Thursday, March 17
The Annual San Gennaro Feast is back for another delicious year at Gulfstream Park Village. Taking place at Pegasus Park, the food and music festival will feature a variety of food vendors, amusement rides, arts and crafts and live entertainment. Italian food lovers can enjoy some of the best Italian sausage and peppers, linguini and clams, fried calamari, pizza, shrimp scampi, zeppole, cannoli, and plenty of pasta! The event starts today and goes through Sunday, March 20. To learn more and purchase tickets, please visit sangennarofeast.com.
Island City Stage will host its third Behind the Red Curtain free public forum entitled “State of Mental Health – Recognizing Who Needs Help” preceding the March 17 debut of its production of Tennessee Williams’ Suddenly, Last Summer (playing through April 17), a gothic mystery which tackles the weighty subjects of insanity, repression and greed. This forum will offer a frank discussion about the state of mental health including access for all, modes of therapy and greater acceptance. The panel will be moderated by Andy Rogow, Island City Stage’s artistic director. For more information go to: Islandcitystage.org.
Friday, March 18
Friday Night Sound Waves, the free weekly concert series presented by the City of Fort Lauderdale’s Beach Business Improvement District, returns to The LOOP (Las Olas Oceanside Park) for the start of their 7th season tonight from 6:30 – 9:30pm. Enjoy some of South Florida’s best musical talents, performing an eclectic range of genres, including Jazz, Latin, Country, Top 40, Indie, Oldies and Classic Rock. Returning this season is the Friday Night Sound Waves Dance Party powered by Florida Power & Light (FPL) during the band break. Attendees are invited to come early to enjoy a variety of pre-concert activities, ranging from lawn games to open workouts with OutFit Training that will take place at 5pm and again at 6:15pm. New this season is the addition of local restaurants and vendors, providing a rotation of food and drinks to enjoy before, during and after the show. This event is free and open to the public. For more info, visit FridayNightSoundWaves.com.
Saturday, March 19
The Annual Florida AIDS Walk and Music Festival takes place today at Fort Lauderdale Beach Park and is presented by AHF Pharmacy and Wells Fargo. The music festival stars Deborah Cox and Jessie J. To register, volunteer, or donate go to: FloridaAIDSwalk.org.
Hotspots/Happening Out Art Gallery with Dennis Dean presents their monthly artist showcase from 9-11pm with singer Terry Dyer and a book signing of “Expose Love.” For more information, go to: Hotspotsmagazine.com/art.
The Manor presents two big events. In the Ballroom they present “Resist” celebrating Abel’s Birthday Bash, with music by Abel, Aaron Aanenson and Karsten Sollors. Noche Latina Saturdays, in the Ivy Dance Room and Patio, presents the official Victory Party for Calypso Monroe winning Miss Noche Latina 2022. The night will star Calypso, Sasha Lords, DJ Duniel and Sexy Go-Go Papi’s. Doors open at 11pm and admission is only $5 for Florida residents until midnight, $10 from midnight till 1am and $15 after 1am. Non-residents are $15 all night long.
The Lambda Men’s Brotherhood presents a Full Moon Pool Party at Inn Leather from 12 to 5pm. $25 admission includes food. Beverages additional.
The Broward Center for the Performing Arts presents Rhythm by the River, a festival celebrating some of the most exciting and innovative Black voices in Broward County. Sons of Mystro headline this free event from 2-6pm in Esplanade Park in Downtown Fort Lauderdale. The community is invited to come together for a fun-filled day of music, dance, drama, poetry and interactive events for the whole family. Hosted by WPLG-Local 10 anchor and reporter Alexis Frazier, this free community event features live performances, food trucks, workshops, arts and crafts, and more throughout the afternoon. To learn more visit BrowardCenter.org.
Friday, March 25
Hamburger Mary’s Wilton Manors presents Tammie Brown, from RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 1 tonight and tomorrow night, Saturday, March 26 (2 seating each night). For more information, or to book your table, go to: Hamburgermarys.com/wiltonmanors.
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The Gay Men’s Chorus of South Florida’s Driven by Jazz takes place at 8pm, at the Lillian S. Wells Hall at The Parker. The pulsating rhythms and driving beats of great jazz speak to our soul’s expressive and vibrant parts. In addition, this distinctly American form of music has often given voice to diverse communities, making it a draw for LGBTQ+ artists. The Driven by Jazz concert encompasses many years of jazz history. Tickets can be purchased at GMCSF.org.
Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival (FLIFF) presents The FLIFF Beatle Film Festival, in celebration of Sir Paul McCartney’s upcoming concert on May 25th at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. The retro tribute to the “Fab 4” will take place at Savor Cinema and feature six Beatle-related movies starting today with I Wanna Hold Your Hand at 6pm, and the animated musical comedy-adventure Yellow Submarine at 8pm. There will be a live band performing Beatle music. Tickets are FREE for FLIFF Members, Hard Rock employees, and anyone showing proof of a ticket for the McCartney Concert. All others are $5/film and can be purchased in advance at FLIFF.com.
Saturday, March 26
Compass Community Center presents the return of Palm Beach Pride at Bryant Park in Lake Worth today and tomorrow (Sunday, March 27) from 12 to 6pm, with the parade taking place on Sunday at 11am. For more information, or to purchase advance tickets, go to: Compassglcc.com.
The Sunshine Cathedral Center for the Performing Arts presents Laith Ashley, a trans activists’ narrative and musical performance at 8pm. To purchase your tickets, go to: Sunshinecathedral.org.
Urban Bear and The Eagle Wilton Manors present “Bears In The Alley: A Tropical Street Fair and Dance Party” from 1-8pm. This event will feature live entertainment, food trucks, carnival attractions, vendors and lots of bears! Tickets are $8 in advance and $12 at the door. For more information go to: Eaglebarwm/bears. Later that night the Eagle presents “Back Alley” from 9pm to 3am starring Danny Verde with opening DJ Alle Reich. There is a $15 cover.
SunServe’s 20th Anniversary Gala Celebration ‘Shine” takes place at The Venue – Wilton Manors at 6:30pm. Enjoy a premium open bar with libations sponsored by Bacardi, sumptuous dinner stations, dancing, and outstanding entertainment. Step through the doors and find yourself transported back in time to the glitz and glamour of the American supper clubs of the 1920s. As you enter “The Shine Club,” your evening begins with networking opportunities with community leaders and attendees in the second-level VIP lounge. Afterwards attendees will descend into the main room as a chanteuse’s special performance kicks off the evening’s program, followed by a superb dinner experience, uplifting award ceremony, and tribute to SunServe’s life-changing work, then dance the night away…6:30pm is the VIP Cocktail Hour; 8pm Dinner is Served with live music; 9:30pm is the Award Ceremony, and 10:30pm the dance party begins. Tickets are $150 per person for the full Gala Experience or $1500 per table of 10. Attire is black-tie optional (formal wear). They require all guests to be Covid-19 vaccinated.
The inaugural Riverwalk International Food Festival (RIFF) presented by BMW of Fort Lauderdale, will celebrate the flavors of Fort Lauderdale with cuisine from around the world from 12 to 4pm at Esplanade Park in downtown Fort Lauderdale. Go sample Italian, Caribbean, Cuban, Asian, Mexican, and more—all the global flavors of South Florida—as they showcase some of the best restaurants and gourmet food trucks in South Florida.. For more information go to Goriverwalk.com.
Sunday, March 27
With all the glitz and glamor of Hollywood’s biggest night, the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival (FLIFF) rolls out the red carpet for their Oscar Gala in celebration of the 94th Academy Awards. Hosted by philanthropist and FLIFF’s Chairman of the Board, Steven Savor, the evening will be held at his magnificent waterway manse, Villa de Palma (600 Isle of Palms, Fort Lauderdale). Corks pop at 7pm with an open bar, great food, and live entertainment throughout the evening. You’ll not miss a moment of the Oscars as they will be televised on large screens indoors and outdoors throughout the estate. Attire for the evening is black tie, and advance tickets are required and priced at $150 for non-FLIFF members/$100 for FLIFF members. Tickets are available to purchase now at Fliff.com.
Monday, March 28
Friends and family present a “Celebration of Life” for SASHA SOMMERS tonight at Lips Fort Lauderdale from 7-10pm. This event is open to the public, friends, and family. Doors open at 7pm with Christopher Hamblin on the Piano. At 8pm friends will talk and at 9pm there will be performances by Alyson Thomas, Nicole T Phillips, Oscar Novva, India Braxton, Ruby Buxxom, Tayanna Love, and a special live performance by Latrice Royale. There will also be many silent auction items. All monies raised will be given to Sasha’s family to help with final expenses.
Wednesday, March 30
History Fort Lauderdale, celebrating 60 years as a proud steward of our community’s past by making our heritage accessible and engaging to residents and visitors, will present a community screening of the new documentary film, “She Had a Dream: Eula Johnson’s Fight to Desegregate Broward County.” The film was locally directed and edited by Janay Joseph, NSU intern and Tara Chadwick, History Fort Lauderdale’s curator of exhibitions and the screening takes place at the African-American Research Library and Cultural Center (Dianne Bienes Seminar Room # 1; 2650 Sistrunk Boulevard) at 5:30pm and admission is FREE!
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