Mar 272017
 
Chinese Lantern Festival

Hanart Culture’s Chinese Lantern Festival is a showcase of 800 illuminated lantern displays and live Kung Fu shows and an exhibition of Chinese art and culture on the grounds of the Sunset Cove Amphitheater. Featured attractions also include dinosaur rides, Oriental crafts, food, and interactive Kung Fu and Martial Arts lessons on stage for visitors by Martial Arts Experts of the Kung Fu Embassy.  The Chinese Lantern Festival begins February 24th and continues every Wednesday through Sunday, 5:30 p.m.-10 p.m through April 9, 2017 at Boca Raton’s South County Regional Park, located at 12551 Glades Road in Boca Raton.

This year’s theme, “The Wild,” offers an enchanting safari for visitors to walk through. From lions, giraffes, and pandas to pre-historic dinosaurs, these life-size works of art take the forms of animals representing all four corners of the earth including Africa, Asia/Europe, the Americas, and Antarctica. Each location scene is set in beautiful dreamscapes of light, color, sound, and motion—delivering an unparalleled experience.

The closing reception for The Chinese Lantern Festival, will be held Friday, April 7th at 7 p.m. will have a focus on Diplomacy and Cultural Exchange. It coincides with the dates of the Chinese President Xi Jinping meeting with President Trump at Mar-a-Lago. In addition to entertainment and a roped off area for VIPs, attendees will be reminded of a reference back to the Nixon era of Ping-Pong Diplomacy. Some of the best players in the United States will be attending for exhibition play, including Terese Terranova – a two-time paralympic gold medal winner and the president of the Broward County Table Tennis Club.

For additional information and interviews with table tennis players, event producer, or members of the Kung Fu Embassy call Linda Hamburger at (954) 945-5656 or email linda linda (AT) hanartculture.com

About the Chinese Lantern Festival in Boca Raton

To create the Chinese Lantern Festival’s dreamscapes of light and color, a team of professional artists from China spent weeks in a temporary “lantern factory” and working onsite to commission unique works of artistry. The artists used a combination of steel, rayon and satin for some designs, while fusing paint, ceramic and glass for others. Almost 30,000 hours were dedicated to completing the entire 2017 exhibit.

Tickets

Admission tickets are $25 at the door/$22 online for adults, and $15 at the door/$12.50 online for children ages 4-12. Admission is free for children ages 3 and younger. Special discount rates are also available online for groups of 12 or more. Discounts are provided to members of the armed forces, veterans, seniors and college students.

Food Trucks will be onsite every Wednesday and Thursday evening to complement the Chinese cuisine which will also be available throughout the event.

More info and tickets available at: www.chineselanternfestival.com

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Mar 052017
 
hard rock cafe st patricks day

This year, St Patrick’s Day falls on a Friday which means that there will be more live music around town than any other day of the week!  Authentic Irish Pubs and Die-Hards will celebrate from early morning with breakfast and beer until late night followed by more breakfast in the wee hours.  However, you don’t have to wait until the 17th to get your “green on”.  The two largest cities in Broward will be celebrating on the weekend prior to the 17th.  Read all about St. Patrick’s Parade & Festival in Downtown Fort Lauderdale 2017 on Saturday March 11th and the 20th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Festival in Hollywood on Sunday, March 12th.

A little further north into Palm Beach County, the City of Delray Beach will pay tribute with live music entertainment starting on Friday evening and continuing all day Saturday with the parade flowing along “The” Avenue from 2 till 4pm.  Read all about it on our special page dedicated to this event.

Live Entertainment Highlights at Local Pubs & Restaurants on Friday, March 17th, 2017

Big News! The Wildfire Band has moved their annual show to Galuppi’s in Pompano Beach at 7:30pm and a full day of Irish entertainment starting at Noon with an Irish Fiddler, Kelly Academy Irish Step Dancers, Bagpipes, Irish Drummer and Irish Favorites by Tom O’Miller.

Cagney’s “House of Rock” Saloon in Davie will be celebrating with local Rock Cover Band Soulicide. $5.00 Irish Car Bombs and SOULiCIDER shots. $10.00 Irish beer mixed buckets while they last, $6.95 corned beef dinner. And 10 percent off your tab if you wear a kilt (excluding specials). Two Contests: Best men’s legs in a kilt, and all around St. Paddy’s day outfit!

