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MLK Day 2022 events in South Florida

Monday, Jan. 17, 2022, is Martin Luther King Jr. Day – and you can honor his legacy during special events planned throughout the Miami-South Florida region.

This year, many cities and organizations are returning to in-person celebrations. For example, there will be a Unity March presented by the City of Tamarac and a commemorative bike ride in Miami Gardens. But be aware that not all events are scheduled for Jan. 17 – so pay close attention to the date.

PLEASE NOTE: We also suggest you always confirm before heading out to any event these days, as plans may change. And keep checking back as we continue to update this roundup!

EVENTS HONORING MLK IN 2022

Miami-Dade County

Second Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Bike Ride: The City of Miami Gardens is set to host a mass community bike ride to honor King and his legacy. When: 8 a.m. Jan. 15 at Charles Hadley Park, 1350 NW 50th St. Click here for more information. Free

MLK Community Karaoke: This great community event also hosted by Miami Gardens calls for the city to unite in honoring King through music,  with a karaoke event titled, “Lift Every Voice and Sing.” When: 6 p.m. Jan. 15 at the Betty T. Ferguson Amphitheater, 3000 NW 199th St. Click here for more information. Free

United Way Miami Day of Service: Easterseals of South Florida, volunteers, and the United Way will come together to participate in a remote kit-packing project that consists of putting together DIY Memory Enrichment Kits and Children’s Healthy Snack Packs that will benefit the community at Easterseals South Florida. Once kits are completed, volunteers can drop them off at a designated time on Jan. 21 and Jan. 28. When: Jan. 21 and 28 at the United Way Miami Ansin Building, 3250 SW 3 Ave. Click here to register. Free

Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants  and Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau Pop-Up Art Exhibits by Local Black Artists: Kimpton Hotels and Restaurants throughout Miami will be hosting artists pop-ups to spotlight one local Black artist by displaying several curated pieces and the artist’s biographical information in its lobby. In addition, each hotel will host intimate meet and greets in its lobby from 5-6pm where guests can connect directly with the artist. Events will take place at EPIC Hotel, Palomar South Beach Hotel, Angler’s Hotel, and Surfcomber. Free

Broward County

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Unity March: Celebrate the life and work of MLK by joining the City of Tamarac in a Unity March. Refreshments and entertainment will be available. First 100 registrants for the event will receive a free T-shirt. When: 8:30 a.m. Jan. 17 at Tamarac Park, 7501 N. University Drive. RSVP here. Free

Heal the Planet Neighborhood Clean-Up: Join the YMCA and other volunteer groups in a day of service in honor of MLK Day. When: 8:30 a.m. Jan. 17 at Provident Park, 1412 NW Sixth St. Free registration here. Free

Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration: This two-day event in Deerfield Beach starts with a Unity Concert Day on Jan. 15 and culminates with a parade on Jan. 17. Find more information online. Free

MLK Celebration at Lakeshore Park: On Jan. 17, the City of Miramar invites you to a parade and other festivities at Lakeshore Park, 8501 Sherman Circle. Parade is set for 10 a.m. around Sherman Circle. Festivities are planned from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Find information online or call 954-602-3178. Free

Parade & Festivities in Pompano Beach: Parade at 9 a.m. Jan. 17 from Ely High School, 1201 NW 6th Avenue. Festivities 11:30 a.m. at Moore Park, 901 NW  10th Street. Information is online.

Speakers, poetry & performances round out festivities in Pembroke Pines for MLK Day: Event is 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Jan. 17, City Center, 601 City Center Way. Information is online.

Palm Beach County

Festivities in Boca Raton: Jan. 17 plans include a Unity March at 10 a.m. from 200 Ruby Street to Mizner Park Amphitheater, 590 Plaza Real. Participants include FAU Jazz Ensemble &  Raton Community High Band & Color Guard. Events set for 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at amphitheater include speakers, awards, rides, DJ entertainment & food vendors. Information is online.

Rev. Dr. MLK, JR. Day Celebration in Boynton Beach: The city is hosting outdoor festivities from noon-4 p.m. Jan. 17, including entertainment, games, food vendors, exhibits and activities for youngsters, at 209 NW Ninth Ave. Information is online. Free

South Florida Fair in West Palm is featuring MLK Jr.  Day events Jan. 17, Information is online

Free entry to national parks on MLK Day

All 392 U.S. national parks offer free entry on certain holidays every year. And Martin Luther King Jr. Day is one of those holidays. 

