USA | Sep 24, 2023

Food, football and carnival: Three reasons to visit Miami and Miami Beach in October

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Revellers let loose at the across-city parade during Miami Carnival in Florida. (Photo: Ricardo Reyes @TechYourPicture via Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau)

October is a vibrant month in Miami, the beating heart of Florida offering something for everyone.

From soccer magic to carnival and gastronomic delights, Miami in October is a cultural melting pot waiting to be explored. Here are a few of the more compelling reasons why Miami and Miami Beach should be your go-to destination this October.

See Messi in action at DRV PNK Stadium

Sep 20, 2023; Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA; Inter Miami forward Lionel Messi (10) kicks the ball against the Toronto FC during the first half at DRV PNK Stadium. (Photo: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports via REUTERS)

For football fans, seeing Lionel Messi play may be a once-in-a-lifetime experience. This October, you can catch him in action for Inter Miami CF at DRV PNK Stadium.

With matches on October 7 against FC Cincinnati and October 18 against Charlotte FC, you can experience the electrifying atmosphere in the stadium that happens only when Messi is on the pitch. Don’t miss the opportunity to see this legend work his magic in Miami.

Miami Carnival

As one of the premier celebrations of Caribbean culture in Miami and the largest carnival in North America, Miami Carnival 2023 culminates on Sunday, October 8 when thousands of revelers participate in the Mas Band Parade and concert at the Miami-Dade County Fair Expo.

Scenes from Miami Carnival. (Photo: Perez Museum)

In addition to the parade and concert, other Miami Carnival events include Panorama on Friday, October 6 when you can enjoy sweet steel pan music at the Central Broward Park Cricket Stadium and Official J’ouvert on Saturday, October 7.

The Carnival Village will feature an expansive selection of Caribbean culinary delights in the food court as well as arts and crafts from vendors offering jewelry, souvenirs, toys, games, pottery and more.  

Savor the flavors at South Beach Seafood Festival

The ultimate event for seafoodies, the South Beach Seafood Festival takes place from October 18 – 21. . This is an unmatched eating event where you can experience a curated showcase of Miami Beach’s leading chefs and culinary masterminds presenting the most mouth-watering seafood of all types – stone crabs, shrimp, lobster, oysters and more.

Shirmp Risotto – (Photo: Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau)

The beachfront seafood festival is a feast for both the palate and the soul, spanning multiple blocks with open bar stations, live music stages and beach games. Miami Beach  knows how to do seafood right!

These are just a small sampling of the exciting offerings in Miami and Miami Beach in October. For more information as well as a full calendar of events and activities, visit


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