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Mardi Gras celebrations in South Florida

In case you hadn't noticed, Ash Wednesday falls on Valentine's Day this year. The official date for Fat Tuesday celebrations aligns with the lunar cycle and is tied to the date of Easter for revelers in New Orleans. However, the time for masquerade balls and partying is more flexible and seasonal in South Florida.

Note: We would also like to remind you that while the annual Louisiana-style party has been canceled in downtown West Palm Beach for this year, there are still some extravagant festivities planned elsewhere. But since we focus on events that are wallet-friendly, our list only includes those relevant to budget-conscious readers.

We will be updating this list as more information becomes available. Here's what we found so far in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties for Mardi Gras 2024:

Palm Beach County

 

Delray Beach

$10 admission (plus tax) includes one hurricane drink. Starting at 11 a.m., on Sunday, Feb. 18, at Salt7, 32 SE 2nd Ave., Delray Beach, festivities continue for 12 hours, including:

  • Live jazz band
  • Food and drink specials
  • Hurricane drinks
  • Live dancers
  • Masquerade contest
  • Late night DJ
  • Beads galore

For tickets and more details, visit Eventbrite or call 561-274-7258.


Broward

Hollywood

Revised Date

 A street festival for Mardi Gras is 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, February 25, at Hollywood Boulevard off 19th and 20th Avenues, Hollywood 33020. Entry is free. Parking on the street or in the garages requires a fee. Food and drinks are offered for purchase.


Fort Lauderdale

The Wharf in Fort Lauderdale is bringing its version of Bourbon Street to the New River. Mardi Gras Celebration is Saturday, Feb. 17, 2024, from noon to 4 p.m. Must be over 21.

Includes a king & queen contest and discount specialty drinks. No admission; beverage and food prices vary. Expect live entertainment and lots of beads! Located at 20 W. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale.

See more details here.


Pompano
Lucky Fish Beach Bar + Grill

Beachfront Fat Tuesday party on Feb. 13 with cocktail specials and live music from 6 to 9 p.m. Lucky Fish Beach Bar & Grill, 222 N. Pompano Beach Blvd.


Miami-Dade

Mardi Gras celebration on 3 stages at The Fish House, South Miami

Three stages with Zydeco, Jazz, and the Blues. Crawfish boil flown in from New Orleans, King Cake, beads and so much fun. Free Community Event. Food & beverage prices vary.

Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2024
6-11:59 p.m.

The Fish House, 10000 SW 56th St., Miami. 305-595-8453, An entertainment donation may be charged. Guests encouraged to wear masks. Plenty of self-parking in the lot. 


Downtown

Revelers can celebrate Mardi Gras at Julia & Henry's on Saturday, Feb. 17, from 7 to 11 p.m. 

Location: 200 E Flagler St, Miami, FL 33131

Features a live band, with plentiful decorations, beads, glitz and fun galore. No admission; prices vary.

See more details here.


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Monday, March 4, 2024

Regal Best Picture Film Festival

$5.00-6.00 | Regal Cinemas

Best Picture Showcase, AMC Theatres

$5.00-19.49 | AMC Theatres

Free Improv class every Monday in Palmetto Bay

7:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | Palmetto Bay Library

Trivia nights in Broward

7:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE

AMC Theatres host Screen Unseen secret movie

7:00 pm | $5.00 | AMC Theatres

Free Screening of "All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt"

7:30 pm to 9:30 pm | FREE | Bill Cosford Cinema

Comedy Night at Sandbar Sports Grill

8:00 pm to 11:00 pm | FREE | Sandbar Sports Grill, Miami-Dade

Tuesday, March 5, 2024

Regal Theatres: Discounted movie tickets on Tuesdays

All Day | $5.00-7.00 | Regal Cinemas Multiple Locations

Regal Best Picture Film Festival

$5.00-6.00 | Regal Cinemas

Best Picture Showcase, AMC Theatres

$5.00-19.49 | AMC Theatres

Tasty Tuesdays with Food Trucks

5:00 pm to 8:30 pm | FREE | Sunset Cove Amphitheater, Boca Raton

Food Trucks Tuesdays

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

Food Truck Tuesdays at Haulover Park

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

$5 Retro Replay Films

7:00 pm to 9:00 pm | $5.00 | Landmark Theatre at Merrick Park, Coral Gables

Trivia nights in Broward

7:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE

Wednesday, March 6, 2024

Regal Best Picture Film Festival

$5.00-6.00 | Regal Cinemas

Best Picture Showcase, AMC Theatres

$5.00-19.49 | AMC Theatres

Free admission for Miami-Dade seniors with Golden Ticket

10:00 am to 4:00 pm | FREE | Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

