What to do in Miami and Ft. Lauderdale in April? This may not be everything, but it will be enough to get you started.
If you are looking for something to occupy your time during the month of April in South Florida, below is a sample of some of the events going on. Go out and enjoy yourself in sun South Florida…
Heineken Transatlantic Festival
Where: North Beach Bandshell, 7275 Collins Ave., Miami Beach
Nonprofit group The Rhythm Foundation hosts this musical showcase which presents emerging and international artists. This year’s lineup includes Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 performing on Friday and Quantic and Nidia Gongora Sound System and Pedrito Martinez performing Saturday.
Miami Riverday Festival
Where: Lummus Park Historic District, 250 NW North River Dr., Miami
The 16th annual event will be from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Downtown Miami’s Lummus Park, the first park built in the City of Miami. The free festival features riverboat tours, a variety of live music, children activities, environmental education, historical re-enactors, art displays and more.
Food & Garden Festival at Fairchild
Where: Fairchild Tropical Botanic Gardens, 10901 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables
See what’s cooking at Fairchild during their annual celebration of local foods and the gorgeous gardens they grow in, then take home spectacular plants at their annual Spring Plant Sale.
Miami Beach Gay Pride
Where: Miami Beach, on Ocean Drive between 6th and 12th streets
The Miami Beach Gay Pride parade and festival returns with a parade that features a diverse array of floats and Grand Marshall Chaz Bono. The day culminates a week long celebration that brings together members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community, their friends, allies, and supporters. Following the parade a festival on the sands of Miami Beach will feature 150 booths, food kiosks, exhibits and entertainment stages.
April 16 – 22
Where: Deauville Beach Resort, 6701 Collins Ave., Miami Beach
The Miami Rum Renaissance Festival is a celebration of fine cane spirits featuring a full week of exclusive VIP parties, a two-day exhibition of the best rum brands, seminars, workshops and cocktail competitions.
United Way Miami Wine & Food Festival
Where: Merrick Park (358 San Lorenzo Ave., Coral Gables), Fontainebleau Hotel (4441 Collins Ave., Miami Beach), Mary Brickell Village (901 S. Miami Ave., Miami).
Details: Four days of food and wine events to benefit the United Way includes an interactive dinner with celebrity Chef Kevin Sbraga, winner of Top Chef: Washington D.C., a beer and food tasting, and a fine wine tasting paired with food from over 20 local restaurants in an outdoor setting complete with a Blues band and a whiskey afterparty. Tickets range from $75-$400.
Miami Beach Polo World Cup
Where: On Miami Beach, between 20th and 22nd Streets
The annual event takes over the sands of Miami Beach behind the Setai Hotel and draws nearly 3,000 people over the four-day span. Matches take place between sponsored teams, with champions crowned in men’s and women’s competition. VIP lounges and viewing areas contain plenty of complimentary cocktails, champagnes and small bites of food. There will also be fashion shows, a concert, and private parties on a yacht. The event is also open to the public as the matches can be seen from the outside the VIP areas on the beach. Maserati is the title sponsor.
Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival
April 27 – May 6
Where: Various venues around Miami and Fort Lauderdale
The 14th annual, 10-day festival showcases over 100 films at five venues in Miami and Fort Lauderdale. From documentaries to shorts, the films vary in topic, ranging from drama to comedy, from transgender to Spanish language.
Las Olas Wine and Food Festival
Friday, Apr 20 7:30p to 10:00p
The 17th Annual Las Olas Food & Wine Festival presented by Premier Beverage Company benefiting the American Lung Association takes place on Friday, April 20th 2012 in downtown Fort Lauderdale. The World Famous Street Festival is from 7:30 to 10 p.m. (4/20/12) and features more than 70 of South Florida’s best restaurants, 45 wine tables and live entertainment.
Riverwalk Get Downtown
Friday, Apr 27 5:00p to 8:00p
at Plaza At Las Olas Place / Yolo Plaza, Fort Lauderdale, FL
Riverwalk Trust will again host Riverwalk Get Downtown, offering the best Flavors of Fort Lauderdale from local restaurants and bars in the Courtyard Plaza at Las Olas, 333 E. Las Olas Blvd. on Friday, April 27, 2012, from 5-8p.m.
This Spring will be this First Annual THRIVE! Series of Get Downtown, featuring local recreational activities and healthy and organic restaurants
Fort Lauderdale Bus Loop
Saturday, April 14 • 6 to 11 p.m.
Downtown Fort Lauderdale
For Only $20, you can ride The Bus on the designated Bus Loop Route, Receive a free drink at each participating venue, and get on and get off the buses at any location along the loop route as you wish! 100% of all proceeds benefit the Bus Loop Charities: The Riverwalk Trust, Covenant House Florida, Jessica June Children’s Cancer Foundation, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Broward County Gator Club Charities and Jack & Jill Children’s Center. Click here for tickets. Visit Busloop.org for more information.
RED BULL CANDOLA
April 14, 2012
Location: Huizenga Plaza, downtown Fort Lauderdale
Race begins at 11am. People’s Choice Award 9-10:30am
Offering home-grown ‘gondoliers’ the chance to race and showcase manmade, human-powered gondolas down the New River. Teams of three – two mates and a captain – will take on the task of task of designing, building and rowing these creative crafts down a .33 mile course between Huizenga Plaza and Esplanade Park in downtown Fort Lauderdale. The teams participating in the 2012 Red Bull Candola are Adventures of Popeye: The Sailor Men!; Boats n Hoes; Double Secret Floatation; Funner Projects; Gnarnia; Got Wings?; Helmet Cam-Dola; Huck Finners; Pedro 2012; Shakers and Bakers; Super Mostaccio’s; Swamp Donkeys; Team Cojones; Team Dances with Moose; Team E.T.; Team Super Lucky Dragon USA; Tebow’s Ark; The 2nd Basemen; The 9 to 5er’s; The Archives; The Candola Military; The Hunt for RED BULL-TOBER; The Mile High Club; The Oatmeal Effect; The Sinking Sea-men; Titanic; Vikings!; and West Marine Waypoint.
Pompano Beach Seafood Festival
April 20-22, 2012
Corner of Atlantic Boulevard and A1A.
Pompano Beach, Florida
Focus: Kids 10 years and under are admitted free all days. Adult admission is $10 on Friday from 5:00 to 10:00 p.m. Adult admission is $12 on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., and on Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Revenues help benefit a wide variety of charities and civic organizations. Seafood is the main attraction in addition to the popular Boardwalk Bazaar, which is a mix of arts and crafts, clothing, and displays by local businesses. The main area is on the beach. The kid’s area fun zone will feature games, bungee jumps, rock climbing wall, bounce houses, face painters and more. Live entertainment daily.