It’s almost the weekend – time for the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County to share with you the best of what our community has to offer. Each week, you get three ideas – one that’s free, one that’s affordable and one that’s a splurge. Your “3 to See” cultural curator is Rena Blades, president and CEO of the Cultural Council.
Artsy affair in Delray
If you’re a fan of arts and crafts — let’s admit it, who isn’t — then you’re bound to be excited for Southeast Florida’s biggest craft festival, the Delray Affair. Celebrating its 55th year in eclectic Delray Beach, the festival welcomes more than 600 artists from 30 states and 12 countries around the world. If that’s not enough, you have oodles of street food to munch and plenty of local music throughout the festivities. If you’re bringing the little ones with you, there’s also face painting, balloon art and even a dunk tank.
Delray Affair: Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Downtown Delray Beach from the Intracoastal to Northwest Second Avenue. Info: 561-279-0907 or www.delrayaffair.com.
Enthusiasm for engineering
For kids and parents that focus on the “E” in STEAM education, did you know that there are competitions that award budding young engineers? This weekend, the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium and Florida Engineering Society co-host “Engineer It!,” a student competition that invites young scientists to submit their best creations for $5,000 in cash and prizes. The kids can submit to four categories: an egg drop, build-your-own gravity machine (roller coaster), paper airplane and a rocket challenge.
Engineer It: Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. General admission for the museum (including the competition) is $16.95 for adults, $12.95 for kids 3-12 and $14.95 for seniors. South Florida Science Center and Aquarium, 561-832-1988 or www.sfsciencecenter.org.
“Pirates of Penzance”
Nearly 140 years ago, the famous composer Arthur Sullivan and his partner/librettist, W.S. Gilbert, premiered their new opera, “The Pirates of Penzance,” in Manhattan. It was their first opera to have a premiere in the U.S., rather than their home in England, and it immediately was a success. The tongue-twisting hit, “I Am the Very Model of Modern Major-General,” still rings today, and the opera itself sets its sails for West Palm Beach thanks to Palm Beach Opera. The comedy, sung in English with supertitles, runs throughout the weekend at the Kravis Center.
“The Pirates of Penzance:” Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets start at $20. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach. Info: 561-833-7888 or www.pbopera.org.