Tuesday, May 29, 2018 / by Carl Gentile
Summer in Paradise (S.I.P)
June 7, 2018 - July 26, 2018 - West Palm Beach DowntownFrom fireworks to live music, Summer in Paradise—aka S.I.P.—offers fun, free things to do in West Palm Beach this summer. Listen to live music at Discover The Palm Beaches Stage, watch a movie under the stars, and take advantage of shopping and dining throughout West Palm Beach. The premier weekly event is Clematis by Night. This Thursday night concert series features performances by bands playing everything from reggae to modern country rock, depending on the week. In addition to enjoying live music, take advantage of happy-hour food and drink specials at restaurants and bars along Clematis Street. (Please note there will be no Clematis by Night on Thursday, July 5.)
Fairy Tale Playhouses
New this year to Summer in Paradise are Fairy Tale Playhouses, 15 child-size playhouses representing fairytales from different countries. Let your kids’ imaginations run free as they journey through “The Frog Princess” from Poland and “Jack and the Beanstalk” from the UK, among others. More playhouses can be seen in the Magic Garden, a community green space on the corner of Rosemary Avenue and Evernia Street, and at Palm Beach Outlets. (Want to see them all? Take the trolley, which makes regular stops at each location.) Local artists are decorating the playhouses, which will be revealed during the June 7 Clematis by Night and auctioned off during the July 26 Clematis by Night to support local nonprofits.
4th on Flagler
If you’re planning to celebrate America’s birthday, you won’t want to miss this. 4th on Flagler, South Florida’s largest free Independence Day event, dazzles with a fireworks spectacular over the downtown West Palm Beach waterfront—and it’s going to be bigger than ever this year to celebrate its 30th anniversary. Turn your eyes to the sky for an 18-minute fireworks display, and beforehand join in the fun on the ground. Listen to live music, savor delicious foods and cool drinks, play family-friendly games, and honor servicemen and -women during the annual Military Honor Ceremony. 4th on Flagler takes place 5-10 p.m. on July 4.
Art Night Out
Stroll through Northwood Village and soak up the creative juices flowing from local artists, craft vendors, street musicians and more. Art Night Out is set for 6-9 p.m. on June 29, July 27 and August 31.
More Free Fun for the Whole Family Summer in Paradise is more than fairytales and the Fourth. Weekly community events for all ages include:
Clematis by Night, Thursdays from 6-10 p.m.
This concert series features performances by bands playing everything from reggae to modern country rock, depending on the week. In addition to enjoying live music, take advantage of happy-hour food and drink specials at restaurants and bars along Clematis Street. (Please note there will be no Clematis by Night on Thursday, July 5.) Screen on the Green, 7-11 p.m. the second Friday of each month – Pull up a patch of land along the Waterfront and watch a movie under the stars. Films include the live-action “Beauty and the Beast,” “The Greatest Showman” and “The Last Jedi.” Sunday on the Waterfront, 4-7 p.m. the third Sunday of each month – Another popular concert series, Sunday on the Waterfront pays tribute to musical legends, with tribute bands performing hits by The Rolling Stones and Motown classics. Fairy Tale Trivia, 7-9 p.m. Tuesdays – This interactive, family-friendly trivia tests everyone’s knowledge of fairytale favorites. Family Story Time at Mandel Public Library, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Wednesdays – Classic and new fairytales come to life with crafts, songs and, of course, stories. And daily Summer in Paradise activities include FlaminGO Croquet reminiscent of “Alice in Wonderland,” with flamingo mallets and giant playing-card holes, and StoryVille, where you can create your own fairytale. Both activities are free and offered 5-9 p.m.
For more information, visit the Summer in Paradise website.
Roar & Pour at Palm Beach Zoo
Road and Pour returns at Palm Beach Zoo for Summer 2018 every 4th Saturday of the month, May through August! Sponsored by FPL SolarNow™. For Saturday, June 23, 2018 - More details coming soon! The whole Zoo is open to explore with Roar & Pour admission starting at 4:30pm. The Tiki Bar opens at 5:00pm with beer, wine, and a Mathews Brewing Co. tap-takeover featuring their cream ale "Sweet Emotion" and "Accelerate IPA"! This year, to better serve you, food will be served at the Tropics Cafe Snack Window opening at 5:00pm with burgers, dogs, and Boston inspired menu items. Then, Jaded takes the stage at 7:30pm with 90 minutes of great Aerosmith music! Tickets are available at the gate! Food and beverage NOT included in admission. You're welcome to bring blankets, low-rise lawn chairs, etc. to sit on.