New and returning summer events for all ages and occasions
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (May 30, 2018) – While The Palm Beaches, FL may be best known as a winter escape, the region is awash with summertime charms, including uncrowded beaches, warm ocean water, cooling ocean breezes and summer-only experiences. From funky new art pop-ups to annual celebrations and festivals, America’s First Resort Destination’s vibrant blend of cultural, musical, and foodie-themed happenings is sure to cause FOMO with your Instagram followers all summer long.
Experience local summer flavor at the Delray Beach Summer Market, which takes place in one of the earliest South Florida settlements. With access to notable cultural and art institutions like the Norton Museum of Art, visitors can also get their dose of art — for free — with the Norton Museum’s Art After Dark summer series.
Read on for a sampling of other shareable summer experiences paired with new and returning events taking place in The Palm Beaches this summer:
SUMMER MARKETS & TOURS
Delray Beach Summer GreenMarket
Saturdays 9 a.m.– noon, June 2–July 28
The Third Annual Summer GreenMarket takes place in Delray Beach’s newly branded neighborhood, The Set — one of the earliest settlements in South Florida. The market welcomes 30 premier food vendors offering farm-to-fork produce, just-picked citrus, farm-fresh juices and eggs, and more.
First Friday Art Walks
Downtown Delray is home to several galleries and artist spaces. First Friday Art Walks offer visitors an interactive self-guided tour, which includes opportunities to visit galleries, meet artists and absorb the area’s unique art scene.
Available Tuesday through Saturday 11 a.m.–2 p.m.
West Palm Beach Food Tour, West Palm Beach
Guests participating in the tour will have the chance to meet chefs, taste a dish that’s been featured on the Food Network, learn how to open a coconut, admire colorful murals and hear entertaining stories about the area’s past. As of June 2018, organizers of the West Palm Beach Food Tour have expanded to offer a walking tour of downtown West Palm Beach and now a driving food tour with stops along the Dixie Dining Corridor.
Global Fairy Tale Village, Summer in Paradise
June 7–July 26
West Palm Beach waterfront
As part of its Summer in Paradise campaign, The City of West Palm Beach in partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Palm Beach, will state a Global Fairy Tale Village instillation on the great lawn at the West Palm Beach Waterfront. The village will comprise of 12 outdoor playhouses, each painted to represent a fairy tale from one of the 78 countries that Habitat for Humanity of Palm Beach County serves through its Global Village initiative. The playhouses will be open for free child play through July 26, when they will be auctioned live to the public.
4th on Flagler
July 4, 5–10 p.m.
West Palm Beach Waterfront
One of South Florida’s largest free outdoor Independence Day events! This year’s 30th anniversary celebration includes a military honor ceremony, live music and 18-minute fireworks display.
July Fourth Celebration
July 4, 5–9 p.m.
This Independence Day celebration features nonstop main-stage entertainment (including the U.S. Army Jazz Ambassadors), family activities, a beer garden and fireworks.
Bastille Day Celebration
July 14, noon– 5 p.m.
Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach
The Norton’s annual Bastille Day celebration showcases some of the museum’s most popular works by French artists such as Monet, Renoir, Degas and Gauguin, as well as by artists drawn to the City of Light. The day focuses on French music, art and food with activities for all ages, tours and talks. Local quartet Les Nuages (The Clouds) will present a mix of Parisian love songs and French gypsy-jazz.
6×6 Art Exhibition & Sale
July 26, 6–8 p.m.
Delray Beach The fifth annual 6×6 Art Exhibition & Sale at the Cornell Art Museum at Old School Square features 400 donated 6×6-inch works in a variety of media by artists from around the country. Visitors can preview these works during the month of July and take home an original on July 26.
Dine Out Downtown Delray Restaurant Week
For seven days in August, guests will be able to enjoy Delray’s tastiest culinary offerings during Dine Out Downtown Delray Restaurant Week. Participating restaurants will offer multicourse prix-fixe lunches at $20 and under per person and multicourse prix-fixe dinners for $40 and under per person.
