EVENTS CALENDAR for The Palm Beaches

September 2017 through August 2018

No matter what time you visit The Palm Beaches, there is something to do year-round. Although the months of December through April hold the bulk of activity, there are plenty of events to keep you entertained while you explore this area of Southeast Florida. Located just one hour north of Miami and two hours southeast of Orlando, it’s an easy getaway whether you’re coming from an international destination or from another region in the state. Ranging from free and family-friendly to adults-only, and at cost, here is a compilation of our growing events calendar for you to consider:
 
SEPTEMBER 2017
 
Boca Restaurant Month: September 1-30, 2017
This month-long restaurant promotion in Boca Raton will celebrate Boca’s incredible array of culinary experiences. The event is themed “Boca LOVES New York,” because of the vast number of New York-inspired restaurants in the area.

Flavor Palm Beach: September 1-30, 2017
From Jupiter/Tequesta to Boca Raton, savor the flavor of more than 50 local restaurants and bistros during the entire month of September. From surf and turf to burgers and fries, Flavor Palm Beach invites you to enjoy three-course prix fixe lunch and/or dinner options for a great price. A sampling of this year’s participating restaurants includes 50 Ocean, Café Boulud, Café Chardonnay, Jardin, Evo, Meat Market, Maison Carlos, PB Catch, The Cooper, Tommy Bahama, The Little Chalet and Imoto, to name a few.
 
Brazilian Beat: September 9, 2017
Brazilian Beat is back for its 6th year in Downtown Boca Raton’s Mizner Park. This free event brings together the art of music and dance in one mesmerizing evening. Get your groove on and be a part of this dazzling official celebration of Brazilian Independence. Live music, street dancing, including costumed dancers in a Rio-style parade, a Capoeira circle, samba drummers a Zumba showcase and savory Brazilian cuisine and cocktails will make for a most memorable festival.
 
Brew At The Zoo: September 16, 2017
Animal encounters, food trucks, live music and a VIP lounge with great food and wide selection of Florida craft brews from over 25 breweries can be enjoyed at this annual event at the Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society.

OCTOBER 2017

Spa & Wellness Month: October 1-31, 2017
Celebrated for its award-winning spas and wellness offerings, The Palm Beaches of South Florida will host its second annual Spa & Wellness Month in October 2017. The month-long promotion will highlight the array of wellness-focused offerings available throughout America's First Resort Destination®. It is designed to rejuvenate your mind, body and soul through more than 30 unique offers. In support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a portion of all proceeds will support the Palm Beach Chapter of the American Cancer Society. Some of the offers include world-class resort spas, such as The Breakers, Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa, and PGA National Resort & Spa.
 
Oktoberfest: October 13-15 & 20-22, 2017
Dine on authentic meals of bratwurst and schnitzel, sip imported and domestic beers, schnapps, 30 different types of liquor, and listen to entertainment by two original Oktoberfest bands direct from Germany. Enjoy family-friendly entertainment with arts and crafts, carnival games, folk-dancing, vendor displays and souvenirs. 
 
Boynton Beach Haunted Pirate Fest and Mermaid Splash: October 21- 22, 2017
Boynton Beach will once again play host to streets full of pirates and mermaid beauties at this annual celebration.  The free festivities include a Hooks & Tails Costume contest, a Jamboree parade, and a mermaid pageant.

NOVEMBER 2017

LagoonFest: November 4, 2017
Listen to live music, watch wildlife presentations, explore the exhibitions, and enjoy many children’s activities, lagoon tours, water sports and more, at this family-friendly event. Located along the West Palm Beach Waterfront, also known as the Lake Worth Lagoon and Intracoastal Waterway, the festival aims to educate and inspire visitors and locals to learn about the Lagoon, and explore the historic waterway.
 
