David Deal Playday



The City of Fort Lauderdale Parks and Recreation Department will celebrate the 65th Annual David Deal Playday with a series of events from August 1-17. All Playday events are free and open to the public.

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 has grown into a multi-weeklong celebration with multiple events.

For more information, please call (954) 828-5411.

Schedule of Events

Playday Kids Day
Wednesday, August 1
8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Carter Park, 1450 W. Sunrise Blvd 
Let the games begin! Olympic sports, novelty competitions, table games and wacky sports are just a few of the activities planned. Prizes will be awarded all day for the best competitors.

Legacy Tribute pdf
Thursday, August 2
6 to 8:30 p.m.
Carter Park, 1450 W. Sunrise Blvd
Enjoy cool jazz and hot art as we pay tribute to the trailblazers who helped make Playday what it is today.

Boxing Under the Stars pdf
Thursday, August 2
7 to 10 p.m.

Carter Park, 1450 W. Sunrise Blvd 
Contender’s Boxing Club, the USBA and the City of Fort Lauderdale proudly present the Annual Boxing at Carter Arena, featuring South Florida’s most talented boxers competing for their titles.

Teen Bash & 3-on-3 Tournament pdf
Friday, August 3
2 to 8 p.m.
Carter Park, 1450 W. Sunrise Blvd 
Dance competition and lip sync battle with a concert-style talent show highlighted by local talent. 3-on-3 basketball tournament come as a team or make one when you get here! Play some high-energy hoops created especially for the serious ball player.

Golf Tournament pdf
Saturday, August 4
8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Osswald Park, 2201 NW 21st St
A 9-hole golf tournament in which we will be recognizing legends within the community. The tournament will consist of a closest to pin contest and a putting contest. Refreshments will be served. Entry Fee: $20.00

Celebrity Basketball Tournament pdf
Saturday & Sunday, August 4-5
9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Carter Park, 1450 W. Sunrise Blvd 
This Second Annual King of the City Basketball Tournament is an exhibition basketball tournament held by the Parks and Recreation Department and Face it Athletics that features current and retired NBA players, WNBA players, actors, musicians and local athletes.

Domino & Bid Whist Tournament pdf
Saturday, August 4
10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Carter Park, 1450 W. Sunrise Blvd 
Come one, come all. Calling all ages to join us for our annual David Deal Playday Domino and Bid Whist Tournament. All ages are welcome to enjoy in the fun!

National Night Out Against Crime pdf
Tuesday, August 7
5 to 9 p.m.
Carter Park, 1450 W. Sunrise Blvd  
Join us for crime prevention, back-to-school giveaways,and special guests! Bring your family, friends, and neighbors for an evening of fun and community building with Fort Lauderdale Police and Parks and Recreation Departments!

Family Festival & Back-to-School Giveaway pdf
Saturday, August 11
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Carter Park, 1450 W. Sunrise Blvd
Filled with various activities such as carnival and novelty games, arts and crafts, bike parade, art contest, Madden tournament, swimming competition, flag football tournament, and a local talent showcase. Enjoy good family fun with bounce houses, face
painting, arts and crafts food and more. Plus get your child back to school supplies free! 

Summer Jamz Concert pdf
Friday, August 17
6 to 11 p.m.
Carter Park, 1450 W. Sunrise Blvd
Enjoy your picnic as you jam out to hottest, end-of-summer, hip–hop concert. Special guests include MC Lyte, Kurtis Blow, and more.


Photo Gallery

2017 Boxing Under the Stars

Boxing Under the Stars


2017 Celebrity Basketball Tournament

Basketball Tournament


2017 Playday Kids Day

Playday Camp


2017 Summer Jamz

Summer Jamz












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