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August
22

Labor Day is just around the corner! There are plenty of exciting events happening in Boca Raton over Labor Day weekend, from bourbon tastings to stand-up comedy, and prix fixe dinners to live jazz performances. While Labor Day marks the unofficial end of summer, we live in an area with a summertime vibe all year long! But these events will ensure you spend your extended weekend doing something fun and exciting. Mark your calendar with one or two of these Labor Day weekend events in Boca Raton.

Boca Raton Resort & Club Events

Boca Raton Resort & Club is the place to be this Labor Day weekend. They have a lengthy list of events planned all weekend long — each with a special Nashville twist! The resort has partnered with DMI to offer exclusive and intimate access to Grammy-winning singers and songwriters, a tasty Smokes, Brews & BBQ event, exclusive trunk shows, children's activities, and more.

Bourbon Social

Friday, August 31 at 6:30 p.m. What to do in Boca Raton on Labor Day This bourbon-centric social is part of the resort's exclusive dinner pairing series. Sample award-winning bourbon curated by the talented beverage director and hear renditions of your favorite country hits performed by the person who wrote them. That's right — get a chance to mingle with legendary Nashville songwriters, including Lee Thomas Miller, Wendell Mobley, and Trea Landon.

How I Wrote That Song

Friday, August 31 at 7:30 p.m. This is another must-do for country music fans! How I Wrote That Song offers a behind-the-scenes look with chart-topping singer-songwriters as they perform and share the fascinating stories behind their biggest hits. Hear from veterans like Liz Rose, Bob DiPiero, William Michael Morgan, Phil Barton, Aaron Ratiere and Tim Nichols.

Songs at Sea

Saturday, September 1 at 3:30 p.m Hop on board an end-of-summer sunset cruise at the Boca Raton Resort Marina. From a beautiful catamaran, attendees will experience an intimate performance from some of Nashville's premiere songwriters, including Emily Weisband and Parker McCollum. This sunset cruise offers an idyllic setting for enjoying live music!

Smokes, Brews & BBQ

Saturday, September 1 at 6:30 p.m. This laid-back event will feature tantalizing barbecue food, hand-rolled cigars, local beer tasting flights and more. Kick back with a cold brew and experience the ultimate taste of summer alongside Nashville Songwriter Hall of Fame member, Bob DiPiero ("Southern Voice" by Tim McGraw and "Blue Clear Sky" by George Strait), Corey Crowder and Randy Montana.

End of Summer Celebration & LobsterBash

Sunday, September 2 | Dinner at 6:30 p.m. + Show at 8 p.m. What to do in Boca Raton on Labor Day Wrap up this exciting lineup of events at Boca Raton Resort & Club with the End of Summer Celebration and LobsterBash! The all-you-can-eat lobster dinner starts at 6:30 p.m. and will be followed by a concert celebrating the end of summer with country music stars Rodney Atkins and RaeLynn. Combining the fresh seafood of South Florida with the renowned country music of Nashville, this unique event should not be missed.

D.J. Demers at Mizner Park Comedy Club

Saturday, September 1 at 8 p.m. | Doors Open at 7 p.m. Head to Mizner Park Comedy Club for an entertaining performance from D.J. Demers, a talented stand-up comedian who has appeared on America's Got Talent, Conan (twice!), and was the winner of the 2014 Homegrown Comics Competition at the prestigious Just For Laughs festival in Montreal. His debut stand-up album, [Indistinct Chatter], was released in 2017 to great acclaim. Laugh alongside this hilarious comedian on Saturday, September 1 at this renowned comedy club. Tickets are $20 for general admission, $30 for premium and $160 for a VIP table. Beer, wine, soft drinks, snacks, and candy will be available for purchase, but it is advised that you enjoy a full dinner at any of the many Mizner Park restaurants before the show.

Weekend Shows at the Funky Biscuit

The Funky Biscuit is a lively music venue hosting an array of both local and national talent, playing everything from rock to reggae. There are three exciting shows happening on Labor Day weekend at the Funky Biscuit! Take a look at the lineup. Funky Biscuit Boca Raton, FL

Photo Courtesy of J Skolnick Photography

An Evening With Anders Osborne and Mike Zito

Friday, August 31 at 9 p.m. | Doors Open at 5 p.m. Witness two incredible musicians come together in an intimate setting at An Evening With Anders Osborne and Mike Zito. The emotional, soulful vocals and piercing, expert guitar work makes New Orleans' Anders Osborne a true musical treasure. With a number of accolades in the music world, including Entertainer of the Year by Gambit Weekly and Crescent City's Best Guitarist for three consecutive years by OffBeat, Osborne puts on a performance that should not be missed. He will be accompanied by Mike Zito, a South St. Louis native with a lengthy list of accomplishments, including 12 albums, founding supergroup Royal Southern Brotherhood and The Wheel, producing albums for talented artists, and much more.

