Lounge and Learn – A Virtual Happy Hour

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Spirited South Florida and Winterfest team up for

Lounge and Learn – A Virtual Cocktail Series


This themed Winterfest Zoom Happy Hour features handy tips and creative twists!

Join us as our bartender Bootleg Greg will craft a professionally perfect cocktail and home bartender Spirited South Florida’s @CocktailR will ‘MacGyver’ a home bar version with whatever she has in her kitchen. We will have special guests join in, and fun give-a-ways! Set your calendar, you won’t want to miss the spirited fun!

Lounge and Learn series 2 goes live Thursday, June 11th at 5:30 pm, as we shake up Margaritas partnered with Winterfest sponsor Maestro Dobel Tequila. Theme: Masquerade

The Masked Margarita on June 11th.
Lounge and Learn Series 2 Recipe Card: The Classic Margarita
The Classic Margarita
The Lounge and Learn Partners

The Lounge and Learn Series

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2019 Grand Marshal – Bret Michaels

Bret Michaels – 2019 Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade

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

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

Captain Lee, Miss Florida USA, Miss Teen USA, Joey Fatone, Chris Kirkpatrick,  and Miss Latina Internationals.

This fabulous reception  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 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.

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 in the heart of downtown Fort Lauderdale is packed with exciting family activities, 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

2019 Main Sponsors: Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital and Publix

List of 2019 Event Highlights and booths:

  • Photo opps: Santa
  • WSVN Channel 7  and EyeOnSouthFlorida.com are scheduled to be on-location
  • Cathy & Larry Danielle Pet Rescue Row
  •  Southwest Airlines
  • Fifth Third Bank
  • La Croix
  • SOS Ocean Conservation Booths

Video from 2019 Family Fun Day

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 Winterfest Events – the Winterfest White Party, Grand Marshal Reception, VIP Area, and Captain’s Cup
  • 10×20 Booth prominently displayed
  • Logo inclusion in a variety of Winterfest Promotions including Family Fun Day Flyer and Social Media
  • Other media opportunities
  • Tickets to Winterfest Events – the Winterfest White Party, Grand Marshal Reception, VIP Area, and Captain’s Cup
  • 10×10 Booth prominently displayed
  • Logo inclusion in a variety of Winterfest Promotions including Family Fun Day Flyer and Social Media
  • Other media opportunities
  • Tickets to Winterfest Events – the Winterfest White Party, Grand Marshal Reception, VIP Area, and Captain’s Cup
  • Logo inclusion in a variety of Winterfest Promotions including Family Fun Day Flyer and Social Media
  • Other media opportunities
  • Logo inclusion on Family Fun Day Flyers and Social Media
 
 
 
 

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.

Grand Marshal Reception

The 2020 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 Brett Michaels, 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.

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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 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. Who will be the 2020 Belle of the Ball? The announcement will be in the Fall.

Other partners of the event: Fidelity Investments Silent Auction from 6 – 8 p.m.

Bid at the convenience of your home in October with 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.

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

  • Two Premium Tables of Ten at the Winterfest Black Tie Ball
  • Tickets to other Winterfest Events – White Party, Grand Marshal Reception, VIP Area, and Captain’s Cup
  • Logo inclusion in a variety of Winterfest Promotions including the Winterfest Black Tie Ball Video Invite
  • Representative interviewed with a highlight included in one-hour television special and other media opportunities
  • VIP Table of Ten at the Winterfest Black 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 Black Tie Ball Video Invite
  • Corporate inclusion in one-hour television special and other media opportunities
  • VIP Table of Ten at the Winterfest Black 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 Black Tie Ball Video Invite
  • Logo inclusion on the digital auction used by Winterfest for over three months and promoted on a variety of media platforms
  • Tickets to the Winterfest Black Tie Ball
  • Tickets to other Winterfest Events – White Party, Grand Marshal Reception, VIP Area, and Captain’s Cup
  • Logo inclusion in a variety of Winterfest Promotions including the Winterfest Black Tie Ball Video Invite
  • Corporate inclusion in one-hour television special and other media opportunities
  • Tickets to select Winterfest Events including the Winterfest Black Tie Ball
  • 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 Black Tie Ball
  • Logo inclusion on the digital auction used by Winterfest for over three months and promoted on a variety of media platforms
  • Tickets to select Winterfest Events including the Winterfest Black Tie Ball
  • 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.

Need a room? 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.

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.

This thank you celebration will be hosted by Timpano.

2020/2021 Volunteer Party date: February 2021

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

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, 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 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 such as Timpano, 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

2019 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! 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!

Parade Commentary By:

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.