The week of Thanksgiving is traditionally a season of gatherings with family and friends in West Palm Beach and Ft. Pierce. There will be several free events that can be enjoyed by kids and adults in 2017, including the beginning of the holiday lights and decorations. Check out all the free events that you can enjoy with your family this year.
Holiday Tree Lighting
Nov. 18 @ 6 p.m.
Harbourside Place, 200 N. U.W. Highway One, Jupiter, FL 33477
Harbourside Place will kick off the holidays with the 3rd Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony, which will include performances by local school and community groups. Santa Claus will be at the event for photo ops. Bring a new unwrapped toy or gift card to donate to Little Smiles’ Holiday Toy Drive.
The Jazz Craft Market
Nov. 18 & 25 @ 8 a.m.
Marina Square, 1 Avenue A, Fort Pierce, FL 34950
The Fort Pierce Jazz & Blues Society hosts a Jazz Market every Saturday on the waterfront of the Indian River. The market will offer original hand-made artworks and crafts and will be a great place to browse and enjoy the music. This event is free to attend.
Sunday on the Waterfront
Nov. 19 @ 4 p.m.
Meyer Amphitheatre, 105 Evernia St., West Palm Beach, FL 33401
Take the family to enjoy Sunday on the Waterfront, where there will be free music and entertainment. Bring lawn chairs or blanket to sit on and relax while listening to live music.
Holiday Tree Lighting
Nov. 22 @5:30 p.m.
Mizner Park Amphitheater, 590 Plaza Real, Boca Raton, FL 33432
The family will enjoy kicking off the holidays at this traditional holiday tree lighting ceremony, which will include a winter stage show, rides, games, and snow. Photos with Santa will be available for a fee. Admission to the tree lighting will be free.
Classic Car Show & Kenny Chesney Tribute
Nov. 25 @ 6 p.m.
Harbourside Place, 200 N. U.S. Highway One, Jupiter, FL 33477
Classic cars and music by Fast Forward, performing the hits of Kenny Chesney, will be hosted by South East Rods & Customs. The family-friendly event at Harbourside will be free to attend.
Canvas Outdoor Museum 2017
Nov. 26 – Dec. 2
West Palm Beach, FL 33405
Canvas will be a public art event, transforming open spaces into works of art in the form of colossal murals, sculptures, and installations. It will be fun for kids and adults to watch the works of art being created by the artists. This year’s Canvas show will be centered on the theme of “Unity.” Take the family to see the contemporary outdoors artworks in West Palm Beach.
NOT FREE BUT STILL FUN
Lorikeet Loft Ribbon Cutting Grand Opening
Nov. 24 @ 10:30 a.m.
Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society, 1301 Summit Blvd., West Palm Beach, FL 33405
The Palm Beach Zoo will hold a ribbon cutting for the new Lorikeet Loft, where visitors can get up close to the birds. The family will enjoy the grand opening of the new attraction and can then spend the day seeing the animals at the Zoo. Zoo admission is $14.95-$19.95.
Dark Sky Party 2017: Nights At the Museum
Nov. 24 @ 6 p.m.
South Florida Science Center and Aquarium. 4801 Dreher Trail North, West Palm Beach, FL 33405
The entire family will enjoy an evening of exploring the stars and meeting NASA Engineer Eric L.Poole. Activities will include space engineering activities, crafts, virtual reality space exploration, and viewing of the night sky. Admission will be $6-$14.