November Happy Hour

The 2023 November Happy Hour has been cancelled due to weather.

Coming in 2024, this page will be updated with all the exciting details of the next November Happy Hour.
We’ll see you then!

Winterfest November Happy Hour at Bokamper's

Bokampers

November 15
5-7 pm
3115 NE 32nd Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308

Happy Hour Info

WE LOVE OUR WINTERFEST and BOATING COMMUNITY  
Please join your friends at Winterfest for fun, hors d’oeuvres, raffles, and happy hour prices.
Boaters registered for the Parade (as an entry or control boat) will be automatically entered to win additional prizes.

October Happy Hour

The 2023 Winterfest October Happy Hour has entered the history books!

Coming in 2024, this page will be updated with all the exciting details of the next Winterfest October Happy Hour.
We’ll see you then!

Postcard for the October Winterfest Happy Hour at the Historic Downtowner

The Historic Downtowner

October 18
5-7 PM
10 S New River Dr E, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

WE LOVE OUR WINTERFEST and BOATING COMMUNITY  

Please join your friends at Winterfest for fun, hors d’oeuvres, raffles, and happy hour prices. Boaters registered for the Parade (as an entry or control boat) will be automatically entered to win additional prizes.

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

The Incredibly Successful 2023 Family Fun Day has entered the history books!

Coming in 2024, this page will be updated with all the exciting details of the next Family Fun Day on Sunday, November 24th 2024.
We’ll see you then!

Until then, enjoy a description of the 2023 Family Fun Day

2023 Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade Free Family Fun Day poster

Winterfest Family Fun Day at Esplanade Park

For an exciting day of family fun in Fort Lauderdale, head on over to Esplanade Park for Winterfest’s Family Fun Day. Main sponsors include Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital. This event offers many FREE activities for kids of all ages–and parents, too! This holiday event features giant slides such as Polar Express Slide, Catabella Express Train, and other activities.

Our Family Fun Day is in the heart of downtown Fort Lauderdale in front of the Museum of Discovery and Science and it is packed with exciting family activities.

If you work up an appetite, there will be plenty of food and beverage options for sale. Samples and so much more.

TITLE SPONSOR: Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital

SPONSOR: La Croix, SOS Conservation Village, iHeart Radio, Ave Maria

List of Event Highlights and booths:

  • Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital Photos with Santa & kids’ games!
  • Stoked on Salt Ocean Conservation Village
  • Experience Catabella Express Train, Polar Express
  • Free bicycle helmets from Epilepsy Alliance
  • Entertainment provided by School of Rock
  • Broward College Snow Mountain
  • Artist Joseph Gormley heart paintings
  • Y-100 to MC
  • Pet Rescue Row and Puppy Kissing Booth
  • Free boat rides courtesy of Water Taxi
  • Give-a-ways and Activities with South Florida Ford, Ave Maria, Museum of Discovery & Science, YMCA, Florida Children’s Theatre, Nova Southeastern University and SO MUCH MORE!
  • BONUS: the Museum of Discovery & Science will open for FREE after this event (Free Admission from 3-5 P.M.)

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. Don’t miss the excitement for 2023, contact us today to be a sponsor at 954-767-0686

Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital logo
Museum of Discovery and Science Logo
Fifth Third Bank logo
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Ave Maria logo
Publix Logo

Become a 2024 Sponsor

  • Sponsors receive 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

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.

Black Tie Ball

The 2023 Winterfest Black Tie Ball has entered the history books!

Coming in 2024, this page will be updated with all the exciting details of the next Winterfest Black Tie Ball on
Saturday, December 7, 2024.
We’ll see you then!

Until then, enjoy a description of the 2023 Black Tie Ball

Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Black Tie Ball presented by Broward Health in Association with Republic National Distributing Co.
The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino will transform into turn-of-the-century Paris for this black-tie ball with entertainment sponsored by DEX Imaging. Welcome Reception by Fision Fiber Optics by Hotwire Communications. Guests will enjoy performances from the cast of the spectacular Moulin Rouge! The Musical  (Thank you Broadway Across America) and the evening will be filled with a rich array of music from the 12-piece band “Private Stock.” Republic National Distributing Co. will bring spirits and wines such as Deep Eddy, Botanist Gin and Remy Martin.

The Ball is the most elegant of our festivities and by far the highlight of Fort Lauderdale’s social season.

TICKETS and TABLES OF 10 are on sale NOW.

