Music, Festivals, and Entertainment

Music, Festivals, and Entertainment Overview

 

Irish Dancers               Chili Cookoff Stage

JANUARY

99.9 KISS Country Chili Cookoff
Last Sunday in January, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
C.B. Smith Park, 900 N. Flamingo Rd., Pembroke Pines; 954-357-5170
This annual event satisfies everyone’s appetite for top-notch country music.

The Dan Barrow Memorial Bluegrass Jam
Second Sunday of the Month; 2-4 p.m.
Fern Forest Nature Center, 201 Lyons Rd. South, Coconut Creek; 954-357-5198
This all-ages event is a free unplugged jam session for musicians and listeners interested in bluegrass, folk, and mountain music. Bring an instrument if you like (no amplifiers, please). The popular audience-participation event, formerly called Jammin', has been led by the same group of volunteer musicians since its inception in 1985-86.

Jamming in the Park
Fourth Sunday of the Month; 1-4 p.m.
Secret Woods Nature Center, 2701 W. State Rd. 84, Dania Beach; 954-357-8884
Bring your favorite instrument and join in an acoustic music jam.

Twilight Jammin'
Third Sunday of the Month; 5-7 p.m.
Fern Forest Nature Center, 201 Lyons Rd. South, Coconut Creek; 954-357-5198
Open mic folk and blues concert.

FEBRUARY

Renaissance Festival
Weekends, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Quiet Waters Park, 401 S. Powerline Rd., Deerfield Beach; 954-357-5100
Visitors step back in time for a taste of the Renaissance. Participants are invited to dress in period costume for the event. The festival's many stages feature such live performers as sword fighters, magicians, and beggars. Merchants and artisans demonstrate and sell their wares, knights in armor joust, and various food items are available.

The Dan Barrow Memorial Bluegrass Jam
Second Sunday of the Month; 2-4 p.m.
Fern Forest Nature Center, 201 Lyons Rd. South, Coconut Creek; 954-357-5198
This all-ages event is a free unplugged jam session for musicians and listeners interested in bluegrass, folk, and mountain music. Bring an instrument if you like (no amplifiers, please). The popular audience-participation event, formerly called Jammin', has been led by the same group of volunteer musicians since its inception in 1985-86.

Jamming in the Park
Fourth Sunday of the Month; 1-4 p.m.
Secret Woods Nature Center, 2701 W. State Rd. 84, Dania Beach; 954-357-8884
Bring your favorite instrument and join in an acoustic music jam.

MARCH

Renaissance Festival
Weekends, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Quiet Waters Park, 401 S. Powerline Rd., Deerfield Beach; 954-357-5100
Visitors step back in time for a taste of the Renaissance. Participants are invited to dress in period costume for the event. The festival's many stages feature such live performers as sword fighters, magicians, and beggars. Merchants and artisans demonstrate and sell their wares, knights in armor joust, and various food items are available.

The Dan Barrow Memorial Bluegrass Jam
Second Sunday of the Month; 2-4 p.m.
Fern Forest Nature Center, 201 Lyons Rd. South, Coconut Creek; 954-357-5198
This all-ages event is a free unplugged jam session for musicians and listeners interested in bluegrass, folk, and mountain music. Bring an instrument if you like (no amplifiers, please). The popular audience-participation event, formerly called Jammin', has been led by the same group of volunteer musicians since its inception in 1985-86.

Jamming in the Park
Fourth Sunday of the Month; 1-4 p.m.
Secret Woods Nature Center, 2701 W. State Rd. 84, Dania Beach; 954-357-8884
Bring your favorite instrument and join in an acoustic music jam.

APRIL

Deerfield Beach Wine & Food Festival
Quiet Waters Park, 401 S. Powerline Rd., Deerfield Beach; 954-357-5100
Grab your significant other, your best friend, or the whole gang and spend the most spectacular two days a culinary enthusiast can imagine. Please you palate, step into your stride, and mingle among the best chefs in South Florida at the Deerfield Beach Wine & Food Festival. Visit www.deerfieldbeachwineandfoodfestival.com for more details and event information.

The Dan Barrow Memorial Bluegrass Jam
Second Sunday of the Month; 2-4 p.m.
Fern Forest Nature Center, 201 Lyons Rd. South, Coconut Creek; 954-357-5198
This all-ages event is a free unplugged jam session for musicians and listeners interested in bluegrass, folk, and mountain music. Bring an instrument if you like (no amplifiers, please). The popular audience-participation event, formerly called Jammin', has been led by the same group of volunteer musicians since its inception in 1985-86.

