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Festivals, Films and Famous Names Fill Calendar, January – June 2018

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WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (Jan. 16, 2018) — Along with 47 miles of pristine Atlantic Ocean beaches and an abundance of sunshine, The Palm Beaches in South Florida are home to a diverse and robust arts and entertainment scene. The Palm Beaches boast more than 200 organizations celebrating the visual arts, crafts, music, dance, film and nature. In 2018, visitors can see such cultural headliners as Itzhak Perlman at the BOCA Festival of the Arts, view Albert Paley’s massive outdoor steel sculptures in Boynton Beach, listen to ancestral Japanese taiko drums and bamboo flutes in Delray Beach, and catch a cutting-edge film at a curated student film festival.

A sample of 2018 arts and cultural events include:


Fashion Week in Florida

Florida Fashion Week

Delray Beach Fashion Week

Albert on the Avenue
Through September
Boynton Beach

This public art display encompasses six massive steel structures created by artist-metalsmith Albert Paley. Maps and brochures are available from the Boynton Beach City Hall.

First Friday Art Walk
Through September
Downtown Delray Beach

On the first Friday of each month, more than 30 galleries and artists collaborate will offer a self-guided tour, including special exhibits and promotions. Art Walk brochures and maps are available at participating galleries and studios and online.

Culture Lab
West Palm Beach
The former Macy’s storefront-turned-cultural arts center will house rotating exhibitions, kicking off with Irish artist Michael Craig-Martin’s “Palm Beach Parade” on the exterior walls. Inside, artist Stephen Vitiello’s “You Are the Magic” is an interactive, multichannel sound art experience.

Jan. 9-28
Maltz Jupiter Theatre, Jupiter

Winner of eight Tony Awards, this Broadway dance sensation will have toes tapping to such hits as “Welcome to the ’60s” and “Good Morning Baltimore.”

Wellington Insider Tours
Jan. 11-April 1

Guests will get an insider’s view of dressage, show jumping and polo during three-day VIP tours. Meet international riders and judges, and learn directly from licensed judges what competitors must do to earn their scores. Tour dates are Jan. 11-14, Jan. 25-28, Feb. 8-11, Feb. 22-25, March 1-4, March 15-18 and March 29-April 1.

Palm Beach Poetry Festival
Jan. 15-20
Delray Beach Center for the Arts, Delray Beach

This six-day festival will feature some of America’s most award-winning and engaging poets. Visitors can expect readings, interviews, panel discussions and workshops.

Delray Beach Fashion Week
Jan. 24-28
Downtown Delray Beach

During Fashion Week, held throughout various locations in Delray Beach, local designers and diverse fashions will take center stage at runway events, a designer showcase, luncheons, a stiletto race and a boutique pop-up shopping event.

Jupiter Craft Brewers Festival
Jan. 26-27
Roger Dean Stadium, Jupiter

During Jupiter’s two-day Craft Brewers Festival, enjoy a series of brew-focused events, including Field of Beers, Craftoberfest and the 11th Annual Craft Brewers Festival. Tickets are $35 per person.


Lake Worth Street Painting Festival

Street Painting Festival

Artist at Lake Worth Street Painting Festival

Italian Fest
Feb. 3
Sanborn Square Park, Downtown Boca
This February, Downton Boca will present its inaugural Italian Fest. The festival will have live entertainment, authentic Italian food and drinks, cooking demonstrations and more.

Spady Living Heritage Festival
Feb. 7
Spady Cultural Heritage Museum, Delray Beach

In celebration of Black History Month, cultural activities and live performances will focus on recognizing and learning about the contributions of African-Americans to the development and prosperity of the United States.

32nd Annual Museum Art Festival
Feb. 3-4
Boca Raton Museum of Art, Boca Raton

One-of-a-kind items from artists and craftsmen nationwide will be available for purchase, including paintings, sculptures, jewelry, fiber art, photography, ceramics, pottery, wood art, mixed media, graphic design, crafts and art glass. Proceeds will help support the museum’s educational programs for children.

