Weekend Concierge

Mar 282018
 
NoBe Sunday Block Party

After 6 weeks of shutting down one direction of 33rd Street just off A1A in the North Beach (NoBe) area of Fort Lauderdale, one thing is for sure – it’s worth the trip! Unfortunately, April marks the final month for the City of Fort Lauderdale to shut down the westbound lane of 33rd street, home of Fishtales Restaurant & Nightclub, 33rd Street Wine Bar, Blue Jean Blues, The Dive Bar and many other bars and restaurants which make this the ideal place for a night out on the town. In addition to food and drinks being served right on the street, outside craft vendors and local artists are invited each week to show off their wares.  The highlight each Sunday afternoon from 4 to 8pm is the entertainment by some of south Florida’s favorite tribute bands.  They play on a stage location adjacent to FIshtales and the Wine Bar so you are only a few steps away from great food and beverages.  Watch the bands as the sun sets over the Fort Lauderdale skyline – it’s magnificent!

Check out the list of upcoming acts and make plans to join the party, or should we say “Block Party” this weekend!

APRIL LIVE MUSIC SCHEDULE (4-8PM)

April 1 – Solid Brass, tribute to Horn Bands of the 70’s and 80’s

April 8 – True Rumours, tribute to Fleetwood Mac

April 15 – After Midnight, tribute to Eric Clapton + warm up by Pure Heart (Heart Tribute)

April 22- Smooth, tribute to Santana with warm-up one-man band Billy Bones.

April 29 – Smokin’ and Renegade, tributes to Boston and Styx

Smokin  tribute to boston

FREE ADMISSION!

The NoBe Sunday block party ends at 8pm which coincides with the time that entertainment starts at many of the local bars and restaurants, so don’t pack up and leave without checking out the schedules indoors at neighboring venues where the fun continues till, at least, the midnight hour.

Parking is available nearby on neighboring streets.  Be prepared to pay the meters at a rate of $0.50/hour.

Follow updates via the Facebook event page.

More information including vendor contact information can be found at: www.nobesunday.com

MAP TO NE 33RD STREET

Mar 262018
 
Alex Woodard

“Sometimes a letter is like a prayer, written more for the sender than the receiver,” according to singer and songwriter Alex Woodard. Several years ago, the musician started a project he refers to as “stories with a soundtrack” – songs about handwritten letters that highlight the “extraordinary beauty that ordinary people can create from their trauma.”

Hear Your Letters to Service Members Turned into Song

Alex has produced a number of albums and books, including FOR THE SENDER: Love Letters from Vietnam. The composition was inspired by letters from a soldier in Vietnam to his young wife in East Texas, along with letters written to the serviceman from his daughter. Alex’s songs serve as a tribute to family and love. FOR THE SENDER has received praise from people and publications around the world. Billboard magazine called it – “One of the year’s most touching, unique releases.”

 

The singer and songwriter is now looking for fresh inspiration. People are encouraged to submit love letters they have sent to and/or received from veterans. Three letters will be chosen, and Alex will perform three new songs during an intimate concert at 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 12 in West Palm Beach.

 

The concert will benefit Phoenix Is Rising, a nonprofit created in 2015 to help combat the high suicide and opioid dependency rate among veterans. Phoenix Is Rising offers veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder a yearlong program that kicks off with a weeklong “boot camp” retreat in Sebastian, Florida, where they receive mental health counseling and other forms of holistic treatment, in addition to developing skills for reintegration into their communities, relationships, and families. They also bond with the other attendees. To learn more about the nonprofit, visit phoenixisrising.org.

 

To submit your letter, email it to [email protected]. The winning three letters will be chosen on April 6, 2018.

 

Tickets for Love Letters Wanted will go on sale shortly, and details will be announced soon.

 

ABOUT PHOENIX IS RISING

Phoenix Is Rising is a 501(c)(3) charity that provides a yearlong program of structured and holistic therapies, and treatment and support to cohorts of eight veterans at a time. By treating these heroes and providing them with the life-essential coping skills they need, our charity not only helps to transform the veterans, but also educates and informs the wider community. With one voice, we can give a new perspective – both to those who benefit and the people around them.

 

 

 

Mar 132018
 
Delray After Dark

After great success last year, Delray Affair After Dark comes to life, once again, after the Delray Affair closes down for the night. From April 13th to April 15th, Downtown Delray is alive during the day with an eclectic mixture of fine art, great crafts and funky products from around the world. As booths close and the Delray Affair crowd thins, there is still plenty to do along Atlantic Avenue. Parking lots open and valet stands become available, so you have the opportunity to walk “on” the Avenue as local art galleries, retail shops and restaurants welcome you!