CANVAS Outdoor Museum Show: Exact dates to follow
West Palm Beach welcomes street artists and muralists during the 3rd year of this multi-day interactive art experience as a prelude to Miami’s Art Basel. The Outdoor Museum Show will showcase more than 20 artists from around the globe, with world-renowned and emerging artists. Each will paint large-scale murals on public and private buildings, construct public sculptures and art installations all within walking distance from Downtown West Palm Beach.
 
DECEMBER 2017
 
Palm Beach Food & Wine Festival: December 14-17, 2017
Enjoy Palm Beach’s very best restaurants at some of the destination’s most luxurious venues, as you meet and mingle with some of the nation’s notable chefs. Robert Irvine, Daniel Boulud, Virginia Philip and Lindsay Autry have been among the featured chef talents in previous years.
 
Boca Raton Bowl: December 19, 2017
Held at the Florida Atlantic University stadium, recognized as the only stadium where you can see the ocean from the box seats, this collegiate football game brings two university-level teams to compete for the Boca Raton Bowl Trophy. This event is televised on ESPN.
Weekend Dinner and Sunday Brunch Series at Swank Table Events: Nov. 26, 2017 through May 13, 2018
This unique series of al fresco Sunday Brunches, as well as Saturday and Sunday night dinners, take place on Swank Specialty Produce’s farm. Calling on the best of the state's farmers, ranchers, artisanal producers, micro-brewers, distillers and organic wine makers, chefs produce multi-course dinners of the highest quality underneath the hand-built outdoor pole barn, immaculately transformed with beautiful table settings and decor. Each dinner is specially curated with renowned local and nationally-honored chefs who create several-course meals (five-course for Saturday dinners and seven-course for Sunday dinners) for the attendees, at one set cost. Each dinner will also benefit a local charity. Brunch is a more casual, family-friendly, and more affordable experience. Attendees to all events can also enjoy local bands and local brewers.

JANUARY 2018
 
Something Big 2018 Yoga Event: January 1, 2018
Locals and visitors are encouraged to start the year off right, at this free outdoor public yoga class that takes place every year at Mizner Park Amphitheater on New Year’s Day. All levels and ages are welcome.  Yogis can join Leslie Glickman and The Yoga Journey Team, along with friends, family, loved ones and other like-minded people in creating something truly special, SOMETHING BIG, as participants feel the vibration of more than 1,000 people practicing together.
 
Palm Beach International Polo Season: January – April 2018
The sport of kings brings an entire season of exciting competition, highlighted by the U.S. Polo Open to the International Polo Club Palm Beach. Starting in early January, the weekly Sunday afternoon event becomes the epicenter of social activity, as many of the world’s finest competitors come to show their riding skills in High and Medium Goal matches.
 
FTI Winter Equestrian Festival: January 10 – April 1, 2018
The FTI Winter Equestrian Festival events showcase the partnership of horse and rider during through the thrills and grace of show jumping and the elegance of dressage. Some of the most experienced individuals perform during the largest and longest-running horse show in the world. Dressage combines the ballet of balance and beauty, while show jumping keeps audiences on the edge of their seats, as the graceful animals fly over fences and stiles in an exciting display of power and riding talent.
 
The South Florida Fair: January 12 - 28, 2018
The 16-day fair brings more than 200 rides and 1,000 exhibitors to the South Florida Fairgrounds in West Palm Beach. Attractions include four stages for live music and entertainment, world class ice skating performances, award-winning agriculture and livestock programs and the historic Yesteryear Village.
 
Delray Beach Fashion Week: Exact dates to follow
Celebrate fashion, local designers and unique boutiques at Delray Beach Fashion Week. The local styles, designs and diverse fashions will take center stage with fashion shows, runway events, a designer showcase, beauty clinics, and a hair show.
 
Palm Beach Poetry Festival: January 15-20, 2018
The 14th Annual Palm Beach Poetry Festival will be held at Delray Beach Center for the Arts in Delray Beach, Florida. The six-day festival features some of America’s most award-winning and engaging poets. Visitors can expect poetry readings, craft talks, interviews and panel discussions, workshops and more.
 
