A glorious combination of refreshing coastal breezes and invigorating cultural experiences makes The Palm Beaches the perfect getaway destination for sophisticated travelers.
This fall, you’ll find options ranging from outdoor festivals to open-air concerts beneath swaying palm trees, along with international contemporary art, fantastic regional theater, world-class chamber music and so much more. To help you plan, here’s a “starter list” of things to enjoy in The Palm Beaches during a visit in October, November or December!
Start With Art
Bespoke murals, art galleries, museums and outdoor exhibitions abound in The Palm Beaches. Old School Square is a vibrant arts hub in the center of Delray Beach that hosts frequent outdoor concerts in an open air Pavilion and indoor performances at the vintage Crest Theatre. Be sure to visit the newly renovated Cornell Art Museum where “Tech Effect,” an exhibition by contemporary artists embracing today’s advanced technologies, is on exhibit from October 4, 2018 through February 17, 2019.
If your visit is on or after November 13, head also to the nearby Boca Raton Museum of Art for “Daniel Faust: Florida from the 1980s,” a collection of fun and fascinating images of an earlier era in the Sunshine State. Included are Instamatic snapshots taken during the young artist’s very first trip to Florida, along with edgier works in mixed media.
If you love luxuriously hand-crafted and unique clothing or fashionable textiles, the annual “Elegant Threads: Wearable Art & Surface Design” exhibition at Tequesta’s Lighthouse ArtCenter Gallery is for you! This year’s show begins with a two-hour reception on October 18 (tickets are only $5 at the door) and continues through November 21; there’s even a ticketed runway show on November 1! This small, established gallery, set in a quiet residential neighborhood, is well worth discovering.
Fantastic Fall Festivals
Whether you’re traveling solo, with a partner or with the entire family, fall is a fantastic time to be in The Palm Beaches!
Fall’s cooler months are the perfect time to enjoy acres of peaceful Japanese-style gardens, expansive gallery spaces and traveling museum exhibitions at the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens in Delray Beach. Head to the annual “Lantern Festival: In the Spirit of Obon” on October 20 from 3 to 8 p.m. for traditional Japanese folk dancing, Taiko drumming and a festive street fair. As dusk approaches, a more solemn lantern floating ceremony begins, as visitors are encouraged to pay respectful homage to ancestors who have passed on. The spirit of Japanese immigrants who make their home in the Palm Beaches lives on at this beautiful park.
The 3rd Annual West Palm Beach Arts Festival (December 1 and 2) offers up a weekend of outdoor fun in the heart of the city with lively music, fascinating craft demonstrations, food trucks and booth after booth of original artworks. Produced by the Armory Arts Center, it’s located near the new warehouse district and around the corner from the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts and the Palm Beach County Convention Center, with plenty of parking and things to do nearby!
Fall in The Palm Beaches means sensational music, dance and theatre as a brand new season begins. Find your favorite performers, or visit CulturalConcierge.com for personalized recommendations based on your availability and interest!
For excellent theatre that packs a punch, head to Palm Beach Dramaworks on Clematis Street in downtown West Palm Beach. The fall lineup includes “Indecent” (October 19-November 11), a spellbinding drama with music based on the firestorm that rose from the 1923 Broadway premiere of Sholem Asch’s “God of Vengeance,” in tribute to the people who brought it to life. “House On Fire” (December 7-30) is an emotional roller coaster of a play about love, resentment and redemption in the lives of an old man and his sons. The Dramaworks theatre itself is well-appointed, with generous seating and terrific sight lines for a first class theatrical experience. Best of all, it’s located only a block from the scenic West Palm Beach waterfront, making post-performance night caps a distinct possibility!
On November 6, noted writer, concert pianist and 2013 MacArthur Fellow, Jeremy Denk, presents a solo recital (from Beethoven to John Adams) at the newly-renovated Kravis Center for the Performing Arts (kravis.org). One of America’s premier venues, the center is easily reached from anywhere in The Palm Beaches, with convenient parking, valet service and other top-notch amenities. The fall lineup also includes Dina El Wedidi (October 18), Jerry Seinfeld (October 26), Stephen Stills and Judi Collins (November 13), Benji Brown (November 25) and many other exciting talents. Visit kravis.org for a complete list and to order tickets. Remember, will-call is the way to go!
Fans of classical music can also attend a resounding performance on December 18 by The Philadelphia Orchestra Brass Quintet at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Downtown West Palm Beach. Hosted by the Chamber Music Society of Palm Beach, tickets are also available for an optional pre-performance cocktail reception before listening to some of the world’s finest orchestral musicians in an intimate and old-world setting.
This is a mere sampling of the outstanding cultural experiences awaiting you this fall in The Palm Beaches! Make cultural planning a breeze with the Cultural Concierge, a complimentary service of the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County. Individuals, travel agents and meeting/event planners can work with this local arts insider to develop the cultural elements of their itineraries, so start planning your awesome autumn escape to The Palm Beaches now!
By: Bama Lutes Deal, Cultural Concierge
The Cultural Concierge program manager is Bama Lutes Deal (B.A., Music; M.M. and Ph.D., Musicology), a seasoned arts professional who enjoys helping visitors explore Palm Beach County’s distinctive cultural community.