The month of January tends to get a bad rap, seeming rather dull after the flurry of holiday activity throughout November and December. If you’re looking for something new to do for date night or just searching for something fun to brighten up your month, make sure you don’t miss the annual South Florida Fair in West Palm Beach.
Held each year in January so that locals and tourists alike can enjoy some of Florida’s coolest weather, this celebration is ranked as the state’s top-rated fair and attracts 1.2 million guests each year. This year’s fair will be held from January 13-29, and will transform West Palm Beach’s fairgrounds into a festive area filled with attractions and educational shows fit for all ages. For 17 days, guests can enjoy all things fair-related; from traditionally fried foods and agricultural expos to concert performances and midway rides, the South Florida Fair holds a little something for everyone.
Festival Junkies: This year’s themed exposition brings the excitement of New Orleans to Florida, with decor, props, and floats from the city’s Mardi Gras World along with food, music, and street performers so that guests can enjoy the fun, food, and folklore of this old city. If Southern-style living suits you, don’t miss the fair’s Bourbon Street Bash Party on Friday, January 20 at the fairgrounds’ Party Pavilion, where a cocktail reception will be held followed by a silent auction, dinner, and dancing. For tickets, click here.
Foodies: Let’s face it – most of us go to the fair for the excuse of eating deliciously decadent food that’s notoriously bad for your health. Don’t miss the traditional cheese curds, funnel cake, and fried chicken and waffles that epitomize the South Florida Fair, but why not branch out and try something new? Try a doughnut burger, or if you’re feeling adventurous, Goetze’s Dairy Kone’s Sriracha Fire & Ice Kreme Sundae.
Historians: Don’t miss the fair’s Yesteryear Village, a living history park showcasing Florida’s rich history that will be open during the fair as well. The 10-acre area showcases buildings and artifacts dating from 1895 to 1945, including an old school, a farm, a blacksmith shop, a general store, and several houses. Guests can enjoy guided tours and shop for merchandise showcasing the ideas of early Florida as well.
Music Fans: This year’s festivities include a lineup of national concert performances including soulful R&B pop artist Jordan Feliz, the gospel-focused Sidewalk Prophets band, Grammy Award winning musician Dr. John and the Nite Trippers, country singer Neal McCoy, and numerous others.