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Get Your Pride On:
Arts & Culture Abound for LGBTQ Community

by Rob Lucarelli

 

Beige. That was my first impression of South Florida when I moved here six-and-a-half years ago. But over time, I’ve discovered a kaleidoscope of arts and culture, especially in Palm Beach County. Here I’ve highlighted the best through my own quirky LGBTQ lens.

 

Where to Hang – Clematis 500 Block

Clematis Street is the bustling center of downtown West Palm Beach. Tables line the sidewalks filled with diners enjoying its trendy restaurants and make for great people-watching.

While all of Clematis Street is LGBTQ friendly, I find the 500-block exudes the gayest aesthetic. Recently, the block welcomed Lucky’s Gay Bar. This small, friendly pub opened in spring 2024 filling the void left since 2020 when fire destroyed Roosters, West Palm’s long-time historic gay bar. Although Roosters is due to reopen, Lucky’s is West Palm’s current flagship queer watering hole. I was thrilled to learn that on Fridays and Saturdays, the bar becomes Club Lucky’s with a DJ spinning high energy dance mixes between 10 p.m. and 2 a.m. When I recently checked it out, the crowd was a decent mix of ages, and as the night went on it skewed younger.

Surrounding Lucky’s are eclectic spots to either peruse or grab a bite to eat before clubbing. Hullabaloo features Italian fare, cocktails, and brews, along with a vintage Airstream camper on its patio! As a music fan, I love their slate of specialty cocktails with clever names honoring rock stars both past and present. Kapow Asian Noodle Bar offers small plates, ramen, and cocktails. If you just want to sit and chill, or read, Subculture Coffee is a hip spot for craft coffee drinks, beer, and wine with light breakfast and lunch fare.

 

The Peach on Georgia Ave: A Unique Creative Space

The Peach packs a punch as Palm Beach County’s newest art collective. Located on Georgia Ave, a semi-industrial corridor, adjacent to railroad tracks, this rustic artists’ enclave offers six studio spaces, galleries, and performance areas.

Home to a variety of artists and creatives, The Peach hosts monthly events, classes, and workshops. For example, the first Saturday of the month features an evening Art Walk with live music, local vendors, with both artists working and with their work on display. New restaurant El Segundo is located on site, serving up its unique fusion of street tacos and Texas barbecue, in a fun and funky 1970s carriage house. Definitely try the brisket burnt ends taco!

 

Everyone Needs A Little Drama

Live theatre holds a special place in my heart. I started my career at The Cleveland Play House, America’s first regional, professional theatre. The regional theatre movement gained momentum in the 1960s. Today, you’re bound to find one in most major U.S. metropolitan areas. Typically, nonprofit, and mission-driven, these theatres produce a season of plays relevant to its community, while also nurturing and developing new work. Palm Beach Dramaworks is West Palm’s regional theatre and will celebrate its 25th Anniversary during the 2024-2025 season.

Located on the eastern edge of Clematis Street, Dramaworks is committed to “producing classic, contemporary, and world premiere plays that entertain, enlighten, stimulate discussion, and illuminate our shared humanity,” according to its website. The performance space is intimate which means you’re never far from the action on stage. Dedicated to a welcoming and inclusive environment, the theatre hosts Outstage performances on Fridays, where the LGBTQ community can gather and enjoy receptions pre- and post-show. Given its prime location on Clematis, the theatre is convenient to several restaurants, cafes, and eateries. In addition, it’s only a short walk from the intracoastal water way, perfect for a night-time stroll to ponder and discuss the play you just experienced.

maltz jupiter theatreIf you’re interested in slightly lighter fare, check out the Maltz Jupiter Theatre. Originally the Burt Reynolds Dinner Theatre, the Maltz has completely transformed itself over the last 25 years into a large non-profit regional professional theatre, producing both classic and contemporary Broadway musicals, in addition to comedies and reviews. Under the leadership of Producing Artistic Director Andrew Kato, the Maltz has expanded its commitment to developing and workshopping new musicals and plays, and its Goldner Conservatory houses a robust performing arts education program for all ages.

 

Art After Dark at The Norton Museum

Located on the southern edge of downtown West Palm Beach, the Norton Museum of Art boasts a collection of more than 8,200 works in five curatorial departments: European, American, Chinese, Contemporary, and Photography.  Founded in 1941, the museum recently expanded its footprint with 12,000 square feet of new gallery space, classrooms, a state-of-the-art auditorium, plus a new store, restaurant, and great hall.

