Ring in a New Year in The Palm Beaches

December 26, 2018

Fairs, festivals and equestrian events you won’t want to miss this January

The Sport of Kings

Palm Beach International Polo

Gallop into the new year at full speed in The Palm Beaches, where premier polo players and enthusiasts meet and compete in a test of skill and fast-paced action. South Florida is the place to be from January to April, when polo players compete during Palm Beach International Polo Season. Nab a $10 general admission ticket and take part in the action as you watch galloping horses and swinging mallets, and take part in quirky traditions. You can even make a full day of it with lunch and dinner, spa treatments, poolside dining and drinks, croquet tournaments and more. 

Race to the Finish


Winter in The Palm Beaches brings mild weather and some friendly competition. The Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington showcases riders of all levels—including children, junior, adult amateur and professional equestrians—in 70 different divisions. Horse and rider compete for over half a billion dollars in this largest and longest-running horse show. See some of the world’s best compete in competitions like show jumping and dressage. It’s a duet of rider and horse and a ballet of balance. Don’t miss out on this equestrian experience. 

The Fair is in Town

South Florida Fair midway

Where else can you celebrate the new year with fried foods, tribute bands and a dance-party extravaganza in comfortable 70-degree weather? From January 18 to February 3, the South Florida Fair rolls into town and turns up the fun in The Palm Beaches. Hundreds of thousands of locals and tourists visit the fair for big-name concerts, more than 200 carnival games, thrilling amusement rides and interesting fair food. Try a doughnut burger or Frosted Flakes chicken on a stick. Play games for prizes and explore the many attractions around the fair. It’s a fun time at the South Florida Fair.

Art for All

Winter in The Palm Beaches is anything but desolate and bare, especially with the brightness of ArtPalmBeach. From January 16-20, art exhibits from about 70 international galleries grace the Palm Beach County Convention Center. The 21st edition of this show is dedicated to emerging art, masterworks of contemporary art and divergent exhibits. See paintings, photography, sculpture, ceramic and more from artists at the top of their game. Sample upscale food, sip espresso and soak in the artistic atmosphere. 

Get Your Camera

Smile! The five-day event FOTOfusion is in The Palm Beaches. Presented by the Palm Beach Photographic Centre in West Palm Beach, FOTOfusion is a workshop event led by around 70 professional photographers and instructors from around the country. Learn from some of the best, and let loose a little at the opening reception and farewell bash. Come away from the workshops, lectures and panel discussions with new tips, tricks and expert knowledge. 

Be Transported to Post-Edwardian England

Downton Abbey costumes

You might not realize you’re still in The Palm Beaches. Downton Abbey: The Exhibition brings the characters and scenes of the hit television show to life. Open now in West Palm Beach until April 22, 2019, the exhibit displays iconic fashions and house decorations from the show’s six seasons. Channel the energy of the Dowager Countess herself. 

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