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Celebrate Diwali: Festival of Lights events in South Florida

South Florida offers events with vibrant entertainment and activities for Diwali – Festival of Lights. Some are free. Fees apply for others, and deals are also offered.

Events are in Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach.

The Square. Photo/Van Richardson

Diwali, or Dipawali, is India’s biggest and most important holiday of the year. The festival gets its name from the row (avali) of clay lamps (deepa) that Indians light outside their homes to symbolize the inner light that protects from spiritual darkness. Over the centuries, Diwali has become a national festival that’s also enjoyed by non-Hindu communities. Buddhists in India celebrate Diwali as well.

Please return to this feature as other events are added.

Fort Lauderdale

Diwali festival of lights is from  noon – 10 p.m. on November 12, 2022; and includes displays and vendors, including jewelry, apparel and Indian and other food items. The event includes hundreds of kids and adults performing. Dance & music includes Indian folk, Bhangra and Bollywood fusion.

Prior to the event, tickets are $12 online. At the event, it’s $15.

This Diwali festival is at the Broward Convention Center, 1950 Eisenhower Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316.

West Palm Beach

Diwali Festival of Lights is 3 p.m. – 7 p.m. on October 22, 2022 at The Square, 700 S. Rosemary Avenue, West Palm, FL 33401. Entry is free. Events include:

  • dances, workshops and other performances
  • FAU Aatish Dance Team
  • 3 p.m. Readery Storytime and Activity  
  • Resource Depot activity, making lanterns
  • vendors
  • henna

Library, West Palm Beach

Diwali art project for ages 8 and older 11 a.m. October 22 at Okeechobee Boulevard branch library, 5689 West Okeechobee Boulevard, West Palm Beach 33417. Registration is required, 561-233-1880

Las Olas Oceanside Park, Fort Lauderdale

Entry is free for Diwali festival is 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. October 21 at Las Olas Oceanside Park, or LOOP, 3000 E. Las Olas Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale 33316. The event includes vendors, dance and other live entertainment, and food for purchase. Parking fees at Fort Lauderdale beach are usually $4 an hour.

 

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Other entertainment:

Friday, December 9, 2022

What the Constitution Means to Me

Discounted | Adrienne Arsht Center

The Polar Express

$65.00-75.00 | Brightline MiamiCentral Station

A Very Merry Garden

10:00 am to 5:00 pm | Discounted | Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

'Stranger Things' immersive exhibit

11:00 am to 9:00 pm | FREE | Aventura Mall

holiday market at Dania Pointe

5:00 pm to 11:00 pm | FREE | Dania Pointe

Dania Pointe holiday night market

5:00 pm to 11:00 pm | FREE | Dania Pointe

Food truck gathering at Tropical Park

5:30 pm to 10:30 pm | FREE | Tropical Park

Holiday films in West Palm Beach

6:00 pm to 7:30 pm | FREE

Holiday events at Bonnet House in Fort Lauderdale

6:00 pm to 8:00 pm | $0-35.00 | Bonnet House

Rudolphs Winter Wonderland

6:00 pm to 8:00 pm | FREE | Tamarac Park

Jazz & holiday music in Hollywood

6:00 pm to 8:00 pm | FREE | TY Park

Zoo Lights at Palm Beach Zoo

6:00 pm to 9:00 pm | $10.00-22.00 | Palm Beach Zoo

Holiday in Paradise light show, ferris wheel & other festivites in West Palm

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | West Palm Beach Waterfront

Fantasy of Lights drive-through display

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | $20.00-45.00 | Tradewinds Park

Christmas Lights in the Acres

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | $10.00 | Plantation Baptist Church

Lights 4 Hope drive-through light display

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | $15.00-35.00 | Okeeheelee Park

Holiday displays & fun in Pembroke Pines

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | Oasis Church

Discount advance tickets: Magic of Lights Homestead drive-thru experience

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | Discounted | Homestead-Miami Speedway

