Countless Reasons to Celebrate

October 11, 2017

From arts to eats and sports to holiday treats, find festivals and events that satisfy in The Palm Beaches, Florida

Join in a tropical holiday celebration. Dine on delicacies from award-winning chefs. Witness street artists turn concrete into canvases. Festivals and events in The Palm Beaches bring people together in a celebration of the artistic, cultural and culinary treasures making up this distinctive region of South Florida. With these wonderful options taking place over the next few months, it’s time to start vacation planning!
 
Entertaining events in West Palm Beach
 
Holiday in Paradise (December 2017): Celebrate the holiday season with a tropical twist during West Palm Beach’s Holiday in Paradise, a series of spirited affairs and attractions starring Sandi Land. Throughout December, witness the one and only “Sandi,” the massive 35-foot-tall decorated holiday tree crafted completely from 600 tons of sand, and graced with holiday lights synchronized to nightly shows. Sandi enchants visitors every night with these dazzling musical light shows, from November 1st until New Year’s Day. The tons of fun doesn’t end there. Four additional sculptures showcasing more holiday hoopla will be along the waterfront and downtown West Palm Beach. There will also be a nine-hole mini-golf course for interactive levity.
 
In and around the area, find more celebrations of the season including Palm Beach Holiday Boat Parade, Boynton Beach & Delray Beach Holiday Boat Parade and elegant Christmas decorations at the Flagler Museum. If trees are your thing, head to Old School Square Park in Delray Beach. Starting November 30th, you’ll find a larger-than-life (specifically 100-foot-tall) real Christmas tree, along with special events throughout the season starting with the lighting ceremony.
 

South Florida Fair (January 12–28, 2018): For more than a century, the South Florida Fair, held in West Palm Beach, has given families an unrivaled array of sensory delights. Enjoy acres of exhibits, thrilling midway rides and abundant games offering chances to win stuffed-animal prizes as big as you. If you love real animals, catch the pig races and the Tricky Dog Show. Plus, stroll through buildings full of adorable farm animals and prize-winning livestock. And forget about your diet! As far as fair fare goes, you’re in for the best fried foods, funnel cakes, locally grown produce and exotic eats around.
 
This year, a different parade from around the world will be featured each day of the fair. Catch a string of beads as authentically decorated Mardi Gras floats pass by, and witness more than 250 bikers as they participate in one of the fair’s two signature “Bike Nite” parades.
 
Do you ever feel like going back in time? Yesteryear Village makes it almost possible with a living history park. Open year-round, and integrated as a part of the South Florida Fair, Yesteryear Village is made up of antique artifacts, historical and recreated buildings, and is complete with folks going about business as usual as fitting to life from the early 1900s. Blacksmiths strike iron, schoolmasters update the lessons and farmers tend to the goats and chickens. There might be a bit of fiddle and banjo playing too.
 
Festivals & fun in Boca Raton
 

Boca Raton Bowl

Boca Raton Bowl (December 19, 2017): In December 2014, the inaugural Boca Raton Bowl kicked off at Florida Atlantic University’s FAU Stadium. Since then, the Boca Raton Bowl has become an annual holiday tradition in The Palm Beaches.
 
Score some serious fun by arriving a few days early. In addition to enjoying the area’s golden-sand beaches and challenging golf courses, Bowl-week activities kick off with the arrival of the participating college teams on Friday, December 15th. From there, join in team welcome celebrations, beach parties and pep rallies before watching the big game in the only U.S. stadium with a backdrop of the sparkling Atlantic Ocean.
 
This getaway doesn’t have to be limited to football festivities. Boca Raton has food, golf, art and a fabulous downtown full of shopping, bistros and spas.
 

Boca Raton Festivals

Festival of the Arts BOCA (February 23–March 4, 2018): Experience diverse cultural offerings from across the globe during the 12th annual Festival of the Arts BOCA. Boca Raton showcases the most sought-after talent across multiple generations. Last year, guests enjoyed performances from 13-year-old jazz piano prodigy, Joey Alexander, as well as three-time Grammy Award-winning Sergio Mendes.
 
Itzhak Perlman, Pat Matheny, Sir Salman Rushdie and Renée Fleming have graced past festival stages. Diverse lineups include the world’s greatest composers, jazz musicians, opera singers, Pulitzer-Prize-winning authors, international ballet stars, classic film premiers and more. The festival offers a relaxed ambiance that includes an educational component, allowing audience and performers to interact through intimate Q&A sessions, master classes and open rehearsals.
 
A celebration of arts & eats
 
Palm Beach Food & Wine Fest (December 14–17, 2017): Savor the epicurean delights of wintertime in the tropics when you attend the 11th annual Palm Beach Food & Wine Fest. Mingle with an eclectic mix of the world’s most famous foodie legends, award-winning chefs, winemakers and mixologists as they whip up culinary magic during this four-day celebration spanning the picturesque island of Palm Beach and The Palm Beaches. Talent includes celebrity chefs, James Beard award-winners and local professionals. Among them—Robert Irvine, Virginia Willis, Marc Murphy, Michelle Bernstein, Jeff Mauro, Tory Martindale, Timon Baloo and Clay Conley.
 
Choose from 14 luscious events, or attend them all with a special passport! Enjoy lively outdoor cook-offs, chat with chefs over Asian street food and sushi, and encourage budding chefs at the Four Seasons Resort’s Kids Kitchen. Other highlights include Thursday’s “Fire” Chef Welcome Party at The Breakers and the Grand Chef Throwdown Finale on Sunday at The Gardens Mall. Sample bold dishes and exotic, world-renowned wines while cheering on three local chefs competing for a $10,000 prize.
 

Lake Worth Street Painting Festival (February 24–25, 2018): Watch the streets come alive as more than 600 artists converge for the 23rd annual Lake Worth Street Painting Festival, the largest free festival of its kind in the world. For two days, crowds gather to watch as artists transform asphalt into artwork. Using environmentally friendly chalks as their brushes, they turn the downtown streets of Lake Worth into a temporary gallery of diverse masterpieces that last only until the next raindrops fall.
 
Mixed-genre musicians perform on stages throughout the festival, their music wafting on breezes that mingle with the enticing aroma of delicious festival fare. In addition to the masterpieces, music and culinary delights, excitement and fun pulse throughout this temporary open-air museum.
 
Downtown Lake Worth is a hot spot all on its own. Think: Boho-chic, delicious eats, boutique and antique shopping, and events and galleries that celebrate culture and creativity.
 
Wonderful winter and beyond
 
This is just a snapshot of festivals and events that add extra pizzazz to that perfect beach getaway. The Palm Beaches keep the fun running all across the calendar, catering to all ages and interests.
 
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