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October 2019

25th Annual Coral Gables Oktoberfest

No need to fly to Germany. Oktoberfest is happening right in Downtown Coral Gables at Fritz and Franz Bierhaus. Enjoy authentic food, bands from Austria and Germany, and, of course, beer! Oct. 3 – 13. Free admission. Visit for details.

Cities of the Mind

The most recent project by renowned Cuban-American artist Carlos Estévez, Cities of the Mind features nine large circular paintings that reference the artist’s fascination with city planning. Inspired by the Havana of his youth and the Medieval European cities he has visited, Estévez has created personal maps of the human mind. Opens Oct. 24 at the Lowe Art Museum.

7th Annual Doggie Costume Contest

Dress up your pooch and head over to the Coral Gables Museum on Halloween. Dogs can strut their stuff down the “catwalk” for a chance to win prizes. Registration begins at 6 p.m., contest begins at 6:30. $5 registration fee benefits the Humane Society of Greater Miami. Don’t have a dog? You can still attend and watch the pups parade in their outfits.

Pumpkin Patch at Pittman Park

Celebrate fall in the City Beautiful. There will be hundreds of pumpkins to choose from, live music, pumpkin decorating, face painting, portrait areas, and food and beverages. Oct. 19 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the corner of Galiano St. and Merrick Way. Free and open to the public.

Historic Ghost Tour

Step into the past as you explore the haunted history of the Deering Estate. Learn about the Estate’s previous inhabitants and the para- normal activity that has been witnessed by staff and visitors alike. Oct. 10 and 24 from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tickets: $35.

Halloween at the Biltmore

The iconic Halloween party at the Biltmore returns on Oct. 25 at 8 p.m. Enjoy an open bar, buffet dinner, and costume contest. Tickets: $150. Available for purchase at Discounted hotel rooms available with ticket purchase.