Art After Dark is the crown jewel of the museum’s community programs, transforming it into a vibrant social scene from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. For $10, you can join docent-led tours, create your own art, and enjoy music live or curated by a local DJ. Boasting a new experience each Friday, the evening can also film screenings, along with talkback discussions. First Fridays feature jazz, and on third Fridays local artists give informal talks discussing the Norton’s collection. The June 21st edition of Art After Dark will celebrate Pride Month.

 

An appealing array of arts and cultural opportunities await LGBTQ visitors to Palm Beach County. Now get your Pride on!

For arts and culture lovers, there’s never a bad time to visit The Palm Beaches. But if you want to optimize how many horizon-expanding experiences you can fit into one month, there’s no better month than MOSAIC, our annual Month of Shows, Art, Ideas, and Culture, which takes place every May.

While MOSAIC’s 25-plus limited-time offers span the whole county and include everything from BOGO deals to steep discounts on admission tickets, retail purchases, and more, we’ve selected seven standout offers that will get you moving, grooving, and maybe even up close and personal with wild dolphins.

To take advantage of all MOSAIC offers, visit mosaicpbc.com.

 

 

Norton Museum of Art

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For the first time ever, the Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach is offering a MOSAIC special: Visit during the month of May and enjoy buy-one-get-one-free general admission. Make sure to bring an art aficionado, because the museum’s collection includes more than 8,000 works, with a concentration in European, American, and Chinese art as well as in contemporary art and photography. Note that the museum is closed on Tuesdays.

SunFest

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

West Palm Beach will turn up the volume again this year from May 3 to 5 for SunFest, the city’s annual weekend of nonstop music, art, good eats, and island vibes. For the ultimate in tropical chill, make sure to catch Matisyahu’s set on Sunday evening, but the lineup has something for everyone: other highlights include Nelly, Billy Idol, Yung Gravy, Elle King, Shaggy, Dashboard Confessional, Boys Like Girls, Third Eye Blind, and local stars Brett Staska & The Souvenirs and The Lubben Brothers. MOSAIC visitors can save up to $15 off tickets to SunFest 2024! 

Taras Oceanographic Foundation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you’ve ever wanted to be a dolphin trainer or squealed in delight at the sighting of a playful fin breaking the surface of the sea, this MOSAIC experience should be at the top of your list. Based in Jupiter, Taras Oceanographic Foundation exists to advocate for the conservation of dolphins and the marine environment, and they offer dolphin watch tours so guests can encounter these amazing creatures in the wild and experience ocean conservation research in action. The foundation is offering 15% off tickets to educational Dolphin Expedition Tours this May. 

The Schmidt Boca Raton History Museum

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

History buffs and Boca Raton residents alike will be fascinated by The Schmidt Boca Raton History Museum, where a variety of immersive exhibits tell the story of Boca Raton’s history from native ancestry through 2005. A perfect high-humidity or rainy-day activity, the museum has exhibits to educate visitors on the Pioneer Era, the 1920s and Addison Mizner, World War II and the Boca Raton Army Air Field, and the invention and production of the PC computer by a little local company called IBM. During the month of May, the museum is offering $5 off admission.

Busch Wildlife Sanctuary

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you’ve never been to the Busch Wildlife Sanctuary, or to its new and improved location in rural northwestern Jupiter, there’s never been a better time. With an intimate environment of a nature center and trails and an unwavering focus on rescue, rehabilitation, and conservation, it’s one of the most unique animal-centric experiences in the country. On Sundays in May, visitors can save $125 off a personalized sanctuary tour for up to 6 people.

Benzaiten Center for Creative Arts

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you’ve ever watched Blown Away on Netflix, visited the island of Murano in Italy, or marveled at a work by Chihuly, you know how captivating glass—these delicate, breathtaking masterpieces—can be. Talk about date night done right: During the month of May, you can receive $50 off a glass-blowing class for two at the Benzaiten Center for Creative Arts in Lake Worth Beach. Each student works one-on-one with a glass artist to make their own creation, and you have a choice of several items to make, including a floppy bowl, vase, drinking glass, paperweight, or flower.

Arts Warehouse

arts warehouse exterior

 

 

 

 

 

 

Whether you’re interested in painting, ceramics, drawing, or mixed media, Arts Warehouse in Delray Beach has a workshop for you—plus a gallery, studios, and a full docket of events to entertain, too. This Pineapple Grove incubator space and art haven inspires budding artists and creative types alike to release their creativity and discover their artistic potential. 

To take advantage of all MOSAIC offers, visit mosaicpbc.com.

If you’re dreaming of a cultural destination with ocean breezes, sunshine, and a thriving arts scene, look no further than The Palm Beaches: a place where year-round arts and cultural festivals abound. A place where you can stroll along tree-lined downtown streets and watch artisans refining their craft, sway to music by a famous band at a waterfront amphitheater or admire masterpieces created with chalk at a renowned street-painting festival.