POP-UP LIVE ENTERTAINMENT SCHEDULE (6:00 – 9:00 pm)

Friday, April 13th, 2018
Atlantic & 4th                    Taylor Road 
Atlantic & 2nd                   Chris Monteleone of Sosos
Saturday, April 14th, 2018
Atlantic & 4th                    Shauna Sweeney
Atlantic & 2nd                   Steven Vincent

 

Find Accessible Parking – From garages to lots to valet stands we have options: Old School Square Parking Garage at NE 1st St & NE 1st Ave, Robert Federspiel Parking Garage at SE 1st Ave between  SE  1st St & Atlantic Avenue,  Atlantic Avenue is open from Federal Highway to the beach and all parking lots are accessible via side streets.  For a map please visit DowntownDelrayBeach.com/parking.

For more information, please call the DDA office at 561.243.1077.

Enjoy Weekend Happy Hour Offerings – Downtown Delray restaurants have created great weekend menu specials and Happy Hour menus.  Click here for a complete list of participating restaurants, merchants and a list of live entertainment happenings as well as our ‘pop-up’ musicians featured around town at http://www.DelrayAffairAfterDark.com

Looking for more live music events in and around Delray Beach?  Check out WeekendBroward’s live music calendar for Palm Beach County.

Mar 012018
 
delray beach parade

This year, St Patrick’s Day falls on a Saturday which means that there will be no excuse for many of you if you’d like to celebrate from morning till nightfall as is tradition at most Irish Pubs.  As in previous years, you won’t have to wait until the 17th to get your “green on”.  The two largest cities in Broward will be celebrating a full week earlier, staggering a day apart so that you can attend both, if you like.  The St. Patrick’s Parade & Festival in Downtown Fort Lauderdale takes place Saturday March 10th and the 21st Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Festival in Hollywood on Sunday, March 11th.  Click the links or more details on each.

A little further north into Palm Beach County, the City of Delray Beach will pay tribute with  live music entertainment starting on Friday March 16th from 5pm to 10pm with Gaelic Brew Irish Folk and continuing all day Saturday with the parade flowing along “The” Avenue from 2 till 4pm and festivities continuing till 7pm.

SCHEDULE AT OLD SCHOOL SQUARE DELRAY BEACH (Saturday, March 17)

  • 11:00am: Festival opens (Irish DJ music & announcements)
  • 11:15am: Irish Music / Live performances by various female singers
  • 1st Responder Bagpipe Bands from all over the United States
  • 2:00pm: St. Patrick’s Day Parade
  • 3:00pm: Fire Brigade Rock Band (Festival Stage)
  • 4:00pm: Irish DJ
  • 5:00pm: School of Rock (Festival Stage)

Not to be outdone by their neighbors, the City of Boynton Beach CRA presents 4th Annual Blarney Bash, on Saturday, March 17, 2018, from 4:00 PM to 9:00 PM along East Ocean Avenue, between 1st St. and Seacrest Blvd.

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

Galuppi’s restaurant & patio-bar in Pompano Beach wants to make your decision where to celebrate an easy one.  Both the patio bar and backyard terrace will feature non-stop entertainment on two stages with a beautiful view of the Pompano Greens.  Festivities begin at Noon with at Irish Favorites by Tom O’Miller and continue past nightfall with not one but two featured bands this year: Rogue Theory and Vertigo’s tribute to U2.

Brendan’s Sports Pub in Pompano Beach will celebrate the day as early as 9am with Irish back bacon, bangers, black and white pudding, eggs, beans, potato and tast. More Irish fare 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.  The House of Winston Pipe & Drum Corps will make appearances at 3pm and 6pm. Axcents will keep the party going all night long starting at 8:00pm.

Packy’s Sports Pub in Lighthouse Point will kick off the live entertainment at Noon with Bangers and Mash “Music for the Celticly insane” followed by Authentic Irish band Echoes of Erin (5-8) followed by rock party-band Bounce at 9:00pm.  A complete menu of Irish specialties including Corned Beef & Cabbage and Shepherd’s Pie will available all day long.

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.

