The fall season is here and while you won’t be rejoicing in a dramatic change in foliage, there’s a lot of ways to welcome the change of season in South Florida. This is the when we get to venture outside without threat of heatstroke and enjoy festivals, greenmarkets and new entertainment seasons. This weekend get rocking in Royal Palm Beach to a Pat Benatar tribute concert, get a healthy dose of skate and surf culture in Jupiter, go green at the Mounts Plant-a-Palooza sale and more. Here are several fantastic options and even more great things to do in Palm Beach County.
In addition to the top five events listed there's always something great happening at places like The Norton Museum of Art or the Maltz Jupiter Theatre. On top of that you could always just enjoy a great meal with an equally great view at one of Palm Beach County's waterfront restaurants from Jupiter to Boca Raton. Plus, we've curated a list of the best things to do all year in the county, and here it is: your bucket list of 55 fun must-try things to do in Palm Beach County.
1. Concert at Commons Park featuring Pat Benatar tribute band All Fired Up
Featuring her incredible voice and hubby Neil Giraldo's scorching, salicious riffs, Pat Benatar wrote the book on women rocking the world with songs like "We Belong," "Heartbreaker," "Shadows of the Night," "You Better Run" and many more. Kick back at Commons Park and rock out as the Pat Benatar tribute band All Fired Up covers one great song after another in this tribute show. There will be multiple food trucks on site for those killer grinds and beverages.
The event is 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 3. 11600 Poinciana Blvd., Royal Palm Beach. Free. Information: royalpalmbeachfl.gov/calendar/month/2023-11
2. Plant-a-Palooza Sale at Mounts Botanical Garden
This fall "fun-in-the-sun" event will feature plants from 70 high-quality vendors who will be set up in select garden areas through Mounts' 20-acre paradise. There will be rare, exotic and hard-to-find orchids, succulents, cactus, fruit trees, ornamentals and much more.
The sale is 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4 and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 5. 531 N. Military Trail, West Palm Beach. Adults $15; seniors, active military, college students $12, ages 6 to 17 $7; Mounts members free. Information: mounts.org
3. Van, Surf & Skate Expo
Whether you dream of van life or already live it (not "down by the river" with Matt Foley, but exploring the world) this event is a great way to check out everything from VW buses, vintage classics, modern classics and more.
Surfers and surf enthusiasts can connect with local surf shops, meet shapers and talk design and even watch live shaping demonstrations. There will also be a skate ramp provided by Instaramp along with skate decks, accessories and much more for sale.
Setting the mood for the event will be multiple music acts including Spred the Dub, Like Harvey, Cody Moral, Axcents, Nicole Carbajal and Vern Daysel & The Burning Breeze.
The event is 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4 and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 5. 25 S. Coastal Way, Jupiter. Adults $20, children under 12 free. Information: eventbrite.com
4. Virgil Cain at E.R. Bradley's Saloon
This solo musician from New York will play a mix of rock, pop and acoustic songs using six kinds of instruments, including acoustic and electric guitars, electric violin, keyboards and more. He is well known for getting the crowd going.
The set starts at 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 3. 104 S. Clematis St., West Palm Beach. Free. Information: erbradleys.com/; virgilcainmusic.com
5. Taste of Recovery culinary festival
This acclaimed culinary festival will feature bites from top chefs representing restaurants throughout Palm Beach County. Some of these include: Elisabetta's Ristorante, Bar & Pizzeria, City Oyster & Sushi Bar, Rocco's Tacos & Tequila Bar, Grease Burger, Proper Ice Cream, Subculture Coffee, Little Moir’s Hibiscus strEATery, London Essence, New Orleans Pralines, Tim Finnegans Irish Pub, Windy City Pizza, Catering CC and J & J’s Seafood Bar and Grill.
The event will benefit The Crossroads Club, a non-profit organization in Delray Beach that, at no charge, provides a safe haven for anyone whose life has been adversely affected by, or through, the use of addictive substances.
The event is 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4. 5111 Lantana Road, Lake Worth Beach. Advance $60, at door $75. Information: thecrossroadsclub.com
Eddie Ritz is a journalist at The Palm Beach Post, part of the USA TODAY Florida Network. You can reach him at [email protected]. Help support our journalism. Subscribe today