We’ve not yet made it to Halloween, but that doesn’t mean we can’t take a sneak peek at what November has to offer. The city of Miami has quite a few exciting events on the schedule for November that residents and visitors alike can enjoy. With the weather in Miami almost always being ideal, it’s not such a bad idea to take a break from the beach and venture elsewhere. Here’s a look at a few events in Miami during the month of November that are worth checking out.
Festival of Chefs, November 4
This event is one of the few opportunities that the chefs of Miami get to spend some time out of the kitchen, as they have a chance to speak with their peers and the public while sharing some of their latest culinary creations. Chef Adrianne Calvo of Chef Adrianne’s Vineyard Restaurant & Wine Bare will be present, as will a slew of the top chefs in Miami. If you’re interested in tasting some gourmet cuisine, the Festival of Chefs is the place to go. The event is at Nikki Beach and gets started at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $125 and will benefit Easter Seals South Florida’s Culinary Arts High School.
Chinese Dragon Boat Festival, November 8
The United Chinese Association of Florida will be putting on a spectacular and authentic event with the Chinese Dragon Boat Festival. You can count on there being great food and plenty of entertainment, including martial arts performances and dragon dances. Kids can attend as well, enjoying a bounce house and face painting. Of course, the main event is the dragon boat races, with rowers and drummers taking part in this ancient ritual. The event runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Haulover Beach Park Marina, and is free to attend.
Miami Book Fair International, November 15-22
Residents and visitors to Miami have eight days to enjoy what is regarded as one of the best literary events in the country. There will be over 300 well-known authors coming to Miami to participate in book parties, readings, and the highlight of the week, the “Festival of Authors.” Even casual book lovers are bound to see an author they like doing a reading or find something at the fair that strikes their interest, making the trip worthwhile. The event concludes with a street fair from the 20th to the 22nd, when things really pick up and start to get exciting at the Miami Book Fair, which is held on the Miami Dade College Wolfson campus.
Christmas Tree Lighting, November 27
By the end of November, you’re going to start thinking about the holiday season, and the day after Thanksgiving is when you can enjoy Miami’s tree lighting at Bayfront Park. This is the official unveiling of the park’s Christmas tree, which is 50-feet high and covered with bright lights. The lighting itself takes place at 7 p.m. in Bayfront Park, but from 5:00 p.m. to 9 p.m. you can enjoy the sounds of holiday music and the tastes of some of Miami’s best food trucks. You can’t rely on Miami being all that cold, even in late November, but holiday music, a tree lighting, and great food will be enough to get you in the holiday spirit.