The Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade 2018 Newsletter

Winterfest is so much more than a boat parade. Check out the Winterfest 2018 Newsletter for more information on Winterfest events.

The Winterfest 2018 Newsletter

South Florida Fair


South Florida Fair – From children to adults, many of us have used our imagination to dream of possessing extraordinary or superhuman powers. That’s the stuff of superheroes and honoring them is what we have chosen as our 2019 Fair theme. From everyday heroes to the superheroes of the silver screen, guests can expect to see appearances by their favorite Marvel and DC Comics Heroes while celebrating local superheroes who will be recognized for their special powers in the “Not all Heroes Wear Capes” parades. Heroes of Education, Heroes of Freedom, Heroes in Medicine, Heroes Behind the Badge and many more will be honored at the South Florida Fair, January 18 – February 3 in West Palm Beach.

Information: 561.793.0333 for more information or visit the website:

*Celebration / Sanctioned Events are events in the South Florida Area which are cross promoted with Winterfest.

Happy Hour with Winterfest Inc.

Please plan on joining your friends at Winterfest for fun, hors d’oeuvres, raffles, and happy hour prices.

Our first happy hour will be located at Bokampers on August 28, 2019 at 6pm!

Boaters registered for the Parade (as an entry or control boat) will be automatically entered in to win additional prizes.

Are you a location that wants to host a happy hour for Winterfest? Contact us at 954-767-0686.

Family Fun Day

“Panthers in the Park” Winterfest Family Fun Day  at Huizenga Plaza presented by Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital

Video from 2018 Florida Panthers Winterfest Family Fun Day presented by the Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital (followed by the Grand Marshal Reception)

For an exciting day of family fun in Fort Lauderdale, head on over to Huizenga Plaza for Winterfest’s Family Fun Day. At the Florida Panthers Winterfest Family Fun Day presented by the Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital, we offer a plethora of free activities for kids of all ages–and the parents, too! Since this event is right in time for the holidays, be sure to keep an eye out for the brand new giant Toboggan Tunnel, Polar Express, Catabella Express, Sun Sentinel Kids Town, and other activities from the Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital.

Our Family Fun day is packed with exciting Fort Lauderdale family activities where you can win prizes from South Florida Ford, get your face painted by our lovely artists, check out the Florida Renaissance Pirate Ship, hang out with the most adorable puppies from Danielle Pet Rescue Row, and so much more. There are even plenty of opportunities for photo ops with Santa, Stanley the Panther, and other surprise guests. While participating in the activities, you can enjoy the sounds of the Shane Duncan Band. 

If you work up an appetite, there will be plenty of food and beverages options for sale. Get samples from LaCroix, and so much more.

With great food, fun activities, and live music, the Florida Panthers Winterfest Family Fun Day presented by the Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital is an event you don’t want to miss out on. It’s a perfect day on the New River / Riverwalk for the entire family. If you would like to become a sponsor, contact us today at 954-767-0686

  • Photo opps: Stanley the Panther, Santa
  • WSVN Channel 7, VisitLauderdaleTV, and are scheduled to be on-location
  • Cathy & Larry Danielle Pet Rescue Row
  •  Southwest Airlines
  • Fifth Third Bank


Grand Marshal Experience

The 2019 Grand Marshal Experience will be hosted at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.

This Winterfest Celebration welcoming our Grand Marshal includes dignitaries and celebrities who join us at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino to celebrate, Winterfest style. RECEPTION BY INVITATION ONLY.

Many local VIP’s, dignitaries, sponsors will be on hand to welcome this year’s celebrity Grand Marshal. Fort Lauderdale’s Mayor, Dean Trantalis, will give the Grand Marshal a key to our beautiful city and Riverwalk, Inc. will present a brick in his/her name(s) for the Riverwalk Celebrity Walk of Fame on the banks of the staging area of the Parade.

Please view photos of our past parade Grand Marshals Huey Lewis, Big & Rich, PITBULL, Flo Rida, Deborah Norville, Barry Gibb, Brooke Burke, Kim Kardashian, Alonzo Mourning, Jim Belushi, Lorraine Bracco, Frankie Valli, Randy Jackson, Shaquille O’Neal, Ryan Hunter-Reay, and many more on our Facebook page.

This is a private reception to honor our Grand Marshal. Become a Sponsor – Get Invited!

SPONSORSHIPS are still available with this event.

Fort Lauderdale Pirate Festival


Rotary Club of Fort Lauderdale’s annual Pirate Festival on the New River

Ahoy, me hearties! J Ready yer sea legs! Join ye fellow Buccaneers on April 20, 2019, between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m., at Esplanade Park, 400 SW 2nd Street, Fort Lauderdale for the annual Pirate Festival, produced by The Rotary Club of Fort Lauderdale in partnership with Bobby Rodriguez, producer of the world renowned Florida Renaissance Festival.

Bring yer lads and lassies, enjoy the music, activities, and festivities. Leave the landlubbers behind. Build a raft and/or bring a paddle board to race on the New River, enjoy the bands and live entertainment, pirate encampments, brew in the beer garden, pirate cocktails on the Tiki bar, enjoy the catch of the day from the food vendors, see the animals and ride the ponies at the petting zoo, dunk the “captain” in the dunk tank, play on board the Pirate Ship, get yer face painted, visit the arts & craft vendors and be the best dressed pirate of all ages.

It’s a great team building opportunity for corporate teams, schools and organizations. All net proceeds directly benefiting the Fort Lauderdale Rotary Club’s 1090 Foundation (501c3) which provides college and vocational scholarships for deserving local High School Seniors and funding for various community service projects.

Free Admission. Contact us today for our excellent sponsorship opportunities.

For additional information please visit or contact us at the Rotary Club of Fort Lauderdale (954) 424-0731, email:

*Celebration/Sanctioned Events are events in the South Florida Area which are cross promoted with Winterfest.

Florida Renaissance Festival


Travel back in time to the 16th Century at the 27th Annual Florida Renaissance Festival, coming to Quiet Waters Park, February 9th through March 24th, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. to Sunset! Over 100 Artisans selling their wares, Over 100 Performers and 12 Stages with Continuous Entertainment, Games of Skill, Human Powered Rides, Food and Drynk fit for a King! It’s a Fun Family Event for All Ages!

For more information:

* Celebration/Sanctioned Events are events in the South Florida Area which are cross promoted with Winterfest. 


Glam-A-THON Stiletto Carnival


The all new celebration begins when the streets of downtown Fort Lauderdale turn into a colorful, sensual Carnival dance experience! Enjoy the music, costumes and parade of dancers during the launch of Stiletto Carnival on May 11th, embracing diversity in South Florida! The event will benefit Glam-A-THON™ and raise awareness and funding for breast cancer patients through Broward Health Foundation.

* Celebration/ Sanctioned Events are events in the South Florida Area which are cross promoted with Winterfest.


Black Tie Ball

Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Black Tie Ball Presented by Ford, in Association with Republic National Distributing Co. will set the surrealistic mood for this enchanted evening.

Video on the 2018 Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Ball presented by Ford – filmed by WSVN

Special performances direct from the Broadway Production (Special thank you to Broadway Across America) and dance the night away.  This event is tagged as the largest holiday gala in Fort Lauderdale.

The Ball is the most elegant of our festivities and by far the highlight of Fort Lauderdale’s social season. 2019 Belle of the Ball: to be announced

The Red Carpet Reception features an expanded Fidelity Investments Silent Auction from 6 – 8 p.m.

Bid on over 250 items.  A live auction takes place inside the ballroom.

Dinner and Dancing 8 – midnight. Hosted by the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Event Center.