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 encompass 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 Best 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.

Winterfest Events

September Happy Hour

All Hands on Deck!

Let’s Celebrate Sailing Into 50 Years of Winterfest!
@ Galuppi’s Restaurant

October Happy Hour

@ Bokamper’s Sports Bar & Grill

November Happy Hour

Join us for $6 Martinis at Winterfest’s November Happy Hour at Anthony’s Runway 84! Featuring Deep Eddy Vodka, meatballs and more.

Happy Hour at Tarpon River Brewing

Meet up with your Winterfest friends for a Happy Hour at Tarpon River Brewing. Craft beer made on site, and a mouth-watering, beer-inspired food menu.

Captains’ Meeting

Captain’s Meeting presented by FB Marine Group and Frank & Jimmie’s Propeller, hosted by Karma Showroom. Boaters in the Parade receive a complimentary dinner and a well-stocked goodie bag following this mandatory meeting.

Grand Marshal Reception

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.

Control Boat Meeting

Control Boaters, Parade Spotters and Ham Operators Only at the Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce.

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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