October is finally here and life in the city is returning to its usual sunny self, which means it’s time to leave those raincoats behind and start enjoying everything fall — at least our version — has to offer here in Miami. So without further ado let us share with you some of the coolest activities to do this spooky month, all the way from pumpkin picking and spooky road trips to glorious afternoons on sun-drenched rooftops!
1. Dive into the world of Van Gogh’s paintings
Vincent van Gogh has to be one of the most famous painters of all time. Instead of looking at his pieces up on a wall, head to Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience to step into the iconic works and see them in a whole new light! This dazzling exhibit features cutting-edge 360-degree digital projections, a one-of-a-kind VR experience and a uniquely atmospheric light and sound show. Get tickets here before they’re gone!
2. Explore the wondrous world of the Little Prince
Discover the magical story of the Little Prince in this immersive experience now open! Inspired by the book written by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, step into drawings, meet enchanting characters and witness the tale of the Little Prince unfold before your eyes inside a 137 ft-diameter and 45ft-high dome. You can get your tickets to The Little Prince World here!
There’s nothing quite like a perfectly carved jack-o-lantern or getting the perfect fall photos to get you in the mood for the spooky season. Throughout the month, several farms offer up pumpkin picking opportunities, from The Berry Farms to Tinez Farms. Some even have special fall festivities like the Boca Pumpkin Patch Festival, where you can enjoy carnival rides, go through an inflatable cornstalk maze and more. See our list of perfect pumpkin patches to pick yourself a perfect gourd here.
If you don’t want to stray too far, we’ve also gathered a list of pumpkin patches in Miami, so you can get your autumn fix without leaving the city!
4. Enjoy these thrilling Halloween-themed cirque shows
Following the success of AirOtic: A Circus-Style Burlesque Show, a spooky new circus-style cabaret is arriving to Fort Lauderdale this October and tickets are on sale! An incredible cast of world-class acrobats are returning to Hunters Night Club with BITE! By AirOtic Soirée — this time with a Halloween-themed twist. Reserve your spot here.
October culminates in the spookiest holiday of the year – Halloween! And in a city as bustling as Miami, there are all sorts of Halloween activities, from haunted houses to horror rooftop movies, on offer. Check out some of the best Halloween events you shouldn’t miss below and click here for a full list!
🎥 Halloween screenings at Rooftop Cinema Club
🐶 Pet-friendly Howl-O-Ween
🍬 Trick-or-treating around Lincoln Road
🐎 Headless Horseman Halloween Extravaganza at Gulfstream Park
🎉 HalloWYN Block Party in Wynwood
🍹 The House of Spells themed bar bites and drinks at Rumbar
6. Don’t be afraid of the dark in this one-of-a-kind foodie experience
Less of a spooky experience and more like a memorable adventure, Dining in the Dark invites foodies to enjoy a secret 12-piece “omakase” while sitting blindfolded with friends, family or a special someone. Head to Sushi By Bou in Fort Lauderdale and engage your taste buds to their maximum with each ingredient. Grab tickets to this unique tasting experience!
7. Make a splash at the South Beach Seafood Festival
If you’re a huge lover of seafood, you’ll want to head to the South Beach Seafood Festival. The massive four-day culinary showcase is back and features the most appetizing bites we’ve seen in a while. From private dinners to Chef Showdown Competitions and the Main Festival Day, sample the best of the best on October 18-21. Read all about it here.
There are so many incredible museum exhibitions throughout the city, but one of the best parts is that some of them don’t make you pay for entry! Several museums offer free admission every day or once a month so you can immerse yourself in art and education at no cost. So if you’re in the 305 and on a bit of a budget, check out which museums offer free admission here.
9. Be captivated by spooky (and non-spooky) Candlelight Concerts
Whether you’re after a peaceful night with melodic sounds or a romantic date idea, Miami’s Candlelight Concert series provides an absolutely unbeatable ambiance. Check out these incredible performances taking place throughout October:
🧝♂️🗡️ October 19: The Best of Zelda
🕯️🎃 October 20: A Haunted Evening of Halloween Classics at The Berry Farm
🕯️🎻 October 26: Featuring Vivaldi’s Four Seasons & More
🕯️🎃 October 27: A Haunted Evening of Halloween Classics
✨ October 27: A Tribute to Taylor Swift
🎃🎼 October 28: Candlelight Orchestra: Halloween Special
🎆💫 October 29: A Tribute to Coldplay
10. Dance the night away at a Halloween-themed party
If there’s one thing we like to do and we do it well, is party. Halloween may fall on a Tuesday this year, but who’s to say we can’t have our fun all weekend long? Whether you’re looking for a block party or a costumed dine, we’ve got you covered with the best parties going down in Miami for Halloween, which you can find here.
11. And dance to all the best Latin music at BRESH
Speaking of parties, the globe-trotting dance party is back in Miami with another rager, and we’re ready to dance all night! Since first taking place in Argentina in 2016, BRESH has earned its reputation as “The Most Beautiful Party in the World” and now it’s set to take over Club M2 on Friday, October 27th. Purchase tickets to BRESH here.
12. Scream your lungs out at a haunted house
If you’re looking for a real thrill this October, we’ve got just the thing! There’s no better feeling than the adrenaline rush of a good scare while making your way through a dark space, and Miami has plenty of those. We’ve rounded up the best haunted houses in and around the city that’ll get your heart pumping, from House of Horror at International Mall to The Haunt in Davie — and even Miami’s newest Malefycia (hailing all the way from Canada).
