Upcoming Festivities in South Florida

The fall and holiday season in our region is full of popular annual events that attract crowds, and beginning next year you won’t have to deal with South Florida traffic and parking while attending these marquee happenings. Brightline’s passenger trains will provide easy access with frequent service. Many of the events are within walking distance of the new train stations in Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach (and non-walkers can easily connect to public transit, a taxi or rideshare).


We can’t wait to travel by train to these seasonal shows and festivals for a new and hassle-free way to enjoy the fun.


Here are this year’s must-do fall and holiday events.


In November:


Creativity takes center stage at the CANVAS Outdoor Museum Show (www.canvaswpb.org) in West Palm Beach. Nov. 11-20. The annual open-air show features giant murals, installations and other works by contemporary artists from throughout the world, displayed along Flagler Drive in West Palm Beach. While you are there, be sure to visit the Brightline mural by street artist Smog. The 24-foot long mural depicts a woman riding the train who is looking out the window at a man who is eagerly awaiting her arrival as another Brightline train passes. The artwork symbolizes the connections among people that the Brightline service will make possible. The colorful and vibrant art is displayed on the fence of the Brightline West Palm Beach station construction site on the 500 block of Clematis Street.

Brightline mural in Miami
On the Wolfson Campus of Miami Dade College in Downtown Miami, the Miami Book Fair (www.miamibookfair.com), now in its 33rd year, brings literati to the city Nov. 13-20. Appearing at the street fair and festival are hundreds of authors and thousands of readers, this year including former Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, “The Daily Show” host Trevor Noah, actor Alan Cumming, novelist Terry McMillan and talk show host Tavis Smiley, among others.


Walk or take the Metromover over to Bayfront Park’s Treelighting (www.bayfrontparkmiami.com) on Nov. 25, the official kickoff of the holiday season in downtown Miami. The tree, created by Christmas Designers, Inc., is 50-feet tall, Rocky Mountain Pine replica adorned with a custom lighting package, and will stay lit every night through the New Year. It’s at NE 2 ST and Biscayne Boulevard, adjacent to La Feria del Mercado de San Miguel.


In Fort Lauderdale, the city’s most chic shopping street celebrates Christmas on Las Olas (www.lasolasboulevard.com) on Nov. 29. The boulevard will be closed to traffic for a Winter Wonderland, with opportunity to sled on a Snow Mountain, ice skating, carolers and performances on various stages. Nosh on Christmas treats, watch a free showing of the movie “Elf” and check out the holiday booths for stocking stuffers.


In December:


The many events that make up Miami Art Week include Art Miami (www.artmiamifair.com), Nov. 29-Dec. 4, a contemporary art fair at the Art Miami Pavilion, 3101 NE 1st Avenue in Wynwood/Midtown (www.art-miami.com). Art Basel (www.artbasel.com/miami-beach) has 269 leading galleries from throughout the world showing the works of modern and contemporary masters and emerging artists at the Miami Beach Convention Center, Dec. 1-4. At night, you’ll find art-loving revelers partying at clubs throughout the city including Downtown.

Miami art scene

source: Miami Art Scene™


Mark your calendar for Dec. 1, because that’s when this year’s “Sandi,” the giant tree made of sand – standing about 35 feet tall and covered by more than 5,000 lights – debuts at Holiday in Paradise (wpb.org/Departments/Waterfront/Community-Events/Sandi-Land) on the West Palm Beach waterfront. The festival runs until Jan. 1, bringing concerts, light shows and lots of good cheer.


The highlight of Fort Lauderdale’s holiday season is the 45th annual Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade (winterfestparade.com) on Dec. 10, this year with superstar Pitbull as Grand Marshal and the theme “Comics & Cartoons Rockin’ the Night Away.” Viewable on the New River in downtown Fort Lauderdale, the 2 1/2 –hour parade features private boats, giant showboats and corporate megayachts adorned with hundreds of thousands of lights and decorations, music and more. Dubbed the “Greatest Show on H2O,” the event is expected to attract more than a million spectators. Brightline will be participating in Winterfest’s Family Fun Day on November 27 at Huizenga Plaza, 32 E Las Olas Blvd, will also have an information booth around the grandstand on the day of the parade. Stop by and say hello!

Miami charters boat parade



Celebrate the holidays with a performance of the iconic ballet The Nutcracker. The Miami City Ballet (www.miamicityballet.org) performs the George Balanchine version at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts in Fort Lauderdale (Dec. 9-11), the Adrienne Arsht Center in Downtown Miami (Dec. 17-24) and the Kravis Center in West Palm Beach (Dec. 28-30).


There’s so much to see and do in South Florida. Next year, you’ll be able to skip the traffic and take the Brightline express train to your destination and enjoy all that South Florida has to offer!


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