Weekend Concierge

Oct 022017
Friday Night Sound Waves, the free concert series on Fort Lauderdale Beach will make DC Alexander Park home throughout the month of October. Located at 505 S. Fort Lauderdale Beach Boulevard, concert goers will find ample parking across the street at the neighboring Swimming Hall of Fame. Beach Hopper Tours will provide free shuttle service from the Fort Lauderdale Beach Hub and Oceanside at Las Olas & A1A. The series will resume the final two performances of the season at The Fort Lauderdale Beach Hub on Las Olas & A1A, Friday, November 3 and 10. Show times will remain 6pm – 9pm.
“The Fort Lauderdale Beach Hub at Las Olas & A1A has proved a wonderful stage for our weekly Friday Night concert series,” stated Arianne Glassman, producer of Friday Night Sound Waves. “With October being Breast Cancer Awareness month it’s only fitting that stage is used to shine a spotlight on the pink ribbon art piece donated by AutoNation to the City of Fort Lauderdale, and this most important cause. Until we return to our home in November we look forward to having everyone #MeetMeAtThePARK.”

Hurricane Irma and Maria relief

Continuing their Hurricane Irma and Maria relief efforts each week, which began September 15 and will run through the series end, Friday Night Sound Waves organizers will host collections and raffle sales to benefit local and international organizations.  Each Friday in October, series organizers will sell raffle tickets for the opportunity to win a round trip air travel certificate on Southwest Airlines, the official airlines of Friday Night Sound Waves. Tickets will sell for $5 each or three for $10 and five for $20. All proceeds will benefit Hurricane Relief efforts in Puerto Rico. Sales will commence at 6:00pm with the winner announced prior to the band’s second set. Additionally, various local nonprofits will supervise a donation drop off tent during the weekly featured performances, which include:
October 6- All Access Band sponsored by Bahia Mar Yachting Center
shane duncan all accessCollaborating Nonprofit: Healthy Mother’s Healthy Babies Coalition of Broward County
Since 1987, Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition of Broward County has dedicated their mission to reducing infant deaths by strengthening families through a comprehensive approach to prenatal care, parenting, education, and support services. Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies will collect children and infant food, goods and supplies for distribution to Everglades City. The organization will also sell butterflies as a fundraiser in honor of October being Infant Mortality/SIDS Awareness Month. A butterfly release led by Aidan Scully, author of “My Sister is a Butterfly”, and son of All Access band member, David Scully, will take place at 8:00pm. Aidan will have autographed books for sale with proceeds going to his chosen charities in honor of his sister, Taylor.
October 13 – School of Rock sponsored by 104.3 The Shark
school of rock

Photo by Ron Navarrete Photography (www.outsidethephotopit.com)

Collaborating Nonprofit: HandsOn Broward
Established in 1974, HandsOn Broward has spent over four decades mobilizing volunteers to strengthen Broward communities. As the lead agency with Broward County’s Emergency Operations Center, HandsOn Broward and sister chapter, HandsOn Miami, coordinated 1,000’s of volunteers to lead clean up, food and water distribution in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma. HandsOn Broward will focus on the collection food, goods and supplies for both seniors and pets for distribution locally. The event will honor the organization, volunteers and their role in recovery.
October 20 – Electric Piquete sponsored by Florida Power & Light
Electric Piquete
Collaborating Nonprofit: TBD.
The event will recognize the outstanding work by Florida Power & Light employees and contractors to get the City of Fort Lauderdale and South Florida back up and running in record time after Hurricane Irma.
October 27 – All Star Soul Band sponsored by Modelo Especial and Corona Light with Halloween Costume Contest & Trick or Treating
Collaborating Nonprofit: FLIPANY
Blues Brothers All Star Soul BandFLIPANY (Florida Introduces Physical Activity and Nutrition to Youth) is a local non-profit organization established in 2005 that empowers youth and adults through physical activity and nutrition programs while raising awareness and creating policy changes for healthier communities. The only agency of its kind in Florida, FLIPANY has been instrumental in helping the community recognize the importance of their health, how to make healthy lifestyle choices, and the critical role nutrition and physical activity plays in the health and development of youth and families. FLIPANY will focus on the collection healthy treats and snacks for distribution locally. The event will host a costume contest and have Trick-or-Treating at vendor booths.
Final 2 Shows at The Beach Hub (A1A and Las Olas)
November 3 – The Heavy Pets
November 10 – Mr. Nice Guy
For more details on these or other upcoming events, visit: http://fridaynightsoundwaves.com/

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Sep 292017
nefesh mountain

Congregation B’nai Israel (CBI) of Boca Raton is pleased to present the Nefesh Mountain bluegrass band as part of a weekend of live music on October 13th to the 15th at the Cohen/Friedkin Sanctuary at Congregation B’nai Israel.  In addition, popular children’s singer, Mama Doni, will perform in concert on Sunday, October 15th.