Fort Rock (South Florida's Biggest Rock Festival)
April 28-29, 2018; times to be announced
Markham Park & Target Range, 16001 W. State Rd. 84, Sunrise; 954-357-8868
For tickets and lineup, visit https://fortrockfestival.com/.

Jamming in the Park
Fourth Sunday of the Month; 1-4 p.m.
Secret Woods Nature Center, 2701 W. State Rd. 84, Dania Beach; 954-357-8884
Bring your favorite instrument and join in an acoustic music jam.

MAY

The Dan Barrow Memorial Bluegrass Jam
Second Sunday of the Month; 2-4 p.m.
Fern Forest Nature Center, 201 Lyons Rd. South, Coconut Creek; 954-357-5198
This all-ages event is a free unplugged jam session for musicians and listeners interested in bluegrass, folk, and mountain music. Bring an instrument if you like (no amplifiers, please). The popular audience-participation event, formerly called Jammin', has been led by the same group of volunteer musicians since its inception in 1985-86.

Jamming in the Park
Fourth Sunday of the Month; 1-4 p.m.
Secret Woods Nature Center, 2701 W. State Rd. 84, Dania Beach; 954-357-8884
Bring your favorite instrument and join in an acoustic music jam.

JUNE

Jamming in the Park
Fourth Sunday of the Month; 1-4 p.m.
Secret Woods Nature Center, 2701 W. State Rd. 84, Dania Beach; 954-357-8884
Bring your favorite instrument and join in an acoustic music jam. 

JULY

Jamming in the Park
Fourth Sunday of the Month; 1-4 p.m.
Secret Woods Nature Center, 2701 W. State Rd. 84, Dania Beach; 954-357-8884
Bring your favorite instrument and join in an acoustic music jam.

AUGUST

Jamming in the Park
Fourth Sunday of the Month; 1-4 p.m.
Secret Woods Nature Center, 2701 W. State Rd. 84, Dania Beach; 954-357-8884
Bring your favorite instrument and join in an acoustic music jam.

SEPTEMBER

Jamming in the Park
Fourth Sunday of the Month; 1-4 p.m.
Secret Woods Nature Center, 2701 W. State Rd. 84, Dania Beach; 954-357-8884
Bring your favorite instrument and join in an acoustic music jam.

OCTOBER 

Divali Nagar
Central Broward Regional Park & Stadium, 3700 N.W. 11th Place, Lauderhill; 954-357-5400
Hindu Light Festival & Cultural Celebration 

Fiji Imagination Island Cooler Fiesta
Central Broward Regional Park & Stadium, 3700 N.W. 11th Place, Lauderhill; 954-357-5400 and 786-251-0129
Live music, food, and fun.

The Dan Barrow Memorial Bluegrass Jam
Second Sunday of the Month; 2-4 p.m.
Fern Forest Nature Center, 201 Lyons Rd. South, Coconut Creek; 954-357-5198
This all-ages event is a free unplugged jam session for musicians and listeners interested in bluegrass, folk, and mountain music. Bring an instrument if you like (no amplifiers, please). The popular audience-participation event, formerly called Jammin', has been led by the same group of volunteer musicians since its inception in 1985-86.

NOVEMBER

Camelot Days
November 11-12, 18-19, 2017, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
T.Y. Park, 3300 N. Park Rd., Hollywood; 954-357-8811
Explore a kingdom full of musicians, artisans, eateries, knights, and jesters. Cheer for your favorite side at the living chess game and joust. Feast like a king on hearty food and drink. Shop for fine handcrafted treasures in the Artists’ Market. Enjoy challenging games and exciting rides for all ages.

Chinese Lantern Festival
November 21-26, 29-30, December 1-3, 6-10, 13-17, 20-24, 27-31, 2017, and January 3-7, 10-14, 17-21, 2018, 5:30-10 p.m. For fees and details visit ChineseLanternFestival.com.
Central Broward Regional Park, 3700 N.W. 11th Place, Lauderhill; 954-357-5400
An immersive experience where guests walk amid "wild" animal displays, watch performances, eat authentic Chinese food, and can purchase hand-made gifts by Chinese craftspeople.

