Whether you’re looking to celebrate Diwali — the Indian festival of lights, Obon — the Japanese lantern festival, Oktoberfest, Halloween, Miami Carnival, take in a fashion show, or just stuff your face at various food festivals…  you’re sure to find something in this list of things to do in South Florida! While you’re at it, you’ll also be doing your part to recognize National Arts and Humanities Month. So, fill up your gas tank and consider heading to the 12th Annual Andes Folkloric Festival of Dance and Music (Oct. 12), 30th Annual Miami Carnival (Oct. 12), Indian Regional & Cultural Center’s Diwali celebration (Oct. 18), the 2014 Art Fallout in downtown Fort Lauderdale (Oct. 18). For Halloween if you’re looking to amp up the creepiness factor to an unimaginable level, consider the Miami Cemetery Tour (Oct. 30), if that’s too much there’s a costume party at Schnebly Winery the next day (Oct. 31).  Oh yea, and Miami Nice Jazz Festival (Nov. 1-23) is right around the corner, Etienne Charles will perform at South Miami Dade Cultural Arts Center (Nov. 1).

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ONGOING

Big Night in Little Haiti

Every third Friday, enjoy a night of music, art, Haitian food, culture and fun. At the bar, “Big Punch” featuring Clairin rhum agricole, Haiti’s Prestige beer and more.

More info: http://bit.ly/ZQzmOE

FAT Village Art Walk

FAT Village Arts District Art Walk is a fun look at high-quality art that includes works that have been on museum exhibit and large art installations.  In addition to the varied collection of art, guests also can enjoy great food and music. Takes place the last Saturday of each month.

More info: http://bit.ly/1x3Dqaj

First Fridays Lyric Live

Hear some of South Florida’s greatest unsigned talent. Enjoy singers, dancers, rappers, spoken word artist, magicians, and more. Talented individuals will compete each month head to head, as the crowd determines who takes home the $500 prize.

More info: http://bit.ly/1qJCKSi

Imperial Open Mic

The Imperial is an open mic night infused with live music for the creative spirit and underground aficionados. The aim is to build a stable home for self-expression in Miami. It’s time for the rogues and vagabonds to become the king & queen that they know they are. Takes place every Tuesday.

More info: http://bit.ly/1uYweh9

Lyrics Lab | Poetry, Beats & Soul

Meant for the creative types – bring your latest rhymes, poems, songs, lyrics and beats and share in our intimate space hosted by Ian Caven, and accompanied by live music with Doug Carter on keys and Anthony Carter on drums.  Share your latest work, or just have a coffee and a cocktail while enjoying the performance. Takes place every Wednesday.

More info: http://bit.ly/1iZ98Ml

THROUGH OCTOBER 12

When the Stars Begin to Fall: Imagination and the American South

When the Stars Begin to Fall: Imagination and the American South considers the category of “outsider” art in relation to contemporary art and black life. Situating itself within current art historical and political debates, the exhibition features work by self-taught, spiritually inspired and incarcerated artists, alongside other projects based in performance and social-engagement, as well as painting, drawing, sculpture and assemblage, that make insistent reference to place.

More info: http://bit.ly/1pyzQke

THROUGH OCTOBER 19

China’s Last Empire: The Art and Culture of the Qing Dynasty

The Chinese bureaucracy was composed of scholars who rose through the governmental ranks by their own erudition. The literati, as they were called, were skilled not only in governance but also in painting, calligraphy, and seal carving. This section of the exhibition will document their lives in Imperial time through the objects produced by and for this class, which include objects made for the scholar’s table as well as examples of the paintings and calligraphy produced from that table.

More info: http://bit.ly/1sjoQZj

OCTOBER 10-12

2014 Florida Flow Fest

Flow arts are forms of movement and dance that utilize props to enter a state of flow, described by psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi as an exhilarating transcendent way of being in which effortless control and peak skill seem to erase a sense of time. Flow arts props include poi, staff and hoops; dancers manipulate props to add to the expressive qualities of their dance. The result is an awe-inspiring visual spectacle of improvised movement that inspires an audience to reconsider kinetic possibilities.

