November 2022 Fort Lauderdale Events: Thanksgiving, Veteran’s Day, Holiday Lights, Adam Sandler, Russell Peters, a Drone Show, and More Fall Fun

November 2022 Fort Lauderdale Events: Thanksgiving, Veteran’s Day, Holiday Lights, Adam Sandler, Russell Peters, a Drone Show, and More Fall Fun

Nov 01, 2022 November 01, 2022

Kick off the holiday season with a calendar full of events and a heart full of hope! FALL in love with our curation of Thanksgiving events, holiday lighting spectaculars, concerts, comedy acts, do-good events, and much more this month.

This November, Adam Sandler, Russell Peters, and Chelsea Handler are coming to town to lighten up the mood. Choose from four spectacular holiday lighting events at the LOOP, Galt, MLK, and Gulfstream Park. There’s a drone show, basket weaving class, and evocative art exhibits too if you’re looking to do something different.

Art Basel is coming next door to Miami by end-of-November as well. If you need help planning, take a look at our curation of Art Week fairs here. Or, read below for our complete list of Things to Do in Fort Lauderdale for November 2022:

Things to Do in Fort Lauderdale – November 2022 Events at a Glance

November 2022: In-Person Events in Fort Lauderdale

Fall & Holiday Season Spectaculars

Festivals & Expos

Art Events

Galas & Fundraisers

Music & Concerts

Theater & Movie Screenings

Outdoors & Nature Events

Things to do for Kids

Pet Events & Adoptions

Things to Do in Fort Lauderdale – November 2022 Events at a Glance

Special: Thanksgiving 2022 Events in Fort Lauderdale

Turkey Day is right around the corner and we have a quick curation of events to help you make the most of the holiday:

November 2022: Events in Fort Lauderdale

Fall & Holiday Spectaculars

Veterans Get in Free at the Bonnet House: November 11

Bonnet House Museum & Gardens, 900 N Birch Rd, Fort Lauderdale

Calling all Veterans! Take a step back in time to the 30s and 40s as you’re welcomed free of charge at the Bonnet House Museum with one full-paid, self-guided tour admission this Veteran’s Day.

Lauderdale-By-The-Sea Veteran's Day Ceremony: November 11

Jarvis Hall, 4505 N Ocean Dr, Fort Lauderdale

If a Veteran’s Day celebration is part of your fall tradition, then you can’t miss this annual ceremony. Expect to see the local fife and drum contingent, the Broward Sheriff’s Office Honor Guard & Rifle Volley, the Volunteer Fire Department’s Color Guard, and more at this special event.

Symphony in Lights at Gulfstream Park: November 12 – December 31

Gulfstream Park Village, 901 S Federal Hwy, Hallandale Beach

Ring in the holidays with more than 250,000 LED lights dancing to the tune of holiday favorites and other hits through December 31st. There will also be an opening night gala, selfies with Santa, snow, a brand-new Christmas tree, and lots of holiday cheer at the Gulfstream Park Village.

Light Up the Galt: November 17

Beach Community Center, 3351 NE 33rd Ave, Fort Lauderdale

Catch this annual tree lighting ceremony at the Galt Ocean Mile, complete with live music by the Fort Lauderdale Symphonic Winds, Santa time, a kid’s zone, festive eats, and more.

Light Up MLK: November 20

Annie Adderly Gillis Park, 601 Dr. Martin Luther King Blvd, Pompano Beach 

Kick off the holiday season with this beautiful tree lighting ceremony, complete with arts, crafts, and live musical performances by the likes of N2Nation Band and Musical Selections from Mr. Marcus Harry and Company.

Light Up the Beach: November 22

The LOOP - Las Olas Oceanside Park, 3000 E Las Olas Blvd, Fort Lauderdale

Head to the beach for a Florida-style holiday lighting event this November, complete with a 20-foot beach snowman! Expect 50,000 holiday lights, a kid’s zone with Santa, bounce houses, slides, pony rides, a holiday concert by the Bobby Rodriguez Orchestra, and more at this annual beach ceremony.

Wonderland Holiday Market Bazaar: November 27 – December 18

The LOOP - Las Olas Oceanside Park, 3000 E Las Olas Blvd, Fort Lauderdale


This year, support a local business as you go shopping for holiday décor, treats, and gifts at Las Olas Oceanside Park. This weekly bazaar will feature one-of-a-kind finds from local vendors, pop-up experiences, live entertainment, visits with Santa, themed photo opportunities, and much more on Sundays through December 18.

