It’s mid-October and I’m just now publishing this post which I’d started at the end of September. My apologies.  Blogging, like pimpin’, ain’t easy.

Since you’re here to find South Florida events, I’ll mention the two seafood festivals that I came across; South Beach Seafood Fest (Oct. 17-20) and Delray Seafood & Wine Fest (Nov. 10-11).

If you’re up for a trip to the Keys, FantasyFest takes place from the 18th through the 27th. In West Palm Beach or heading that way?  Visit the Collaboration: African Diaspora exhibit at the Armory Art Center (through Nov. 9). In Fort Lauderdale around Halloween? Consider the River Ghost Tours at the historic Stranahan House (Oct. 24-27, 30 & 31).

Also worth noting, “Lady in Satin: A Tale Told Through Movement” (Oct. 18) playing at the Miramar Cultural Arts Center, is a jazzy type piece set in the 30’s to music by Duke Ellington; Gregory Porter opens the 2nd annual Miami Nice Festival (Oct. 23-Nov.10)  at South Dade Center.

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Docent Guided Tours at the Historic Stranahan House Museum (Daily)

A guided tour of Fort Lauderdale’s Historic Stranahan House Museum is like a journey through time. It is a link to a time when Seminole Indians made friends with a young Ohioan who settled in the frontier town now known as Fort Lauderdale.

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Food Trucks at ArtsPark (Mon)

Curated by Sef “Burger Beast” Gonzalez, the weekly event features a wide range of culinary delights, from cupcakes and ice cream to barbecue, burgers, and grilled-cheese sandwiches. While attendance changes from time to time, expect to see perennial favorites such as Palate Party, the Rolling Stove, Ms. Cheezious, JOJI Yogurt, HipPop’s Handcrafted Gelato Bars, Nacho Bizness, and the Health Nut. Bring a blanket, chairs, friends and/or family, and an empty stomach.

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Live Glass Blowing Demonstrations (Thur-Sat)

Hollywood is home to the centuries old tradition of glass blowing at the ArtsPark in Downtown Hollywood. Master glassblowers perform live demonstrations in the glass blowing studio every Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sit comfortably in the theater style viewing area and watch the glassblowers create vessels and sculptures from molten glass that is over 2,000 degrees. Expert artists use the same traditional process that has been around for centuries.

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Stargazing at South Florida Amateur Astronomers Association (Sat)

The astronomers association opens its doors every Saturday from sunset to midnight. Learn how to stargaze in the observatory.

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Oct 5: ArtsPark Experience – Italy

Experience the The music, food and culture of Italy. Features Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino, a septet from Salento that takes classic taranta into the modern world. Plus, DJ Nicola Conte, a global favorite for his jazzy lounge style. Free.

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Oct. 11-13, 18-20: OktoberFest

Authentic German cooking such as Bratwurst, Potato Salad, Leberkäse, Sauerkraut, Original Hofbräu Bier, imported from Munich/Germany or domestic beer, liqueurs, wine or non-alcoholic beverages, and for dessert some German pastry. Enjoy traditional folk dancing, choral singing, and sing-along’s with two Bands coming straight from Germany. Folk dancing performances will be featured, vendor & craft booths, Carnival for all ages and a kid’s zone.

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Oct. 10-13: The Fort Lauderdale Gay & Lesbian Film Festival

The Fort Lauderdale Gay & Lesbian Film Festival is new and emerging with a goal of bringing the best in LGBT cinema to Fort Lauderdale and the Broward County community. Screenings will be held throughout the greater Fort Lauderdale area but our major cinema venue will be The Classic Gateway.

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Oct. 12- 13: PeruFest

PeruFest aims to promote Peruvian ancient culture in the field of gastronomy, culture, and products from various regions of Peru. Also there will be pavilions for tourism, artisan craftwork, and jewelry. There will be traditional clothing, music, dance, pictures, paintings that will be representative of Peru and its many regions.

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Oct. 17-20: Caribe Art Fest

Caribe Arts Fest is a multi-genre art festival celebrating the arts of the Caribbean and the Americas. The festival will showcase multimedia creations representing and encompassing the culture, essence and creativity of the Caribbean and the Americas. It is an effort to celebrate the artistic diversity within our community. There will be a display of contemporary trends in painting, photography, sculpture, performance arts, film, multimedia and much more.

