Octoberfest in Wynwood
It’s time for that four-day Bavarian-themed event, the sixth annual Sam Adams Octoberfest, held behind Mana Production Village in Wynwood (2250 NW 2nd Ave.), and admission is free. Enjoy a full roster of entertainment that includes stein-raising contests, accordion music, a polka band, and the Miss Octoberfest competition, from Thursday, October 1, through Sunday, October 4. Food and Sam Adams Octoberfest beer ($7 for a half liter) are available for purchase throughout the indoor/outdoor venue. Each day the first 100 attendees will get a free beer. Check www.thisisoctoberfest.com.
Jackie Wilson Comes to Life
Get ready to experience serious soul music at Adrienne Arsht Center’s Carnival Studio Theater (1300 Biscayne Blvd.), during The Eve of Jackie, a musical that recounts the life of R&B singer Jackie Wilson, whose songs from the ’50s and ’60s influenced the likes of Elvis, Michael Jackson, and more. The New York Times raves about Broadway actor/singer Chester Gregory, in his role as Mr. Excitement. See this all-ages show from Wednesday, October 14, through Sunday, October 25. Top Billboard songs like “(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher,” will stay in your mind long after the performance. Visit www.arshtcenter.org.
Guided Night Walk at Arch Creek Park
During the Miami-Dade Eco Adventures guided Campfire and Night Walk on Friday, October 16, from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., you’ll explore Arch Creek Park (1855 NE 135th St., North Miami), learning about the park’s ecosystem as you hear the sounds of screech owls and other nocturnal creatures, while also gaining an understanding of the history of the park’s early inhabitants, the Tequesta Indians. You’ll also be treated to a campfire, so bring s’mores supplies if you want a warm, sweet treat. Meet at the park’s Eco Center. Wear closed-toe shoes and bug repellent, and bring a flashlight. Cost is $6 per person. Sign up on www.miamidade.gov/ecoadventures.
It’s Florida’s Largest Beer Fest
Peacock Park in Coconut Grove (2820 McFarlane Rd.) will be home to Grovetoberfest: Miami’s Beer Festival, on Saturday, October 17, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Florida’s largest beer jamboree, “by number of beers and people,” says the website, will get underway at 4:00 p.m. for general admission ticket holders ($40), 3:00 p.m. for Beer Socialite members ($70; includes pint glass and string backpack) and 2:30 p.m. for VIPs (lounge access; free appetizers and special release beer samples; free T-shirt.) In the Kitchen Lab, chefs will show attendees how to cook with beer and explain which brews pair best with different foods. If you dress in a Halloween costume, you’ll only have to pay $20 at the gate. People under 21 years not permitted at the event. Visit www.grovetoberfest.com.
Not Too Spooky for Kids
Dress your young ones in their cutest or spookiest costumes and head to the Miami Children’s Museum (980 MacArthur Cswy.) for the Not So Scary Family Halloween Bash, to be held on Sunday, October 18, from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Kids will be treated to lunch and dessert upon entering, then will trick-or-treat throughout the museum’s different exhibits with their new friends. They can even traverse through a not-so-scary haunted house and create Halloween-inspired art in the “Mad Scientist Lab.” Children under one-year enter free of charge. Members $30; non-members $50. To purchase tickets, visit www.miamichildrensmuseum.org.
Alice Lands in Miami Shores
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland has a run at Miami Theater Center in Miami Shores (9806 NE 2nd Ave.) from Wednesday, October 21, through Friday, November 20. This adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s tale coincides with the book’s 150th anniversary. See how “time, space, and cultures collide” as Alice “tackles the challenges of her ever-changing world.” Weekday morning performances take place Tuesdays through Fridays at 10:00 a.m.; a weekend performance Saturday, October 24, at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.; and a special American Sign Language performance Sunday, October 25, at 2:00 p.m. Tickets cost $35. Visit www.mtcmiami.org.
New Cinematic Gems to Screen
The Miami International Film Festival’s four-day fall event, Gems, features cinematic jewels of the latest film season and takes place at Miami-Dade College’s Tower Theater (1508 SW 8th St.) from Thursday, October 22, to Sunday, October 25. Described as a launch pad for all international and documentary cinema, with award-winning films from the Berlin and Cannes film festivals, this event showcases films from Taiwan, Ireland, France, Italy, Israel, Chile, Brazil, Spain, the U.S., and Colombia. Screenings cost $13 for adults; $12 for seniors; $10 for members and students, and are free for MDC students with student ID. Group rates are available. Call 844-565-6433 (MIFF), or visit www.miamifilmfestival.com/gems.
Little Haiti Hosts Caribbean Arts Festival
Get to know Miami’s rich Caribbean culture during the third annual Caribe Arts Fest, a three-day event encompassing Caribbean films, art for purchase, live music, authentic island food, and much more at the Little Haiti Cultural Center (212 NE 59th Terr.) from Friday, October 23, to Sunday, October 25. On Saturday, take in the sounds of live reggae and soca, see the latest in Caribbean attire during a fashion show, and let your young ones enjoy themselves in the kids zone. Sunday features live jazz. Jewelry and art vendors will sell handmade goods all three days. Jamaican rum drinks will also be available for purchase. Admission, per day, costs $10. Visit www.caribeartsfest.com.
Tour Miami City Cemetery with HistoryMiami
Visit Miami’s oldest resting spot for the departed during HistoryMiami’s Miami City Cemetery Tour (1800 NE 2nd Ave.), on Halloween Eve, Friday, October 30, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Miami historian and BT contributor Paul George will lead the way to burial sites and tombstones dating back to 1887 belonging to Miami dignitaries like the city’s co-founder, Julia Tuttle. You’ll hear about the unsolved murder of Jack Tigertail, a member of the Miccosukee tribe, and visit the tomb of a woman who was buried in concrete. Bring your flashlight. Members: $20; non-members: $30. Visit www.historymiami.org to reserve your spot.
HalloWyn: Wynwood’s Halloween Block Party (318 NW 23rd St.) is set for Saturday, October 31, so come hungry, as there’ll be more than 20 food trucks dishing out yummy grub. This free block party starts at 7:00 p.m. and lasts until 2:00 a.m. You can view Rocky Horror Picture Show on a large screen or hop around to the different galleries. DJs will spin tracks, and there’ll also be a costume contest, with $500 for the winner. Beer from Desperado and Dos Equis will be available for purchase. Visit www.hallowynblockparty.com.
Compiled by BT contributor Caitlin Granfield. Please send information and images to