Elan Trotman

Saturday, September 1 at 8 p.m. | Doors Open at 5 p.m. Get groovy on Saturday with an incredible performance from saxophonist Elan Trotman, a jazz artist who has quickly emerged as one of the genre's most thrilling and emotive performers. He continues to evolve and push boundaries as a composer, performer, teacher and recording artist. Trotman's playing is inspired by legends like Grover Washington, Jr., Kirk Whalum, and Najee, but he certainly displays his own style and unique tone.

Biscuit Jam With Mark Telesca, Richie Schmidt & The Funky Biscuit All-Stars Featuring Frank Bang & The Cook County Kings

Monday, September 3 at 8 p.m. | Doors Open at 5 p.m. Experience a repertoire of musical wonder at Biscuit Jam with Mark Telesca, Richie Schmidt & the Funky Biscuit All-Stars, featuring Frank Bang and The Cook County Kings. This collection of talented musicians will bring an array of musical genres, with an emphasis on blues music. The main headliner of this music-filled evening is Mark Telesca, a talented songwriter, singer, guitarist, and bassist who studied music at Florida Atlantic University and currently lives in West Palm Beach.

2018 Boca Restaurant Month

September 1–30 Boca Raton Restaurant Week

Photo courtesy of Boca Restaurant Month

Starting on Saturday, kick-off Boca Restaurant Month, an exciting foodie event lasting throughout the month of September! The month-long event aims to promote Boca Raton's incredible array of culinary experiences, featuring a mixture of new and repeat restaurants from last year's inaugural restaurant month. Participating restaurants will feature a three-course prix fixe dinner menu priced between $36 and $40, not including tax or gratuity. This is the perfect opportunity to sample some of Boca's finest dining establishments presenting their finest dishes at a reasonable price. Check out nine of our favorite must-visit restaurants participating in Boca Restaurant Month!

Happy Labor Day!

What events are you attending over the extended weekend? Let us know in the comments below!
June
20

It's almost time for all things patriotic, including American flags waving high, lively music, sparklers, hot dogs and hamburgers, ice cold Coca-Cola, and of course, brilliant fireworks overhead. That's right — the Fourth of July is almost upon us, and we are looking forward to all the festivities taking place in the area. Savor the sweetness of summer at one of these amazing Fourth of July events in Boca Raton and surrounding communities. All of these events are free and family-friendly (besides the happy hour outings!), so all ages can participate in the Independence Day fun this year.  

Fabulous Fourth

6:30–9:30 p.m. | Spanish River Athletic Complex
Boca Raton Fabulous Fourth Each year, the community of Boca Raton comes together for Fabulous Fourth, an exciting event with live music and performances, carnival rides, games and crafts, food and drinks, and of course, spectacular fireworks to end the night! The best news of all? This event is completely free! Parking is also free, with plenty of options at several nearby public parking lots and a complimentary shuttle service from 5:30–10:15 p.m. Bring your blankets and lawn chairs to enjoy this family-friendly, action-packed evening at the Spanish River Athletic Complex.  

Sunset Cove July 4th Celebration

5:30 p.m. | Sunset Cove Amphitheater
Head to the Sunset Cove Amphitheater just west of Boca Raton for the 11th Annual 4th of July Celebration presented by the West Boca Community Council and the Palm Beach County Parks and Recreation Department. This free family event will feature a kids fun zone, concessions for sale, a welcome booth with an interactive prize wheel, live music by The Fabulous Fleetwoods, and a fireworks show! Gates open at 5:30 p.m., the kids' zone is available from 6–8 p.m., live music starts at 7 p.m., and the fireworks will take off at 9 p.m. Lawn chairs and blankets are welcome.  

Delray Beach's July 4th Celebration

5–9 p.m. | A1A and Atlantic Avenue in Delray Beach
Delray Beach's Fourth of July Celebration

Photo Courtesy of VMA Studios via Visit Delray Beach

Travel up the road to the corner of A1A and Atlantic Avenue in Delray Beach. The city's July 4th Celebration is filled with non-stop fun for the whole family all evening long. Enjoy activities and interactive sponsor booths, a flag-raising ceremony, entertainment, mini golf, a kids' corner, lots of food and drinks, and a breathtaking fireworks show at 9 p.m. This free event should not be missed, whether you live in Delray Beach or down the road in Boca Raton! Need some ideas for your visit to Delray? There is so much to do, see and taste in this charming beach town.  

Deerfield Beach 4th of July Celebration

12–9 p.m. | Main Deerfield Beach Parking Lot
Take part in the community tradition in Deerfield Beach, as the city hosts its annual 4th of July Celebration. Relax on the beach and join in the festivities as we celebrate our nation's independence. The free event will feature music and vendors selling a variety of arts and crafts, delicious food, and refreshing beverages. Make sure you stick around for the famous Deerfield Beach fireworks show! While you're in town, explore the many things to do in Deerfield Beach, including local eats, sites, and activities.  

