Family Fun Day – Where to Park?

Planning on attending this Sunday’s November 22nd Winterfest Family Fun Day with the City of Fort Lauderdale’s Open Streets? Click on the link to find the best locations to park. Remember Las Olas will be closed during the day and the event is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. City lots will have a flat rate of $5.

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Volunteer Party

This celebratory event honors the people who play a huge role in the success of Winterfest® – our volunteers! Carolyn McLaughlin Spirit of Volunteerism Award winner is announced during the event.  2019 winner was Scott and Jeanie Welty.

2020/2021 Volunteer Party date: February 2021

If you would like to be a volunteer – contact the Winterfest office.

Duck Fest Derby

Duck Fest(2)DATE NOT CONFIRMED – To benefit Kids In Distress – You won’t want to miss the Annual Duck Fest Derby in Fort Lauderdale. This is a family friendly event at Esplanade Park on the New River. The event is from 1-4 PM in March 2016 with live entertainment by “The Bittersweet Experience” on the main stage, KID Olympic Games, KID Fun Zone, Petting Zoo and many other fun activities! At 3:30 sharp, 15,000 rubber ducks will be dropped into the water and the 1st to cross the finish line wins! Many other great raffle prizes to be announced! To sponsor, start a Duck Sales Team or get involved call 954 390 7654 Ext:1290 or visit www.duckfestderby.kintera.org

 

Control Boat Meeting

CONTROL BOATERS, PARADE SPOTTERS and HAM OPERATORS ONLY at the Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce. Contact Winterfest on how to get involved.

CONTROL BOATERS: Get a FRONT ROW seat to the parade while being the eyes and ears for the “Greatest Show on H2O!” All control boaters receive a goodie bag at the Control Boat Meeting with a light and signs. AFTER THE PARADE, volunteers are invited to the Winterfest Volunteer Party at Timpano! Join Today.

CONTROL BOAT FORM 2018 .

 

Captain’s Meeting

2019 Sponsors included Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina, Chevron, Image360 and ACR Electric.

WINTERFEST CAPTAIN’S MEETING is a mandatory meeting for all Boat Parade participants, and it is hosted by Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina. Captains will receive line-up information, along with rules and regulations for the parade. Goodie bags, featuring great items from our sponsors, and raffle items are for Parade participants. CAPTAINS ONLY.

Want to promote your company to boaters? Donation items / gift certificates to the boaters – contact Winterfest for details.

OFFICIAL BOAT SAFETY SPONSOR OF THE PARADE

to see photos from 2019 meeting CLICK HERE

Sponsorship Opportunities

All sponsorships are created to provide the maximum entertainment/branding opportunities within the Winterfest Celebration.

Click on the sponsorship level of interest and a Winterfest representative will contact you to have a custom sponsorship created for your company.

OR

Call the Winterfest Office at 954-767-0686

  • Tickets to select Winterfest Events including the Winterfest White Party, Grand Marshal Reception and VIP Area of the Parade
  • Logo inclusion on the photos taken throughout the event by a select photographer and uploaded to social media
  • Tickets to select Winterfest Events including the Winterfest White Party, Grand Marshal Reception and VIP Area of the Parade
  • Logo inclusion on a variety of social media platforms
 
 
 
 

Have a Sponsorship Idea not Listed? Contact Winterfest to have a representative discuss how to make your idea a reality.

Photos are on our Facebook page.

PRESS CREDENTIALS: All media requests must be submitted using an email address from the media’s active domain address. The submission must include commitment from an editor/publisher noting where and when the story/photos will be printed/uploaded on social media platforms.

Any social media influencers must submit their handles, viewership and pre-/event day promotions plans when requesting credentials.

VIP Viewing Party

 Winterfest VIP Viewing Party 

The most prestigious location to watch the Winterfest Boat Parade! Close to 400 community leaders, dignitaries, and Winterfest Sponsors will enjoy the ambiance of the VIP Area nestled next to Stranahan House at Laura Ward Park. This location is where the Parade starts along the New River. This event includes a magnificent buffet and cocktails featuring local restaurants, Riverside Hotel,  and much more. The area is also host to the television show and our boat parade judges. This area is Winterfest’s way of saying thank you to all of our Board of Directors and Sponsors. BY INVITATION ONLY.

