“Prost!” That’s “cheers!” in German, and the only German word you need to know at this year’s 44th annual Oktoberfest at the American-German Club in Lake Worth starting Friday, Oct. 13. Submerge yourself in the German culture by enjoying two weekends of family fun, with authentic German meals, live music, entertainment, arts and crafts for the kids and of course, more beer! Oktoberfest of the Palm Beaches is held the second and third weekends in October every year, rain or shine.
The celebration will kick off with several ceremonies such as a flag parade and a German beer keg tapping. The Heldensteiner band is back straight from Munich at Oktoberfest of the Palm Beaches. Get ready to drink, eat, and dance your butt off in your best German attire. Keep your eyes open and congratulate the winner of Miss Oktoberfest 2017. For event updates, click here.
Thousands of people will be at Moonfest on Clematis street, in downtown West Palm Beach, from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. Saturday night. Maybe as many as 30,000 if we’re talking the number of bodies the organizers expect the event to attract.
Even though this is a grown folks night out (21+), every year there are costume fails—no matter the age. Here are the dos and don’ts of dressing up for Palm Beach County’s biggest Halloween extravaganza.
It’s your chance to be creative, scare some kids and win some cash! Once again, it’s time for the Annual Scarecrow Festival & Contest in downtown West Palm Beach which is Saturday, Oct. 22 at 2 p.m. You’re welcome.
This spooky and interactive festival, presented by the Historical Society of Palm Beach County, brings large crowds of local businesses, schools, families and community groups. So far, the Facebook event has 2.1k people interested in attending, and 200 confirmed for attending. And why wouldn’t you go? The cash prizes include the People’s Choice $300 prize, 1st place $200 prize, and 2nd place $100 prize.
In addition to the scarecrow competition, this event will have plenty of family fall favorites like pumpkin decorating, a haystack hunt, museum tours, face painting, and plenty of music and food.
If you attend events primarily for the food and drinks, this one is no exception. According to the event, this year’s agriculture booths will be better than ever, with a lot more organic foods to choose from. And, for those with a sweet tooth, bring some extra cash to buy all kinds of baked goodies. Did I mention there’s also a pie eating contest?
Important: The deadline to enter the scarecrow contest is Thursday, Oct. 19, 2016. Entry forms are available online at hspbc.org or http://bit.ly/2auwgcJ.
When: 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016.
Where: The Richard and Pat Johnson Palm Beach County History Museum. 300 N. Dixie Highway. West Palm Beach, Fl. 33401. Free event parking on 4th street
Music festivals are always a blast, especially when you get to hear your favorite jams, remixes or original songs while having your arms around your buddies (or special someone) and signing along. However, while some music spectacles can be very pricey, this upcoming one up is not! Head over to the free “Damn Glad to Party with You” music festival this Saturday, Oct. 15 at CSW Bar + Kitchen in Lake Worth.
If great music, a fantastic Indie craft bazaar and unique beers can’t get you through 12 hours of partying from 2 p.m. to 2 a.m, then there’s seriously something wrong with you. I’m only kidding, but really, this event has plenty of fun to get you going.
Kent LawlerCheck and DJ’s Layne Fox will set the mood throughout this event, by performing between live performances. The live music line up is here:
Note: Meet at the museum 10 minutes prior to start time, the class is weather dependent, please check the website for updates and future start times.
LIGHTHOUSE SUNSET TOUR
This tower reaches a height of 105 feet above the water, and you get to climb as you learn its history. Once you’ve made it to the top, you’ll reward yourself with beautiful sunsets from this amazing landmark. Bring your camera!
Opens: Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016, beginning with an inside look at the nuts & bolts of a working lighthouse watch room. The tours are 75 minutes long.
When: Oct. 19, Nov. 2 & 30, and Dec. 14 & 28. 6 to – 7:15 pm.
Note: Children must be at least 48” tall to climb the tower.
