What's Up in Palm Beach County
Palm Beach County – Your Florida Destination for the Best Local Events
So you’ve reached beautiful Palm Beach County – your final Florida destination
(or maybe not)!, now what? Florida has so many fascinating destinations for great things to do and Palm Beach
County won’t disappoint. Downtown Delray Beach has one of the area’s most interesting venues for music and thea-ter. The Arts Garage (artsgarage.org) embraces a BYOW — Bring Your Own…Whatever mentality so you can bring your own bottle and enjoy some great jazz and blues musicians or take in one of the many theater productions held throughout the year. Other major entertainment venues include West Palm’s Kravis Center for the Performing Arts (www.kravis.org) with its 2,195-seat concert hall as well as smaller indoor and outdoor ven-ues. Touring Broadway shows often make a stop here. Here are some top Palm Beach County events that you won’t want to miss!
June 1 – August 31
Summer In Paradise
West Palm Beach: From fireworks to live music, Summer in Paradise (SIP) offers FREE things to do in downtown West Palm Beach throughout the summer. See a flick under stars with Screen on the Green. Try out your mini golf skills on the Glow Fore It course. Sit back, let the music play with Sunday on the Waterfront and Clematis by Night. Things get delicious with BBQ, Brews & Blues, a mouth-watering barbecue and microbrew festival in the Historic Northwest, creative specials from downtown West Palm Beach restaurants and shops, the re-turn of the Northwood Mango Heritage Festival. And it’s amazing fireworks over the water-front for America’s birthday during 4th On Flagler. Takes place along Flagler Drive Water-front, Downtown West Palm Beach.
Fourth Of July Celebration
Delray Beach: Delray Beach’s coolest event of the year features back-to-back music, lots of family activities, custard and burger eating contests, a Beer Garden and more. Takes place from 4 – 9pm along A1A and Atlantic Ave. in Delray Beach. Info: julyfourthdelraybeach.com.
4th On Flagler
West Palm Beach: If you’re going to celebrate America’s birthday, make it big, bold, and cut loose in style. 4th on Flagler, South Florida’s largest free Independence Day event, dazzles with a firework spectacle over the downtown West Palm Beach waterfront. Before the sky rockets set off, join in the street party. Listen to live music, try delicious foods, have cold drinks, and settle to a viewing spot along the seawall.
July 12 – 22
The Palm Beach Shakespeare Festival
Jupiter: For two weekends in July, you can enjoy a free under-the-stars “Shakespeare By The Sea”production from the best of the Bard. Bring your blanket, beach chair and picnic basket. Food truck concessions will also be on hand. Gates open at 6:30pm with show at 8pm. Takes
place at Seabreeze Amphitheater in Carlin Park, 750 South A1A, Jupiter. Info: pbshakespeare.org.
Palm Beach Summer Beer Fest
West Palm Beach: Enjoy tasting a curated collection of local and national breweries at South Florida’s only indoor Craft Beer Fest. Takes place from noon – 3:30pm and 5:30 – 9pm in the air conditioned Expo Center at the South Florida Fairgrounds, 9067 Southern Blvd., West Palm Beach. Info: palmbeachsummerbeerfest.com.
BBQ, Brews & Blues
West Palm Beach: Enjoy free samples of delicious Southern soul food and craft beers from local vendors during this annual family friendly outdoor event which also features the area’s best blues and R&B. Takes place in the Historic Northwest Neighborhood of West Palm Beach. Info: thepalmbeaches.com.
August TBD Craft Beer Bash
Palm Beach Gardens: Enjoy unlimited samplings of 120 first rate craft brews and ciders and cast your vote in the People’s Choice Awards. Food concessions, vendors and live music round out a day of suds and fun. Takes place from 4 – 8pm at PGA National Resort & Spa, 400 Ave. of the Champions, Palm Beach Gardens. Info 561-627-2000.