Tables are $4,000 – $6,000 – LIMITED NUMBER OF TICKETS ARE STILL AVAILABLE.

Click to see the invitation.

Click to see the event’s Lookbook.

Click to see the Ball Program

The Event will have a silent and live auction presented by Robinson’s Jewelers Las Olas. The silent auction allows you to bid at the convenience of your home with over 200 items.  A live auction takes place inside the ballroom and will feature items from

US Brick & Block logo
Ocean Manor Beach Resort
Pink Sands logo
Fort Lauderdale Plastic Surgery logo
Savior-Faire logo
Mastro's Restaurants logo
Explora Journeys logo

US Brick & Block, Ocean Manor Beach Resort, Pink Sands, Dr. Lisa Learn – Fort Lauderdale Plastic Surgery, Savior-Faire with Captain Lee and dinner with Mastro’s, Explora Journeys, and more.

If you wish to donate an item to our auction – contact Winterfest.

Cocktails, Dinner, and Dancing six pm-midnight. Don’t have a ticket? You can bid on auction items starting October 14th.

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Hollywood, FL logo
Broward Health logo
Republic National Distributing Company logo
DEX Imaging logo
Broadway Across America logo
Fision by Hotwire Communications logo
Fifth Third Bank logo
Robinson's Jewelers Las Olas logo
Zola Keller logo
WSVN 7 logo
Jessie Trujillo - Y100 logo
939MIA logo
Big 105.9 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.

Winterfest Appreciation Party

Winterfest Appreciation Party

Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade Appreciation Party

March 6, 2024 5:00 – 7:00 PM

Piazza Italia Logo

Piazza Italia

904 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33301

ATTENTION: PARTNERS & SUPPORTERS

The Parade may have been cancelled but we are planning on celebrating our sponsors and supporters.

This celebratory event honors the people who play a huge role in the success of Winterfest® – our volunteers!

Nibbles – Cocktails – Raffles – Fun – Friendship – More

Carolyn McLaughlin Spirit of Volunteerism Award winner is announced during the event.

2023 Winterfest Appreciation Party date: March 6, 2024

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

Skippers’ Meeting

WEST MARINE WINTERFEST SKIPPERS’ MEETINGFJ Propeller and Chevron

Coral Ridge Yacht Club
2800 Yacht Club Boulevard
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304

December 10, 2024 6 – 8 PM

Winterfest Skippers’ Meeting is a mandatory meeting for all Boat Parade participants. Hosted by Coral Ridge Yacht Club, 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. 2023 Parade Manual

Captains will receive:

  • Chevron Gas Cards
  • Items from West Marine
  • Parade-themed burger by Laura Elmore
  • Parade Boat number by Image360 Lauderhill

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

ADDITIONAL PARTNERS: Image360, Marine Industries of South Florida, and ACR Electric.

West Marine logo
Chevron logo
Frank & Jimmie's Propeller logo
Coral Ridge Yacht Club Logo
Image 360 Fort Lauderdale 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 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 promotion plans when requesting credentials.

VIP Viewing Party

 Winterfest VIP Viewing Party 

SPONSORS: PEOPayGo, Holy Cross Health, Nova Southeastern University, Moss

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 Tunnel Top Park. This location is where the Parade starts along the New River. This event includes a magnificent buffet and cocktails featuring local restaurants, 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.

2023 Judges:

Rear Admiral Douglas Schofield United States Coast Guard – Sector 7

Mayor Dean Trantalis City of Fort Lauderdale

Radio Personality Paul Castronovo iHeart Media – The Paul Castronovo Show

Chair Elect Burnadette Norris-Weeks Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce

President Chris Krzemien Broward, Palm Beaches & St. Lucie REALTOR®

President & CEO Stacy Ritter Visit Lauderdale And YOU!

PEOPAYGO logo
Holy Cross Hospital logo
NSU Florida logo
Moss logo
The Riverside Hotel logo
Boathouse at the Riverside logo
Wild Sea Las Olas logo
Stranahan House
Marriott Resort Fort Lauderdale Harbor Beach logo
Argentino Las Olas logo
Panta Interactive logo
2022 VIP Viewing Area Banner with sponsors logos
2022 VIP Viewing Area Banner with sponsors logos

Previous Sponsors included Holy Cross Hospital and Riverside Hotel.

