Markets, Gardens & More: Fall Has Arrived in The Palm Beaches

October 2, 2020

Whether you’ve visited us before or it’s your first time in The Palm Beaches, there is a plentitude of activity waiting to welcome you this fall.

Though it may always feel like “summer” to some visitors, the fall season tends to bring cooler, crisper, dryer weather to The Palm Beaches, further celebrating the destination’s warm and sunny spirit. A perfect mix of cooler temperatures and light breezes only enhances the atmosphere and the abundance of outdoor festivities. As the majority of the United States starts hunkering down for the winter season, this is truly when The Palm Beaches’ event season comes to life. Wellness activities, green markets, gardens and more offer a bounty of blissful experiences which add to the warm-weather appeal. 

Here are a few new and returning destination favorites:

Green Markets

Swank Farm Farmers Market 
Beginning on Saturday, October 3, guests will be able to browse and buy from 26 artisanal vendors at this hydroponic and sustainable working farm. The locally focused weekly event will take place every Saturday through July from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

Vendors will sell coffee beans, creamed honey, fresh pasta, homemade sauces, oils and vinegars, chutneys, jellies and jams, teas, kombucha, ice cream, chocolate, plant-based milks, dairy products, seafood and fish dips, poultry and meats, to name a few. Natural soaps, fruit trees, garden supplies and other plant varieties will also be available for purchase. The variety of products and produce are extensive. 

The event is free and family-friendly, with farm animals for viewing. Taking place underneath the handmade, 8,500-square-foot, open-air barn, the market will keep its capacity limit to 75 guests at a time, and masks will be required. 

Wellington’s Twilight Green Market 
Locally sourced, farm-to-fork and homemade goods will be available at this new green market under the stars. Now through March 26, 2021, attendees can expect seasonal local products at the newly constructed lakeside Town Center Promenade located behind the Wellington Community Center. 

The outdoor event, which takes place every Friday from 5 to 9 p.m. (with the exception of Christmas and New Year’s Day), will offer shoppers a convenient, alfresco shopping experience to support local businesses. Product highlights include sustainable seafood, herbs, freshly baked goods, flowers and artistic crafts. Product demonstrations, cooking demos and educational presentations will also be part of the experience. 

The safety of exhibitors and the public remains top priority, and all guests and vendors are expected to follow social distancing, frequent hand washing and mask wearing while shopping. Free admission and parking will be available, adding convenience factor, while live music is played from the park’s gazebo. 

West Palm Beach GreenMarket 
Featured on “The Boston Globe” and recognized as the number one green market in Florida by “Cooking Light” magazine, this large-scale market returns for its 26th fun-filled season on October 3, 2020. Patrons can enjoy waterfront, outdoor grocery shopping along one of Palm Beach County’s most scenic cityscapes: downtown West Palm Beach. The time-honored tradition will host more than 90 vendors, among them a handful of newly added merchants. For a full vendor list visit the city’s website. 

West Palm Beach GreenMarket vegetable display
West Palm Beach GreenMarket

The market will run weekly, every Saturday, through April 17, 2021, excluding date(s) coinciding with the Palm Beach International Boat Show. With the theme of “Lettuce Shop Safely” and several other cute vegetable puns, event organizers have put the appropriate safety measures in place to ensure fun can still be had, safely. Plenty of parking is available at various city parking garages, and those who enter before 1 p.m. will receive two hours of free parking. For those arriving by boat, the city offers free docks, just a short walk away. The market is dog-friendly and short leashes are encouraged.
Royal Palm Beach Green Market and Bazaar
Each Saturday beginning October 10, 2020 through April 24, 2021, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., join herb, spice, honey, fruit, vegetable, baked good merchants and an assortment of food trucks at Royal Palm’s Lakeside at Village Hall. Alongside the local food purveyors, vendors will also include a selection of artists, crafters, jewelry makers and other goods and wearables. 

One-way traffic, masks usage, social distancing, individually wrapped utensils, sanitation stations and staff limitations will all be practiced and enforced. 

Greenacres Green Market and Bazaar
Every Sunday morning from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., rain or shine, count on this market for your fresh produce, plants, honey and deliciously baked goods. Taking place at Samuel J. Ferreri Park from October 11, 2020 through April 25, 2021, the space offers shaded walkways alongside the park’s tranquil waters. COVID-19 safety guidelines will be in place. 

Outdoor Wellness

Yoga Path’s Yoga in The Park – Offered each Saturday and Sunday at 9:30 a.m., this donation-based community class is a great way to start off your weekend in a peaceful way. Roll out your mat at West Palm Beach’s Phipps Park, underneath the shade of the park’s majestic banyan trees for this vinyasa practice. 

Yoga at Grandview Public Market 
With three yoga classes offered weekly, the Market invites you to connect with the community and add a new element of relaxation to your week. You can opt to enhance your morning or wind down the stresses of the day with these outdoor workouts. On Thursdays, come for happy hour and stay for vinyasa with Chad Carpenter at 6:30 p.m., or begin your weekend with breakfast at the market followed by vinyasa with Amanda Hills at 10 a.m., while Maki Criscaut leads an open flow practice on Sundays at 10 a.m. All classes are donation-based and an hour long.  

Cultural Events

South Florida Science Center & Aquarium’s Real Bodies: The Exhibition
A new version of this nationally acclaimed exhibit offers a unique glimpse into the human anatomy, its inner workings and cultural and emotional significance through history. The powerful exhibit, which debuted at the South Florida Science Center & Aquarium in September 2020, features 20 real, polymer-preserved human bodies and more than 200 anatomical specimens with a goal to awe guests of all ages and inspire the next generation of doctors and scientists. 

Real Bodies Exhibition Image of Body
Real Bodies: The Exhibition. Photo credit: Image Exhibitions

The exhibit also features a timely COVID-19 component with the latest science-based information about the novel coronavirus. Safety guidelines such as social distancing and mask-wearing is required for those over 2 years old. Visitors are encouraged to bring their own masks. The exhibit will run through April 11, 2021. 
Flagler Museum - Live Music – Organ & Piano Demonstrations 
Adding to the Gilded Age architecture and the museum’s rich historical appeal, another unique draw awaits guests this fall. Those who visit on any Tuesday from October 6, 2020 through November 10, 2020, can enjoy the sounds of organ and piano performances. During these select dates, professional musicians will fill the first floor with melodic sounds. 

Pianist playing the Steinway in Drawing Room at The Flagler Museum
Photo credit: Courtesy of Flagler Museum 

Performances will span both the 1 and 2 p.m. timed-entry general admission periods, while the J.H. & C.S. Odell Co. organ in the Music Room and the Drawing Room’s Steinway art case Model B grand piano, custom-made for Mary Lily, come to life with period music. Each Tuesday, the performance will have a different theme from the last and some music played will be from the Flagler Museum Archives. Admission tickets can be pre-purchased from now through end of year. Safety policies and procedures are in place.

Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens’ - Workshops, Classes & Demonstrations 
Since 1977, the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens has served as the cultural hub for Japanese art and its historical connection with South Florida. Through December 5, 2020, the cultural museum and center will offer a series of workshops, classes and demonstrations, including Sumi-e Ink Painting, introduction to the Japanese language, the Art of Bonsai, tea ceremonies, Shibori dyeing and walking programs. All these only enhance the museum’s collection of six uniquely different Japanese gardens, each inspired by a Japanese period and particular style of traditional Japanese gardening. For more details on pricing and availability, please check their website

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