Dine Out Downtown Delray Restaurant Week
Delray Beach: This week long gastronomic event showcases the diverse dining scene and wide-array of culinary experiences in Downtown Delray Beach during the summer season. Restaurants and merchants along Atlantic Avenue and the surrounding Pineapple Grove and Sofa District neighborhoods offer special Dine Out Deals from $10 and under; multi-course prix fixe lunches are available for $20 and under; and multi-course prix fixe dinners range from $20 – $40 per person. Culinary experiences and events including wine tasting/food pairing dinners, chef demos and more are offered throughout the week with varied pricing by restaurant and merchant. Info: 561-243-1077; downtowndelraybeach.com.
September 1 – 30 Flavor Palm Beach
The Palm Beaches: Here’s your opportunity to try restaurants you’ve heard so much about – without breaking the bank. For an entire month, over 50 restaurants and bistros offer prix fixe menus for lunch and dinner to tempt you to taste the local cuisine scene from Jupiter to Boca Raton. Enjoy a three-course lunch for $20 or dinner for $30 – $45 per person. For a complete guide to participating restaurants and other Flavor Happenings, go to flavorpb.com.
Boca Raton: Get your groove on and be a part of this dazzling official celebration of Brazil-ian Independence. Live music, street dancing, a Rio-style parade with costumed dancers, a Capoeira circle, samba drummers, and savory Brazilian cuisine and cocktails
make for a most memorable festival. Free admission. Takes place from 6 – 11pm at Mizner Park Amphitheater, 590 Plaza Real, Boca Raton. Info: downtownboca.org.
Latin Food & Music Festival
The Palm Beaches: This annual Latin food and music festival kicks off Hispanic Heritage Month with a lively weekend-long celebration. Enjoy food, rides, folkloric dances, family friendly activities and plenty of music that’ll have you dancing salsa, merengue, bachata and more. Takes place on Sat. from noon-10pm and on Sun. from 1 – 8pm at the South Florida
Fairgrounds, 9067 Southern Blvd., West Palm Beach. Info: latinfestivalpb.com.
October 12 – 21
45th Annual Octoberfest
Lake Worth: Dine on authentic meals of bratwurst and schnitzel; sip imported and domestic beers, schnapps, 30 different types of liquor; and listen to entertainment by two Original Ok-toberfest bands direct from Germany. The festival also features arts and crafts, carnival and games, folk-dancing, vendor displays and souvenirs. Hours: Fridays 5 – 11pm; Saturdays Noon – 11pm; Sundays Noon – 8pm. Takes place at the American-German Club, 5111 Lan-tana Rd., Lake Worth. Info and tickets: 561-967-6464; AmericanGermanClub.com.
October TBD Haunted Pirate Fest & Mermaid Bash
Boynton Beach: For two days, swabbies young and old raise the Jolly Roger and have fun with all things pirate. From pirate reenactments, gypsies and beautiful mermaids, to street per-formers, 12 stages of non-stop entertainment, treasure hunts, interactive pirate ships and more. FREE admission. Hours: Sat. from 11am – 9pm and Sun. from 11am – 6pm. Takes place on East Ocean Ave. and Federal Hwy., downtown Boynton Beach. Info: 561-600-9093; BBPirateFest.com.
Annual Feast Of The Sea
West Palm Beach: The 4th Annual West Palm Beach seafood festival returns with a lineup of top local chefs. Enjoy live music, cooking demos and hourly Knife Fight chef competitions throughout the day. There will also be an evening grand tasting event highlighted by a heated chef competition held in the amphitheater and projected onto jumbo screens. Takes place at Meyer Amphitheater 104 Datura St., West Palm Beach. Info: downtownwpb.com.
10th Annual Winter Bark Bash
West Palm Beach: Shop over 135 vendors showcasing holiday and home décor, children’s goods, ladies apparel, jewelry, men’s clothing and accessories. The event is kid and family friendly with a Santa meet and greet, kid’s arts and crafts, holiday themed entertain-ment and silent auctions. Special exclusive first-look VIP party on Friday from 6 – 9pm. Mar-ketplace on Sat. from 9am – 4pm. Free admission. All proceeds benefit Junior League of the Palm Beaches. Takes place at the Palm Beach County Convention Center in West Palm Beach. Info: 561-689-7590; jlpb.org/deck-the-palms.