Parade Viewing Area

Winterfest’s PARADE VIEWING AREA sponsored by Baptist Health is conveniently located in east Fort Lauderdale at Las Olas Intracoastal Promenade Park on the Southeast corner of Las Olas Boulevard and the Intracoastal Waterway. Rideshare is encouraged and parking is within walking distance from the event area. Guests will enjoy a festival atmosphere with live entertainment before and after the Parade.

The excitement begins at 4 pm when the gates open. Come early and bring the family (no pets please) to enjoy the amenities. Enjoy the “Parade Viewing Area” – 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 in this area at approximately 7:00 pm.

SEATING will be provided.

LIVE ENTERTAINMENT – Live performances throughout the night by the Shane Duncan Band and Southern Blood with radio personalities from iHeart Radio.

TICKETS for the 2023 Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade.

Individual adult tickets – $30.
Children 10 years & younger – $25

Tickets are electronic.

Ticket Policy: Ticket Policy | The Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade (winterfestparade.com)

Purchased tickets and have questions? Call 954-241-7938

PARKING FOR THIS AREA:

Las Olas Parking Garage (next to the viewing area) 200 Las Olas Cir, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316. Parking will be very limited on Parade night.

The Parade goes on Rain or Shine.

NO Bottles, coolers, chairs, pets – For additional Parade Viewing Area Tips, Click Here.

FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE CALL US ON 954-241-7938 or EMAIL US.
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Promenade Park Sunset Terrace
Las Olas Intracoastal Promenade Park 80 Las Olas Circle Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316

CLICK HERE for Additional details.

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Fort Lauderdale Beach District logo
Coca-Cola logo
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LaCroix Logo
Twin Peaks Logo
Florida Panthers Logo

LOOKING FOR A HOTEL? CLICK HERE.

The Winterfest Launch Party

The 2023 Winterfest Launch Party has entered the history books!

Coming in 2024, this page will be updated with all the exciting details of the next Winterfest Launch Party on October 19, 2024.
We’ll see you then!

The 2023 Winterfest Launch Party - Platinum Rewind
2023 Winterfest Launch Party Presented by Gray Robinson Featured Restaurant Casa Calabria
As a Winterfest partner, you will receive tickets to South Florida’s preview of the holiday season featuring Winterfest updates, amazing bites, sips, entertainment, and at the Fort Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa. The event is scheduled for Saturday, October 14, 2023 from 7-10pm, and will feature delights from top-area restaurants throughout Broward County.

NO TICKETS ARE SOLD TO THE PUBLIC – SPONSORSHIP IS YOUR TICKET IN!

2023 HIGHLIGHTS
  • The event’s theme “Platinum Rewind” in reflective celebration of  this year’s Parade theme “Reflections Afloat”20 years of Seminole Hard Rock and Winterfest together. This year’s Parade celebrates 52 years as a signature Holiday Tradition in South Florida.
  • Special Performance by Grand Master Flash and the Furious Five courtesy of Ocean Manor Beach Resort.
  • Appearance by the Winterfest Poster Artist – Laura Brill Elmore – 954 Design, and the unveiling of the original artwork of this year’s poster.
  • Future Tech / LG Experience
  • Water Taxi Photo Booth
  • Carroll’s Jewelers Bling Rings
  • Check out what you missed last year – WSVN Channel 7’s coverage (additional event links on winterfestparade.com/videos)
Special Performance by Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five
Ocean Manor Beach Resort
2023 Poster Artist Laura Brill Elmore
Laura Brill Elmore

Did you receive an invitation but don’t know what to wear? Click on this LookBook link.

Gray Robinson logo
Casa Calabria logo
Piazza Italia Logo
3030 Ocean Logo
Marriott Resort Fort Lauderdale Harbor Beach logo
Billy's Stone Crab Restaurant & Fisheries logo
Mimi's Ravioli logo
Eddie V's logo
Sea Level logo
Timpano Las Olas logo
FLEMING'S PRIME STEAKHOUSE & WINE BAR LOGO
FOGO de CHAO logo
Little Ochi Carl's Seafood Restaurant & Take Out logo
LaCroix Logo
Republic National Distributing Company logo
Stella Artois logo
Sixth Star Logo
The Water Taxi logo
King Security logo
Carroll's Jewelers logo
Fifth Third Bank logo
2023 PARTNERS
  • TITLE SPONSOR: Gray Robinson
  • FEATURED RESTAURANT: Casa Calabria Restaurant
  • BEVERAGES: Republic National Distributing Company, Stella Artois, La Croix
  • RESTAURANTS: 3030 Ocean, Casa Calabria, Piazza Italia

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.