Enjoy Happy Hour at a Local Restaurant or Bar

Boca Raton Happy Hours A day off work is often the best time to take advantage of weekday happy hours. Escape the heat and crowds with a visit to one of the many amazing bars and restaurants in Boca Raton with amazing deals throughout the week. Some of our favorite happy hour spots include: Tap 42 — Weekdays from 4–6 p.m. RACKS Downtown Eatery + Tavern — Every Day from 4–7 p.m. Kapow Noodle Bar — Every Weekday 4–7 p.m. Max's Grille — Every Day Except Saturday from 11:30 a.m.–4 p.m. (at the bar) + 4–7 p.m. (at the bar high tops and lounge area) DaVinci's of Boca — Every Day from 11–7 p.m. City Fish Market — Monday–Friday from 4–7 p.m. + Saturday/Sunday from 5–7 p.m. Mario's Osteria — Every Day from 11:30 a.m.–6 p.m. at the bars Chops Lobster Bar — Every Day from 5–7 p.m.  

Happy Fourth of July!

We hope you have a blast celebrating our nation's independence at one of these fun events taking place in the city. Let us know how you plan to celebrate the holiday!
December
13

Believe it or not, 2017 is rapidly coming to a close. It is time to celebrate the completion of a wonderful year and look forward to the exciting things to come in 2018! There are plenty of ways to ring in the new year — whether you would rather watch the ball drop in Times Square on TV at home, or socialize over a fancy dinner and a midnight toast with friends at a local restaurant or bar. Fort Lauderdale has plenty of prix fixe dinners and lively parties on the schedule for New Year's Eve this year! Pick an event, dust off your favorite sparkly dress, and celebrate the start of 2018 in style.  

Parties

Orange Bowl Downtown Countdown

1 p.m.–3 a.m. | Downtown Fort Lauderdale
City of Fort Lauderdale Orange Bowl Downtown Countdown The Orange Bowl and the City of Fort Lauderdale are hosting the annual Fort Lauderdale Orange Bowl Downtown Countdown, the premier New Year's Eve celebration in South Florida. In fact, this is one of the largest NYE celebrations in the Southeast, and it attracts an estimated 100,000 people each year! The free street festival will feature a variety of activities for all ages, including bounce houses and inflatables, face painting, games, contests, line dancing with a DJ, and a spectacular ball drop at midnight! Plus, there will be an early ball lighting countdown at 7 p.m. for those unable to stay up late.  

New Year's Celebration at America's Backyard

9 p.m.–12 a.m. | America's Backyard
Celebrate at one of the city's largest New Year's Eve parties at America's Backyard. This event sells out every year, so check out the variety of ticket packages while they are still available. The Open Bar Package includes unlimited well drinks and the VIP Package includes unlimited premium drinks and access to the private upstairs balcony. Or you can purchase a table reservation for four to get a bottle of champagne and liquor to enjoy at your own private table. Everyone in attendance will take part in a special midnight champagne toast!  

New Year's Eve Party at Stache Drinking Den

9 p.m.–12 a.m. | Stache Drinking Den
Fort Lauderdale NYE Events Get funky and ring in the new year with South Florida's coolest band, Fusik. Stache Drinking Den is throwing quite the party on New Year's Eve, featuring a premium open bar from 9 p.m. to midnight, gourmet bites, a midnight champagne toast, and other surprises! This is an event you won't want to miss. Get your tickets ranging from $75 to $1,500, for the private VIP Sky Box for 12 with three bottles of liquor and three bottles of champagne plus food and entertainment.  

New Year's Eve Celebration at the Old Riverhouse

9 p.m.–1 a.m. | Old Riverhouse
Celebrate the start of the new year at the Old Riverhouse. The event features a lavish buffet dinner and open bar, champagne toast, live music, and party favors. Tickets cost $175 per person, and reservations are recommended and may be made by calling 954-314-8699 or 954-661-7474.  

New Year's Eve Party at the Riverside Hotel

9 p.m.–1 a.m. | Riverside Hotel
Fort Lauderdale NYE Events Attend the ritzy Masquerade Party at the Riverside Hotel, featuring an open bar, live music, dancing, fireworks, photo booths, and more. Don't forget to wear a glamorous mask! Doors will open at 9 p.m. and the party will last until 1 a.m. Purchase your tickets for $118 per person for a night you won't forget!  

New York, NY New Year's Eve 2018!

8 p.m.–2 a.m. | Blue Martini
Dress up in cocktail attire and celebrate the start of the new year in true New York fashion at this exclusive party at Blue Martini. This event features live entertainment and a DJ all night, an open premium bar from 8–10 p.m., and a champagne toast at midnight. General admission tickets are $75 at the door or $60 in advance. To make your reservation, contact Kelly Kayce at KellyK@bluemartinilounge.com or 954-882-8017.  

