Nifty Fifty Pep Rally Party

Flashback to the 50s in celebration of Winterfest’s Anniversary

Celebrate with our partners: Steve Savor, The Umbrella Group, and Republic National Distributing Company as we bring back poodle skirts, roller skates, and ELVIS!

Nifty Fifty Pep Rally presented by Steve Savor in association with The Umbrella Group. Time travel to the 50s with multiple bands and retro DJs thru the decades, diner fare by Fort Lauderdale Country Club. Decadent Milkshake Bar and beverage creations with Brugal Rum, Botanist, Remy Martin, Fireball Whisky, and Cointreau with wines from Chloe and Cupcake. Livestream of the entertainment by AARP

Limited Valet – Ride Share is encouraged. Contact Jeevz for travel information.

Get Your Tickets Today! One Ticket $100 / Two Tickets $150

The Umbrella Group logo
Republic National Distributing Company logo

Shopping with Winterfest

Our online store (shopping cart) is stocked with Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade Merchandise specially crafted to help you get your Winterfest on! Shirts – Hats – Ornaments – Charms – more.

Four Winterfest Collectible Ornaments

Pro Tip: Round out your collection of one-of-a-kind, commemorative Annual Winterfest Boat Parade Ornaments. They make great gifts!

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 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

Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital logo
Fifth Third Bank logo
LaCroix logo
Pomp, Snow & Cirqueumstance logo

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.

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Hollywood, FL logo
logo for sylvester comprehensive cancer center
Republic National Distributing Company logo

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?

Black Tie Ball

Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Black Tie Ball presented by Broward Health in Association with Republic National Distributing Co. will set the surrealistic mood for this enchanted evening.

Special performances directly from the Broadway Production Disney’s musical FROZEN (Special thank you to Broadway Across America), the transformation of the event space to a Winter Wonderland, and the band Private Stock will guarantee guests will dance the night away.  Entertainment sponsor: DEX Imaging. 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.

Fidelity Investments Silent Auction: Bid at the convenience of your home with over 250 items.  A live auction takes place inside the ballroom. If you wish to donate an item to our auction – click here.

Cocktails, Dinner, and Dancing 6 pm-midnight.

Hosted by the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Event Center.

CLICK TO CONNECT WITH ONLINE AUCTION / PURCHASE BALL TICKETS.

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Hollywood, FL logo
Broward Health logo
DEX Imaging logo
Frozen Tour logo
Republic National Distributing Company logo

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 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.

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.

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 .