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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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Saturday, February 24, 2024

Farmers markets & vendor fairs

FREE | Broward, Dade & greater Palm Beach

Florida Renaissance Festival

$0-35.28 | Quiet Waters Park

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

Junior flea market in Dania Beach

8:00 am to 2:00 pm | FREE | Dania Beach Frost Park

Delray GreenMarket

9:00 am to 2:00 pm | FREE

Free TurtleFest in Juno Beach

10:00 am to 6:00 pm | FREE | Loggerhead Park

Orange Blossom Parade & Festival in Davie

10:00 am to 6:00 pm | FREE | Bamford Park in Davie

Lake Worth Beach Street Painting Festival

10:00 am to 9:00 pm | FREE | Downtown Lake Worth

Regal Cinemas Saturday Morning Kids Flicks for $2

10:00 am | Discounted | Regal Cinemas

Tri-Rail Fun Day in Dania Beach

10:30 am to 3:00 pm | FREE | Tri-Rail Station in Dania

Celebrate our Families Festival

11:00 am to 2:00 pm | FREE | North Shore Park

Free family event, Fantasy Theatre Factory, Miami Beach

11:00 am to 2:00 pm | FREE | North Shore Park

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

Reggae Jam in Fort Lauderdale

12:00 pm to 7:00 pm | FREE | Las Olas Oceanside Park

Live entertainment at Dania Pointe

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

Miami Street Food Festival

2:00 pm to 8:00 pm | $7.99 | Dolphin Mall

Butterfly Festival Coconut Creek

2:00 pm to 8:30 pm | FREE | Sabal Pines Park

Global Frontier Film Series

5:00 pm to 7:00 pm | FREE | Bill Cosford Cinema

Jungle Island Luminosa deals

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

Cultural Saturdays at Dania Ponite

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

Fort Lauderdale Art Walk

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

City Reads on Key Biscayne

6:00 pm | FREE | Key Biscayne Community Center

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

Night hike at park in Davie, reservations required

7:00 pm to 9:00 pm | $5.00 | Military Trail Natural Area

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

Broward Symphony Orchestra in Davie

7:30 pm to 11:00 pm | FREE | Bailey Hall in Davie

$10 Student tickets: 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, February 25, 2024

Farmers markets & vendor fairs

FREE | Broward, Dade & greater Palm Beach

Florida Renaissance Festival

$0-35.28 | Quiet Waters Park

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

Orange Blossom Festival in Davie

10:00 am to 4:00 pm | FREE | Bamford Park in Davie

Lake Worth Beach Street Painting Festival

10:00 am to 7:00 pm | FREE | Downtown Lake Worth

Orange Blossom car show

11:00 am to 2:00 pm | FREE | Old Davie School Historical Museum

Fur The Love Pet Fest

11:00 am to 3:00 pm | $10.00 | Las Olas Oceanside Park

Free Mardi Gras event in Hollywood

1:00 pm to 7:00 pm | FREE | Downtown Hollywood

African Drumming with Abasi, for kids, West Palm Beach

2:00 pm to 3:00 pm | FREE | Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach

Free Family Day at Bass Museum of Art

2:00 pm to 4:00 pm | FREE | Bass Museum of Art

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

Miami Street Food Festival

2:00 pm to 8:00 pm | $7.99 | Dolphin Mall

$10 Student tickets: 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 | 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

Jungle Island Luminosa deals

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

Jai-Alai, spring season, Miami

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

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, February 26, 2024

Best Picture Showcase, AMC Theatres

$5.00-19.49 | AMC Theatres

Jungle Island Luminosa deals

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

Free Screening of "There's Always Tomorrow"

