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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.

 February 10, 2017  Posted by  Local Events, Weekend Blog No Responses »
Nov 282016
 
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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 »
Nov 092016
 

Garlic Heads get ready to regale, rejoice, refresh and renew at the 18th Annual Garlic Fest on Feb. 10 – 12, 2017.  The best stinkin’ party in South Florida has moved to larger festival grounds to accommodate the growing legion of garlic fans at John Prince Park in Lake Worth, Florida! That means you’ll find everything you have always loved about Garlic Fest but it will be bigger and better than ever before! Now, all you have to do is sit back, start stocking up on mints, and count down the days until South Florida Garlic Fest 2017.

Garlic Fest Main Stage entertainment kicks off on Friday, Feb. 10th at 6:00 pm and continues non-stop through Sunday, Feb. 12th.  This year, the Garlic Gods have been especially kind to the South Florida Garlic Fest bringing us the globally conscious music of Kongos on Friday night, Feb. 10th.  The brothers KONGOS — multi-cultural, multi-faceted, multi-instrumentalists — craft a unique and irresistible sound spawned from shared DNA, diverse influences and spot-on melodic and lyrical sensibilities. On Saturday night, Feb. 11th, Michael Franti & Spearhead storms the stage. “I make music because I believe it can change people’s lives and make a difference in the world,” enthuses Franti, “music gives us new energy and a stronger sense of purpose.”  Listen to Franti & Spearhead’s infectious beat in their huge hit – Hey You (I love you).

In addition to a long list of talented local acts rocking the Garlic Fest stage this year is Southern rock guitarist Joe Lasher Jr. and Texas bred singer songwriter Taylor Phelan!  Lasher’s live shows are becoming legendary throughout the Southeast! His new EP, “Jack to Jesus” just dropped.  Taylor starred in the 7th season of The Voice and recently released his debut album, “Where The Oceans Shallows”.

Our Internationally Award Winning Event brought home another nine awards in 2016, continuing the reputation of THE signature food and entertainment event in South Florida.  The Garlic Fest continues its focus on local community volunteers with a dedicated team of 20 non-profit organizations with 550 volunteers that run the show. The festivities include live national musical entertainment, artists & crafters, Garlic Chef cooking competitions, amusement rides and garlic-infused cuisine that permeates the air for miles.  The three-day event will be held Friday through Sunday, Feb. 10 – 12, 2017.   Festival hours are Friday: 5 PM-11 PM, Saturday: 11 AM-11 PM, Sunday: 11 AM-6 PM.

This unique event crosses all cultural boundaries and ages, providing something for everyone featuring;  National Act Musical Entertainment, the Cloves & Vines Wine Garden, full liquor bars, Garlic Chef Stadium, garlic-inspired gourmet food, over 200 unique vendors, children’s activities and amusement rides, and Home Depot Garlic University. Garlic Fest was started by a group of locals as a means to raise funds for local non-profit organizations dedicated to children’s arts and activities and it is still run by those same local organizations today! Last year, Garlic Fest topped $585,000 in charitable contributions to date for the 20 organizations and the 550 community volunteers they represent. The Garlic Fest is a gathering that renews communal spirit as it enriches the fabric of south Florida life.

The Garlic Fest draws international media attention including a featured spot on the Food Network’s “Unwrapped”.  The festival has won over 60 state and international awards, has been featured in over 40 national magazines, has had two network appearances and countless hours of local media coverage.

For more information, visit  www.sflgarlicfest.com and don’t miss the “Best Stinking Party in South Florida”.

 

 November 9, 2016  Posted by  Local Events, Weekend Blog No Responses »
Nov 032016
 

Water Taxi will have 13 boats (with drinks available on six vessels), running every 10-15 minutes with limited stops along special northern, southern and New River routes, all leading directly to the Boat Show at the Bahia Mar Yachting Center. Pick-up and drop-off locations include the Gallery One Doubletree Hotel, Riverside Hotel, Fort Lauderdale Convention Center and The Hyatt Pier 66 Hotel, each offering convenient parking options at very low rates. The special service will run daily, starting one hour before the show and finishing one hour after its conclusion.fort-lauderdale-boat-show-2016

Full-day Water Taxi wristbands will be available for purchase day-of at designated stops for only $10.

“We are excited to offer our guests our special discounted rates and direct transportation routes to and from the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show,” said Mike McGurl, co-owner of the Water Taxi. “There is no better way to experience one of our city’s most iconic and popular events than to ride on the Water Taxi to the show. You get a lovely preview of the beautiful boats and have a pleasant ride without worrying about parking and traffic jams.”

To learn more about Water Taxi’s special Boat Show routes, pricing and more, visit: http://watertaxi.com/fort-lauderdale-boat-show/ or call 954-467-6677.

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 November 3, 2016  Posted by  Local Events No Responses »