Aptly named Florida’s Cultural Capital, The Palm Beaches offer visitors a dynamic vacation experience that can’t be found anywhere else. In addition to theaters, museums, botanical gardens and eco-tourism adventures, we’ve chosen eight top picks for stunning festivals throughout the year. Visit soon and enjoy every minute of fun!

Lake Worth Beach Street Painting Festival

Lake Worth Beach Street Painting Festival

Photo courtesy of the City of Lake Worth Beach

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The largest festival of its kind in the country, the Lake Worth Beach Street Painting Festival draws more than 100,000 art lovers each February to walk the seaside municipality’s downtown streets and marvel as more than 600 artists put chalk to asphalt to create expansive temporary works of art. A dazzling display of outdoor living galleries, the works feature everything from replicas of famous paintings to three-dimensional illusions that create mesmerizing spaces and places. Presented by the City of Lake Worth Beach, this annual free public festival also features a mainstage with lively music performances, a food court, eclectic vendors, family activity areas and more.

Festival of the Arts BOCA

Festival of the Art Boca

Photo by Zsolt Meszaros

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A 10-day open-air celebration of exciting performances and author events, Festival of the Arts BOCA’s annual gathering at Mizner Park Amphitheater in Boca Raton each March is renowned for its diverse cultural offerings and intellectual fare. Since its inaugural year, the festival has been heralded as an unprecedented cultural arts festival for The Palm Beaches, attracting more than 15,000 attendees each year and drawing world-class artists and speakers to the region. With a commitment to education, the festival also offers an array of master classes, school visits, lectures and open rehearsals for young people. Come experience the magic of this extraordinary tradition in the heart of Boca Raton.

SunFest

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Celebrating 40 years under the sun, the iconic annual arts and music festival SunFest takes place at the downtown West Palm Beach waterfront the first week in May. The event features national music performances on two main stages, a community stage for local acts and an Art Village made up of tented booths where artists sell their work. Attracting more than 85,000 visitors per year, the festival features beloved food vendors, interactive art, and has become synonymous with the start of summer in The Palm Beaches. Slated for May 3 – 5, this year’s festival will feature musical acts Nelly, Cole Swindell, Rebelution, Third Eye Blind, Billy Idol, and more.

TurtleFest

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Each February, more than 10,000 guests flock to Juno Beach’s Loggerhead Marinelife Center for TurtleFest. This free, family-friendly event promotes ocean conservation through interactive educational exhibits about marine life, as well as music, art, games and other family-friendly activities. Guests can get an up-close view of the sea turtles currently being treated in the center’s hospital, nosh on festival food and drinks, listen to music and shop for artwork created by Palm Beach County-based professional artists. For future scientists, the Junior Veterinary Lab offers the chance to learn how to rescue, treat and release an injured sea turtle.

Fiesta de Pueblo

Fiesta de Pueblo

Photo by Aladberto Boyer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The largest annual Hispanic multicultural and art festival in The Palm Beaches, Fiesta de Pueblo takes place each January and celebrates Three Kings Day, or the Three Wise Men. Drawing thousands of visitors to Samuel J. Ferreri Community Park in Greenacres, this free event provides a unique, cross-cultural celebration of Hispanic culture through music, food, art and commerce. The event includes representation from more than 21 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean. With parades, games, amusement park rides, regional cuisine and live entertainment, attendees can shop for artwork and goods from Palm Beach County-based artisans at the event’s business expo. Join the fun at this annual cultural event!

ArtiGras Fine Arts Festival

ArtiGras 2024

Photo courtesy of Tracey Benson Photography

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In four decades, ArtiGras Fine Arts Festival has grown from a small, local art show to a nationally recognized fine arts festival attracting tens of thousands of art lovers and collectors. The festival takes place each February over President’s Day weekend in Palm Beach Gardens. Produced by the Palm Beach North Chamber of Commerce, ArtiGras has been named one of the top 70 fine art festivals in the country and showcases a juried exhibition of gallery-quality art from 300 artists. ArtiGras also features a youth art competition, kids zone and live entertainment. A portion of the proceeds from the festival go to benefit art education in schools throughout Palm Beach County.

Delray Affair

Delray Affair

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One of the largest arts and crafts festivals in the southeast United States, Delray Beach’s Delray Affair takes place each April along seven city blocks of the waterfront town’s vibrant Atlantic Avenue. Produced by the Greater Delray Beach Chamber of Commerce and currently celebrating its 62nd year, the show has received numerous state and international awards for its impressive mixture of art, crafts and unique goods from around the world. The three-day event features live craftsmanship demonstrations, engaging workshops, performances by musicians and interactive experiences. It’s easy to see why this festival has earned the nickname “the greatest art and craft show under the sun.”