ArtPalmBeach: January 17 -21, 2018
Internationally renowned as the premier mid-winter contemporary art fair on Florida’s Gold Coast, ArtPalmBeach is a five-day fair. Bringing more than 85 international galleries to the Palm Beach County Convention Center, the 20th annual event showcases paintings, photography, sculpture and ceramics of the 20th and 21st centuries.
 
FOTOfusion: January 23- 27, 2018
FOTOfusion welcomes professionals and amateurs alike in exhibiting digital art and multimedia presentations.
 
Jupiter Craft Brewers Festival: January 26 through January 27, 2018
During Jupiter’s Craft Brewers Festival, visitors can enjoy a series of brew-focused events over a two-day span. Events include Field of Beers, Craftoberfest and the Jupiter Craft Brewers Festival. During Field of Beers, a ticketed event that takes place on January 26 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., hyper-local craft breweries and local chefs team up for 15+ classic beer and food pairings at Roger Dean Stadium, located in Jupiter. Fifteen teams of brewers and chefs present innovative, original creations, specifically designed to complement one another. Unlimited food and drink samples are available with ticket purchase. On January 27, two events take place simultaneously, one of which is the 12th Annual Jupiter Craft Brewers Festival from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Roger Dean Stadium. Admission includes craft beer sampling, and food will be available for purchase. Here, attendees will be able to sample a variety of craft beers and live music. From 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Craftoberfest, which takes place across the street from the stadium at the Abacoa Theatre Green, visitors can enjoy the unique tastes of craft beer and traditional German-style food at cost. During this popular event, which has been called the most culturally authentic in America, live German music by the authentic oompah band, Sonnenschein Express, plays in the background. Admission is free, but a portion of food and drink proceeds will go to the Autism Project.
 
FEBRUARY 2018
 
Boca Raton Regional Hospital Championship: February 5-11, 2018
Previously recognized at the Allianz Championship, this event features 78 of the best Championship Tour professionals as they shoot it out in stroke play with a total purse of $1.8 million. More than just a spectator event, Allianz features adult and junior Pro-Am tournaments, putting contests, clinics, and more.
 
Garlic Festival: February 9-11, 2018
This International Award-Winning three-day festival, now in its 19th year, celebrates food and fun with the incorporation of garlic-infused cuisine, contests, vendors and music. Visitors can enjoy the “Best Stinkin’ Party in Town” at Lake Worth’s John Prince Park.
 
Everglades Day: February 10, 2018
Now it its 19th year, this festival and eco-adventure celebrates the appreciation of wildlife, while educating the community in a fun way. Held at the Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge, this year’s festival theme is "Colors of the Everglades.” Attendees can enjoy wildlife presentations, interactive games, guest speakers, conservation exhibits, demonstrations, canoeing, music, food trucks and time in the outdoors. Admission is free.
 
Fresh Fest: Exact dates to follow
This festival celebrates local businesses, healthy living, fitness, music and art. Participants can sign up for a variety of fitness classes, enjoy diverse vendors, live music, art, workshops and more.
 
Palm Beach Jewelry, Art & Antique Show: February 15-20, 2018
International exhibitors display their fine works from across the globe in a prestigious show encompassing fine jewelry, exquisite works of art and fascinating antiques. This show is the largest of its kind in the United States.
 
Delray Beach Open: February 16-25, 2018
See current and past legends of high-caliber professional tennis compete in more than a week of matches, and enjoy special events and parties along the iconic Atlantic Avenue District of Delray Beach. The event includes the ATP Champions Cup, legends of the past competing as Team USA vs. Team International, followed by ATP World Tour action - bringing fans the top tennis stars in the world.
 
ArtiGras: February 17-19, 2018
Over President’s Day weekend, this art-filled, three-day, family-friendly event brings in spectacular art of all media types, including sculptures, paintings, ceramics, photography, multi-media, and more. Live music of a variety of genres will serenade attendees, and plenty of food and drink vendors are on site to enjoy.
 