About Nefesh Mountain

Nefesh Mountain pioneered a new sound that merges Jewish Soul with Bluegrass and Old-Time musical traditions.  Founded by husband and wife team, Eric Lindberg and Doni Zasloff, the group’s recent debut album also features a number of bluegrass greats. Both Lindberg and Zasloff perform, along with their band, in Nefesh Mountain and Mama Doni.

About Mama Doni

Doni Zasloff is Mama Doni, an award-winning singer, songwriter and author with several CD’s and DVD’s, including Chanukah Fever and Shabbat Shaboom.  She is also the author of the book, Get Cooking! 

Performance Schedule

October 13, 7:30 p.m.: Shabbat Experience—Nefesh Mountain performs with the CBI clergy.

October 14, 7:00 p.m. (doors open), Nefesh Mountain in Concert, pre-concert reception will feature a performance by The Shade Tree Pickers.  Premium reserved tickets and the dessert reception tickets are $118.  Reserved seats are $54.  General admission is $36 and student admission is $20. Buy online at CBIBoca.org

October 15, 2:00 p.m. Mama Doni Children’s Concert, adults are $18, children 12 and under are $10.  Pre-concert fun with Miss Susan. Buy online at CBIBoca.org


About Congregation B’nai Israel

Founded in 1984, Congregation B’nai Israel (CBI) stands as a nationally recognized all-inclusive Reform Synagogue, fostering a meaningful and spiritual connection to Judaism. Known for exceptional education programs, CBI offers an APPLE accredited award-winning preschool, an innovative religious school and renowned adult education programs. With an ongoing commitment to social action and community outreach initiatives, CBI promotes giving and volunteering within the community at large. CBI warmly welcomes people of all faiths, race and all members of the LGBTQ community. For more information, visit http://www.cbiboca.org or call 561-241-8118.


Congregation B’nai Israel
2200 Yamato Road, Boca Raton, FL

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Sep 272017
Grove week delray beach

This October, the Delray Beach Marketing Cooperative (DBMC) invites both residents and visitors alike to kick off the fall season with Grove Week – seven full days of celebrating the arts in the city’s popular Pineapple Grove Arts District.  Grove Week consists of a variety of events and activities spanning from Monday, October 2nd to Sunday, October 8th.  The variety of activities spans all categories of fun, from live music, art, car shows, health, wine, food and more.

“There will be so many fun things to do in Pineapple Grove all during Grove Week, from food tours to live music to art exhibitions,” explains DBMC Executive Director Stephanie Immelman.  “Dozens of community businesses will take part in the fun filled week. Merchants will be opening their doors offering special discounts, free services, entertainment and refreshments,” she adds. “Whether you’re in Old School Square Park, on NE 2nd Avenue or inside one of the many shops, galleries and restaurants that line the streets, you’ll be sure to have a good time this Grove Week in Pineapple Grove.”

Grove Week Highlights

 Monday, October 2

Events at N2 Wine Bar, Banyan and Coffee District


Tuesday, October 3

Specials at Beer Trade, El Camino and The Sandy Shoppe


Wednesday, October 4  – Spend the 4th on 4th

Craft Food Tour

Craft Food Tour

Find it all on NE 4th Avenue

  • Live Music at Beer Trade
  • Savor Our City Culinary Tour including painting at Vino Van Gogh (5 pm to 9:30 pm)
  • Specials at Bamboo Fire Café


Thursday, October 5 – On The Ave – 5 pm to 9 pm

NE 2nd Avenue – street closure in Pineapple Grove (from El Camino to Brule)

  • Artists Showcase
  • Flowfest
  • Delray Buick GMC cars
  • Hyatt Place Chill Lounge
  • Antique Car Show
  • Live entertainment at CityWalk
  • Lynn University performance
  • Pappas Tapas serving food
  • Kid’s Corner by Avenue Church
  • Open House at Delray Beach Real Estate
  • Open House at Posh Properties
  • Craft Food Tour / Happy Hour Tour  (reservations required)
  • Drink specials and free munchies at O’Connor’s
  • Wine & cheese tasting at Lavender
  • Blings & Things outdoor sale
  • Vatican Tattoo appearance and live painting by Cruise Bogle
  • Arts Garage – Open Mic Night
  • Meet the artist John Spec at Gallery at Studio 5
  • Grand re-opening at The Sweat Barre
  • After parties at O’Connor’s, 3rd and 3rd and Beer Trade


Friday, October 6 – Free Friday!