Winterfest in Wellington

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | Wellington Village Park

Symphony In Lights at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale

6:00 pm to 11:00 pm | FREE | Gulfstream Park Village

Fast Lane Friday

6:00 pm to 11:59 pm | $0-25.00 | Homestead-Miami Speedway

Boynton Beach holiday boat parade

6:30 pm to 8:00 pm | FREE

Boynton Holiday Boat Parade

6:30 pm to 8:30 pm | FREE | Boynton Harbor Marina

Holiday light show and snow fall in West Palm, 6:30, 7:30 & 8:30

6:30 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | The Square downtown West Palm

Live music at Gulfstream in Hallandale

6:30 pm to 9:30 pm | FREE | Gulfstream Park Village

Zoo Lights at Zoo Miami

6:30 pm to 10:00 pm | Discounted | Zoo Miami

Snow flurries at Dania Pointe

7:00 pm to 7:20 pm | FREE | Dania Pointe

Jam on percussion for free

7:00 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | South Florida Center for Percussive Arts

Free live music at Hollywood beach bandshell

7:00 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | Hollywood beach bandshell

"Elf The Musical Jr." in Sunrise

7:00 pm to 9:00 pm | $20.00 | Sunrise Civic Center

Live music at Grandview in West Palm

7:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | Grandview Public Market

Free live music at Dolphin Mall

7:00 pm to 11:00 pm | FREE | Dolphin Mall

Nightly Snowfall

7:00 pm | FREE | Dolphin Mall

Live Music at Doral Yard

8:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | Doral Yard

Free outdoor films in Hollywood

8:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | ArtsPark

Snow flurries at Dania Pointe

8:30 pm to 8:50 pm | Dania Pointe

Saturday, December 10, 2022

What the Constitution Means to Me

Discounted | Adrienne Arsht Center

The Polar Express

$65.00-75.00 | Brightline MiamiCentral Station

Plantation Farmers Market

8:00 am to 12:00 am | FREE | Volunteer Park Plantation

Las Olas Oceanside Park Farmers, Antiques & Artisan Market

9:00 am to 12:00 am | FREE | Las Olas Oceanside Park

Sensory Friendly Saturday

9:00 am to 11:00 am | FREE | Miami Children’s Museum

A Very Merry Garden

10:00 am to 5:00 pm | Discounted | Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

PAMM free day with family activities

11:00 am to 3:00 pm | FREE | Perez Art Museum Miami (PAMM)

'Stranger Things' immersive exhibit

11:00 am to 9:00 pm | FREE | Aventura Mall

Holiday Train Exhibit at library in Southwest Ranches

12:00 pm to 4:00 pm | FREE | Southwest Regional Library

Holiday train exhibit with running railroads in Pembroke Pines

12:00 pm to 4:00 pm | FREE | Southwest Regional Library

$5 holiday movies

1:00 pm to 3:00 pm | $5.00 | Regal Cinemas

A Christmas Carol

2:00 pm to 4:00 pm | Discounted | Actors’ Playhouse at The Miracle Theatre

Family Day free admission

2:00 pm to 5:00 pm | FREE | Coral Gables Museum

Elevated vendor market in West Palm

4:00 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | Grandview Public Market

Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade

4:00 pm | $20.00-25.00 | Las Olas Intracoastal Promenade Park

Winterfest Boat Parade Watch Party

5:00 pm to 8:00 pm | $20.00-25.00 | All Saints Episcopal Church

Global Frontiers

5:00 pm | FREE | Bill Cosford Cinema

Delray Beach Holiday Parade

6:00 pm to 8:00 pm | FREE

Zoo Lights at Palm Beach Zoo

6:00 pm to 9:00 pm | $10.00-22.00 | Palm Beach Zoo

Holiday in Paradise light show, ferris wheel & other festivites in West Palm

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | West Palm Beach Waterfront

Fantasy of Lights drive-through display

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | $20.00-45.00 | Tradewinds Park

Christmas Lights in the Acres

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | $10.00 | Plantation Baptist Church

