Friday, March 18
MIAMI-DADE COUNTY YOUTH FAIR
The ultimate day full of family fun offers almost 100 rides for both little ones and thrillseekers (check out the Screamer, Meltdown and Climb-N-Challenge), 50 games of skill, live shows and music, and delicious fair food such as the infamous giant turkey leg, caramel apples and elephant ears.
Details: Gates open at 3 p.m. Friday, and noon Saturday and Sunday, running through April 10, at Tamiami Park, Coral Way and Southwest 107th Avenue, Miami; www.fairexpo.com; $6 opening day, $10 online afterward, $14 at the gate, free for seniors, military personnel and kids 5 and under.
BIG NIGHT IN LITTLE HAITI
Monthly cultural celebration features the sounds of this Haitian folk band led by former Bel Jazz singer and guitarist Jean Levelt Vital. Before the music, enjoy The Big Read, during which Haitian-American authors, including M.J. Fievre and Fabienne Josephat, will read from their works. The family-friendly night also features delicious kreyol cuisine from Leela’s Restaurant and plenty of hands-on art activities for kids.
Details: 6-10 p.m. Friday at the Little Haiti Cultural Complex, 212 NE 59th Terr., Miami; 305-960-2969 or www.bignightlittlehaiti.com; $5 suggested donation, kids under 12 free.
Still going strong at 76, this Grammy-winning singer-songwriter and social activist lights up the evening with folk standards and hits including “Both Sides Now” and “Send in the Clowns.”
Details: 8 p.m. Friday at the Coral Springs Center for the Arts, 2855 Coral Springs Dr.; 954-344-5990 or www.coralspringscenterforthearts.com; $32.86-$92.22.
Saturday, March 19
FLORIDA RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL
Get ready for the latest Ren-Fest chapter, with the sixth of seven themed weekends through March 27. This time it’s “Time Travelers’ Weekend,” which is dedicated to adventurers across the millennia, with Steampunk Saturday and pioneers, aliens, Browncoats, Federations and Empires on Sunday. In between, enjoy more than 100 costumed performers, 10 stages with continuous entertainment and 20 stage acts from around the world.
Details: 10 a.m.-sunset Saturday and Sunday, running on weekends through March 27, at Quiet Waters Park, 401 S. Powerline Rd., Deerfield Beach; www.ren-fest.com; $21, $9 kids 6-11, free for 5 and under.
SKANK IT UP
LESS THAN JAKE
Ska-punk band from Gainesville storms the stage for two nights, performing fan faves and inspired covers (Cheap Trick’s “Surrender,” anyone?), plus tracks from its eighth studio album, “See the Light.”
Details: 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Culture Room, 3045 N. Federal Hwy., Fort Lauderdale; www.cultureroom.net; $18.
HE’S YOUR BOOGIE MAN
KC & THE SUNSHINE BAND
Miami homeboy Harry Wayne Casey and his funked-up pop-R&B-disco band perform classic hits from their extensive repertoire, including “Get Down Tonight,” “That’s the Way (I Like It),” “Boogie Shoes,” “I’m Your Boogie Man,” “(Shake, Shake, Shake) Shake Your Booty,” “Keep It Comin’ Love,” “Please Don’t Go” and “Give It Up.”
Details: 8 p.m. Saturday at the Hard Rock Live Arena at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, 1 Seminole Way, near Hollywood; Ticketmaster; $49-$69.
BRING THE NOISE
Electrifying, eight-member percussion troupe uses everything but conventional instruments – matchboxes, wooden poles, brooms, garbage cans, Zippo lighters, hubcaps – to fill the stage with magnificent rhythms. This explosive, inventive, provocative, witty and utterly unique show is an unforgettable experience for audiences of all ages.
Details: 8 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday at Lauderhill Performing Arts Center, 3800 NW 11th Place, Lauderhill; www.lpacfl.com; $38.10-$64.60.
GET WELL SOON
Bestselling author, physician and world-renowned mind-body healing pioneer – whom Time magazine calls “the poet-prophet of alternative medicine” shares his wisdom regarding physical, mental, emotional, spiritual and social wellness.
Details: 8 p.m. Saturday at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, Au-Rene Theater, 201 SW Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale; 954-462-0222 or www.browardcenter.org; $45-$150.
SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER
Dust off your white leisure suit and get down to this coming-of-age tale of young Tony Manero who learns the value of life in 1970s Brooklyn, based on the 1977 movie starring John Travolta and legendary Bee Gees hits including “Stayin’ Alive,” “Night Fever,” “Jive Talking,” “You Should Be Dancing” and “How Deep is Your Love.” Stick around for the post-show disco party.
Details: 8 p.m. Saturday at the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center, 10950 SW 211th St., Miami; 786-573-5300 or www.smdcac.org; $37.50-$80; $5 age 13-22 through CultureShockMiami.com.
Sunday, March 20
GET CRABBY – IN A GOOD WAY
DEERING SEAFOOD FESTIVAL
Think you might hear the joke “Sea Food, Eat It” a few times at this 12th-annual festival, featuring – you guessed it – the freshest seafood dishes in South Florida? In between stuffing your face, enjoy celebrity chef demonstrations, live entertainment including a Bahamian Junkanoo parade and steel drummers, plenty of adventures for kids, stilt-walkers, pontoon boat rides and much more.
Details: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday at the Deering Estate at Cutler, 16701 SW 72nd Ave., Miami; www.deeringestate.org; $15 in advance, $25 at the gate, $5 kids 4-14.
BROADWAY CONCERT SERIES
“Ugly Betty” fans loved her as the irrepressibly witchy boss Wilhelmina Slater, but she’ll show a much nicer side as she hits the stage with host, pianist and SiriusXM Radio star Seth Rutdetsky for a night of show tunes, show-biz talk and pop hits including “Save the Best for Last.”
Details: 8 p.m. Tuesday at Parker Playhouse, 707 NE 8th St., Fort Lauderdale; www.parkerplayhouse.com; $46.50-$126.50.
Hugely influential British ‘80s band that combined post-punk sounds with electronic beats takes the stage in support of “Music Complete,” its ninth studio album and first in more than a decade. You’ll also hear classics including “Blue Monday,” “True Faith,” “Regret” and “Bizarre Love Triangle.”
Details: 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Fillmore Miami Beach at Jackie Gleason Theater, 1700 Washington Ave., Miami Beach; LiveNation.com; $68.50-$86.50.
JAM ON IT
World fusion band often pigeonholed as a one-hit wonder for the infectious “Send Me On My Way” offers so much more, with rich, Grateful Dead-style bluegrass-rock and spirited percussion.
Details: 9 p.m. Wednesday at Revolution Live, 200 W. Broward Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; www.jointherevolution.net; $22 advance, $25 day of show.
Actor and comedian best known for his work in the “Rush Hour” and “Friday” film franchises returns to his first love – stand-up comedy.
Details: 8 p.m. Thursday at the Hard Rock Live Arena at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, 1 Seminole Way, near Hollywood; Ticketmaster; $50-$70.
free for all
FLORIDA TURKISH FESTIVAL
11 A.M.-7 P.M. SUNDAY: Enjoy performances by a folk dance group from Istanbul, live music by singer Aylin Tasci and her orchestra from Turkey, musician Ilhan Ozulu from California, and a belly-dancing show, plus succulent Turkish foods and plenty of kids’ activities; ArtsPark at Young Circle, Hollywood Boulevard and US 1, Hollywood; www.floridaturkishfestival.org.