Jupiter Seafood Festival: Exact Dates to Follow
For two days, seafood lovers can enjoy fresh seafood, live music and family fun. A corn hole tournament, nautical vendors and family rides will also be available to attendees. This year’s festival will take place at Jupiter’s Carlin Park.

The Honda Classic: February 19-25, 2018
The PGA Tour stops by for its annual visit to one of professional golf's most notable locations – PGA National Resort & Spa. A tour highlight for players and fans alike, the Champion Course – home of the famous Bear Trap and toughest golf course in Florida, according to the PGA Tour – hosts the prestigious Honda Classic.
 
Festival of the Arts BOCA: February 23- March 4, 2018
An extraordinary, multi-day cultural arts event that brings in some of the world’s most sought-after jazz, opera and classical performers, as well as recognized, award-winning authors and speakers. 
 
Lake Worth Street Painting Festival: February 24-25, 2018
This art festival draws more than 100,000 art lovers to Lake Worth each year. With more than 600 artists on the pavement, street murals, music, restaurants, food and snack concessions on site, visitors can enjoy a weekend filled of entertainment.
 
MARCH 2018
 
Spring Training Baseball - Miami Marlins/ St. Louis Cardinals, Washington Nationals & Houston Astros: March 2018
Each March, the destination hosts four Major League Baseball teams at the area’s two ballparks. In Jupiter, Roger Dean Stadium welcomes the St. Louis Cardinals and the Miami Marlins for Spring Training. In West Palm Beach, The Ballpark of The Palm Beaches welcomes the Washington Nationals and the Houston Astros, along with their many fans. More information is available on http://www.rogerdeanstadium.com/ and http://www.ballparkpalmbeaches.com/.
 
Art Boca Raton: March 14-18, 2018
Art Boca Raton is a contemporary art fair from the organizers of Art Palm Beach. International galleries will be exhibiting modern, contemporary, and emerging art from the 20th and 21st centuries.
 
Delray Beach St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Festival: March 16-17, 2018
Visitors are encouraged to show off their green at this fun-filled two-day celebration. Catch the parade along the Atlantic Avenue route. During the parade, uniformed honor guards, color guards, pipes and drum bands from all over the world march in colorful array.
 
Wellington Bacon and Bourbon Fest: March 23-25, 2018
This event offers a wide-ranging menu developed by local chefs. Guests can explore the boundaries of bacon and pork-related dishes - from the traditionally-inspired to the unusual, such as bacon ice cream. Bourbon, Irish whiskey, rye, ice cold beer and a sampling for wine will be available as well.

Palm Beach International Boat Show: March 22-25, 2018
Ranked among the top 10 yachting events in the world, the show features hundreds of boats ranging from small tenders to superyachts nearly 300 feet in length, plus a wide array of marine accessories, free youth fishing clinics by Hook The Future, IGFA School of Sportfishing, cruising clinics and on-the-water boat handling classes.
TurtleFest: March 24, 2018
At this celebration of sea turtles, attendees can experience closeup encounters with endangered loggerhead, green and leatherback sea turtles. Music and art are also part of the celebration.

PrideFest of Lake Worth and The Palm Beaches: March 24-25, 2018
PrideFest of The Palm Beaches has grown from a small gathering to one of the largest festivals in South Florida, attracting more than 20,000 attendees annually. As Palm Beach County's largest LGBT event, it features a parade, live performances and entertainment for all ages.
 
Savor The Avenue: Exact dates to follow
Enjoy Downtown Delray Beach's diverse collection of restaurants, as you dine at one of the nation's longest dining tables during one of the most highly-anticipated events in the city. Seating 1,100 diners and stretching for five blocks, this event highlights Delray Beach’s diverse collection of restaurants in a fun and unique way. Fifteen to 18 restaurants typically participate, offering special menus and ambiance to dinners who purchase tickets for the event.
 
