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Marine Industries Cares SpinAThon at Esplanade Park benefiting Kids in Distress and Children’s Diagnostic and Treatment Center.

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.

Marine Industry Day

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The 4th Annual Marine Industry Day is a free family-oriented event at Esplanade Park aimed at celebrating the region’s marine industry through a variety of fun, interactive experiences. It features live music, food trucks, children’s activities, numerous marine-related activities, water taxi tours, educational games and much more. www.marineindustryday.org


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Divas don’t hike…they STRUT! THIS SANCTIONED EVENT OF WINTERFEST will stage exciting events to raise awareness and funding for breast cancer research.

The Winterfest White Party

Be a part of the media glitz at The White Party as Winterfest kicks off the Holiday Season. NO TICKETS ARE SOLD FOR THIS EVENT – you must be a Winterfest Sponsor!

Family Fun Day

FREE for the entire FAMILY. 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.

Toys in the Sun Run

On Sunday, December 4, 2016, more than 30,000 motorcyclists and double that amount of people are expected to take part in the “29th Annual South Florida President’s Council (SFPC) Toys in the Sun Run.” Proceeds benefit the Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital Foundation , Hollywood, Florida

Captain’s Meeting

Captain’s Meeting in association with Show Management and hosted by Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina – Ball Room.

Control Boat Meeting

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

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.

Grandstand Viewing Area

ONLY $25pp for the BEST seats on land to view the 45th Annual Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade. All seats are reserved and assigned, located inside Birch State Park on the Northeast corner of Sunrise Boulevard and the Intracoastal Waterway.

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.

Paradise City Comic Con

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Paradise City Comic Con will be held on December 9-10-11, 2016 in Fort Lauderdale at our NEW home at the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention Center. Paradise City Comic Con is 3 days of fun featuring celebrity guests, comic book creators, voice actors, industry guests, cosplayers, artists, writers, panels, Q&A’s, films & shorts, costume & cosplay contests, vendors, parties, anime, workshops, video gaming and more!

Coral Springs Holiday Parade

The City of Coral Springs’ Holiday Parade on Sample is estimated to have over 60 entries this year, with the addition of some potential surprises. The annual holiday parade is predicted to draw thousands of people to the Downtown area of Coral Springs. The parade includes local bands from area high schools, as well as […]

South Florida Fair

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South Florida Fair –  This January, South Florida Fair visitors will experience the excitement of one of America’s greatest cities, New Orleans! Straight form New Orleans’ Mardi Gras World, decor, props and floats will welcome Fairgoers as they enter the main exposition center. Food, music and street performers make New Orleans unique and all of […]

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.”

Broward County Waterway Cleanup

The 40th Annual Waterway Cleanup, organized by the Marine Industries Association of South Florida and Marine Industry Cares Foundation, is the county’s largest and longest-running environmental event. In 2016, over 1,500 volunteers of all ages by land and 100 boats worked at more than 30 locations across the county to remove 22 tons of trash […]

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. 2015 winner was Volunteer Kandi Osman.

Hope Floats Benefiting Tomorrow’s Rainbow

6th Annual Hope Floats Benefiting Tomorrow’s Rainbow is a memorial celebration for the entire family. This free event takes place at the beautiful Esplanade Park in Fort Lauderdale and is open to the public. Hope Floats is filled with food trucks, music, fun and games, and a memorial paper boat parade featuring a 24 foot paper […]

Student Art Award Ceremony and Reception

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JOIN US and enjoy a gallery showing of all the Fantasy Boat Student Art at the Galleria Fort Lauderdale reception in March 2017.

Plywood Regatta

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The 21st Annual Plywood Regatta is a two-day event where middle, high school, and college students will attempt to build sea-worthy vessels on Saturday, April 1st using simple hand-tools and only a limited set of supplied materials. Then on Sunday, April 2nd, the public is invited to come watch as the students compete in a […]