6:00 pm to 8:00 pm | FREE | Bill Cosford Cinema

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, February 27, 2024

Regal Theatres: Discounted movie tickets on Tuesdays

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

Best Picture Showcase, AMC Theatres

$5.00-19.49 | AMC Theatres

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

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

Jungle Island Luminosa deals

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

$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

Free Big Band concert: 'Montage,' Palm Beach State College

7:30 pm | FREE | Eissey Campus Theatre, Palm Beach Gardens

Wednesday, February 28, 2024

Best Picture Showcase, AMC Theatres

$5.00-19.49 | AMC Theatres

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

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

Art and Jazz on the Avenue in Delray

6:00 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | West Atlantic Avenue, Delray 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

Thursday, February 29, 2024

Best Picture Showcase, AMC Theatres

$5.00-19.49 | AMC Theatres

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

Food Truck Thursdays at Highland Oaks Park

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

Live music: Clematis by Night, West Palm Beach

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

Free Twilight concert: Rock of ABBA, Delray Beach

6:00 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | Old School Square, Delray

Black Arts Matter, West Palm Beach

6:30 pm | FREE | CityZen Garden, Downtown 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

Cuban cinema series with English subtitles, Miami

7:30 pm | FREE | Koubek Center at Miami Dade College

Friday, March 1, 2024

Regal Best Picture Film Festival

$5.00-6.00 | Regal Cinemas

Best Picture Showcase, AMC Theatres

$5.00-19.49 | AMC Theatres

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

Free concert: First Friday @ 5, Boynton Beach

5:00 pm to 8:00 pm | FREE | Centennial Park, Boynton Beach

Food truck gathering at Tropical Park

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

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

Smorgasburg Miami weekly street fair with music

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

Koubek Center open house, Coral Gables

6:00 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | Koubek Center at Miami Dade College

Old Town Untapped in Pompano

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | Bailey Contemporary Arts

Rock The Park in Plantation

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | Pine Island Park in Plantation

Live entertainment at Dania Pointe

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

Free Coral Gables gallery night and free museum entry

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | Coral Gables Museum

Jazz Jams in Fort Lauderdale

6:30 pm to 8:30 pm | FREE | ArtServe

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

Que Bacano!: Salsa lessons, dominoes tournament, WPB

6:30 pm | FREE | Clematis Street on the Waterfront, WPB

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

Groove on the Grass band & food trucks in Tamarac

7:00 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | caporella Park

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

Saturday, March 2, 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

Delray GreenMarket

9:00 am to 2:00 pm | FREE

Gold Coast Museum free first Saturday

10:00 am to 4:00 pm | FREE | Gold Coast Railroad Museum

Regal Cinemas Saturday Morning Kids Flicks for $2

10:00 am | Discounted | Regal Cinemas

Palmetto Bay Village Picnic

11:00 am to 2:00 pm | FREE | Coral Reef Park

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

Adventures of the Three Mess-Keteers, Miami

11:30 am | $5.00 | Sandrell Rivers Theater

Live entertainment at Dania Pointe

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

Acoustic music & open mic jam, Coconut Creek

2:00 pm to 5:00 pm | FREE | North Regional Library

Youth Music Festival, Miami Gardens

2:00 pm to 6:00 pm | FREE | Betty T. Ferguson Recreational Complex

Free movie night at Tea & Poets, South Miami

5:30 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | Tea & Poets, South Miami

Free live music in Margate

6:00 pm to 8:00 pm | FREE | Margate sports complex

Cultural Saturdays at Dania Ponite

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

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

Trivia nights in Broward

7:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE

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 3, 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

Dream car classic in Hollywood

10:00 am to 2:00 pm | FREE | Downtown Hollywood

Free live music at Jazz Brunch in Fort Lauderdale

11:00 am to 2:00 pm | FREE | Fort Lauderdale Riverwalk

Weston World Fest

12:00 pm to 4:00 pm | FREE | Weston Regional Park

Bluegrass festival and acoustic jam

1:00 pm to 5:00 pm | FREE | Greynolds Park

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

CMX Classics discount film

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

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

Jai-Alai, spring season, Miami

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

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 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

Comedy Night at Sandbar Sports Grill

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

Mary Lou Cruz

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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