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Florida Day of the Dead, beer Olympics top South Florida's drinking events

Mexican Standoff Can Release (a vanilla, cinnamon and chocolate beer spiced with habanero peppers), noon-10 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 2, at Due South Brewing Company, 2900 High Ridge Road, Suite 3, Boynton Beach; free; 561-463-2337 or DueSouthBrewing.com and Facebook event page

Florida Day of the Dead Celebration (a family-friendly festival honoring the departed, with parades, puppets, live music and spirits), 4-10 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 2, at Huizenga Plaza, 32 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; free; DayoftheDeadFlorida.com and Facebook event page

Hollyweird Halloween 3 (a post-Halloween block party, costume contest with live music and drink specials), 6 p.m.-2 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, at Anniversary Park, 123 N. 20th Ave., Hollywood, and various downtown bars; free; Facebook event page

Dinner and a Side of Whisky (a celebrity chef-led dinner-and-spirits pairing), 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 3, at Monkitail at the Diplomat Beach Resort, 3555 S. Ocean Drive, Hollywood; $79 per person; 954-602-8755 or Monkitail.com

Fort Lauderdale Craft Beer Sporting Games and Food Festival (an Olympics-style beer festival featuring local breweries), 1-6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4, in the MASS District, 820 NE Fourth Ave., Fort Lauderdale; free, $72 for VIP via Eventbrite.com; FTLCraftBrewSummerGames.com or Facebook event page

Two Years! Tasting Room Anniversary (a cider-filled birthday bash with food trucks and rare releases), 1 p.m.-midnight Saturday, Nov. 4, at Accomplice Brewery and Ciderworks, 1023 N. Florida Mango Road, West Palm Beach; 561-568-7242 or AccompliceBrewery.com and Facebook event page

Punkin Chunkin in the Park (a pumpkin-catapulting festival with Accomplice Ciderworks cider), noon-5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 5, at South Florida Science Center, 4801 Dreher Trail N., West Palm Beach; $3 per team; 561-832-1988 or SFScienceCenter.org and Facebook event page

Bousa Brewing Opening Night (a new brewery party with live music from Locos Por Juana), 3 p.m. Friday, Nov. 10, at Bousa Brewing Company, 7235 NE 4th Ave., Miami; free; 786-338-8035 or BousaBrewing.com and Facebook page

Gridiron Grill-Off Food and Wine Festival (a massive cookout with beer, booze and NFL stars), noon-5:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 11, at Pompano Beach Amphitheater, 1801 NE 6th St.; $95-$100, $135-$140 for VIP; GridironGrilloff.com and Facebook event page

Fort Lauderdale’s second annual Margarita Festival (a tequila-fueled bash featuring 20 different vendors), 5-8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 11, at Tacocraft Taqueria and Tequila Bar, 204 SW Second St.; $27.37, $59.02 for VIP via MargaritaFest2.eventbrite.com; 954-463-2003 or TacoCraft.com and Facebook event page

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