Things to Do & Know
A recurring feature in our monthly newsletter...
Each month we'll be bringing you a curated list of the Top Things to Do & Know in Boca Raton. With the month of April being Earth Month, the City is "going green" and hosting a variety of events that include sustainable activities, programs and initiatives from intracoastal adventures with Gumbo Limbo to a brand new community event, SpringFest!
1. Celebrate Water Conservation Month
This April marks the 20th Anniversary of Water Conservation Month. April is traditionally known as one of the driest months of the year, so the Utility Services Department especially encourages conservation throughout April, in addition to year-round conservation. To learn how to help conserve water at home, visit the Utility Services Department.
2. Food Truck Friday Returns, April 5
The next Food Truck Friday is April 5 at the Wildflower Property. Bring your appetite as the City features popular food trucks and live music on the first Friday of every month in Spring!
On each date, a different local park will be showcased and food trucks will bring sweet and savory dishes to make for the perfect lunchtime outing!
For more information, visit Food Truck Fridays Opens a New Window. .
3. SpringFest (NEW City Event), April 6
Help us celebrate the start of the Spring season with the first annual SpringFest on April 6 at Spanish River Park from 10am - 3pm! Free activities will include egg hunts, face painting, glitter tattoos, lawn games, arts & crafts, and a petting zoo! Photos with the Easter Bunny or a live mermaid will be available for $5. The festival will also feature a green market with fresh produce, flowers, locally made products, recycling activities, and educational booths to promote sustainability in conjunction with Earth Month.
In addition to the day’s activities, the mainstage will host a full lineup of live musical performances by local bands and musicians including The Helmsmen, Fireside Prophets, Six Foot Swell Surfband, Chantil Dukart and Pure Mutt. Food and beverages will be available for purchase at one of the many food trucks in attendance. For more information, visit SpringFest or Boca Raton Special Events Facebook.
4. Intracoastal Adventures - Stand Up Paddleboarding, April 7
Join Gumbo Limbo in a whole new way to see the intracoastal! Intracoastal Adventures takes you stand up paddling on April 7 from 9am - 11am at Gumbo Limbo Nature Center.
Join them for a fun paddle along the mangroves as paddle boarders look for fish, turtles, and manatees! This is a guided tour for participants comfortable standing and paddling on a paddle board. Must have previous stand up paddle boarding experience. Ages 12-adult; children under 18 must sign-up and participate with an adult.
5. Frost Museum at Patch Reef Park, April 8
Come and explore the Frost Museum at Patch Reef Park on April 8 from 9am - 3:45pm. Explore the fascinating science behind vibrant ecosystems, the miraculous human body and mind, the adventure of flight and the frontier of innovation and technology with this self-guided tour of the Frost Science Museum. We will then enjoy the Frost Planetarium – one of the most advanced spaces like it in the U.S. – with its cutting edge 250 seat auditorium which takes you on visual joyrides that both thrill and educate. Tickets are $45 per person.
6. One Book Boca Author Talk and Book Signing, April 13
Join bestselling author Chitra Banjeree Divakaruni for an author talk and book signing of her internationally acclaimed book, "One Amazing Thing" at One Book Boca event on April 13 from 4pm - 6pm at the Downtown Boca Raton Public Library.
Divakaruni’s book was chosen as this year’s One Book Boca community reading experience. In "One Amazing Thing," when an earthquake traps them together, nine disparate people decide to share “one amazing thing” from their lives—a personal tale they’ve never told anyone before.
Books will be available for purchase and signing after the talk. There will also be a Community Discussion with a special guest on April 18. For more information or to register, please visit the Boca Raton Public Library or Facebook.
7. Run for Sea Turtles 10K & 1-Mile, April 14
Be active and run for sea turtles at Gumbo Limbo's 10K & 1-mile on April 14 at Gumbo Limbo Nature Center. The 10K run is a certified course and is chip timed and begins at 7:15am. Awards offered for the race are: Top 3 male/female overall, Top masters and 3 deep awards in 5 year age groups, 14 & under to 80+.
The 1-mile walk/run is a non-competitive fun event with no chip timing or awards and begins at 7:20am (strollers are welcome). Race proceeds will benefit the Friends of Gumbo Limbo Sea Turtle Rehabilitation and Conservation. T-shirts are available to all who pre-register. Post race food and raffle prizes will be available!
8. FAU Research in Action, April 18
With a focus on sustainability this month, the Downtown Boca Raton Library will be hosting FAU Research in Action: "The Stories We Tell About Climate Changes and Energy," with Stacey Balkan, PhD on April 18 from 2pm - 3pm.
Dr. Stacey Balkan, a FAU assistant professor of Environmental Literature and Humanities and an affiliate faculty member of FAU's Peace, Justice and Human Rights Initiative will discuss alternatives to petroleum, survival in the face of extreme global climate changes, fossil fuel use history, Anthropocene origins and making a difference in our community.
9. Great American Cleanup, April 27
Join Gumbo Limbo and millions across America for the nation’s largest community service program! Get involved by signing up for a beach or mangrove clean up with Gumbo Limbo Nature Center on April 27 from 8am - 11am at Spanish River Park.
Community service hours awarded, groups welcome. Space is limited. All ages; children under 18 must sign-up and participate with an adult. No drop-offs. Groups must call 561-544-8615 to register. Individuals and families may register online. Subject to cancellation due to inclement weather.
10. National Drug Take Back Day, April 27
The National Drug Prescription Drug Take Back Day is on April 27 from 10am - 2pm and is a safe, convenient and responsible way to dispose of unused or expired prescription drugs. According to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the last Take-Back Day, brought in more than 900,000 pounds of unused or expired prescription medication nationally.
Even though there are year-round collection sites, Boca Raton Police Services encourages all residents to participate on April 27 and drop off any unused or expired prescriptions at the Boca Raton Police Services Department at 100 NW Boca Raton Blvd., Boca Raton, FL 33432.
For additional drop off locations or more information, please visit Take Back Day.
11. Youth Orchestra of Palm Beach County, April 28
The Youth Orchestra of Palm Beach County will be returning to Mizner Park Amphitheater on April 28 at 6pm. Bring your own chair or blanket, chairs will also be for rent ($5 cash only). Outside food, beverage, and pets are not permitted. This event is FREE and open to the public. Doors open at 5pm.
For more information, please visit Mizner Park Amphitheater.