The Florida Renaissance Festival is a wholly different world––a world of jousts and costumes and turkey legs. Here be dragons, or so the armor-clad knights would have you believe. At the festival, live shows recreate the romance of the Renaissance with references to Shakespeare and swordplay on 12 different stages. Meanwhile, merchants share the secrets of their crafts, blowing unbreakable glass for spectators and selling hammered pewter goblets. Visitors, dressed in period garb or not, can wander on their own, exploring the shows and stalls, or trying their hands at games of chance while gnawing on scotch eggs and chocolate cheesecake.
A fund-raising event for The United Way Center for Excellence in Early Education, Rocks for Education aims to draw audiences with a family-friendly mix of music, comedy, and more. Emmy winner and Local 10 News anchor Laurie Jennings will serve as the event's emcee, and stars David Henrie of Wizards of Waverly Place and Drake Bell of Drake & Josh will engage spectators with songs, comedy, and other unmimed entertainments. Performances by local dance teams and American Idol contestant Symphony Music Howlett will add to the rhythmic stew, making the event more melodic than a Broadway musical about Mozart and the pianos who loved him. The evening's beneficiary, The United Way Center for Excellence in Early Education, bolsters learning for little ones with advocacy, parent/teacher training, and resources such as a demonstration school.
The Jupiter Seafood Festival blends fish and fun in a three-day event. Vendors sell nautical wares as booths shell out helpings of local, fresh seafood, including crawfish, mussels, crab cakes, and scallops. Kids and adults who have memorized the entire Nickelodeon cartoon lineup can participate in child-friendly activities, and people of any age can boogie to the live music from bands such as Boxelder, the Blues Brothers Soul Band, and a Tom Petty and Billy Joel tribute band, who will play all weekend to keep the party going.
Produced by the Future 6 Helping Hand Fund and a joint effort by some of the West Palm Beach area's most celebrated restaurants, the Feast of the Sea treats guests to drinks, live music, and some of the finest seafood dishes local chefs are known for. Converging in one place from restaurants such as Sushi Jo, Nick & Johnnies, Salt 7, E.R. Bradley's, BB Kings, Hullabaloo, and many more, the chefs transform fish and shellfish into memorable meals with recipes inspired from North America, South America, European, Asian, and Caribbean regions. The event is family friendly too, with a kids' play area and not a single TV screen playing Jaws.
For a quarter of a century, Irish Fest has brought musicians, food vendors, and the general public together for a celebration of Ireland's culture. The outdoor festival's atmosphere echoes the old country with an arts and crafts marketplace and a pub tent, where attendees devour Irish cuisine such as bangers and mash, or if they're feeling rebellious, mash and bangers. Everyone from fiddlers to Celtic rock bands to accordion players keep the crowds dancing to live music throughout the weekend. The Keltic Kids’ Korner ensures little ones also stay entertained with bounce castles and kid-friendly shows.
Lamb shank, moussaka, baklava, souvlaki, gyros—St. Catherine's Greek Festival would be an appetizing experience for the food alone. But the festival, now in its 39th year, offers a Greek cultural experience that's sure to delight more than just taste buds. Previous festivals have seen the church's youth ministry, clad in traditional garb, perform traditional dances with a traditionally low amount of stage fright, as well as thrilling performances from the Heart of Greece dance troupe. Not far away, patrons can admire eye-catching jewelry and artwork while feasting on flaky baklava.