TBD Feast Of Little Italy
Jupiter: This Downtown Abacoa festival features food from local Italian spots along with music, art, cooking demos, wine seminars, carnival rides, a bocce pavilion and an Italian-themed street painting contest. Takes place on Fri from 3 – 10pm; on Sat. from 10am – 10pm; and on Sun. from 10am – 8pm at Abacoa Town Center, Jupiter. Info: 561-427-0500; Feast-OfLittleItaly.com.
Boca Raton Wine & Food Festival
Boca Raton: This 9th annual culinary affair features intimate wine tastings, cheese and spe-cialty foods villages, sensory wine experience and more; a grand tasting event featuring chefs from the tri-county area and a craft brew battle to top it all off. Takes place from 6 – 10pm at Sanborn Square Park, 72 N Federal Hwy, Boca Raton. Info: 561-338-7594; bocara-tonwineandfoodfestival.com
November 22 – 26
Palm Beach Dance Fest
West Palm Beach: This epic dance event is one of the largest dance weekends in the area with some of the biggest names in dance and music. Includes dance workshops, dance boot camps, dance socials, pool party and more. Kick off Party on Thurs., Nov. 22 at 9pm.
Takes place at the Hilton Hotel by the Palm Beach Airport, 150 Australian Ave., West Palm Beach. Tickets and info: eventbrite.com.
Canvas Outdoor Museum Show
West Palm Beach: This exhibit without boundaries is a true outdoor experience. Champion-ing art in public places, many of the best street artists on the planet transform the landscape of downtown West Palm Beach by creating fantastic giant murals on select buildings – within walking distance of each other and free for all to see. Info: canvasmuseum.org.
November 24 – 25
19th Annual Downtown Delray Beach Thanksgiving Weekend
West Palm Beach: Peruse some of the country’s finest arts and crafts including life-sized sculptures, paintings, handmade jewelry, pottery and unique treasures at this highly ac-claimed, juried show. Takes place from 10am – 5pm at the intersection of 4th Ave. and Atlan-tic Ave., Delray Beach. Info: 561-746-6615; artfestival.com.
Delray Christmas Tree Lighting
Delray Beach: Start the holiday season off when Santa lights Delray’s 100ft. Christmas Tree. Local school performances on the stage at the Pavilion along with lots of kids’ activities, car-ousel rides and even “ice-skating.” Takes place from 5 – 9pm with Tree lighting at 7:15pm at Old School Square Park on NE 2nd Ave., Delray Beach. Info: 100ftchristmastree.com.
Palm Beach Holiday Boat Parade
Palm Beaches: Look up in the sky, not for Santa, but for firework, which signals the Palm Beach Boat Parade on its way. See boats decorated with dancing lights and creative holiday decorations make their way along the intracoastal Waterway from the North Palm Beach Marina north to the iconic Jupiter Lighthouse. Best viewing from North Palm Beach Country Club, Juno Park, Bert Winters Park, Riverwalk Events Plaza, Harbourside Place and Sawfish Bay Park. Info: palmbeachboatparade.com.
Boynton Beach & Delray Beach Holiday Boat Parade
Boynton Beach/Delray Beach: A flotilla of brightly decorated boats from mega yachts to tiny dinghies light up the night as they parade from the Lantana Bridge near Old Key Lime House along the Intracoastal Waterway to the C-15 canal in Delray. The event begins at the Boynton Harbor Marina starts at 6:00 pm with live music setting the stage for the parade. Best viewing in Boynton Beach at Intracoastal Park, Jaycee Park and in Delray Beach from
Veterans Park. Info: catchboynton.com.
December 13 – 16
Palm Beach Food & Wine Fest
Palm Beaches: Melt away your winter worries with an international menu of gastronomic de-lights of this 5-day, star-studded epicurean extravaganza. Celebrity chefs and mouthwatering events make this a foodie favorite. Takes place at various restaurants throughout the Palm Beaches. Info: pbfoodwinefest.com.