Lights 4 Hope drive-through light display

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | $15.00-35.00 | Okeeheelee Park

Holiday displays & fun in Pembroke Pines

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | Oasis Church

Discount advance tickets: Magic of Lights Homestead drive-thru experience

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | Discounted | Homestead-Miami Speedway

Symphony In Lights at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale

6:00 pm to 11:00 pm | FREE | Gulfstream Park Village

Holiday boat parade in Lake Wellington

6:30 pm to 8:00 pm | FREE | Wellington Town Center

Holiday light show and snow fall in West Palm, 6:30, 7:30 & 8:30

6:30 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | The Square downtown West Palm

Zoo Lights at Zoo Miami

6:30 pm to 10:00 pm | Discounted | Zoo Miami

Snow flurries at Dania Pointe

7:00 pm to 7:20 pm | FREE | Dania Pointe

Free live music at Hollywood beach bandshell

7:00 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | Hollywood beach bandshell

Live music at Grandview in West Palm

7:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | Grandview Public Market

Free live music at Dolphin Mall

7:00 pm to 11:00 pm | FREE | Dolphin Mall

Nightly Snowfall

7:00 pm | FREE | Dolphin Mall

Free symphony Wallcast at SoundScape

7:30 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | New World Center | New World Symphony

Live Music at Doral Yard

8:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | Doral Yard

Snow flurries at Dania Pointe

8:30 pm to 8:50 pm | Dania Pointe

Discount late-night movies

11:30 pm to 2:00 am | $5.00 | Coral Gables Art Cinema

Sunday, December 11, 2022

What the Constitution Means to Me

Discounted | Adrienne Arsht Center

The Polar Express

$65.00-75.00 | Brightline MiamiCentral Station

Tamarac Farmers Market

9:00 am to 12:00 am | FREE | Veterans Park

Las Olas Oceanside Park vendor market

9:00 am to 4:00 pm | FREE | Las Olas Oceanside Park

holiday bazaar at Las Olas Oceanside Park in Fort Lauderdale

10:00 am to 5:00 pm | FREE | Las Olas Oceanside Park

A Very Merry Garden

10:00 am to 5:00 pm | Discounted | Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

"Elf The Musical Jr." in Sunrise

11:00 am to 12:30 pm | $20.00 | Sunrise Civic Center

'Stranger Things' immersive exhibit

11:00 am to 9:00 pm | FREE | Aventura Mall

South Florida Jubilee Ensemble performs in Fort Lauderdale

1:00 pm to 2:00 pm | FREE | Las Olas Oceanside Park

$5 holiday movies

1:00 pm to 3:00 pm | $5.00 | Regal Cinemas

Wellington Holiday Parade

1:30 pm to 3:00 pm | FREE

A Christmas Carol

2:00 pm to 4:00 pm | Discounted | Actors’ Playhouse at The Miracle Theatre

"Elf The Musical Jr." in Sunrise

4:00 pm to 5:00 pm | $20.00 | Sunrise Civic Center

Baroque Jazz Club Presents Nestor Torres and Alaima Gonzalez

4:00 pm to 6:00 pm | $10.00 | Corpus Christi Catholic Church

Holly Jolly Hollywood festival

4:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | Downtown Hollywood

Ocean Drive Promenade Music Series

5:00 pm to 7:00 pm | FREE | Ocean Drive Promenade

Tropical Sundays Live Music

5:00 pm to 8:00 pm | FREE | Doral Yard

Zoo Lights at Palm Beach Zoo

6:00 pm to 9:00 pm | $10.00-22.00 | Palm Beach Zoo

Lights 4 Hope drive-through light display

6:00 pm to 9:00 pm | $15.00-35.00 | Okeeheelee Park

Holiday in Paradise light show, ferris wheel & other festivites in West Palm

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | West Palm Beach Waterfront

Fantasy of Lights drive-through display

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | $20.00-45.00 | Tradewinds Park

Christmas Lights in the Acres

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | $10.00 | Plantation Baptist Church

