Weekend Concierge

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.

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.
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

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

Sep 042017

Hard Rock Cafe, located inside Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino has announced the launch of its new, late night, live music programming starting Sept. 8, 2017. On Fridays and Saturdays from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m., the Hard Rock Cafe will spotlight an eclectic lineup of infectious bands that were meticulously hand-selected to showcase their distinct musical and stage personality to a captive audience. Bringing a high-energy “rock edge,” each band will perform unique renditions of classic and contemporary cover hits. Turning the globally recognized rock ‘n’ roll restaurant into a late night party experience, guests will jump up and dance to diverse sounds heard from the band’s musicianship that will stimulate crowd-igniting fun, excitement and complement the music-centric vibe of the Hard Rock Cafe.


“The Hard Rock brand is synonymous to music and fun. As Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino prepares for a major resort expansion to make way for a new iconic hotel tower accompanied by additional leisure, dining and nightlife offerings, we are enhancing the music and entertainment experiences across property,” said Auggie Cipollini, president, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Hollywood, Fla. “Hard Rock Cafe is the perfect weekend destination for anyone who wants to let loose and literally jump up and dance to some lively, familiar and energetic tunes, up front and center.”


Overview of calendar for balance of 2017

Sept. 8-9           Screaming Broccolli (from Staten Island & New Jersey)

Sept. 15-16       John McNutt

Sept. 22-23       Changing Lanes (from New Jersey)

Sept. 29-30       Light Up The Moon (from Pennsylvania )

Oct. 6-7            Lost In Parism (NJ Based Band)

Oct. 13-14         Jump Off Band (from Philadelphia, PA)

Oct. 20-21         Sidearm (from Tri-State Area)

Oct. 27-28         The Benderz (from Philadelphia, PA)

Nov. 3-4            The Zoo (from Tri-State Area)

Nov. 10-11        Steal the Sky (from Philadelphia, PA)

Nov. 17-18        3AM Tokyo

Nov. 24-25        Flowers for Taco ( Lehigh Valley, PA)

Dec. 1-2            Garden State Radio (from New Jersey)

Dec. 8-9            Big Bang Baby (from New Jersey)

Dec. 15-16        Evolution X

Dec. 22-23        Flowers for Taco (from Allentown, PA)

Dec. 29-31        Event Horizon (from New Jersey)

Hard Rock Cafe September

About Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino is South Florida’s iconic entertainment destination located minutes from Fort Lauderdale’s world-famous beach. The AAA Four Diamond-rated resort features 469 luxury guest rooms and suites, award-winning restaurants, a lagoon-style pool and Beach Club Bar & Grill, a Hard Rock-inspired spa, premium meeting and convention space and a 5,500-seat Hard Rock Live concert arena. The casino offers more than 100 table games, 2,000 of the most popular slots and a poker room. Fine dining options include Council Oak Steaks & Seafood, the resort’s signature steakhouse, and Kuro, a luxe and socially vibrant restaurant offering new-style Japanese cuisine. In the heart of the hotel is L Bar, a sophisticated, contemporary lounge showcasing handcrafted classic cocktails with a twist. Contemporary and casual eateries, include Blue Plate, the hotel’s 24-hour diner-inspired restaurant; Constant Grind, a gourmet coffee and pastry shop; and the ever-famous Hard Rock Cafe – Hollywood, part of Hard Rock’s 176 globally recognized rock ‘n’ roll restaurants.

hard rock cafe hollywood

Sep 012017
measure for measure

Measure for Measure Theatre proudly presents Ryan Scott Oliver’s invigorating rock song cycle 35MM: A Musical Exhibition! Using Matthew Murphy’s artful photographs to drive its premise and its music, 35MM’s songs intertwine with multimedia to lead the audience to figure out for themselves just what exactly the through-line behind these pieces of art may be. With a pulsating and sophisticated rock score, intriguing photography, and an A-grade cast of some of south Florida’s most exciting up-and-comers, 35MM reinvents contemporary musical theatre and snowballs it into an evening of thrilling, funny, moving, and head-banging entertainment unlike anything you’ve ever seen before!
Measure for Measure Theatre co-owners, Daimien J. Matherson and Kelly Johnson, are a well-greased team of director/choreographer that will be creating a production of 35MM: A Musical Exhibition that promises to be unique and exciting. Their cast is built on talents as diverse as the songs themselves are guaranteed to breathe new life into each of the characters.


35MM: A Musical Exhibition by Ryan Scott Oliver opens Friday, September 15th, and runs until Sunday, September 24th. (Fridays at 8:00pm, Saturdays at 2:00pm and 8:00pm, and Sundays at 2:00pm) at The Abyss Theatre- 2304 N. Dixie Highway, Wilton Manors, FL 33305. General Admission is $35 and Student Admission (with ID) is $25.

Tickets are available on http://www.measureformeasuretheatre.com/shows.html. Cash or credit will also be accepted at the door.


The Abyss Theatre

2304 N. Dixie Highway

Fort Lauderdale, FL 33305