  • First Free Friday Night Concert at Old School Square Pavilion – tribute to Billy Joel with the Turnstiles at 7:30 pm
  • First Friday Free Artwalk – a self-guided tour from 6 to 9 pm of the fine art galleries and working studios downtown. (#DelrayArtWalk)
  • Open House at Arts Garage Grassroots Gallery
  • Open House at Old School Square

Saturday, October 7

  • Delray Art League at Old School Square Park from 11 am to 7 pm
  • Live music at Arts Garage at 8 pm – Lizette Morales Salsa
  • Live music at the Hyatt from 9 pm to midnight
  • Vatican TattooCruise Bogle event all day
  • Live music at 3rd and 3rd


Sunday, October 8

  • Delray Art League at Old School Square Park from 11 am to 7 pm
  • Live music at Arts Garage at 7 pm – La Vie Caribbean Soul
  • Art Show at Banyan Restaurant


For a complete schedule of Grove Week activities and merchant specials, please visit www.OnTheAveDelrayBeach.com.


About the Delray Beach Marketing Cooperative:

The Delray Beach Marketing Cooperative (DBMC) is a partnership between the City of Delray Beach, the Community Redevelopment Agency and the Greater Delray Beach Chamber of Commerce. The DBMC’s mission is to attract people to the City, create a positive image and increase awareness of Delray Beach for a positive economic impact through Destination Marketing, marketing programs, special events and community collaboration. The Delray Beach Marketing Cooperative is now accessible on Facebook at www.facebook.com/downtowndelraybeach, on Instagram at http://instagram.com/visit_delray_beach, and on Twitter at https://twitter.com/downtowndelray. For more information, please contact DBMC at 561.279.1380 or visit www.VisitDelrayBeach.org.

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Sep 262017
garlic festival
The International Festivals & Events Association (IFEA) paid tribute to the SOUTH FLORIDA GARLIC FEST – produced by FESTIVAL MANAGEMENT GROUP in LAKE WORTH, FLORIDA on September 14, 2017 during the IFEA/Haas & Wilkerson Pinnacle Awards Ceremony held at the 62nd Annual IFEA Convention, Expo & Retreat, presented by Haas & Wilkerson Insurance, in Tucson, Arizona, U.S.A. Sept 14-16, 2017, where they were presented with TWO awards in the prestigious IFEA/Haas & Wilkerson Pinnacle Awards competition.  Awards were won in the following categories:


Sponsored by industry leader Haas & Wilkerson Insurance, the professional competition draws entries from among the world’s top festivals and events.  Winning entries came from organizations as diverse as the 500 Festival in Indianapolis, IN; the Des Moines Arts Festival, Des Moines, IA; Riverbend Festival in Chattanooga, TN; Rutgers University in Piscataway, NJ; the National Cherry Festival in Traverse City, MI; the Philadelphia Flower Show, Philadelphia, PA; the Fiesta Bowl, Scottsdale, AZ; the Sausalito Art Festival, Sausalito, CA; the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival in Mount Vernon, WA and Celebrations Ottawa in Ottawa, ON, Canada.
International contenders included such diverse event organizations as the Singapore Garden Festival in Singapore; RedFilo Events, Abu Dhabi, UAE; Destination NSW, Sydney, Australia; The Third China International Circus Festival, Guangzhou, China; Feria Estatal de Leon, Leon, Mexico; Ludwig Van Beethoven Easter Festival, Krakow, Poland; Cuckoo Events, Dublin, Ireland; Rotterdam Festivals, Rotterdam, Netherlands; Festival Lent, Maribor, Slovenia and the Ansan Street Arts Festival, Ansan, South Korea.
Awards were handed out in 71 different categories in total including Best TV Promotion; Social Media Site; Commemorative Poster; Sponsorship Program; Green Program; Parade; Educational Program, Children’s Program; Social Media Campaign; Merchandising Program and Festival & Event Management Degree Programs in addition to the highest award given by the IFEA in recognition of those Festivals and events who have a balance of all the elements necessary to ensure a successful event – the Grand Pinnacle.
               “We would like to congratulate all of our Pinnacle winners for their outstanding entries into this year’s competition,” said IFEA President & CEO, Steven Wood Schmader, CFEE.  “The IFEA/Haas & Wilkerson Pinnacle Awards Competition recognizes the outstanding accomplishments and top quality creative, promotional, operational and community outreach programs and materials produced by festivals and events around the world.  Striving for the highest degree of excellence in festival and event promotions and operations in every budget level and every corner of the globe, this competition has not only raised the standards and quality of the festivals and events industry to new levels, but also shows how event producers can use innovation and creativity to achieve a higher level of success.”
Headquartered in Boise, Idaho, the International Festivals & Events Association (IFEA) is The Premier Association Supporting and Enabling Festival & Event Professionals Worldwide. In partnership with global affiliates under the umbrellas of IFEA Africa, IFEA Asia, IFEA Australia, IFEA Europe, IFEA Latin America, IFEA Middle East (MENASA), and IFEA North America, the organization’s common vision is for “A Globally United Industry that Touches Lives in a Positive Way through Celebration.” The Association offers the most complete source of ideas, resources, information, education and networking for festival and event professionals worldwide.
For a complete list of winners and more information on the IFEA, go to www.ifea.com.
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Sep 152017

