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 or call (844)-562-5625. Follow Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort on Facebook at 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 festival

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 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: or call 954-467-6677.

fort lauderdale boat show map

 November 3, 2016  Posted by  Local Events No Responses »
Oct 182016

Singer/Songwriter SIA’s Nostalgic for the present tour will be featuring dog adoptions with Animal Aid, Inc. from 6:00 to 10:00 pm Saturday, October 29th at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida. Meet and greet some of Animals Aid’s dogs available for adoption outside the BB&T Center and view adoptable dogs on the large screen during the concert. For additional information and to purchase tickets, go to


Animal Aid Inc. strives to rescue as many dogs and cats in South Florida as their donations allow.  They save injured, neglected or unwanted cats and dogs from county shelters hoping to place them in forever homes. Volunteers fight an uphill battle each day with limited resources, trying to improve the odds of these animals.


About Animal Aid Inc.

Our adoption center and clinic is dedicated to the welfare of stray and feral animals and to the reduction of overpopulation through adoption, education and spay/neuter efforts. Animal Aid Inc. is a non-profit, no-kill animal rescue clinic and adoption center that relies solely on donations. The shelter takes in emergency, abuse and neglect cases as well as dogs and cats from various animal control agencies in Palm Beach, Dade, Collier and Broward Counties in South Florida. They offer cats and dogs for adoption 6 days a week and a spay/neuter clinic 3 days a week. Please visit or call 754-223-5378 to learn more about Animal Aid and the many pets available for adoption.

 October 18, 2016  Posted by  Local Events No Responses »
Aug 302016
Wellington Amphitheater concerts

The Wellington Parks and Recreation Department offers many events throughout the year, including free events all year long at the Wellington Amphitheater including live music by local rock and country cover bands, tribute bands, movie nights and food truck nights.  Because we love outdoor concerts, (and food trucks) we have summarized upcoming bands for the action-packed months of September through December at this most popular open-air venue in western Palm Beach county.

Fall Free Concert Schedule

* Food Trucks coordinated by Food Truck Invasion Thursday nights between 5:00 pm and 9:30 pm

More info at:

wellington amphitheater

About the Wellington Amphitheater

The Wellington Amphitheater is a 3,200 square foot facility located adjacent to Scott’s Place, a Barrier-Free Playground. The facility includes a state of the art sound and lighting system for events such as concerts, plays, school functions, and movie nights. A grand opening concert was held on July 3, 2010 to commemorate Independence Day. The Wellington Amphitheater was funded by a Palm Beach County grant and can accommodate up to 1500 persons.

Wellington Amphitheater concerts

 August 30, 2016  Posted by  Local Events No Responses »