620 Riverside Hotel

Previous Sponsors included Hotwire Communications, Holy Cross Hospital and Riverside Hotel.

Grandstand Viewing Area

2019 Sponsors: Broward Health and the Florida Panthers

The BEST seats on land to view the 49th Annual Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade. All seats are RESERVED and ASSIGNED, located inside Hugh Taylor Birch State Park on the Northeast corner of Sunrise Boulevard and the Intracoastal Waterway. Tickets are:

$30 – individual adult tickets with bus ticket
$27 – groups of 20 or more
$25 – children 10 years & younger

Tickets will NOT be mailed to you until October 2020.

The excitement begins at 3:30 pm when the gates open to the Grandstand Viewing Area. Come early and bring the family (no pets please) to enjoy all of the amenities associated with your reserved and assigned seats. Join the “Party in the Park” – Stella Artois Culinary Courtyard, Live Entertainment, and activities. The Parade gets underway at 6:30 p.m. along The New River in Downtown Fort Lauderdale and should arrive at the Grandstand area at approximately 7:30 pm. For Grandstand Viewing Area Tips, Click Here.

Come and enjoy an assortment of interactive games with fun for the whole family! After working up an appetite, choose your favorite dish from a variety of delicious foods. Thirsty? How about a nice cold Budweiser or perhaps a refreshing glass of wine!

PARADE PARKING FOR GRANDSTANDS:

There is no parking inside Birch State Park for the Parade. The ONLY Shuttle service will be offered at one convenient Fort Lauderdale location: Galleria Mall (East Sunrise Boulevard). Parking is FREE and bus service is $5 per person round-trip (without an all inclusive grandstand ticket).  To purchase tickets: https://winterfestparade.com/tickets

Parking-Map

Bus service to the parade begins at 3 p.m. and runs continuously until 6:30p.m. Return shuttle service concludes 1 hour after parade’s completion.

PARKING FOR PUBLIC VIEWING OUTSIDE OF BIRCH: Public Parking areas and garages along the 12 mile parade route – visit the City of Fort Lauderdale’s Website: http://fortlauderdale.gov/parking/parking.htm

To enter Birch State Park  without sitting at the Grandstand Viewing Area, park entrance fee is $5.

The Winterfest Launch Party

Winterfest Launch Party hosted by Fort Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa featuring delights from top restaurants.

Be a part of the media glitz as Winterfest kicks off the Holiday Season with this exclusive event! Musical performances mix with Parade and event highlights throughout the evening.  Sponsors and media partners mingle with the who’s who of South Florida.

This is a Winterfest Sponsor Event and there are NO TICKETS SOLD. Want an invitation? Become a Sponsor and Get Invited! 

Want to know the Accent Color for the 2021 Winterfest White Party? Get on the Guest List to find out!

Some of this year’s highlights:

  • Appearance by Bravo’s Captain Lee from Below Deck
  • Grand Marshal announcement

PENDING SPONSORS: Gray Robinson, P.A. and Casa Calabria

Sponsorship Opportunities

All sponsorships are created to provide the maximum entertainment/branding opportunities within the Winterfest Celebration.

Click on the sponsorship level of interest and a Winterfest representative will contact you to have a custom sponsorship created for your company.

