Calendar Departments — 05 October 2018
The calendar for October 2018, and beyond


7 Boca Pumpkin Patch Festival, a festive day for the entire family, featuring carnival rides, pumpkin decorating, a cornstalk maze, food court and more. You can even pick out your own pumpkin in the patch (prices vary depending on size). 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Mizner Park Amphitheater, Boca Raton. $20; babies under 24 months, free.

9 The Florida First Amendment Foundation hosts “Derision 2018,” with Florida writers Dave Barry and Carl Hiaasen. The event promises a hilarious but insightful look into today’s political landscape and its effect on Florida. 6:30 p.m., VIP reception; 7:30 p.m., discussion with authors, at Bailey Hall at Broward College, 3501 SW Davie Road, Davie. $126, VIP; $51, general. 850-224-4555,

12 The Broward Education Foundation honors seven community luminaries and champions of education who are alumni of Broward County Public Schools at the annual Hall of Fame Awards Breakfast. 7:30 a.m. at the First Baptist Church – Global Grille, 301 E. Broward Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. $50. 754-321-2030,

13 United Way of Broward County Mayors’ Gala, an evening of entertainment, networking and dancing. The event includes a cocktail reception, silent auction, dinner, entertainment, live auction and dancing. 6 p.m. at the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center. $450.

18 In My Shoes Luncheon, benefiting JAFCO’s Children’s Ability Center, which provides family enrichment, resources and respite care to children with developmental disabilities. The event includes a boutique, silent auction, luncheon and program. 9:30 a.m. at Boca West Country Club, Boca Raton. $118. 954-315-8698,

18 9th Annual Comedy Night, benefiting the South Florida Chapter of the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation. Comedian Tom Papa will perform. 6 p.m. at the Coral Springs Center for the Arts. Tickets start at $75. 561-218-2929,

18 The Symphony of the Americas Society’s 3 Decades Luncheon, a tribute to supporters of the Symphony of the Americas that features a Symphony performance, luncheon, champagne reception and silent auction. 11:30 a.m. at The Ritz-Carlton, Fort Lauderdale. $125. 954-644-9049,

19 NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale’s Chairman’s Gala, an evening of cocktails and dinner at the waterfront residence of S. Donald Sussman and Michelle Howland. 6:30 p.m. (address to be provided prior to event). $2,500. 954-262-0249,

20 An Evening in the South Pacific, the annual MODS Gala, featuring a cocktail reception, live and silent auctions, dinner and dancing, all to benefit the Museum of Discovery and Science’s mission to provide experiential pathways in lifelong learning in science for children and adults. 6 p.m. at the Museum, 401 SW Second St., Fort Lauderdale. $750, individual; $6,500, table of 10. 954-713-0918,

20 Smoke on the Water BBQ Feast & Competition, pitting local pit-masters against each other and including live music, cold beer and fun for the entire family. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Esplanade Park in downtown Fort Lauderdale. Free; BBQ items start at $5. 954-468-1541,

20 Leadership Broward celebrates the best and brightest of Broward County at its 2018 Profiles in Leadership Black-Tie Ball. This year’s theme is “Evening in Wonderland” and will include dinner, auctions, live entertainment and an after-party. 6:30 p.m. at Pier Sixty-Six Hotel & Marina, Fort Lauderdale. Attire is black tie. Tickets start at $300. 954-767-8866,

25 Musician and Tony Award winner Levi Kreis celebrates musical theater at the ArtSage Alliance, a fine-arts program presented by the Venetian Arts Society, Nova Southeastern University and John Knox Village. 6 p.m., reception; 7 p.m., concert, at Don Taft University Center, 3301 College Ave., Davie. $35, members; $50, non-members; NSU students, free.

26 15th Annual Go Pink Luncheon, benefiting the Boca Raton Regional Hospital Foundation and featuring actress, producer, writer, singer and breast-cancer survivor Rita Wilson as keynote speaker. 11 a.m. at the Boca Raton Resort & Club. $175. 561-955-3249,

29 17th Annual Signature Grand Ghoul, an annual event benefiting 2-1-1 Broward, in which the Signature Grand is transformed into a spook-tacular mansion. The event includes gourmet food, open bar, specialty drinks, dancing and mingling with local celebrities and former athletes. Dress up for a chance to win the people’s choice costume contest. Emcees are former Miami Dolphin O.J. McDuffie and Seth Levit, executive director of the Jason Taylor Foundation. 7-11 p.m. at 6900 W. State Road 84, Davie. Tickets start at $75. 954-390-0493,

