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Pumpkins & Palm Trees

We may not have falling leaves, but we can still celebrate the season with Pumpkins & Palm Trees. Happy Fall Ya’ll, from Fort Lauderdale Beach.

Pumpkins and Palm Trees Las Olas Oceanside Park Fall Fest
Date
October 20, 2023
Time
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Location
Las Olas Oceanside Park

Celebrate the season steps from the sand as the 3rd annual Pumpkins & Palm Trees Fall Fest returns to the LOOP, with an expanded weekend to celebrate the arrival of fall on Fort Lauderdale Beach.

SCHEDULE OF ACTIVITIES

Friday, October 20 | Movies by Moonlight

Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, family, friends, and pup for our Halloween Edition of Movies by Moonlight on the Main Lawn at Las Olas Oceanside Park. Come Early to capture the moment and take home photos in Scooby-Doo’s Mystery Machine Van,  Shop the Vendor Marketplace, or grab a bite in our Food Court for a Dinner and a Movie experience under the stars.

FREE. Family and pet-friendly. Costumes encouraged.
Limited Chairs and Blankets are available to borrow.

  • Film: Happy Halloween, Scooby-Doo (Not Rated)
    Scooby-Doo and Shaggy’s favorite holiday is upon us! With fake monsters and candy galore – Halloween is heaven for these hungry foodies going door-to-door. But, this year, their sweet holiday turns sour when the neighborhood pumpkin patch is infected by toxic ooze, creating high-flying jack-o-lanterns, and a king-sized pumpkin leader squashing everything in its path. It’s up to Scooby-Doo and the gang as they team up with their pals, Bill Nye The Science Guy, and Elvira Mistress of the Dark, to solve this mystery of gigantic proportions and save Crystal Cove!
  • 5 pm – 10 pm: Marketplace Vendors
  • 5 pm – 8 pm: Scooby Doo Mystery Machine Photo Booth
  • Movie begins at 7:30 pm (80-minute run time )
Saturday, October 21 | Happy HOWL-O-Ween at The MKT at Las Olas Oceanside Park

Get ready to unleash the Halloween spirit!

Join us for a pet-friendly experience filled with exciting activities, including an agility course, bobbing for tennis balls, and more, all designed for you and your furry friends to have a spooktacular time together. Don’t miss out on the chance to explore pet vendors, score awesome “treats”, and celebrate the season with your beloved pups.
You can even kick off your day with dog-friendly yoga or stick around for live music from 12 to 3.

9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

  • Sip, Shop, and Stroll Local Vendors, Makers, and Artisans
  • Snap Photos in the Pumpkin House and at Themed Photo Stations
  • Pick A Pumpkin from the Pumpkin Patch curated by Mr. Jack O’Lantern
    Pre-Order Your Pumpkin Decorating Kits for $10, via the “GET TICKET” Link.
    Pumpkin Kits include one (1) classic orange, all-white, or striped “Cantaloupe” Pumpkin, with a choice of a Mermaid, Shark, or Marine Life premium foam decorating kit.

9:30 AM – 10:45 AM

  • Yoga on the Lawn with Lisa Pumper. Pets down dog free, with a paid companion

11:00 AM – 2:00 pm – All About the Pups!

  • Agility Course and Tricks for Treats Demonstration presented by Dog Training Elite
  • Bobbing for Tennis Balls presented by PetWell Clinics
  • Great Giveaways from Bull Tug, Dog Drop, Fetch Pet Care, and Paws With Style, Pet Junction Magazine
  • Costume Parade of Pups
  • Hydrations Stations and Cool Zone

Live Music from 12 pm – 3 pm

Sunday, October 22 | 3rd annual Pumpkins & Palm Trees

Celebrate the harvest season under the sun and swaying palms at Las Olas Oceanside Park. The festive atmosphere and family-friendly event welcome everyone to enjoy tasty fall flavors, local vendors, live music, contests, and activities as we celebrate Fall’s arrival, Florida-style.

9:30 AM – 11:00 AM | 3rd annual “Best Pie in GFL” Competition
The LOOP has once again teamed up with Fort Lauderdale Magazine and Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association’s Broward Chapter to find the Best Pie in Greater Fort Lauderdale. Cheer on local professional and cottage industry bakers, and Broward School culinary students, as they show off their pumpkin spice and everything nice, with the opportunity to win cash and prizes. Enter Your Pie

Judging Panel

  • Emcees: Miriam Tapia, Community Reporter – NBC6 / Telemundo
    and chef Derek Kaplan, owner/founder of Fireman Derek’s Bake Shop
  • Deb Cay – Vice President, Fort Lauderdale Magazine
  • Sabrina Courtemanche – Executive Pastry Chef, Riverside Hotel
  • Alexis Frazier – Anchor, WPLG Local 10
  • Matt Meltzer – Writer, Thrillist Miami
  • Kristin Sanchez – Morning News & Traffic Anchor, NBC 6 Miami
  • Jesse Scott – Freelance Writer, Travel + Leisure, Thrillist, Condé Nast Traveler, New Times

10:00 AM – 3 PM

  • Sip, Shop, and Stroll Local Vendors, Makers, and Artisans
  • Snap Photos in the Pumpkin House and at Themed Photo Stations
  • Pick A Pumpkin from the Pumpkin Patch curated by Mr. Jack O’Lantern
    Pre-Order Your Pumpkin Decorating Kits for $10, via the “GET TICKET” Link.
    Pumpkin Kits include one (1) classic orange, all-white, or striped “Cantaloupe” Pumpkin, with a choice of a Mermaid, Shark, or Marine Life premium foam decorating kit.
  • Kids Arts & Crafts CORNer with Make & Take Spooky Pool Noodle Crafts, sponsored by Aqua Bliss Pools, and Spoon Scarecrows, sponsored by Max One Financial (while supplies last)
  • 1,600 sq ft. inflatable Corn Maze
  • Tabletop and Lawn Games

10:30 AM – 12:30 PM | Trick or Treat Trail
The Broward Center Spotlights will treat children ages 2 – 12 with both sweets and sweet tunes from popular theater productions.
Stick around for the band break at 1:15 when this talented group of aspiring talents takes to the stage for a spooktacular performance.

12:00 – 3 PM | Live Music: Joey Calderaio Band
South Florida’s rising reggae star, Joey Calderaio, effortlessly blends rock, reggae, and pop influences, amassing 1.3 million Spotify streams. Collaborations with artists like Nathan Aurora, Howi Spangler, and more, further bolstered his recognition. Adept in songwriting, production, and live-looping, Joey re-released his debut “Moving Mountains (Deluxe Edition)” in 2021, offering diverse covers and dub mixes. He dazzles on stage both solo and with his skilled band, with recent highlights at Sunfest 2022 and Reggae Rise Up FL 2021. Noteworthy partnerships include Ky-Mani Marley and Tribal Seeds. His latest album, “Chasing Constellations,” debuted in November 2022, cementing his musical journey.

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