Best 14 things to do in Palm Beach County in June

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Tito Puente Jr.

1) Tito Puente, Jr. will be rocking the Arts Garage in Delray Beach June 3 and 4 at 7:30 p.m. Puente and his Latin Jazz Ensemble have been called “a dazzling show filled with charisma, flair, and all the right dance moves.” Tickets start at $25 and can be purchased here.

2) Roar & Pour will take over the Palm Beach Zoo June 4 starting at 4:30 p.m. with food, drinks, and live music. The June event will feature San Francisco-infused food including grilled chicken on sour dough, chicken teriyaki, and burgers or hot dogs. The event will also feature a drink menu fueled by Saltwater Brewery in Delray Beach with the band starting at 7:30 p.m. For more information, and tickets, visit the zoo’s website.

3) The Everglades Experience is coming to West Palm Beach at the Grassy Waters Preserve June 4 from 10 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. The event will feature a guided tour along the land and is intended for children 10 and older. Tickets start at $15 for adults and $7 for children with more information here.

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4) Darius Rucker, Dan and Shay, and Michael Ray are jamming on the Perfect Vodka Amphitheater stage June 4 at 7 p.m. The Grammy-winning artist, Rucker, started with Hootie & the Blowfish in 1986, but has since gone solo with four albums, most recently “Southern Style” and “Home for the Holidays.” Tickets start at $33 and can be purchased here.

Related: Concerts you must see this summer in Palm Beach County 

5) “Weird Al” Yankovic is bringing his brand of music and comedy to West Palm Beach and the Kravis Center on June 4 at 8 p.m. The artists is currently in the middle of his “The Mandatory World Tour” and is known for hit parody songs such as “Eat It” and “Like a Surgeon.” He is also one of three people to have had top 40 singles in each of the last four decades, joining Michael Jackson and Madonna. Tickets start at $22 and can be purchased here.

6) Founder’s Day is back at the Flagler Museum with free admission at the gate on June 5 starting at noon and going until 5 p.m. Visitors are offered a self-guided tour of Whitehall through a museum that has been called “an absolute must-see.” For more information on what the museum will be offering, visit their website here.

7) Music in the Museum will be overtaking the Boca Raton Museum of Art on June 5 from 3 until 4 p.m. Performances include Antonio Rincón and David Block on piano and violin. Rincón was trained at the Peabody Conservatory of Music while Block studied at Florida Atlantic University. The concert is free with the cost of the museum’s admission. For more information, click here.

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8) Cyndi Lauper just wants to have fun with guests of her concert June 11 at 8 p.m. at the Mizner Park Amphitheater. The Grammy, Emmy, and Tony-winning artists is celebrating more than 30 years in the business and global record sales of more than 50 million. Tickets start at $39 and can be purchased here.

9) Journey and the Doobie Brothers will be rocking out with the small town girls living in a lonely world on June 11 at 7 p.m. in the Perfect Vodka Amphitheater in Wellington. Journey rose to popularity in the 1970s with hit songs such as “Don’t Stop Believin'” and “Faithfully” with the former hitting number one on iTunes in 2009, becoming the top-selling track on the site not from the 21st century. The Doobie Brothers started in the 1970s with a brief split in the later portion of that decade. Tickets start at $32 and can be purchased here.

10) Beach Walk around Delray Beach on June 11 from 9 a.m. from 10 a.m. The event will feature a guided walk of the beach where participants will investigate plants, animals, and learn more about the ocean. The hour-long program costs $8 per-person with more information here.

11) The Lake Worth Mango Festival will be taking place on June 11 from 9:30 a.m. until 11 a.m. around the city. The event will feature programs along Lake Ave. with food from Eat Da Bone BBQ & Jerk and Sherri’s Breads from the Heart, which will feature mango-infused additions to the timeless favorites. Artists such as TombiFlow and Charles Pan Vibes will be performing d the festival with other street performers showing up. For more information, visit the festival’s website.

12) The Don Quixote Spring Concert will be taking over the Wellington High School Theatre on June 11 from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. and on June 12 from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. The concert promises to take audiences into the world of 19th century Spain “brought to life by beautiful costumes, exceptional acting, and vibrant dancing.” It will be performed by the Arts Dance Generation of Palm Beach County with guest artists Carlos Ignacio Galindez and Aaron Melendez, formerly with the National Ballet of Cuba, joining the group. Tickets start at $30, with a discounted price of $20 for students, and can be purchased here.