The Dubliner Irish Pub in Mizner Park, Boca Raton, will be throwing “The biggest party in Boca” with live Entertainment with Irish Cloggers and Bagpipers at 2pm, Palm Beach Pipes and Drums Marching Troop, Adam David Duo at 11am, Walt Rooney Irish Folk at 12 Noon, Spider Cherry at 3pm and U2 Tribute Band “Someday Radio” to top it all off.  The event is Kid Friendly with Face Painting, Magicians and Leprechauns. A traditional Irish Buffet featuring Irish favorites including corned beef and cabbage, bangers and mash and shepherd’s pie will be served all day long.

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. Also The Fenians and DJ Justin De Paul.  It all gets started at 11am.  More info at: http://thefieldfl.com

In south-west Broward, you’ll find Uncle Al’s Sports Cafe on the Sunrise-Weston border throwing their annual St. Patrick’s Day Bash.  Live Music with eXeter and Thought Monkey start at 5pm followed by DJ Rockin’ Ruben!  Enjoy Irish Car Bombs, Jameson and GREEN BEER!

St Patty BurgerHard Rock Cafe HOLLYWOOD will celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a limited-time offer, bursting with Irish-inspired flavours. The St. Paddy’s Burger is a mouth-watering Guinness Bacon Cheeseburger available from Monday 12 March 2018 – Sunday 18 March 2018 as a rockin’ tribute to the Irish national holiday.   Don’t miss the St Paddy’s Guinness Bacon Cheeseburger made with a Hard Rock signature burger patty, topped with Jameson bacon jam and succulent Guinness cheese sauce, served on a toasted bun with crisp lettuce, vine-ripened tomato and a side of Hard Rock fries.  The St. Paddy’s Day Burger is available for a limited time only from Hard Rock Cafe HOLLYWOOD for $17.95.

Kim ‘Bo’ Bokamper Wants To Send You To Ireland!

Bokamper’s Sports Bar & Grill is offering guests a chance to win a trip for two to Ireland! As part of its St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, Bokamper’s is holding its annual Irish D.E.W. and a Brew feature from February 9 – March 31, which gives guests the opportunity to win a week long trip to Ireland!  All guests need to do is purchase a Tullamore D.E.W. Irish Whiskey and a Guinness, together for $9.99. They then fill out an entry form, and give it to their server or bartender. The prize includes:

  • Round-trip flights for two from Florida to Dublin, Ireland
  • Six nights of accommodation in Dublin, Ireland
  • Tullamore D.E.W. Distillery tour in Tullamore, Ireland
  • $200 gift card for ground transportation

Entrants must be 21 or older. No purchase is necessary with the mail-in form found at Bokampers.com. One mail-in form permitted per day. See official rules and regulations at Bokampers.com. Drink responsibly.  The promotion is available at all five Bokamper’s Florida locations: Fort Lauderdale, Miramar, Plantation, Naples, and Estero.

LIVE MUSIC IN BROWARD AND PALM BEACH ON MARCH 17TH

In addition to all of the above, you’ll find more than 50 live music events listed on WeekendBroward’s hour by hour live music calendars for Broward and  Palm Beach County.  Browse the flyers below for more offerings from some of our sponsors!

Sláinte!

StPatricksEntertainment

St Patricks BrendansSt Pattys Day

Uncle Als St Patty Day

Uncle Al’s Sports Cafe, 15846 W State Rd 84, Sunrise, FL

Soulicide

Cagney’s House of Rock Saloon in Davie.  Irish Car Bombs…Guinness…And corned beef and cabbage with a little shepards pie on the menu.

Omalleys

St Pattys Marina-84

A Reggae St Patrick’s Day Celebration at Marina-84 Sports Bar & Grill 2440 W State Rd 84, Fort Lauderdale, FL

Fishtales St Patricks Day

Elmos St Patricks 2018

Elmo’s Rock Bar, 9770 S Military Trail, Boynton Beach, FL



Feb 272018
 
friday night sound waves

Fort Lauderdale continues to prove itself as one of South Florida’s top music destinations with the release of the 2018 Friday Night SoundWaves artist lineup. Filling the gap between the area’s largest music festivals, Tortuga Music Festival in April and Riptide Music Festival in December, the 8-month long series brings together a community of locals and visitors from around the globe, every Friday night. Now in its 3rd year, the free concert series, which takes place steps from the sand and under swaying palm leaves, returns to their home on March 16, 2018 at 6:00 pm, at the self-proclaimed “Fort Lauderdale Beach Hub”, at Las Olas Boulevard and A1A.

