Happy Hour with Winterfest Inc.

Please join your friends at Winterfest for fun, hors d’oeuvres, raffles, and happy hour prices at

Bokamper’s Sports Bar & Grill in Fort Lauderdale on August 29th at 5:30pm.

Sneak preview of  “Join the Conversation” – Size Doesn’t Matter

Additional Happy Hours will be on September 25th hosted by Boathouse At The Riverside

and October 16th at The Old River House.

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

If you have any queries, please call Winterfest: (954)-767-0686.

Family Fun Day

“Panthers in the Park” Winterfest Family Fun Day and Ice Skating Experience – November 25 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at Huizenga Plaza presented by Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital

FREE fun for kids of all ages! Polar Express, Fair Superslide, Sun Sentinel kids town, iFly virtual tent, face painting, sampling, massages and much more. Photo opps with mascots and Santa to name a few. Free entertainment! Ohhh – and a REAL Ice Rink from the Florida Panthers (Fee to skate).

¨  A REAL Ice Rink *Fee to skate

¨  Photo opps: Stanley the Panther, Santa

¨  WSVN Channel 7, SunnyTV, and EyeOnSouthFlorida.com on-location

¨  Cathy & Larry Danielle Pet Rescue Row

¨  Southwest Airlines

¨  Fifth Third Bank






Grand Marshal Experience


The 2018 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.

This fabulous reception presented by JM Lexus is the prelude to the parade. 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 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.

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. “Anastasia” theme decor as guests experience a progressive ball as they travel from Russia to Paris. Special performances direct from the Broadway Production (Special thank you to Broadway Across America) and dance the night away with entertainment by Private Stock – sponsored by Luxury PR.  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. 2018 Belle of the Ball: Alyssa Lovitt.

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.



Luxury PR Group

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 will be announced during event.  2017 winner was Volunteer Bob Parkinson.

This thank you celebration will be hosted by Timpano.

2018/2019 Volunteer Party date: TBA

If you would like to be a volunteer – click the volunteer application link: 2018 Volunteer Application


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 (inactive – 2018 form will be uploaded soon).


Captain’s Meeting

WINTERFEST CAPTAIN’S MEETING PRESENTED BY SHOW MANAGEMENT – MIAMI BOAT SHOW is a mandatory meeting for all Boat Parade participants, hosted by Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina. Captains receive line-up information, along with rules and regulations for the parade. Goodie bags, featuring great items from our sponsors, and raffle items from ACR Electronics are available for Parade participants. CAPTAINS ONLY.

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


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Winterfest Fantasy Boat Student Art Contest

Winterfest Fantasy Boat Student Art Contest

ATTENTION: Students in grades 3rd, 4th and 5th – SUBMIT a drawing of a FANTASY boat that you would like to see in the Parade. Every participant will receive tickets to the South Florida Fair. ALL artwork submissions from Broward County Students received by Winterfest, Inc. will be on Display at the Galleria Fort Lauderdale. Deadline for the artwork: January 15, 2018. Student Art Contest Award reception: February 22, 2018.

Please contact Winterfest if you would like to sponsor the Awards. For a contest flyer, click here: Winterfest Student Art Contest Flyer

Photos from the event on Facebook.

VIP Viewing Party

Winterfest VIP Viewing Party Presented by Nova Southeastern University and Holy Cross Hospital 

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 such as Timpano, Riverside Hotel, Casa Calabria 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


Grandstand Viewing Area

Winterfest Grandstand Viewing Area Powered by Ford           CLICK TO PURCHASE TICKETS

ONLY $25pp for the BEST seats on land to view the 47th Annual Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade. All seats are RESERVED and ASSIGNED, located inside Birch State Park on the Northeast corner of Sunrise Boulevard and the Intracoastal Waterway.

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 Downtown Fort Lauderdale and should arrive at this area at approximately 7:30 pm.

Stage entertainment: BIG CITY DOGS  with PARADE COMMENTARY by BIG105.9

Come and enjoy an assortment of interactive games with fun for the whole family! Enjoy sports-related games including Slap Shot Hockey Games, test your skills at the Rock-Climbing Wall, or try your pitching arm.


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!

Tickets are:

$25 – individual adult tickets
$22 – groups of 20 or more
$20 – children 10 years & younger

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 and is non-refundable. Children under 3 years old ride free.  To purchase tickets: https://winterfestparade.com/tickets


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.

For 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.