Black Gold Jubilee

Black Gold Jubilee

Courtesy of the Belle Glade Chamber of Commerce

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Perfect for families, Belle Glade’s annual Black Gold Jubilee is an annual harvest festival that celebrates the area’s rich soil, dubbed “black gold” for its ability to produce bountiful harvests year after year. With multiple events leading up to the big day each April, the festival starts with 5K and 10K races and a parade on Main Street, followed by a full day of fun, food, and entertainment on Torry Island. The event includes free games and rides for children and the opportunity to shop for handmade goods from artisans. In the evening, the amphitheater stage offers a spectacular lineup of musical entertainment followed by fireworks over the lake.

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It’s 20 minutes before sunrise and the sky over the Atlantic Ocean is fading from black to purple to orange to red, a visual symphony heralding the arrival of a new day. It’s too breathtaking for words and I have a front row seat in the sand just north of the Lake Worth pier.

Sunrises are beautiful anywhere, but there’s something special about seeing them over the ocean at a beach I can reach 10 minutes by bike.

Lake Worth Beach Pier

Growing up in Pittsburgh, I did not like the winters. I moved to South Florida in 1988 after graduating from journalism school and taking a newspaper job. Eventually, I found my way to Lake Worth Beach, a funky little town with a whimsical motto that spoke to me: “Keep Lake Worth Weird.’’ I fit right in.

And it wasn’t long before I discovered and embraced its many wonderful and quirky treasures, from the natural to the cultural to the culinary.

After watching the sun rise at the Lake Worth Beach Casino Complex, I’m ready for coffee and eggs at a table above the ocean — literally — at Benny’s on the Beach, a popular eatery on the Lake Worth Pier.

If the waves are big, I’ll pay $1 to walk out on the 1,000-foot pier east of Benny’s and watch the surfers. There’s action on the pier, too, where large pelicans gather on the railings in hopes of stealing the catches from morning anglers.

Nothing beats the scenery at the pier, but my two favorite breakfast spots are across the Lake Worth Bridge: The Pelican Restaurant on Lake Avenue, known for Indian fusion, and Farmer Girl Restaurant, an old-school eatery on U.S. 1 in my College Park neighborhood.

Snook Islands Natural Area

After breakfast, I explore the Snook Islands Natural Area, with its boardwalk winding around mangroves and wading birds at the northwest end of the Lake Worth Bridge. If the wind is calm, I’ll head north to the Lake Worth Beach Golf Club to rent a kayak and paddle south in the Lake Worth Lagoon.

For an added treat, I paddle under the bridge for an up-close view of a breathtaking mural, on the wall of the bridge’s main support, of a woman rising from the Intracoastal Waterway. Painted in 2017 by the artist Hula during Canvas Art Festival, the lady in the mural always turns heads whether you’re on water or on land strolling the walkways to the southeast in Bryant Park.

Lake Worth Beach is known around South Florida for hosting large annual events – the Street Painting Festival each February; the Palm Beach Pride festival and parade in March; the Midnight Sun Festival paying homage to the town’s century-old Finnish heritage with music, food and the amusing Wife Carrying Contest; and Dia de Los Muertos in October.

Benzaiten Center for Creative Arts

But there are plenty of year-round options, like the city’s vibrant arts offerings. I always enjoy the galleries on the ground floor of the beautiful art deco Cultural Council of Palm Beach County building, which spotlights the work of local artists like painter Serge Strosberg and ceramic artist Heather Couch. Admission is free. Be sure to walk outside and check out the larger-than-life Martin Luther King Jr. mural on the building’s south wall.

I always find something inspiring on the walls of mtn space gallery on Lake Avenue and at the funky Flamingo Clay Studio artists’ coop on South J Street.

An even more eclectic treat can be found just west of U.S. 1 at the Benzaiten Center for Creative Arts. The transformed historic FEC train depot houses working spaces for emerging and established artists and offers workshops in glassblowing, welding and jewelry.

Café Tecun

By now, I’m ready for lunch. If it’s Wednesday, I’ll stop by L-Dub Subs (slang for the city’s initials) on South J Street for their weekly special — the Mama Gizza Meatball Sub, made by a local gourmet pasta maker. Other days, I’ll grab a burrito and a cold Corona at Cafe Tecun, where the only thing better than the food is the friendly staff.

In the afternoon, I’ll take Lucy and Ginger, my friendly dogs, to Bryant Park or Spillway Park on the city’s north end and watch them chase squirrels.

