This upcoming Saturday & Sunday, January 11th & 12th, 2020, Boca Fest, one of South Florida’s largest juried art shows, will return to Boca Raton for its 33rd Consecutive Year! This highly anticipated annual art festival will feature more than 200 award-winning national artists, blending the work of some of the art world’s all-time favorites with some of the hottest emerging artists in the contemporary art scene. Featuring everything from life-size sculpture, incredible paintings, photography, ceramics, woodworking, one-of-a-kind jewelry, & more, Boca Fest will offer a weekend filled with opportunities to admire and curate the fabulous works of the nation’s top artisans.
The 33rd Annual Boca Fest outdoor art show will be held at Boca Town Center Mall, one of South Florida’s top luxury shopping destinations, conveniently located right off I-95 & Glades Road in the heart Boca Raton. The show will take place from 10 am to 5 pm on both days, in the lot situated at the intersection of St. Andrews Blvd & Glades Road. Admission to Boca Fest is FREE, with plenty of free parking available, as well as valet service. For more event details, including the ...
The City of Boca Raton will host the 43rd Annual Holiday Boat Parade on Sunday, December 15, 2019, from 6:30-8:00 pm. This highly anticipated annual event is the perfect way to experience the holiday season in true South Florida fashion! Parade attendees of years past will attest that you can’t help but get into the holiday spirit with the festive lights glistening off the water and the holiday music flowing from the lavishly decorated vessels as they make their jolly way down the Intracoastal.
Entry in the boat parade is absolutely FREE, and vessels of all sizes, from kayaks & paddleboards all the way up to large yachts, are welcome to participate. Last year’s turnout was absolutely incredible, with more than 30 boats entering the parade and thousands of onlookers! The City of Boca Raton is anticipating this year’s holiday boat parade to be just as well attended and perhaps a bit more competitive.
There will be $10,000 in cash prizes for this year’s winners, offering boat owners all the more reason to participate in this highly celebrated event. Parade entries are judged based on lights, colors, music, and overall effect. Winners will be determined by point total, with a total of 30 possible points per vessel. Enthusiasm also counts, so be sure to have everyone aboard waving and showing their holiday cheer when passing by the judges' stand! Please complete the ...
On Saturday, November 23, 2019, join the local community in kicking off the holiday season at the City of Boca Raton’s Annual Holiday Tree Lighting event at Mizner Park Amphitheater & Mizner Plaza in Downtown Boca Raton! Watch as Mayor Scott Singer leads the ceremonial lighting of the City's tree, which will illuminate simultaneously with Mizner Park’s tree located at the south end of the shopping center near Lord & Taylor. Following the traditional tree lighting ceremony, sit back and enjoy a spectacular holiday fireworks display above the amphitheater!
The tree lighting event will also feature plenty of holiday-themed, family-friendly fun & activities including free carnival rides, an artificial ice rink, holiday bounce houses, Santa’s Circus variety show, strolling carolers, stilt walkers, & carnival food available for purchase. There will also be a “Letters to Santa Station,” where kids can write & send their holiday wish lists to the North Pole, as well as the opportunity to take a photo with Santa Claus himself ($5 each).
The event will take place from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Mizner Park Amphitheater, located at 590 Plaza Real in Downtown Boca Raton. Admission to the event is free and open to the public, with limited seating available on a first-come, first-serve basis for the ceremony & fireworks display. For additional event information please call 561-367-7073. Click here for additional venue...
On Saturday, November 9, 2019, the Annual Boca Raton Wine & Food Festival, “A Culinary Affair!”, returns for its 10th annual celebration. Recognized as one of the largest food festivals in all of South Florida, the event will take place at Sanborn Square Park in the heart of Downtown Boca Raton. On Saturday evening, from 6 pm to 10 pm, fine wine vintners & top local chefs from the tri-county area will gather for the Grand Tasting, a culinary experience like no other. Enjoy unlimited food tastings, the wildly popular artisanal cheese village, fine wines, premium spirits, and fabulous live entertainment as we celebrate the festival's 10th year! For craft brew lovers, there will also be a designated area inside the Grand Tasting for the 6th Annual Craft Brew Battle, “A Hoppy Affair!”