This offer includes entry at Everglades National Park and Dry Tortugas National Park, off Key West. Click here for more information.

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Calendar of Events

Friday, May 20, 2022

'Nature Connects' LEGO exhibit

Discounted | Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

Free Water Shuttle Weekends

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

Art Deco Walking Tour 

10:30 am to 12:30 pm | $30.00

“Tropical Forest: Ancestry and Dystopia“ photo exhibit

10:30 am to 12:30 pm | FREE | Fundación Pablo Atchugarry gallery

Artisan Farmer's Market

5:00 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | Brightline MiamiCentral Station

Food truck gathering at Tropical Park

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

Live music @ Gulfstream in Hallandale

6:00 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | Gulfstream Park Village

Free entertainment at Friday Night Sound Waves in Fort Lauderdale

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

Free event featuring Boynton Beach Gold Coast Band

7:00 pm to 8:00 pm | FREE | Boynton Beach Amphitheater

Free live music @ bandshell on Hollywood Beach

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

Sounds of Little Haiti

7:00 pm to 11:00 pm | Discounted | Little Haiti Cultural Center

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

Saturday, May 21, 2022

'Nature Connects' LEGO exhibit

Discounted | Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

Plantation Farmers Market

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

Kids To Parks Day in Wellington

9:00 am to 12:00 pm | Greenview Shores Park

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

BSO Shred a Thon paper shredding & prescription disposal for Broward residents

10:00 am to 1:00 pm | FREE | BSO Cooper City District Office

Touch A Truck in Pompano

10:00 am to 2:00 pm | FREE | Pompano Community Park

Free Water Shuttle Weekends

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

Vintage Fair @ Festival Marketplace

10:00 am to 4:00 pm | FREE | Festival Marketplace

Sawgrass Farmer's & Artisan's market

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

Art Deco Walking Tour 

10:30 am to 12:30 pm | $30.00

“Tropical Forest: Ancestry and Dystopia“ photo exhibit

10:30 am to 12:30 pm | FREE | Fundación Pablo Atchugarry gallery

Free Power Yoga class from YO BK

11:00 am | FREE | Oasis Wynwood

Deerfield Ocean Brews & Blues Fest

3:00 pm to 8:00 pm | Deerfield beach parking lot

Afro Roots Fest

4:00 pm to 11:00 pm | FREE | ArtsPark

Live music @ Gulfstream in Hallandale

6:00 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | Gulfstream Park Village

Downtown Hollywood ArtWalk.

6:00 pm to 11:00 pm | FREE

Free live music @ bandshell on Hollywood Beach

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

Performance featuring Florida Grand Opera Studio Artists

7:30 pm to 9:00 pm | $10.00 | Center For Spiritual Living

Live music in Delray

7:30 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | Old School Square Pavilion

Live Music Saturdays at Doral Yard

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

Discount late-night movies

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

Sunday, May 22, 2022

'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

Yellow Green Farmers market reopening

9:00 am to 4:00 pm | FREE | Yellow Green Farmers Market

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

Sawgrass Farmer's & Artisan's market

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

Art Deco Walking Tour 

10:30 am to 12:30 pm | $30.00

“Tropical Forest: Ancestry and Dystopia“ photo exhibit

10:30 am to 12:30 pm | FREE | Fundación Pablo Atchugarry gallery

Farmer's Market at Village of Merrick Park

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

Panthers in Playoffs: Entry Is Free For Watch Party on Riverwalk

11:00 am to 5:00 pm | FREE | Esplanade Park

Free acoustic music jam

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

Ocean Drive Promenade Music Series

5:00 pm | The Betsy Hotel

Live music @ Gulfstream in Hallandale

6:00 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | Gulfstream Park Village

Free live music @ bandshell 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

