Halloween is one of those holidays that really should last a month….or at least a week! Fortunately, after nearly a week of madness and mayhem, this year the festivities culminate on a Thursday. All the ghosts and ghouls will be heading down to Wilton Manors tonight and taking to the street on Wilton Drive, which will be closed all evening. Stroll up and down the Drive and admire the creative costumes, stop in for a drink or a bite to eat at one of the many bars and restaurants and don’t miss the entertainment on stage at 6th Avenue.Friday, 11/1
Broadway legend Chita Rivera is coming to South Florida this weekend to discuss her work on West Side Story with Jerome Robbins, Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim as part of Miami City Ballet’s Open Barre series. Appropriately, the popular Open Barre program includes an “open bar.” Dancers will also perform a sneak peak of the highly anticipated West Side Story Suite, which joins the company’s repertoire this season. Meet Rivera at the ballet’s studios, 2200 Liberty Ave. in Miami Beach, on Friday at 8 p.m. and Saturday at 2 p.m and 8 p.m. Tickets are $35 at MiamiCityBallet.org.Saturday, 11/2
Fort Lauderdale Beach is prepared for the biggest event of the year as billions of dollars in luxury yachts have been carefully staged for the 54th Annual Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, Oct. 31 – Nov. 4, one of the largest in the world. The rich and famous—and plenty of wannabes, too—will flock to Bahia Mar, 801 Seabreeze Blvd., to check out the exotic runabouts, sportfishers, high performance boats, cabin cruisers, express cruisers, sailing yachts, super yachts and more. This is definitely the place to see and be seen this weekend. Daily admission is $20 at ShowManagement.com.Sunday, 11/3
Come enjoy delicious cuisine from over 40 gourmet restaurants and more than 100 wines from around the world at the Seminole Hard Rock Wine & Food Festival in Hollywood. There will be something to satisfy every palate, from robust riojas to delicate chardonnays and juicy churrascaria to delicate cheesecakes. Enjoy music from local bands and or stop by one of the special lounges to chill out. Proceeds benefit the Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital. Tickets are $65 at TheWineAndFoodFestival.com or $75 at the gate. VIP tickets are also available for $125 and include early entrance, celebrity chef cooking demonstrations and more.Monday, 11/4
The best food and libations of Wilton Manors will be celebrated tonight from 6 – 9 p.m. at the 8th Annual Taste of the Island, presented by Rumors Bar & Grill. More than 50 area restaurants and bars will be dishing up or pouring their best at historic Richardson Park and Nature Preserve, 1937 Wilton Dr. This swanky soiree benefits several local charities including the Friends of the Wilton Manors Library, Historical Society, Kiwanis Club and Wilton Manors Development Alliance. Tickets are $30 at TasteOfTheIsland.org. Public parking is available at Hagen Park and handicapped parking is reserved at Richardson Park.Tuesday, 11/5
With three world-class performing arts centers and dozens of other venues located nearby, South Florida gays almost certainly can catch a show. But, until the season starts to wind up, you can get your fill of Broadway show tunes at Village Pub, 2283 Wilton Dr. Can’t wait for The Book of Mormon or The Wizard of Oz to make their way to the Broward Center? Hankering for a sneak peak at The Gershwins’ Porgy & Bess at the Kravis Center? Well, chances are VJ Galaxy will have clips to show and—the best part—he takes requests! Sing along starting at 8 p.m.