Noon Tunes in Fort Lauderdale

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

CMX Classics discount film

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

Food truck gathering at Pelican Harbor Marina

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

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

Free Screening of "Problemista"

7:00 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | Bill Cosford Cinema

Trivia nights in Broward

7:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE

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, March 7, 2024

Regal Best Picture Film Festival

$5.00-6.00 | Regal Cinemas

Best Picture Showcase, AMC Theatres

$5.00-19.49 | AMC Theatres

Jazz at Jackson, Miami

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

Pop-up Biergarten, Wellington

4:00 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | Town Center Promenade, Wellington

Wolfson Market & Movie, Miami

5:00 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | Miami Dade College Wolfson Campus

Food Truck Thursdays at Highland Oaks Park

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

Night Market, Boca Raton

6:00 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | Sanborn Square Park, Boca

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 Screening of "Household Saints"

7:30 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | Bill Cosford Cinema

Friday, March 8, 2024

Regal Best Picture Film Festival

$5.00-6.00 | Regal Cinemas

Best Picture Showcase, AMC Theatres

$5.00-19.49 | AMC Theatres

International Women's Day Pop Ups at The Square in West Palm Beach

4:00 pm to 8:00 pm | FREE | The Square, West Palm Beach

Pop-up Biergarten, Wellington

4:00 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | Town Center Promenade, Wellington

Fluffy's Food Trucks in Coconut Creek

5:00 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | Coconut Creek community center

Food truck gathering at Tropical Park

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

Art After Dark: Live performances, tours, workshops, Fridays at The Norton, WPB

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

Register & play chess for free on 'Queens Night Out,' West Palm

5:30 pm to 8:30 pm | FREE | Fern Street Chess Park, Downtown West Palm Beach

Smorgasburg Miami weekly street fair with music

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

Live entertainment at Dania Pointe

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

Barbie event & movie in Hollywood

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | Hollywood ArtsPark

Free outdoor movie and food trucks in Tamarac

6:30 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | Tamarac 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

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

Free live entertainment in Pompano

7:00 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | Pompano Beach Great Lawn

Laser Evenings at Frost Science

7:00 pm to 11:00 pm | $8.00-10.00 | Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science

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 outdoor film in Weston

8:00 pm to 10:30 pm | Weston Regional Park

Saturday, March 9, 2024

Farmers markets & vendor fairs

FREE | Broward, Dade & greater Palm Beach

Florida Renaissance Festival

$0-35.28 | Quiet Waters Park

Regal Best Picture Film Festival

$5.00-6.00 | Regal Cinemas

Best Picture Showcase, AMC Theatres

$5.00-19.49 | AMC Theatres

Plantation Farmers Market

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

Sensory Friendly Saturday

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

Delray GreenMarket

9:00 am to 2:00 pm | FREE

MacBeach Nature Fest, North Palm Beach

10:00 am to 4:00 pm | $2.00-5.00 | John D. MacArthur Beach State Park, N. Palm Beach

Youth Day Parade & festivites in Oakland Park

10:00 am to 9:00 pm | FREE | Wimberly Field, Oakland Park

Marathon Seafood Festival

10:00 am to 9:00 pm | $5.00 | Marathon Community Park

Regal Cinemas Saturday Morning Kids Flicks for $2

10:00 am | Discounted | Regal Cinemas

PAMM free day with family activities

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

Jupiter Irish Fest

11:00 am | $5.00 | Abacoa Amphitheatre

Family Day on Aragon, Coral Gables

12:00 pm to 5:00 pm | FREE | Coral Gables Museum

South Florida Emerald Society St. Patrick's Day Festival, Miami

12:00 pm to 6:00 pm | FREE | German American Social Club of Greater Miami

South Florida Food Fest & Craft Fair, Boca Raton

12:00 pm to 8:00 pm | $0-10.00 | Amphitheater Circle, S. County Regional Park, Boca Raton

Downtown Palm Beach Gardens free outdoor music series

1:00 pm to 3:00 pm | FREE | Downtown at the Gardens

Live entertainment at Dania Pointe

1:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | Dania Pointe

Pop-up Biergarten, Wellington

4:00 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | Town Center Promenade, Wellington

Dania Wine & Seafood Festival

4:00 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | Dania City Hall

Live Music on the Plaza

6:00 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | CityPlace Doral

Cultural Saturdays at Dania Ponite

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

Free Drone Light Show at Maurice A. Ferré Park, Miami

6:30 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | Maurice A. Ferré Park, Miami-Dade

