Downtown West Palm Beach Events and Happenings
Downtown West Palm Beach is an event driven town. From concerts and charity walks at the Myer Amphitheater, to dinner and drinks on Clematis, to shopping and special events at CityPlace – the entertainment opportunities here are never-ending. It’s fair to say that there are a few major events that help put Downtown West Palm Beach on the map…
SunFest is Florida’s largest waterfront music and art festival. Held annually in downtown West Palm Beach at the end of April or first weekend in May, SunFest attracts tens of thousands of visitors for each of its 5-day run. Three stages are featured, including the Meyer Amphitheater and two others constructed specifically for the event. Internationally known artists (B-52s, Lenny Kravitz, Cheryl Crow, 311, Santana, Smashing Pumpkins, ZZ Top, Weezer – the list goes on…), have appeared over the years. SunFest also features painters, jewelers, sculptors, and other artists from around the country who showcase their work. Whether you arrive by car, bus, taxi, or boat, SunFest is the premier annual must-attend event in Downtown West Palm Beach.
4th On Flagler is West Palm Beach’s annual 4th of July celebration. The event takes place on Flagler Avenue along Downtown West Palm Beach’s famed Waterfront area. Free and open to all ages, this patriotic event features live entertainment on multiple stages, kids activities, food, and refreshments, and it’s capped off by South Florida’s largest fireworks display over the intracoastal.
The Annual Palm Beach International Boat Show, is one of the top five boat shows in the country, featuring more than $1.2 billion in luxury watercraft and accessories. Vessels are tied along the permanent docks along Flagler, along with a system of docks and barges constructed specifically for the event. Whether you’re in the market for a custom yacht, or you’re happy just admiring “how the other half lives,” this is an event not to be missed. The floating party barge is reason enough to attend!
Clematis by Night – chill out South Florida style every Thursday evening in downtown West Palm Beach at the east end of Clematis Street. Sponsored by the City, this free event caters to music-lovers, families, and a social network of canines and their owners. As music spills out across the fountain and the main lawn, local artists exhibit their wares while folks sample from the beer and food trucks or any of the surrounding eateries. Relax, have a beer, and enjoy.
West Palm Beach GreenMarket – Now in its 19th season, the Green Market runs seasonally during the winter months, from October thru May. As many as 100 vendors set up shop, offering locally grown produce, plants, spices, oils, pickles, and those now-famous cider donuts! So, bring the kids and the family dog, enjoy the breezes coming off the waterfront, and “go green.”
CityPlace is a premier destination in West Palm Beach, offering a mix of over 80 national stores, specialty shops, restaurants, and entertainment venues. This mixed use development features private residences, commercial office space, restaurants, a movie theater, a bowling alley (coming soon), and the historic Harriett Himmel Theater for Cultural & Performing Arts. CityPlace presents a spectacular daily fountain show in an open-air plaza reminiscent of a European town center. Live music is performed every Friday and Saturday nights, and various special events take place throughout the year.
West Palm Beach Waterfront– Other events along the West Palm Beach Waterfront include: Sunday on the Waterfront, Jazz on the Palm, Ginger’s Dance Party and South Florida’s now highly anticipated holiday event of tropical proportions: Sand & Sea-suns Greetings.
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