Happy Hour with Winterfest Inc.

Please join your friends at Winterfest for fun, hors d’oeuvres, raffles, and happy hour prices on October 16th at The Old River House in Fort Lauderdale at 5:30pm.

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.

WINNERS:

Bokampers event: Adam Covitt

Boathouse at Riverside Hotel event: Ballyhoo

The Old River House event: ???? – if you registered – it could be YOU!

2018 Grand Marshal – Huey Lewis

2018 GRAND MARSHAL HUEY LEWIS

Huey Lewis – 2018 Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade

The 2018 Grand Marshal Experience will be hosted at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.

This Winterfest Celebration welcoming our Grand Marshal Huey Lewis 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.

Family Fun Day

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

FREE activities for kids of all ages! Look for the brand new giant Toboggan Tunnel, Polar Express, Catabella Express, SunSentinel Kids Town, activities from Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital, Win prizes from South Florida Ford, Face Painting, Florida Renaissance Pirate Ship, the Danielle Pet Rescue Row, photo opps with Santa and mascots, complimentary bicycle helmets from Epilepsy Foundation of Florida, virtual reality experience from iFLY and the ultimate Plinko game from Southwest Airlines. Get samples from LaCroix, RX Bar, Power Crunch, Nesquik, Gogo Squeeze Gogurtz and so much more. Enjoy the sounds of the Shane Duncan Band bringing us back in time to the 80s along with special performances by School of Rock, the South Florida Cloggers and other guests. Get your ice skating on with a REAL ice rink from the Florida Panthers (fee to skate). There will be food and beverages for sale. A perfect day on the river for the entire family.

 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

2018 GRAND MARSHAL – Huey Lewis

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.

CLICK TO PURCHASE TICKETS / TABLE of 10  

 

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 2018 .

 

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.

OFFICIAL BOAT SAFETY SPONSOR OF THE PARADE: ACR ELECTRONICS

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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

Hotwire Communications Winterfest VIP Viewing Party Presented by  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,  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