Palm Beach International Film Festival: Exact dates to follow
For the past 22 years, the Palm Beach International Film Festival has showcased thousands of award-winning films, and hosted filmmakers, actors, industry professionals and press from around the globe. The five-day-long event features a variety of American and international independent films. It has hosted a bevy of top celebrities and filmmakers, including Anthony Hopkins, Tommy Lee Jones, Salma Hayek, and Samuel L. Jackson, to name a few.
 
APRIL 2018
 
Boca Bacchanal: April 6-7, 2018
Sip, savor, and bid at Boca Bacchanal, a one-of-a-kind weekend of delectable dinners. The event features renowned South Florida chefs and unique vintage wines presented in unparalleled settings. Boca Bacchanal showcases a menu of special events filled with gastronomical pleasures and wonderful wines for an unforgettable dining experience. 
 
Gay Polo Week: Exact Dates to Follow
Hosted by the Gay Polo League, this annual tournament and celebration takes place in Wellington for four days full of activities. The event gathers a community that shares a love for adventure, fun, and the beautiful, challenging sport of polo – representing a wide range of ages, backgrounds and skill levels.
 
Delray Affair: April 13-15, 2018
Nicknamed the “Greatest Show under the Sun”, the Delray Affair is the largest arts & crafts festival in the Southeast United States. Approximately 250,000 people will visit Delray Beach during this three-day festival, which stretches 12 city blocks.
 
Black Gold Jubilee: April 14, 2018
This festival is fun for the whole family. Participate in the 5k run/walk, watch the Main Street parade, and listen to live entertainment. Attendees can also enjoy all the other family-friendly activities, rides and games at this all-day affair in Belle Glade.
 
Barrett-Jackson Auto Auction: Exact Dates to Follow
The Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach Auction draws more than 50,000 attendees to the South Florida Fairgrounds in West Palm Beach. The Auction features rare, high-end, collector, vintage, exotics, customs, classics and hot-rods – all for sale, and for viewing.
 
Sweet Corn Fiesta: April 29, 2018
Celebrate the year’s harvest with hot and buttery corn, freshly harvested and locally grown in the famous black soil of The Glades Region of The Palm Beaches. Enjoy live music, summertime foods, kid’s activities and an International Federation of Completive Eaters Corn Eating Contest and a sweet corn shucking contest.

MAY 2018

SunFest: May 2-6, 2018
SunFest is Florida’s largest music, art, and waterfront festival. Held along the scenic Downtown West Palm Beach Waterfront, it is one of the most well-recognized events in the southeast. SunFest presents a range of music from legends to up‐and‐comers, along with artwork and vendors. SunFest features 50 bands, on three stages, for five days.
 
Delray Beach Craft Beer Fest: May 11, 2018
At this popular event at Old School Square, attendees get unlimited sampling of more than 100 craft brews and ciders, as well as wines. Attendance is limited. VIP ticket holders get exclusive tasting of all beers and wines from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Ticket includes a commemorative tasting glass, and featured tap releases. Only 500 VIP tickets are available, so early purchase is encouraged. General admission opens at 7:30 p.m.

JUNE 2018
 
Northwood Mango Heritage Festival: Exact date to follow
This tropical festival brings a taste of summer and all things mangoes to Northwood Village. The all-day affair includes live reggae, Latin fusion and Caribbean music, along with mango-infused food and beverages, chef demonstrations and activities for the whole family.
 
JULY 2018
 
BBQ, Brews, and Blues: Exact dates to follow
Held in the Historic Northwest Neighborhood of West Palm Beach, this festive event invites attendees to enjoy free samples of delicious Southern soul food and craft beers from local vendors during Fourth of July weekend. The family-friendly outdoor event features the area’s best blues and R&B music. Last year’s celebration included J.M. and the Sweets, Dave Scott and The Reckless Shots, and soulful blues powerhouse Cece Teneal.
 