Due to the devastating effects of Hurricane Irma across the state of Florida, the Sammy Hagar & The Circle show with Collective Soul scheduled to play Pompano Beach Amphitheater on September 19 has been rescheduled for November 12 and will be part of John Offerdahl’s Gridiron Grill-Off Food & Wine Festival. The tour hopes the rescheduled date will allow more time for residents to heal before returning to put on great performance for their fans. Tickets for the original show date will be honored for the new performance, so no exchanges are needed.  Refunds will be issued at point of purchase, and will be available until October 6 at 5PM.  Tickets purchased online or by phone via Ticketmaster need to contact Ticketmaster for refunds at (800) 745-3000.


We apologize for any inconvenience.

AEG Live & Pompano Beach Amphitheater

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Sep 122017
chinese lantern fest

Central Broward Regional Park will host a new and spectacular family friendly event this holiday season, the Chinese Lantern Festival produced by Hanart Culture. The 8-week Lantern Festival is a totally immersive experience among Chinese culture, multi-hued “The Wild” animal lantern displays, live entertainment, authentic Chinese food, hand-made gifts by Chinese craftspeople, and more. The Festival doors will open Tuesday, November 21 at 5:30 p.m. and runs for an 8 week period, Thursday through Sunday evenings, until its Grand Closing Festivities on Monday, January 15, 2018.

The Chinese Lantern Festival is an unparalleled experience, a modern take on the ancient art of lantern-making. Twenty artists from China will be working on-site for weeks in a temporary ‘lantern factory’ to create exquisite scenes that include animals from throughout the world. This year’s theme of “The Wild” will feature amazing works of art in the form of different animals from lions to dinosaurs, giraffes to panda’s—even a herd of zebra’s will form dreamscapes of color and motion.

chinese acrobatIn addition to walking amid the lanterns, visitors can witness live kung fu performances and coaching by martial arts champions. Plus, traditional folk art demonstrations by 5 mainland China craftspeople. Visitors will experience up close such arts of Clay sculpturing, Cartoon portraiture, Folk Embroidery, Dough Modeling, Paper Cutting, and Straw Weaving. Keepsakes will be on sale to take home for memories.

Children also enjoy puppetry Shadowplay, dinosaur rides at Dinosaur Empire, and more. Day demonstration programs for children and groups will also be booked upon advance request.

This is the first year that Hanart Culture has brought its national touring event, the Chinese Lantern Festival to South Florida, and promises to amaze those of every age.

lanterns“We call these lanterns, but make no mistake these are not hand-held candle-lit lamps,” says event producer George Zhao. “From humble beginnings of silk and paper, the Chinese lantern has evolved into the wondrous shapes and sizes of our modern era. Our exquisite shapes are lit from within by thousands of LED bulbs, yet still made by hand of silks, satin and natural materials.”

Tickets and more information can be found at ChineseLanternFestival.com

Adult General Admission $22 and $25 at the gate. Children 12 and under $12.50 online and $15 at the gate. Free for Children age 3 and under in the company of a parent or adult supervisor. Discounts will be available for groups of 12 or more.

Dates and Hours

Grand Opening Date: Tuesday, November 21
Grand Closing: Monday, January 15th
Event hours: Thursday through Sundays, 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., last entry at 9:30 p.m.


Adults: $21.00   Children: $12.50  (Ages 3 and under are FREE)

Purchase tickets online at www.chineselanternfestival.com

or via www.eventbrite.com/e/chinese-lantern-festival-at-central-broward-regional-park-fl-tickets-37017112179

For a limited time only, you will receive 20% off admission to shows during the first week only by using the discount code: weekendbroward (online only)

About Central Broward Regional Park

Central Broward Regional Park is located at 3700 NW 11th Pl, Lauderhill, FL 33311, right next door to the Fort Lauderdale Swap Shop. To contact the Park call (954) 357-5400. The park grounds include a 15,000-seat stadium, water park, covered picnic spaces, nature trail and more. There is a nominal weekend parking fee for the park entry.

Event Sponsors

Broward County Parks & Recreation; City of Lauderhill; Lauderhill Regional Chamber of Commerce; Winterfest Boat Parade; Sun Sentinel Newspaper; OutFront Media, and more.

chinese lantern festival

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