Flavor Palm Beach
Throughout the month of September, visitors and residents alike will enjoy all the tastes of Palm Beach during the annual Flavor Palm Beach. During the dining event, guests will have the opportunity to enjoy a selection of specially priced three course meals from some of the area’s best restaurants.
Mizner Park Amphitheater, Boca Raton
This free event in Boca Raton combines music and dance in a celebration of Brazilian independence. Costumed dancers in a Rio-style parade, a capoeira circle, samba drummers, a Zumba showcase and Brazilian cuisine and cocktails make for a memorable festival.
Art After Dark
Thursdays 5–9 p.m. through July 12
Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach
From Georgia O’Keeffe to paintings from the Ming dynasty, the Norton Museum houses hundreds of unique artworks in its American, Asian, European and contemporary collections. Through July 12, visitors can enjoy these collections for free. This weekly summer event also features live music, exhibition tours and art-making activities.
A performing arts space where visitors can “bring their own…whatever” (food and drinks, including alcohol), while enjoying a variety of performances from comedy to jazz, rock and R&B to author events. The Arts Garage celebrates several genres of the arts with daily performances.
Through September 1
West Palm Beach
An acronym representing the first two letters of the featured artists’ names, GARALA is a new art pop-up featuring artists working in three different mediums — clay pottery, mixed media and portraiture. Guests will see how artists make their work from start to finish. The exhibition includes special events, lectures and classes.
Old School Square Flora Exhibit
Now through September 9
In celebration of the warmer seasons, The Cornell Art Museum at Old School Square presents Flora, a group exhibition of contemporary artwork by 30 artists incorporating themes inspired by the goddess of springtime, fertility and flowers.
Shakespeare by the Sea
July 12-15 and 19–22
Seabreeze Amphitheater, Jupiter
This year’s Palm Beach Shakespeare Festival presents “Antony and Cleopatra.” Audience members are invited to BYOB (bring their own blanket), beach chair and picnic basket or enjoy the food truck concessions at these free outdoor performances. Gates open at 6:30 p.m., and performance begins at 8 p.m.
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About Discover The Palm Beaches Discover The Palm Beaches, formerly the Palm Beach County Convention and Visitors Bureau, is the official 501(c)(6) not-for-profit tourism marketing organization that promotes the collection of 39 cities and towns commonly referred to as “The Palm Beaches,” which spans more than 2,300 square miles and 47 miles of pristine, golden beaches from Boca Raton to Jupiter and Tequesta. Tourism is among Palm Beach County’s major industries, generating $4.7 billion in direct visitor spending and supporting 70,000 jobs with an economic impact of about $7 billion. Once recognized as a tropical escape for elite travelers in the late 1800s, America’s First Resort Destination® is making its resurgence as The Best Way To Experience Florida®, welcoming a record-breaking 7.89 million people in 2017. The Palm Beaches are home to nearly 17,000 hotel rooms, ranging from historic resorts to boutique inns. The destination features more than 100 family-friendly attractions, world-class luxury and antique shopping experiences, 125 miles of peaceful waterways for on- or in-the-water activities, more than 150 artificial reefs that line the Atlantic Ocean’s Gulf Stream current, 160 golf courses, award-winning restaurants and a thriving entertainment scene boasting more than 200 art and culture organizations.
Situated along I-95, The Palm Beaches are also home to Palm Beach International Airport (PBI), with more than 200 daily direct flights to 27 domestic and international destinations in the United States and Canada. The Palm Beaches are also conveniently located next to Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood and Miami International airports, each one only an hour away. In addition, with the new Brightline train, transportation into The Palm Beaches from Fort Lauderdale is even faster and more convenient – with connections to Miami and Orlando coming soon.
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Ashley Svarney, Discover The Palm Beaches
Kayla Lynskey, Development Counsellors International