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Fairs & Festivals

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

MIAMI LANTERN LIGHT FESTIVAL

Through Jan 8. Celebration of Chinese culture featuring massive lanterns, inspiring performances, food and more. Miami-Dade County Fair Expo Center, 10921 SW 24 St., Miami. Adults, $23; ages 2-15, $19. lanternlightfestival.com

ART BASEL MIAMI BEACH

Through Dec. 4. International modern and contemporary art fair showcasing over 269 galleries. Miami Beach Convention Center, 1901 Convention Center Drive, Miami Beach. Tickets start at $34. 305-674-1292 or artbasel.com/miami-beach

MIAMI STREET PHOTOGRAPHY FESTIVAL 2016

Through Dec. 4. The festival and exhibitions will feature world-class photographers, exhibitions, lectures, workshops, photo walks, and portfolio reviews. HistoryMiami Museum, 101 West Flagler Street, Miami. miamistreetphotographyfestival.org 

PINTA MIAMI

Through Dec. 4. Specially selected exhibitors display contemporary and modern pieces of art from Portugal, Latin America and Spain. In addition to the exhibitions, the fair includes a debate portion meant to inspire discussion about Miami's relationship with Latin American art. The event coincides with Art Basel in Miami. Mana Wynwood, 2217 NW 5th Ave., Miami. $12-$18 donation suggested; ages under 12 free. pintamiami.com

MIAMI RIVER ART FAIR

Through Dec. 4. International showcase with exhibitions held in both indoor and outdoor venues. Fair displays pieces across several different media and includes an extensive sculpture mall on the banks of the Miami River. Dec. 2-4 complimentary tickets available online. Downtown Miami Convention Center, 400 SE 2nd Ave., Miami. miamiriverartfair.com

GARDENS HOLIDAY BAZAAR

Through Dec. 3. Shop for holiday gifts and décor. Burns Road Recreation Center4404 Burns Road, Palm Beach Gardens. Free admission. 561-630-1100 or pbgfl.com

SOUTH FLORIDA VEGFEST

Dec. 3. Noon. War Memorial Auditorium, Ft Lauderdale. $15. southfloridavegfest.com. Festival that showcases plant-based cuisine and cruelty-free products, food, community, and entertainment. War Memorial Auditorium, 800 NE 8th St., Fort Lauderdale. $15; parking, $6. 615-782-4000 or southfloridavegfest.com

INSANE INFLATABLE 5K MIAMI

Dec. 3. Obstacle race, made up solely of inflatable obstacles. 8 a.m. Miami-Dade County Fair and Exposition, 10901 SW 24 St., Miami. $60 general admission, all access pass $100. insaneinflatable5k.com/event/miami-fl/

BRICK FEST LIVE!

Dec 3-4. Brick Fest Live is a LEGO Fan Experience for enthusiasts of all ages. Featuring Lego Derby, mascot, reading rest area, shopping, inspiration station, theater, video games, brick wall, models, glow zone and more. Call or visit website for prices. Miami Airport Convention Center, 711 NW 72nd Ave., Miami. $22; children 2 and under free. 1-866-442-4433, events.brickfestlive.com

ORCHID GARDEN & GOURMET FOOD FESTIVAL

Dec. 3-4. Orchid displays, gourmet food trucks, live music, garden art and more. Members, $12; non-members, $15. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Bonnet House Museum and Gardens, 900 N. Birch Road, Fort Lauderdale. Bonnethouse.org

WOODSTOCK ARTS & CRAFTS FESTIVAL

Dec. 3-4. Arts and crafts displays as well as plant and nursery areas. In addition to all the shopping, there will be strolling entertainment, international foods and photo opportunities with Santa. Entry $5 or six cans of food per person, ages under 12 free. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Welleby Park, 11100 NW 44th St., Sunrise. Woodstockartsfest.com

RIPTIDE MUSIC FESTIVAL

Dec 3-4. Alternative & Classic Hits music, including Earth, Wind, & Fire, The Struts, B-52’s, Good Charlotte and many more. Presented by 104.3 The Shark, 101.5 LITE FM, 102.7 The Beach, and 790 The Ticket. Visit website for musical line up. Fort Lauderdale Beach, 1100 Seabreeze Blvd. Fort Lauderdale Tickets start at $49. 877-766-8162 or riptidefest.com

TOYS IN THE SUN RUN

Dec. 4. A motorcycle parade begins at Mardi Gras Casino and ends with a party at Markham Park in Sunrise with live music, vendors, classic car show, bike show, an international food court and refreshments. Each motorcycle rider is asked to bring an unwrapped toy for children in need. Gates open at 6:30 a.m. Markham Park and Target Range, 16001 W. State Road 84, Sunrise. $10 and one unwrapped toy per person, $20 without a toy. 954-357-8868 or toysinthesunrun.com.