The 10th Annual Boca Raton Wine & Food Festival will be held at Sanborn Square Park, located at 72 N Federal Hwy in Downtown Boca Raton, just south of Mizner Park. Ticket prices are $75 in advance for General Admission ($125 at the door), or $100 for advance purchase VIP admission ($150 at the door). VIP tickets allow one-hour early admission beginning at 6 pm, with General Admission ticket entry beginning at 7 pm. Group discounts for four or more tickets are available & all ticket prices include UNLIMITED tastings of all food, fine wine, craft beer, & premium spirits. For more information or to purchase tickets, call ...
Check out the Palm Beach County Local Real Estate Market Update for September 2019 below. The following real estate market update & performance summary is based on the latest statistics reported by the Florida REALTORS®, providing a year-over-year comparison of 2018 & 2019 market data for the month of September.
The September 2019 market stats from the Florida REALTORS® reveal that there were 129 more single-family homes sold in Palm Beach County last month compared to in September 2018, representing a 10.5% increase in total closed home sales. On the other hand, the latest market data show that sales for condos & townhomes in Palm Beach County decreased 5.6%, with 58 fewer condo/townhome sales in September 2019 compared to the same time last year.
MEDIAN SALES PRICE
The latest market stats for September 2019 show a median sales price of $355,000 for single-family homes...
Author: Melissa Dawson
BOCA RATON – The Greater Boca Raton Beach and Park District removed the “Interim” tag from Briann Harms' job title, officially promoting her to Executive Director.
“Briann's dedication to the Boca Raton community and her effectiveness as the interim made this an easy decision for us,” Commission Chairperson Susan Vogelgesang said. “She stepped into the Executive Director position and met or exceeded all expectations, proving to be a tremendous asset for the Boca Raton community.”
Harms quickly proved herself as an effective leader during a results-filled nine months as the District's interim director.
During her tenure as interim, which began in January, the District resurfaced the tennis courts and playground at Patch Reef Park and recently finished installing three environmentally friendly artificial turf fields there. The District also renovated the batting cages and added shade structures at Sugar Sand Park, and completed Swim and Racquet Center construction, giving the District a new home for its offices and meetings.
Harms led the effort to improve the District's...
On Saturday, October 5, 2019, join the City of Boca Raton’s Recreation Services Department for the First Annual BarkFest! at Mizner Bark Dog Park! This FREE pet- & family-friendly event will feature food vendors for pets & their human companions, a mobile grooming station, canine performers, pet adoptions, a DJ, as well as a pet costume contest which is certain to be the highlight of the day!
The costume contest will begin at 12pm with FREE registration from 10am to 11:45am (limited slots available). Pets and their pet parents are welcome to dress in their favorite costumes for the chance to compete for some amazing prizes in the following categories: “Most Creative,” “Funniest,” “#Twinning-Match Your Pup,” “Spookiest,” “Best Homemade,” “Cutest,”, and the Grand Prize, “Best in Show”!
BarkFest! will take place from 10am-2pm at Mizner Bark Dog Park located at 751 Banyan Trail, Boca Raton, FL 33431. ***PLEASE NOTE: Dogs must be leashed (6ft maximum leash) on the festival grounds - dogs with...
Author: Melissa Dawson
BOCA RATON – Todd Deering heard plenty of positives about the new artificial turf fields being installed at Boca Raton's Patch Reef Park.
On Saturday Sept. 7, when the Boca Raton Braves played on those fields for the first time, he found that the new surface exceeded the hype...
“This is incredible. This is awesome,” said Deering, President of the Braves youth football organization. “The kids actually came out for the first time on it today, loved it. Loved the feel of it. It's basically like real grass, too. Safety wise the kids are loving it. We love it.”
When complete, the $4 million Greater Boca Raton Beach and Park District project that began in March will create three new turf fields for community use in place of what previously were natural turf fields.
The new turf fields require less maintenance, affording more time for play. And the new drainage system underneath the fields eliminates the need to cancel games because of soggy fields.
Two of the multi-purpose fields are already complete, with the third scheduled to open by the end of the month. Fields will have permanent lines for football, lacrosse and soccer, but can be used for most any sport that requires a field.