New Year's Eve Gala at the Ritz-Carlton

8 p.m.–1 a.m. | Ritz-Carlton
New Year's Eve at Ritz-Carlton, Fort Lauderdale

Photo Courtesy of the Ritz-Carlton, Fort Lauderdale

Countdown to 2018 at an elegant gala at the Ritz-Carlton nestled along the ocean in Fort Lauderdale. The gala will include a festive cocktail hour, a live band, party favors, an open bar, a designated kid area, a champagne toast at midnight, and other surprises. Tickets cost $299 per person, plus tax and gratuity. The event is $199 for children ages 13–20, $99 for children ages 5-12, and complimentary for children under the age of 5. Reservations are required and may be made by calling 954-465-2300.  

Dinners

NYE Dinner at Wild Sea Oyster Bar & Grille

6–10 p.m. | Wild Sea Oyster Bar & Grille

Celebrate New Year's Eve at the chic and modern Wild Sea Oyster Bar & Grille. They will be serving a special five-course meal costing $125 per person, plus an optional $50 per person five-course wine pairing. To make your reservation, call 954-467-2555.

 

NYE Chef's Tasting Menu at Burlock Coast

5:30 p.m.–12 a.m. | Burlock Coast Seafare & Spirits
Join Chef Paula DaSilva as she takes you on a mouthwatering culinary journey at Burlock Coast this New Year's Eve. Attend the first seating at 5:30 p.m. for a three-course menu and champagne or the second seating at 9 p.m. for a five-course menu, balloon drop, and an open bar with champagne, wine, beer, and four festive cocktails. The first seating costs $99 per person, plus tax and gratuity, and the second seating costs $189 per person, plus tax and gratuity. Pay $99 per person for an all-inclusive open bar option. Reservations may be made by contacting Stephanie Clyde at 954-302-6430 or stephanie.clyde@ritzcarlton.com.   Fort Lauderdale NYE Dinners  

New Year's Eve Dinner at Indigo Restaurant

5–10 p.m. | Indigo Restaurant
Don't miss a special New Year's Eve dinner at Indigo Restaurant in the Riverside Hotel on Las Olas. A full menu will be available in addition to a variety of a la carte specials. Stick around after dinner for the Masquerade Party at the hotel (mentioned above) for a night full of glamour and fun!  

Shooters Waterfront New Year's Eve Dinner

7 p.m.–12:30 a.m. | Shooters Waterfront
Shooters Waterfront is hosting an amazing New Year's Eve dinner to celebrate the start of 2018! The four-course prix fixe menu will cost $99 per person. There will also be a live DJ, fire dancers, a balloon drop, festive party favors, and a champagne toast at midnight. Call 954-566-2855 to make a reservation.  

Happy New Year!

Enjoy these festive parties and dinners in Fort Lauderdale.
December
6

Premier Estate Properties agent Cindy O'Dare is sponsoring Live From Vero Beach, a music series taking place this upcoming January, February and March at the Emerson Center. O'Dare's fascinating past has a lot to do with her desire to support the arts and her community in Vero Beach. Today, O'Dare assists high-end clients with buying and selling luxury properties as a top-performing and award-winning broker associate at our Vero Beach office. Some may not realize that her real estate career was somewhat inspired by an unrelated industry and a unique business she ran in Miami during the '70s and '80s. O'Dare had a business called Home at Last, designed to take care of rock groups that recorded at Criteria Studios in Miami. She and her partner handled housing, transportation, catering, and anything else the musicians needed so they could focus on their music. She met and sometimes formed friendships with some of the major bands who recorded at Criteria, including Chicago, The Bee Gees, The Eagles, The Allman Brothers, and more. Over time, her business in Miami naturally evolved into an interest in the real estate industry. Cindy O'Dare "In 1976, my clients, The Bee Gees, called from The Isle of Man and said they wanted to buy three houses on North Bay Road and asked if I could help with that," O'Dare said. "I immediately took a one-week crash course with Bert Rogers School of Real Estate and got my license. They arrived a few weeks later and I sold them three of the most expensive homes in the history of Miami Beach." The transition from taking care of the rich and famous to selling luxury properties in Vero Beach was quite seamless, as the two share many similar elements and skillsets. You could say O'Dare has always been in the business of hospitality and making people feel at home, both temporarily and permanently. Her involvement with the music industry and celebrities also inspired her love for music, and a desire to support the environment and the arts. O'Dare is on the board of the Environmental Learning Center and contributes to the Cultural Council, Ballet Vero Beach, and other local causes. Plus, as part of her commitment to supporting the arts in 2017, O'Dare is sponsoring the entirety of the Live From Vero Beach music series. She sponsored a show last year and could not pick just one to support this year, so she decided to get behind the whole series. "I felt like our country wouldn't be what it is without the artists, the musicians, the dancers and the poets," O'Dare said. "The arts are always the first to go when the government makes cutbacks so it was a very clear decision I made this year." The series kicks off on Friday, January 12, and runs through Friday, March 30. Performers include Livingston Taylor and Karla Bonoff, Peter Yarrow, Live from Laurel Canyon, Poco, The Association, Broken Arrow (a tribute to Neil Young), "1964" The Tribute (a tribute to the Beatles), Firefall, and John Sebastian. O'Dare even has a personal connection to Firefall, her former clients and long-time friends. The band is best known for their biggest selling hit, "You are the Woman." O'Dare has maintained many celebrity connections to this day, as her clients became friends, especially after staying with her for long periods of time. The Eagles stayed with O'Dare seven times for months at a time to record "Hotel California," and O'Dare and her business partner even have the first "thank you" on the album's liner notes. In addition to supporting the work of musicians, O'Dare is passionate about promoting a local event in Vero Beach. She truly loves the community she lives and works in. "I love that Vero Beach is small but mighty," O'Dare said. "We have beautiful beaches, clean air, great restaurants and shopping, a world-class art museum, two regional theaters, an incredible ballet company, and no traffic. I love the sense of community here." Join O'Dare and her mission to support our local community and its amazing arts culture by attending any of the shows at Live From Vero Beach in January, February or March. Check out the full schedule and purchase tickets!
November
29

