At Winterfest, we pride ourselves in the ability to bring together our South Florida community and vacationers from around the world with the various Fort Lauderdale holiday events we host. We are a special organization that loves to celebrate the uniqueness of South Florida by organizing events that highlight and encompasses the beauty and diversity of our community. So, be sure to mark your calendars because Winterfest has a series of delightful soirées coming your way!

While Winterfest Inc. is best known for producing “The Greatest Show on H2O”, the Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade, we also organize a variety of holiday events in Fort Lauderdale. From casual, kid-friendly fun to luxury black-tie events, we put together some of the most entertaining and engaging events around South Florida. However, it’s with the help of our dedicated sponsors that we are able to orchestrate these extravaganzas while staying true to our mission: To produce wholesome, unique, internationally recognized events that enhance Fort Lauderdale’s image and reflect the diversity and culture of South Florida.

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Winterfest Events

Volunteer Party

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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.

Grand Marshal Experience

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.

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 Riverside Hotel located moments from the beginning of the parade route.

Captain’s Cup

Winterfest celebrates the parade participants and sponsors that make the parade possible. The best of the best will win the coveted “Boatie.”

Winterfest Sanctioned Events

The Fort Lauderdale St. Patrick’s Parade and Festival

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The Fort Lauderdale St. Patrick’s Parade and Festival, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit organization. Everyone is Irish during this free event that has quickly grown into one of Fort Lauderdale’s largest and most anticipated festivals, attracting thousands of spectators for a one-of-a-kind celebration of all things Irish.
THIS IS A SANCTIONED EVENT OF WINTERFEST that paints the town green in more ways than with just a stripe.

Plywood Regatta

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The 22nd Annual Plywood Regatta is an event where middle, high school, and college students will attempt to build sea-worthy vessels using simple hand-tools and only a limited set of supplied materials. The public is invited to watch on April 14-15, 2018!

Broward County Waterway Cleanup

The 41st Annual Waterway Cleanup is organized by the Marine Industries Association of South Florida and Marine Industry Cares Foundation. Get involved in largest and longest-running environmental event in the county.

Fort Lauderdale Pirate Festival

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Ahoy, me hearties! J Ready yer sea legs! Join ye fellow Buccaneers on April 20, 2019, between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m., at Esplanade Park, 400 SW 2nd Street, Fort Lauderdale for the annual Pirate Festival, produced by The Rotary Club of Fort Lauderdale in partnership with Bobby Rodriguez, producer of the world renowned Florida Renaissance Festival.


Marine Industries Cares Spin-A-Thon on Fort Lauderdale Beach at D.C. Alexander Park benefiting local charities.

Florida Renaissance Festival

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Travel back in time to the 16th Century at the 27th Annual Florida Renaissance Festival, coming to Quiet Waters Park, February 9th, 2019 through March 24th, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. to Sunset!

Coral Springs Holiday Parade

CORAL SPRINGS HOLIDAY PARADE is part of WINTERFEST SANCTIONED EVENTS & CELEBRATION EVENTS*: Coral Springs Holiday Parade – The City of Coral Springs “ Holiday Heroes” Parade will host more than 60 entries this year. The parade includes themed floats, nine marching bands and walking groups and of course Santa that closes the parade line […]

South Florida Fair

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The 2018 South Florida Fair will feature 17 days of themed parades, highlighting a famous parade from around the world each day!