Is it me or does feel like January has been slow to end? It’s exciting to know February is finally here because there’s lots to do. We’re talking some seriously, can’t-miss things to do. Not to mention, think about all the delights another Super Bowl brings: Hello, chicken wings, and don’t forget the beer!
Sure, it’s a short month, but there are still dozens of things to do and events to attend across Palm Beach County. Let’s divide them up by region.
Northern Palm Beach
It’s Jupiter’s biggest celebration of itself and its community. This free, family event will have all the good stuff: live music and entertainment, food trucks, a kids zone with bounce houses, face painting, balloon artists and more, a local business fair, an eco-tourism expo and even a corn hole tournament. And that’s just the beginning. Add the event to your Facebook page so you don’t forget.
Info: Saturday, Feb. 3 from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Jupiter Community Center, 200 Military Trail
Voted one of the top 50 art shows in the nation by Sunshine Artist Magazine, Artigras is a premier art event for families and art collectors alike. You’ll find plenty for the kids to do, lots to snack on and great art to get lost in. While animals aren’t allowed, there is free a Doggie Day Care center so you don’t have to leave BF alone at home (any donations support Big Dog Ranch). Too many deets to name here so check out the Artigras website.
Info: Saturday through Monday, Feb. 17-19 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (or 5 p.m. on Monday);
Abacoa, Central Boulevard in Jupiter, just North of Donald Ross Road and East of I-95
Sea Fest for Kids
The Sea Fest is Jupiter’s biggest family festival where kids enjoy sea-inspired education and activities that celebrate the coastal heritage and Florida history on the waterfront. You’ll be learning too! From hands-on craft activities with clay and paints to live musical kids programming and even a dj, the kids will definitely love this fest -- and be worn out after. The event is free for kids under 18 and $10 for adults. See more deets and add the event to your Facebook page so you don’t forget.
Info: Saturday, Feb. 25 from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse & Museum, 500 Captain Armours Way;
Central Palm Beach
WEST PALM BEACH
Green Market Strawberry Festival
Come taste fresh, in-season strawberries at West Palm Beach’s green market. This will be the 17th annual Strawberry Festival and it will include freshly made strawberry shortcakes by Chef Carlino of Cider Doughnuts. Part of the sales will benefit Hospice of Palm Beach County.
Info: West Palm Waterfront at 100 Clematis Street, West Palm Beach; Saturday, Feb. 10 from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.; no cover; 561-822-1515
So you’re into yoga, crossfit, Acai bowls and that sort of stuff? Then this event is for you. Freshfest is a lifestyle festival where you get to meet other health conscious people and hang out with athletes and active individuals. More than 80 vendors targeting this industry will be there displaying their best products and services. You can schedule yoga classes and workouts during the festival. Get the ultimate class pass for $15.
Info: Meyer Amphitheater; Downtown West Palm Beach; Saturday, Feb. 10 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m; email@example.com
The Firefighter Chili Cook Off
The 3rd annual Clematis by Night Firefighter Chili Cook Off costs $10. Guests receive unlimited chili tastings with proceeds benefiting the West Palm Beach Fraternal Order of Firefighters. National country recording artist Adam Doleac will headline the event, with local country sensation Liddy Clark opening the night.
Info: West Palm Beach Waterfront, 100 Clematis Street; Thursday, Feb. 1 from 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.; 561-822-1515
Lake Worth Street Painting
More than 600 artists will use chalk only and transform Lake Worth’s Lake and Lucerne avenues into their master piece. It is estimated that more than 100,000 people will attend the free, two-day, Lake Worth Street Painting festival.
Info: Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 24 and 25; Downtown Lake Worth; Starts at 10 a.m.
Mr. Garlic doing yoga with Michael Franti &a Spearhead this afternoon! 😌 Come on out to Garlic Fest in John Prince Park today from 11 am to 11 pm 😍 Michael Franti & Spearhead will be playing tonight! 🎶😎 • • • #MichaelFranti #Spearhead #BestStinkinPartyInTown #GarlicFest #SouthFloridaGarlicFest2017 #SFLGarlicFest #LiveLoveGarlic #GarlicLovers #JohnPrincePark #LakeWorth
It’s stinky -- in a good way. Who doesn’t like garlic-everything? The South Florida Garlic Festival has rides, live music, chefs cooking right in front of you, drinks and food available for purchase, games and more.
Important: No pets, no coolers, no outside food or beverages, no refunds and all bags are subject to search.
Info: Friday through Sunday, February 9 to 11, 2018 (Friday 5 to 11 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.); John Prince Park, 4759 South Congress Ave., Lake Worth; Tickets $10 to $100
FPL celebrates 2018 ManateeFest
Manatee Lagoon, an FPL Eco-Discovery Center™, is celebrating its 2nd anniversary with ManateeFest 2018! Expect family activities, a SEAsonal selfie station, a coloring station for kids, a tour through the facility, complimentary face painting and more. Plus, hopefully you’ll get to see dozens of manatees by the electrical plant.
Info: Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 3 to 4 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; 6000 N. Flagler Drive, West Palm Beach; Free admission and parking
Manatees love the cool water of the winter season, which means it's time to freshen up on your manatee etiquette! Spread the word and love: Share to your Facebook page.
Western Palm Beach
Winter Equestrian Festival
Come see some of the best horse riders and best horses as they compete at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in different categories. Click on details on top to select the competition you’d like to attend.
Info: Feb. 2018 to Apr. 1.; Weekly on Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday; 3400 Equestrian Club Drive, Wellington
Southern Palm Beach
Strokes of Genius: Artistry and Music with Yasunori Kimata
Have you ever experienced live painting before? If not, this is your chance. You’ll be swept away by the tranquil sounds of koto musician Yoshiko Carlton as they art comes to life in front of your eyes. Tickets are $20 ($15 for Morkami members).
Info: Friday, Feb. 23 from 7 p.m. - 10 p.m.; Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens, 4000 Morikami Park Rd., Delray; 561-495-0233
Festival of the Arts Boca
This is a 10-day celebration with musicians, artists, performers, films, producers and more. Festivalgoers will enjoy the most sought-after jazz, opera and classical performers.
Info: Feb. 23 to Mar. 4; Mizner Park Amphitheater, Mizner Park Cultural Arts Center, Plaza Real, Boca Raton; 866-571-ARTS
Everglades Day Festival
Learn everything you need to know about The Everglades: how to proctect them and how to enjoy them safely. This free festival and eco-adventure will have games, activities for the family, guest speakers and demostrations about this natural wonder.
Info: Feb. 10; Arthur R. Marshall, Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge, 10216 Lee Road, Boynton Beach