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It's almost Memorial Day weekend! On the last Monday of May, we take a day to pause and remember those who sacrificed their lives while serving in our country's armed forces. This meaningful holiday is a small way we can honor their bravery, service, and ultimately, their sacrifice. Memorial Day weekend is packed with a number of festivals, parties and ceremonies all over the country — including Fort Lauderdale. Mark your calendars for these events taking place this Friday through Monday to make the most out of this action-packed and patriotic weekend!  

Friday Night Sound Waves Presents All Access Band

Friday, May 25 6–9 p.m. | The Fort Lauderdale Beach Hub   Friday Night Sound Waves Fort Lauderdale, FL

Photo Courtesy of Malcolm Mayo / Friday Night Sound Waves

Kick off Memorial Day Weekend with an evening of non-stop dancing and excitement as the All Access band returns to The Hub at Fort Lauderdale Beach. This music event is presented by Southwest Airlines and is completely free to attend! It's the perfect way to get ready for the weekend's festivities.  

Great American Beach Party

Saturday, May 26 10 a.m.–8:30 p.m. | Fort Lauderdale Beach

Great American Beach Party Fort Lauderdale, FL

Photo Courtesy of Chaz Adams, Public Information Officer, City of Fort Lauderdale

Considered one of the most memorable events of Memorial Day Weekend, the 8th Annual Great American Beach Party is a free all-day party that should not be missed. You can expect music, live performances, and activities for the whole family, including a kids' zone, a sand castle contest, an art show, and a free movie showing on the beach. Head to Fort Lauderdale Beach near the intersection of Las Olas Boulevard and A1A for a day filled with endless summertime fun.  

Flagler Village Artwalk Market

Saturday, May 26 6–11 p.m. | The Hive Flagler Village Artwalk Market Fort Lauderdale, FL

Photo Courtesy of the Flagler Village Artwalk

The Flagler Village Artwalk is a market held at The Hive in northern Fort Lauderdale on the last Saturday of every month. The Hive is a collection of creative retail, food, beverage, entertainment, and art related businesses located in the center of the MASS District. Enjoy food trucks, tent and table vendors, art galleries, coffee shops, bars, music and more at this exciting community gathering on Saturday evening!  

City of Fort Lauderdale Memorial Day Ceremony

Monday, May 28 9 a.m. | Lauderdale Memorial Park Cemetery Memorial Day Service And of course, take time to pause and remember the entire reason we celebrate Memorial Day, to begin with. The City of Fort Lauderdale is hosting an annual Memorial Day Ceremony at the Lauderdale Memorial Park Cemetery on Monday morning. The ceremony will feature a keynote speaker, a parade of colors, recognition of veterans, wreath placement, and a dove release.  

Memorial Day KidzFest at Flamingo Gardens

May 26–28 9:30am-4:30pm | Flamingo Gardens Memorial Day KidzFest at Flamingo Gardens Davie, FL

Photo Courtesy of Flamingo Gardens

Take the little ones to Flamingo Gardens this Memorial Day weekend for KidzFest, a weekend-long festival in conjunction with the US premier of the Borowski Art Glass exhibit, "Fables and Fairytales." The exhibit features over 70 imaginative works of art in glass and metal by the acclaimed glass artists of Studio Borowski. The colorful objects and sculptures are reminiscent of mythical creatures from beloved fables and fairytales. KidzFest will feature special guided tours, kids' entertainment, games, crafts, vendor and information booths, food, and other fun surprises!  

Memorial Day Beach Bash

Monday, May 28 1–9 p.m. | Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort Memorial Day Beach Bash Hilton Fort Lauderdale, FL Party by the beach on the balcony of the Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort this Memorial Day! Their Memorial Day Beach Bash will include a great lineup of DJs and a number of drink specials. Purchase your $10 tickets in advance!  

Happy Memorial Day!

Let us know what events you're looking forward to in the city! And enjoy this extended weekend with family and friends.

