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We’re picking pumpkins, noshing on cinnamon buns and checking out an all-new Chinese lantern festival. You know, just another typical month in Miami. Here’s what to bring up next time you’re at brunch.

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Courtesy of Joe’s Stone Crab

1. It’s Officially Stone Crab Season

Stone crabs are back, baby. Time to tie on a paper bib and dig into a platter of fresh steamed claws at the iconic Joe’s Stone Crab, now open for the season. The legendary South Beach restaurant has been the definitive place to feast on massive crustaceans served family-style for the past 100 years. Pro tips: No meal here is complete without a slice of key lime pie, and if you want to beat the crowds, it’s best to dine sometime in the afternoon (for lunch or an early-bird dinner).

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Courtesy of Bunnie Cakes

2. A Plant-Based Party

In just a few weeks, the vegan Seed Food & Wine fest returns with a lineup of meat-free events, including celebrity chef dinners, a veggie burger battle, and a yoga and brunch combo. It’s not too late to load up on tickets to the best events, including a beachside five-course farm-to-table dinner and a blissful Sunday brunch in Wynwood. Don’t miss the tasting village on Saturday, where you’ll enjoy bottomless plant-based bites (from vendors like Bunnie Cakes, pictured). 

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Courtesy of the Coconut Grove Pumpkin Patch Festival

3. We’ve Got Pumpkin Fever

Just because we’re in Miami doesn’t mean we can’t indulge the seasonal urge to decorate pumpkins, dress up scarecrows and take autumnal selfies. Throw on your favorite (lightweight) sweater and head to these pumpkin patches complete with beer, corn mazes and all the fall vibes you can handle. If you’re not sure where to start, we suggest blocking off the last weekend of October for the annual Coconut Grove Pumpkin Patch Festival (the largest in Miami), which has more than 5,000 gourds and a pumpkin-inspired food garden.

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Courtesy of Jungle Island

4. Jungle Island Is Now Glow-in-the-Dark

Sloths and monkeys aren’t the only things to see at Jungle Island. Drive by after sundown and you’ll notice larger-than-life displays of illuminated flowers, trees, animals and even a South Beach–inspired street. That’s the Luminosa Chinese Lantern Festival, a one-of-a-kind event featuring large-scale lanterns that has taken over Jungle Island through January 2020. Along with the ’Gram-worthy lights, the experience includes stops for gourmet eats and cocktails along the way.

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Donna Irene

5. Miami’s Best Cinnamon Buns Are Back

As cooler temperatures roll in, we can’t wait to get our hands on a warm, sticky cinnamon bun and a strawberry shake when Knaus Berry Farm reopens on October 29. There’s also a new treat this year: a limited-edition pumpkin spice milkshake that tastes just like the farm’s iconic pumpkin pie. If you go, make sure to stop by the farm’s U-pick area for the season’s freshest strawberries and tomatoes.

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