Family Fun Day

Winterfest Family Fun Day at Huizenga Plaza

For an exciting day of family fun in Fort Lauderdale, head on over to Huizenga Plaza for Winterfest’s Family Fun Day. This event offers a plethora of free activities for kids of all ages–and parents, too! This holiday event features giant slides such as the Alpine Woods Toboggan Tunnel, Polar Express Slide, Catabella Express Train, and other activities.

Our Family Fun Day is in the heart of downtown Fort Lauderdale and it is packed with exciting family activities. You can get your face painted by our lovely artists, check out the Florida Renaissance Pirate Ship, hang out with the most adorable puppies from Pet Rescue Row, and so much more!

There are even plenty of opportunities for photo ops with Santa,  and other surprise guests. 

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, this 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

TITLE SPONSOR: Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital

SPONSOR; La Croix, SOS Conservation Village, iHeart Radio

List of Event Highlights and booths:

  • Photo opps: Santa
  • WSVN Channel 7  and EyeOnSouthFlorida.com are scheduled to be on-location
  • Pet Rescue Row
  • Fifth Third Bank

Video from 2019 Family Fun Day

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.

Grand Marshal Reception

The 2021 Grand Marshal Experience presented by Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center | University of Miami

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 2019 Grand Marshal Brett Michaels and past 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 available with this event. 2019 Sponsors included Alfa Romero of Fort Lauderdale and South Florida Business Journal. The video also includes images of our Jr. Captain from the Winterfest Foundation.

Need a room for the night?

Glam-A-THON Stiletto Carnival

GLAM-A-THON is part of WINTERFEST SANCTIONED EVENTS & CELEBRATION EVENTS*:

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. www.glam-a-thon.com

* 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 in Association with Republic National Distributing Co. will set the surrealistic mood for this enchanted evening. Video Invitation will be available in the Fall.

Special performances directly from the Broadway Production Disney’s FROZEN (Special thank you to Broadway Across America), transformation on the event space to a Winter Wonderland, and the band Private Stock will guarantee guests will 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. Who will be the 2021 Belle of the Ball? The official announcement will be in the November issue of Lifestyle Magazine.

Other partners of the event: Broward Health Welcome Reception and the Fidelity Investments Silent Auction Bid at the convenience of your home in October with over 250 items.  A live auction takes place inside the ballroom. If you wish to donate an item to our auction – click here.

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

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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 a 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 plan when requesting credentials.

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.

SPONSOR: Tower Club Fort Lauderdale

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

SPONSOR: FB Marine Group, Frank & Jimmie’s Prop Shop, Karma, 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

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.