ROYAL PALM BEACH, Florida — 5 FUN THINGS: St. Patrick’s Day events, comedian Victoria Jackson, the opening of Rapids Water Park for the season, ArtFest by the Sea and Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel are all happening this weekend.
1) Irish Events
The St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival has a proud 52-year history and offers fun entertainment for all ages and walks of life. The parade features more than 70 entries consisting of floats, United States veterans, fire engines, motorcycles, pipes and drums, marching bands and more. The parade is free on Saturday, March 12, at noon.
After the parade at the City of Delray Beach St. Patrick’s Day Festival located at Old School Square from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Irish Jupiter Day
Celebrate Irish food, music, drink and fun in downtown Abacoa. Friday March 11 and Saturday March 12 (variable hours depending on the day).
2) Rapids Water Park – Riviera Beach
The 35-acre water park opens Saturday, March 12 for its 43rd season.
The park features 42 rides and slides, a ¼ mile lazy river, a 25,000 square foot wave pool, a FlowRider surf simulator, a kids’ structure with a tipping bucket, body slides and more.
Gold Season Passes are currently discounted and cost $109.95, which includes free parking, a souvenir bottle with unlimited refills, and friend discounts.
“We are thrilled to invite families and guests back for another season of fun,” said Bryan Megrath, General Manager of Rapids Water Park.
3) ArtFest by the sea
Paintings made from the sound waves of the ocean or the voice of a loved one; imposing sculptures of glass, marble and metal; hand-dyed silk kaftans billowing in the ocean breeze – these are just some of the eye-catching creations that await visitors along A1A at Juno Beach during the 32nd annual Seaside ArtFest. festival features more than 300 artists and artisans from over 30 states. The free, juried outdoor festival takes place Saturday, March 12 through Sunday, March 13, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.
32nd Annual ArtFest by the Sea.
4) Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel – West Palm Beach
The Armory Art Center’s new exhibit showcases the awe and wonder of one of mankind’s greatest artistic achievements; Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel. With expertise and care, each ceiling fresco has been reproduced in its size close to the original. Brought to life using a special printing technique that mimics the look and feel of the original paintings, visitors have the opportunity to engage with the artwork in a way that was never possible before. . The exhibition runs from Friday March 11 to Sunday April 24. Tickets start at around $22 for adults and $14 for children 12 and under.
The Armory Art Center
811 Park Square
West Palm Beach, Florida 33408
5) Victoria Jackson – West Palm Beach
SNL Alumni Victoria Jackson grew up in Miami and now has a show at the Palm Beach Kennel Club on Friday, March 11 at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $25 plus taxes and fees.