BIRD FEST 2016

Dec. 4. Celebrate 100 years of protecting birds. Navigate Migratory Bird Trail, enjoy special bird activities like bird karaoke, dissecting owl pellets, building bird houses and more. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Zoo Miami, 1 Zoo Blvd., 12400 SW 152 St., Miami. Adults, $21.95; ages 3-12, $17.95. zoomiami.org/birdfest

PALM BEACH FOOD & WINE FEST

Dec. 8-11. Four-day foodie festival where residents and visitors can experience meals created by master chefs at various participating restaurants. Visit website for participating restaurants and more information. pbfoodwinefest.com

PARADISE CITY COMIC CON

Dec 9-11. featuring celebrity guests, comic book creators, voice actors, industry guests, cosplayers, artists, writers, panels, Q&A’s, films & shorts, costume & cosplay contests, vendors, parties, anime, workshops, video gaming and more. Fort Lauderdale Convention Center, 1950 Eisenhower Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale. Tickets start at $25. Kids 9 and under get in free with paying adult. 954-765-5900 paradisecitycomiccon.com

BUCKLER CRAFT FAIR

Dec. 10-11. Exhibition and selling of country, Victorian, Folk Art, Primitive, Southwestern, furniture, wood items, toys, dolls, bears, clothing and accessories, jewelry, gourmet delights, homemade fudge, Christmas items and more. $2 off admission coupon available on website. South Florida Fair Expo, 9067 Southern Blvd., West Palm. $7. Children 12 and under free. bucklercraftfair.com/west-palm.php

GREAT TRAIN EXPO

Dec 10-11. Largest traveling model train show in the country, featuring model railroads, train dealers, collectors, hands-on exhibits, demonstrations, workshops, and more. 10 a.m.-4p.m. Expo Center at the South Florida Fairgrounds, 9067 Southern Blvd., West Palm Beach. Adults, $9-$10; kids 11 and under free. trainshow.com

REPTIDAY FT. LAUDERDALE

Dec. 17. See live animals from around the world, purchase pets and pet products direct from the experts, and learn more about reptiles and exotic animals at live seminars and demonstrations. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Universal Palms Hotel, 4900 Powerline Road, Fort Lauderdale. Adult, $12, ages 5-12, $5. reptiday.com

WEKFEST FLORIDA 2016

Dec 18. Car enthusiasts festival featuring over 400 pre-screened European, Japanese, and Domestic aftermarket builds. 1-6 p.m. Palm Beach Convention Center, 650 Okeechobee Blvd, West Palm Beach. $20, children under 12 free accompanied by paying adult. wekfest-usa.com

THE POLAR EXPRESS TRAIN RIDE 2015

Through Dec. 24. Set to the sounds of the movie soundtrack, guests will enjoy warm cocoa and a treat while listening and reading along to the Polar Express story. Chefs aboard each car also lead passengers in singing Christmas carols Santa will board to greet each child and present them with a special gift. Train ride is 60 minutes. Gold Coast Railroad Museum, 12450 SW 152nd St., Miami. Tickets start at $35. Children under 2 are free, but must sit in adult's lap.  305-253-0063 or gcrm.org

4TH ANNUAL MIAMI INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN’S FILM FESTIVAL

Dec. 24-29. Premieres of new films from around the world. Parties, hands-on workshops for children, meet-the-filmmakers events, Family Fun on the Plaza and more. Visit website for full list of programs. Coral Gables Art Cinema, 260 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. gablescinema.com/festivals/micff-2016

KING MANGO STRUT PARADE

Dec. 31. Tongue-in-cheek parade with satirical costumes, marching bands and floats. This year’s theme: The Farce Awakens. Followed by King Mango Music Massacre. 2 p.m. Parade runs along Commodore Plaza, Main Highway and Grand Avenue, Coconut Grove. Free. 305-582-0955 or kingmangostrut.org

SANTA'S ENCHANTED FOREST

Through Jan. 8.  Over 100 rides, shows, games and attractions, South Florida’s tallest Christmas tree, lights, themed displays, Christmas music, and foods from around the world, live show entertainment and carnival rides. 5 p.m.-midnight daily. Tropical Park, 7900 SW 40th St., Miami. Adults, $31.78 plus tax; children 3-9, $22.43 plus tax. 305-559-9689 or santasenchantedforest.com

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