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Oct. 17-20: South Beach Seafood Fest

The event willl celebrate the seafood experience of Miami and help kick off Miami Beach’s premier Stone Crab season and feature food, drinks, and all day entertainment.Multiple full bars will have an array of HESS SELECT wines, cocktails, and beer prepared by local mixologists.

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Oct. 18: Lady in Satin: A Tale Told Through Movement

An interactive dance musical which tells the lustful story of the jazzy 1930’s. Set in the trendy, exclusive Diamond Room jazz nightclub to the tunes of Duke Ellington and many others that embody this time period. The audience is introduced to Charli Munroe aka “Lady In Satin”, the most popular dancer at at the Diamond Room. She is adored by men and envied by the women that come to see her show. On this particular night, a charming, street hustler by the name of Buddy Valentine enters the club for the first time and is captivated by the sultry Lady In Satin.

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Oct. 18-27: FantasyFest

The annual Mardi Gras-like Halloween mash-up, hits the streets at the end of October, the colorful island truly lives up to its legendary reputation. Expect eye-popping sights: swingers, drag queens, nudists, bikers and everyone in between, carousing on the approximately one-mile-long Duval Street. This year’s theme is “Super Heroes, Villains & Beyond”.

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Oct. 19: Movies by Moonlight – Hotel Transylvania

Welcome to the Hotel Transylvania, Dracula’s (Adam Sandler) lavish five-stake resort, where monsters and their families can live it up, free to be the monsters they are without humans to bother them. On one special weekend, Dracula has invited some of the world’s most famous monsters – Frankenstein and his Bride, the Mummy, the Invisible Man, and more – to celebrate his daughter Mavis’ 118th birthday. For Dracula, catering to all of these legendary monsters is no problem – but his world could come crashing down when one ordinary guy stumbles on the hotel and takes a shine to Mavis.

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Oct. 23 – Nov. 10: Miami Nice Jazz Festival

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The 2nd annual festival returns to downtown Miami’s Olympia Theater at the Gusman Center for the Performing Arts and debuts at the newly-opened South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center (SMDCAC). Satellite events bring stellar jazz to the Van Dyke, Soya e Pomodoro, PAX, and The Riviera Hotel South Beach.

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Oct. 24-27, 30 & 31: River Ghost Tours

Travel back in time to experience a Victorian home funeral and burial at Fort Lauderdale’s oldest home. The historic Stranahan House Museum and Water Taxi offer an intriguing tour-the River Ghost Tour. The hour long tour includes a visit inside the Stranahan House and a boat ride on the New River. You will be fascinated by the tales of the spirits.

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Oct. 25: Duke Ellington’s Sophisticated Ladies

The musical legacy of The Duke is celebrated in this stylish and brassy retrospective that has taken audiences and critics alike by storm throughout the world. Act I takes us from his early days at The Cotton Club through his widening acceptance abroad, while Act II explores the private man as captured in his music. It’s a high-stepping salute inspired by the glamorous nightlife and sensuous highlife of a man who lived to love.

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Oct. 26: Edith Piaf

The show will first take audiences to Paris’ most iconic neighborhood, Montmartre, where Jil Aigrot will perform some of Edith’s first songs. The show will then transport you to Piaf’s ‘music hall’ era where Argot will sing Piaf’s most famous hits.

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Nov. 9: The Complete Bollywood Experience

Celebrity Indian dancers and acrobats will take the audience on a thrilling cultural journey through Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Punjab and Gujarat. It is traditional India meets the streets of New York, east meets west, in an audio-visual spectacle.

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Nov. 10-11: Delray Beach Wine & Seafood Festival

Wine and food pairings at a free festival with 150 exhibitors. Guests will be able to view over 20 different types of wine as well as purchase various seafood dishes from local food vendors including local Delray favorites Boston’s, Ceviche, Caffe Luna Rosa and 50 Ocean.$5 Parking will be available at various parking garages or guests can park downtown and ride the trolley for free.

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