OR

Call the Winterfest Office at 954-767-0686

  • Group Package to the official Kick-off of the Winterfest Season – the Winterfest Launch Party
  • Tickets to other Winterfest Events – Black Tie Ball, Grand Marshal Reception, VIP Area, and Captain’s Cup
  • Logo inclusion in a variety of Winterfest Promotions including the Winterfest Launch Party Invitation
  • Representative interviewed with a highlight included in one-hour television special and other media opportunities
  • Group Package to the official Kick-off of the Winterfest Season – the Winterfest Launch Party
  • Tickets to other Winterfest Events – Black Tie Ball, Grand Marshal Reception, VIP Area, and Captain’s Cup
  • Logo inclusion in a variety of Winterfest Promotions including the Winterfest Launch Party Invitation
  • Corporate inclusion in one-hour television special and other media opportunities
  • Group Package to the official Kick-off of the Winterfest Season – the Winterfest Launch Party
  • Tickets to other Winterfest Events – Black Tie Ball, Grand Marshal Reception, VIP Area, and Captain’s Cup
  • Logo inclusion in a variety of Winterfest Promotions including the Winterfest Launch Party Invitation
  • Corporate inclusion in one-hour television special and other media opportunities
  • Group Package to the official Kick-off of the Winterfest Season – the Winterfest Launch Party
  • Tickets to other Winterfest Events – Black Tie Ball, Grand Marshal Reception, VIP Area, and Captain’s Cup
  • Logo inclusion in a variety of Winterfest Promotions including the Winterfest Launch Party Invitation
  • Corporate inclusion in one-hour television special and other media opportunities
  • Group Package to the official Kick-off of the Winterfest Season – the Winterfest Launch Party
  • Tickets to other Winterfest Events – Black Tie Ball, Grand Marshal Reception, VIP Area, and Captain’s Cup
  • Logo inclusion in a variety of Winterfest Promotions including the Winterfest Launch Party Invitation
  • Representative interviewed with a highlight included in one-hour television special and other media opportunities
  • Tickets to Winterfest Events – the Winterfest Launch Party, Grand Marshal Reception, VIP Area, and Captain’s Cup
  • Logo inclusion in a variety of Winterfest Promotions including the Winterfest Launch Party Invitation
  • Other media opportunities
  • Tickets to the Winterfest Launch Party
  • Logo inclusion in the Winterfest Launch Party Invitation
  • Other media opportunities
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Photos are on our Facebook page.

PRESS CREDENTIALS: All media requests must be submitted using an email address from the media’s active domain address. The submission must include commitment from an editor/publisher noting where and when the story/photos will be printed/uploaded on social media platforms.

Any social media influencers must submit their handles, viewership and pre-/event day promotions plans when requesting credentials.

The Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade

The 50th Annual Holiday Parade takes place DECEMBER 11, 2021 starting in the Downtown Area at 6:30 PM with preshow of non-motorized vessels at 6:00 p.m. The Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade will stage on the New River in downtown Fort Lauderdale, along the docks west of Stranahan House to the Broward Center for the Performing Arts.

The Parade starts at Stranahan House traveling East along the New River in Fort Lauderdale to the Intracoastal Waterway as it continues North to Lake Santa Barbara in Pompano Beach. It’s 12 Miles of the “Best Show on H20.” The Parade takes approximately 2 and 1/2 hours to view from one location (starting locations stagger as you travel north).

Private boats to the giant showboats and corporate megayachts will be adorned with hundreds of thousands of lights, music, entertainment, decorations, celebrities, musical groups, beauty queens, and many other exciting entries expected to be viewed by over one million spectators. Boat entry fees start at ONLY $35.

The Winterfest Television Show is Dec. 12, 2020, at 7 PM on WSVN Channel 7.

2020 Winterfest Events are Canceled (see details)

The 2020 television special produced by WSVN Channel 7 will blend the retrospect and a combination of special surprises as organizers move their attention to the 50th anniversary December 2021.

Captain’s Cup

CAPTAIN’S CUP location and date for the 2021 Parade will be announced in the fall.

Winterfest celebrates parade participants and partners that make the year magical.

Hosted by the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau, this wrap-up party recognizes parade entries, corporate sponsors, the board of directors, and Winterfest supporters. The Awards Dinner is decorated to the Parade’s theme with entertainment to compliment.

One lucky boater will win the People’s Choice Award.  By voting – you are saying thank you to those that went the extra mile to become a winner! Voters have the opportunity to win airline tickets (see rules).

Live entertainment, cocktails, full-course dinner, and more!

EVERY PARADE ENTRY receives two (2) complimentary tickets to the event. Additional tickets can be purchased for $35 per person. To see photos from last year’s event – please like our Facebook page and view photos from previous entries!