Tony Bennet
Feb. 5
Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, West Palm Beach

Tony Bennett, 19-time Grammy Award-winning musician whose musical career spans more than six decades, will again grace the Kravis Center stage. Enjoy an evening of his legendary vocals, charming stage presence and signature tunes. Tickets are from $36 per person.

Feb. 17
Palm Beach Zoo, West Palm Beach

To celebrate the Chinese New Year, the zoo will present live cultural entertainment, including dragon and lion dances, kung fu presentations and keeper talks, plus the chance to make a Chinese lantern.

Feb. 17-19
Abacoa Town Center, Jupiter 

Now in its 33rd year, this art festival will feature the work of 300 national and local fine artists, along with food, entertainment and special activities for children. Tickets are from $11 per person.

Festival of the Arts BOCA
Feb. 23-March 4
Mizner Park Amphitheater, Boca Raton

Celebrating the performing and literary arts, the 12th Annual Festival of the Arts BOCA will present a parade of stars, including soprano Kathleen Battle (Feb. 23), violinist Itzhak Perlman (Feb. 24) and best-selling author Hannah Tinti (Feb. 25). Tickets range from $15 to $250 per person.

Street Painting Festival
Feb. 24-25
Lake and Lucerne Avenues, Lake Worth

More than 600 artists will use chalk as their brush and the pavement as their canvas, to turn the downtown streets of Lake Worth into a temporary gallery of art. Admission is free.

Harmony: An Exhibition of the Arts
Feb. 25
Meyer Amphitheatre, West Palm Beach

This outdoor show, set along the city’s waterfront, will highlight two of the distinct and distinguished cultural venues that are a part of the West Palm Beach Arts & Entertainment District.

Howie Mandel
Feb. 27
Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, West Palm Beach
Comedian, actor and TV personality Howie Mandel will return with riotous commentary about everything from being afraid of germs (something he can relate to) to married life and more. The “America’s Got Talent” judge also hosted the game show “Deal or No Deal” and appeared on NBC’s “St. Elsewhere.” His stand-up comedy, which started as a dare more than 30 years ago, quick-witted audience comebacks and clever takes on everyday topics are why he has become a mainstay of the American comedy scene. For mature audiences. Tickets are from $25 per person.

MARCH 2018

Savor the Avenue in Delray Beach

Delray Beach

Sunset over Savor the Avenue in Delray Beach

WIRK Rib Round Up Country Music Festival
March 3
Coral Sky Amphitheatre, West Palm Beach

WIRK Rib Round Up Country Music Festival will be one full day of the best selection of country music and artists, featuring Jake Owen, Luke Combs, Kane Brown, The Cadillac Three and more! Tickets are from $47 per person.

Bill Maher
March 4
Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, West Palm Beach
For the last 23 years, Bill Maher has set the boundaries of where funny, political talk can go on American television. Enjoy an evening of his legendry comedy at the Kravis Center in West Palm Beach. Tickets are from $40 per person.

South Pacific
March 6-25
Maltz Jupiter Theatre, Jupiter
This Rodgers and Hammerstein classic features such songs as “I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair” and “There Is Nothing Like a Dame.” Tickets are from $58 per person.

March 8-April 8
Wick Theatre & Costume Museum, Boca Raton

The classic musical by Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe about an enchanted place, “Brigadoon” will enchant audiences for four weeks at Wick Theatre. Tickets are from $80 per person.

30th Annual Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center Art Fest by the Sea
March 10-11
Juno Beach 

This community art festival will highlight the talents of more than 300 exhibitors displaying a wide range of works from life-size sculptures to photography and jewelry. Free parking and shuttles are available at the FPL Lot at 700 Universe Blvd.

Jason Mraz
March 16
Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, West Palm Beach
Jason Mraz has quietly amassed a diverse fan base worldwide. Since getting his start in coffeehouses in San Diego, Mraz has brought his positive message and soulful, folk-pop sound to rapt audiences around the world through his vibrant recordings, humorous live performances and philanthropic efforts. Tickets are from $45 per person.