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13) Food Truck Safari will be at the Palm Beach Zoo on June 18, starting at 4:30 p.m. With the truck windows opening at 5 p.m., the ones set to appear include Caribbean Cowboy, The Minivan Food Truck, Woody’s Burgers,  World Fusion Cuisine, and Melted Madness. Barrel of Monks Brewing will be providing drinks with admission starting at $10 for nnon-adultmembers, $8 for adult members, $7 for child non-members, and $6 for children members. Those under three get in for free with more information here.

Related: Food truck guide of Palm Beach County

14) Maks and Val Live On Tour: Our Way will be at the Kravis Center on June 19 at 8 p.m. The dance tour includes Maksim and Valentin Chmerkovskiy, two of the stars of ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars,” and will have the brothers bringing to life some of their childhood moments and life stories. Val and I have pushed each other to be better dancers every day since we were kids, and this show will fulfill a lifetime dream to perform on the same stage together across the country,” said Maksim on the event. Tickets start at $25 and can be purchased here.

Best things to do this weekend in Palm Beach County, includes disco and rap!

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Tone Loc will perform at Legends of the Old School II Concert. (Getty Images)

Need plans for the weekend? Here are our favorite picks:

Old school rap

The Legends of the Old School II Concert is tonight at 7 at the Mizner Park Amphitheater. Among those appearing are Bel Biv Devoe, Lisa Lisa, Tone Loc and 69 Boyz. Tickets $49.50. 590 Plaza Real, Boca Raton.

Get you disco on

Boogie down at the Boca Raton Resort & Club with Jellybean Benitez and disco legends:  Tavares, a Sister Sledge, France Joli and Evelyn Champagne King. The event includes a one-night stay, two general admission tickets and an open bar. 501 East Camino Real
Boca Raton.

 

Glorious Gardens: 5 best gardens in Palm Beach County

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The Mounts Botanical Garden in West Palm Beach. (Lannis Waters/The Palm Beach Post)

There’s more to Palm Beach County than beaches.

Part of our sub-tropical heritage is a climate in which almost anything grows. From orchids so voluptuous that staring seems an intrusion to the fierce oranges and reds of June’s blooming royal poincianas to the dark shade beneath giant banyan trees, plant life here is glorious, unique and sometimes, wonderfully odd.

From a location that includes six serene spots spread over 16 acres to an intimate garden that features brick and granite sculptures, we have found the perfect spots to practice your zen.

Get a taste of South Florida’s uniqueness with a visit to the five most serene spots in Palm Beach County: Glorious Gardens

Related: Best beaches of Palm Beach County

Related: Top 10 parks in Palm Beach County you must visit!

Love food, beer? Two big festivals this weekend features both

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Friends of Jupiter Beach Food and Wine Festival is this weekend. (Contributed)

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 FestivalThe 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.

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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.

 

 

Big fun festivals this weekend in Jupiter, Delray

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Hatsume Fair, a Japanese spring festival held at Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens in Delray Beach, returns this weekend for family fun and culture. Contributed by Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens

Hatsume Fair 2016

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 2016Saturday 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.

A dancer for the Miami based group Showtyme Junkanoo entertains a young festival-goer Saturday, March 21, 2015 during Tropic Fest held at The Plaza Down Under on Jupiter's Riverwalk. (Damon Higgins/The Palm Beach Post)
A dancer for the Miami based group Showtyme Junkanoo entertains a young festival-goer Saturday, March 21, 2015 during Tropic Fest held at The Plaza Down Under on Jupiter’s Riverwalk. (Damon Higgins/The Palm Beach Post)

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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.

Poll results: Which Palm Beach County city was voted best by Post readers?

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West Palm Beach’s GreenMarket at Waterfront Commons. (Thomas Cordy/The Palm Beach Post)

Last week the Post’s Frank Cerabino ranked all the cities in Palm Beach County.  Based on Cerabino’s top ten picks, we asked our Post readers ‘what is your favorite city,’ and the results are in!

You all agreed with Cerabino…with a total of 490 votes, West Palm Beach was the readers’ choice winner! Other favorites were Delray Beach, with 381 votes and Jupiter with 379 votes.