NOTE: This post is from 2017. For an updated list of 2018 holiday events in Boca Raton, click here. The holiday season is upon us! There are plenty of ways to experience this magical season to the fullest — from tree lightings to boat shows, and everything in between. Immerse yourself in the warmth, joy, splendor and excitement of the holiday season at these local events in Boca Raton.  

Holiday Street Parade

Wednesday, December 6 | 7:30–9 p.m.

  Boca Raton Holiday Events Don't miss the 47th Annual Holiday Street Parade hosted by the City of Boca Raton. This year's theme is "Light Up Boca," and the parade will begin at Federal Highway and Southeast 5th Street, traveling north towards Mizner Park Amphitheater. This free, fun and festive event is the perfect cap to an evening spent shopping or dining at the area's many shops and restaurants.  

Boca Raton Town Hall's 90th Birthday

Thursday, December 7 | 5–9 p.m.

Join the Boca Raton Historical Society & Museum for a special lecture and reception honoring the 90th birthday of Boca Raton Town Hall. The guest speaker will be Kathy Dickenson, who will offer a look back at the building's restoration in the 1980s. The Fire Bay Gift Shop will be featuring their annual holiday sale! You must RSVP for this event by calling 561-395-6766 to reserve your spot.  

Intracoastal Holiday Light Cruise

Thursday, December 7 | 5:30–7 p.m.

Set sail atop Palm Breeze Charters' 55-foot Catamaran yachts for the Intracoastal Holiday Light Cruise, including an open bar with beer, wine, soda, bottled water and bar snacks. Tickets for this unique holiday cruise cost $65 per person or $45 for children 12 and under.  

Boca Chamber's 36th Annual Holiday Auction

Thursday, December 7 | 5:30–9 p.m.

Boca Chamber's 36th Annual Holiday Auction

Photo Courtesy of Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce

Boca Chamber's Annual Holiday Auction is one of their most popular events of the year, drawing 300–400 people for an evening of networking and fun competition. Bid on exciting auction items to help the many successful programs at the Boca Chamber and to ensure the development of future programs. Take part in the live and silent auctions for a variety of desirable items while you enjoy culinary delights provided by some of Boca's best restaurants. Register for this delightful evening at Via Mizner Golf & Country Club in advance. Each $30 ticket includes entry to the even, two drinks, and dinner by the bite.  

FAU's Tuba Christmas

Sunday, December 10 | 5 p.m.

Join in the festivities with Florida Atlantic University's annual Tuba Christmas performance at Mizner Park. Doors open at 4 p.m. and this event is free and open to the public! Chairs and blankets are welcome, and chairs will be available to rent for $5 cash inside the venue. Purchase food and beverages inside the venue, and enjoy delightful Christmas songs from this talented group.  

15th Annual Gingerbread Holiday Concert

Sunday, December 10 | 2–4:30 p.m.

Lynn University presents its 15th Annual Gingerbread Holiday Concert at the Boca Raton Resort & Club, featuring musical classics of the season. Lynn Conservatory of Music Dean Jon Robertson will lead the university's Philharmonia in this pops concert. The event will also include a special piece from Disney's "Frozen," an appearance by princess Elsa, and photo opportunities with Santa. Event proceeds benefit the Lynn Conservatory of Music which provides scholarships to talented student musicians.  

