Halloween Weekend things to do in South Florida Oct. 28-30

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These are confusing times. So many questions this weekend. The Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show is back: Should I bite the bullet on that 66-footer? (I keep hearing things about the economy, and the 52-foot center-console is just as cute.) Why are there still tickets available for Demi Lovato at Hard Rock Live? (Is it the economy?) Cimafunk is performing at the ArtsPark in Hollywood for free — is that a typo? What do drag queens wear on Halloween?

Boats and bao: The world’s largest in-water boat show takes over east Fort Lauderdale this weekend, filling all available dock space with yachts remarkable for their size and innovation (Italian shipbuilder Benetti will show off a new diesel-electric hybrid). Anything you want to know about FLIBS can be learned from the Sun Sentinel’s David Lyons, the Capt. Quint of the newsroom, whose reports are available at SunSentinel.com. My only tip is that tucked into the center of the show is G&B Oyster Bar, the longtime local favorite from Be Nice Restaurant Group that just reopened with a new chef and an inventive new menu. I will vouch for the very tasty Philly Lobster Bao. Visit GAndBOysterBar.com.

The Philly Lobster Bao at G&B Oyster Bar, which recently reopened on Fort Lauderdale beach.

He’s the Piano Man: Perennially popular Billy Joel is on his way back to Hard Rock Live at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood. Tickets for the Jan. 27 concert go on sale (starting at $105) at 10 a.m. Friday at MyHRL.com.

Friday concerts: Stevie Nicks’ show at 8 p.m. Friday at iTHINK Financial Amphitheatre in West Palm Beach is down to resale tickets ($62+ on the lawn). Go to LiveNation.com. … A few dozen tickets remain (starting at $87+) for Mexican pop stars Banda MS at Hard Rock Live, also at 8 p.m. Friday. Visit Ticketmaster.com. … Toadies’ long-delayed stop on their 25th anniversary tour for the album “Rubberneck,” joined by the Reverend Horton Heat, hits the Culture Room in Fort Lauderdale at 7:30 p.m. Friday and, unsurprisingly, is a hard sellout. Check for updates at CultureRoom.net.

Paint it Black: The Black Market Horror Fest will burrow its way into the Revolution Live complex in downtown Fort Lauderdale from 7 p.m. to 3 a.m. Friday and Saturday, filling the cavernous rock club and its sidebar, Stache, with hipster high jinks (the winner of the costume contest gets $1,000) and commerce in the alternative flea market. The event will include local bands (led by Jacuzzi Boys), burlesque, drag shows and DJs. Admission: $25 each night. Visit JoinTheRevolution.net.

Girls will be girls: Halloween Drag Bingo is set for 7 to 10 p.m. Friday at Compass Community Center in Lake Worth Beach — again, is Halloween easy for a drag performer, or does it present an extra challenge? I mean, the bar is pretty high, right? If you typically spend the night as Lady Gaga, does Halloween inspire you to dress as Ted Cruz? DeSantis? Scary … But I digress. The event will be hosted by the West Palm Beach-based, LGBTQ+ support group Transpire Help to raise money for its efforts to help locals in need of mental health care and substance abuse treatment. Visit Facebook.com/TranspireHelp.

Saturday concerts: Jakob Dylan and The Wallflowers will play Fort Lauderdale’s Culture Room at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, with general-admission tickets starting at $49.50+ at CultureRoom.net. Local rock trio Brothers of Others open. … Hoobastank and Lit perform at 7 p.m. Saturday at Fort Lauderdale’s Broward Center, with ticket starting at $35+ at BrowardCenter.org.

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Hollywood swingin’: Nobody does Halloween like Hollywood — a city that wears the nickname Hollyweird like a hat. The annual downtown block party known as Hollyweird Halloween returns on Saturday from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m., presenting a unique balance of family fun and the other kind. Early on, you’ll find Hollywood Boulevard (between 19th and 20th avenues) filled with candy stations, bounce houses and kids’ costume contests. At 9 p.m., the party continues with bars, bands and its famous adult costume contests (cash prizes, and the competition is fierce). Visit HollyweirdFestival.com.

Drinking with dogs: For many, Halloween is all about putting weird clothes on dogs. You can stand around with drinks and laugh at them during the 21-and-older BRK After Dark: Halloween Edition, from 7 p.m. to midnight Saturday at dog park-bar BRK Republic in downtown West Palm Beach. It includes a costume contest and optional all-you-can-drink partying ($40). Admission is free. Visit BRKhalloween2022.eventbrite.com.

Demi out loud: On her Holy Fvck Tour, arena star Demi Lovato is squeezing her provocative style and prodigious vocal talent into smaller rooms, including Hard Rock Live in Hollywood at 7 p.m. Sunday. At an Oct. 18 concert at the Beacon Theatre in New York, an NJ.com review described the show as a “hard-rock-heavy firestorm largely unrecognizable from any of the ‘Sorry, Not Sorry’ singer’s previous arena tours.” Surprisingly (am I the only one?), tickets remain for Lovato’s show at the Hard Rock, starting at $66+, at MYHRL.com.

Free Cimafunk: The best free option of the weekend will be the concert by fast-rising, Afro-Cuban vocalist Cimafunk at 7 p.m. Sunday at the ArtsPark in downtown Hollywood. He’ll share music from his hit album “El Alimento,” which features contributions from George Clinton, Lupe Fiasco, Chucho Valdés and CeeLo Green, among others. In a glowing profile of Cimafunk’s “frenetic joy ride” of an album, the New York Times compared him to the legendary Benny Moré. So this free all-ages concert, produced by The Rhythm Foundation, is an opportunity that may never happen again. Visit RhythmFoundation.com.

Cimafunk will play a free show at the Hollywood ArtsPark on Sunday.

Something different: Sunrise Paddleboards in Fort Lauderdale is hosting a guided, costumed river journey from 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday, with everyone in a Halloween getup getting a $25 gift certificate to use on their next visit. Best costume gets free paddleboarding for a year. Prices are $30 (bring your own board), $50 paddleboard or kayak, and $95 for a tandem kayak. Visit Instagram.com/sunrise.paddleboards.

Drinking with dogs II: In downtown Fort Lauderdale, dog park and beer garden BarkYard ‘N Brews will have a Halloween event from 4 to 9 p.m. Sunday, with music, drink specials, vendors and costume contests for the four-legged and two-legged. Visit Instagram.com/barkyardnbrews.

Staff writer Ben Crandell can be reached at bcrandell@sunsentinel.com. Follow on Instagram @BenCrandell and Twitter @BenCrandell.





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