4th On Flagler: Exact dates to follow
South Florida’s largest free outdoor Independence Day celebration takes place along the scenic Waterfront of Downtown West Palm Beach. The event features two stages of live entertainment, children’s activities, giant games, a military honor ceremony and an 18-minute fireworks extravaganza over the Intracoastal Waterway.
 
Fabulous Fourth Celebration: Exact dates to follow
America’s “Founding Fathers” would be proud of the annual Fabulous Fourth Celebration in Boca Raton. Arrive by 6:30 p.m. for kid-friendly activities at deHoernie Park/Spanish River Athletics Complex on Spanish River Boulevard. Stay for the evening’s traditional fireworks display starting at 9 p.m. A free trolley service is offered from the designated parking area at the Boca Corporate Center & Campus to deHoernie Park.
 
10th Annual 4th of July Celebration: Exact dates to follow
West Boca Community Council and the Palm Beach County Parks and Recreation Department presents: The 10th Annual 4th of July Celebration at Sunset Cove Amphitheater in Burt Aaronson South County Regional Park, west of Boca Raton. This free family fun event will have a kids fun zone, concessions on site, a welcome booth and interactive prize wheel, live music by Gypsy Lane and fireworks.
 
July 4th Celebration: Exact dates to follow
The golden sands of Delray Beach will host an annual sand sculpting contest, with live bands performing throughout the day. There will be a flag raising, flag-related crafts and live entertainment on the main stage. Dine al fresco with food from Caffe Luna Rosa, BurgerFi, and Boston’s on the Beach. It all wraps up with a fireworks display beginning at 9 p.m.
 
Downtown Abacoa's 4th of July Block Party: Exact dates to follow
Abacoa will be rocking the 4th with a block party on Town Center Drive. Visitors will find great food and drink specials, shopping specials, beer pong, cornhole tournaments, activities especially for the kids. Live music provided by the band "The People Upstairs. The evening wraps up at 9pm with the fireworks display.
 
July 4th Mega Bash at Roger Dean Stadium: Exact dates to follow
At Roger Dean Stadium, watch the Palm Beach Cardinals take on the Bradentown Marauders at 6 p.m. A dazzling firework display will thrill spectators after the game. Food and refreshments are available for purchase in the stadium. What better way to celebrate the nation’s birthday than with baseball, hotdogs and fireworks!
 
Sunday on the Waterfront: Exact dates to follow
This monthly concert series provides an ideal setting for good times and great entertainment, with popular regional performers and national recording artists performing in Downtown West Palm Beach. 
 
Palm Beach Summer Beer Fest: Exact dates to follow
See what’s brewing this summer at the Palm Beach Summer Beer Fest. Enjoy the distinct flavors of new and local brews at South Florida's only indoor Craft Beer Fest, held at the South Florida Fairgrounds’ Expo Center. Attendees can expect food trucks, beer tastings from more than 40 local, regional and national breweries, live music, donut and craft ice cream tastings, corn hole games, a silent disco and a whiskey and bourbon tasting.
 
Northwood Village Art Night Out: Exact dates to follow
Experience the creative community of Northwood Village as you stroll down Northwood Road with local art and craft vendors from all over South Florida. During the event, you can also shop at the many unique boutiques, consignment stores and galleries during their late hours, and enjoy live street-side artists and musicians.
 
Dine Out Downtown Delray Restaurant Week: August 2018
This 3rd annual, week-long event will feature special multi-course prix fixe lunch and dinner menus and culinary experiences including wine & beer tasting/food pairing dinners, juicing/nutrition classes, cocktail classes, chef demonstrations and more.
 
Craft Beer Bash: August 2018
Enjoy unlimited samplings of more than 150 craft beers and cider selections, food purchase stations, shopping vendors, and timed-release tastings during this festival, held at PGA National Resort & Spa.
 
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