Here’s why Cerabino picked West Palm Beach as the top city in Palm Beach County:

1. West Palm Beach

Reason for ranking: West Palm Beach is the center of gravity in Palm Beach County. And not just because it has the zoo, the county courthouse, convention center and the only county stop on the yet-to-be-built All Aboard Florida route. West Palm Beach has led the way with the arts — with the Kravis Center, Palm Beach Dramaworks and SunFest — and figured out that nurturing public space, even if it’s just a big fountain that kids can play in, is really important. It’s a city of muraled walls, rental-bike stations, and an ever-changing roster of trendy dining spots and re-invented neighborhoods.

Poll results:

Photos: Boynton Beach cheerleader, teen with autism go to prom

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Mikal Bartosik and Jonathan Ramilo pose for a photograph at a pre-prom party in Lake Worth. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)

“It shouldn’t be as big a deal as it’s become,” says Mikal Bartosik, Park Vista High medical magnet senior, cheerleader and the girl who blew up on Twitter in February when she asked a boy with autism to the prom.

The video of Bartosik presenting her friend Jonathan Ramilo with a “promposal” in the form of a Mrs. Fields’ cookie cake went viral.

After reading white icing spelling out, “Will you go to the prom with me?,” Ramilo begins a joyful romp around his classroom.

“Yes! Yes! Yes!,” he shouts.

Mikal Bartosik and Jonathan Ramilo pose for photos next to their waiting limo. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)
Mikal Bartosik and Jonathan Ramilo pose for photos next to their waiting limo. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)

Almost overnight, Bartosik gained 1,400 new Twitter followers. Had 6,302 retweets of the video and 13.4 million “likes.” Comedian Mike Epps, the comedian playing Richard Pryor in director Lee Daniels’ new biopic, retweeted it to 17.9 million views.

Bartosik’s senior prom was held in downtown West Palm Beach Saturday night. The Post was there to capture moments from their exciting night:

Photos: Jonathan Ramilo and Mikal Bartosik at Park Vista Prom

Related: Boynton Beach cheerleader, boy with autism excited about prom date

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Mikal Bartosik straightens Jonathan Ramilo’s prom court sash before the crowning of the prom King and Queen. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)

3-day festival! 5 reasons to check out the Delray Affair this weekend

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Children check out a tank full of glass fish at Christie Van Cleve’s booth on Atlantic Avenue during a previous Delray Affair. (Bruce Bennett/The Palm Beach Post)

The 54th annual Delray Affair takes 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!

Experience Delray:

It’s a small town with big civic pride. More than 100 volunteers make this festival pop.

It’s free!

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 AffairIntracoastal to NW 2nd Avenue in Delray Beach, April 8-10, Free, 561-279-0907

Related: Physician’s illuminating painting wins Delray Affair poster contest

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Dr. Ella Remenson s artwork was picked for the 2016 Delray Affair poster.

 

 

 

Matisyahu, Black Uhuru jams at Lake Worth Reggae Fest this weekend

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Matisyahu performs Friday, April 8, at Lake Worth Reggae Fest 2016. (Madeline Gray / The Palm Beach Post)

Lake Worth Reggae Fest returns this weekend, for its 18th year, to Bryant Park in downtown Lake Worth. Hoping to make the festival bigger, there will be a larger main stage added in the grass field by the Intracoastal to go with the band shell stage inside the Park.

Also added this year, are bigger national acts, including Matisyahu and Black Uhuru

If you go: Matisyahu, Black Uhuru and Spred the Dub headline Friday and Saturday (April 8-9). Food and arts and crafts also will be available. General admission is $15 (children 10 and under free). Tickets can be purchased at Ticketmaster.

Bryant Park: 6 S. Golfview Road, Lake Worth

Enjoy this Reggae Fest playlist:

Related: 17 things to do in Palm Beach County in April 2016

10 best county parks in Palm Beach County

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Early morning walkers catch the sunrise at Okeeheelee Park. (Lannis Waters/The Palm Beach Post)

A park is a great place for a walk. In Palm Beach County we are have 83 county parks to choose from. Here are the top ten county parks that will make your walk more enjoyable:

Perfect Parks – Top 10 parks in Palm Beach County you must visit!

Related: Lake Worth officials – Let’s bring Braves spring training to John Prince Park