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South Florida is definitely flavorful. For relishing the rich variety of epicurean delights, food festivals and events offer appetizing opportunities to nibble on scrumptious fare, including dishes from local restaurants and vendors.

Often, food festivals also feature live entertainment, demonstrations and art exhibits.

For some events, tickets are required, and the fee includes food and drinks. Discounts occasionally are offered. Other events are free to enter, and you purchase the food and drinks you desire directly from vendors.  

Some are family friendly, while others are specifically for visitors age 21 and older.

Events will be added to this roundup as they’re announced, so please return to this feature.  Also, before purchasing tickets, read or inquire about the refund policy. Refunds may not be offered.

Food Festivals & Events in South Florida

Miami-Dade

  • June 18 Juneteenth Food and Wine Festival, 4 p.m. – 11:30 p.m. featuring African-American fare, including vegan dishes, from different parts of the United States, 1130 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach 33139,  free entry, information is online. Other Juneteenth events in South Florida
  • August 13 Black Pepper Food & Wine Festival featuring African-American restaurateurs is 3 p.m. – 8 p.m. @ FIU Biscayne Bay, 3000 Northeast 151st Street, North Miami Beach 33181. The event includes live entertainment, vendors, & demonstrations. Entry is free & VIP is offered. Black Pepper Food & Wine Festival dishes out food & entertainment
  • August-September: Spice Restaurant Months in Miami-Dade County, featuring fixed-price lunches and dinners at participating restaurants. Information is online.
  • November 6 Miami Food Festival, German American Social Club of Greater Miami, 11919 SW 56th Street, Miami 33175,  $10 entry. Event includes live entertainment, games for youngsters, international foods for purchase, website 
  • Nov. 12-13 Miami Rum Renaissance Festival at Coral Gables Woman’s Club, 1001 E. Ponce de Leon Blvd. Discounted tickets $39 – $89 if purchased prior to event. Regular prices are $49 – $99. Information is online.

Broward County

  • Taste of The Islands festival in Miramar, free entry
  • July 2 Vegan BBQ Party from 4-10 p.m., featuring vegan foods and drinks, vendors, art, entertainment and  family fun zone. Entry fees are $13.10 for adults and free for kids age 10 and younger. Venue: Huizenga Plaza, 32 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. Tickets are available online, or at the event if it’s not sold out

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Palm Beach County

  • November 13 Palm Beach VegFest, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. at Meyer Amphitheater, 104 Datura Ave., West Palm Beach. Entry is free. Visit website
  • December 3 Jupiter Beer, Wine & Spirits Fest, age 21 & older, Abacoa Amphitheatre,1260 University Blvd., Jupiter 33458, Includes live entertainment and food for purchase, entry fees are $15 for designated drivers with no alcohol. For others, fees, including extra fees and taxes, are $57.51, $63 & $68.48, information online

 

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Other things to do in South Florida, including free events

Friday, June 24, 2022

'Nature Connects' LEGO exhibit

Discounted | Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

BEATLEMANIAX-USA in Fort Lauderdale

FREE | Las Olas Oceanside Park

Displays & interactive exhibits at Manatee Lagoon

9:00 am to 4:00 pm | FREE | Manatee Lagoon

Free Water Shuttle Weekends

10:00 am to 3:00 pm | FREE | Deerfield Island Park

Free entry to History Miami with Summer Passport Program

10:00 am to 4:00 pm | FREE | HistoryMiami

Display of model railroads in Plantation

10:00 am to 4:30 pm | FREE | Plantation Historical Museum

Zoo Miami After Hours discount

4:00 pm to 7:00 pm | Discounted | Zoo Miami

Food truck gathering at Tropical Park

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

Northwood Village offers deals to attract visitors and shoppers

6:00 pm to 11:30 pm | FREE | Northwood Village

Live music at Gulfstream in Hallandale

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

Free Friday Night Sound Waves concert in Fort Lauderdale

6:30 pm to 9:30 pm | FREE | Las Olas Oceanside Park

Water Taxi Sunset cruise with live entertainment

6:30 pm to 9:30 pm | $20.00 | Intracoastal Waterway

Free live music on Hollywood beach

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

Free Friday Drum Jam

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

Boca Raton Symphonia and FAU Summer Concert Band free concert

7:00 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | Mizner Park in Boca

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7:00 pm to 9:00 pm | Discounted | Vizcaya Museum and Gardens

Starlight Musicals live entertainment

7:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | Holiday Park

Free outdoor family-friendly films

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

Dinner and a Show at Doral Yard

8:00 pm to 10:30 pm | FREE | Doral Yard

Jazz at MOCA outdoor concert series

8:00 pm | FREE | Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA)