During football season, there’s no better place for transplanted Pittsburghers to watch their Steelers than Dave’s Last Resort and Raw Bar in the heart of downtown. If the place is too packed, I’ll walk across the street to the roomier Irish Brigade with its multiple screens.

Lake Worth Playhouse

Lake Worth Playhouse

One recent Saturday afternoon I caught a matinee of “Oklahoma!” at the Lake Worth Playhouse, celebrating its 100th birthday this year in the heart of downtown. A few weeks before that, my wife and I stopped at the playhouse’s Stonzek Theater, home to great independent movies, and watched a music documentary called “The Stones and Brian Jones.’’

By the time the movie ended, we were primed for live music. But first, dinner at our favorite restaurant, Lilo’s Streetfood and Bar. The sidewalk tables were all taken — a testament to the great food — so we sidled up to the bar and ordered our usual yummy shrimp tacos.

Harry’s Banana Farm

By 8 p.m., we grabbed a table at Rudy’s Pub on South J Street and watched the Cedric Talton Experience. “No grouchy people allowed,’’ says the sign inside Rudy’s, where great live music can be seen all week, often with no cover charge.

On certain Friday nights during the year, weather permitting, we head back to the beach to meet up with friends and neighbors at the city-sponsored beach bonfires, featuring live music from bands like The Killbillies and The People Upstairs.

My day isn’t complete without a nightcap at Harry’s Banana Farm, a bar known for cheap cold beer and a rich sense of humor: Whimsical messages on the bar’s marquee – such as “Retirement: it’s like high school but your parents r never home”  – have been stopping traffic on U.S. 1 for years.

Finally, I’m off to bed, dreaming of another beach sunrise.

 

For more to do and see in Lake Worth Beach and across Florida’s Cultural Capital, visit our events calendar.

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Experience the natural, cultural splendor of The Palm Beaches at the height of its epic season! While the initial sight of palm trees, white-sand beaches, and hundreds of cultural events spanning across this giant destination might seem daunting—just take a quick glance at our weekend guide below for the insider’s track on what to do and what to see while you’re here. Bon voyage!

Thursday

 

Congratulations! You’ve made it to Florida during the winter season. The temperature is perfect for a bit of exploration, so it’s time to head the destination’s southern tip for the perfect mix of history and outdoor fun at the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse and Museum. For those eager adventure-seekers, it’s a pleasure to tell you that, yes, you can indeed climb it as long as you’re accompanied by staff and pay admission to do so. For the more mild-mannered enthusiast, there’s a wealth of additional events and sights to see on the property including twilight yoga, sunset tours, crafting classes and story time for the kids. Or, what’s to stop you from walking around and enjoying a warm winter’s day? Sometimes the simplest option is also the most enjoyable.

 

Right near the fabled lamp is the village of Tequesta, the southernmost tip of Palm Beach County and home to your next destination, Lighthouse ArtCenter Gallery and School of Art. Aficionados and amateurs alike will enjoy this bastion of arts fun tucked away in an unassuming plaza, which features yearlong exhibitions, frequent concerts, a gift shop stacked with Palm Beach County-based artwork, and one of the area’s finest annual events—the Plein Air Festival, an excellent excuse to visit every March.

 

Make your way to West Palm Beach and put your thinking cap on—the Cox Science Center and Aquarium is ready to educate and entertain you and your entire family! Where else can you see exhibits featuring historic artifacts (“Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition” through April 14), the human brain and the deep blue sea? The center also hosts a wide variety of top-notch events for children (and adults!) including laser shows, Nerd Nights, STEM Studios and more.

Take the evening and enjoy your time in Downtown West Palm Beach! You can hit the night life (and incredible mural sights) on Clematis Street, grab a bite to eat at some of the finest dining destinations in South Florida, or enjoy a quiet moment by the waterfront before tomorrow’s busy day.

Friday

Now that you’re fully rested and ready for more cultural fun, you can head over to Armory Art Center to see what’s new and exciting in the local arts scene. This is where amateur painters, sculptors, 3-D animators and more go to learn their craft from seasoned professionals and eventually, get to show their work to avid art fans such as yourself.

Better yet, the building itself is a work of art….art deco, that is! It was also, in fact, an armory for the United States military in the early 20th century—hence the organization’s name.

 

Let’s take a quick break from the city and head over the bridge to the famous, fabulous Palm Beach to explore one of its oldest and most revered cultural institutions, The Society of the Four Arts. The organization serves as an entire ‘campus’ dedicated to presenting only the best concerts, performances, classes, lectures, art exhibitions and films possible.