Brendan’s Sports Pub in Pompano Beach will kick off the entertainment with Sean Hanley at 12:30pm, The Crush Duo at 4pm and Bombshell at  8:00pm. Irish dinners and Green Beer will be on the menu from Noon till Midnight including Bangers & Mash, Fish & Chips, Corned Beef & Cabbage as well as Shepherd’s Pie. Bagpipers will shows up at 2pm and 9pm.

Packy’s Sports Pub in Lighthouse Point will kick off the live entertainment at 4:30 with Irish band Echoes of Erin followed by rock party-band Bounce at 9:00pm.  Also, a long list of Irish specialties including Irish Stew and Corned Beef & Cabbage.

Mr. Bagpiper Graham Massie will make special appearances with Suzy Howard & Friends during Happy Hour at Fishtales on 33rd in Ft Lauderdale and once again before Boys Night Out takes the stage at 10:00pm.  The kitchen will also be serving up Corned Beef Sandwiches, Dinners and let’s not forget $5 Baby Guinness!

Well known for their Halloween and Cinco de Mayo “block” parties, Tijuana Taxi of Coral Springs will do their magic once again for St Patrick’s Day. Gates will at 3pm, expect an evening of live music, DJ entertainment, plenty of beer, Irish Car Bomb tents, beads & T-shirts,  corned beef and cabbage taco’s, photo booths, and giveaways thrown from the stage. Local favorite cover band, Grindstone, hits the stage at 8pm.

If you’re looking for the most authentic Irish celebrations and one of the largest annual block parties anywhere in South Florida, the winner will have to be The Field Irish Pub in Dania Beach.  Aside from lines of cars looking for parking, expect to find live music on 2 stages (inside and outdoors), 2 huge outdoor tents replete with full liquor bars and Irish fare, Irish dancers, bagpipers, children’s face painter, Irish gifts, and a late night DJ as well.  This year’s featured bands include Celtic Bridge with Ade Peever, Roisín Dillon & John Schreiber
featuring  Eamonn dillon with Hilary O’Leary, Richard Wood & Gordon Belsher. More info at: http://thefieldfl.com/st-patricks-day-festival-2017

Unfortunately, Maguire’s Hill 16 in Fort Lauderdale was purchased a few months back and will not be reopening anytime soon.  Their regularly scheduled headliner, Wildfire Band, can be found at Galuppi’s in Pompano Beach this year.

Added to our list this year, for those of you who like to stick it out in the Western suburbs, Uncle Al’s Cafe in Sunrise will feature Live Music by Thought Monkey followed by DJ Rockin’ Ruben!  Drink specials will include Leprechaun Shots, Irish Car Bombs, Jameson, and Green Beer (no less!)

In addition to all the above, we currently show more than 35 live music events listed on the hour by hour live music schedule for Broward at www.weekendbroward.com/live-music/ and more than 20 choices on our calendar for Palm Beach County.  Browse the flyers before for even more offerings from some of our sponsors!

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 March 5, 2017  Posted by  Local Events No Responses »
Feb 102017
 

From goblets to swords, the Florida Renaissance Festival embraces the spirit of its “silver” anniversary with an impressive display of radiance and brilliance!  The landmark 25th season of the Florida Renaissance Festival will take place from February 11 to March 26, 2017 at Deerfield Beach’s Quiet Waters Park (401 S Powerline Rd, Deerfield Beach, FL 33442) and, for the second year in a row, will offer an extraordinary SEVEN theme-filled weekends, as well as a variety of fan favorite acts and performances. From jesters, jugglers and jousting knights to music, magic, mayhem and more, the 2017 Florida Renaissance Festival perfectly recreates a story-book Renaissance village.

HISTORY

The idea for the Festival originated in 1990 when Festival founder, Bobby Rodriguez, proposed a medieval fair as a substitute for a black-tie ball for the then upcoming Broward Center for the Performing Arts. While that event never manifested, Rodriguez decided to produce the fair himself and in 1992, the first medieval festival in Florida took place. The one-weekend show generated approximately 3,000 attendees. 

 

In 1993, Rodriguez changed the event’s name to the Florida Renaissance Festival which took place in Snyder Park in Ft. Lauderdale. The Festival remained in that location for the next four years and grew to a three-weekend event.  In 1997, the growing Festival moved to T.Y. (Topeekeegee Yugnee) Park in Hollywood, Florida where it remained for another four years until moving to the location it has called home for the last 18 years, Quiet Waters Park in Deerfield Beach. 

