1. CALL OF THE CARIBBEAN

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The Caribbean Beach Festival kicks off at Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, from October 5 with great food, dance and equally great music – this year the festival’s headliners are American rapper Fat Joe, Jamaican dancehall and reggae singer Charly Black, Nigerian musician Iyana and Latin dancehall musician Dynasty. The event will also have food trucks, stilt walkers, games and acrobatic acts. From 4pm-3am; tickets cost Dh130 at platinumlist.net and Dh150 at the gate.

2. THANK YOU, CANADA

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Canadian Thanksgiving is here to cure your Monday blues this coming week. The land of maple syrup and ice hockey celebrates the festival a full month earlier than their American counterparts (who celebrate it in November) and we aren’t complaining, especially since Canadian eatery Eggspectation will be offering a complimentary mini Poutine with the purchase of a main meal on October 8. We know what we’ll be thankful for this Canadian Thanksgiving – homemade French fries, drizzled with white cheddar cheese curds, gravy, and smoked meat. What turkey? Offer valid at both The Beach JBR and City Walk branches.

3. FRANKLY SINGING

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The National Symphony Orchestra’s (NSO) Big Band is performing a special tribute to Frank Sinatra on October 5 at the Emirates Palace Hotel Auditorium at Abu Dhabi Corniche and The MusicHall at Jumeirah Zabeel Saray Hotel on October 6. The crooner’s most popular hits such as My Funny Valentine, I’ve Got you Under my Skin, The Lady is a Tramp, New York New York and others will be performed by a 17-piece big band led by NSO’s Music Director Andrew Berryman. They will be joined on stage by guest musicians Ryan Quigley, lead trumpet virtuoso, London jazz trombonist Trevor Mires, and vocalists Ciaran Fox and Cara Jane Roberts. Both concerts start at 7.30pm and tickets are available at ticketmaster.com from Dh125.

4. FAMILY DAY OUT

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The Lapita Hotel Family Daycation Brunch blends great food and a leisurely day out at the pool. You get access to the Polynesian-themed hotel’s extensive buffet of 150 dishes – a mix of international eats and South Pacific specialities such as the Polynesian BBQ grill station and Poisson Cru, Tahiti’s national dish made with tuna marinated in lime juice, diced vegetables and fresh coconut milk. Afterwards, splash around in the hotel’s main pool, family pool or lazy river and kids have access to the Teens and Kids clubs too. From Dh245 per adult and Dh110 for children aged 12 and below. From 1pm-4pm every Friday; call 04 810 9999 or email Lapita.restaurantreservations@autographhotels.com.

5. GO FOR A RUN

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Why walk in the park when you can run? After its inaugural edition in May, the Cigna Park Run is back this Saturday, October 6 at Zabeel Park. Joggers, sprinters as well as serious runners can sign up for a 2.5km or 5km run. Already made plans for the weekend? You can attend Cigna Park Run events every first Saturday of each month. Registration costs Dh100, which covers your entry to running events for the rest of the year and gives you a souvenir t-shirt and custom timing chip. Race starts at 8am; visit cignaparkrun.com.