Pet Photo Night

Sunday, December 10 | 6–8 p.m.

Pet Photo Night at Town Center at Boca Raton Make sure your fur baby is included in all of the holiday fun this year! Bring your pet to sit, stay and pose for a photo with Santa in the Nordstrom courtyard at the Town Center at Boca Raton on Sunday, December 10 from 6–8 p.m.  

Menorah Lighting at Boca Raton Resort & Club

Tuesday, December 12 | 6 p.m.

Kick off the first night of Hanukkah at the Menorah Lighting in the front courtyard at Boca Raton Resort & Club. Rabbi Ruvi New of Chabad of East Boca will be leading attendees in song and dance along with the ceremonial passing of the torch. Complimentary snacks and refreshments will be served, in addition to special goodie bags for kids.

Family Hanukkah Dinner

Friday, December 15 | 7 p.m.

Celebrate Hanukkah at the Boca Raton Resort & Club with a fun-filled dinner featuring salmon, chicken fricassee, potato pancakes, delicious desserts, and a festive kids buffet. Enjoy holiday crafts and games in addition to a DJ and dancing. Tickets for this event cost $55 for adults, $45 for teens, $35 for children ages 5–12, and are free for children under 4.  

Holiday Boat Parade

Saturday, December 16 | 6:30–8 p.m.

  Boca Raton Holiday Events Experience the holidays in true South Florida fashion at the City of Boca Raton's annual Holiday Boat Parade, featuring stunning boats decked out in holiday lights and decor. You may either enter your boat to participate in the parade, or simply enjoy the parade from the western portion of Red Reef Park, the Wild Flower Property, or Silver Palm Park viewing areas. The parade will start in the Intracoastal Waterway at the C-15 canal and travel south to Hillsboro Bridge. Register your boat in the parade for free, and you could win a cash prize if your boat wins!  

Polar Express Movie and Activities

Friday, December 22 | 5:30 p.m.

Watch the enchanting holiday film "The Polar Express" under the stars at Mizner Park Amphitheater to kick off the holiday weekend. Doors open at 5 p.m. for activities and the movie starts at 6:30 p.m. Chairs and blankets are welcome, and chairs will be available to rent for $5 in cash inside the venue. Food and beverages are available for purchase throughout the movie, but this event is free and open to the public.  

Boca Raton Resort & Club's Christmas Grand Buffet and Bonfire

Monday, December 25 | 3–9 p.m.

Celebrate Christmas evening within the inviting atmosphere of Boca Raton Resort & Club. The Grand Ballroom comes alive with the warmth of the season and a sparkling display of their chefs' finest efforts at the Christmas Grand Buffet from 3–8 p.m. Visit the holiday craft corner featuring face painting, a DJ and other festive activities. Head to the beach between 7 and 9 p.m. for a Family Beach Bonfire with s'mores, complimentary hot chocolate, apple cider, coffee and live music!  

Happy Holidays!

Enjoy time with family and friends as you revel in the splendor of the season at these festive events.
October
18

Halloween is just around the corner! This year, Halloween falls in the middle of the week on a Tuesday, which might make trick-or-treating a bit more difficult for little ones. Thankfully, there are plenty of trick-or-treating events in the Fort Lauderdale area taking place on the weekend to make this beloved tradition more accessible for all. Get your costumes ready and mark your calendars for these festive (and treat-filled) events in and around Fort Lauderdale.  

Trick-or-Treat on 2nd Street

Saturday, October 28 | Esplanade Park
The City of Fort Lauderdale has a lot of surprises in store the week before Halloween — from a Halloween party at Riverland Park on Wednesday, the 25th to Trick-or-Treat on 2nd Street at Esplanade Park on Saturday, the 28th. This free event will feature bounce houses, carnival games, face painting, treats, a kid and pet costume parade, and much more. Head to Esplanade Park from 1–5 p.m. to be a part of the festivities. Be sure to check out the full list of events!  

Flamingo Gardens Harvest Festival

October 21, 22, 28 + 29 | Flamingo Gardens
Flamingo Gardens Harvest Festival

Photo Courtesy of Flamingo Gardens

Throughout the month of October, Flamingo Gardens is hosting their Harvest Festival each weekend with a different fall-focused theme. On the last two weekends, this 60-acre botanical garden and everglade wildlife sanctuary has so much in store for little ones. Superheroes Weekend is October 21 and 22; meet Ironman and other superhero character favorites, and participate in superhero games and contests! On October 28 and 29, enjoy Halloween Story Time Weekend, featuring story times, a haunted house, trick-or-treating, meet-and-greets with costumed friends, and more. Admission is $19.95 for those 12 and over, and $12.95 for kids ages 3–11. Admission is free for children under 2 and Flamingo Gardens members.  

