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Fairs & Festivals in South Florida

Looking for something to do with the kids? Check out these South Florida Fairs and Festivals.

CHINESE LANTERN FESTIVAL

Through Jan. 15. Handcrafted lanterns, live kung fu coaching and performances, Chinese folk artists, shadow puppetry, Asian cuisine, dinosaur rides and more. Wednesday-Sunday, 5:30-10 p.m. Central Broward Regional Park, 3700 NW 11th Place, Lauderhill. chineselanternfestival.com

MAGICAL SNOWFALL EXPERIENCE

Through Jan 7. Participants will be given wands to wave at the start of each nightly snowfall to unleash the blizzard and create the glistening winter wonderland. 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Dolphin Mall, 11401 NW 12th St., Miami. shopdolphinmall.com/events

30th ANNUAL LAS OLAS FAIR PART 1
Jan. 6-7. More than 1200 artists will display their artwork along Las Olas Boulevard. Free. 10 a.m. Between A1A and South Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale. artfestival.com

REPTIDAY
Jan. 6. Reptile show and sale. See live animals, purchase pets and pet products and learn more about reptiles and exotic animals at live seminars and demonstrations. Universal Palms Hotel, 4900 Powerline Road, Fort Lauderdale. repticon.com/florida/ft-lauderdale/

OSHOGATSU NEW YEAR CELEBRATION

Jan. 7. Come celebrate the Year of the Dog with games, customary rice-pounding, rice cake creating, a sado tea ceremony, hands-on calligraphy, New Year's card-making, fortune-telling, taiko drumming, dancing, koto performances, exhibits and more. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Morikami Museum & Japanese Gardens, 4000 Morikami Park Road, Delray Beach. $15; ages 4-10, $10. morikami.org

PARADISE CITY COMIC CON
Jan. 12-14. Celebrity guests, comic book creators, voice actors, cosplayers, Q&A’s, films & shorts, costume and cosplay contests, vendors, parties, anime, workshops, video gaming and more. Visit website for hours and prices. Miami Airport Convention Center, 711 NW 72nd Ave., Miami. paradisecitycomiccon.com

SOUTH FLORIDA FAIR
Jan. 12-28. Stage shows, concert performances, midway rides, shopping and fair food. $10 in advance and $15 at the gate for adults; $5 in advance and $8 at the gate for children. Ride wristbands are $20 in advance and $25 at the gate. South Florida Fairgrounds, 9067 Southern Blvd., West Palm Beach. southfloridafair.com

ZO’S FAMILY FUN DAY
Jan. 13. A 5K run/walk, health screenings, mini sports clinics (football, soccer, basketball), fitness classes, presentations, food demonstrations, and interactive zones with bounce houses, obstacle courses and rock climbing. Ages 7-16. Free. 9:30 a.m. North Miami Athletic Stadium, 2555 NE 151st St., North Miami. zoswintergroove.com

STONE CRAB & SEAFOOD FESTIVAL
Jan. 13. Celebrate South Florida’s seafood industry with food, drinks, music and hermit crab races. Free. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Esplanade Park, 400 SW Second St., Fort Lauderdale. goriverwalk.com

CHALK LIT
Jan. 13. Food trucks, music, interactive artwork, a children's chalking area, crafting with Blick Art Materials and live street art. Free. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Broward County Main Library Plaza, 100 S. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale. broward.org/Arts/PublicArt/Pages/Chalk-Lit.aspx

31st ANNUAL BOCA FEST AT THE TOWN CENTER MALL
Jan. 13-14. An art show featuring more than 200 creators. Free. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Town Center, 6000 Glades Road, Boca Raton. artfestival.com

SOUTH FLORIDA FOLK FESTIVAL
Jan. 13-14. More than 40 musicians, a songwriting competition, a jam area, food and crafts vendors, CD sales, raffles and more. $30-60. Jan. 13, 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Jan. 14, noon- 8 p.m. Broward Folk Club members, $30; non-members, $35. Hugh Taylor Birch State Park, 3109 E. Sunrise Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale. southfloridafolkfest.net