LIGHTHOUSE STORY TIME & CRAFTS FOR KIDS
Hey parents: It’s picnic time for you and the little ones! This 45-minute program includes craft activities and story time about the Lighthouse Keepers, Florida history, people, local plants and animals. Bring your sandwiches, floor mat and juice boxes to start your day under the Lighthouse Seminole Chickee Hut. Oh, and don’t forget your kids.
Put on your hiking gear, pack lots of water and splash some sunscreen. Get on your best Indiana Jones attitude and get ready to discover the topography and natural history of Jupiter’s 120-acre conservation lands. This two-mile excursion passes through several historic points around the lighthouse.
When: Nov 5, Dec 3. 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.
Where: 500 Captain Armour’s Way, Jupiter. The hike departs from the flag pole at the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse and Museum.
Cost: Admission is free but space is limited; rsvp required.
Note: The minimum age for children is 5. Ages 13 & under must be accompanied by an adult who is at least 18 years old.
LIGHTHOUSE MOONRISE TOUR
Sunrises and sunsets always get the credit, yet moonrises are just as amazing. We’re lucky to live by the east coast because we can see the moon rising from the Atlantic! Sometimes the moon puts on a bright silver costume but when she’s feeling frisky, she turns bright red.
Note: Children must be at least 48” tall to climb the tower.
Lighthouse River Rendezvous
This is the Cadillac of all of these events. A must-attend social gathering that celebrates the history of the iconic Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse and its photographers who have captured the landmark at its very best.
Enjoy a live music, hors d’oeuvres from Jupiter’s top restaurants, choose among fine beers and wines and participate in the magical silent auction. You’ll take home a limited edition 2017 Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse Calendar and meet and greet the photographers of social media who made it possible.
We may not be crunching leaves or catching a chill in South Florida, but fall is here and that means the pumpkin picking, football watching and school shopping is in full effect. It means we can also look forward to Oktoberfest, which happens all over the world during this time, every year.
ORLANDO — When the leaves turn brown and begin to fall, when the weather starts getting a tad nippier at night, when the NFL season is in full swing, that only means one thing….it’s time to get the living heck scared out of you at Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Orlando Resort.
Yes, the 26th annual frightfest returns Friday, running on select nights through Oct. 31 with nine haunted houses, including those featuring Leatherface, the chainsaw-loving homicidal maniac from “The Texas ChainsawMassacre;” Michael Myers, the knife-wielding, slow-walking killer from, oh, 68 “Halloween” films; the bloodthirsty zombies from AMC’s “The Walking Dead” and, the one I’m looking forward to most, the pea soup-spewing, head-spinning demonic little girl from “The Exorcist” – still the scariest movie ever made.
If that’s not enough, look for more chills and thrills inside “American Horror Story,” FX’s wildly popular anthology, but ridiculously violent, series and “Krampus,” a horned creature who punishes children at Christmastime. Gives new meaning to the “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town” lyrics, “You better watch out/You better not cry/You better not pout/I’m telling you why,” doesn’t it?
Also look for five scare zones and two live shows.
Anyone who really knows me, knows Halloween Horror Nights is one of my favorite events of the year. I moved to Florida from New York in 1996 with my family and I’ve been to every HHN since.
This year, I’m psyched about “The Exorcist,” a movie that haunted my dreams for months after seeing it as an 11-year-old kid when the film premiered in 1973. I wasn’t alone. Moviegoers were reported fainting in theaters. I wasn’t that bad. I just covered my eyes a lot. If I had another set of hands, I would’ve covered my ears while little girl Regan (Linda Blair) was speaking in tongues. I still haven’t forgiven my mom for taking me.
Anyway, I’m 54 now. Way past the childhood trauma of watching a little girl’s head spin 360 degrees while she’s saying the kind of naughty things no little girl has any business saying.
At least, I hope I’m past that trauma. I’ve seen the film several times since 1973 and usually rent it around Halloween as part of my own personal “Horrorfest” movie marathon I host at home. But watching a film and seeing a possessed little girl whose voice is deeper than mine in person are two different things.
