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TASTE OF RECOVERY

Chef Louie Bossi will once again host Taste of Recovery on June 1 at Old School Square. Sample savory bites and desserts from numerous local restaurants in support of The Crossroads Club in Delray Beach. (Tickets from $35; tasteofrecovery.com)

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‘Falling Water, Soaring Kites'

Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens will debut its new exhibition, “Falling Water, Soaring Kites” beginning May 4. Explore the idea of transformative experiences with two important aspects of Japanese culture: the veneration of waterfalls and the art of the humble kite through a selection of 19th- and 20th-century artwork. (Ticket prices vary; morikami.org)

ACOUSTIC DELIGHTS

Arts Garage will present Jethro Tull's Martin Barre—A Night of Acoustic Delights May 3 and 5. Band members include Alan Thompson, Ali Hart, Becca Langsford, Dan Crisp, and Martin Barre who has been Jethro Tull's guitarist for 43 years. (Tickets from $40; artsgarage.org)

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IN THE SKY

The Fort Lauderdale Air Show returns to Fort Lauderdale beach May 4 to 5. The U.S. Air Force's F-22 Raptor Demo Team will join the U.S. Navy Blue Angels as a double headliner for the event. (Ticket prices vary; fortlauderdaleairshow.com)

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BEERFEST

Head to Old School Square for the eighth annual Delray Beach Craft Beer Fest on May 10. Enjoy unlimited samplings of more than 100 craft brews, ciders and wines. VIP tickets will include a commemorative tasting glass and featured tap releases. (Tickets from $40; oldschoolsquare.org)

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SWEET POUR

For Mother's Day, get mom a bottle of Channé Rosé, a wine created by mom-entrepreneur and Fort Lauderdale personality Kavita Channe. The crisp, clean wine is inspired by her travels to Provence. ($19.50; available at Wine Watch in Fort Lauderdale and channerose.com)

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OCEAN BREWS AND BLUES

Spend an afternoon sampling a variety of 125 beers while listening to blues music during the third annual Ocean Brews & Blues festival on May 18. The event will take place in the main Deerfield Beach beach parking lot with local foods, cold beverages and arts and crafts vendors. (Tickets from $40; deerfield-beach.com)

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CRAFT BREWS

Help support Old School Square at the seventh annual Delray Beach Craft Beer Fest. Taking place May 11 at Old School Square Pavilion, the 21-and-older event offers an unlimited sampling of more than 100 craft brews and ciders, in addition to wine. (Tickets from $40; oldschoolsquare.org)

NEW EXHIBITION

Beginning May 19, Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens will present its new exhibit, “Unexpected Smiles: Seven Types of Humor in Japanese Paintings.” The exhibit will focus on seven categories of humor, such as parody and satire. Visitors can view 48 works from private and public collections, including those by artists Hakuin, Shōhaku and Jakuchū. (Tickets from $9; morikami.org)

RETURN TO LIFE

Fort Lauderdale resident and transformational coach Pam Butler releases her debut book, Return to Life: Finding Your Way Back to Balance and Bliss in a Stressed-Out World, on May 1. The memoir tells the story of Butler’s journey and includes practical strategies for overcoming challenges in order to lead a purposeful life. (Prices vary; Available at amazon.com and hayhouse.com)

SUMMER SHOW

“Queen of Country Pop” Shania Twain is hitting the road this summer for her highly anticipated NOW Tour. Catch her on June 1 when she makes a stop in Fort Lauderdale at the BB&T Center. (Tickets from $37; thebbtcenter.com)

CRAFT FESTIVAL

Wander the 21st annual Downtown Delray Beach Craft Festival featuring paintings and jewelry on May 26 and 27 at the Delray Beach Tennis Center. Meet some of the nation’s finest crafters, shop their handmade wares and check out the green market with gourmet sauces and handmade soaps. (free; artfestival.com)

RUM RENAISSANCE

Rum enthusiasts, this one’s for you. Head to the Fort Lauderdale Convention Center on June 9 and 10 for the 10th annual Rum Renaissance Festival. The event features more than 200 rums to sample, live entertainment and rum seminars. (Tickets from $50; rumrenaissance.com)

OCEAN BREWS & BLUES

Spend the day at the beach drinking craft beers during the second annual Ocean Brews & Blues festival on May 19 at the Deerfield Beach main beach parking lot. Enjoy a variety of blues music entertainers, an assortment of local foods and more than 125 beers from some of the best craft breweries. (Tickets from $40; deerfield-beach.com/oceanbrew)

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SUSHI & STROLL

Summer nights just got a lot more exciting thanks to the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens Sushi & Stroll Summer Walk Series, presented by JM Lexus. Offered on select Fridays beginning May 12, the series allows guests to enjoy a twilight walk through the 16-acre gardens while enjoying local food truck offerings and a Pan-Asian menu by the museum’s Cornell Café. (Ticket prices vary; morikami.org) 

 

DELISH 2017

Help break the stigma against those with disabilities at Delish, presented by PNC Bank on May 4 at the Gallery of Amazing Things. Now in its sixth year, this event will pair the best ARC Broward Culinary Institute students with well-known South Florida chefs from restaurants that include 3030 Ocean and Hardy Park Bistro to serve up delicious bites for guests. (Tickets from $150; arcbroward.com)

 

TASTE OF RECOVERY 

Dine for a great cause during the inaugural Taste of Recovery Culinary Festival on June 3 at Old School Square Pavilion. Louie Bossi, executive chef and partner at Louie Bossi’s Ristorante Bar & Pizzeria, will host the fundraiser to raise money for the Crossroads Club, for those battling substance and alcohol abuse in the restaurant industry. ($40; atasteofrecovery.com) 

 

AN INTIMATE CONVERSATION

Meet the man behind Bravo’s late night interactive talk show, “Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen,” on May 12 at Seminole Casino Coconut Creek. The night will include a one-hour show featuring a moderated question-and-answer session with the audience, and will conclude with a book signing with the Emmy Award-winning host, producer and author. ($20; ticketmaster.com)

 

TASTEMAKERS

Immerse yourself in interactive art and culinary goodness during TasteMakers on May 20. Museumgoers can tour Young At Art Museum and enjoy a craft beer garden, food and beverages plus an art showcase featuring works by world-renowned artists. Proceeds benefit the museum’s programs for at-risk youth. (Tickets from $90; youngatartmuseum.org)

 

FEMALE BREW FEST 

Celebrate women in the brewing industry at FemAle Brew Fest on May 28 inside FATVillage Art District warehouse building 517. Meet female-run brewers and experts in the craft beer scene while enjoying satisfying pours, artisanal food pairings, live art demos and music. Organizers say the event is the first of its kind in the United States. (Ticket prices vary; femalebrewfest.com) 

 

NEW EXPERIENCE 

Time to get crafty! The Boca Raton Museum of Art will allow a select number of guests to go beyond the galleries on May 2 for a behind-the-scenes experience to learn how glass sculptures are made. The day will begin with a guided tour of the Glasstress Boca Raton exhibit, then travel by bus to Lake Worth’s Benzaiten Center for Creative Arts—home to the largest glass hot shop in Florida—for a tour and a glass-blowing demonstration. ($60; bocamuseum.org)