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7 Things To Do In Fort Lauderdale - October Monthly Guide

CHOO-CHOO AND FOOD

Travel by trolley during “Toasts, Tastes & Trolleys” on Oct. 5 to taste a variety of signature foods and drinks from downtown Boca Raton spots. End the night, presented by the Boca Raton Historical Society & Museum, with dessert and dancing at the Boca Raton Resort & Club. ($125; bocahistory.org)

GIRL CEO

Find advice from Boca Raton CEO of Gladiator Lacrosse Rachel Zietz and 39 other successful women, including Reese Witherspoon, Oprah Winfrey and Ursula Burns in “Girl CEO.” Written by Katherine Ellison and Ronnie Cohen, with a foreword by Tory Burch, the book includes inspiring stories and practical advice. (Available at Barnes & Noble and amazon.com; Prices vary)

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PIRATES & MERMAIDS

Head over to Boynton Beach for a myriad of swashbuckling adventures at the community’s “Pirate Fest and Mermaid Splash” event held on East Ocean Avenue in Boynton Beach from Oct. 27 to 28. Explore “Hobb’s Cove” and “Merlandia” to see live entertainment and magic shows. A Hooks & Tails Costume contest and mermaid pageant will take place. (free; bbpiratefest.com)

DOGS, BEACHES & BREWS

Bring your furry friend to Fort Lauderdale beach on Oct. 26 to meet other dog owners and have some fun in the sun during “Dogs, Beaches & Brews.” End the evening with a stop at the Parrot Lounge for a doggie happy hour, from which donations will benefit Everglades Angels Dog Rescue. ($5; myfortlauderdalebeach.com)

PHIL COLLINS IN CONCERT

For the first time in 12 years, legendary musician and performer Phil Collins is returning to the stages of North America for a limited tour: “Not Dead Yet, Live!” As a sequel to his memoir, “Not Dead Yet,” the tour will celebrate his career. Catch him on Oct. 5 at the BB&T Center. (Ticket prices vary; thebbtcenter.com)

FLORIDA’S FAVORITE FLOWERS

Surround yourself with beautiful flowers and soak in their scents as the state’s best orchid growers gather in Old School Square for “Orchids On The Square” from Oct. 26 to 28. Hosted by the Delray Beach Orchid Society, the event will offer exhibits of award-winning orchids, raffles and student artwork inspired by the featured flora. (Tickets $5; aos.org)

GIVING BACK

In honor of Estée Lauder Company’s campaign “Time To End Breast Cancer,” 18 of the beauty company’s iconic brands will offer exclusive beauty products available for purchase this month, including AERIN Beauty, Becca, La Mer and Origins. A percentage of sales will benefit breast cancer research, education and medical services. (Prices vary; 
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Halloween, Beer And More: 7 Events To Attend In October

Halloween at the Addison 

Get ready for a spooktacular evening as the Addison once again opens its doors on Oct. 31 for an over-the-top experience themed “A Horror Story.” Guests can explore a haunted walk-through and decorated rooms, live entertainment and more. 

($100/by Oct. 14, $125/after Oct. 14; theaddison.com)

 

Cheers to Beer

The 13th annual Oakland Park Oktoberfest is coming to the Biergarten at Jaco Pastorius Park from Oct. 6 to 8, presented by Funky Buddha Brewery. Kick off this celebration with German-style beer and food, amusement rides, traditional entertainment, a Dachshund Dash, field activities and more. ($5; oaklandparkfl.gov) 

 

That’s What I Like 

Award-winning, multi-platinum selling artist Bruno Mars will bring 24K Magic to South Florida during his nationwide tour on Oct. 15 at the BB&T Center with special guest Jorja Smith. (Tickets from $175; thebbtcenter.com)

 

Eat, Drink and be Scary

Dress to impress (or win the costume contest) and get ready to dance the night away. Mingle with local celebrities and meet NFL alumni at the 16th annual Signature Grand Ghoul benefiting 2-1-1 Broward on Oct. 30 at the Signature Grand in Davie. (Tickets from $100; 211-broward.org/signature-grand-ghoul)

 

Ahoy, Mateys! 

Get ready to pillage and plunder at the Haunted Pirate Fest and Mermaid Splash in downtown Boynton Beach on East Ocean Avenue from Oct. 21 to 22. The lively festival will feature 12 stages of live entertainment, music, reenactments and shows. (free; bbpiratefest.com) 

 

Fit Expo

Are you ready to get your fitness on? If so, then head to the Fort Lauderdale Convention Center from Oct. 21 to 22 for the Fit Expo. Participate in group training classes like Zumba, compete in different challenges and meet with vendors for samples. ($25/day, $40/weekend;
thefitexpo.com/fl.shtml)

 

Calling All Foodies

Enjoy tasting culinary selections created by South Florida’s most creative chefs, participate in a silent auction and more at the Ann Storck Center’s 24th annual Celebrity Chefs Food Tasting & Auction on Oct. 6, hosted by the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino and the Seminole Tribe of Florida. (Tickets from $150; annstorckcenter.org/celebrity-chefs)