The extra-special way to spend your day at the Society, though, is by taking a tour of its verdant botanical gardens. Dotted with sculptures and other breathtaking pieces of art, the gardens provides a level of zen that will linger long after you head home from the vacation. Take your time and wander!

 

After a spectacular day exploring Palm Beach, head back to your room and get ready for an extravagant evening at the Norton Museum of Art. The museum’s Art After Dark series occurs every Friday night and is the hottest spot for hip locals and visitors alike to experience a mix of music, art, food and drinks. With a ever-changing schedule of artist talks, exhibition tours and performances (usually relating to the museum’s current main exhibitions), Art After Dark is the best, arts-filled way to enjoy a Friday night in West Palm Beach.

Saturday

It’s already your last day in The Palm Beaches? But, you just got here!
No matter, we’ve got two more places to visit before you leave and they are worth every minute of your time.

First up is the Boca Raton Museum of Art, a cultural highlight in the city of Boca Raton dedicated to the presentation and curation of all visual arts. The museum’s permanent collection features a wide variety of American modern art sure to dazzle visitors young and old. But, the rotating exhibitions are where you’ll see names such as Clifford Ross, Maren Hassinger and Phyllis Galembo make their mark and put forth incredible work that will leave you thinking long after you leave.

 

To end your weekend on the right note, experience the joy of seeing a brand-new play at FAU Theatre Lab, the professional resident company of Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton. Established and on-the-rise American playwrights both have tested their work on the Theatre Lab stage, and best of all: you’re seeing the premiere! There are two shows left to see in the 2020 season: Deborah Zoe Laufer’s Rooted from February 3–18 and Idris Goodwin’s What’s Best for the Children from April 13–28, so get your tickets early!

This arts-filled weekend is just a taste of what’s available here in The Palm Beaches, Florida’s Cultural Capital. Visit palmbeachculture.com/explore to learn more about this fantastic destination, or start planning your stay right away—as cool and comfortable as a winter day in The Palm Beaches.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year—enjoy a curated selection of spirited events and performances across Florida’s Cultural Capital this holiday season.

Celebrate Kwanzaa at Spady Cultural Heritage Museum

Kwanzaa Spady Cultural Heritage Museum

 

Celebrate the cultural significance of Kwanzaa at the Spady Cultural Heritage Museum on December 26. This event honors African heritage and traditions through vibrant performances, educational activities, and engaging exhibits. Visitors can partake in ceremonies, explore the seven principles of Kwanzaa, and immerse themselves in the rich tapestry of African-American culture during this joyous holiday celebration.

 

Dazzling holiday classic onstage at Kravis Center for the Performing Arts

 

For many, the holiday season isn’t complete without experiencing the enchanting tale of “George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker.” Miami City Ballet in The Palm Beaches brings George Balanchine’s timeless choreography to life at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts from December 28–30. With its opulent sets, graceful dancers, and Tchaikovsky’s mesmerizing score, this performance captivates audiences of all ages, weaving a magical narrative that embodies the spirit of the season.

Hanukkah Celebration at The Square in West Palm Beach

Hanukkah Celebration, The Square

 

Embrace the Hanukkah Celebration at The Square in West Palm Beach on December 18, when the Festival of Lights will illuminate the community. This festive gathering features menorah lightings, live music, traditional foods, and engaging activities for families. It’s a joyous occasion that brings together people of all backgrounds to celebrate the values of unity and hope.

Dickensian delight at Maltz Jupiter Theatre

Christmas Carol, Maltz Jupiter Theatre

 

The Maltz Jupiter Theatre offers a fresh take on a beloved classic, “A Christmas Carol,” November 28 through December 10. This heartwarming production transports attendees into the world of Ebenezer Scrooge as he navigates his transformative journey guided by the spirits of Christmas past, present, and future. Through stellar performances and immersive storytelling, this rendition captures the essence of compassion, generosity, and the true meaning of the holiday season.

 

Enjoy a holiday evening tour of Whitehall

Holiday Evening Tour, Henry Morrison Flagler Museum

 

Step into the opulence of the Gilded Age with Holiday Evening Tours at the Henry Morrison Flagler Museum from December 19 to 23. Adorned with festive decorations, the museum takes visitors on a historical journey, offering a glimpse into the lavish lifestyle of the early 20th century. From elegantly adorned rooms to the stunning grounds aglow with holiday lights, this tour immerses guests in the timeless elegance of yesteryears.

 

As The Palm Beaches come alive with art, culture, and holiday cheer, these events promise to create lasting memories for locals and visitors alike. Embrace the spirit of the season by immersing yourself in the traditions that make this corner of Florida a unique and vibrant destination during the holidays. Whether you’re enchanted by ballet, captivated by theater, or drawn to cultural celebrations, The Palm Beaches have something special in store for everyone this holiday season.

