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Food festivals: Feast on fun & fabulous flavors

South Florida is definitely flavorful. Food festivals and other food events offer exotic fare and favorite dishes, including items from local restaurants and vendors.

Often, food festivals in Miami-Dade, Broward & greater Palm Beach include live entertainment, demonstrations and exhibits.

Some events are free or relatively inexpensive, with food and drinks for purchase from participating vendors. For other events, fees apply, and food and drinks may be included. Deals are occasionally offered for purchasing tickets prior to the event.

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

Please return to this feature as other events are added.  Also, before purchasing tickets, read or inquire about the refund policy. Refunds may not be offered.

 

Food Festivals & Events in South Florida

(Photo/Vegan Block Party)

Broward

  • September 24 Libations by The River on Riverwalk in Fort Lauderdale, free entry, discount opportunity for tastings
  • October 15 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. Vegan Block Party, Huizenga Plaza, 32 E. Las Olas Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale, entry fee online is $13.11 with tax & fees, and free for ages 10 and younger,  purchase tickets online on at event if leftovers are available
  • October 15 SOLA Rum Food & Wine Festival 5 p.m. – 11 p.m. October 15, Lauderhill Performing Arts, 3800 NW 11th Place, Lauderhill 33311, Discount opportunity:  $65.28 & $91.81 early purchase deals, information is online
  • December 3 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. Vegan Block Party, Esplanade Park, 400 SW Second Street, Fort Lauderdale, entry fee online is $13.11 with tax & fees, and free for ages 10 and younger, purchase tickets online or at event if leftovers are available

Miami-Dade

  • 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 2-6 Seed Food & Wine Week. Various events in Miami-Dade focus on plant-based foods. A free event is November 5 in Coconut Grove
  • 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 
  • November 12-13 Miami Rum Renaissance Festival at Coral Gables Woman’s Club, 1001 E. Ponce de Leon Blvd. Discount opportunity: tickets are $39 – $89 if purchased prior to event. Regular prices are $49 – $99. Information is online

 

Photo/Palm Beach VegFest

Palm Beach County

  • September 16 p.m. Boynton Beach Food, Wine & Brew Festival includes selections from local restaurants, Benvenuto Restaurant, 1730 N. Federal Highway, Boynton Beach 33435, $50, information is online
  • November 4-6 Feast of Little Italy Italian Festival in Jupiter, free entry
  • 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

Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Half price arcade games at Bowlero

Discounted | Bowlero bowling venues

Best Picture Showcase, AMC Theatres

$5.00-19.49 | AMC Theatres

AMC Theatres: 30% off daily before 4 p.m.

9:00 am to 4:00 pm | Discounted | AMC Theatres

Free admission, Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, Boca Raton

9:00 am to 4:00 pm | FREE | Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, Boca Raton

Miami Seaquarium Senior Deal

10:00 am to 5:00 pm | Discounted | Miami Seaquarium

Black History art exhibit: (in)visible: Nepantla, Delray Beach

11:00 am to 4:00 pm | $0-10.00 | Spady Cultural Heritage Museum, Delray Beach

Noon Tunes in Fort Lauderdale

12:00 pm to 1:00 pm | Stranahan Park

Outdoor Marine Aquarium Feeding, daily, Boca Raton

12:30 pm to 12:50 pm | FREE | Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, Boca Raton

Shark & Stingray Feedings, Delray Beach

1:00 pm | $10.00 | Sandoway Discovery Center, Delray Beach

Loggerhead Marinelife Center: Fish Feeding Talks

1:30 pm to 12:00 am | FREE | Loggerhead Marinelife Center, Juno Beach

Public Walking Tour, Manatee Lagoon, WPB

2:00 pm | FREE | Manatee Lagoon, Palm Beach

CMX Classics discount film

3:00 pm to 9:00 pm | $6.00-7.00 | CMX Cinemas

Food Trucks In Volunteer Park

5:00 pm to 9:00 pm | Volunteer Park Plantation

Food truck gathering at Pelican Harbor Marina

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

McBride Plaza Free Concert Series

5:30 pm to 7:30 pm | FREE | McBride Plaza

Jungle Island Luminosa deals

5:30 pm to 9:30 pm | Discounted | Jungle Island

Vizcaya Late

6:00 pm to 8:00 pm | $5.00-10.00 | Vizcaya Museum and Gardens

$9 deal for roller skating in Davie

6:00 pm to 8:30 pm | Discounted | Galaxy Skateway Davie

Unveiling Her Vision: A Celebration of Black Women Artists

6:00 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | Arlo Wynwood

Free New Music Miami Festival

7:00 pm to 8:30 pm | FREE | Wolfsonian-FIU

Free live music at Hollywood beach bandshell

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

$12 Adult Skate Night in Fort Lauderdale

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

Trivia nights in Broward

7:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE

Free live music series at The Betsy Hotel

7:00 pm to 11:00 pm | FREE | The Betsy Hotel

Live on the Plaza - Keith Johns

7:30 pm | $20.00 | Adrienne Arsht Center, Miami

Comedy Night at Pub 52

8:00 pm to 11:00 pm | FREE | Nightlife Brewing Co., Miami-Dade

Comedy Night at Exit One Taproom

8:00 pm to 11:00 pm | FREE | Exit One Taproom, Miami-Dade

Thursday, February 22, 2024

Best Picture Showcase, AMC Theatres

$5.00-19.49 | AMC Theatres

Early Birding with Al @ Gumbo Limbo, Boca Raton

8:30 am | FREE | Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, Boca Raton

AMC Theatres: 30% off daily before 4 p.m.

