Springtime is Festival Season in Palm Beach County’s Temperate Seaside Destinations
The Palm Beaches is a destination so rich in art and culture that visitors have access to a Cultural Concierge – a local arts expert who helps individuals and groups create customized itineraries that reflect their cultural interests and travel schedules. As springtime approaches, the Cultural Concierge advises travelers to experience arts in a relaxed way with an abundance of outdoor festivals, exhibitions and cultural experiences in the temperate climate of Palm Beach County, Florida’s Cultural Capital®.
To experience art in the lush and scenic open air of this coastal paradise, the Cultural Concierge suggests:
Invitational 2018: Artists of the Natural World Art Show & Sale at John D. MacArthur Beach State Park
March 2 – March 18
Love natural subjects? This is the show for you! Artists Guy Harvey, Guy Coheleach, Kim Diment, Hall of Fame Artist James Hutchinson, Renee Bemis, Martin Gates, Geoffrey Smith and Kent Ullberg will be showing and selling their work from one of Florida’s most beautiful state parks and unspoiled natural estuaries.
Plein Air Festival Presented by Lighthouse ArtCenter – Various Northern Palm Beach County Coastal Sites
March 3 – 11
Visitors can observe artists painting en plein air at scenic and coastal outdoor locations, and then have the opportunity to purchase the masterpieces at the Lighthouse ArtCenter Gallery in Tequesta. Related events include technique demonstrations, workshops and more.
Outdoor Music at Old School Square Pavilion – Downtown Delray Beach
On March 9 catch the internationally-acclaimed Jazz Ambassadors, the official touring big band of the United States Army. Reggae-infused Collie Buddz and Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad present their “Good Life Tour” on March 10.
TurtleFest 2018 at Loggerhead Marinelife Center – Jupiter
Saturday, March 24
More than 10,000 guests will experience up-close interactions with threatened and endangered sea turtles, as well as music, art, shopping, educational presentations, games and other conservation-focused activities.
Exotic Adventures at Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society – West Palm Beach
- March 16-17: Experience animal encounters, a nocturnal tour and more at the zoo’s Family Overnight: Where the Wild Things Snore.
- March 19-23: Take behind-the-scenes tours, have up-close animal experiences and participate in group projects for five-to-eight-year-olds at Spring Break Zoo Camp.
- April 7 (National Beer Day): Brew at the Zoo 2018, a unique craft beer festival, features samples from more than 25 local brewers, live music and food, among the lush tropical wildlife habitats.
Bluegrass in the Pavilion at Henry Morrison Flagler Museum – Palm Beach
Blue Highway and the Gibson Brothers will perform at Flagler’s airy waterfront pavilion, which offers incredible views of both the Intracoastal Waterway and the site of Florida’s original “Coconut Grove” on the museum’s grounds.
56th Annual Delray Affair in Delray Beach – Downtown Delray Beach
April 13 – 15
This award-winning event, which is the largest arts & crafts festival in the Southeast, features fine art, crafts and products from around the world along palm-tree-lined streets in downtown Delray.
Wild & Scenic Film Festival at historic Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse & Museum – Jupiter
The Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse & Museum joins communities around the globe to build environmental awareness with this unique film festival. Watch and relax at the historically-significant, 120-acre Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse site, which is the only designated Outstanding Natural Area in the eastern United States. This year’s festival coincides with the 50th Anniversary of the Wild & Scenic Rivers Act.
Hatsume Fair: A One-of-a-Kind Celebration of Spring at Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens – Delray Beach
April 21 and 22
Hatsume Fair celebrates the first bud of spring, transforming the tranquil Morikami into a Japanese festival with Taiko drumming, martial arts demonstrations, costume and fashion contests, artisan booths, Japanese street fair food vendors and children’s activities.
SunFest 2018 – Downtown West Palm Beach Waterfront
May 3 – 6
The four-day event—Florida’s largest music, art and waterfront festival—features 50 bands on three stages. The lineup for 2018 includes Pitbull, Zedd, Logic, Rae Sremmurd, Incubus, Nick Jonas, Sublime with Rome, 311, PartyNextDoor, Billy Idol, SOJA, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Cake, Third Eye Blind, Grouplove, Girl Talk, DNCE, KC and The Sunshine Band, and more.
For more suggestions, connect with the Cultural Concierge to plan your own one-of-a-kind visit to The Palm Beaches, at palmbeachculture.com/concierge. For a complete calendar and information on visiting Palm Beach County cultural venues, please visit events.palmbeachculture.com or call 833-PBC-ARTS.