Holiday displays & fun in Pembroke Pines

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | Oasis Church

Discount advance tickets: Magic of Lights Homestead drive-thru experience

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | Discounted | Homestead-Miami Speedway

Symphony In Lights at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale

6:00 pm to 11:00 pm | FREE | Gulfstream Park Village

Holiday light show and snow fall in West Palm, 6:30, 7:30 & 8:30

6:30 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | The Square downtown West Palm

Live music at Gulfstream in Hallandale

6:30 pm to 9:30 pm | FREE | Gulfstream Park Village

Zoo Lights at Zoo Miami

6:30 pm to 10:00 pm | Discounted | Zoo Miami

Snow flurries at Dania Pointe

7:00 pm to 7:20 pm | FREE | Dania Pointe

Free live music at Hollywood beach bandshell

7:00 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | Hollywood beach bandshell

Nightly Snowfall

7:00 pm | FREE | Dolphin Mall

Comedy Night at Nightlife Brewing Co.

8:00 pm to 11:00 pm | FREE | Nightlife Brewing Co.

Salsa dance class

9:00 pm | FREE | Ball & Chain

Monday, December 12, 2022

The Polar Express

$65.00-75.00 | Brightline MiamiCentral Station

A Very Merry Garden

10:00 am to 5:00 pm | Discounted | Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

'Stranger Things' immersive exhibit

11:00 am to 9:00 pm | FREE | Aventura Mall

Holiday Train Exhibit at library in Southwest Ranches

12:00 pm to 4:00 pm | FREE | Southwest Regional Library

Holiday train exhibit with running railroads in Pembroke Pines

12:00 pm to 4:00 pm | FREE | Southwest Regional Library

Holiday in Paradise light show, ferris wheel & other festivites in West Palm

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | West Palm Beach Waterfront

Fantasy of Lights drive-through display

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | $20.00-45.00 | Tradewinds Park

Discount advance tickets: Magic of Lights Homestead drive-thru experience

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | Discounted | Homestead-Miami Speedway

Symphony In Lights at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale

6:00 pm to 11:00 pm | FREE | Gulfstream Park Village

Holiday light show and snow fall in West Palm, 6:30, 7:30 & 8:30

6:30 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | The Square downtown West Palm

Zoo Lights at Zoo Miami

6:30 pm to 10:00 pm | Discounted | Zoo Miami

Nightly Snowfall

7:00 pm | FREE | Dolphin Mall

Comedy Night at Sandbar Sports Grill

8:00 pm to 11:00 pm | FREE | Sandbar Sports Grill

Tuesday, December 13, 2022

Regal Theatres: Discounted movie tickets on Tuesdays

All Day | $5.00-6.00 | Regal Cinemas Multiple Locations

The Polar Express

$65.00-75.00 | Brightline MiamiCentral Station

A Very Merry Garden

10:00 am to 5:00 pm | Discounted | Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

'Stranger Things' immersive exhibit

11:00 am to 9:00 pm | FREE | Aventura Mall

Holiday Train Exhibit at library in Southwest Ranches

12:00 pm to 4:00 pm | FREE | Southwest Regional Library

Holiday train exhibit with running railroads in Pembroke Pines

12:00 pm to 4:00 pm | FREE | Southwest Regional Library

Tasty Tuesdays with Food Trucks

5:00 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | Amphitheater in Boca Raton

Food Trucks Tuesdays

5:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | Haulover Beach Park

Holiday in Paradise light show, ferris wheel & other festivites in West Palm

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | West Palm Beach Waterfront

Fantasy of Lights drive-through display

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | $20.00-45.00 | Tradewinds Park

Discount advance tickets: Magic of Lights Homestead drive-thru experience

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | Discounted | Homestead-Miami Speedway

Symphony In Lights at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale

6:00 pm to 11:00 pm | FREE | Gulfstream Park Village

Holiday light show and snow fall in West Palm, 6:30, 7:30 & 8:30

6:30 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | The Square downtown West Palm

