Are they there yet? No one loves the annual interaction we have with snowbirds more than I. How else would I know about real pizza and how much happier Giancarlo Stanton is playing real baseball?
I have learned that Dunkin’ Donuts coffee tastes better in Boston and that I haven’t had Cuban like they get in Philly at Alma de Cuba (Douglas Rodriguez!). So helpful.
Sadly, this is about the time that many snowbirds leave here for there. With spring temperatures still dipping into the 30s in New York and Boston, let’s hope they stay warm. One longtime acquaintance from “Strong Island” (never gets old) said he felt as if things were slowing down in South Florida, anyway.
It is out of respect that I do not tell him that, long ago, we decided to delay many of our favorite events until April, when the snowbirds are gone. Here are a few:
April 2: A Marine who served five tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan and received the Silver Star, the Bronze Star for Valor and the Purple Heart, Elliot Ackerman will discuss his Syria-set novel “Dark at the Crossing,” a National Book Award finalist, at Books and Books in Coral Gables. BooksAndBooks.com
April 2: South Florida’s version of the Tonys, the 2018 Carbonell Awards will celebrate the best in local theater at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts in Fort Lauderdale. Productions by Miami’s Zoetic Stage (“Sunday in the Park With George”), Fort Lauderdale’s Slow Burn Theatre (“The Secret Garden”) and Palm Beach Dramaworks (“Sweeney Todd”) lead the nominees. CarbonellAwards.org
April 6: Florida Georgia Line, Keith Urban and Eric Church are the headliners at the 2018 Tortuga Music Festival, the sixth annual oceanfront hootenanny April 6-8 at Fort Lauderdale Beach Park. TortugaMusicFestival.com
April 6: Miami City Balletpresents its season-ending Program Four, featuring George Balanchine’s “Apollo” and “La Valse,” and the company premiere of Alexei Ratmansky’s “Concerto DSCH.” Performances are April 6-8 at the Kravis Center in West Palm Beach, April 13-15 at the Arsht Center in Miami and April 28-29 at the Broward Center in Fort Lauderdale. MiamiCityBallet.org
April 7: The 20th edition of the Afro Roots World Music Festival at the North Beach Bandshell in Miami Beach will feature the Sun Ra Arkestra in full costume and a songbook from Saturn. RhythmFoundation.com
April 7: All your favorite beers (from 150 breweries) and beer games (including beer-in-hand H.O.R.S.E.) can be found at the Sprung! Beer Festival at Wynwood Marketplace in Miami. SprungBeerFest.com
April 8: From the 2018 Winter Games in Pyeongchang to Sunrise, top U.S. figure skaters including Nathan Chen, Ashley Wagner and Karen Chen will entertain at the BB&T Center in “Stars on Ice.” TheBBTCenter.com
April 8: The 10th annual Miami Beach Gay Pride Parade provides an exclamation point for a week of events beginning April 2. The Sunday-afternoon processional will include dozens of floats, grand marshals Gus Kenworthy, the Olympic freestyle skier, and NBC6 personality Roxanne Vargas, as well as music from Thelma Houston and Taylor Dayne. MiamiBeachGayPride.com
April 11: The work of an all-female team, with music and lyrics by pop singer Sara Bareilles (“Brave”), “Waitress” is at once “empowering” and an “intimate Broadway musical of the highest order” (Chicago Tribune). Catch it April 11-22 at Fort Lauderdale’s Broward Center. BrowardCenter.org.
April 12: The show people may be talking about for the rest of 2018 stars Lordeand the music of her transfixing 2017 album, “Melodrama,” along with Run the Jewels and Mitski, at AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami. Ticketmaster.com
April 12: Perez Art Museum Miami will open the fútbol-focused exhibition “The World’s Game: Fútbol and Contemporary Art” with an outdoor-indoor party featuring happy-hour drinks and entertainment from DJ Esta, Bateria Unidos de Miami Samba and Batucada, along with a set of electrópico from Mr. Pauer. PAMM.org
April 13: Surf guitar legend Dick Dale brings note-bending prowess to the Culture Room in Fort Lauderdale with locals Octo Gato and the Riot Act as openers. CultureRoom.net
April 13: The Delray Affair art festival, a fixture on the South Florida cultural scene for 56 years, returns to downtown Delray Beach April 13-15. Among the entertainment to look forward to will be Sosos and Taylor Road. DelrayAffair.com.