The Shops at Pembroke Gardens Trick-or-Treat

Saturday, October 21 | The Shops at Pembroke Gardens
Help the little ones get dressed up in their best costume and head to the mall for an action-packed trick-or-treating experience this Saturday, October 21 from 2–4 p.m. The Shops at Pembroke Gardens is hosting their annual trick-or-treat event, featuring kids arts and crafts, character selfie photo opportunities, and mall-wide trick-or-treating.  

Halloween on Breakers

Friday, October 27 | Village Design Art Gallery
Join the ghosts, witches and goblins at the Village Design Art Gallery in Fort Lauderdale for a fun, festive and family-friendly night. Trick-or-treat at the shops along Breakers Avenue, and top off the night with a showing of "Nightmare Before Christmas" under the stars on the Village Design lawn.  

Fall-o-Ween + Music on Main Street

Friday, October 27 | Oakland Park City Hall
Fall-o-ween and Music on Main Street at Oakland Park

Photo Courtesy of Oakland Park

Head to Main Street near Oakland Park City Hall for a fun night of Halloween happenings, including live music, food trucks, trunk-or-treating, a costume contest, spooky crafts and more. Don't miss this free community event from 6–10 p.m. to kick off the weekend before Halloween!  

Booville Halloween

Saturday, October 28 | Pines Recreation Center
Pines Recreation Center in Pembroke Pines is hosting Booville Halloween, featuring a costume contest, rides, a pumpkin patch, photo opportunities, trick-or-treat stations, moonlight movies, and other spooky and fun activities. Each child receives a passport to visit 20 trick-or-treat stations, some of which do not have candy to accommodate those with allergies, indicated by a teal pumpkin. Some stations provide gluten-free and peanut-free treats as well. $2 tickets go on sale at 4 p.m. on the day of the event, and are required for children 17 and under. The gates for Booville Halloween open at 6 p.m.  

YelloWeen!

Saturday, October 28 | Yello! Creative Arts and Events Center
Yello! Creative Arts and Events Center invites ghouls and goblins of all ages to celebrate Halloween Yello-style. YelloWeen is a family-friendly event with plenty of entertainment, contests, prizes and fun activities. Stroll through a pumpkin patch, decorate your pumpkins, walk through a haunted trail, trick your treats in the Yello! Kitchen, get your face painted, compete in a costume contest, and more.  

Not So Spooky Halloween

Tuesday, October 31 | Gulfstream Park
Not So Spooky Halloween Gulfstream Park

Photo Courtesy of Gulfstream Park

If you'd rather go trick-or-treating on Halloween night, Gulfstream Park is offering the ultimate one-stop destination! From 5–8 p.m., kids in costumes can trick-or-treat throughout the village at participating shops. Entertainment includes a DJ, face painter, photo booth, magic show and more. Plus, you can enjoy dinner at any of the many dining establishments at Gulfstream during the event!  

Happy Halloween!

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While Delray Beach is enjoyable all year long, it is particularly lovely in the summertime. With a full event calendar, pristine outdoor spaces, and gorgeous sugar sand beaches, there are plenty of ways to maximize your summer in this desirable coastal town. Whether you are fortunate enough to live in Delray Beach or are simply visiting for the day from surrounding cities (or afar!), here are some ways to spend your time this summer.  

EVENTS

Sushi & Stroll Summer Walks

June 9, July 14, August 11 + September 8

Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens Sushi & Stroll Summer Walks

Photo Courtesy of Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens

Visit the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens for their exclusive Sushi & Stroll Summer Walks event happening throughout the summer. On the second Friday of each month, explore their exquisite Japanese gardens with a craft sake in hand. Visitors are also invited to indulge in the delectable Pan-Asian cuisine from Morikami's Cornell Cafe, and enjoy roaring taiko drum performances by Fushu Daiko at 6:30, 7:15 and 8 p.m. Purchase your Sushi & Stroll Summer Walks tickets in advance or at the door! This year, the Sushi & Stroll Summer Walks are sponsored by JM Lexus, so anyone who presents a Lexus key fob will receive free admission for two people all summer long.  

Juneteenth Celebration

June 19 | 5–9 p.m.

Head to Daughters of Zion Seventh Day Adventist Church for the Spady Cultural Heritage Museum Juneteenth Celebration, a cultural event recognizing a special date in American and Florida history. Juneteenth commemorates June 19, 1865, which marked the end of slavery. Guests will enjoy live music, artistic expressions and demonstrations, belly dancing, drumming, storytelling, speakers, and delicious food. This event has a suggested donation of $10.  

Delray Beach's 4th of July Celebration

July 4 | 4–9:30 p.m.

Delray Beach's 4th of July Celebration

Photo Courtesy of VMA Studios via Visit Delray Beach

Celebrate Independence Day at Delray Beach's 4th of July Celebration along A1A and Atlantic Avenue. This free event will feature live music, a sand-sculpting contest, and a myriad of family activities, such as face painting, crafts, sidewalk chalk and more. A stunning fireworks show starts at 9 p.m., launching from the north end of the beach.  

