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

Family Fun Day

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FREE for the entire FAMILY. Stoked On Salt Ocean Conservation Area. Enjoy a traditional family event, fun for young and old with lots of activities, food and a variety of beverages for sale to make this Sunday a perfect outing for everyone.

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

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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.

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Huizenga Plaza 32 E Las Olas Boulevard Fort Lauderdale, Florida
The Winterfest White Party
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3030 Holiday Dr, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316
Black Tie Ball
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1 Seminole Way, Hollywood, Fl 33314

Winterfest Sanctioned Events

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.

Florida Renaissance Festival

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CANCELLED: Travel back in time to the 16th Century at the Florida Renaissance Festival. 2021 DATES WILL BE RELEASED SOON. 10 AM TO SUNSET.

Coral Springs Holiday Parade

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CORAL SPRINGS HOLIDAY PARADE is part of WINTERFEST SANCTIONED EVENTS & CELEBRATION EVENTS*: Coral Springs Holiday Parade – The City of Coral Springs 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 up! For more […]

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.