 Through Oct. 31 The 2nd Annual Taste of the Promenade, featuring mouthwatering prix-fixe and select menu items at participating restaurants at the Promenade at Coconut Creek, in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month and in partnership with the Lisa Boccard Breast Cancer Fund and Broward Health Coral Springs. Prix-fixe menu is $18 (plus tax and gratuity) for lunch and $30 (plus tax and gratuity) for dinner, with 10 percent of each dish sold benefiting the fund. Participating restaurants include Nékter Juice Bar, Bar Louie, Ciao Cucina & Bar, Ethos Greek Bistro, Rock Oasis & Grill, Salad Creations and Cold Stone Creamery & Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory. Located at 4443 Lyons Road, Coconut Creek, 954-376-6976,

31-Nov. 4 The 59th annual Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, the largest in-water boat show in the world, spanning more than 3 million square feet of exhibit space across seven waterfront locations. Prices, times and venues vary.


1 Art of Wine and Food Series: Thankful for Wine, where guests will sample four great varietals of wine just in time for Thanksgiving. Small bites will be served to pair with each wine. 6-8 p.m. at NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale, One E. Las Olas Blvd. $40; $25 for members at the Patron level or above. Advance paid reservations required. 954-262-0258,

2-18  The 33rd Annual Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival (FLiFF), including more than 200 American Indie and foreign language features, documentaries and short films, along with red-carpet premieres, over-the-top parties and special guests that include celebrities and filmmakers. Times, venues and prices vary.

3 10th Anniversary Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation Banquet, benefiting ocean conservation. The event features dinner, an open bar, live music and auctions and honors conservation activist and philanthropist Ron Bergeron in recognition of his support for protection of the Everglades. 6 p.m. at the Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa, Fort Lauderdale. $300.

3 The 49th Annual Tiara Ball, the largest annual fundraising event of the Royal Dames of Cancer Research. The event includes music, dancing and dinner. 6:30 p.m. at Pier Sixty-Six Hotel & Marina, Fort Lauderdale. $325.

3 The Ghost Light Society’s 9th Annual Ghost Light Society Soiree, “Secret Garden Soiree,” to benefit arts-in-education programs at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts. The evening includes food, open bar, dancing, entertainment and more. 7-11 p.m. at Parker Playhouse, 707 NE Eighth St., Fort Lauderdale. $125, members; $150, non-members. 954-414-6901,

Save the Date …

Nov. 8-10 31st Annual Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County Rendezvous, at Miami’s Fisher Island Club and the Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne and featuring a “Dine Around the Docks” Yacht Hop under the stars, cocktail and dinner parties, a performance by Jason Derulo and more. 954-537-1010,

Nov. 16-18 Fort Lauderdale Home Design and Remodeling Show, featuring a wide selection of products and services for small or large renovation projects, as well as furniture, fine art and décor, appliances, doors, home automation and more. Linda Phan, of HGTV’s Property Brothers at Home: Drew’s Honeymoon House (photo), will also present “Table Talk” and Q&A on Saturday (Nov. 17) and The Wishing Wreath” on Sunday (Nov. 18). Hours 3- 9:30 p.m. Friday (Nov. 16); noon-9:30 p.m. Saturday (Nov. 17); noon-7:30 p.m. Sunday (Nov. 18) at the Greater Fort Lauderdale / Broward County Convention Center, 1950 Eisenhower Blvd., Fort Lauderdale,

Nov. 17 The fourth annual Boca Raton Mayors Ball, presented by Rotary Club Downtown Boca Raton, featuring a red-carpet arrival, cocktail reception, dinner, live music and award presentation. 6 p.m. at Royal Palm Yacht & Country Club, Boca Raton. $300; 561-299-1429,

Nov. 22 Holy Cross Hospital Fort Lauderdale Turkey Trot, a 5-K run/walk that attracts thousands of participants. 6 a.m., registration; 7:30 a.m., race, at D.C. Alexander Park, 505 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd. $35 through Oct. 31; $40 after Nov. 1.

Nov. 29 The Galleria at Fort Lauderdale’s 12th Annual South Florida Ford Men of Style presented by Signature Grand, when 12 influential and philanthropic South Florida men work the runway, each representing a local nonprofit. The evening includes food, open bar, live entertainment and the fashion runway show. 6 p.m. at The Galleria. $75, general; $150, VIP.

Feb. 22-24 The 13th annual Boca Raton Concours d’Elegance, presented by Mercedes-Benz and AutoNation, a weekend of events benefiting the Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County, which includes the duPont Registry Live Hangar Party, (Friday), the Grand Gala Dinner, Auction & Show, featuring a performance by Jay Leno (Saturday) and an automobile and motorcycle exhibition (Sunday), where Leno will also serve as a celebrity judge.

 Photo: Linda Phan, of HGTV’s Property Brothers at Home: Drew’s Honeymoon House

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