Ten Memorial Day Parties to Kick Off Summer in Broward and Palm Beach

Ten Memorial Day Parties to Kick Off Summer in Broward and Palm Beach

Many spend the days leading into Memorial Day weekend securing sunscreen with just the right amount of SPF, nailing down out-of-town hotel reservations, or procuring enough Bubba Burgers to keep the guests at our megagrillout at bay. But for others, the prospect of having an extra day off doesn't consist entirely of beaches, babes, and hot dogs. Some of us want to rock out, cut the rug, and dig on some cool vibes late into the night. We're psyched about that extra little time to cure our ugly holiday hangovers but know we need to weigh our entertainment options wisely. Opportunities like this come around only a few times a year, after all. The melee of South Beach seems a bit daunting, so we've done the research on the best things to do this weekend to kick off summer the right way in Broward and Palm Beach counties.

It's about as far removed from a sunny-day layabout as one can get.

10. The 8th Ever '80s Prom

9 p.m. Sunday, May 25, at Respectable Street, 518 Clematis St., West Palm Beach. No cover. Call 561-832-9999, or visit respectablestreet.com.

Grab the Aqua Net and adjust your cummerbunds. The venerable West Palm Beach punk-rock institution Respectable Street invites you to revisit the '80s in what's now become a time-honored tradition on Clematis Street. Spiked punch will flow during the eighth-annual prom, and prizes for the best prom king and queen will be provided. It's like high school only with a much better crowd, a cooler venue, and a John Hughes theme. Don't miss the "cheesy" prom pics taken under the ballroom's covered archway.

9. Mr. Beefcake South Florida Competition

9 p.m. Saturday, May 24, at Bill's Filling Station, 2209 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors. Call 954-567-5978, or visit billsfillingstation.com.

You don't have to drive all the way to North Carolina to check out some bears this long weekend. Why not spend the night at Bill's Filling Station, where hairy, heavyset gentlemen abound. Expect an abundance of cuddly, hirsute men dancing to the sounds of DJ Kurt Jo. And for the crowned king of beefcakes, there's a $100 prize. Growl!

8. The Digitour: O2L

7 p.m. Wednesday, May 28, at Revolution Live, 100 SW Third Ave., Fort Lauderdale. Tickets cost $23 in advance plus fees, $25 the day of the show. Call 954-449-1025, or visit jointherevolution.net.

Haven't heard about Our2ndLife? You must be living under an old-man rock. Rest assured, your little sister knows all about this six-boy troupe of YouTube vlogging pranksters. They are the biggest thing to hit social media since cute cats. Join them this one night only as they partake in their usual shenanigans with comedy sketches and audience participation.

7. Great American Beach Party

10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, May 24, at Fort Lauderdale Beach, A1A and Las Olas Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale. No cover. Call 954-828-7275, or visit fortlauderdale.gov/GABP.

The fifth-annual Great American Beach Party comes with everything summer you could dream up: There's surf, sand, booze, bands, and sand castles. You can't forget about the sand castles, right? There will certainly be plenty of those awe-inspiring structures at the best sand castle contest, along with six live acts on two stages, a classic-car show, face-painting for the kids, and a military parachute jump in tribute to the U.S. Armed Forces. What could be more American than that?

6. Tattoo Mania West Palm Beach 2014

5 p.m to midnight, Friday, May 23; noon to midnight, Saturday, May 24; and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, May 25, at the Palm Beach County Convention Center, 650 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach. Tickets cost $20 for a one-day pass or $40 for all three days. Call 561-444-8218, or visit tattoomaniawpb.com.

Ink lovers, spend your holiday reveling in the beauty of body art at Tattoo Mania in West Palm Beach. With an expected 20,000 attendees, you will not be alone in your love of tats. Expect more than 500 industry-renowned tattoo artists, with our top-tier local shops represented and nationally respected parlors in attendance as well. There will be live music, a fashion show, and Ms. Tattoo Mania pageant with a $250 cash prize. Friday night, things kick off with the unveiling of artist-created autism canvas puzzle pieces that will be auctioned off Sunday. One hundred percent of those proceeds benefits the autism community.

5. Boris, with Lost Pieces

11 p.m. Saturday, May 24, at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino's Gryphon Nightclub, 1 Seminole Way, Hollywood. General admission is $20. Call 954-581-5454, or visit gryphon-club.com.

If you are more a bottle-service, slick-DJ-behind-the-one-and-twos-type person, then Gryphon is your best bet this Saturday night. Boris will represent. You may have caught him before at Miami's Club Space or top international nightlife destinations like Pacha and Crobar. EDM fans know they are in good hands with this guy. He's set to effuse four-on-the-floor magic on Memorial Day with Donnie Lowe, AKA Lost Pieces, by his side presenting smooth dance-floor bangers.

4. Indie Craft Bazaar: Spring Creative

Noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 24, at Revolution Live, 100 SW Third Ave., Fort Lauderdale. Admission of $5 comes with a free gift bag for the first 100 guests. Call 954-785-7475, or visit getupandcraft.com.

A pop-up craft fair that'll tickle every quirky craft-lovers' fancy. The Indie Craft Bazaar is not your grandma's macrame fair. Join more than 65 independent artists, designers, and stylists selling original artwork and handmade items. Also don't miss the $3 mimosas at the stocked cash bar. Gourmet sweets, including vegan and gluten-free options, will be for sale for those in the mood to gorge.

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