Dine Out Downtown Delray Restaurant Week

August 1–7

Dine Out Downtown Delray Restaurant Week 2017

Photo Courtesy of Delray Beach Downtown Development Authority

Explore the diverse dining scene in Downtown Delray at the 2nd Annual Dine Out Downtown Delray Restaurant Week. The week features a variety of prix fixe lunches and dinners along with special Dine Out deals, plus a series of creative culinary events and classes at participating restaurants. Enjoy Dine Out deals for $10 and under, a multi-course prix lunch for $20 and under per person, or a multi-course prix fixe dinner for $20–40 per person. Make your reservations at participating restaurants and discover what amazing plates await at some of Delray's finest eateries.  

ACTIVITIES

Savor Our City Culinary Tours

Embark on a historical walking food tour of Delray! With Savor Our City Culinary Tours, small business owners, artisans, purveyors, farmers, restaurant chefs and mixologists share their personal food stories and their passion for local, seasonal and sustainable eats. Some of the most popular tours in Delray include Taste Atlantic Avenue, Art & Wine Lovers Tour Through Pineapple Grove, and Wine & Popcorn Pairing. Make your reservation in advance for a fun (and tasty) tour of this amazing town.  

Delray Yacht Cruises

Delray Yacht Cruises

Photo Courtesy of Delray Yacht Cruises

Cruise through the calm waters of the Intracoastal Waterway aboard the Lady Atlantic and Lady Delray while enjoying food and drinks accompanied by a two-hour narrated tour while passing some of the area's most iconic mansions. Learn about area history, see marine life, and feel the cool coastal breeze as you explore the canals of this gorgeous area. Ride the 1:30 p.m. cruise all summer long for just $16 per person using their special summer discount!  

Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens

The Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens is one of the most beautiful destinations in Delray Beach and South Florida as a whole. Experience Japanese culture, art, gardens, food and more at this exquisite collection of pristine gardens located in inland Delray about 8 miles from the beach.  

Delray Beach Water Sports

Water Sports in Delray Beach, FL Get immersed in the turquoise waters of the Atlantic by going kayaking, windsurfing, surfing, or stand-up paddleboarding with Delray Beach Water Sports. Access their location on the beach just north of the Seagate Hotel & Beach Club for a convenient rental and enjoy your day exploring the refreshing ocean waters!  

Vino Van Gogh

Escape the summer sun and unwind with a night at Vino Van Gogh. This unique painting studio is Delray Beach's newest hot spot for art and entertainment. Enjoy a glass of wine or beer with your sweetheart or a group of friends and follow step-by-step instructions to recreate a featured painting. This is a fun and interactive way to express your creativity!  

Stroll Through Downtown Delray

Downtown Delray Beach, FL

Photo Courtesy of Delray Beach Downtown Development Authority

Simply take a stroll through the charming area of downtown Delray, popping in and out of boutiques, luxury shops, upscale eateries, and experiencing the buzz of this amazing city. Explore the trendy Atlantic Avenue or artsy Pineapple Grove Arts District to grab a bite to eat and go shopping!  

Atlantic Dunes Park

Delray Beach is widely known for its exquisite beaches, and Atlantic Dunes Park is perfect for those pursuing a more serene beach experience. The park is nestled in an elevated wooded area, providing a quiet escape from other high-traffic beaches. There are plenty of places to lay out, as the beach itself is expansive and it is significantly less crowded.

 

Delray Beach Tennis Center

Delray Beach Tennis Center

Photo Courtesy of the Delray Beach Tennis Center

Stay active at the Delray Beach Tennis Center, a full-service public tennis facility with 14 clay courts, six hard courts, and an enormous 8,200-seat stadium. Play tennis at their location in the heart of Delray Beach or at their second location, the Delray Swim & Tennis Club, located on Jaeger Drive. Enjoy their pristine facilities and practice your tennis game in the glorious sunshine this summer!  

Delray Beach Golf Club

Or play a round of golf at Delray Beach Golf Club, with a course designed by the legendary golf course architect, Donald Ross. With a rich history and plenty of accolades, the course thrives today as an accessible public venue suitable for all levels of play.  

Addison Reserve Country Club

Enjoy the all-inclusive luxuries at Addison Reserve Country Club, a Platinum Club of America and the recipient of the coveted Emerald Award. In addition to its exquisite dining, golf course, fitness center, spa, tennis facilities, and more, Addison Reserve is an exceptional community to call home. The country club is home to 717 luxury estates situated on 653 lushly landscaped acres.  

HAPPY SUMMER

How are you experiencing Delray Beach to the fullest this summer? We'd love to know! Let us know in the comments below.

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