If there’s something Miami certainly knows how to do is rooftop dining. From wonderful waterfront enclaves to lush gardens, these restaurants and bars come with dazzling city views and there’s certainly no shortage of them to check out. That’s why we’ve put together a list of some of our favorite rooftops in the city.
14. Treat yourself to a wonderfully-wicked cabaret show
Starting October 7th, a night of erotic and dark fantasies will take over Wynwood’s Savage Labs: Nocturna: Dark Magic. This cabaret-style show will feature gorgeous and wickedly talented performers as they take you on a haunted journey of dance, acrobatics, music and more as you sip on magical potions and cocktails. Get your tickets to Dark Magic here!
✨ Then for two nights in October, experience the darker side of human nature at Nocturna: Sin City, where the seven deadly sins come to life through mesmerizing aerial performances and soul-stirring live vocals and poetry. Check it out here.
Spend your Wednesday nights at SoundScape Park because Miami Beach’s SoundScape Cinema Series is back! From “Barbie” to “Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse,” they’ll be screening a range of films on the 7,000-square-foot projection wall outside the New World Center. See their full lineup of movies here.
16. Take a bite out of these seasonal fall dishes and drinks
While the Magic City is home to some pretty outstanding restaurants serving up the best bites and sips all year-round, many are adding new pumpkin flavors to their menus to spice up the season. Check them out:
- Pura Vida’s Gluten Free Pumpkin Spice Muffin (available at all locations)
- Jack o’ Lantern Pumpkin Bread at Salt & Straw (Lincoln Road)
- Honeynut Squash and Pumpkin Spice Latte at MaryGold’s
- Mamey’s Autumn Farro and Squash Salad
- Pork and Apple Sausage, Turmeric-spiced Halibut, and Whole Grilled Branzino at Orno
- Chotto Matte’s Day of the Dead cocktail
- The Pumpkin Spice Espresso Martini, Coconut Kiss and Dracula’s Kiss at Shoma Bazaar, part of their seasonal cocktail menu
17. Celebrate a decade of III Points
Year after year, III Points Music Festival brings more than 100 musical performers and a local art showcase to Mana Wynwood. Its tenth edition is this year, October 20-21, and artists on the lineup include Fred Again, Iggy Pop, Skrillex, Grimes, Caroline Polachek and Black Coffee, among many others.
18. Get wild at The Dirty Rabbit Wynwood
The Dirty Rabbit, located in the heart of Wynwood, has conquered Miami’s nightlife scene with its good vibes, unique decor and a different theme and party every single day of the week! This vibrant escape has indoor bars, plenty of outdoor space to dance, the hottest beats and an unbeatable atmosphere. Get your tickets here!
19. Head on out to Knaus Berry Farm for the most delicious cinnamon rolls
Late October also means it’s time to get our hands on as many warm sticky buns as we can because Knaus Berry Farm is set to open Oct. 31st! The famous farm is known for its sheer-perfect cinnamon rolls for which fans usually line up for hours outside the farm’s bakery. But we’re honestly not surprised they’re willing to wait that long; the rolls are absolutely incredible!
20. Get tickets to magical light spectacular, NightGarden!
This dazzling light show is taking over Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden this November and transforming it into a wonderland of lights featuring technicolor flowers, rainbow colored pathways, motion sensing technology and outdoor holograms! Best part is you can get your tickets today!
21. Check out Miami’s new ‘Friends’ experience!
You can soon live out your favorite sitcom at the new “The Friends Experience: The One in Miami.” Lounge out in the iconic orange couch, explore Monica & Rachel’s kitchen, snap iconic pics at Central Perk and more at this experience coming to Aventura Mall on Oct. 27th. There will also be a wide array of props and costumes from the show, bringing you one step closer to your fave characters. Learn more here.
22. Hit up MAD Club
Elevate your night to a MAD-ness Level! With its vibrant atmosphere and top-tier DJs, MAD Club is the perfect place to let loose and stay out all night long. The club is open every Friday and Saturday from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m., with an all ladies’ open bar through 1 a.m. Make your reservations to MAD Club here.
23. Get tickets an Authentic Spanish Flamenco tour
After its huge success in different cities from the USA to Brazil with over 70,000 attendees, Authentic Flamenco is coming to Miami next month! Catch Amador Rojas, a renowned flamenco artist, perform a passionate flamenco show presented by the Royal Opera of Madrid & Fever. Whether you’re an avid flamenco lover or catching it for the first time, you don’t want to miss out. Secure your tickets to Authentic Flamenco here.
24. Celebrate stone crab season with some fresh claws
October 15 designates the official start of stone crab season in Miami which means its time to roll up your sleeves and dig into some extra fresh, hearty claws. To help you find the freshest claws in town we’ve put together a list of the best places in which to enjoy stone crabs in the 305. Find them here.
25. Save on a trip to the movies with an AMC Yellow Ticket
Movies are SO back and we can’t wait to see the newest releases on the big screen! This October, there are plenty of anticipated films like “The Exorcist: Believer,” “Five Nights at Freddy’s” and “Killers of the Flower Moon.” Get your tickets here at a discounted price.
26. Take a trip up to these Florida state parks to see fall foliage!
Let’s be real, the only way you’ll be able to see fall foliage in Miami is through filters and a touch of Photoshop. But fall foliage in Florida? Believe it or not, it does happen in the Panhandle. And a recent survey found that three state parks in the Sunshine State are “under-the-radar” spots to catch a glimpse of the changing leaves. See which ones here.
And these are all the best things to do in Miami this October, whether you’re thinking about attending a spooky-themed Candlelight concert, dancing your heart out at “The Most Beautiful Party in the World”, catching free outdoor movies or walking through an unsettling haunted house. Dress up and get in on all the fun around the city!