April 13: The exhibition “Constructing Revolution: Soviet Propaganda Posters From Between the World Wars” is a survey of urgent and iconic graphic design produced as a response to political chaos, up April 13- Aug. 12 at the Wolfsonian-FIU museum in Miami Beach. It will be presented with a complementary library installation, “Red and Black: Revolution in Soviet Propaganda Graphics.” Wolfsonian.org
April 14: There’s no place like om (sorry) during the Yoga Expo, filling the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center with instructors, vendors and classes from expert-level to first-timer. TheYogaExpo.org
April 14: Latin-music stars Pitbull, Luis Fonsi, J. Balvin and Daddy Yankee will bring the energy and plenty of crossover hits to MiamiBash at AmericanAirlines Arena. Ticketmaster.com
April 18: Veteran newsman Dan Rather will try to make sense of things at the Broward Center in Fort Lauderdale as part of the Broward College Speaker Series. BrowardCenter.org
April 19: The Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach will theme its Thursday evening Art After Dark gathering to body positivity in art and culture. This includes a 6:30 p.m. screening of the anti-body-shaming documentary “Fattitude,” with a post-film discussion by director Lindsey Averill, who has a doctorate in comparative studies from Florida Atlantic University. Norton.org
April 20: Wu Tang Clan’s RZA and Odd Future alum Earl Sweatshirt lead the lineup at the 420-inspired III Joints, an 18-and-older, 4 p.m.-4 a.m. festival from the organizers of III Points, at Lemon City Studios in Miami. IIIPoints.com
April 20: A new live-music series called Home Grown gets off the ground on Old School Square in Delray Beach with performances by local favorites the Heavy Pets, Spred the Dub and Fireside Prophets. OldSchoolSquare.org
April 20: The Spam Allstars bring their distinctly Miami musical mofongo to the Arts Garage in Delray Beach. ArtsGarage.org
April 20: The 23rd annual Las Olas Wine and Food Festival will take over downtown Fort Lauderdale’s main tourist drag to raise money for the American Lung Association. There will be no beer-in-hand H.O.R.S.E. LasOlasWFF.com
April 21: The Earth Day celebration comes a day early at Wynwood Yard in Miami, with music from Keith Johns, yoga, cooking demonstrations, vendors and bar specials sending money back to environmental nonprofits (Delray Beach’s Saltwater Brewery will be represented). TheWynwoodYard.com
April 21: The Eagles, in their current iteration of Don Henley, Joe Walsh, Timothy B. Schmit, Vince Gill and Deacon Frey, son of the late Glenn Frey, will be joined by Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens. Ticketmaster.com
April 21: Violinist Yo-Yo Ma leads his forward-looking Silkroad Ensemble in music dedicated to “a more hopeful world” at the Kravis Center in West Palm Beach. Kravis.org
April 21: Colombian-born rocker and humanitarian Juanes, still the most important Latin artist making music today, brings his Amarte Tour (with opener Mon Laferte) to AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami. Ticketmaster.com
April 21: The Hatsume Fair, the annual Japanese spring festival, sprawls across the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens in Delray Beach April 21-22. You’ll find Japanese entertainment, games, street food, art and craft making. Beware: There is an anime costume contest. Facebook.com/Morikami.
April 25: Pink will deliver hard-pop anthems “What About Us,” “Try,” “Just Like Fire” and “So What” at the BB&T Center in Sunrise on her Beautiful Trauma World Tour. TheBBTCenter.com
April 26: Grunge icon Dave Grohl and the Foo Fighters offer music from a new album, “Concrete and Gold,” at the Coral Sky Amphitheatre in West Palm Beach. LiveNation.com
April 28: Red-hot comedian John Mulaney has pushed his original April 21 Kid Gorgeous tour stop at the Hard Rock Event Center in Hollywood back a week due to “a very exciting, but last-minute series of television commitments.” MyHRL.com
April 28: Ozzy Osbourne, Godsmack, Five Finger Death Punch, Stone Sour, Shinedown, Stone Temple Pilots and Breaking Benjamin lead two dozen acts at the two-day Fort Rock Festival April 28-29 at Markham Park in Sunrise. FortRockFestival.com
April 28: Florida Grand Opera closes its season with “Florencia en el Amazonas,” a work inspired by the magical realism of Colombian novelist Gabriel García Márquez. The first Spanish-language opera commissioned by a major U.S. opera company will be performed April 28-29 and May 1, 4-5 at the Arsht Center in Miami. FGO.org
April 30: “Cold Mountain” novelist Charles Frazier reads from his new Civil War-set book, “Varina,” at Books and Books in Coral Gables. BooksAndBooks.com.