South Florida Events in May: by Air, by Land, by Sea
Check out all of the action in South Florida during the month of May. Don’t forget about Cinco de Mayo or Mother’s Day!
Fleet Week Port Everglades
May 2-9 at Port Everglades, Fort Lauderdale
This annual Fort Lauderdale event allows visitors to tour the interior and exterior of active Navy and Coast Guard ships. The ships open to tours include a nuclear submarine, an amphibious assault ship, destroyers and a Coast Guard Cutter. Though the event is free, registration is required and there are only 12,000 available slots — so hurry!
Fort Lauderdale Air Show
May 7-8 at the Fort Lauderdale Beach
After a two-year break, this year’s Fort Lauderdale Air Show is a much anticipated event. One of the most interesting planes to zip by audiences is the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter, which will fly with a World War II P-51 Mustang fighter. The display of the unique F-35 will be the first time it has been shown at a civilian air show. Pilots and teams showing off their skills come from three nations: the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, the Canadian Air Force Thunderbirds and the Breitling Jet Team from France.
ON THE WATER
10th Annual Mother’s Day Dolphin Tournament
May 6-7 in the Middle Keys in the Florida Keys
Held during Mother’s Day weekend, this fishing tournament has anglers competing for the heaviest mahi mahi, also known as dolphin or dorado. There are three different competition classes consisting of pro, weekend warrior and Jr. Divisions. Tournament proceeds benefit Habitat for Humanity of the Middle Keys and all of the registration fees will be used to build four new affordable homes in Marathon.
Battle in the Bay Dragon Boat Festival
May 14 in Marathon, Florida Keys
Hosted at Sombrero Beach in Marathon teams of up to 20 paddlers in 40-foot-long dragon boats will race to take first place. The event features local, corporate and community teams from the southeast.The festival is free and open to the public. Food, beverages, merchandise and a variety of entertainment are to be available shoreside.
Stuart Sailfish Regatta
May 21-22 at North side of the Stuart Causeway bridge in Stuart
The two-day regatta is a racing event filled with hydroplanes, powerboats and race boats competing for prize money. The regatta is open to 10 classes of inboards, four classes of outboards and the Powerboat P1 SuperStock Series. Other activities include live music, kids events, food vendors and a swimsuit contest.
MUSIC + CULTURE
Key West Songwriters Festival
May 4-8 at various locations in Key West
This year marks the 21st annual event in which big names in several various music genres converge in the quirky streets of Key West. The four-day event will include intimate performances held on a variety of waterfront venues. Headliners include Robert Earl Keen, Jake Owen, Rhett Atkins and Natalie Hemby.
Dragons and Drums
May 7 at ArtsPark in Young Circle in Hollywood
Dragons and Drums is a free event celebrating local Asian-Pacific Americans that have come from a range Asian and Asian Pacific regions and countries like Japan, China, Hawaii, Tahiti and Indonesia. Held during the Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month, the event will include delicious food and performances by fire dancers, Japanese Taiko drummers, Hula dancers, Chinese lions and dragons, and much more.