Saturday, June 25, 2022

Free admission for Palm Beach County residents

All Day | FREE | Norton Museum of Art

Farm Tours at Tradewinds Park

$3.00-4.50 | Tradewinds Park

'Nature Connects' LEGO exhibit

Discounted | Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

Plantation Farmers Market

8:00 am to 2:00 pm | FREE | Volunteer Park Plantation

Upper Eastside farmer's market

9:00 am to 2:00 pm | FREE | Brickell City Centre

Las Olas Oceanside Park Farmers, Antiques & Artisan Market

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

Displays & interactive exhibits at Manatee Lagoon

9:00 am to 4:00 pm | FREE | Manatee Lagoon

Caribbean-American Heritage Splash Bash

10:00 am to 1:00 pm | $5.00 | Caporella Aquatic Center

FLIFF Kid's Film Festival in Fort Lauderdale

10:00 am to 2:00 pm | FREE | Gateway cinema

Free Water Shuttle Weekends

10:00 am to 3:00 pm | FREE | Deerfield Island Park

Free entry to History Miami with Summer Passport Program

10:00 am to 4:00 pm | FREE | HistoryMiami

Display of model railroads in Plantation

10:00 am to 4:30 pm | FREE | Plantation Historical Museum

Redland Summer Fruit Festival

10:00 am to 5:00 pm | $8.00-15.00 | Fruit & Spice Park

Sawgrass Farmer's & Artisan's market

10:00 am to 8:00 pm | FREE | Sawgrass Mills

Bob Marley's Three Little Birds: Discount code

11:00 am to 12:00 pm | $15.00-30.00

Free Power Yoga class from YO BK

11:00 am | FREE | Oasis Wynwood

Colors of Caribe Festival

12:00 pm to 5:00 pm | FREE | Broward mall

Taste of The Islands

2:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | Vizcaya Park

Downtown Palm Beach Gardens free summer concert series

3:00 pm to 6:00 pm | FREE | Downtown at the Gardens

Zoo Miami After Hours discount

4:00 pm to 7:00 pm | Discounted | Zoo Miami

Fort Lauderdale ArtWalk

6:00 pm to 11:00 pm | Music & Arts South of Sunrise district

Free live music on Hollywood beach

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

Stranger Things Laser Experience

7:00 pm | $29.00-49.00 | Savor Cinema

Free concert Pat Benatar tribute

8:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | Wellington Amphitheater

Live Music Saturdays at Doral Yard

8:00 pm to 10:30 pm | FREE | Doral Yard

Outdoor film in Delray

8:30 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | Old School Square

Discount late-night movies

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

Sunday, June 26, 2022

Farm Tours at Tradewinds Park

$3.00-4.50 | Tradewinds Park

'Nature Connects' LEGO exhibit

Discounted | Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

Pinecrest drive-up Farmer's Market

8:00 am to 2:00 pm | Pinecrest Gardens

Palmetto Bay Farmer's Market

8:30 am to 3:00 pm | FREE | Coral Reef Park

Vizcaya weekly farmer's market

9:00 am to 2:00 pm | Vizcaya Museum and Gardens

Tamarac Farmers Market

9:00 am to 2:00 pm | FREE | Veterans Park

Displays & interactive exhibits at Manatee Lagoon

9:00 am to 4:00 pm | FREE | Manatee Lagoon

Lincoln Road Mall market

9:00 am to 6:00 pm | FREE | Lincoln Road

Free Water Shuttle Weekends

10:00 am to 3:00 pm | FREE | Deerfield Island Park

Free entry to History Miami with Summer Passport Program

10:00 am to 4:00 pm | FREE | HistoryMiami

Sawgrass Farmer's & Artisan's market

10:00 am to 8:00 pm | FREE | Sawgrass Mills

Farmer's Market at Village of Merrick Park

11:00 am to 5:00 pm | Merrick Park

Free acoustic music jam

1:00 pm to 4:00 pm | FREE | Secret Woods Nature Center

Miami Community Brass Choir: Live!

4:00 pm | FREE | St. Mary’s Cathedral

Ocean Drive Promenade Music Series

5:00 pm | The Betsy Hotel

Free Gospel Sunday concert

5:00 pm | FREE | Adrienne Arsht Center

Live music at Gulfstream in Hallandale

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

Free live music on Hollywood beach

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

$12 Adult Skate Night

7:00 pm to 10:00 pm | $12.00 | Xtreme Action Park

Comedy Night at Nightlife Brewing Co.

8:00 pm to 11:00 pm | FREE

 

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