Top 10 Things You Need To Know This September In Boca Raton

  1. Filmmakers can submit entries for Sugar Sand Park’s 7th Annual Kids’ Spooky Film Festival through Sept. 30. The festival will coincide with the 14th annual Shriek Week, the Community Center’s annual Halloween event, which will run Oct. 19, 20, 25, 26 and 27. The Boca Raton Public Library is offering participants the use of the Downtown Library Discovery Studio’s editing software on selected Saturdays. You do not need a library card and an experienced staff member will be on hand to help. Prizes will be awarded for the best youth (ages 12-17), family, and adult-created film. Formats may include live action, animation, and digital comic books. The films will be judged by a panel of industry professionals. All films are due in person to the Community Center or postmarked by Sept. 30. For the entry forms and full rules, visit It cost $5 to enter.
  2.  Catch “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” presented by Bright Star Theatre on Sept. 23 at the Willow Theatre.  Often called “America’s first work of fiction” this literary classic is a long-time crowd favorite. Join bumbling Ichabod Crane, beautiful Katrina Van Tassel, and the bully Brom Bones as they bring to life this Washington Irving tale.  Shows at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.  Rated G. Each child’s ticket includes one free carousel ride token and cookies and juice served in the lobby after each performance. Tickets for all of these performances are $8 for adults and $6 for children 12 & under. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
  3.  The second annual Boca Restaurant Month returns Sept. 1-30. Participating restaurants include Loui Bossi, Matteos, True Food Kitchen, Max’s Grille, Prezzo and the Melting Pot. They will offer three course meals featuring signature dishes at reduced prices; Lunch: $21- $25 and Dinner: $36-$40. Boca Restaurant Month is an initiative of the Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce Tourism Committee, in an effort to encourage locals to dine out and experience all of Boca’s culinary community and what they have to offer.
  4.  The first-ever Golden Bell Battle of the Bands will take place from 6:30 to 10 p.m. on Sept. 28 at the Pavilion Grille. In the inaugural year, four bands made up of local business professionals will perform in front of a live audience. The event supports the Chamber’s  Golden Bell Education Foundation. Golden Bell provides funding and educational programs to the Boca Raton Public School System. Proceeds from this event will go directly toward grant funding for local children, providing them with the highest quality education and workforce readiness in Palm Beach County. Participants have been attending band practices instructed by School of Rock. The bands are Rats Mouth, Heart Breakers, Shades of Grey and 180 Proof. Tickets cost $25 per person or upgrade to VIP Backstage passes for $50 a person.
  5.  Brazilian Beat is back in Boca Raton on Sept. 8. From 6 to 11 p.m., celebrate Brazilian Independence Day with a Samba Parade by SambaLa Samba School, Zumba and capoeira performances, authentic Brazilian food vendors and a live concert at Mizner Park Amphitheater. The event is free to attend.
  6.  Dashboard Confessional is headed to Mizner Park Amphitheater on Sept. 27 along with All Time Low with special guest Gnash. The Summer Ever After Tour is a ticketed concert. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the show begins at 7 p.m. Outside food, beverage, chairs, and pets are not permitted. Purchase tickets online via Ticketmaster.
  7.  The city of Boca recently launched a new podcast series called “Boca Behind the Scenes” in cooperation with Boca Chamber Radio. City staff will give an inside look at what it takes to run a city. Employees will chat about projects, initiatives, important information and events. The weekly 15-minute segment can be heard at, the city’s website or AM radio station 1650.
  8.  Applications for Leadership Boca 2019 are open until Sept. 4. The annual program is organized by the Boca Chamber and is designed to elevate the awareness and knowledge of civic-minded individuals in regard to local issues that drive the economy, education and overall success of the community. The 12 week program includes 10 themed sessions: SIMSOC (Simulated Society), Economic Development, Health Services, Human Services, Education, Environmental Awareness, Media, Government, Culture, Tourism and more. Tuition costs $1,295 and enrollment is limited to 40 participants.
  9.  It is Spider Day on Sept. 8 at Gumbo Limbo. From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., join in on the community awareness day and learn all about the native South Florida spiders though games, crafts and activities. A special tent near the tanks is where you will learn all you need to know about spiders. Reservations not required.
  10.  The city of Boca and Greater Boca Raton Beach and Parks District agreed to split the $100,000 bill to conduct a needs assessment of the parks in the district. The survey will look at the needs, wants and future costs of the parks in the district. It will likely be completed in the middle of 2019.