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Winterfest Events

VIP Viewing Party

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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

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

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. 2016 winner was Volunteer Betty Rejack.

Winterfest Sanctioned Events

Florida Renaissance Festival

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Travel back in time to the 16th Century at the 26th Annual Florida Renaissance Festival, coming to Quiet Waters Park, February 10th, 2018 through March 25th, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. to Sunset!

Paradise City Comic Con

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SUPERCON PRESENTS Paradise City Comic Con on January 12-14, 2018 in Miami at the Miami Airport Convention Center. Paradise City Comic Con is 3 days of fun featuring celebrity guests, comic book creators, voice actors, cosplayers, Q&A’s, films & shorts, costume & cosplay contests, vendors, parties, anime, workshops, video gaming and more!

Fort Lauderdale Pirate Festival

Celebrate Fort Lauderdale’s pirate history at the first ever Fort Lauderdale Pirate Festival, brought to you by the Rotary Club of Fort Lauderdale.

Toys in the Sun Run

Join the fun on December 10, 2017 for the “30th Annual South Florida President’s Council (SFPC) Toys in the Sun Run.” Proceeds benefit the Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital Foundation.


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Supercon is a four-day festival at the Fort Lauderdale Broward County Convention Center on July 12-15, 2018. Join us to celebrate Comic Books, Animation, Cartoons, Anime, Video Games, Cosplay, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Pop Culture and all things Geek!

Coral Springs Holiday Parade

Coral Springs Holiday Parade – The City of Coral Springs “A Tropical Holiday” Parade will host more than 60 entries this year. The parade includes local high school bands, as well as themed floats, mascots, and of course, Santa! or call 954.345.2200.  

Chinese Lantern Festival

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The Chinese lantern festival is a dreamscape of illuminated animals, buildings, and myths. The Festival has become a must-see event in every location within the art and culture scene.

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!

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.


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