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7 Things to Do This Summer in Boca and Beyond

Fourth of July Fun

Head to Delray Beach this Fourth of July for an exciting, fun-filled celebration. A1A and Atlantic Avenue will be the main hub for food, family-friendly events and more. Sign up for the sand sculpting contest, or challenge your friends to a round of mini golf. If you want to try a hand (or mouth) at competitive eating, check out the burger-eating contest, courtesy of BurgerFi. End the evening with a fireworks show. (free; julyfourthdelraybeach.com)


Dog Days 

Run—don’t walk—to the third annual Dog Days series at The Galleria at Fort Lauderdale beginning Aug. 9. Shoppers can attend numerous pet-focused events like the “Forever Homes Adoption Expo” to adopt a new, furry friend. Or, donate $25 to be a part of the “Fashion Hounds” pet runway show. Proceeds help benefit pet organizations. (free; galleriamall-fl.com)


MLB All-Star Game

Visit Marlins Park on July 9 for the 88th annual MLB All-Star Sunday, in which Miami will play host for the first time. Additional events include the All-Star FanFest at the Miami Beach Convention Center, where fans can meet and interact with some of their favorites from the League and take part in more than 40 interactive exhibits and attractions (July 7 to 11). Don’t miss the annual T-Mobile Home Run Derby, taking place July 10 all leading up to the All-Star game on July 11. (Ticket prices vary;


Rod Stewart

Rod Stewart will kick off his 18-city tour with special guest Cyndi Lauper on July 6 at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Hollywood. Enjoy hits like “Tonight’s the Night” and “Hot Legs” with Lauper, who is best known for her first solo album, “She’s So Unusual.” (Tickets from $50; ticketmaster.com)


Look Good, Feel Great

Boca Raton will host The Organic Beauty and Wellness Festival on Sept. 9. This one-day event, held at the Boca Raton Marriott at Boca Center, will bring together local and national brands that are organic, vegan and eco-friendly. The festival offers residents a space to learn about health and wellness while enjoying a fun day for the whole family. (Tickets from $14.95; obwfestival.com)


Summer Read

Larry Singer’s Bonnet House provides an in-depth look at the Bonnet House grounds through nature photography. Singer explains his techniques for photographing plants and animals in each chapter, so anyone can give nature photography a try. The book will be released July 11. ($15.44; amazon.com)


Yoga Retreat

Develop a deeper understanding of yoga’s healing powers by joining Dana Taft for Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort’s first yoga retreat from July 21 to 23. The retreat will include two nights of casual-luxe water-view accommodations, indoor and outdoor yoga instruction and nutritionally balanced meals. Five different practices of yoga will be taught. ($1,800; margaritavillesports.com)