Events Roundup: What to Do This January in The Palm Beaches

December 26, 2019

As temperatures drop in other parts of the country, our events calendar really heats up! Usher in the new year with family fun, great art and more than a little horseplay at these unique festivals, events and exhibitions in The Palm Beaches.

Polo players in action

Palm Beach International Polo Season

The best polo players in the world will once again make their way to the International Polo Club Palm Beach in Wellington for 17 weeks of top-level competition. Every Sunday from December 29 through April 19 brings an opportunity to experience the fun. General admission tickets start at just $10 and include a chance to participate in the festive tradition of stamping the divots on the field at halftime. Or make a day of it with an elegant fieldside Champagne brunch at The Veuve Clicquot Pavilion (tickets start at $125 per person). 
 

Winter Equestrian Festival

Beginning Wednesday, Jan. 8, the horseplay continues at the Winter Equestrian Festival at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (also in Wellington). Over the course of 12 weeks, more than 6,000 horses and their riders will compete in show jumping and dressage for their share of millions in prize money. Spectators of all ages will love the weekly Saturday Night Lights Grand Prix, a free event that features face painting, carousel rides, more than 100 food and shopping vendors and a chance to see the athletes warm up before the competition. 
 

Palm Beach Masters SeriesⓇ

To round out Wellington’s own version of the Triple Crown, Deeridge Farms hosts the Palm Beach Masters Series. This elite riding competition, which is free and open to the public, begins on Tuesday, Jan. 28, with the Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Wellington, a qualifier for final in Las Vegas. Additional competitions in the series will take place in February and March.
South Florida Fair midway

South Florida Fair

Come one, come all to the South Florida Fair, a 17-day extravaganza of entertainment for the whole family. Starting on Friday, Jan. 17 at the South Florida Fairgrounds in West Palm Beach, attendees can partake in all kinds of down-home fun, like deliciously deep-fried foods, live music, carnival rides, midway games, parades and livestock shows. This year’s theme, “Play Ball, Play Fair!” highlights sports that are popular in The Palm Beaches through activities like virtual-reality soccer and basketball, batting and pitching cages, interactive exhibits and the Friday Night Lights Dance Party on January 24.
 

Gainbridge LPGA at Boca Rio

What would a month in Florida’s Golf CapitalⓇ be without a major event on the links? The inaugural Gainbridge LPGA tournament tees off on Monday, Jan. 20 at Boca Rio Golf Club in Boca Raton. Over the course of a week, 108 of the sport’s best players will compete for a $2 million purse. Daily and weekly tickets are available.
 

ArtPalmBeach

The Palm Beaches’ thriving art scene will be on full display at the 23rd annual ArtPalmBeach contemporary art fair. More than 85 international galleries are set to participate this year, showcasing works in media ranging from painting to sculpture to immersive installations. Held at the Palm Beach County Convention Center, the event kicks off with a Collectors First View on Thursday, Jan. 30, before opening to the public Jan. 31 through Feb. 3. In addition to taking in the art, guests can enjoy live performances, bites from local eateries, interactive experiences and so much more. 
 
Still haven’t satisfied your cultural craving? Check out more artsy events this January:
  • Larger-than-life insects serve as the subject of David Rogers’ BIG BUGS at the Mounts Botanical Garden of Palm Beach County. The exhibit opens on Saturday, Jan. 11, and features 10 giant natural sculptures, including an 18-foot-tall praying mantis and a 600-pound daddy long legs!
  • In the 17th century, Rembrandt van Rijn, one of history’s most important artists, created more than 300 etchings, engravings and other printworks over the span of his prolific career. Rembrandt: The Sign and the Light, on display through Sunday, Feb. 2 at the Society of the Four Arts in Palm Beach, features nearly 70 prints ranging from portraits to landscapes.
  • Plastic Reef: Sculpture by Federico Uribe in Partnership with the Perry Cohen Foundation features colorful contemporary works created using materials recycled from the ocean. See the beauty for yourself at the Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens from Thursday, Jan. 9 through Sunday, May 31.
  • Bob Fosse’s masterpiece Chicago brings the razzle-dazzle to the Maltz Jupiter Theatre from Tuesday, Jan. 14 through Sunday, Feb. 2. The sultry musical tells the story of two women locked up for crimes of passion during the Jazz Age.
  • Displaying more than 100 pairs of shoes, Walk This Way: Historic Footwear from the Stuart Weitzman Collection explores how shoes have evolved from practical objects to stylish symbols of the times. The exhibit at the Flagler Museum in Palm Beach runs from Tuesday, Jan. 28 through Sunday, May 10.
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