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.
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.
It’s that time of year when weekends are filled with festivals galore! And this weekend kicked off two big ones:
The Latin Food and Music Festival:
The Latin Food and Music Festival went above and beyond the expectations.
This was the inaugural Latin event of its kind held at the South Florida Fairgrounds Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 17 and 18 in West Palm Beach. Surprisingly, it brought an outstanding attendance doubling expectations.
The event was split into two different areas: indoor bazaar-style market, and outdoor food ‘paraiso!’ From Colombian Arepas and Mexican Tacos to your typical fair funnel cakes, the food offerings featured many Latin American flavors. But where was the fiesta? Inside, with AC!
Don’t let the commodity of the air conditioning fool you, the party was hot! Headliners such as Tito Puente Jr. and Angel y Kriz performed lively on stage, meanwhile, the guests got to show off their Latin moves with each classic tune. Even the police officers couldn’t help but move!
If there was one thing you missed by not attending West Palm Beach’s Taste of Soul Food Festival on the downtown waterfront, it was the amazing Caribbean dishes and soul food plates. For less than $10, you got a protein, and at least three sides and a drink.
The live music performances kept men and women on their feet and in front of the stage vibin’ the entire time. Even the children were shaking their hips as they danced to songs like “Cha-Cha Slide” and “Drop That ‘NaeNae.”
Many attended the event to see Stephen Marley’s performance. He and his band arrived just as the sun was setting. The sounds of his voice and the live band were soothing and served as the perfect way to end the night.
Need plans for the weekend? If you love beer, wine and food, these festivals are for you:
Jupiter Food & Wine Festival
Sample dishes and drinks at the seventh annual Jupiter Food & Wine Festival. The Friends of Jupiter Beach event will feature food and drink from over 40 of Palm Beach County’s finest restaurants, cafés, brewing companies and beverage providers. Mo & Sally from KOOL 105.5 are honorary chairs.
The event runs from 3 to 5:30 p.m. Saturday. 6285 Riverwalk Lane, Jupiter. Tickets start $60 for adults, $15 children.
Delray Beach Craft Beer Fest
The fifth annual Delray Beach Craft Beer Fest takes place tonight (5/13) from 6:30 to 10:30 at the Old School Square Pavilion. Tickets — $60 VIP, $40 general admission — are good for unlimited sampling of more than 100 craft brews and ciders as well as wines. 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach.
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.
Time to dust off your kimono because it’s finally spring and that can only mean one thing: The Hatsume Fair returns to the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens. The Delray Beach landmark and cultural sweet spot, typically described as tranquil and calming, gets tossed into a fun frenzy of taiko drums, sake tastings and fashion shows for this annual spring festival. While you’re there, visit the adorable gift shop for fun gifts and special items for that family member or friend that enjoys the culture of the Land of the Rising Sun.
If you go: Hatsume Fair 2016: Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Advance tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for kids (ages 4-10) online and tickets at the gate are $15 for adults and $10 for kids. Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens, 4000 Morikami Park Road, Delray Beach. Info: 561-495-0233.
Plaza Down Under Riverwalk
There will be music, including steel drums, the Junkanoo Band and the Floridian Band, along with dancing and kids’ activities. Enjoy fresh and delicious dishes and check out all the craft vendors.
If you go: Tropic Fest: The free event runs from 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday. 25 S. Coastal Way, Jupiter. Information: 561-741-2400.
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