We’re heading into prime time for outdoor events and festivals in South Florida — a perfect time for families looking to enjoy beautiful weather before it gets too hot.
Here’s our top 10 picks for the weekend:
1. MSD Heroes Challenge, Saturday, Race begins at 7:30 a.m.
The inaugural MSD Heroes Challenge is an obstacle course race for athletes of all skill levels and ages. Participants will walk/run a two-mile race of challenging obstacles and are invited to join a yoga class following the race. All money raised will be used to provide scholarships to emerging student leaders in local schools and to support the efforts of Stand With Parkland and other nonprofits working to create safer communities. $15-25. Parkland Equestrian Center, 8350 Ranch Road, Parkland. | Register now
2. Street Painting Festival, Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.
Artists converge to display their diverse talents on the asphalt – using only chalk. Street performers and musical entertainment add to the atmosphere. Don’t miss the Festival Food Courts and downtown restaurants, accommodating culinary tastes and thirsts as diverse as the artwork. Free. Downtown Lake Worth. Visit streetpaintingfestivalinc.org for parking suggestions and more information.
3. Fun and Fit as a Family, Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
This family-friendly event during the South Beach Wine & Food Festival allows parents and kids to learn the basics of a healthy lifestyle with Food Network and Cooking Channel personalities and South Florida chefs. Children of all ages will have the chance to explore and interact with the recently revamped grounds of Jungle Island, including hands-on experiences and healthy food while visiting with the energetic animals who call it home. $22. Jungle Island, 1111 Parrot Jungle Trail, Miami. sobewff.org/fff
4. B-The Underwater Bubble Show, Friday, 8 p.m.
A magical under-the-sea journey for the whole family. Join Mr. B as he escapes to fantastical Bubblelandia, where mermaids, acrobats and giant sharks cavort amid an endless ocean of bubbles, in a laser-lit, Cirque du Soleil-style show. $20 – $35. South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center, 10950 SW 211th St, Cutler Bay. smdcac.org
5. Orange Blossom Festival, Friday-Sunday
Weekend festivities include a kick-off concert, tours, flea market and car and truck show. Enjoy free guided tours of the school museum and old-fashioned activities at Pioneer Village. Free. Old Davie School Historical Museum, 6650 Griffin Road, Davie. For the complete event schedule, visit olddavieschool.org.
6. YoungArts Miami 2019 Exhibition Opening, Friday, 7-10 p.m.
The public is invited to the YoungArts campus for a film screening, jazz performance, writers’ readings and the opening of the design, photography and visual arts exhibition. Free with registration. YoungArts Campus, 2100 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. youngarts.org
7. Superhero Movie Night, Friday, 6-8 p.m.
Pixar’s best superhero movies will be shown with popcorn and a photo booth to save the memory. Come in superhero attire or costumes and your family might even win a giveaway. Free. Divine Savior Academy, 15935 Lyons Road, Delray Beach. For more information, contact the DSA Office at 561-359-3090. | View event page
8. Winter Stargazing, Friday, 7-10 p.m.
Explore the night sky and the full moon with the Southern Cross Astros as they guide you through an exploration of the heavens. Bring a blanket and enjoy a bonfire, refreshments and storytelling. Free. Fruit & Spice Park, 24801 SW 187th Ave., Homestead. redlandfruitandspice.com
9. All Pro Dad Experience at University of Miami, Saturday, 9 a.m.- noon
This family-fun event will feature former University of Miami Head Coach Mark Richt, as well as interactive games and other hands-on experiences on the university. $25. Carol Soffer Indoor Practice Facility, 5821 San Amaro Drive, Coral Gables. allprodad.com
10. 31st Anniversary Celebration at Butterfly World, Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Butterfly World is celebrating its upcoming anniversary and want to thank you. Enjoy the largest live butterfly exhibit in the world and hundreds of birds — all at a special discounted rate.
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