 

mud pit“I am extremely proud of how far we’ve come in the last 25 years,” said Bobby Rodriguez, Founder and Producer of the Florida Renaissance Festival. “In the beginning we used to look to other Ren Fairs for ideas and now many of them look to see what we come up with each year.  We are proud to have the support of the county, the city and our community, and to be able to provide this entertaining, educational and cultural enriching festival for people of all ages.” 

 

Throughout the years, Rodriguez has continuously raised the bar when it comes to incorporating new experiences into the Festival. He was the first to bring Cast In Bronze to the Renaissance Fair stage – a beautifully eerie performance conducted on a traveling Carillon, a musical instrument made up of more than a ton of bronze church bells. Rodriguez’s ability to think “beyond Renaissance” has also resulted in the booking of a variety of acts from Oriental and Scottish themes to ancient African dancers and percussionists. 

 

Now, in its milestone 25th year, the Festival has grown into one of the nation’s most beloved events dedicated to recreating the historical era of the Renaissance times, each year adding more entertainment and themed weekends while welcoming a crowd that has swelled over the years to nearly 100,000 attendees.

 

The Florida Renaissance Festival 2017 themed weekends include

 Pirates’ Weekend – February 11 and 12

Debark at your own risk and be weary of land sickness during our opening weekend where the village is overrun with mateys and scallywags.  Anyone not prepared for a “salty” good time will be sent to walk the plank. 

 Time Travelers’ Weekend – February 18 – 20

You won’t need a passport to travel through time during Time Travelers’ Weekend. This weekend is dedicated to adventurers across the centuries and embodies the spirit of recreating the past, symbolic of the entire festival. Open on President’s Day, Monday February 20th

 Masquerade – February 25 and 26

Everywhere you turn, peering eyes from behind a mask let you know that it’s Masquerade Weekend.Unleash your inhibitions behind the anonymity of delicately detailed masks, historic costumes and intriguing disguises!The Masquerade will keep your secrets, until you divulge your identity!

 Wenches – March 4 and 5

Behind every good man is a wench in the trench. Wenches Weekend celebrates the women of the Renaissance with hourglass curves and firey attitudes who can go toe-to-toe with their male counterparts. 

 Taste of FLARF (Florida Renaissance Festival) – March 11 and 12

Eat and drink your way through the Renaissance during Taste of FLARF Weekend. It’s a feast fit for a King as you indulge in foods reminiscent of the era such as hearty turkey legs, Scotch eggs, Sheppard’s Pie and an assortment of delectable desserts. Wash it all down with traditional mead and aromatic wines that you can freshly stomp yourself from the finest grapes!

 Celtic – March 18 and 19

celtic mayhemSing and dance along to Irish, Scottish and English tunes throughout the Shire during Celtic Weekend. Don your finest kilt while bagpipes blare. This weekend is a must for anyone who wants to embrace and celebrate their Celtic heritage!

 Vikings and Barbarians – March 25 and 26

Viking and Barbarians weekend is when you and your Norwegian brothers and sisters can wave your battleaxes while covered in leather and fur, yelling with the fury of Odin. Only the strongest and most courageous warriors will make it through our final weekend!  

The 2017 season also includes a variety of fan favorite acts and performances with an invigorating entertainment lineup that includes something for everyone. 

The Florida Renaissance Festival 2017 Acts & Performances include: 

 

The Florida Renaissance Festival is produced by the nationally acclaimed Bobby Rodriguez Productions and strives to create an entertaining and cultural experience for adults and children alike. The sponsors of the 2017 Florida Renaissance Festival include Comcast, Warsteiner, Guinness, Pepsi-Cola and Walgreens. 

 

The Florida Renaissance Festival at Deerfield Beach’s Quiet Waters Park will be open weekends beginning February 11th from 10 a.m. to sunset through March 26th.  Also open on President’s Day, February 20th.

Tickets & Admission

Prices range from 21.00 for adults and $9 for children ages 6 to 11 years of age. Discount tickets also available at Walgreens for $17 for adults (save $4) and $8 for children (save $1).  Children 5 and younger are free.  Special seasonal passes are available for $75 and group ticket rates are also offered.  

 

While costumes are not necessary for admittance, thousands of people each year enhance their experience by donning garb from the Renaissance era, or participate in one of the festival’s special themed weekends. 

 

For tickets and more information visit: www.ren-fest.com; Find us on Facebook: Florida Renaissance Festival; Follow us on Twitter: FlaRenFest and Instagram/flarenfest. If you prefer the historical method, call 954-776-1642.