10th Annual Savor the Avenue
March 26
Downtown Delray Beach
Join hundreds of guests — and 17 of Downtown Delray’s finest restaurants — at Florida’s longest dining table, running more than five blocks and 1,300 feet. At Savor the Avenue, one of South Florida’s most-anticipated events, guests can experience an epic al fresco dinner table that seats hundreds of people dining on delectable foods in the middle of Delray Beach.

Edgar & Emily
March 30-April 22
Palm Beach Dramaworks, West Palm Beach

In the world premiere of this comic fantasia, emerging poet Emily Dickinson is unexpectedly visited by a desperate Edgar Allen Poe. Tickets are from $55 per person.

APRIL 2018

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Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens

23rd Annual Student Showcase of Films
April 6
Lynn University, West Palm Beach
Sponsored by the Palm Beach County Film & Television Commission, this student film competition is open to filmmakers, writers, graphic designers and digital media artists enrolled in Florida high schools and colleges. Industry professionals will judge submissions, and finalists will be honored at a red-carpet awards show.

TAIKOZA: Voice of the Earth Tour 2018
April 13
Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens, Delray Beach

A performance of drumming and colorful dances will feature the thunderous rhythms of the ancestral Japanese taiko drums and the lyrical sounds of bamboo flutes. Suitable for all ages. Tickets are from $25 per person. Advance ticket purchase is required.

Boynton Beach Short Film Festival
April 17-22
Alco’s Boynton Cinema, Boynton Beach
This Floridian film festival was conceived by students who learned filmmaking and marketing as a part of their high-school curriculum. It’s open to all professionals and college, high-school and middle-school students. Tickets are from $20 per person.

A Tribute To Jerry Herman
April 19-May 13
Wick Theatre & Costume Museum, Boca Raton

A homage to composer Jerry Herman and the female stars who have appeared in his musicals throughout the years, “A  Tribute To Jerry Herman” will debut this April. Tickets are from $80 per person.

Hatsume Fair
April 21-22
Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens, Delray Beach
Celebrating the first bud of spring, Hatsume will transform Morikami Park into a Japanese spring festival, with samurai sword fighting, martial arts and bonsai demonstrations, a costume contest, a fashion show, artisans and Japanese food and drink. Adults tickets are from $15 (ages 11 and older), children (ages 4-10) tickets are from $10 and guests ages 3 and under are free.

Party for the Planet
April 22
Palm Beach Zoo, West Palm Beach
Discover more about the environment, wildlife and the earth’s natural resources with interactive activities and eco-craft stations, up-close animal encounters and more activities for the entire family, showcasing some of the steps visitors can take that will make a difference for animals across the globe.

Foo Fighters: Concrete and Gold Tour ’18
April 26
Coral Sky Amphitheatre, West Palm Beach

Multi Grammy Award-winning band Foo Fighters will excite listeners again during their Concrete and Gold Tour ’18.

Yanni 25 – Acropolis Anniversary Concert Tour
April 28
Coral Sky Amphitheatre, West Palm Beach

Global music icon, Yanni, will entertain fans with a celebration of the 25th anniversary of “Live at the Acropolis”.

MAY 2018

Crowd at SunFest

May 3-6
Flagler Drive Waterfront, West Palm Beach
Florida’s largest music, art and waterfront festival, SunFest will feature 50 bands on three stages, offering a range of music from legends to up‐and‐comers, along with artwork and vendors. Tickets are from $20 per person.

May 18-June 3
Palm Beach Dramaworks, West Palm Beach
A psychiatrist attempts to treat a young man who has a troubling obsession with horses in this dramatic portrayal of “Equus.” Tickets are from $55 per person.

JUNE 2018

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Katherine the koala at Palm Beach Zoo

Safari Nights
Friday Nights, June-August
Palm Beach Zoo, West Palm Beach
Every Friday night will feature a different family-friendly theme and will provide entertainment for all ages, including face painting, a kids’ DJ in the Fountain Plaza, giveaways and crafts. Visitors who dress to match the nightly themes can enter to win a zoo prize pack.


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