As the sun sets over The Palm Beaches, a new world of cultural exploration awaits. With a myriad of cultural organizations open in the evening, visitors can indulge in the rich arts scene while embracing the allure of twilight. Join us on a journey through The Palm Beaches as we discover captivating cultural venues that come alive after dark.

 

Norton Museum of Art

 

We begin our cultural adventure with a must-visit event at the esteemed Norton Museum of Art. Every Friday night, “Art After Dark” transforms this cultural hub into a lively soirée for art enthusiasts with an admission price of just $10. As the clock strikes 5 p.m., the museum opens its doors, offering exclectic experiences to all visitors. As you step inside, you’ll be welcomed by the vibrant atmosphere, featuring live music, engaging gallery talks, and captivating art demonstrations.

 

You may choose to wander through the museum’s galleries adorned with impressive collections of American, European, Chinese, and contemporary art. “Art After Dark” also presents an array of rotating exhibitions, showcasing the talents of renowned artists and emerging creatives. Sip on a refreshing cocktail and immerse yourself in the world of art, culture, and creativity. It’s an extraordinary experience that will leave you inspired.

 

Arts Garage

 

In the lively Pineapple Grove Arts District of Delray Beach, Arts Garage awaits to tantalize your senses with an eclectic mix of cultural performances. As the evening unfolds, this vibrant venue comes alive with its impressive lineup of jazz, blues, soul, and rock ‘n roll concerts.

 

The Arts Garage is not just a place to witness captivating performances; it’s an intimate space that fosters a sense of community and artistic camaraderie. Experience the passion and creativity of local talents and emerging artists as you enjoy a night filled with unforgettable music and cherished memories.

 

Boca Raton Museum of Art

 

For those planning to visit the peach-hued Boca Raton during their stay in The Palm Beaches, you’ll no doubt want to head to the Boca Raton Museum of Art. Open until 8 p.m. on Thursdays, this museum presents a delightful journey through various art forms and periods. Stroll through their awe-inspiring exhibitions featuring modern and contemporary art, photography, and sculpture.

 

Additionally, the museum offers intriguing educational programs, workshops, and artist talks that provide a deeper insight into the world of art. Whether you’re an art enthusiast or a curious traveler, the Boca Raton Museum of Art promises an enriching and enlightening experience.

 

Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse & Museum

 

No exploration of Palm Beach County’s cultural scene would be complete without a visit to the iconic Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse & Museum. As the sun dips below the horizon, this historic landmark illuminates the night with its mesmerizing beacon.

 

Climb the 163-year-old lighthouse and marvel at the breathtaking view of Jupiter Inlet from the top. The museum offers daily tours that provide a glimpse into the area’s fascinating history and maritime heritage. Embrace the serene ambiance and imagine the tales of sailors from eras past.

 

As the stars twinkle above, immerse yourself in the arts, music, and creativity that The Palm Beaches has to offer. These cultural organizations provide a captivating blend of entertainment and education, making your travel experience both enjoyable and enriching. So, embrace the allure of the evening and create unforgettable memories in Florida’s Cultural Capital.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Calling all food enthusiasts and art aficionados! Get ready to elevate your senses in The Palm Beaches, where your vacation or staycation becomes an extraordinary journey through Florida’s Cultural Capital. Immerse yourself in a culinary adventure as you indulge in the pinnacle of Sunshine State dining. Secure your spot, take your seat, and get ready to savor a delectable fusion of cultural wonders, perfectly paired with an array of exceptional restaurants. Prepare to be swept away by exquisitely delectable moments! 

If you’re planning your vacation for this September, don’t miss out on Flavor Palm Beach, running from 9/1-9/30. Here’s a list of participating restaurants.

 

 

Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse & Museum + Blackbird Modern Asian

 

Experience the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse & Museum, where history and nature intertwine in a joyful embrace. Operated by the Loxahatchee River Historical Society, this waterfront gem invites you to explore 5,000 years of regional history. Climb the iconic 1860 lighthouse for panoramic views and immerse yourself in the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse Outstanding Natural Area. Let the past come alive as you wander through exhibits and bask in the beauty of National Conservation Lands. Unveil stories of old and make cherished memories at this enchanting destination.

 

Following your visit to Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse & Museum, make sure to explore Blackbird Modern Asian for dinner, located just half a mile away. During September, they’re participating in Flavor Palm Beach, offering a $39 prix fixe menu. Savor items like crispy rice, ‘Blackbird Lo Mein,’ and delicious desserts as part of this special menu. An ideal way to top off your day of discovery.

