Delray Beach August Happenings

Visit Delray Beach this August to explore an assortment of cultural events and activities ranging from a Latin-jazz night at Arts Garage to a workout at the Delray Marketplace and more.

Downtown Delray Beach. Photo by Jerry Rabinowitz

   Discovery Channel’s Shark Week may have ended in July, but don’t fret—you can still get your shark fix at the Sandoway House Nature Center as it continues to celebrate the oceans’ apex predator with Shark Months. The exhibit, which runs through August 31, displays more than 100 varities of shark and ray jaws, as well as thousands of fossilized shark teeth including ones from species like the Megalodon. Read more about Shark Months here.

   If your musical interests extend beyond the theme song to Jaws, then attend Side by Side by Sondheim at the Crest Theatre at the Delray Beach Center for the Arts at Old School Square. This Tony Award–nominated musical revue of Stephen Sondheim’s most memorable Broadway contributions is onstage through August 9. Tickets are $40.

   Also at the Delray Beach Center for the Arts at Old School Square is the art exhibition “Reimagined.” On display at the Cornell Museum of Art through October 18, “Reimagined” features avant-garde works from 16 international artists.

   For even more music, head around the corner to Arts Garage, which hosts a number of shows in August. Oriente kicks off the month with a funky blend of Latin jazz on Saturday, August 1 at 8 p.m. At Arts Garage it’s B.Y.O.W.—bring your own whatever. Forfeit $35 for a general admission ticket, and you can bring in whatever food and drink (including alcohol) you want.

   After swaying to Oriente’s saucy sounds, get your blood pumping with exercise at Delray Fitness in the Park. Certified Crossfit coach Scott Lefferts will lead a free workout at the Delray Marketplace Amphitheater from 10 to 11 a.m. on Sunday, August 2.

Popular resto Vic and Angelo’s will participate in Tastemakers of Delray Beach. Photo by Jerry Rabinowitz

   Work up an appetite from all that exercise? Taste your way through downtown Delray at Tastemakers of Delray Beach on August 5 and 6 from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. By purchasing a Tastemakers passport for $30, guests can sip and savor diverse cuisine from 13 restaurants including 50 Ocean, Lemongrass, Mellow Mushroom, and Vic and Angelo’s. One dollar from each passport purchase will be donated to a Delray Beach charity, making this event all the more inviting.

   Feast your eyes on art at the First Friday Art Walk in downtown Delray on Friday, August 7 from 6 to 9 p.m. At this monthly event, art lovers can enjoy special artist showings, jewelry, and entertainment at more than 14 fine-art galleries in the Pineapple Grove District, along Atlantic Avenue, and throughout Artists Alley. In addition to perusing oil paintings and sculpture, guests can even get to know the artists behind the works.

   For a completely different artistic evening, return to Arts Garage on Saturday, August 8 at 8 p.m. when it presents Fushu Daiko, a traditional Japanese taiko drum ensemble. Tickets are $30.

Experience the Japanese drumming of Fushu Daiko at Arts Garage on August 8.

   Other August highlights at Arts Garage include a radio theater production of the famous Katherine Hepburn film African Queen on August 19 and 20, and an exhibit featuring the playful-yet-poignant folk art of Graham Wood Drout on August 29.

   For less music and more robots visit the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens. Families can explore a combination of science and entertainment in “Japan’s Robot Kingdom,” part of the Morikami’s current exhibitions. This month, the Morikami also hosts an origami class on August 8 and its popular Sushi and Stroll event on August 14. Learn more about the Morikami’s offerings here.

   So, whether you’re drawn in by art or your taste buds, you can find your fun this August in Delray Beach.


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