Look for an upcoming blog on my reaction to little girl Regan’s evil antics in the coming weeks.
For more ghoulish information on HHN, click here….if you dare! (Cue sinister laugh)
The list includes 14 festivals devoted to an only-in-the Sunshine-State mix of fare that includes Fellesmere’s Frog Leg Festival, Niceville’s Boggy Bayou Mullet Festival, the Kumquat Fest in Dade City and Labelle’s Swamp Cabbage Festival.
Most are held in the winter, but there’s still time to take in two this spring and summer: The Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival will be held April 29-May 1 in Fernandina Beach near Jacksonville and Key West’s Lobsterfest is August 11 – 14.
The 54th annual Delray Affairtakes place today through Sunday along the streets of downtown Delray Beach and stretches twelve city blocks from the Intracostal to NW 2nd Avenue.
What started in 1947 as the Gladiola Festival — with its own Gladiola Queen — is now one of the most popular fun-in-the-sun festivals in South Florida, attracting about 300,000 people over three days.
Here are five reasons to go:
Skip the gym:
Get in your exercise walking from one end to the other. The festival takes up twelve city blocks, from the Intracoastal to NW 2nd Ave. If you’re feeling fit, walk over the bridge to A1A.
Shop early for Mother’s Day:
Take mom and see what catches her eye here. There are over 500 vendors featuring fine arts, hand-crafted arts, crafts.
Family fun zone:
New this year, the free Family Fun Zone will feature 30 arcade games and a dunk tank!
It’s a small town with big civic pride. More than 100 volunteers make this festival pop.
Free people-watching, free browsing, and free Geico bus – located at 1st Ave. and Atlantic, step aboard the bus and enjoy pinball, karaoke and giveaways.
If you go: Delray Affair, Intracoastal to NW 2nd Avenue in Delray Beach, April 8-10, Free, 561-279-0907
The South Florida Fair runs from Jan. 15 through 31 with a host of games, funnel cakes, and amusement park rides to fit your fancy. But, how do you save a few dimes while still having a night of fun? Use these seven tips.
Buy your tickets now! Discount tickets are on-sale at all Palm Beach County area Publix Supermarkets and on-line at the fair website. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the gate for adults and $5 in advance and $8 at the gate for children.
Support your local schools Purchasing early tickets can help with local education since those buying tickets through Partners in Education can give 10 percent credit to a child’s school when purchasing online. The Fair will also reimburse the selected school 10 percent for all purchases made using the school code.
Go an extra ticket for free on Publix Buying your ticket early to go on the first day? Net one of the festival’s best deals by earning a free ticket for another day’s admission courtesy of Publix. This deal only works for people buying tickets early and attending the festival on Jan. 15.
Save $5 on Ride-A-Thon Want to get a jump start on the South Florida Fair action? An online coupon allows people interested in attending Ride-A-Thon on Thursday, Jan. 14 to get $5 off the $15 admission price. The event runs from 5 p.m. until 10 p.m.
Ride a Bike! Desiring to attend the fair, but also a motorcycle enthusiast? Thursday Jan. 21 and Jan. 28 are the Bike Nite Parades. Running from 6 p.m. until 6:30, more than 300 motorcycles will ride though the grounds with admission only $5 per person for those on the bikes.
Free concerts! For those attending Bike Nite, general seating is free for the Jan. 21 concert with The Guess Who and the Jan. 28 concert with Starship with Mickey Thomas. Reserved seating at both events costs $10 and does not include Fair admission.
Go mega! If you feel like the South Florida Fair will be a multiple day event, the “Mega Saver” package is available for $89 and includes four any-day admissions, two ride/wristband vouchers, and four $5 food tickets. Each wristband can be upgraded on Saturday or Sunday for an additioal $10.
For more information on the South Florida Fair, visit the website.