April’s Amazing Activities

No, this is not some type of April Fool’s joke: This month really is full of incredible activities the whole family can enjoy! Sample some wine and tasty food at Las Olas Wine and Food Festival, rock out on the beach at Tortuga Music Festival, and travel back to the Dinosaur Age with “Expedition: Dinosaur!”

**DUE TO INCREASING PUBLIC HEALTH CONCERNS REGARDING THE CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19), MANY CONCERTS AND EVENTS HAVE BEEN CANCELLED, POSTPONED, OR TEMPORARILY CLOSED. PLEASE BE SURE TO CHECK WITH EACH VENUE BEFORE PURCHASING YOUR TICKETS OR ATTENDING THESE EVENTS.**

WHAT A RACQUET!
March 23-April 5
miamiopen.com

The Miami Open is one of the 305’s most anticipated sports events. Tennis fans will get to enjoy watching their favorite players battle it out on the court, and also an array of other activities and offerings like world-class fare by some of the city’s best restaurants, high-end beverage stations from Moét & Chandon and others, art murals from international artists, and tunes by local musicians and DJs. Guests can purchase single tickets if they wish to attend only one tournament, however, ticket packages as well as luxury seating upgrades are also offered. It’s going to be a wonderful event, so dress to the nines and get ready to serve!

LAS OLAS’ FINEST
April 3
lasolaswff.com

The 25th anniversary of the Las Olas Wine and Food Festival has arrived! Fans of the event and those new to the experience will enjoy some of South Florida’s most prestigious culinary talent from over 50 restaurants and vendors. Additionally, more than 40 wineries and breweries will add to the fun with their delicious libations. Other exciting to-dos are a silent disco party aboard a Celebrity Cruises ship, an outdoor speakeasy, and yummy desserts from various vendors. The event benefits the American Lung Association, which aims to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease through education, advocacy, and research.

GOT THE BLUES? HAVE SOME BBQ
April 4-5
redlandfruitandspice.com

Embark on a short weekend getaway as you make the trip to Fruit and Spice Park in the Redlands. The Redland Blues and Barbecue Festival is one of the most cherished events for the whole family thanks to its delectable offerings and family-friendly activities. Award-winning BBQ will be on-site for guests to devour as well as some lovely blues and country music to set the mood. To follow the theme, pony rides will allow kids to activate their inner cowboy or cowgirl, while a classic car and motorcycle show will entertain parents. The best part? It’s two days long! Head back the second day for even more barbecued goodness!

ROCKIN’ ON THE BEACH
April 17-19
tortugamusicfestival.com

One of South Florida’s best music events, Tortuga Music Festival, is back for another year of fun in the sun! Tons of music lovers come out to the sands of Fort Lauderdale Beach to experience the festival, but also to help raise money for ocean conservation. A portion of the proceeds from the event go towards the Rock The Ocean Foundation, which was created by Tortuga to generate awareness and keep the ocean clean. This year’s lineup includes Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Tim McGraw, Pitbull, Vanilla Ice, Barenaked Ladies, and more! Make sure to surf on over and prepare to rock out!

ONCE IN A LIFETIME
April 25-26
nostalgiacon80s.com

Do you want to be like Madonna and get into the groove? If so, the perfect event for you is coming to Miami. RetroPop Con Miami is an 80’s pop culture convention that will take place at Mana Wynwood Convention Center. Slide on your leg warmers and fire up that boombox if you want to participate in the cosplay fashion show and competition. If that’s not your thing, enjoy plenty of other rad offerings like concerts, celebrity meet and greets, The National Boombox Museum, an 80’s car show, and even a 90’s Throwback Lounge, to help get you in the mood for the future 90’s Pop Culture Convention!

JUMP INTO JURASSIC PARK
Until May 25
mods.org

Dinosaur lovers and parents of dinosaur lovers: listen up! The Museum of Discovery and Science is bringing the prehistoric creatures back to the 21st century with “Expedition: Dinosaur!” Life-size animatronic dinosaurs will allow guests to experience what a real dinosaur looked like back in the days where they roamed free and abundantly. The huge, engaging dinosaurs will interact with the crowd and will feature different types like Velociraptors, Stegosauruses and Triceratopses. There will also be educational content like a digital sandbox, a paleontologist camp, and even a robot that allows guests to manipulate dinosaur eggs. Come out for a dino-mite time!

By Aaliyah Pasols