Nightly Snowfall

7:00 pm | FREE | Dolphin Mall

All Arts Open Mic Night

8:00 pm to 10:00 pm | $5.00 | Arts Garage

Wednesday, December 14, 2022

The Polar Express

$65.00-75.00 | Brightline MiamiCentral Station

A Very Merry Garden

10:00 am to 5:00 pm | Discounted | Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

'Stranger Things' immersive exhibit

11:00 am to 9:00 pm | FREE | Aventura Mall

Holiday Train Exhibit at library in Southwest Ranches

12:00 pm to 4:00 pm | FREE | Southwest Regional Library

Holiday train exhibit with running railroads in Pembroke Pines

12:00 pm to 4:00 pm | FREE | Southwest Regional Library

Food truck gathering at Pelican Harbor Marina

5:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | Pelican Harbor Marina

Holiday in Paradise light show, ferris wheel & other festivites in West Palm

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | West Palm Beach Waterfront

Fantasy of Lights drive-through display

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | $20.00-45.00 | Tradewinds Park

Discount advance tickets: Magic of Lights Homestead drive-thru experience

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | Discounted | Homestead-Miami Speedway

Symphony In Lights at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale

6:00 pm to 11:00 pm | FREE | Gulfstream Park Village

Holiday light show and snow fall in West Palm, 6:30, 7:30 & 8:30

6:30 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | The Square downtown West Palm

Zoo Lights at Zoo Miami

6:30 pm to 10:00 pm | Discounted | Zoo Miami

Free live music at Hollywood beach bandshell

7:00 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | Hollywood beach bandshell

Nightly Snowfall

7:00 pm | FREE | Dolphin Mall

Comedy Night at Pub 52

8:00 pm to 11:00 pm | FREE | Nightlife Brewing Co.

Comedy Night at Exit One Taproom

8:00 pm to 11:00 pm | FREE | Exit One Taproom

Thursday, December 15, 2022

What the Constitution Means to Me

Discounted | Adrienne Arsht Center

The Polar Express

$65.00-75.00 | Brightline MiamiCentral Station

A Very Merry Garden

10:00 am to 5:00 pm | Discounted | Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

'Stranger Things' immersive exhibit

11:00 am to 9:00 pm | FREE | Aventura Mall

Holiday Train Exhibit at library in Southwest Ranches

12:00 pm to 4:00 pm | FREE | Southwest Regional Library

Holiday train exhibit with running railroads in Pembroke Pines

12:00 pm to 4:00 pm | FREE | Southwest Regional Library

Food trucks and music

5:00 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | Wellington Village Park

Holdiay film & fun in Fort Lauderdale

5:30 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | Las Olas Oceanside Park

The Underline Free Global Music Series

6:00 pm to 8:00 pm | FREE | The Underline

Enjoy live entertainment at Clematis by Night

6:00 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | West Palm Beach Waterfront

Holiday in Paradise light show, ferris wheel & other festivites in West Palm

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | West Palm Beach Waterfront

Fantasy of Lights drive-through display

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | $20.00-45.00 | Tradewinds Park

Christmas Lights in the Acres

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | $10.00 | Plantation Baptist Church

Holiday displays & fun in Pembroke Pines

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | Oasis Church

Discount advance tickets: Magic of Lights Homestead drive-thru experience

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | Discounted | Homestead-Miami Speedway

Symphony In Lights at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale

6:00 pm to 11:00 pm | FREE | Gulfstream Park Village

Holiday light show and snow fall in West Palm, 6:30, 7:30 & 8:30

6:30 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | The Square downtown West Palm

Free live music at Hollywood beach bandshell

7:00 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | Hollywood beach bandshell

Live music at Doral Yard

7:00 pm to 9:30 pm | FREE | Doral Yard

Nightly Snowfall

7:00 pm | FREE | Dolphin Mall

Locos Por Juana: Fiesta Navideña

8:00 pm | FREE | North Beach Bandshell

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