Fort Lauderdale November 2022 Festivals & Expos

Closing Gala - Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival: November 12

The LOOP - Las Olas Oceanside Park, 3000 E Las Olas Blvd, Fort Lauderdale

Head down to the Las Olas Oceanside Park for a memorable closing to the 37th Annual Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival. This special evening will feature a screening of “Groundswell,” performances by The Santori Show Band, great food, and an open bar under the stars. 

Drone Show Extravaganza: November 12

South of Pompano Beach Fisher Family Pier, 222 N Pompano Beach Blvd, Pompano Beach

You won’t want to miss this futuristic, immersive experience on the beach! Featuring 200 brightly lit drones, dramatically choreographed to perfection by world-class artists and engineers, it will be a spectacle to behold. Better still, some of the best local restaurants and hotels will be serving their specials during the show.

Fort Lauderdale November 2022 Art Events

Chono Thlee – Sparking a New Era in Seminole Art: November 6, 2022 – January 10, 2023

New River Inn, 231 SW Second Ave, Fort Lauderdale

Celebrating Native American Heritage, History Fort Lauderdale Museum will help showcase contemporary works by Seminole artists at the New River Inn all through to January 10. Curated by Tara Chadwick, the evocative exhibit will feature art by an intergenerational cadre of artists.

Basket Weaving Class: November 12

Bonnet House Museum & Gardens, 900 N Birch Rd, Fort Lauderdale

If you’d like to take your gifting skills to the next level, how about taking a basket weaving class before the holidays? This 4-hour workshop will help you weave and finish your very own wine basket, so all your gifts hold a special touch. 

Scott Covert - I Had a Wonderful Life Exhibit: November 20, 2022 – April 23, 2023

NSU Art Museum, 1 E Las Olas Blvd, Fort Lauderdale

Catch the first solo museum exhibition dedicated to artist Scott Covert. The artist’s 40-year-long practice was centered around the Victorian tradition of grave rubbing, lifting impressions off honorary reliefs on tombstones, leading to some highly inimitable Monument Paintings.

Fort Lauderdale November 2022 Galas & Fundraisers

Annual History Makers Fundraiser: November 10

Galleria Mall, 2414 E Sunrise Blvd, Fort Lauderdale

This fundraiser attempts to acquaint you with and honor Ted Drum and his extended family, who have been contributing significantly to Fort Lauderdale for generations.

Uptown 5K on the Runway: November 19

Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport, 1515 West Commercial Blvd, Fort Lauderdale

Let your compassion take flight as you join like-minded members of the community to support the Trustbridge Hospice Foundation. This one-of-a-kind 5K fun run/walk will take place on the airport's runway and be followed by fun and festivities at the Urban Village.

Annual Gulfstream Park YOUNG STARS SHOWCASE: November 20

Gulfstream Park Village, 901 S Federal Hwy, Hallandale Beach

This annual gala showcases extraordinary young singers from throughout South Florida. Head down to this signature event to enjoy some great melodies and help support the Aventura Marketing Council Education Foundation – a 30-year-old, not-for-profit business organization running a range of educational outreach programs.

Fort Lauderdale November 2022 Music & Concerts

Lunch with Art - Kirk Green: November 17

Ali Cultural Arts Center, 353 Dr. Martin Luther King Blvd, Pompano Beach

Just bring your lunch and let the music do the rest! Join Kirk Green - an award-winning bassist, composer, and filmmaker - for a soothing afternoon of soulful music that promises to melt your stress away with which each melody.

Fox Nation Patriot AwardsMonitor Music Awards at the Hard Rock Hotel: November 17 & 30

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, 1 Seminole Way, Hollywood

With two great awards nights scheduled this month, you’d definitely want to schedule in a night at the Hard Rock Hotel this November. Choose from the 4th Annual Patriot Awards by FOX Nation on the 17th or the 3rd Edition of the Monitor Music Awards by MonitorLatino on the 30th.

For more concerts and information, go here.