Widely recognized not only for the quality of artists performing, but also the wide variety of music genres, the series attracts an equally diverse audience at the family-friendly, weekend starting event. Filling beach chairs and blankets, and lining the beach’s landmark wavewall, the area comes alive with music, smiles and dancing as the day goes from sunshine to moonlight.

“We take great pride in the eclectic mix of artists we present each year,” said Arianne Glassman, producer of Friday Night Sound Waves. “South Florida has such a wealth of talent and something for every musical taste, and we have come to realize the old saying, ‘music has no language’; it attracts an audience as diverse as the songs played.”

The series opens on Friday March 16 with South Florida native, turned Nashville based, 30 Vice Band, who wowed the crowd in 2017 with their high-energy performance and fun mix of Top 40 covers, Latin tunes, and pop to ballad originals. The 2018 artist line-up also features many years-past performers returning to the beachside stage, including The GoodnicksSabor LatinoLadies of SoulBig HarvestThe Free RadsSpred the Dub, Electric PiqueteAll Star Soul BandTom SartoriPocket Change and Mr. Nice Guy.

Organizers, who also put a strong emphasis on giving a platform to original singer-songwriters, and breakout bands doing their own thing, proudly welcome back fan favorite Shauna Sweeney debuting her new project, Young Trees and the acoustic-rock band SOSOS, along with series newcomers, GuavatronJosh Miles & The Sweets, The Tito C Three + 1 and Fireside Prophets.  Another up-and-coming artist making a debut is alt-rock, country cowgirl Edan Archer. Series sponsor Southwest Airlines® came across Edan last year when she was selected as one of six finalists in their “Artist On The Rise” contest to compete for an opening slot at Red Rocks Amphitheatre. Edan and her band, The Resolve, which includes fellow South Florida singer-songwriter, Chloe Dolandis, will perform during the Country Music Weekend tribute onFriday, April 6.

As in years past, South Florida’s national and internationally touring talent are represented, with performances by Oriente, Valerie Tyson, Pamir Guanchez, and Danny Garcia. 

If the eclectic mix of bands were not enough, the organizers commitment to keeping every night fresh, will present theme nights and partnership performances.

“We have some great partners in this endeavor, from our major funding partner, the City of Fort Lauderdale BID which is made up of all the businesses along A1A, to our major series partners Southwest Airlines, The Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention and Visitors Bureau,  radio partners  102.7 The Beach, 104.3 The Shark and  101.5 Lite, which make up the Entercom South Florida family, and Florida Power & Light,” shared Glassman. “But it’s also the partnership with the Community, City, Private Event producers and local Non-profits, which make this series so unique.”

In a night packed with more talent than one would think could fit on a stage, Chicago-Blues Rocker, Joel DaSilva has coordinated a friends Jam, featuring drummer, Keith Crupi, Bass guitarist, Robert Sherber, the Bad Apples Brass BandSturgis and Mandy Nikides (Low Society Band), and Josh “The Bulldog of Blues” Rowand, as a benefit concert for HandsOn Broward.

South Florida’s favorite oldies band, The Fabulons, will headline the June 15, 1950’s music night performance, which will include a choreographed band break dance set, in honor of the 40th Anniversary of the release of Grease: The Move. To usher in the first day of summer on June 22Gypsy Lane will heat things up at The Hub with a Disco Inferno 1970’s Dance party. Orange Sunshine rounds out the decade nights, performing the great Classic Rock hits from the 1960’s era, while students from School of Rock West Broward, Coral Springs and Pompano Beach take across the ages and up to today’s popular hits, with their June 8Schools Out For Summer performance.

Collaborating with organizers of the FORD Lauderdale Air Show once again, Friday Night Sound Waves will host the official Air Show weekend kickoff concert (May 4), to welcome the pilots and performers. Headlining the evening is Turnstiles, who so faithfully recreate the music of Billy Joel will bring the casual listener as well as the hard core “Joel fan” to their feet. Closing out the unofficial end of summer over Labor Day weekend, The Boss Project brings an All-American vibe with the music of Bruce Springsteen.

Friday Night Sound Waves takes place every Friday night, March 16 through November 2 from 6:00pm – 9:00pm at The Fort Lauderdale Beach Hub at Las Olas & A1A, 300 S. Fort Lauderdale Beach Boulevard. The family-friendly event, sponsored in major part by the beach business community, is free to the public and open to all ages. For those unable to attend in person, the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention and Visitors Bureau will broadcast select dates throughout the series live on www.Facebook.com/VisitLauderdale, as well as Hello Sunny TV, viewable on AppleTV Gen4 and www.Sunny.org/TV.

