The 55th annual Delray Affair takes place along the streets of downtown Delray Beach and stretches twelve city blocks from the Intracostal to NW 2nd Avenue.
What started in 1947 as the Gladiola Festival — with its own Gladiola Queen — is now one of the most popular fun-in-the-sun festivals in South Florida, attracting about 300,000 people over three days.
Here are five reasons to go:
SKIP THE GYM
Get in your exercise walking from one end to the other. The festival takes up twelve city blocks, from the Intracoastal to NW 2nd Ave. If you’re feeling fit, walk over the bridge to A1A.
SHOP EARLY FOR MOTHER’S DAY
Take mom and see what catches her eye here. There are up to 600 vendors featuring fine arts, hand-crafted arts and crafts.
FAMILY FUN ZONE
Back again this year, the free Family Fun Zone features 30 arcade games and a dunk tank! Plus, kids can enjoy face painting and balloon art.
It’s a small town with big civic pride. More than 100 volunteers make this festival pop.
Free people-watching and free browsing. Also available for free is transportation to the festival via the Downtown Roundabout. The trolley service runs from the Delray Beach Tri-Rail station to A1A.
IF YOU GO:
Where: Intracoastal to NW 2nd Avenue in Delray Beach
When: April 7-9, 2017