As large gatherings become the norm once again, mark your social calendars with these annual can't-miss event. Here are the 11 best festivals in Palm Beach.
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Mark your calendars: Palm Beach Food & Wine Festival makes its return this December. Held at the Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach and other select locations, this highly anticipated culinary experience will be worth the wait after its yearlong hiatus. You won't want to miss out on the chance to taste dishes from some of the world’s most renowned chefs. With dinners, tastings, seminars and more, Palm Beach Food & Wine Festival is the best place to end your year with a satisfied stomach and a smile on your face. 2800 S. Ocean Blvd., Palm Beach
Look out seafood lovers. The West Palm Seafood Festival is coming to the South Florida Fairgrounds Sept. 11 and 12. From fresh seafood sourced from local waters to a full-service bar with craft beer, wine and more, your taste buds will long for this nautical adventure. The family-friendly eventt will also include live music, local vendors and a kids zone with rides that will provide nonstop fun. 9067 Southern Blvd., West Palm Beach
Taking place in the heart of downtown Delray Beach, the 26th annual Downtown Delray Beach Craft Festival will be held Sept. 11 and 12. After its cancellation last summer, American Craft Endeavors is ecstatic to return to Delray and inspire beachgoers once again by showcasing beautiful works of art across the city. 330 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach
Sunfest Park is the go-to place to spend your Sunday afternoons with its monthly music series, Sunday on the Waterfront. Showcasing a variety of national and regional musicians, this year-round musical event is held on the third Sunday of each month and is a free, family-friendly entertainment option. The series’ next show will feature tribute band Rock the 90’s July 18. 105 Evernia St., West Palm Beach
For 18 years, Boca Bacchanal Wine & Food Festival has served South Florida with deluxe food and wine from top chefs and prized vintners from across the country. In benefit of the Boca Raton Historical Society & Museum, the weekend draws people in with its series of interactive experiences. For those seeking a more intimate experience, Boca Bacchanal also offers vintner dinners in private homes and historic venues throughout the weekend. 71 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton
Since its inception in 1988, the Palm Beach Shakespeare Festival has brought over 10,000 people each year to its annual Shakespeare by the Sea. Held at Jupiter’s Seabreeze Amphitheater, the two-weekend event provides a free theatrical escape. This summer, the theater will hold its rendition of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, a Shakespearean classic that follows four characters on their journey of love, jealousy and bewitchment. Through July 18, 750 S. Florida A1A, Jupiter
Save the date for March 2022. Festival of the Arts Boca returns for its annual showcase of the world’s finest performers. From musicians and artists to authors and thinkers, this immersive cultural experience will get your creative juices flowing. This year’s festival was held virtually, featuring various global talents, including violinist James Ehnes and author Bruce Feiler. In-person gatherings for next year’s event have yet to be announced, but the festival will surely continue to impress like never before. 222 Yamato Road, Ste. 106-137, Boca Raton
Get ready to get into the SunFest state of mind as Florida’s largest waterfront music and art festival makes its triumphant return in April 2022. Held annually in downtown West Palm Beach, the four-day spectacular typically attracts over 100,000 patrons with its lineup of notable performers, artists, food vendors and more. As the celebrations have been on a hiatus since the start of the pandemic, the anticipation for Sunfest 2022 has hit new heights. And to continue this momentum until next spring, SunFest has teamed up with West Palm’s weekly concert series, Clematis by Night, to hold countdowns until the festival’s return.
As 2022 approaches, it is time to start planning for Palm Beach Polo Season, taking place each January through April in Wellington, where the world’s premier polo players gather to engage in competitions and participate in the International Polo Club’s weekly and daily events. While the club has yet to announce whether spectators will be allowed to attend next year’s matches, attendees can expect to participate in the season’s famous Sunday brunch. This extraordinary culinary experience brings polo, delicious cuisine and chic fashions together in one of Florida’s finest venues. Guests can also visit Wellington’s Winter Equestrian Festival, a long-running event that welcomes athletes from all over the world. 3367 120th Ave. S., Wellington
In February 2022, top PGA Tour players will come to Palm Beach for the Honda Classic. As the community enjoys a week’s worth of golf and entertainment, it will also be doing its part in positively impacting the state’s underprivileged youth. Not only are there hopes that this large sporting spectacular will attract the best golfers to Palm Beach, but come February there are also plans to top last year’s near record of $5.1 million given to local charities. 3300 PGA Blvd. Ste. 800, Palm Beach Gardens
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Keep your eyes peeled for when tickets go on sale for the 36th annual Palm Beach International Boat Show, coming to the waterfront and Flagler Drive in March 2022. Featuring over $1.2 billion worth of yachts and accessories, this will be a sight you won’t want to miss. Guests are also invited to arrive by boat and tie up at a free dock near the in-water displays. So dock up, grab a drink from one of the famous floating cocktail lounges, enjoy some live music and let your eyes bask in the beauty of Palm Beach’s most luxurious watercrafts. 101 S. Flagler Drive, West Palm Beach
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