Family Bike Thru the Lights
November 12, 2017, 6-8 p.m. For fees and details visit www.holidaylightsdrivethru.com.
Tradewinds Parks & Stables, 3600 W. Sample Rd., Coconut Creek, FL 33073; 954-357-8870
Participants take a leisurely bicycle ride through the Holiday Fantasy of Lights.

Fantasy of Lights 5K Run/Walk
November 11, 2017, 6-9 p.m. For details and fees visit www.holidaylightsdrivethru.com.
Tradewinds Parks & Stables, 3600 W. Sample Rd., Coconut Creek, FL 33073; 954-357-8870
5K run/walk through the Holiday Fantasy of Lights. Early registration is recommended as this race fills to capacity early.

Holiday Fantasy of Lights
November 17, 2017, through January 1, 2018. Open nightly 6-10 p.m. For specific dates and fees visit www.holidaylightsdrivethru.com.
Tradewinds Parks & Stables, 3600 W. Sample Rd., Coconut Creek, FL 33073; 954-357-8870
A three-mile holiday-themed route features dozens of static and animated light displays and illuminated trees, including old favorites as well as brand-new displays.

Jamaican Jerk Festival
November 12, 2017. 10 a.m.-10 p.m. For fees visit www.jerkfestival.com.
Markham Park & Target Range, 16001 W. State Rd. 84, Sunrise, FL 33326; 954-357-8868
Annual Jamaican Jerk Festival with food, music, and crafts.

Rockfest '80s
November 4-5, 2017, noon-11 p.m. Saturday, noon-10:30 p.m. Sunday. For fees visit www.rockfest80s.com/.
C.B. Smith Park, 900 N. Flamingo Rd., Pembroke Pines, 954-357-5170
Celebrate hard rock's big hits at Rockfest '80s .

The Dan Barrow Memorial Bluegrass Jam
Second Sunday of the Month; 2-4 p.m.
Fern Forest Nature Center, 201 Lyons Rd. South, Coconut Creek; 954-357-5198
This all-ages event is a free unplugged jam session for musicians and listeners interested in bluegrass, folk, and mountain music. Bring an instrument if you like (no amplifiers, please). The popular audience-participation event, formerly called Jammin', has been led by the same group of volunteer musicians since its inception in 1985-86. Free and for all ages.

DECEMBER

Chinese Lantern Festival
November 22-26, 30, December 1-3, 7-10, 14-17, 21-24, 28-31, 2017, and January 3-7, 10-15, 2018, 5:30-10 p.m. For fees and details visit ChineseLanternFestival.com.
Central Broward Regional Park, 3700 N.W. 11th Place, Lauderhill; 954-357-5400
An immersive experience where guests walk amid "wild" animal displays, watch performances, eat authentic Chinese food, and can purchase hand-made gifts by Chinese craftspeople.

Holiday Fantasy of Lights
December 1, 2017, through January 1, 2018. Open nightly 6-10 p.m. For specific dates and fees visit www.holidaylightsdrivethru.com.
Tradewinds Parks & Stables, 3600 W. Sample Rd., Coconut Creek, FL 33073; 954-357-8870
A three-mile holiday-themed route features dozens of static and animated light displays and illuminated trees, including old favorites as well as brand-new displays.

The Dan Barrow Memorial Bluegrass Jam
Second Sunday of the Month; 2-4 p.m.
Fern Forest Nature Center, 201 Lyons Rd. South, Coconut Creek; 954-357-5198
This all-ages event is a free unplugged jam session for musicians and listeners interested in bluegrass, folk, and mountain music. Bring an instrument if you like (no amplifiers, please). The popular audience-participation event, formerly called Jammin', has been led by the same group of volunteer musicians since its inception in 1985-86.

Toys in the Sun Run
December 10, 2017. For specific time and fees visit www.toysinthesunrun.com.
Markham Park & Target Range, 16001 W. State Rd. 84, Sunrise, FL 33326; 954-357-8868
A motorcycle parade begins at the Festival Marketplace and ends with a party at Markham Park in Sunrise with live music, lots of vendors, an international food court, and refreshments. Each motorcycle rider is asked to bring an unwrapped toy for children in need.

Twilight Jammin'
Third Sunday of the Month; 5-7 p.m.
Fern Forest Nature Center, 201 Lyons Rd. South, Coconut Creek; 954-357-5198
Open mic folk and blues concert.