Miami Short Film Fest at Deering Estate

7:00 pm | $20.00 | Deering Estate

Performance featuring Florida Grand Opera Studio Artists

7:30 pm to 10:00 pm | $10.00 | Actors’ Playhouse at The Miracle Theatre

Monday, May 23, 2022

'Nature Connects' LEGO exhibit

Discounted | Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

“Tropical Forest: Ancestry and Dystopia“ photo exhibit

10:30 am to 12:30 pm | FREE | Fundación Pablo Atchugarry gallery

Farmer's market at Arsht Center

4:00 pm to 6:00 pm | FREE | Brickell City Centre

Free group bike ride in Fort Lauderdale

7:30 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | Tarpon River Brewing

Jam Session

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

Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Discount Tuesdays at AMC Theatres

Discounted | AMC Theatres

'Nature Connects' LEGO exhibit

Discounted | Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

“Tropical Forest: Ancestry and Dystopia“ photo exhibit

10:30 am to 12:30 pm | FREE | Fundación Pablo Atchugarry gallery

Market Tuesdays at CityPlace Doral

5:00 pm to 9:00 pm | CityPlace Doral

Food truck gathering at Haulover Park

5:00 pm to 9:30 pm | FREE | Haulover Beach Park

Food Trucks Tuesdays

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

Free CrossFit Workout

6:30 pm | FREE | Shops at Midtown Miami

Wednesday, May 25, 2022

'Nature Connects' LEGO exhibit

Discounted | Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

“Tropical Forest: Ancestry and Dystopia“ photo exhibit

10:30 am to 12:30 pm | FREE | Fundación Pablo Atchugarry gallery

Food Trucks In Volunteer Park

4:00 pm to 8:00 pm | Volunteer Park Plantation

Food truck gathering at Pelican Harbor Marina

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

$8 roller skating in Davie

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

Live music @ Gulfstream in Hallandale

6:00 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | Gulfstream Park Village

Battle of the Bartenders

6:00 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | Veza Sur Brewing Co.

Free live music @ bandshell on Hollywood Beach

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

Free SoundScape Cinema movie

8:00 pm | FREE | New World Center | New World Symphony

Live Music Wednesdays

9:00 pm | FREE | Bodega Taqueria y Tequila

Thursday, May 26, 2022

'Nature Connects' LEGO exhibit

Discounted | Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

“Tropical Forest: Ancestry and Dystopia“ photo exhibit

10:30 am to 12:30 pm | FREE | Fundación Pablo Atchugarry gallery

Live entertainment & food vendors in Wellington

5:00 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | Wellington Amphitheater

Enjoy live entertainment at Clematis by Night

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

Live music @ Gulfstream in Hallandale

6:00 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | Gulfstream Park Village

Free live music @ bandshell on Hollywood Beach

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

$12 Adult Skate Night

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

2021 Events

The annual MLK Business Expo will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 17 in Cutler Bay. Attend this free community event and learn about products and services in South Dade, network with key business professionals, gain insight on a wealth of government services and find out the latest on real estate, personal finance, tax breaks and more. The event will be at Sweet Home Missionary Baptist Church, 10701 SW 184th St, Cutler Bay, FL 33157. For more info, call 305-375-5661.

MLK Day of Service in Hialeah involves volunteers who will work on projects in the community. Jan. 20 at 8 a.m. at South Hialeah Elementary School, 265 E. 5 St., Hialeah. RSVP here.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Virtual Celebration: Hosted by the City of Miami Gardens, this free online event will feature music, tributes and reflections to honor the legacy of the civil rights movement pioneer. When: Jan. 18 at 11 a.m. Click here for more information and click here to RSVP.

The Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade: Set to be broadcast on local television, the event will chronicle Dr. King’s work in Miami during the civil rights movement. When: Jan. 18; 10 a.m. on WPLG-Ch. 10. Click here for details.

Voices of Freedom: An Arsht Center Tribute to the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.A livestreamed event filmed at the North Beach Bandshell featuring performances by Miami-based artists singer Kaylan Arnold, singer Sherretta Ivey, Miami Sound Choir, The Children’s Voice Choir and poet Darius Daughtry. Tracy Cloyd of Hot 105 FM hosts and M. Denise Simmons directs. Jan. 16 at 7 p.m. Click here to RSVP.

30th Annual MLK CelebrationThe online event, presented by Florida International University’s Office of Multicultural Programs and Services, will feature keynote speaker Bernice A. King, minister, attorney and daughter of Martin Luther King paying homage to her father’s life and legacy. When: Jan. 14 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Click here for details to RSVP.

 

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