Cultural diversity is the theme this weekend, with events throughout South Florida designed to immerse visitors in cultures found around the globe.
I’ve been waiting all year for the Southeast Florida Scottish Festival and Highland Games on Saturday, which features the sheepdog demonstrations made famous by a pig in the movie “Babe.” See live sheep-herding and celebrate Scottish heritage with bagpipe music, dancing, athletics, fiddling and singing, Scottish food and Scottish games for kids (pole toss, anyone?) at Plantation Heritage Park, 1100 S. Fig Tree Lane in Plantation. The 9 a.m.-6 p.m. event is $25 for adults and $3 for ages 6-14. Get discount tickets in advance at sassf.org.
The Mardi Gras Carnival on Friday night at Flamingo Park in Miami Beach has both Brazilian and Louisiana roots. This free celebration from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday features live music from the Miami Beach Jazz Ensemble, a magic show, and arts and crafts. Wristbands for rides and carnival games are $5, and refreshments will be available for purchase. Flamingo Park is at 1245 Michigan Ave. miamibeach.gov/parksandrecreation
Or try the Asian Culture Festival on Saturday and Sunday, which features Asian crafts, art, music, dance and Far Eastern cuisine, at the Fruit & Spice Park, 24801 SW 187th Ave. in Homestead. Tickets are $12, or $5 for ages 6-12. fruitandspicepark.org
Morikami Museum & Japanese Gardens in Delray Beach has Family Fun Days through Sunday. Celebrate Hina Matsuri, a Japanese Doll Festival, and visit the gardens. The museum is at 4000 Morikami Park Road. morikami.org/hina-matsuri-japanese-doll-festival
Weston is celebrating all kinds of cultures with the Weston World Fest on Sunday. Try authentic international foods, visit country booths with activities for kids, and enjoy music from around the globe, noon-4 p.m. Sunday at Weston Regional Park, 20200 Saddle Club Road. westonfl.org
And don’t forget the Florida Renaissance Festival in Deerfield Beach (ren-fest.com) and the Chinese Lantern Festival in Boca Raton (chineselanternfestival.com), both of which transport visitors back to earlier times with spectacles and entertainment.
Other weekend highlights:
1. The Miami Children’s Museum is FREE on Thursday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in honor of Dr. Seuss’ 113th birthday. The Seussical fun includes themed games, art projects, screenings of your favorite Seuss videos, live performances and celebrity readers, including Lauren Sesselmann, an Olympic medalist in soccer. Plus enjoy appearances by beloved Dr. Seuss characters and delicious birthday cake. miamichildrensmuseum.org
2. “Annie” takes the stage Friday through Sunday in Miami. See one of the world’s best-known musicals about an orphan and her dog at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. Tickets start at $29. arshtcenter.org
3. Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” is also on stage through Sunday. See the familiar tale of a mermaid and her prince come to life with iconic songs, plus a few new ones, and plenty of adventure and dancing. Tickets start at $30. Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 201 SW Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale. browardcenter.org
4. In “Rhythmic Circus: Feet Don’t Fail Me Now!” on Friday, Minneapolis dancers hit the road with a trunk full of tap shoes, funky costumes and a big brass band. “Heatbox,” the human beatbox, joins the seven-piece funk band to accompany each tap, shuffle and stomp with a clang, riff and refrain in a parade of genre-hopping music and hard-hitting percussive dance. The show is at 8 p.m. at Old School Square Pavilion, 51 N Swinton Ave, Delray Beach. Tickets are $25; $15 for students. OldSchoolSquare.org
5. Disney's “Mulan” is performed at 4 p.m. every Saturday in March, plus April 1 and 8, at Showtime Performing Arts Theatre. Travel back to the legendary, storytelling days of ancient China with this action-packed musical stage adaptation of Disney's Mulan Jr., with favorite songs "Reflections," "Honor to Us All" and "I'll Make a Man Out of You." Tickets are $10.50 to $14.50. Showtime is at 503 SE Mizner Blvd. in Boca Raton. showtimeboca.com
6. It is Egyptian Weekend at the Museum of Science and Discovery, 401 SW Second St. in downtown Fort Lauderdale. Kids can become an archaeologist and dig for valuable artifacts, learn to spell their names in hieroglyphics, complete in a pyramid cup stack, create necklaces and learn about mummification. Activities are included with regular admission. Mods.org
7. Get rolling with the free Sunrise Bike Rodeo on Saturday. Get helmet fittings, bike safety checks, an obstacle course, snow cones and more. Every participant must wear a helmet. The event is 7:30-11:30 a.m. at the Sunrise Athletic Complex, 11501 NW 44th St. in Sunrise. sunrisefl.gov
8. Carnaval On The Mile is 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday along Miracle Mile in Coral Gables. See fine artists, sculptures, paintings, photography, crafts and jewelry, musical groups and performers, plus the Canine Café. Children can enjoy games, crafts, product demonstrations and more. carnavalmiami.com
9. Eat up at the Taste of Brickell Food & Wine Festival on Saturday and Sunday at 609 Brickell Ave. in Miami. There will be arts and crafts, samplings, health and fitness vendors, food trucks, automotive showcase, and a free kids’ zone. Tickets for ages 12 and up are $5. tasteofbrickell.com
10. The Day Out With Thomas: The Friendship Tour at the Gold Coast Railroad Museum, 12450 SW 152nd St., Miami, allows families to take a ride with the classic storybook engine, Thomas the Tank Engine, and meet Sir Topham Hat. The event runs 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday for the first two weekends in March and includes the Thomas & Friends Imagination Station, with Thomas-themed arts and crafts, storytelling and a video viewing area. gcrm.org
11. At Sunday’s Purim Carnival in Miami Beach, enjoy rides, a petting zoo, carnival games, arts and crafts, pool games, contests and more from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Miami Beach JCC, 4221 Pine Tree Drive. mbjcc.org
12. Celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday at the Fifth Annual Seussfest on Sunday. Bring the kids for music, storytelling, a petting zoo, a magic show, arts & crafts in an event themed from the book “If I ran the Circus.” Seussfest is noon-4 p.m. Sunday at the NSU Alvin Sherman Library, 3100 Ray Ferrero Jr. Blvd., Davie. public.library.nova.edu/seussfest