Come join the end-of-summer celebration at Boca’s annual "Wine & All That Jazz!" party on Saturday, August 24, 2019! Presented by the Boca Chamber of Commerce and JM Lexus, this exclusive event will take place at the luxurious Boca Raton Resort & Club, bringing together the “who’s who” of the Boca Chamber & the local community.
Featuring more than 100 varieties of wine, spirits, and beer, as well as dinner entrees by the bite, guests will have the opportunity to indulge in an array of adult beverages and culinary delights from over 15 of Boca’s top restaurants. The event will feature a live band performing smooth jazz in the main event room, which will later transform into a dance party when they turn up the volume with top hit music from yesterday and today. "Wine & All That Jazz!" will also feature an exciting raffle with a host of amazing prizes including wine baskets, spa packages, concert tickets, & more! VIP passes are available for those seeking the red carpet treatment, granting access to an ultra-exclusive, private VIP lounge offering gourmet cuisine, fine wine, and live entertainment by DJ Chris Prime.
Whether you are a...
Development of Hillsboro El Rio Park Phase II in southeast Boca Raton is now underway with an expected opening at the end of 2019. This 14-acre, city-owned parcel of land located on the south side of SW 18th Street between Dixie Hwy & the El Rio Canal, will be the site of the City of Boca Raton’s newest waterfront park. Phase I of the Hillsboro El Rio Park, which is located on the north side of SW 18th Street, has been open to the public since 2002.
Though plans for completing phase II of the Hillsboro El Rio Park have been in the works for several years, a renewed commitment to the development of the City’s waterfront park sites has now taken priority. After receiving input from nearby Boca Raton residents and the Parks and Recreation Board, a new and improved site plan was created for phase II which is estimated to cost approximately $7.8 million. By the end of 2019, the new Hillsboro El Rio Park Phase II will be open to the public from dawn till dusk, offering the following amenities:
- Walking/Jogging Paths
- Fitness Station
- Children's Playground
- Four Pickleball Courts
- Two Tennis Courts
- Basketball Court
- Sand Volleyball Court
- Picnic Pavilions
- Canoe/Kayak Soft Launch Area
- Public Restrooms & Parking
For the latest updates & additional info about Phase II of the Hillsboro El Rio Park please visit the City...
If you are planning on buying your very first home and feeling a bit overwhelmed, know that you are not alone. As a first-time homebuyer, purchasing a home is likely the most important financial decision you have ever made! We at Champagne & Parisi Real Estate understand that buying your first home can be as scary as it is exciting. It is wise to approach the process with caution and to prepare yourself with the right information to help make the things run as smoothly as possible. Fortunately, there is a wealth of knowledge & expert advice available to help you navigate the home buying process.
Below, you will find our list of valuable Tips For First-Time Homebuyers. Following these essential tips will not only help save you time and money but will also enable you to make informed decisions and avoid common first-time homebuyer mistakes. So, before taking the plunge into homeownership, be sure to put our expert tips into practice to pave the way for a successful first-time home buying experience.
1. Begin Saving For Your Down Payment ASAP.
Saving up for a down payment on a home may seem like a huge undertaking, especially considering today's real estate market and the home prices in Boca Raton. Many home buyers mistakenly believe that it is necessary to put 20% down; however, many lenders now accept much less. There are also various first-time homebuyer programs...
We are pleased to announce that the Summer in the City Series will be returning to Downtown Boca Raton for a sensational 2019 season! Sponsored by the City of Boca Raton, the Summer in the City Series will feature an exciting lineup of eight FREE concerts & events which will be held between June 7th and August 9th at Mizner Park Amphitheater. The 2019 schedule is packed with fantastic, family-friendly events, including live musical tribute concerts, yoga, art, games, and even an outdoor viewing of the 2018 award-winning film “Bohemian Rhapsody.”
