yachting Center, which is located at 801 Seabreeze Boulevard. Additional locations include: Hall of Fame Marina, Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center/Sailfish Pavilion, Pier 66 Marina, Las Olas Marina, SuperYacht Village at Pier 66 South and the Fort Lauderdale Hilton Marina. Tickets start at $34 per adult and can be purchased here. Parking varies by location.
MAROON 5 COMES TO MIAMI
Friday, October 25th
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood just underwent a $1.5B renovation and expansion to become the first-ever guitar hotel. To celebrate its grand opening weekend, Maroon 5 will perform LIVE at Hard Rock Live! Trust us: you want to be there. Hard Rock Live is located at 1 Seminole Way. Tickets start at $104 and can be purchased here. Parking is available onsite.
17TH-ANNUAL CINEMA ITALY MIAMI
Friday, October 11th to Tuesday, October 15th
Regarded as Miami’s premier Italian film festival, this celebration of Italian cinema is back with ten award-winning films. Some of this year’s films include: Nessuno Come Noi, Ti Presento Sofia and Benedetta Follia. (Don’t worry if you don’t speak Italian! Every film will be shown with English subtitles.) The festival will kick-off with an opening night cocktail party on the rooftop of the Gale South Beach, and conclude with an award ceremony and closing night dinner from Michelin-starred Chef Cosimo Cassano, at Amare Ristorante. All films will be screened at the Regal Cinema South Beach, which is located at 1120 Lincoln Road. Passes vary per event and can be purchased here. Street and garage parking are nearby.
ZEST CARNIVAL NIGHTS
Saturday, October 12th
Get ready for a dinner party like no other! Hosted by Zest Miami, and sponsored by Jim Beam and Cruzan Rum, this Caribbean-inspired evening will include a buffet, cocktails, Carnival-style dancers, a light show and more. Miami’s famed Cindy Hutson will treat guests to her flavorful cooking, which will include a Caja China pork roast, brown stew chicken, West Indian curried vegetables, “fresh catch run down” and more. The evening’s special cocktail will be “The Beach Bum,” a tropical cocktail with Cruzan rum, coconut, lime juice, mango, passion fruit, nectar and mint. Dinner will run from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m., and everyone will get to kick-off the night with a welcome drink. Zest Miami is located at 200 South Biscayne Boulevard. The dinner is priced at $45 per person, and $8 per person for just drinks. All tickets can be purchased here.
ITALY IN MIAMI FASHION EVENT
Thursday, October 17th to Saturday, October 19th
Taking place at Bal Harbour Shops, this three-day shopping event will celebrate luxury Italian storefronts in Miami. For that weekend only, stores like Aquazzura, Bulgari, Brunello Cucinelli, Fabiana Filippi and Valentino will come together to showcase curated experiences, personalization services, trunk shows and exclusive collections. Bal Harbour Shops is located at 9700 Collins Avenue. This event is free and open to the public. A parking garage is available onsite.
SOUTH FLORIDA SEAFOOD FESTIVAL
Saturday, October 19th to Sunday, October 20th
Here in South Florida, we love all things seafood! Taking place at Miami Marine Stadium, the South Florida Seafood Festival will kick-off stone crab season with live Caribbean music, mojito bars, chef demonstrations and mouthwatering food from 25+ gourmet seafood culinary partners. When you’re not stuffing your face with fresh-caught fish, seafood paella or jambalaya, lobster rolls, gourmet sushi and more, wander over to Thrifter Market, where artisan vendors will sell nautical-themed jewelry, art and decorations. To make sure there is fun for the whole family, there’s a special kids’ area with obstacle courses, a giant pirate slide, games and more. Miami Marine Stadium is located at 3501 Rickenbacker Causeway. Tickets start at $14 and can be purchased here. Parking is available onsite.
17TH-ANNUAL “SMASH AND GRAB” FUNDRAISER
Saturday, October 26th
Part fine art raffle, part fundraiser and part party, Locust Projects’ Smash and Grab Fundraiser is one of the Miami art world’s most raved-about events of the year! Running from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., this night brings together 300+ artists, art collectors and aficionados to get their hands on some of the best art in town. Here’s how it works: Everyone who buys a raffle ticket will qualify for a piece of art valued at a minimum of $550, and there are enough raffle tickets to make sure everyone walks away with one. When their raffle ticket is called, they should immediately sprint to their favorite piece of artwork and claim it as their own. Each piece is first come, first served, and the artists include Paul Amundarain, Johanna Boccardo, Randy Burman, Christopher Byrd, Francesco Lo Castro, Robert Chambers and more. To keep the party going, there will be 80s music by A.G., bites by Shake Shack and Harry’s Pizzeria, cocktails by Bacardi, brews by Concrete Beach, an EGGO waffle bar (yes, we’re serious) and sweet treats from Azucar Ice Cream Company. Locust Projects is located at 3852 North Miami Avenue. General admission is priced at $50, and raffle tickets are priced at $625 (and include entry for two people). All tickets can be purchased here. Street and garage parking are nearby.