By: Jennifer Agress and Yours Truly
The season continues to heat up with so many things to do in Miami in November. Check out the best — from WOW light and balloon festivals and a celebrity-led series of food and drink events, to a major film festival in Fort Lauderdale , a celebration of all things French 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!
LUMINOSA FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS
Now through Wednesday, January 8th
There’s a new kind of Chinese lantern festival coming to town, and you don’t want to miss it! I loved it! Taking over Jungle Island, this immersive, outdoor, urban art experience spreads across 13 acres of beautiful Jungle Island—bringing with it over one million LED lights and custom Chinese lanterns like you’ve never seen before. Attendees are transported to a mystical world, with lanterns in the shapes of birds, flowers and wildlife, as well as colorful, eye-popping art installations of some of Miami’s most iconic sites. Adding to its allure, there are daily Chinese acrobat shows and a Moet Champagne lounge. Are you buying your ticket yet? Jungle Island is located at 1111 Parrot Jungle Trail. Tickets start at $27 and can be purchased here. Parking is available onsite.
FORT LAUDERDALE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
Friday, November 1st to Sunday, November 17th
Rated one of the top ten destination film festivals in America, this 17-day event brings together more than 150 films, actors, directors and producers from around the world. And while film is at the heart of it all, it’s not just about the movies—there will be hot pool parties, dazzling red carpets, cruises and extravagant opening and closing night events. Justin Long will receive the FLIFF 2019 Career Achievement Award, and other celebrity guests will be in attendance, too. Locations, ticket prices and parking vary per event.
TASTE OF SBE MIAMI WITH JOHN LEGEND
Friday, November 8th
Everyone knows about John Legend’s musical talent—but did you know he’s a winemaker now, too? See for yourself at the third-annual Taste of sbe Miami food and drink festival on South Beach, which will start at 8 p.m. As far as the food, expect plates from 10 sbe Miami concepts: like The Bazaar, Carna, Cleo, Leynia, Fi’lia, Diez y Seis, Katsuya, S Bar, UmamiBurger and more. The food stations will be scattered throughout The Delano, and there will be sushi, ceviche, pizza and empanada cooking demonstrations from sbe chefs and a LVE-themed bar serving Provence Rosé-based cocktails all night long. “LVE” stands for Legend Vineyard Exclusive, and this special event will serve as the launch of sbe x LVE. Because of this collaboration, Legend’s LVE Provence Rosé will now be available at all sbe properties. The Delano is located at 1685 Collins Avenue. Tickets start at $215 per person and can be purchased here. Part of the proceeds benefit the Baha Mar foundation to provide much-needed hurricane relief efforts to the Bahamas. Hotel valet is available.
SYMPHONY IN LIGHTS AT GULFSTREAM PARK
Saturday, November 9th
‘Tis the season! Celebrate Christmas a little earlier this year at Village at Gulfstream Park, which will come alive with more than 250,000 lights, a giant Christmas tree lighting, live performances, over 2,000 attendees and an appearance by “the man” himself: Santa Claus. On this night, guests can watch “dancing” light shows to the sounds of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, the 50-member Gay Men’s Chorus of South Florida, the 60-member Hallandale Magnet High School Marching Band and the seven-piece band, Pulse.Amplify the Christmas fun with hot cocoa, cookies, cocktails and, yes, even fake snow. To be clear, this is a kick-off event for Symphony in Lights, which will actually let visitors revel in the lights and holiday spirit nightly (without the live performances!) through December 31st. Running from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m., the kick-off event will feature WSVN anchor Lynn Martinez as emcee. Merry Christmas, South Florida! Village at Gulfstream Park is located at 901 South Federal Highway. Parking is available onsite.
FRENCH WEEKS MIAMI 2019
Friday, November 14th to Thursday, November 21st
Oui oui! Back again for the 12th year, The French American Chamber of Commerce of Florida will host this week-long event. open to the public. It kicks off with an opening party on the 14th where guests will be able to enjoy French “savoir-faire” discovering booths in Fashion, accessories, gastronomy, decor, arts, books, and more.It follows with everything from cultural programs and social and economic networking events, to parties, a discussion about neuroscience, a petanque contest, wine tasting and more. The French Caribbean also stars here. Locations, ticket prices and parking vary per event.
THE NIGHTGARDEN AT FAIRCHILD TROPICAL BOTANIC GARDEN
Saturday, November 15th
This wildly-popular light festival is returning to Fairchild for the second winter in a row—and this time, it’s coming back bigger and better than ever! Bringing together art, food and entertainment, this whimsical night covers the already-whimsical garden in thousands of colorful lights. Guests can expect to be mesmerized by talking trees, an interactive light canopy, a technicolor maze, shadow sculptures, a snowfall of lights and a “lost fairy” puzzle with a cash prize! Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is located at 10901 Old Cutler Road. Tickets start at $19 and can be purchased here. Parking is available onsite.
MIAMI BOOK FAIR 2019
Monday, November 17th to Sunday, November 24th
This annual literary event attracts thousands of book lovers and writers from across the globe! Taking place at Miami Dade College (Wolfson Campus), in Downtown Miami, visitors can expect author lectures, panel discussions, readings and a street fair with literary vendors, food trucks, musical performances, movies and more. The fair’s “Evening With Series” brings in popular, high-profile authors to talk about their latest books for one night only, in front of an intimate audience. Here are some of the authors you can expect to see this year: Samantha Power (former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations under President Obama), MSNBC host Joy Reid, Jamaica Kincaid, Leonard Pitts Jr., Adam Rippon, Tim O’Brien and more. Happy Reading! Miami Dade College (Wolfson Campus) is located at 300 NE 2nd Avenue. Ticket prices vary per event and can be purchased here. Parking is available onsite.
PALM BEACH BALLOON FESTIVAL
Friday, November 29th to Sunday, December 1st
For one weekend only, head to the International Polo Club Palm Beach, in Wellington, for the Palm Beach Balloon Festival! During this spellbinding event, guests will see a bevy of hot air balloons glowing at dusk, while indulging in tethered balloon rides, food, shopping, activities for kids and more. It’s sure to be something cool and unique in South Florida, so grab the whole family and have some fun! The International Polo Club Palm Beach is located at 3667 120th Avenue South. Ticket prices start at $20 per car, and hot air balloon rides are priced separately. All tickets can be purchased here. Parking is available onsite.