Things to Do Now in Palm Beach: Events, Festivals, Concerts and More

The Palm Beaches heat up with sizzling events, concerts and holiday happenings perfect for having fun in South Florida.

The height of Palm Beach event season heats up with a variety of events, from festivals and concerts to art exhibitions and holiday happenings. Check out all there is to do in West Palm Beach, Boca Raton, Delray and beyond.

Oct. 14, 2017-April 15, 2018

'Astronaut': Take a peek into what life is like outside Earth’s atmosphere in the latest exhibition by the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium. Beyond answering what it's like to eat, sleep and shower in outer space, "Astronaut," also delves into the science and the future of space exploration. 4801 Dreher Trail N, West Palm Beach, FL, 561.832.1988

South Florida Science Center & Aquarium Astronaut exhibit

Oct. 19, 2017-Jan. 21, 2018

'Out of the Blue: Japanese Indigo Textiles':  Drawn primarily from the Morikami museum collections, this exhibition features a range of indigo-dyed costume and textiles, including kimono, samurai jackets, festival robes, firemen’s coats, futon covers and wrapping cloths, to depict this well-known visual symbol of the textile culture of the farmers of Japan. 4000 Morikami Park Road, Delray Beach, FL, 561.495.0233

Morikami Museum Japanese Indigo Textiles

Nov. 18

Bands & Brews Music Festival: This festival pairs craft beer and live music to raise awareness for local ocean and environment conservation. Headlining this year are Nashville artist Ashley McBryde, "American Idol" finalist Emily Brooke, reggae sensation The Ellameno Beat, the soulful JM and the Sweets and acoustic vibes from Brett Staska.  Carlin Park Seabreeze Amphitheater, 750 South S.R. A1A, Jupiter, FL, 561.966.7099

Nov. 20-Dec. 20

Holiday Chocolate Class & Factory Tour with Santa: Congratulations, you have found South Florida's version of Willy Wonka at Hoffman's Chocolates. On this tour guests will see a behind-the-scenes tour through the factory to see chocolatiers hard at work making holiday treats, plus meet Santa and enjoy mouthwatering chocolate. $24.95 tickets purchased through Eventbrite5190 Lake Worth Road, Greenacres, FL, 888.281.8800

Hoffman's Chocolates

Nov. 21

Nature Walk - North Jupiter Flatwoods: Join The River Center for a guided walk along Jupiter Flatwoods to immerse yourself in the Loxahatchee River natural area. Please wear closed toed shoes, comfortable clothing and bring plenty of water. Reservations required. Free admission. 2 pm-3:30 pm. The River Center, 3377 Church St., Jupiter, FL, 561.743.7123

Nov. 25-26

18th Annual Downtown Delray Beach Thanksgiving Weekend Art Festival: This annual juried art festival features an outdoor gallery of hand-crafted artwork including glass, photography, painting, mixed media, fiber and jewelry, from more than 100 exhibitors. Pineapple Grove Arts District NE Fourth Avenue and Atlantic Avenue, FL.

Nov. 28

Christmas Tree Lighting: Led by Santa Claus, his elves and entertainers, The Worth Avenue Association and Palm Beach Mayor, Gail Coniglio, welcome the holiday season with an annual parade that concludes with the signature, spectacular Christmas Tree Lighting. Parade starts at 6 pm. Worth Avenue, Palm Beach, FL, 561.659.6909

Nov. 28-Dec. 17

Disney's 'Newsies: The Musical': Based on the real-life 1899 New York newsboys’ strike, Disney’s "Newsies" tells the story of the youth who struggle to sell newspapers in order to survive. Tickets start at $58. Maltz Jupiter Theatre, 1001 E. Indiantown Road, Jupiter, FL, 561.575.2223

 The Musical

Dec. 7

After Nature: Speculative Auralizations of the Anthropocene Concert: Join New York-based, Grammy-nominated bassist Melvin Gibbs and saxophone player Stephon Alexander (who is also a Brown University physicist, and author of The Jazz of Physics) for a performance of original music based on the exhibition, "Earth Works: Mapping the Anthropocene." Free. Norton Museum of Art, 1451 S. Olive Ave., West Palm Beach,561.832.5196 

Saxophone player Stephon Alexander and bassist Melvin Gibbs

Dec. 14-17

Palm Beach Food & Wine Festival: From intimate dinners to wine tastings and cooking demonstrations, the Palm Beach Food & Wine Festival rolls out the culinary red carpet with a star-studded lineup of celebrity chefs including Daniel Boulud, Robert Irvine, Marc Murphy, Michelle Bernstein, Elizabeth Falkner, Anita Lo and Jeff Mauro, as well as South Florida's local talent Brad Kilgore, Daniel Serfer and Timon Balloo. All events culminate with the Grand Tasting at The Gardens Mall. 

