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7 Things To Do In Fort Lauderdale - April Monthly Guide

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ART & SOUL

Business for the Arts of Broward is hosting its fifth annual Art & Soul event at the CIRC Hotel on April 11. Guests will be treated to live music, gourmet food and interactive art with collectible artwork also available for purchase. ($50/advance, $60/at door; bfabroward.org)

VEGFEST

Learn all about plant-based foods during Boca Raton’s rendition of VegFest taking place at Mizner Park Amphitheater on April 27. Browse vendors selling yoga apparel, tea, essential oils, jewelry and skin care. (free; pbvegfest.com)

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BEATLES ON THE BEACH

Get ready for a lineup of world-class music in Delray Beach during the International Beatles on the Beach Festival taking place from April 25 to 28. Catch performances by The Edgar Winter Band and McCartney Mania, among others, at Old School Square Pavilion. (Ticket prices vary; beatlesonthebeach.com)

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TORTUGA MUSIC FESTIVAL

Rock the Ocean’s Tortuga Music Festival returns to Fort Lauderdale Beach April 12 to 14. This year’s lineup will feature performers including Kenny Chesney, Thomas Rhett, Maren Morris, Jason Aldean and Elle King. (Ticket prices vary; tortugamusicfestival.com)

THE SYMPHONIA

Head to the Crest Theatre at Old School Square for a performance by South Florida’s world-class chamber orchestra, The Symphonia. The April 1 concert titled “Danzon Symphonia” will feature Grammy-nominated conductor Alastair Willis and Lidia Kaminska as the bandoneon soloist with pieces by Shostakovich, Goilijov, Piazzolla and Weil. (Tickets from $59; thesymphonia.org)

DELRAY AFFAIR

Delray Beach’s oldest and largest art fair, Delray Affair, returns April 12 to 14, taking place across 12 city blocks from the Intracoastal Waterway to NW Second Avenue. Browse an eclectic mix of fine arts and crafts from national and international artists during the two-day event. (free; delrayaffair.com)

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THE BLUE WILD OCEAN ADVENTURE EXPO

South Florida’s premier water sports expo will make a splash on April 27 and 28 at the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center. The Blue Wild Ocean Adventure Expo will offer 65,000 square feet for more than 150 exhibitors specializing in fishing, scuba, paddleboarding, boats, kayaks and more. ($20; thebluewild.com)

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A Night with Stars

Experience the best talent U.S. figure skating has to offer at Stars on Ice on April 8 at the BB&T Center. With performances by U.S. national champion Nathan Chen, world championships  silver medalist  Ashley Wagner, three-time world championships medalists Maia and Alex Shibutani and more, Stars on Ice will be a night to remember. (Tickets from $25; starsonice.com)

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Tortuga’s Back

Returning to Fort Lauderdale beach April 6 to 8, Rock the Ocean’s Tortuga Music Festival will feature some of country music’s hottest artists, including Florida Georgia Line, Keith Urban and Eric Church. The three-day, multi-stage concert supports Rock the Ocean Foundation, which raises public awareness about ocean preservation efforts. (Ticket prices vary; tortugamusicfestival.com)

Events To Attend In April

Delray Affair

Celebrating its 56th year, the Delray Affair brings together artists and crafters from across the nation and around the world at one of the largest arts and crafts festivals in the Southeast United States. The event will be taking place from April 13 to 15 in downtown Delray Beach, and guests will have the opportunity to stroll through 12 blocks of fine art and funky products. (free, delrayaffair.com)

U.S. figure skating

Connect, Reflect and Learn

The Yoga Expo returns to the Fort Lauderdale Convention Center on April 14. This year’s event will feature more than 40 teachers, from local studios and around the world, in eight different styles. Guests will have access to classes, a marketplace, live music, and aerial and acro yoga shows, in addition to a local, sustainable food court. (Ticket prices vary; theyogaexpo.org)

Wicked Book Weekend

Those who love romance novels can attend Wicked Book Weekend hosted by Coral Springs blogger Ana Ivies at Bahia Mar Fort Lauderdale Beach from April 20 to 23. The event will include book signings by more than 50 writers, including best-selling authors Lisa Renee Jones, A.L. Jackson and more, as well as dinner at Lips and a sunset water taxi bar crawl. (Ticket prices vary; wickedbookevents.com)

U.S. national champion Nathan Chen

On the Road to Hamilton

Listen to and trace the course of Broadway’s musical history that has led to today’s era of “Hamilton” at “On the Road to Hamilton: From Gilbert & Sullivan to Rap” during select dates from April 2 to 12. Guests will hear some of the greatest pieces from Broadway performed by singers and an orchestra at the Delray Beach Playhouse. ($35, delraybeachplayhouse.com)

Young Talent

Enjoy classical music and celebrate young talent as the Youth Orchestra of Palm Beach County performs at Mizner Park Amphitheater on April 29. The Youth Orchestra’s mission is to provide young musicians with music education while developing an appreciation for classical music in the community. (free; myboca.us/calendar.aspx)

The Guide To April: 7 Things To Do In Fort Lauderdale

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Slice of Heaven

For all things cheesy and delicious, head to the War Memorial Auditorium in Holiday Park for the inaugural Fort Lauderdale Pizza Festival where local and national pizzerias will be on site to feed hungry pizza lovers. The April 1 event will include local art and entertainment, live cooking demos, a family-friendly kid zone and a pizza eating competition. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Feeding South Florida. (Tickets from $30; fortlauderdalepizzafestival.com)

 

Cheers to Five Years

Rock the Ocean’s Tortuga Music Festival will return to Fort Lauderdale beach from April 7 to 9, bringing the hottest country, rock and roots musical talents to South Florida. Headliners include Luke Bryan, Chris Stapleton and Kenny Chesney. (Tickets from $99; tortugamusicfestival.com)

 

Delray Affair

The largest arts and crafts festival in the Southeast United States will take place from April 7 to 9 in downtown Delray Beach. The Delray Affair will bring together a mix of fine art, crafts and funky products from around the world for guests to view. (free; delrayaffair.com)

 

Las Olas Wine & Food Festival

Help raise money for a good cause by attending the Las Olas Wine & Food Festival on April 21, benefiting the American Lung Association. Now in its 22nd year, guests can mingle through four blocks of food and fine wine, featuring more than 60 restaurants and 45 wineries. ($117.05; lasolaswff.com)

 

Yogis Unite

Returning to the Fort Lauderdale Convention Center on April 8 is The Yoga Expo, which brings master teachers from across the globe to join the top yoga teachers and studios in town for an unlimited yoga and meditation experience complete with live music and samples from sustainable food vendors. ($35; theyogaexpo.org)

 

A Culinary Celebration

Join the Museum of Discovery and Science for the 22nd annual Bank of America Wine, Spirits and Culinary Celebration on April 7. Attendees can take part in the Grand Tasting, which will highlight more than 40 of South Florida’s premier restaurants, while sipping an assortment of wines, spirits and craft beers. (Tickets from $150; modsevents.org)

 

Art & Soul

Local artists will showcase their work during Business for the Arts of Broward’s Art & Soul on April 28 at the GALLERYone - Doubletree Suites by Hilton Hotel. Guests can experience live music, gourmet food and view and purchase more than 100 pieces of interactive art. (Tickets from $50; bfabroward.org)