9:00 am to 4:00 pm | Discounted | AMC Theatres

Free admission, Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, Boca Raton

9:00 am to 4:00 pm | FREE | Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, Boca Raton

Black History art exhibit: (in)visible: Nepantla, Delray Beach

11:00 am to 4:00 pm | $0-10.00 | Spady Cultural Heritage Museum, Delray Beach

Jazz at Jackson, Miami

12:00 pm | FREE | Alamo Park, Miami-Dade

Outdoor Marine Aquarium Feeding, daily, Boca Raton

12:30 pm to 12:50 pm | FREE | Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, Boca Raton

Shark & Stingray Feedings, Delray Beach

1:00 pm | $10.00 | Sandoway Discovery Center, Delray Beach

Loggerhead Marinelife Center: Fish Feeding Talks

1:30 pm to 12:00 am | FREE | Loggerhead Marinelife Center, Juno Beach

Public Walking Tour, Manatee Lagoon, WPB

2:00 pm | FREE | Manatee Lagoon, Palm Beach

Street Stages concerts, Miami

4:30 pm to 8:30 pm | FREE | Old Post Office, Miami-Dade

Food Truck Thursdays at Highland Oaks Park

5:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | Highland Oaks Park

McBride Plaza Free Concert Series

5:30 pm to 7:30 pm | FREE | McBride Plaza

McBride Plaza Free Concert Series

5:30 pm to 7:30 pm | FREE | McBride Plaza

Jungle Island Luminosa deals

5:30 pm to 9:30 pm | Discounted | Jungle Island

Black History event in Hollywood

6:00 pm to 8:00 pm | FREE | MLK community center Hollywood

Free Thursdays at PAMM: Backroom Sessions

6:00 pm to 8:00 pm | FREE | Perez Art Museum Miami (PAMM)

Live music: Clematis by Night, West Palm Beach

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

Play all you want mini-golf deal in Pembroke Pines

6:00 pm to 9:00 pm | $11.00 | AllGolf

Food Trucks in Plantation

6:00 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | Plantation Heritage Park

Sunset Movie Night features 'Soul,' at The Square, WPB

6:30 pm to 8:30 pm | FREE | The Square, West Palm Beach

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

Trivia nights in Broward

7:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE

Free live music series at The Betsy Hotel

7:00 pm to 11:00 pm | FREE | The Betsy Hotel

Friday, February 23, 2024

Best Picture Showcase, AMC Theatres

$5.00-19.49 | AMC Theatres

AMC Theatres: 30% off daily before 4 p.m.

9:00 am to 4:00 pm | Discounted | AMC Theatres

Free admission, Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, Boca Raton

9:00 am to 4:00 pm | FREE | Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, Boca Raton

Guided nature hike, Jupiter

9:00 am | FREE | Riverbend Park, Jupiter

Black History art exhibit: (in)visible: Nepantla, Delray Beach

11:00 am to 4:00 pm | $0-10.00 | Spady Cultural Heritage Museum, Delray Beach

Black History Month in Connection to Haiti

12:00 pm to 8:00 pm | FREE | Miami International Voodoo Museum

Outdoor Marine Aquarium Feeding, daily, Boca Raton

12:30 pm to 12:50 pm | FREE | Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, Boca Raton

Shark & Stingray Feedings, Delray Beach

1:00 pm | $10.00 | Sandoway Discovery Center, Delray Beach

Loggerhead Marinelife Center: Fish Feeding Talks

1:30 pm to 12:00 am | FREE | Loggerhead Marinelife Center, Juno Beach

Public Walking Tour, Manatee Lagoon, WPB

2:00 pm | FREE | Manatee Lagoon, Palm Beach

Food trucks in Tamarac

5:00 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | Tamarac community center

Food truck gathering at Tropical Park

5:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | Tropical Park, South Miami

Night market at Dania Pointe

5:00 pm to 10:00 pm | Dania Pointe

Art After Dark: Jazz Friday at The Norton, WPB

5:00 pm to 10:00 pm | $5.00-10.00 | Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach

McBride Plaza Free Concert Series

5:30 pm to 7:30 pm | FREE | McBride Plaza

Jungle Island Luminosa deals

5:30 pm to 10:30 pm | $32.00-39.00 | Jungle Island

Smorgasburg Miami weekly street fair with music

5:30 pm to 10:30 pm | FREE | Lincoln Road Mall, Miami Beach

Orange Blossom Festival in Davie featuring Big Rock Band

6:00 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | Bamford Park in Davie

Taste of Oakland Park

6:00 pm to 9:00 pm | $15.00-20.00 | Pastorius Park

Lakeside Market: Music & vendors, Wellington

6:00 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | Town Center Promenade, Wellington

Live entertainment at Dania Pointe

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | Dania Pointe

Free live music

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | Downtown Lauderdale-by-The-Sea

Free Screening of "Princess & The Frog"

6:30 pm to 8:30 pm | FREE | Canopy Park

Free music at Gulfstream in Hallandale

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

Jai-Alai, spring season, Miami

6:30 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | Magic City Fronton, Miami

Soca Step Dance Aerobics in Sunrise

7:00 pm to 8:00 pm | FREE | Sunrise city park

The Erotics of Friendship Talk

7:00 pm to 8:30 pm | FREE | Wolfsonian-FIU

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

Harmony of Heritage: Black History Month Jazz Celebration

7:00 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | Lincoln Road Mall at Euclid Avenue, Miami Beach

Jazz at MOCA, North Miami

7:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA)

Free live music series at The Betsy Hotel

7:00 pm to 11:00 pm | FREE | The Betsy Hotel

Free Screening of "Trolls"

7:30 pm to 9:30 pm | FREE | Picnic Park West

Arsht on the Road - Nadirah Naima

8:00 pm to 9:30 pm | FREE | Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA)

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 | Hollywood ArtsPark

Free Live Music

8:00 pm to 11:00 pm | FREE | Books and Books Coral Gables

 

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