Fort Lauderdale November 2022 Theater & Movie Screenings

Adam Sandler, Russell Peters & Other Comic Acts at the Hard Rock Hotel: Throughout November

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, 1 Seminole Way, Hollywood 

Welcome to a laughing riot at the Hard Rock Hotel this November, as comedy heavyweights take over the stage:

  • Adam Sandler, Nov. 9. Bringing his unique brand of comedy to town, you won’t want to miss the A-lister’s side-splitting performance.
  • Russell Peters, Nov. 11. Are you ready to “Act Your Age”? Award-winning comedian, Russell Peters is bringing his highly successful world tour to the Hard Rock Hotel.
  • Daniel Tosh, Nov. 19. Comedy Central’s Daniel Tosh will be talking “trash” as part of his “Florida Trash Tour.”
  • Chelsea Handler, Nov. 20. She’s “Vaccinated and Horny,” as the longest-running female late-night talk show host brings her side-splitting comedy to town.
  • Tom Segura, Nov. 26. On his “I’m Coming Everywhere World Tour,” this Netflix regular will be bringing his natural and capable storytelling ability to the stage for a roaring time.

Holiday Traditions Around the World - Smart Stage Matinee Series: November 30

Amaturo Theater at The Broward Center, 581 W Las Olas Blvd, Fort Lauderdale

Get the kids to experience the magic of the holidays from around the world with this fast-paced, rollicking musical. Tap along to the songs and stories from Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and various other folklore and traditions in this special showing.

Fort Lauderdale November 2022 Outdoor & Nature Events

Green Market Opening & Bakery Day: November 12 & 26

Pompano Beach Cultural Center, 50 W Atlantic Blvd, Pompano Beach

Catch the grand opening of this “green” farmer’s market that will be showcasing the best of fresh fruits and vegetables, juices, local honey, seafood, baked goods, orchids, plants, health-related products and services, handmade crafts, and much more every second and fourth Saturday of the month. With a different theme each time, you won’t want to miss the delicious treats they’ll have laid out for “Bakery Day” on the 26th.

Special Family Day at the Bonnet House: November 19

Bonnet House Museum & Gardens, 900 N Birch Rd, Fort Lauderdale

Performing for the first-time post-pandemic, catch the Gold Coast Youth Orchestra during family day at the museum this November. The orchestra is dedicated to nurturing the musical abilities of talented youth in South Florida from elementary school through undergraduate school.

Fort Lauderdale November 2022 Things To Do For Kids

Sports Spectacular at MODS: Weekends in November

Museum of Discovery and Science, 401 SW 2nd St, Fort Lauderdale 

Let the kids fall in love with the science of sport this November! Exploring how physics plays a crucial role in sports, they’ll be encouraged to test their engineering and athletic skills by constructing a mini golf course, observing why balls fall at different speeds, experimenting, and even crafting a make-and-take cup and ball game.

Children’s Festival of the Arts: November 12

Broward Mall, 8000 W Broward Blvd, Ste 1208, Plantation

It’s an art extravaganza for the kids! Presented by the Young At Art Museum, this free art festival will showcase visual art and literary achievements by children and teens (grades K-12). Expect to meet the artists, purchase their works, create your own art, and play with interactive exhibits.

Flight of the Butterflies – Sensory-friendly Sundays: November 27

Museum of Discovery and Science, 401 SW 2nd St, Fort Lauderdale

Spend a fun Sunday, catching up on the migratory adventures of the monarch butterfly. Playing as part of the museum’s special Sunday series, kids will be allowed to sing, shout, and dance at this sensory-friendly screening for a truly fun time.

Fort Lauderdale November 2022 Pet Events & Adoptions

Mutts & Martinis: November 12

Esplanade Park, 400 Southwest 2nd St, Fort Lauderdale

Have a “pawsitively” good time with your four-legged pal as you attend this fun afternoon soiree. There will be a doggie fashion show, a peanut butter eating contest, pet-themed vendors, plenty of treats, and a variety of martini samples and light bites for the VIPs.

Farmers & Artisan Market with Live Pet Adoptions: November 13

MASS District, 844 Northeast 4th Ave, Fort Lauderdale

In addition to locally-sourced fresh produce & artisanal goods, this farmers market will feature live adoptions so you don’t have to wait to take home an adorable rescue. There will also be free yoga, live music, food trucks, and more for a family-friendly, fun Sunday.

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