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Nov 282016
 
fountain-flame-pompano-untapped

On December 2nd,  Pompano Beach will become the first city in the United States to ignite a “Fountain Flame”.  The initial lighting will take place during the monthly Old Town Untapped event across from Bailey Contemporary Arts in Old Town Pompano Beach. The dramatic display is set ablaze when propane is injected into the water, igniting into dazzling flames that dance atop the sprouting flumes of water. Kim Briesemeister and Chris Brown, founders of Redevelopment Management Associates, wanted to create a great public space ensuring a central gathering spot for reviving downtown. The technology, a nationwide first, is part of their transformation of Pompano Beach into a leader in innovation.

“Pompano Beach is quickly emerging as a national redevelopment model,” said Briesemeister. “The reinvention of the city is focused on securing the best of the STEAM disciplines, with a strong emphasis on blending art and technology. This “Fountain Flame,” located between three new arts venues, is an outstanding example of small towns setting the trends.”

The “Fountain Flame” technology was developed by OASE-Living Water, based in Germany. The Pompano Beach fountain will be the first that utilizes a low voltage ignitor to combine fire and water in a theatrical application in a public place. The fountain works by introducing high pressure propane gas into the stream of water. Once the propane is inside the stream, the low voltage ignitor ignites the propane stream in the water jet to start the fire show.  The fountain also has numerous LED light displays which enhances the stunning visual effect.

RMA assembled a stellar construction and design team to certify and build the fountain. “Our vision wasn’t deterred when we were informed that it couldn’t be built in the US,” said Briesemeister. “Our team worked with national and local fire safety experts to create guidelines and obtain UL certification for this new technology.” As a safety precaution, the fountain is surrounded by infrared beams, if the plane is broken, the gas valve is shut off and the water and propane flow stops.

Burkhardt Construction is the contractor who led the streetscape improvements within Old Town. EDSA, a landscape architecture firm, led the overall design, hardscape layout and concept for the fountain. EDSA also led the multidisciplinary team of consultants for the project, includingHall Fountains, Delta G, Keith and Associates, and Mausen.

This month, Old Town Toasts the Holidays with a festive night including a special holiday performance by the 65 piece American Legion Symphonic Band, sponsored by Brightstar Credit Union and the Pompano Beach Chamber of Commerce.

Performances by Jazz great Randy Corinthian, acoustic music by Ike Woods, plus over 50 holiday vendors, food trucks, art displays, craft beer tastings, specialty drink, a scavenger hunt and much more. The event is free and open to the public. Lighting ceremony is scheduled for 7pm.

For more information contact Shanna Benson at 954-786-7824 or visit, www.pompanobeacharts.org

UPDATE: Check out our post-event photos at: www.facebook.com/pg/WeekendBroward/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1295178237170374

 November 28, 2016  Posted by  Local Events No Responses »
Nov 222016
 
hollywood candy cane parade

Now in its 61st year, the Candy Cane Parade returns to the Hollywood Beach Broadwalk on Saturday, December 3, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. to delight thousands of spectators of all ages and usher in the holiday season in Hollywood!  The Candy Cane Parade on Hollywood Beach is one of the longest running holiday parades in the country. It was started back in the mid-1950’s by a group of Hollywood merchants as a way to draw patrons to their shops and businesses. Today it features imaginative lighted floats and vehicles, marching bands and dance troupes with parade participants tossing out candy canes and mints all along the parade route.

Musical Notes and Peppermint Floats

This year’s parade theme is “Musical Notes and Peppermint Floats.” The parade gets underway rain or shine at 7:00 p.m. on the Hollywood Beach Broadwalk at Scott Street and heads south to Harrison Street. Complimentary bleacher seating is available along the parade route from Garfield Street to Polk Street. Parade emcees will be stationed at Charnow Park at Garfield Street and at the Hollywood Beach Theatre at Johnson Street.

To ease traffic, parade-goers are encouraged to park in one of the downtown parking garages and take the free parade shuttles to and from the beach from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. The downtown parking garages are located at 19th Avenue at Polk Street and 20th Avenue at Van Buren Street. Standard parking rates apply. The Candy Cane Parade is presented in partnership with the Hollywood Community Redevelopment Agency.

For event information please call the Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts, Special Events at 954.921.3404 or email[email protected].

