17 Absolutely Amazing Things to Do in Miami This Fall
Fall in Miami is possibly the most exciting time of the year (see ya later, awful humidity). And suffice to say, a lot happens during this three-month span. Get your ticket-clicking fingers ready, because these are the 17 things you don’t want to miss this season.
1. Squeeze in a few more Miami Spice meals, when more than 200 restaurants across town offer discounted lunch and dinner menus. If you’re flooded with choices, we suggest booking lunch at Bird & Bone, dinner at Matador Room and brunch at Fooq’s. Through September 30
2. We’ll be honest—we’re not the type to turn down an evening of vino and good company. At Taste of the Grapes, more than 60 international wineries will unite at the historic Biltmore Hotel. Prepare to schmooze with winemakers whilst sampling dozens of varieties. September 22
3. October is the time for beer, which is why we suggest getting boozy at Grovetoberfest, Florida’s largest craft brew festival. Thousands will attend the beer-tasting extravaganza, where festivalgoers can sip unlimited samples from more than 400 brands. October 14
4. Snap on a paper bib and dig into a platter of fresh, steamed stone crab claws as the iconic Joe’s Stone Crab opens for its 104th. It’s best to dine sometime in the afternoon (for lunch or early-bird dinner) to beat the crowds. Beginning October 15
5. Calling all seafoodies: Celebrate Miami’s stone crab season at the South Beach Seafood Festival. The beachfront event is replete with innovative seafood creations made by local chefs, all waiting to be sampled by you. October 17 to 21
6. Gaze up into the sky during the 25th annual Kitetober Kite Festival, where hundreds of brightly colored kites will soar through the air. October 21 to 22
7. Think of the Coconut Grove Seafood Festival as a farmers’ market for all things fishy. Nibble on shrimp, stone crab, crawfish, oysters, clams, lobsters and more, and catch the Battle of the Bay, where a handful of local notable chefs will face off during a live-cooking demo. October 21 to 22
8. Knaus Berry Farm’s season officially kicks off in late October. That’s right—we’ll have a warm, sticky cinnamon bun paired with a strawberry shake, please. Beginning late October
9. The vegan Seed Food & Wine fest returns in November with a lineup of meat-free events, including celebrity chef dinners, a veggie burger battle and a yoga and brunch combo. Whatever you do, don’t miss the tasting village on Saturday, where you’ll enjoy bottomless plant-based bites and brews. November 1 to 5
10. Fall is the perfect time to take advantage of cooling temperatures by rounding up a few friends, sitting alfresco and drinking a chilled bottle of rosé.
11. We’ve got good news: Our favorite summertime outdoor markets remain open during fall. Grub gardens, vintage goodies and free books, here we come.
12. If you’re not familiar with the City of Coral Gables, get yourself a ticket to the Coral Gables Food Wine and Spirits Festival. Expect more than 300 boozy beverage brands paired with small plates from the city’s best restaurants. November 8 to 12
13. It’s finally bearable to spend more than five minutes outside, which means it’s time to take a free yoga class. You’ll thank us (and feel great) later.
14. Thousands of authors and book enthusiasts will converge for the annual Miami Book Fair, where the 305 celebrates all things literature with dozens of talks and lectures, intimate readings and a massive outdoor festival. November 12 to 19
15. Catch a few flicks during the Miami Short Film Festival, which highlights the year’s best international shorts. Films are screened across multiple venues in Miami. Beginning of November
16. It’s time to bring out the stretchy pants. Burgerlicious returns in November, where you’ll have the chance to sink your teeth into more than 20 gourmet meat and cheese patties while sipping a Sam Adams. November 2