Festivals are popular events in Pompano Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Deerfield Beach, Davie and other towns in South Florida.
Some festivals offer free entry and free parking, which are ideal for budget-friendly dates, frugal family activities or inexpensive outings with friends.
With some festivals, extra fees apply for select activities. and perhaps for parking.
- Harvest Festival at Flamingo Gardens Weekends in October, with varying themes and events. Flamingo Gardens. Including hay rides. Pumpkin patch. Costume contests. , 3750 S. Flamingo Road, Davie 33330, 954-473-2955. Included with regular entry $19.95 for 12 and older, $12.95 for 3 to 11, and free for 2 and younger. 20 percent discount for seniors 65 and older, armed services personnel, and college students
- October 5-7 Oakland Park Oktoberfest. Includes entertainment, Biergarten, rides, fun for youngsters, field games & other fun. $5 entry, free for 12 and younger.
- Coconut Creek Craft Festival 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. October 13 & October 14, 4443 Lyons Road, Coconut Creek, free
- October 20 & 21 $5 for Brazilian Festival of Pompano Beach
- October 20 & 21 Las Olas Art Fair is free event in Fort Lauderdale , free entry
- October 20 Free entry Smoke on the Water BBQ event on Riverwalk
October 20 Free music & fun at Fall Festival in Deerfield Beach Pioneer Park, free entry
- October 26 Halloween Bash, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. October 26 in Oakland Park. Entertainment, food trucks, trunk or treat with decorated vehicles. Costume contests by age group 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Park at 1098 NE 40th Court, Oakland Park 33334, 954-630-4500, free entry
- Deerfield Beach Family Holiday Hoe-Down. 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. October 27. Costume contest, games, hayrides. Villages of Hillsboro Park, 4111 NW 6th St, Deerfield Beach 33442. 954-480-4201, free
- Margate Fall Festival 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. October 27, sports facilities, 1695 Banks Road, Margate 33063, vendors, pumpkin decorating, costume contest, entertainment, 972-6458, free entry, free parking
- Trick or Treat on Second Street 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. October 27, Esplanade Park, 400 SW Second St., Fort Lauderdale, bounce house, carnival games, face painting, treats, kid and pet costume parade, costume contests
- October 27 Margate Fall Festival 6 p.m. to 11 p.m., sports facilities, 1695 Banks Road, Margate 33063, vendors, pumpkin decorating, costume contest, entertainment, 972-6458, free entry, free parking
- October 27 Tradewinds Park Fall Festival 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Includes hayrides, balloon fun, games, crafts, bounce houses, farm demonstrations & other fun. Weekend entry fee at the park is $1.50 for ages 6 and older. Extra fees for some activities. 3600 W. Sample Road., Coconut Creek 33073, 954-357-8870
- Discount for Harvest Festival at Flamingo Gardens Weekends in October, with varying themes and events. Flamingo Gardens. Including hay rides. Pumpkin patch. Costume contests. 3750 S. Flamingo Road, Davie 33330, 954-473-2955. Included with regular attraction sights and activities. With discount voucher online, fees are $14.96 for teenagers and adults and $9.71 for ages 3 to 11. Free for 2 and younger
- October 27 Hollyweird Holloween Block Party, 1900 block of Hollywood Boulevard. Family-friendly fun 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Fun for adults 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.
- October 31-November 4 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, several venues. $33 for adults, $15 for ages 6 to 15, free for 5 and younger
- November 1-November 4 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, several venues. $33 for adults, $15 for ages 6 to 15, free for 5 and younger
- November 10 & 11 Discounts for Camelot Days festival in Hollywood
- November 10 Wilton Manors Hawaiian Festival 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Includes music, hula entertainment, Hawaiian food, vendors. Supply your own portable seats or throws. No outside food permitted. Mickel Park, 2675 NW Seventh Ave., Wilton Manors 33311, 305-771-4852. Free entry.
- Oakland Park Art & Antique Walk & Craft Show, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. November 10, Art Park, Northeast 34th Court & Dixie Highway, Oakland Park. Free shuttle rides. Food vendors. Free parking in Roselli Park Plaza, adjacent to Art Park, 3415 N. Dixie Hwy, Oakland Park, FL 33334
- November 17 Taste of Lauderdale Lakes, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., 3900 N. State Road 7, Lauderdale Lakes 33309, free with RSVP or $20 for VIP tickets
- November 17 & 18 Discounts for Camelot Days festival in Hollywood
- November 27 Christmas on Las Olas 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Las Olas Boulevard from SouthEast 6th Avenue to SouthEast 11th Avenue. Entertaiment, family-friendly activities, sled rides on snow. Free.
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