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Miami October 13–19: Grovetoberfest & Lantern Festival

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The best of what to do in and around Miami this week

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This week in Miami, head to Grovetoberfest for a day full of beer tastings, food, and music. Or drive out to Delray Beach where the Morikami Museum will be hosting its annual Lantern Festival. Hear a free concert by the New World Symphony thanks to WallCast, and eat all the seafood you can at the Coconut Grove Seafood Festival.

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October 13 | Art
Water Me
Local Miami artist Orestes de la Paz will perform a piece he calls “Making Soap” as part of the opening reception for Water Me, an interactive exhibition in which a variety of artists will explore the power of water. Local performers will join artists all the way from Israel for the show, which will take place at the Rojas + Rubensteen Projects in Miami’s newest emerging artists neighborhood, Little River.
7–9 p.m. | Rojas + Rubensteen Projects, 8051 NE Second Ave., Miami | Free | website

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October 15 | Beer festival
Grovetoberfest is moving out of its namesake neighborhood, Coconut Grove, and into Marine Stadium on Key Biscayne. Now in its sixth year, it’s the largest craft beer festival in Florida, and your ticket includes samples from every participating brewery. That means dozens of tastings from local, national, and international brands such as Boxelder Wynwood and Lincoln’s Beard Brewing. There will also be on-site food vendors, music, and a home brewing contest.
2:30–7 p.m. | Marine Stadium, 3501 Rickenbacker Causeway, Key Biscayne | From $40 | website 

October 15 | Cultural event
Lantern Festival
A stunning display of thousands of floating candlelit lanterns, the Lantern Festival is the Morikami Museum’s most popular event of the year. In Japan, the ceremony pays homage to ancestors who are leaving after returning for a brief visit to their still living relatives. People will float lanterns and straw ships called shoryobune in the rivers. Morikami recreates the event, with the lanterns and shoryobune cast into the museum’s lake. Afterward, the museum has a mini-festival with Japanese beer, a sake station, Japanese food, and dance performances.
3–8 p.m. | 4000 Morikami Park Rd., Delray Beach | From $16 | website

Lantern Festival

October 15 | Concert
New World Symphony’s WallCast Concert
The New World Symphony is back with the first WallCast concert of the season. WallCast is a free way to see the symphony’s concerts right outside the building. A 7,000-square-foot wall of the Frank Gehry building serves as a screen for a larger-than-life live-streamed projection of the concert going on inside. This week, Michael Tilson Thomas will lead the New World Symphony in performing works by Brahms and Mozart.
7:30 p.m. | SoundScape Park at New World Symphony, 400 17th St., Miami Beach | Free | website

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October 16 | Food festival    
Coconut Grove Seafood Festival
On Sunday, the largest seafood market in South Florida will take place in Marine Stadium. The Coconut Grove Seafood Festival will feature vendors selling oysters, crawfish, lobster, clams, fish, and shrimp prepared in a multitude of ways. Taste the freshest catches in dishes like Peruvian ceviche, Bahamian cracked conch, and Jamaican jerk grilled fish. Restaurants and bars will have booths serving their own interpretations of seafood classics, plus cocktails and beer.
11 a.m.–7 p.m. | Rickenbacker Causeway, Key Biscayne | From $15 | website

Patricia Guarch Wise is a Miami native and the blogger behind Miami Nice. Her interests include paella, paranormal activity, Proenza Schouler, and her Pekingese named Bonnaroo. 

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