In my last blog, I reviewed some of the regularly scheduled concerts staged by local municipalities in and around Broward County, Boca Raton and Delray Beach. This month appears to be one of the best months of the year for outdoor festivals, whether they be sponsored by cities, churches or private organizations. The weather is just right for enjoying outdoor festivities and there’s lots to do around town. Looking at the Weekend Broward calendar, I see several events of interest.
First, there’s the Garlic Fest in Delray Beach which kicks off at 6pm on Friday, February the 8th with The Fabulous Fleetwoods and ends on Sunday night at 6pm with a local band called The Long Run, a tribute to The Eagles. While listening to the bands, you can sample culinary delights and watch a competition of top chefs vying for the price of Top Garlic Chef. The Garlic Festival takes place around Old School Square, just North of Atlantic Avenue, East of Federal Highway. More details are available on the WeekendBroward calendar and the event website, dbgarlicfest.com.
The following weekend, St. Coleman’s Catholic Church holds their 30th annual Italian Fest. They have packed as many activities as possible into this 3 day event starting at 2pm with an Open Mic on Friday, February 15th and ending with The Bulldogs playing on Sunday evening at 6:30pm. One of my favorite U2 Tribute bands, looking as authentic as they get, will play Friday night at 9pm. The festival also features a fair with lots of rides for the kids, arts & crafts, some “church” gambling games, a silent auction and great Italian fast food! The complete band schedule can be found on WeekendBroward and the event website, ItalianFest.org.
The same weekend, on the other side of town, the Margate Chamber of Commerce has organized a festival with an international theme. Festivities kick-off Friday with a carnival from 6-11 pm. Gates open Saturday at noon with ethnic foods, a car show and performances by local school groups and athletic clubs. When the sun sets , the main stage lights up with headline acts such as Lazy Bonez, an 80’s Rock Tribute Act, until 11 pm. Sticking with the theme, the bands are expected to play a wide genre of music, including Caribbean, Rock, Country, Latin, Haitian, R&B and Pop. Musical acts will continue all day Sunday with amusements, eats, bounce houses and crafters until 7 pm. More information is available on the event website at MargateStreetFestival.com.
On the other hand, if you are a fan of blues, don’t miss The Riverwalk Blues Festival which takes place all day long on the 16th right behind and inside The Downtowner Saloon and Maxwell Room, directly across the river from Downtown Fort Lauderdale. Blues Blast Award winners for Best Band of the Year for 2012 Trampled Under Foot will headline the event, along with Blues Music Award Nominee Albert Castiglia, and Nikki Hill with Matt Hill (2011 BMA winner for Best New Artist). International Blues Challenge Winner Joey Gilmore is also performing and this Year’s Local IBC winner Joel DaSilva and Midnight Howl, as well. This is a not to be missed event for the blues fans out there. Sunday, February 17th will continue the theme as the festival becomes a Blues Film Fest. A two day pass will set you back $25. All the details can be found at RiverwalkBlues.com.
Do you like to reminisce about the good ‘ole 80’s? On February 23rd, Karma Entertainment Group is holding the 1st annual 80’s Fest at Sunset Cove Amphitheater in South County Regional Park in Boca Raton. Performers expected for this event include Eddie Money, Debbie Gibson, Gioia Bruno, Stacey Q and many more that will bring back the memories. Unlike the other festivals mentioned in this blog, this one will set you back a minimum of $32 for tickets. More information can be found at the80sfest.com.
Finally, the month of February ends on a Thursday, which happens to be the start of yet another Festival, courtesy of St. Ambrose Church in Deerfield Beach. The St. Ambrose carnival, for it’s 19th year, like the Italian Fest earlier in the month, offers rides, food and other fundraising opportunities for the Church. At the same time, it is also a music festival kicking off on Thursday, February 28th with local teen band South of Sheridan followed by Classic Rock Therapy at 7:30. The next day, musical entertainment starts at 5:30pm and ends with a Tribute to Billy Joel scheduled for 8:45pm. The music continues on Saturday and Sunday featuring many renowned local cover bands such as Rough Shot, and Riverdown. Once again, the complete schedule can be found on WeekendBroward.com.