This year's Summer in the City Series will kick off on Friday, June 7, 2019, with a thrilling Battle of the Bands concert! This competitive event will showcase the musical talent of eight carefully selected local bands, each battling it out for the coveted title of "Best Band." The competition will be broken into two categories, with three finalists competing in the Teen category and five finalists in the ages 20+ category. The winners in each age group will not only win bragging rights amongst their fellow musicians, but each winning band will also receive a $1,500 cash grand prize! Battle of the Bands judges will include select officials from the City of Boca Raton as well as representatives from AEG and Live Nation. What better way to kick of the 2019 Summer in the City Series than featuring some of the top musical talent that exists right here in Boca Raton? Be sure to come out and show your support!
The complete lineup of events for the 2019 Summer...
When listing your home for sale, your basic goals are generally: 1) to attract potential home buyers and, 2) to sell your home for the best price possible (usually, as quickly as possible). We all know that first impressions matter, especially in real estate, so it is no surprise that the path to a quick sale at top dollar begins with creating great “curb appeal” for your home. The general appearance of a home’s exterior can be very telling of what one can expect to find on the other side of the door, and often determines whether or not buyers will want to take a look inside.
If it’s been a while since you last evaluated your home’s curb appeal or you haven’t even considered it, you may want to walk or drive by your house and take a good look at it from the street with an unbiased, critical eye. Next, ask yourself, “what would a stranger or potential home buyer first notice about my home?” Would they see an inviting, well-maintained exterior and lawn, or would they immediately notice neglected maintenance and areas with major room for improvement?
Curb appeal is critical when selling your home— not only for the purpose of enticing potential buyers to look at your property but also from a value perspective. Fortunately, curb appeal is not all that difficult to achieve with some relatively minor, yet impactful, adjustments. Here are ten quick & easy things you can do to instantly improve the curb appeal of your home:
1. Give your front door a facelift...
Check out the Palm Beach County Local Real Estate Market Update for November 2018. The following market update summary is based on newly released statistics reported by the Florida Realtors®, with a year-over-year snapshot comparison of 2017 & 2018 market data for the month of November.
The November 2018 market stats from the Florida Realtors® reveal that 54 less single-family homes have sold in Palm Beach County in November 2018 as compared to November 2017, representing a 4.3% year-to-year decrease in total closed home sales. On the contrary, condo & townhome sales in Palm Beach County show an increase of 6.1%, with a total of 58 more condo/townhome sales in November 2018 compared to this time last year.
MEDIAN SALES PRICE
November 2018 market stats show that the median sales price for single-family homes in Palm Beach County was $348,000, a 5.5% increase over the $330,000 median home sales prices in November 2017. The median sales price of condos & townhomes in Palm Beach County for November 2018 was $176,750, an increase of 2.8% from the median condo/townhome sales price of just $172,000 in November of 2017.
On December 14, 2018, enjoy a fun-filled Friday evening with a holiday-themed movie under the stars at Mizner Park Amphitheater in Downtown Boca Raton. Sponsored by the City of Boca Raton, this FREE, family-friendly movie night will feature the 2003 hit holiday comedy "Elf." Will Ferrell stars in this light-hearted holiday film, delivering a hilarious performance as a full-grown man raised as an elf at the North Pole who ventures to the U.S. in search of his true identity. "Elf" offers plenty of laughs and a heaping dose of yuletide cheer that is sure to help you and your loved ones embrace the holiday spirit. Arrive early for kid-friendly crafts hosted by The Journey Church of Boca Raton, as well as a special guest appearance by Santa!
Movie Night featuring "Elf" will be held at Mizner Park Amphitheater, located 590 Plaza Real in Downtown Boca Raton, FL. Admission is free and open to the public, with doors opening at 6 pm and the movie beginning at 7 pm. Food and beverages will be available for purchase at the event, with designated picnic tables and high-top tables set up for dining. No outside food or beverages will be permitted into the venue. Chairs will be available to rent for $5 (cash only), but guests are also welcome to bring their own chairs and blankets to set up on the amphitheater lawn.
Please feel free to RSVP to Movie Night...
On Wednesday, November 21, 2018, kick off the Holiday season at Boca Raton’s Annual Holiday Tree Lighting event at Mizner Park Amphitheater & Mizner Plaza in Downtown Boca Raton! Experience the ceremonial lighting of the City's tree led by Mayor Scott Singer, which will illuminate simultaneously with Mizner Park’s tree located at the south end of the shopping center. Following the traditional tree lighting ceremony, enjoy a spectacular holiday fireworks display above the amphitheater!
