Top Events for Mind & Body in The Palm Beaches

September 19, 2019

Searching for a vacation that will nourish your mind, body and spirit? These annual events are just what the doctor ordered.

There’s something about The Palm Beaches and healthy living that go together like sunshine and saltwater. Trulia named us the #2 community in the U.S. to get fit, touting our abundance of green space, trails, gyms and year-round warm weather for outdoor recreation. So it should come as no surprise that The Palm Beaches are home to numerous events centered on fostering physical and mental well-being. 

Whether you’re an ultrarunner, a weekend warrior or just someone who appreciates the benefits of a little me-time, here are four great events to put on your calendar. 

Yoga on the beach

Spa & Wellness Month, October

October has become synonymous with pampering in The Palm Beaches, thanks to annual Spa & Wellness Month. Dozens of area spas and fitness studios offer special deals on spa treatments and group fitness classes, with a portion of proceeds benefiting Breast Cancer Awareness organizations.

But it’s not all massages and mud masks; even places like Busch Wildlife Refuge and Manatee Lagoon get in on the action, hosting affordable yoga classes in a unique setting, while restaurants ranging from La Masseria to Meraki Juice Kitchen offer special menus and offers on healthy eats. Browse this year’s offers and book ahead, as these deals are in high demand!

DistrictFit, October and March

They say working out with a partner yields better results, but what about a whole community? At DistrictFit, you can take a variety of free indoor and outdoor fitness classes led by elite instructors, attend holistic nutrition workshops, and shop at pop-up boutiques from big wellness brands—all with several dozen of your fellow fitness enthusiasts. This three-day festival is held twice a year at Rosemary Square in West Palm Beach, and 100% of proceeds go to the American Cancer Society in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Kayaking Lake Worth Lagoon

LagoonFest, November
Living among so much stunning coastline, it’s easy to take our waters for granted. But LagoonFest, held each fall, celebrates the wonders of Lake Worth Lagoon, a 20-mile urban estuary that spans several communities in The Palm Beaches. Bring the family to enjoy stand-up paddleboard yoga demos, mural painting, a Kid Zone and wildlife presentations—or pay it forward by participating in a kayak clean-up tour. Even better, it’s all absolutely free! LagoonFest also coincides with the West Palm Beach GreenMarket, so you can stock up on fresh produce and local goods from more than 90 vendors.

Marathon runners

FITTEAM Palm Beaches Marathon, December

Each December, thousands of runners dash to The Palm Beaches to participate in the FITTEAM Palm Beaches Marathon, one of the largest races in South Florida. This weekend-long event consists of a marathon, half-marathon, relay, 10K and 5K, so there’s something for just about every runner. 

The course features flat, scenic terrain winding through colorful West Palm Beach neighborhoods all along Lake Worth Lagoon. In addition to the race there will be parties, fireworks and a free Health & Fitness Expo happening all weekend at Meyer Amphitheatre. The marathon is a Boston Marathon qualifier, so expect lots of fast feet in attendance. Sign up now to secure your spot.

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