 November 22, 2016  Posted by  Local Events No Responses »
Nov 142016
 
margaritaville resort

Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort, located on the legendary Hollywood Beach Broadwalk in South Florida, invites guests and local residents to join in celebrating its one-year anniversary with a special weekend of festivities. From Friday, November 18 through Sunday, November 20, the 349-room 17-story destination resort will offer food and beverage promotions, retail discounts, spa specials, live entertainment and more.

“We are looking forward to celebrating our one-year anniversary with an exciting weekend of signature events and promotions that will showcase our destination resort,” said Cate Farmer, resort general manager. “In true Margaritaville fashion, the weekend will exude fun and escapism, including amazing live entertainment, unique retail and spa discounts, and several opportunities to take a bite out of paradise with signature food and beverage promotions.”

Special Activities and Live Entertainment

Highlights of the special anniversary weekend will include stilt walkers, magician acts, and of course, the best of the best live entertainment across the property’s multiple stages and venues including the Hollywood Beach Bandshell, Margaritaville restaurant and 5 o’ClockSomewhere Bar & Grill.

Performance schedule at Margaritaville Venues

Friday November 18
5 o’Clock Somewhere Bar & Grill
6:00pm-10:00pm Making Faces (Rockn’ Reggae)
Bandshell 7:00pm-9:00pm Havoc 305 (Party Rock)
Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville Restaurant 10:00pm-1:00am Khemistry (Top 40, Latin, Rock, R&B & Party Music)
Saturday November 19
LandShark Bar & Grill
(2nd Floor) 12:00pm-4:00pm DJ Blix
Landshark & Lone Palm Pools 1:00pm-3:00pm Strolling Magician Richard Laffite w/3:00pm Magic Show in Kids Club
5 o’Clock Somewhere Bar & Grill 6:00pm-10:00pm Tito C. 3 (Classic, New, & Alt. Rock)
Bandshell 7:00pm-9:00pm Bushwood (Funky Reggae)
Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville Restaurant 10:00pm-1:00am Deep Fried Funk (Top 40, Latin, Rock, R&B & Party Music)
Sunday November 20
LandShark Bar & Grill
(2nd Floor) 12:00pm-4:00pm DJ Blix
5 o’Clock Somewhere Bar & Grill 5:00pm-9:00pm “Sunsplash Reggae Sunday’swith Inna Sense (Reggae)
Bandshell 7:00pm-9:00pm The Click (80’s Alt. Rock)
Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville Restaurant 9:00pm-12:00am Jason K Trio (Classic, New, & Alt. Rock)

 

Food & Beverage Promotions

In addition to the numerous activities all weekend long, the resort will be serving up tasty promotions throughout the weekend at its eight food and beverage venues, including:

 

Retail Discounts & Shopping Events

Guests can sip and shop with complimentary champagne Friday evening in the ‘Live Life Like a Song’ retail store, including 20 percent off all regular priced merchandise.

On Saturday from noon to 2 p.m., shoppers can learn how to make (and taste) a signature Margaritaville margarita using the Margaritaville Frozen Concoction Maker®. If guests or local residents haven’t tried one, this is the chance! A 10% discount on Margaritaville Frozen Concoction Maker® purchases will be available during the event, with free shipping. Those who do not purchase the item on-site during the margarita mixology session can enter to win the chance to keep the party rolling at home, with a free Margaritaville Frozen Concoction Maker®.

In honor of the celebratory weekend, Margaritaville Surf Shop, located next to the resort’s signature FlowRider® and LandShark Bar & Grill, is also offering 20 percent off select items throughout the anniversary weekend.

Anniversary Package

margaritaville-hollywoodWhy not stay and play all weekend? The resort is offering a special “Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Turns One! Anniversary Offer” for those wishing to be part of the weekend celebration. The experiential package includes two welcome cocktails, a $50 daily resort credit and valet parking. Guests who book the package will receive an added bonus – the chance to come back to Destination Paradise again, with a surprise discount code for their next booking, upon checkout.*Nightly rates start at $253.20 with the package.

For full details on the anniversary weekend celebration at Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort, please visit www.margaritavillehollywoodbeachresort.com/anniversary-celebration or call (844)-562-5625. Follow Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort on Facebook athttps://www.facebook.com/MargaritavilleHollywoodBeachResort/ and on Twitter and Instagram @Mville_HBR.

 

*Offer subject to availability, blackout dates, and other restrictions may apply.

 November 14, 2016  Posted by  Local Bands, Local Events No Responses »