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Winter is coming and you’re looking to escape to somewhere warm and sunny. Miami. Beaches and warm weather aren’t all Miami has to offer, however. November is home to many unique events. In fact, November in Miami is Live Arts Month, with deals on a large number of live music, concerts, art installations, and entertainment events throughout the city.

From House of Creatives to the Miami Book Fair, there are plenty of things you can do in Miami this time of the year that isn’t just sitting by the beach every day. We’ve compiled a list of Miami’s best November events.

1. House of Creatives Music Festival

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Music lovers head to the House of Creatives music festival. In its second year, the indie music festival will be taking place at the Historic Virginia Key Beach Park November 11-12.  The concert attracted over 1,000 attendees in its extremely successful first year and has raised the standards for the 2017 festival. This year’s headliners are MGMT and Alt-J, with another 12 hit indie and electronic bands playing over the two-day span. The festival is kid friendly and open to music lovers of all ages, and its location on a waterfront island-park is a definite plus. Tickets are still available for what is sure to be the event of the month.

2. Mad Hatter Art Festival

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Step into Wonderland for this whimsical event. Mad Hatter Art Festival is a classic Miami event that draws in tourists and locals alike. Happening November 19th and 20th at The Barnacle Historic State Park, Mad Hatter showcases art pieces across all mediums, including paintings, sculptures, and mixed-media art. Vendors will also be coming to the festival selling their artisan crafts. Stop by the Artisan and Vintage Market to get those holiday gifts or just to treat yourself. Check out Mad Hatter’s Hat contests, the participatory drum circle, kids’ activities, and more.

3. Miami Book Fair

Miami's best November events
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This is the event of the season for book lovers of all ages. Hosted by Miami Dade College, the Miami Book Fair takes place November 12-19. Buy your favorite books at the bookstore, and stay for performances and events throughout the week, such as bilingual storytellings, Discussions and Q&A’s with your favorite authors, a magic show, and a breakdancing performance, to name a few.  November 17-19, the book fair will host the Street Fair portion, where book lovers can go to hear over 450 authors speak at the Festival of Authors. ‘Hablas Español?’ check out the Ibero-American series featuring Spanish and Latin American authors talking about their works in both English and Spanish.

4. SEED Food and Wine Week

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If you’re into healthy living, check out SEED Food and Wine Week Nov. 1-5 at venues across the city. Described as a movement, rather than just a festival, this is a week about sustainability, healthy living, and plant-based food and recipes. Learn how to cook your favorite healthy recipes with demonstrations by professional healthy-cooking chefs. Join in on a burger challenge to find the best veggie burger in America or learn about conscious fashion on the catwalk with a conscious fashion show. The SEED Summit, Nov. 2-3, will host 20 panels by celebrities, authors, health experts, and athletes. Wine tastings, yoga lessons, and a 5K round out the week’s events, giving a variety of fun things to choose from.

5. French Weeks

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Want all the culture of France without a trip to France? Bienvenue a French Weeks, happening from Oct. 26 – Nov. 9 and hosted by the French-American Chamber of Commerce and the French Consulate in Miami. Learn all about French culture, France, and this year’s partner city,  Marseille, in the south of France.

Impress your friends with your knowledge of French wines by attending a professional wine tasting and pairing event. Or you can compete against other francophiles to be named the best chef at French Weeks. The winner takes home a pass to professional cooking classes. Athletes of all ages can enter the FACC Tennis Open. Other events include a red carpet event highlighting French culture, talks in English and French, performances, and art exhibits showcasing French artists.

6. Santa’s Enchanted Forest

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Traveling with kids? What better activity for the almost-holiday-season than a trip to see Santa? Santa’s Enchanted Forest is a seasonal theme park from Nov. 2 – Jan. 7 that is all things St. Nick. Thrill-seekers will find everything from the carousel to twisting roller coasters, with dozens of rides for the whole family. If you’re not up for the rides, check out the arcades, children’s maze, and of course, the holiday lights and photos with Santa himself. Don’t miss out on the shows, though. Magic shows, acrobat shows and more are happening every day at the park.  

7. Miami Heritage Month

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Stick around through the month of December, named Miami Heritage Month. Deals are happening throughout the city for you to learn about Miami’s rich multicultural history. Tour historic neighborhoods and take the heritage trails to learn their importance, or check out the ‘Art of Black Miami’ exhibits shining a light on local, national, and international artists’ work on the African Diaspora. Foodies will love the culinary tour highlighting food from different multicultural Miami neighborhoods.

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