Palm Beach Food & Wine Festival

Dec. 15

Music on the Rocks: In Boynton Beach, enjoy cocktails, food truck fare and a free outdoor concert the third Friday of each month through June. Bring your beach chairs, blankets and make it a date night or bring the whole family for a fun night out. 6 pm. Free admission and parking. Ocean Avenue Amphitheatre, 129 E. Ocean Ave., Boynton Beach, FL, 561.600.9097

Dec. 16

Boca Raton 41st Annual Holiday Boat Parade: Beginning at C-15 Canal and traveling south to Hillsboro Bridge, the parade will light up the waterways, with bleacher viewing at Silver Palm Park, Red Reef Park and the Wildflower Property. Free boat entry with $10,000 in cash and prizes. 6:30 pm. 

Dec. 17

Wekfest Florida 2017: Not all car shows are made the same, is what Wekfest organizers will tell you. This auto showcase boasts a hand-picked selection of exhibitors for individuals and businesses interested in the aftermarket automotive industry or custom build autos. The public can register a vehicle or vendor or attend. 1 pm- 6 pm. Admision: $20. Palm Beach County Convention Center, 650 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach, FL

Wekfest Florida

Celebrate Chanukah with Palm Beach Outlets: Menorah lighting at 5.30 pm followed by light refreshments, music and entertainment. Free admission. Palm Beach Outlets, 1751 Palm Beach Lakes Blvd., Palm Beach, FL

The Ten Tenors: Join Australia's charismatic rock stars of opera as they ring in the holidays with resounding festive favorites ranging from "Joy to the World" and "Sleigh Ride" to "Amazing Grace" and "Winter Wonderland." 7 pm. Tickets start at $25. Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, Alexander W. Dreyfoos, Jr. Concert Hall, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach, FL, 561.832.7469 

Dec. 19

Boca Raton Bowl: College football is white-hot in Boca Raton at this match-up between teams from the Conference USA versus the American Athletic Conference compete in this post-season bowl game, also televised on ESPN. Kick-off 7 pm. Florida Atlantic University Stadium, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton, FL

Dec. 20

Christmas with the Chimps: For more than 30 years, Santa Claus has visited man’s closest relative at Lion Country Safari’s Chimp Islands, bearing wrapped gifts for the chimps. This is the only opportunity throughout the year that guests can get out of their vehicles to watch the chimps receive presents. 10:30 am (suggested guest arrival time is 9:30 am). Lion Country Safari Preserve, 2003 Lion Country Safari Road, Loxahatchee, FL, 561.793.1084

Dec. 31

From PGA to the Great White Way: A New Year's Eve Song and Dance Celebration: Ring in the New Year with best of Broadway shows ("Chicago," "Funny Girl," "Les Miserables") performed by the top South Florida Broadway and cabaret performers, including Melissa Jacobson, John Lariviere, Michelle Petrucci and Avery Sommers, as well as performers from the Dreyfoos School of The Arts. 7 pm & 9:30 pm. Tickets: $75 for 7 pm; $85 for 9:30 pm. PGA Arts Center, 4076 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens, FL, 561.508.8819

New Year's Eve at CityPlace: Spend New Year’s Eve at CityPlace with dining and entertainment venues, live music and hourly snowfalls from 6 to 8 pm and at midnight. Free admission. 700 S. Rosemary Ave., West Palm Beach, FL 561.366.1000


Dec. 31, 2017-April 8, 2018

Palm Beach International Polo Season: Winters in Palm Beach are synonymous with polo season. The International Polo Club Palm Beach in Wellington, Fla. becomes the epicenter for jumping, dressage and steeplechase events culminating in the prestigious U.S. Open Polo Championship. If you are not the horse type, the club serves a delectable champagne Sunday brunch on the Veranda or The Pavilion. 3667 120th Ave. S, Wellington, FL

International Polo Club Palm Beach


Traditional Afternoon Tea: Enjoy a quintessential British experience with afternoon tea, dainty English sandwiches and hand-baked traditional British scones with lashings of clotted cream and lavish strawberry preserve, served daily between 1 pm and 5 pm at the Chesterfield Palm Beach. 363 Cocoanut Row, Palm Beach, FL, 561.659.5800

Chesterfield Palm Beach afternoon tea