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2 Festivals Happening this Weekend

Posted by Amanda Hicks on Friday, March 2nd, 2018 at 4:00pm.


The cooler weekend weather comes just in time for two great outdoor festivals in Palm Beach and Martin Counties. Stop by both if you have time!

1. The 5th Annual Plein Air Festival

The Plein Air Festival is a week-long series of events revolving around paintings that capture our local scenery. Plein air painting is simply painting outdoors, as 35 award-winning artists and local artists capture a shot of beautiful sites in Palm Beach and Martin Counties. The public can observe artists painting out in the open at points of interest. The paintings resonate with locals because they are some of our favorite spots and are a visual record of history. 

When artists are finished, their work goes up at the Lighthouse ArtCenter Gallery in Tequesta, where it is judged by last year's Grand Prize winner, Nancy Tankersley. There are $15,000 in awards and paintings will later be available for purchase. A special ticketed VIP Collectors Reception will be held on March 9th. 

Stop by the Gallery starting tomorrow to see finshed art. Some artists will still be painting as the festival begins, so you can check out your favorite point of interest around town and see if you spot a plein air painter. There will be events happening at the gallery throughout the festival, March 3rd-11th, like artist demos and workshops, a Kids Paint Out, a Quick Draw Challenge, and more. 

For more information, schedule, and tickets, click here or call 561-746-3101.

The Lighthouse ArtCenter Gallery is located at 373 Tequesta Dr., Tequesta, FL 33469.

2. The 2018 Midnight Sun Festival 

The Midnight Sun Festival is a celebration of Finnish heritage that started at Lake Worth's Bryant Park in 1983. It was founded by the city's Mayor at the time, David Hinsa, a Finnish-American who wanted to celebrate Lake Worth’s abundant Finnish heritage. (Lake Worth has more people of Finnish descent than almost anywhere else in the United States). From 1983 to 1998, the Finnish Festival was called “Finlandia Days," but in 1999 it was renamed the “Midnight Sun Festival."

The celebration takes place starting tonight and goes through the weekend ending on Sunday the 4th in the evening. Enjoy live music and entertainment, great food, vendors, a beer garden and much more. The winner of Finland's "Idols" will be performing live and you can learn the Finnish tango from Jaska Makynen, dubbed Finland's Tango King. There will also be a brass orchestra, rock n' roll car show, raffle and activities for kids and adults like rock wall climbing, a bungee trampoline, bounce house, face painting and more.

The signature event is the Florida Championship Wife Carrying Contest, which is pretty self-explanatory, and a sporting event that dates back to the 1800s in Finland. That takes place on Sunday, March 4th at noon.

Admission is $5 and kids under 4 feet tall get in free.

The festival is at Bryant Park: 100 S. Golfview Rd., Lake Worth.

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