 

 

Norton Museum of Art + Fern Kitchen & Wine Bar, West Palm Beach

 

Discover the joy of art exploration in The Palm Beaches with a visit to the vibrant Norton Museum of Art! Embark on an art-filled adventure by beginning your day early at this captivating destination. Immerse yourself in the museum’s expansive collection boasting an impressive 7,600 masterpieces spanning five distinct curatorial departments—European, American, Chinese, Contemporary, and photography. Before your excitement builds an appetite, relish in the myriad of special exhibitions on display. The museum promises an exhilarating start to your artsy journey, leaving you inspired and ready to conquer your dinner!

 

After the museum visit, don’t miss Fern Kitchen & Wine Bar for dinner! They offer a unique cattle ranch-to-table experience with Ranchers Reserve, raising Akaushi cattle humanely, and serving antibiotic and hormone-free. Indulge in perfect steak, steak tartare, trumpet mushrooms, and flavorful curry cobia for a true culinary delight. You can’t go wrong with anything on their menu.

 

 

Henry Morrison Flagler Museum + Buccan, Palm Beach

 

Embark on a journey through the Henry Morrison Flagler Museum, committed to conserving Whitehall’s grandeur and its connections to Henry Morrison Flagler’s life—a crucial fragment of Florida’s history and America’s Gilded Age. Immerse in the legacy of Flagler, a pioneer who transformed Florida into a premier vacation destination and reshaped the business landscape.

 

After your visit to the Henry Morrison Flagler Museum, if your exploration concludes around lunchtime, make sure to check out the Buccan Sandwich Shop. Indulge in James Beard Nominated Chef Clay Conley’s delectable hot and cold sandwiches, salads, chips, and signature chocolate chip cookies. If your explorations extend into the evening, consider Buccan for a memorable dinner. Delight in Clay Conley’s inventive American cuisine, crafted with the freshest ingredients from the finest sources. Experience Buccan’s warm and welcoming ambiance as you savor signature small plate, big flavor creations that showcase the essence of his culinary expertise.

 

 

Lake Worth Playhouse + Riggins Crabhouse, Lantana

 

Welcome to the enchanting world of Lake Worth Playhouse! Step into a bygone era of glamour and culture as you immerse yourself in this historic community theater. Nestled cozily in an intimate, art deco haven, the playhouse treats you to a delightful array of productions and even mesmerizing foreign films. Your ticket to a captivating experience awaits!

 

After taking in a performance at Lake Worth Playhouse, quench your cravings at Riggins Crabhouse. Indulge in Maryland-style Blue Crabs, meticulously beer-steamed with authentic J.O. Spice flavors. For an extra kick, try the garlic-style crabs simmered in fragrant oil and garlic. Always fresh, never frozen, these crabs deliver true Chesapeake taste that’s unforgettable. Discover the essence of Maryland’s culinary tradition at Riggins Crabhouse right here in Palm Beach County.

 

 

Spady Cultural Heritage Museum + Brulé Bistro, Delray Beach

 

Step into history at the Spady Cultural Heritage Museum! Visitors discover the heart of Black history through engaging exhibits and events. Nestled in a charming 1920s home and a quaint 1930s craftsman cottage, the museum is dedicated to preserving and sharing stories that shaped the nation. Guests can celebrate African descendants’ contributions, explore, learn, and connect with the past at the Spady Museum—where history comes alive.

 

After your visit to the Spady Cultural Heritage Museum, make sure to check out Brule Bistro. Chef Suzanne Perrotto’s culinary expertise, born from a New York Trattoria upbringing, is now showcased in this casual yet chic Pineapple Grove neighborhood bistro. With a blend of traditional and seasonal ingredients, Brulé Bistro offers a taste of authentic American Italian cuisine, reflecting generations of culinary passion.

 

 

Morikami Museum & Japanese Gardens + The Sea Kitchen, Boca Raton

 

Step into a world of surprising connection at Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens. In the early 1900s, a group of Japanese pioneers established the Yamato Colony in South Florida, aiming to revolutionize agriculture. Though their dreams waned over time, their legacy lives on. Immerse yourself in meticulously crafted Japanese gardens and explore the intriguing history that binds two distant cultures. Morikami welcomes all to witness this harmonious blend of past and present.

 

Following visiting Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens, don’t miss out on The Sea Kitchen, just across the street. Indulge in authentic Southeast Asian cuisine, including wok dishes, sushi, and Omakase, amidst an upscale setting. Their standout offerings include Peking duck pancake, hand-wrapped dumplings, filet mignon massaman, and a delightful Omakase sushi experience with seven premium nigiri pieces.