The Parks and Recreation Department produces a variety of large special events that provide unique year-round experiences for residents and tourists. For more information, please call the Special Events Hotline at 954-828-5363.
The 4th of July Spectacular features a patriotic extravaganza with a kids zone, live music, and a dazzling fireworks display. The kids zone provides nonstop energy and excitement with plenty of music, bounce houses, face painting, old-fashioned hot dog and watermelon eating contests, and a variety of other amusing beach games. As the sun goes down, the celebration heats up with live music and entertainment. After the sun sets all eyes will turn toward the sky for the City’s spectacular 30-minute fireworks show at 9 p.m. This dazzling pyrotechnic display is an annual favorite of children and adults of all ages!
Big Toy & Truck Extravaganza
Calling kids of all ages! The Big Toy and Truck Extravaganza is held each fall in Holiday Park. Children, teens and adults will have an opportunity to view, climb and operate a fire engine, fire-rescue and ladder trucks, a front loader, SWAT and bomb squad vehicles, bucket trucks, a school bus, marine patrol boat, electric cart and more.
Playday was introduced in 1953 by Joseph C. Carter, the first director of Sunland Park (renamed Carter Park in 1994), as an opportunity for Fort Lauderdale youth to participate in track and field events. In 1971, the event was renamed David Deal Playday in honor of David Deal Sr., a longtime Broward County educator, coach and community mentor. Today, David Deal Playday is a week-long summer celebration featuring multiple events including a golf tournament, teen concert, basketball tournament, jazz concert, boxing tournament, championship swim meet, and of course, the legendary David Deal Playday Kids Day.
Touted as one of the largest New Year’s Eve celebrations in Florida, the Fort Lauderdale Orange Bowl Downtown Countdown is a free street festival full of fun and excitement for children and adults. Each year revelers pack downtown to ring in the New Year and see the magnificent lighted drop at midnight. Festivities for kids include bounce houses, inflatables, face painting, games, contests, dancing with the DJ, and a special kids countdown. When night falls, the party begins for adults with live music on two stages!
Enjoy a free concert series with a broad range of musical varieties featuring a different live performer each month! Friday Night Tunes takes place on the third Friday of each month (February through May and September through November) from 7 to 10 p.m. at Joseph C. Carter Park, located at 1450 W. Sunrise Boulevard. Bring your chairs, picnic blankets, and snacks to relax under the stars. From jazz to pop, Friday Night Tunes has it all!
Great American Beach Party
Kick off the summer on Memorial Day weekend at the Great American Beach Party, a tradition in the City of Fort Lauderdale. Celebrate with family and friends as a portion of Fort Lauderdale’s world famous beach transforms into an entertainment mecca. Highlights from this free, family event include live bands, family beach games, a military tribute, a sand sculpting contest, DJ, classic car show, an art show, vendors and exhibitors, a free movie showing on a larger-than-life screen set in the sand, and an induction into Fort Lauderdale’s very own Walk of Fame.
Enjoy free holiday cheer and fun for the entire family! Our holiday events run throughout the whole month of December with plenty of excitement to choose from including: Light Up Sistrunk, Riverside Park's Candy Cane Hunt, Carter Park's Joy in the Park, Santa on the Beach, and Bass Park's Kwanzaa Nia.
The downtown Riverwalk comes alive the first Sunday of each month as the Sunday Jazz Brunch creates a dynamic atmosphere unsurpassed in the City. Four stages showcase the talented local jazz ensembles. Area restaurants and food vendors tempt patrons with tasteful fare at reasonable prices. Beach blankets are spread, picnic baskets emptied, and lawn chairs gathered as friends and families settle in for a glorious, relaxing afternoon. Surrounding cultural venues and attractions include the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, Museum of Discovery & Science, Riverwalk, Inc., and the Fort Lauderdale Historical Society.
Gather with friends and coworkers for live outdoor music from top local artists! Noon Tunes is held each Wednesday, February through March, from noon to 2 p.m. in Huizenga Plaza, located at 32 E. Las Olas Boulevard. Bring your bagged lunch or enjoy a variety of delectables from the Riverwalk Gourmet Delights food kiosks stationed along Riverwalk. Be sure to use our free Riverwalk Water Trolley to get you to and from the event with ease!
Get ready to paint the town green! The Fort Lauderdale St. Patrick’s Parade & Festival draws thousands of spectators to the streets of downtown for a one-of-a-kind celebration of all things Irish. The event features decorative floats, live music and entertainment. Highlights also include a kids zone, exhibitors, games and contests, and Irish food and beverages.
Starlight Musicals is a free concert series presented each summer. For 38 years, Starlight Musicals has provided a great way to enjoy the summer with family and friends. Residents and visitors are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, picnic baskets, and their family and friends to the park for live entertainment under the stars. The shows take place on the football field in Holiday Park and parking is available on site. Starlight Musicals features an exciting lineup of bands covering pop, country, rhythm and blues, tropical rock, and more.