Free music at Gulfstream in Hallandale

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

Free live music at Hollywood beach bandshell

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

Live band in Weston

7:00 pm to 9:30 pm | FREE | Weston Regional Park

Trivia nights in Broward

7:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE

Free New World Symphony WALLCAST Concert

7:30 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | New World Center, Miami Beach

$10 Student tickets: MTT @ New World Center, Miami Beach

7:30 pm | $10.00 | New World Center, Miami Beach

Live Music at Doral Yard

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

Discount late-night movies

9:00 pm to 11:30 pm | $5.00 | Coral Gables Art Cinema

Sunday, March 10, 2024

Farmers markets & vendor fairs

FREE | Broward, Dade & greater Palm Beach

Florida Renaissance Festival

$0-35.28 | Quiet Waters Park

Regal Best Picture Film Festival

$5.00-6.00 | Regal Cinemas

Best Picture Showcase, AMC Theatres

$5.00-19.49 | AMC Theatres

Tamarac Farmers Market

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

Las Olas Oceanside Park vendor market

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

Marathon Seafood Festival

11:00 am to 5:00 pm | $5.00 | Marathon Community Park

South Florida Food Fest & Craft Fair, Boca Raton

11:00 am to 6:00 pm | $0-10.00 | Amphitheater Circle, S. County Regional Park, Boca Raton

Free Calle Ocho Street Festival

11:00 am to 7:00 pm | FREE

Jupiter Irish Fest

11:00 am | $5.00 | Abacoa Amphitheatre

St. Patrick's Day parade & festival in Hollywood

12:00 pm to 6:00 pm | FREE | Downtown Hollywood

Family Sundays at Dania Pointe with entertainment & games

2:00 pm to 6:00 pm | FREE | Dania Pointe

Live entertainment at Dania Pointe

2:00 pm to 6:00 pm | Dania Pointe

Market on the Plaza

2:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | CityPlace Doral

$10 Student tickets: MTT @ New World Center, Miami Beach

2:00 pm | $10.00 | New World Center, Miami Beach

CMX Classics discount film

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

Dancing by the Sea

5:00 pm to 7:00 pm | FREE | Anglin Square

Ocean Drive Promenade Music Series

5:00 pm to 7:30 pm | FREE | Ocean Drive Promenade, Miami Beach

Tropical Sundays Live Music

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

Soulful Sundays concert in Pompano

6:00 pm to 9:00 pm | $10.00 | Ali Cultural Arts

Free music at Gulfstream in Hallandale

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

Free live music at Hollywood beach bandshell

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

Salsa dance class

9:00 pm | FREE | Ball & Chain

Monday, March 11, 2024

Free Improv class every Monday in Palmetto Bay

7:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | Palmetto Bay Library

Trivia nights in Broward

7:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE

Comedy Night at Sandbar Sports Grill

8:00 pm to 11:00 pm | FREE | Sandbar Sports Grill, Miami-Dade

Tuesday, March 12, 2024

Regal Theatres: Discounted movie tickets on Tuesdays

All Day | $5.00-7.00 | Regal Cinemas Multiple Locations

Tasty Tuesdays with Food Trucks

5:00 pm to 8:30 pm | FREE | Sunset Cove Amphitheater, Boca Raton

Food Trucks Tuesdays

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

Food Truck Tuesdays at Haulover Park

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

$5 Retro Replay Films

7:00 pm to 9:00 pm | $5.00 | Landmark Theatre at Merrick Park, Coral Gables

Trivia nights in Broward

7:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE

Wednesday, March 13, 2024

Noon Tunes in Fort Lauderdale

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

CMX Classics discount film

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

Food truck gathering at Pelican Harbor Marina

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

Open Air Tango on Lincoln Road, Miami Beach

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | Lincoln Road Mall at Euclid Avenue, Miami Beach

Free live music at Hollywood beach bandshell

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

Trivia nights in Broward

7:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE

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

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About Mary Lou Cruz

I worked at the South Florida Sun Sentinel for 21 years, as an Advertising Special Sections Writer; Editorial Systems Editor in Technology; and Editorial Assistant in the Newsroom. Before my newspaper career, I worked in the airline and travel industry and I have lived in Brazil, Puerto Rico and vacationed in more than 25 countries. Originally, I'm from Maryland. I moved to Florida in 1984 and raised my daughter in Miami. Email: events@SouthFloridaOnTheCheap.com.

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