On select dates, throughout the season, those attending the free beachside concert series may stop by the Southwest Counter and register* between 6:00 pm. and 8:15 p.m. for the opportunity to enter for a chance to win round trip air travel and embark on an adventure anywhere Southwest flies, including the carrier’s eleven new nonstop destinations from Fort Lauderdale to the Caribbean, Mexico and Latin America. Winners must be present to claim that evening during the performer’s second set.

For more information on the Friday Night Sound Waves live music series, performer bios and special sponsor activations, including details onSouthwest Airlines #WannaGetAway Air-Travel Giveaways, visit www.FridayNightSoundWaves.com.

 

FRIDAY NIGHT SOUND WAVES 2018 LINEUP

March 16 30 Vice Pop/Top 40 + Florida AIDS Walk Registration
March 23 Goodnicks Classic Rock
March 30 Sabor Latino Latin Salsa Night
April 6 Edan Archer County/Country Rock
April 13 Oriente Afro-Cuban Jazz
April 20 JD + Friends Joel DaSilva Blues Jam + HandsOn Broward Benefit
April 27 Valerie Tyson Top 40 / Jazz / Motown
May 4 Turnstiles Billy Joel Tribute + Air Show Kickoff Concert
May 11 Ladies of Soul Motown
May 18 Big Harvest Reggae
May 25 All Access Top 40
June 1 Pamir Guanchez Mambo
June 8 School of Rock Classic Rock/Pop
June 15 The Fabulons 50’s Night + 40th Anniversary of Grease
June 22 Gypsy Lane 70’s Disco Night
June 29 Guavatron Alt-Rock/Funk
July 6 Spred the Dub Reggae
July 13 Young Trees Indie-Rock/Pop
July 20 Danny Garcia Latin
July 27 Rogue Theory Top 40 / Pop + Full Moon Fantasy
August 3 JMs & the Sweets Alt-Rock / Indie Funk
August 10 Orange Sunshine 60’s Classic Hits
August 17 Fireside Prophets Reggae/Rock Fusion
August 24 Electric Piquete Latin Funk
August 31 The Boss Project Bruce Springsteen Tribute
September 7 Free Rads Band Top 40/ Classic Rock
September 14 Tito C Band Top 40 / Pop
September 21 B Side Jones Funk /Pop
September 28 SOSOS Roots / Americana
October 5 All Star Soul Band Motown / Funk / Soul
October 12 Tom Sartori Top 40 Pop
October 19 Pocket Change Motown/Funk/Pop
October 26 Shane Duncan Band Country + Halloween at the Hub
November 2 Mr. Nice Guy Classic Rock (Season Finale)

Jan 302018
 
florida renfest

Here ye! Here ye! All ye Kings and Queens, Knights and Nobles – and the rest of you wenches and barbarians! You are hereby notified by royal proclamation that your attendance is requested at the 26th annual Florida Renaissance Festival taking place from February 10th through March 25th, from 10am till sunset in the two-thousandth and eighteenth year A.D in the vast open land of Deerfield Beach’s Quiet Waters Park.

Seven Fun-Filled Themed Weekends, Variety of Acts & Performances

The iconic Florida Renaissance Festival will ring in its 26th season, and, for the third year in a row, will offer an extraordinary SEVEN theme-filled weekends as well as a fantastical journey back in time with a variety of fan favorite acts and performances. Upon stepping inside the gates of our village, attendees will be transported back to 16th-century Europe where they will find jesters, jugglers and jousting knights along with music, costumed characters, human powered games, artisan craft shops and enough food & drink for a royal family feast! It’s a full day of fun and entertainment where the entire family can experience the magic of the Renaissance era through an immersive interactive, real audience-participation scenario.

The Florida Renaissance Festival has grown into one of the nation’s most beloved events dedicated to recreating the historical era of the Renaissance, each year adding more entertainment and themed weekends while welcoming a crowd that has swelled over the years to nearly 100,000 annual attendees, and with more than two million people having participated over the course of the Festival’s 26 years.

“Being able to provide this alternate universe where attendees can immerse themselves in the rich history that is the Renaissance is something my team and I take great pride in,” said Bobby Rodriguez, Founder and Producer of the Florida Renaissance Festival. “We are proud to have the continuous support of the county, the city and our community which enables us to grow this event each year, resulting in a culturally enriching festival for people of all ages.”