Every year, on the last Monday of May, we pause to remember and honor those who sacrificed their lives while serving in our country's armed forces. We are forever grateful for their bravery, selflessness, and ultimately, their sacrifice. All weekend long, there are plenty of ways to celebrate Memorial Day in Boca Raton. From lively concerts to a meaningful memorial service, these events are worth adding to your calendar to maximize this three-day weekend and the unofficial start of summer!  

Florida Launch vs. Dallas Rattlers

Saturday, May 26 7 p.m. Florida Launch

Photo Courtesy of Austen Amacker via the Florida Launch

If you have yet to see an exciting Florida Launch game, now's your chance! See the only Major League Lacrosse team in Florida take on the Dallas Rattlers at the FAU stadium on Saturday night. This relatively new addition to the South Florida sports scene is an exciting way to kick off Memorial Day weekend! Tickets start at just $15.50.  

An Evening With Nat King Cole

Saturday, May 26 8 p.m. An Evening With Nat King Cole at The Wick

Photo Courtesy of Donny Ray Evins

Spend an unforgettable evening at The Wick Theatre & Costume Museum as Donny Ray Evins takes the stage with an incredible tribute to Nat King Cole. This one-night-only event is Donny's first appearance in South Florida in 15 years; in other words, this is a night that should not be missed! Tickets are on sale now.  

Lotos Music Festival

Sunday, May 27 4 p.m. Lotos Music Festival

Photo Courtesy of Lotos Music Festival

Don't miss this exciting music event at Mizner Park Amphitheater on Sunday! The 4th Annual Lotos Music Festival is bringing music icons together for their biggest line-up yet. Bands and musicians include Cypress Hill with Mixmaster Mike, Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, Everlast, Inner Circle, Slick Rick, and more. Purchase general admission tickets for $58 through May 20, $63 from May 21–25, and $68 on May 26 and 27.  

Memorial Day Apple Pie 5K & Ice Cream Mile

Monday, May 28 7 a.m. Memorial Day Apple Pie 5K & Ice Cream Mile

Photo Courtesy of RunSignUp

Join YMCA Boca Raton for this fun and exciting race taking place on Memorial Day. Those who register for the Boca Raton Memorial Day Apple Pie 5K before May 25 are guaranteed an apple pie at the end, and those who register for the ice cream mile and kids race by May 25 will receive ice cream sundaes at the end! The event features a water slide, DJ music, post-race food, and more. Register for the race in advance to guarantee your sweet treat! All active and retired US armed forces members who pre-register will receive free race entry.  

Memorial Service at Boca Raton Cemetery

Monday, May 28 9 a.m. Memorial Day Service at Boca Raton Cemetery Get to the heart of what Memorial Day is all about at Boca Raton's Memorial Day Service at Boca Raton Cemetery. The hour-long service will feature veteran groups, city officials, music by the Fort Lauderdale Highlanders, drills by the Boca Raton Community High School NJROTC, and the Boca Raton Police and Fire Honor Guard.  

Memorial Day Concert

Monday, May 28 6 p.m. Memorial Day Concert at Mizner Park

Photo Courtesy of Jason Koerner via the Mizner Park Amphitheater

Don't miss this free concert at Mizner Park Amphitheater featuring local indie musicians, The Helmsmen, and country artists, the Shane Duncan Band. Enjoy delicious food from local food trucks, including Tucker Duke's, and a beer garden serving Barrel of Monks beer. The City of Boca Raton is teaming up with Forgotten Soldiers Outreach, a local nonprofit, to provide an area where attendees can write a letter to a soldier and donate goods to create "We Care" packages to be sent to deployed soldiers. Visit the event page for a full list of items needed for donation. Bring your own blankets and chairs or rent a chair for $5 once you arrive. Doors for the Memorial Day concert open at 5:30 p.m. and no tickets are required for this free event!  

Happy Memorial Day!

We hope you enjoy this weekend filled with delicious food, live music, and most importantly, a spirit of gratitude and remembrance.

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