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Miami October 20–26: South Beach Seafood Festival & Kitetober

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Kitetober Kite Festival

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Kitetober Kite Festival

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

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Film, food, coffee, and kites are on the menu in Miami this week. First, head to Vizcaya Museum and Gardens to celebrate the historic home’s centennial with a telenovela set on-site. Next, take a tour of local coffee roaster Macondo, and enjoy samples of the brand’s Colombian brews. Or hit the South Beach Seafood Festival for delicious bites from the ocean. Then get outside the next day at Kitetoberfest.

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October 20 | Film screening
Corazón Vizcaya Screening and Q&A
It’s not every day a historical site becomes the backdrop for a telenovela. In celebration of Vizcaya Museum and Gardens’ centennial, Lost Spaces artist Magnus Sigurdarson created and filmed a narrative in the dramatic style of traditional Latin American telenovelas set inside the historic home. Watch a screening of the program, called Corazón Vizcaya, in Vizcaya’s courtyard, and stick around for a question-and-answer session afterward with the entire cast, crew, and Vizcaya’s curator, Gina Wouters.
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM | Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, 3251 South Miami Ave., Miami | From $5 | website

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October 22 | Coffee
Made in Dade at Macondo Coffee Roasters
Made in Dade highlights local makers in Miami. This month, they’re turning the spotlight on Macondo Coffee Roasters. The Doral-based coffee supplier roasts and grinds its Colombian beans on-site. At this event, you’ll gain some insight into your daily caffeine fix with information about how coffee is grown, harvested, roasted, and poured. Hosted by Yelp, the event will pair Macondo’s coffee with Colombian treats such as empanadas, arepas, and tequeños for a fully immersive experience.
5:00 PM | Macondo Coffee Roasters, 2494 NW 89th Pl., Doral | Free with RSVP | website

October 22 |
South Beach Seafood Festival
Joe’s Stone Crab might be the epicenter of the South Beach seafood scene, but for one day Joe’s will be eclipsed by the South Beach Seafood Festival in Lummus Park. The fest will showcase seafood restaurants from all over the area, including Joe’s, Naked Taco, Red, Toro Toro, and Drunken Dragon. Expect hearty portions and a full stomach, and enjoy cold beers from the open bar that is included with your ticket. Ride out your food coma by lounging on the beach.
12:00 PM - 7:00 PM | Lummus Park, 10th St. and Ocean Dr., Miami | From $35 | website

Macondo Coffee Roasters

October 23 |
Kitetober Kite Festival
Miami Beach’s Hauler Park, a popular spot for windsurfing and kitesurfing, will see hundreds of kites lift into the sky at the 24th annual Kitetoberfest. Kite-flying veterans will float standout kites including a 30-foot Nemo-like fish and a 300-square-foot parafoil. There will also be paper kite-making classes and kite-flying competitions geared toward both kids and adults. 
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM | Haulover Park, 10800 Collins Ave., Miami Beach | Free | website

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October 26 | Now open: Restaurant
Visa-O1’s pizza is already a cult favorite among those in the know on Miami Beach, but now you don’t have to cross the bridge to get delicious, unusually shaped, and extra-cheesy pizza. Named after the travel visa given to individuals who have gained national and international fame in science, art, film, and other disciplines, Visa-O1 has finally opened its Brickell location. Expect the same menu of classic pizzeria favorites plus some specialty pies, as well as a mozzarella bar, salad menu, and the option to swap any of your cheeses for a vegan version. 
1000 South Miami Ave., Miami | Prices vary | 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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