More info: http://bit.ly/1s6GelC

OCTOBER 10-12 & 17-19

41st Annual Oktoberfest at the American German Club of the Palm Beaches

Every year the American German Club of the Palm Beaches hosts its traditional Oktoberfest on the second and third weekend of October, one of the largest in the country! The festival offers 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 kids’ zone.

More info: http://bit.ly/1d0PFMv

OCTOBER 10 – NOVEMBER 1

Fright Night at the South Florida Fairgrounds

South Florida Fairgrounds’ annual Fright Nights offers new carnival rides as well as three new haunted houses. Be careful checking into the Flamingo Hotel, where two orphanage runaways have taken shelter and have discovered a newfound thirst for blood. Visit the world of Vile, a chilling place full of deviants and demons at every turn. Look out for many more games, ghouls, scare zones, and the fairgrounds’ usual deep-fried everything available at the food trucks.

More info: http://bit.ly/1oOA1Wz

OCTOBER 11

Intergalactic Nemesis

As seen on Late Night with Conan O’Brien! Gamers and graphic novel fans along with theater and radio fans will all enjoy the telling of an all-ages adventure story set in the 1930s, The Intergalactic Nemesis mashes up comic-book and radio-play formats into a one-of-a-kind theatrical experience, a new art form, the Live-Action Graphic Novel. Three actors voice the dozens of characters, a Foley artist creates all the sound effects, and a pianist plays a cinematic score, while more than 1,250 individual full-color hi-res comic book panels tell a hilarious sci-fi adventure story visually from an enormous movie screen..

More info: http://bit.ly/1pJjLGj

OCTOBER 11 – APRIL 18

Afterlife: Tombs and Treasures of Ancient Egypt

The centerpiece of this award-winning exhibit will feature a full-size reproduction of the burial chamber of Thutmose III (1490-1436 B.C.), a Ramesside male mummy believed to be the son of Ramses II and several other mummies. Other unique highlights of this exhibit include 3,000 year-old artifacts including fine jewelry, painted reliefs, implements used in religious rituals, coffins and more.

More info: http://bit.ly/1vOlNef

OCTOBER 12

12th Annual Andes Folkloric Festival of Dance and Music

Celebrate the tradition of the Andean civilization from the depth of the mother Earth (Pachamama) rising to the majestic known peaks of the Andes in this festival of folkloric dance and music. The Andes culture is one of the most notable millenary traditions in the historical and cultural annals of America and the world. It is rich in folklore and handcrafts; costumes are a dream of thousands of shapes and colors.

More info: http://bit.ly/1BKFOlQ

Croquetapalooza

Croquetapalooza, a Croqueta Celebration will taking place indoors at Magic City Casino’s Stage 305.  Taste and vote for your favorite #croqueta! When done, eat a flan and wash it down with a Jupina (and repeat).

More info: http://bit.ly/1yIAm6M

2014 Miami Carnival: 30th Anniversary

Come to Miami Columbus Day weekend and dress up in masquerade for Miami Broward One Carnival and share in the fun with 50,000 other participants. The festival celebrates the culture of the Caribbean and passes along the traditions and arts heritage of the Caribbean nations.

More info: http://bit.ly/1nXNT65

OCTOBER 17

Raheem DeVaughn: An Intimate Performance at the Piano Bar

Live Music & Poetry Dinner Party Featuring Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Raheem DeVaughn. Poetry by Dichotomy & Bertrand Boyd.

More info: http://bit.ly/ZPxNR2

OCTOBER 18

Art Fallout 2014

To celebrate National Arts and Humanities Month, Girls’ Club is hosting the fifth annual Art Fallout, a day for contemporary art in downtown Fort Lauderdale. Connecting the area’s contemporary art venues, Art Fallout invites the community to engage and interact with our many art galleries, artist studios, alternative exhibition spaces, and contemporary art venues.

