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October Fun in Florida: Air and Car Shows, Film Festival, Oktoberfest Featured

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Fall opens up a season of entertaining events throughout Florida, with some of the biggest annual gatherings of the year. Airplanes, cars, beer and brats, and juried films are all available for your enjoyment.

Here are just a few don’t-miss activities, all within a reasonable distance of Cypress Trail RV Resort, some just a half-hour away.  

Miami International Auto Show

If you love cars, SUVs and pickups, both new and old, you can see plenty at the Miami International Auto Show, and even get to drive some. Among the highlights: Topless in Miami, which displays the best convertibles available in the U.S., as judged by members of the Southern Automotive Media Association; and Havana Classics, featuring mostly 1950s classics, including a 1959 Mercedes 300D used by deposed President Fulgencio Batista, and then Fidel Castro, plus a 1950 Pontiac Catalina, 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air and 1957 MG-A. Many 2019 models will be on display, and a Ride and Drive event allows drivers 18 or older (21 on some models) to drive some 2018 and 2019 vehicles on South Miami streets.
 
Miami International Auto Show
Location: Miami Beach Convention Center, 1901 Convention Center Dr., Miami Beach, FL  33139
Dates: Oct. 5-13
Cost: $16, age 13 and over; $7, ages 6-2; free, age 5 and under
Tickets: online
Directions: The convention center is about 2 hours, 25 minutes’ drive from Cypress Trail.

Florida International Air Show

Let your spirits soar at the 37th Florida International Air Show at the Punta Gorda Airport. Highlights include a Vietnam-era MiG 17F fighter demonstration by Randy Ball; the CAF Red Tail Squadron’s educational program and P-51C Mustang World War II fighter, painted to honor the Tuskegee Airmen, the nation’s first African American pilots; and the RedLine Air Shows Aerobatic Team.  

Florida International Air show
Location: Punta Gorda Airport
Dates: Oct. 19-21
Cost: $30, one day and night ($5 child); $45, weekend pass
Tickets: online
Directions: The Punta Gorda Airport is just a 30-minute drive from Cypress Trail.

Cape Coral Oktoberfest

Getting from Cypress Trail to Munich, Germany, for Oktoberfest would be one heck of a ferry ride.  You’re in luck. There will be plenty of sauerbraten, brats, schnitzel and, of course, domestic and German bier at the annual Cape Coral Oktoberfest the last two weekends of the month, and it’s just a 30-minute drive to get there. Need a little oom-pah music? Bands, including two from Germany, will perform continuously. There are less-traditional music and food, too. Enjoy three stages and two dance floors.

The German American Social Club of Cape Coral does its best to mimic Munich for the festival each October, but this is a family event, with a carnival area or children featuring rides and games.

Cape Coral Oktoberfest
Address: 2101 SW Pine Island Road, Cape Coral, FL 33991
Dates: Oct. 18-21 and 26-28
Cost: $5 in advance; $6 at the gate
Tickets: (239) 283-1400
Directions: The German American Social Club of Cape Coral is about a half-hour drive from Cypress Trail.

Naples International Film Festival

A presentation of Artis—Naples, the Naples International Film Festival enters its 10th year. Narrative films include some established stars—Emma Thompson, Stanley Tucci, Brian Cox, Rosanna Arquette, Tom Wilkinson, French actress Miou-Miou. Documentaries examine topics including bias, the effort by science fair participants to break new ground, sexual abuse, Studio 54, haute cuisine, and the life of legendary performer Sammy Davis Jr. There are also short subjects and student films.

There’s an opening night gala, replete with a red carpet, and a closing night awards ceremony plus a closing celebration with comics Steve Martin and Martin Short. (The Martin & Martin event is sold out, but tickets are available for the awards ceremony.) Tickets are available for all other events. Note: Some films may not be appropriate for children.

Both venues—Artis-Naples and Silverspot Cinema, where films other than the one on opening night are shown—are about a 45-minute drive from Cypress Trail. Note: There is no designated RV parking, but passenger vehicles park free.

Naples International Film Festival
Locations: Artis—Naples, 5833 Pelican Bay Blvd., Naples, Florida 34108-2740; Silverspot Cinema, 9118 Strada Pl #8205, Naples, FL 34108
Dates: Oct. 25-28
Cost: Varies by film and events; $18 to $69
Tickets: opening night; awards ceremony; films
Directions: Artis—Naples; Silverspot Cinema

Photo Credits: Wikipedia

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