DAVID I. MUIR’S REGGAE REEL – It’s a dynamic exhibit that celebrates the music, message and masters of reggae through the lens of critically-acclaimed photographer David I. Muir. Featured are images of current reggae royalty, such as Marcia Griffiths, Buju Banton, Tarrus Riley, Mavado and Chronixx, as well as rising stars Koffee and Sevana.
When: Now through Sept. 30
Where: Pompano Beach Cultural Center, Pompano Beach
Miami Spice - Now Through September! In the Miami area, some 200 restaurants and bistros will be offering three-course menus for lunch ($23) and dinner ($39) in August and September. See iLoveMiamiSpice.com
Palm Beach Restaurant Month - September All Month! Flavor Palm Beach - More than 50 eateries from throughout Palm Beach County will also offer three-course menus for lunch ($20) and dinner ($30 to $45) in September. See flavorpb.com
7th ANNUAL BOCA BRAZILIAN BEAT - Celebrate Brazilian Independence Day with live bands, a Zumba showcase, a Capoeira circle, carnival dancers, samba drummers, and of course, authentic Brazilian food and cocktails. The musical headliner this year is Latin Grammy award-winning samba singer Diogo Nogueira.
When: Sept. 8
Where: Mizner Park Amphitheater, Boca Raton
HEROES SALUTE TRIBUTE WEEKEND – This Labor Day Weekend bash honors military, fire and rescue, law enforcement and medical personnel and offers a whole lot of fun for all attendees, including moving tributes to the heroes, fireworks, live music, great food, a 5K run/walk and more.
When: Aug. 31-Sept. 2
Where: Hawks Key Resort on Duck Key in the Florida Keys
A CRAFTY TRIO – There are three craft festivals in SoFla this month worthy of your time. Each one will offer a variety of crafting products, all set in pretty and vibrant outdoor settings.
10th Annual Downtown Venice Craft Festival (Sept. 1-2)
21st Annual Punta Gorda Sullivan Street Craft Festival (Sept. 15-16)
24th Annual Downtown Delray Beach Craft Festival (Sept.22-23)
MIAMI HOME DESIGN & REMODELING SHOW – You can pick up a houseful of decorating and remodeling tips at this five-day event, which is one of the Southeast’s largest home improvement and design shows.
When: Aug. 30-Sept.3
Where: Mana Wynwood Convention Center, Miami
ISLAND HOPPER SONGWRITER FEST – Behind every great country music hit, there is usually another outstanding singer/songwriter who wrote the tune. Get to know the back stories behind country’s biggest hits and see them performed by the writers.
When & Where: Sept. 21-23 on Captiva Island, Sept. 24-27 in downtown Fort Myers and Sept. 28-30 on Fort Myers Beach
RIVERWALK FALL FESTIVAL – It might not feel like it yet in SoFla, but summer is coming to an end. This free festival features fall-themed carnival games, activities, train rides, face-painting and competitions. Also: great live music and an assortment of vendors and food trucks.
Where: Esplanade Park, Fort Lauderdale
When: Sept. 22
ATTENTION BIKERS AND PADDLERS – Do what you love to do, while enjoying the Florida Keys and raising money for charities at the same time at these two annual events, one long-timer and one relative new comer:
Motorcyclists from around the country will travel one of America’s most scenic highways (U.S. Highway 1, a.k.a. the Overseas Highway, the 113-mile roadway from the mainland to the lower Florida Keys) during the 46th Annual Phil Petersen’s Florida Keys Poker Run. Stops include Gilbert’s Resort (Mile Marker 108), The Big Chill (MM 104), Robbie’s Marina (M77), Island Fish Co. (MM 54) and Boondock’s Grille & Ale House (MM27).
When: Sept. 14-16
Where: Throughout the Keys
The 3rd Annual Florida Keys Poker Paddle is open to all kayakers and paddle boarders. The approximately 4-mile route will consist of five stops in mostly shallow water, including two sandbars.
When: Sept. 7-9
AMERICAN INDIAN DAY FESTIVAL – Step into a world of tradition and heritage at this annual free event. Happenings include Native American music and dance and food, a Miccosukee fashion show, airboat rides, tribal arts and crafts and alligator wrestling.
When: Sept. 24
Where: Miccosukee Resort & Gaming, Miami
LIGHTS! CAMERAS! ACTION! – There are four film festivals of note in the Miami area in September:
Brazilian Film Festival of Miami – 25 full-length films and shorts will be presented from Sept. 14-23 at various locations in Miami and Miami Beach. The Annual Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented and the Crystal Lens Awards for best feature and short films will be given, based on voting by festival attendees. See brazilianfilmfestival.com
Miami Fashion Film Festival -- – A variety of films and filmmakers will showcase and creatively examine the art and culture of fashion, both locally and nationally. You’ll get a close and colorful look at the creative, fast-paced world of the fashion industry. It’s from Sept. 20-22 at the Miami Beach Cinematheque. See miafff.org
Urban Film Festival – From Aug. 31-Sept. 2 at various locations in Overtown and Little Haiti in Miami, this festival focuses on providing first-rate education for new filmmakers by bringing industry leaders to teach workshops and classes on topics such as producing, directing, cinematography, acting, writing and distribution. See urbanfilmfestivals.com
Third Horizon Caribbean Film Festival – Its aims are to celebrate and empower the filmmakers that showcase one of the most multicultural areas on earth and films that tell the stories of this region. One of the featured films is Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami, which weaves together the many layers of her public and private life. It all happens at the O Cinema Wynwood in Miami, from Sept. 27-30. See thirdhorizonfilmfestival.com
KEY WEST WOMANFEST – Thousands of singles, couples and groups of women are expected to attend for activities ranging from concerts, comedy acts, pool parties, sailing and snorkeling to late-night dance parties and a drag king pageant.
When: Sept. 5-9
Where: Various locations in Key West
TAPA HOP 2018– The annual pub crawl features trolley transportation to six great restaurants that will provide appetizer items, a.k.a. tapas. Also included will be raffle prizes, grand prizes and a poker run.
When: Sept. 20
Where: Fort Myers Beach