More info: http://bit.ly/1CTmQfb

Diwali: Festival of Lights

Diwali is the most widely celebrated Indian festival around the world. It represents the triumph of good over evil, right over wrong, light over darkness. The Festival of Lights event has been organized by the Indian Regional & Cultural Center (IRCC) on a large scale since 2011 and features Indian Bollywood, folk, classical music & dance, cultural performances, authentic food, jewelry, clothing, art, henna and more.

More info: http://bit.ly/1nXNT65

Lantern Festival: In the Spirit of Obon

Inspired by Obon, Japan’s traditional three-day holiday honoring ancestors, Morikami celebrates Lantern Festival in one fun-packed evening. Entertainment includes rousing taiko drum performances, traditional Japanese folk dancing with audience participation and a street fair with games and vendor booths. The highlight of the evening begins at sunset when the lake surrounded by majestic gardens are transformed into a tranquil sea of lighted lanterns that, in accordance with Japanese custom, guide the departure of ancestors’ souls who have come for a brief visit among the living. A special fireworks display caps the enchanting evening.

More info: http://bit.ly/ZruiQ6

OCTOBER 18-19

Redland Growfest

A bonanza of organic vegetables & seedlings are featured. Vendors and exhibitors will provide starter plants, trees, growing and gardening supplies, door prizes and healthy eats..

More info: http://on.fb.me/1vLOeYp

OCTOBER 19

Coconut Grove Seafood Festival

There’s no better place to savor a multitude of seafood prepared in a variety of ways including Caribbean with its Bahamian cracked conch and Jamaican Jerk grilled fish, Latin American offering paella and Peruvian ceviche, Cajun with its gumbo, jambalaya and crawfish étouffée, North Eastern offerig traditional chowders, lobster rolls and clam boils, Asian with the always satisfying sushi and sashimi and, last but not least, Florida seafood with its world-famous stone crab, lobster and fresh fish..

More info: http://bit.ly/1EqMARS

OCTOBER 22-23

Dracula | RADIO THEATRE

With a script adapted from the classic horror movie, the play will be performed live, as during the heyday of radio with performers utilizing specially designed sound effect devices, providing a nostalgic trip to the past with a modern twist.

More info: http://bit.ly/1qSrWAK

OCTOBER 25

La Petite Haiti Culture Walk

Learn about the Haitian diaspora with a HistoryMiami guide through the colorful neighborhood of Little Haiti. Visit the Little Haiti Cultural Center’s art galleries, shop at the Caribbean Marketplace and enjoy the rhythm and aromas from this vibrant community. Other stops include a botanica, Libreri Mapou Creole & French bookstore.

More info: http://bit.ly/ZsmZHT

OCTOBER 30

Miami City Cemetery Tour

The ghost of Julia Tuttle, the “Mother of Miami” might be encountered on this tour, as you join HistoryMiami historian Dr. Paul George and lurk through Miami’s oldest cemetery. Visit the final resting places of Miami’s notables, famous and infamous.

More info: http://bit.ly/1vRdTP4

OCTOBER 31

Halloween Party at Schnebly Winery

Celebrate Halloween at Schnebly Winery with a 50’s themed costume and a karaoke contest as well!  Winery gift certificates awarded to top three of each.

More info: http://bit.ly/1txxlxQ

NOVEMBER 1

Etienne Charles: Creole Soul

Trinidadian trumpet player Etienne Charles performs in Miami for the first time at the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center as part of the Miami Nice Jazz Festival! Perhaps more than any other musician of his generation or Eastern Caribbean origin, Charles brings a careful study of myriad rhythms from the French, Spanish, English and Dutch speaking Caribbean to the table. He is hailed by Jazz Times as “A daring improviser who delivers with heart wrenching lyricism.” Charles plays from his latest recording Creole Soul which received worldwide critical acclaim for its fusion of root grooves from the Afro-Caribbean.

