Any self-respecting Floridian knows that, contrary to popular belief, summer down south is a sorely underrated time of year. As milder temperatures disappear, we also get to say goodbye to hoards of spring-breaking tourists and terrible beach traffic.
Things might slow down in summer, but that's not necessarily a bad thing, especially considering South Florida's ever-expanding menu of year-round arts, culture, and nightlife offerings. Need proof? Check out this list of this summer's can't-miss events. From ballet and theater to film screenings and festivals, there's a bit of something on deck for everyone this June through August.
Indie Craft Bazaar: Art & Handmade Festival. This long-running, single-day event celebrating local artisans and small businesses describes itself "like stepping into an in-real-life Etsy." Returning to its home at Revolution Live in downtown Fort Lauderdale, the massive craft fair (the largest of its kind in Broward County) boasts more than 65 artists, designers, and artisans, plus DIY activities, food, drink specials, and giveaways. Arrive early for a chance to snag a free swag bag. 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday, June 9, at Revolution Live, 100 SW Third Ave., Fort Lauderdale; indiecraftbazaar.com. Tickets cost $5.
browardcenter.org. Tickets start at $40 via ticketmaster.com.
wiltonmanorsstonewall.com. Tickets start at $5 via eventbrite.com.
FlockFest. Launched by a small group of friends in 2015, FlockFest has grown from an intimate gathering into a full-fledged non-profit whose main objective is to raise money for local charity groups through its colorful daytime beach parties, now boasting over 500 floats and 1800 attendees. Bring your own float and enjoy access to the open bar, or purchase a Flamingo Package ticket that also includes a float blown up and ready to go, plus all kinds of FlockFest swag. It's a great excuse to cool down and party responsibly, with proceeds benefitting Renand Foundation, Julian's Fountain of Youth, and United Dog Rescue. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, July 6, at Sebastian Beach, Fort Lauderdale. Ticket start at $75 via flockfestevents.org.
Jurassic Quest. Billed as the largest and most realistic dinosaur event in North America, Jurassic Quest lands in West Palm Beach this summer for a weekend of dino-sized family fun. Highlights include brand-new, 24-foot Carnotaurus and T-Rex rides and over 80 different dinosaurs ranging from life-sized, moving and "breathing" Spinosaurus, Apatosaurus, Triceratops, Giganotosaurus, Pinocchio rex, Dracorex, Ouranosaurus, and others. Activities also include fossil digs, science stations, and a dino petting zoo. Friday, August 16 through Sunday, August 18, at Expo Center at South Florida Fairgrounds, 9067 Southern Blvd., West Palm Beach; 936-588-3332; jurassicquest.com. Tickets start at $20 via maingatetickets.com.
palmbeachzoo.org. Tickets start at $16.95 for non-member adults (13+).