REDLAND HERITAGE
Jan. 13-14. The festival features local arts and crafts, historical exhibits, a large selection of tropical plants and food. Children’s activities include a petting zoo and pony rides. Adults, $8; children 11 and under, free. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Fruit & Spice Park, 24801 SW 187th Ave., Homestead. redlandfruitandspice.com/event/redland-heritage

12th ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL CHOCOLATE FESTIVAL
Jan. 19-21. Chocolate samples, demonstrations and a ChocoWalk exhibiting the life cycle of a cacao plant. Free for members. Nonmembers, $25 for adults; $18 for seniors, 65 and up; $12 for children ages 6-17; free for children 5 and under. 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, 10901 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables. fairchildgarden.org/Events-Community-Outreach/International-Chocolate-Festival

DESSERT WARS
Jan. 20. Tickets include deluxe dessert tastings from more than 30 vendors and a to-go box along with coffee and ice cold milk. Some vendors will offer gluten-free and/or vegan options. $20 per person. 5-7 p.m. FIU Arena, 1180 Southwest 113th Ave., Miami. dessertwarsmiami.com/

CHILI COOK-OFF 2018
Jan. 20. Food, drinks and a star-studded lineup of country music artists including Darius Rucker, Old Dominion, Big & Rich, Maren Morris, Midland and Brandon Lay. $56 per person. Parking is $20. Gates open at 8:30 a.m. Music starts at 10 a.m. C.B. Smith Park, 900 N. Flamingo Road, Pembroke Pines. wkis.radio.com/category/chili-cook-off

FLAMINGO FEST
Jan. 20-21. Flamingo-based art, entertaining street performances, tasty food and, of course, flamingos. $15-$18. 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Flamingo Gardens & Wildlife Sanctuary, 3750 S. Flamingo Road, Davie. flamingogardens.org

DOWNTOWN DELRAY BEACH FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS
Jan. 20-21. A juried art festival of hand-crafted artwork including glass, photography, painting, mixed media, fiber, jewelry and much more. Free. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. East Atlantic Avenue, Delray Beach. artfestival.com

ART FORT LAUDERDALE
Jan. 25-28. Board a water taxi to explore an art fair on the water. The journey stops at vacant multimillion-dollar waterfront properties that feature artists and galleries exhibiting various styles and methods of art. $36-$120. Las Olas Intercoastal Waterways, 76 Isle Bahia Dr., Fort Lauderdale. artftlauderdale.com

FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS
Jan. 27-28. More than 125 juried artists from all over the United States along with continuous live music, a variety of food vendors, refreshments, a student art exhibit and a kids' zone. Free. 10 a.m.-5p.m. Main Beach Parking Lot, 149 SE 21st Ave., Deerfield Beach. deerfield-beach.com /1182/Festival-of-the-Arts

RIVERWALK CHILI COOK OFF
Jan. 27. Live entertainment, vendors and fun activities for all to enjoy. $5 to sample chilis. Noon-4 p.m. Esplanade Park, 400 SW Second St., Fort Lauderdale. goriverwalk.com

FLORIDA JAZZ AND BLUES JAM
Jan. 27. Music Jam Productions presents performances by Dr. John & The Nite Trippers, The Devon Allman Project with Special Guest Duane Betts & Peter Levin, Kenny Neal and Marcia Ball. Adults, $65; children under 10, free. 3-11 p.m. Sunset Cove Amphitheater, 20405 Amphitheater Circle, Boca Raton. musicjamproductions.com/

ART FEST ON THE GREEN
Jan. 27-28. Painting, sculpture, ceramics, jewelry, mixed media, photography, artist demonstrations, live music, food trucks and a children’s art area. Free. Jan. 27, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Jan. 28, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Wellington Amphitheater, 12100 Forest Hill Blvd., Wellington. wellingtonfl.gov

CORAL GABLES FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS
Jan. 27-28. A juried art show featuring more than 200 artists with a Kidz Festival area. Free. Kidz Fest rides, $10-25. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Alhambra Plaza between Ponce De Leon Boulevard and LeJeune Road, Coral Gables. coralgablesartfestival.com/

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