Rodriguez has continuously raised the bar when it comes to incorporating new experiences into the Festival. Through his forward-thinking, he has set the standard for festivals of this nature to go “beyond Renaissance” by booking a variety of acts ranging from the Orient to Africa, as well as diversified themed weekends. In fact, this year’s Festival will introduce two newly themed weekends!

The Florida Renaissance Festival 2018 themed weekends include:

HOURS: 10am-Sunset 

* Swashbucklers and Sirens – February 10th – 11th

Shiver me timbers! This Pirate-themed opening weekend sees our village overrun with buccaneers and scallywags. Unearth the mysteries of the sea as sirens lure sailors and pirates alike. Anyone not prepared for a “salty” good time will be sent to walk the plank.

* Time Travelers’/Steampunk Weekend – February 17th – 19th

If you like donning a top hat, vest, breeches, and monocle, then board your favorite 18th-century submarine or fantasy-like hot air balloon and zoom for this weekend dedicated to adventurers across the centuries. Bring your brassies Victorian “gears” and join us for “Steampunkin'” good time! Open on President’s Day, Monday February 19th!

* Vikings and Barbarians – February 24th and 25th

Only the strongest and most courageous warriors will brave through this weekend. Norwegian brothers and sisters emerge from the mist on an icy wind, battleaxes in hand, donned in leather and fur during this chilling weekend.

* Bodacious Bodices & Wenches – March 3rd and 4th

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.

* International Weekend – March 10th and 11th

Yet another newly themed weekend! International Weekend celebrates all the exotic cultures that influenced the Renaissance in Europe through exploration and trade. From the Ottoman Empire to the Arabian peninsula, from Africa to the Orient, Polynesia and the New World, this weekend weaves in the impact that other exotic cultures left on this magnificent period.

* Kilts & Colleens – March 17th & 18th

Sing, dance and be merry in your finest kilt whilst bagpipes blare throughout the Shire. Celebrate the Celtic traditions of the Irish, Scots, Cornish and Welsh during this uniquely themed weekend that honors this group of European tribes that existed during the Iron Age through Medieval Times!

* Witches, Warlocks and all about Harry Potter – March 24th and 25th

Expecto Patronum! Bring on your baddest Patronus and chase away pesky dementors during this final themed weekend! Only the most magical witches and wizards in the village can conquer that which should not be mentioned! Wingardium Leviosa your butt off the couch as you won’t want to miss out on this most magical weekend. Muggles are welcome!

The 2018 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 2018 Acts & Performances include:

* History of Chivalry – Live Steel Fighting
Join the History of Chivalry and experience the excitement of yesteryear as fully armored knights go to battle for their honor. Experience real Medieval style combat at its hardest and finest!

* Blue Mermaid Designs
Gaze upon these legendary, beautiful aquatic creatures as they frolic both under the water and above the sea while captivating audiences. But beware as legend has it their beauty can lure sailors to their underwater palace for eternity!

* Cirque Brava
A visual delight for the whole family! Two high-flying, wise-crackin’ acrobats who defy gravity through their aerial performances.

* Stary Olsa
A medieval Belarusian music band of six who mix early Belarusian instruments sound with all-European mediaeval instruments such as lute, rebec, cister, flute and Arabic drum.

* Thom Bedlam – Pirate close-up magician
Not your average rabbit-puller, this pirate magician will delight with a full spectrum of magic that will keep audiences guessing. A spectacular stage illusion show for the whole family.

* Anger of the Mistress – Trebouchet
Come witness an amazing demonstration of a medieval trebouchet – a catapult used to smash castle walls or throw projectiles over them. Definitely a powerful tool for a Medieval woman scorned!

ABOUT

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 2018 Florida Renaissance Festival Comcast, Warsteiner, Guinness, Pepsi-Cola and Funky Buddha Brewery.

TICKETS

Prices range from $25 for adults and $12 for children ages 6 to 11 years of age. Children 5 and younger are free. Special seasonal passes are available for $106 (adults), $59 (children) and group ticket rates are also offered.

MORE INFO

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: ren-fest.com;

Follow the action via Facebook: Florida Renaissance Festival; Twitter: FlaRenFest and Instagram/flarenfest. Download the mobile app by searching Florida Renaissance Festival in the Apple iTunes store or Android market. If you prefer the historical method, call 954-776-1642.