More info: http://bit.ly/1rZtLyi

NOVEMBER 5

Diavolo: Architecture in Motion

By fusing everyday movement, ballet, contemporary, acrobatics, gymnastics, martial arts, and hip-hop, Diavolo creates a distinct style of vocabulary in motion. The daredevils of dance perform two high-flying energy programs. The acclaimed work, Transit Space, is an unforgettable feat of athletic wizardry. Influenced by the documentary film, Dogtown and Z Boys the piece uses skateboard ramps as set pieces to create an urban environment with constantly shifting emotional and physical spaces. Trajectoire is a visceral and inspirational journey. Set on an abstract Twenty-First Century Galleon, the group is set adrift — sink or swim — upon the ever-shifting landscape of human relations in modern society.

More info: http://bit.ly/1yILe4y

NOVEMBER 8-9

Delray Beach Seafood & Wine Festival

Now in its third year, the 2014 Delray Beach Wine & Seafood Festival offers visitors the opportunity to stroll the streets of Delray while enjoying a great glass of wine or a plate of delectable seafood. Expand your knowledge of wines at one of the many food and wine pairing seminars led by vintners from internationally renowned wineries..

More info: http://bit.ly/1qcRc3r

NOVEMBER 8 – JANUARY 11

Art in Real Life: Traditional African Art from the Lowe Art Museum

Demonstrating that African art is not just focused on ritual concerns or limited to the day-to-day activities of traditional rural villages, Art in Real Life examines the ways in which these objects accommodate new situations like urbanization, exposure to new religions, economic change, and now tourism and globalization. The exhibition will feature over 75 objects in a variety of mediums representing different African cultures.

More info: http://bit.ly/1oOQOsu

Transformative Visions: Works by Haitian Artists 

This exhibition will spotlight the diversity of Haitian artistic production and the stylistic and thematic dialogue of Haitian artists across generations and national boundaries.  Featuring paintings, sculptures, and textile art from the Lowe Art Museum’s permanent collection, it will center on transformation as an artistic principle, process, and potential of these works, one that enables viewers to see Haiti and the world in new ways.

More info: http://bit.ly/1oOQOsu

NOVEMBER 11 – 16

Fashion Week West Palm Beach

The official Fashion Week West Palm Beach® 2014 program will consist of a highly interactive experience to raise awareness of the local, national, and international fashion scene; this will be a venue for fashion editors, fashion insiders, designers, fashionistas, and other fashion professionals. The event will feature runway shows, exhibitions, presentations and networking opportunities aimed at both highlighting the work of Florida’s local fashion professionals while also  including international designers.

More info: http://bit.ly/1y4eq4Q

NOVEMBER 15

Soledad Barrio and Noche Flamenca

Under the direction of Martín Santangelo, the award- winning Noche Flamenca has become Spain’s most successful touring company. Formed in 1993 by Santangelo and his Bessie award-winning wife, Soledad Barrio, the company regularly tours throughout the globe. Hailed by critics everywhere for its transcendent and deeply emotional performances, Noche Flamenca is recognized as the most authentic flamenco touring company in the field today. Santangelo has successfully brought to the stage the essence, purity, and integrity of one of the world’s most complex and mysterious art forms without the use of tricks or gimmicks.

More info: http://bit.ly/1pJltHO

Workshop: Steel Pan Drum

Don’t miss this rare opportunity to learn from master pan player Michael Kernahan, leader of the 21st Century Steel Band. Come learn basic playing techniques and melodies. Beginners welcome.

More info: http://bit.ly/1qdDrSd

NOVEMBER 29

Mystical Arts of Tibet

Experience the Loseling monks in a performance that features their renowned multiphonic singing–in which the monks simultaneously intone three notes of a chord while chanting. Enrobing themselves in magnificent costumes and playing traditional Tibetan instruments, the Loseling monks perform nine pieces believed to generate energies conducive to world healing. .

More info: http://bit.ly/1yILBw1

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