The tree lighting event will feature tons of holiday-themed entertainment and festivities that are fun for the entire family. There will be free carnival rides, an artificial ice rink for skating, a 30-foot snowman bounce house, musical stage shows performed by local dance and theater groups, strolling carolers and stilt walkers, as well as holiday treats and carnival food available purchase. There will even be a “Letters to Santa Station” where kids can write & send their personal holiday wish lists to the North Pole, as well as photos Santa ($5 each.)
The event will take place from 5:30 to 9:30 pm at Mizner Park Amphitheater located at 590 Plaza Real in Downtown Boca Raton. Admission to the event is free and open to the public. There will be limited seating available on a first come, first serve basis for the ceremony & fireworks display. For additional event information please call 561-367-7073. Click here for ...
This Saturday, November 10, 2018, the Annual Boca Raton Wine & Food Festival returns for its 9th consecutive year with the Grand Tasting, “A Culinary Affair!” Hailed as one of the biggest and best culinary events in South Florida, the festival will take place inside Sanborn Square Park in the heart of Downtown Boca Raton. Master chefs from the tri-county area will gather for the Grand Tasting at the festival grounds from 6 pm to 10 pm to create a culinary experience like no other.
The festival grounds will be completely transformed into an elegant walkway winding through a series of elaborately decorated “Villages,” each representing a unique country, region, or culinary theme. Some of the festival’s villages will include Italy, America, the Mediterranean, Asia-Pacific, and Spain, taking you on a tantalizing journey of authentic tastes, sights, and sounds from all over the world. There will also be a "Sweet Endings Village" and a "BBQ Village", as well as two foodie favorites, the "Craft Brew, Fine Wine, & Artisanal Cheese Village" & the "Specialty Foods Village."
In addition to the unlimited samplings of artfully crafted cuisine from various regions around the world, attendees will have the unique opportunity to meet and mingle with some of South Florida’s master chefs. Top vintners will also be hosting wine tastings, offering generous samples of some of the most celebrated varietals of wine from all over the world. The festival will also include a Retail and Shopping Bazaar, as well as a new Wine Store sponsored by...
Each year at the end of January Hotworks.org hosts the winter Boca Raton Fine Art Show in Downtown Boca Raton, FL. This critically acclaimed juried art show has grown in both size and popularity since it first began in 2008, and has been voted in the Top 100 art shows in the Nation for three years in a row. Given the success and popularity of the winter show, Hotworks.org is proud to announce that the Boca Raton Fine Art Show is going bi-annual, with a new fall show coming to Mizner Park Amphitheater on Saturday & Sunday, November 3-4, 2018.
Like the winter show, the new fall Boca Raton Fine Art Show is a juried exhibition, with each of the featured artists hand-selected by a panel of experts based on artistic quality, technique, design, & originality. The show will feature up to 175 juried artists of various disciplines who will have their unique, handmade artwork on display and available for purchase. Some of the fine art you can expect to see at the show includes paintings, clay & pottery, photography, sculpture, glass, wood, handcrafted jewelry, and much more. There is sure to be something for everyone, in all price ranges. Visit the Hotworks.org event website for a complete list of all participating exhibitors & the exhibit layout.
Hotworks.org owner/operator, Patty Narozny, also runs a non-profit organization called Institute for the Arts & Education, Inc. (IA&E) whose purpose is to “educate and promote Fine Arts and Crafts among all artists and...
On Saturday, October 13, 2018, FLOYD A Tribute will take the stage at Mizner Park Amphitheater, bringing the ultimate Pink Floyd experience right here to Downtown Boca Raton. Presented by Endless River Productions in conjunction with SeaSide Music Management and Inside MusiCast, this 90-minute show provides Floyd fans of all ages an incredible opportunity to relive the creative musical and artistic genius of Pink Floyd’s 50-year groundbreaking musical career.
Often hailed as the most authentic tribute to Pink Floyd in the U.S., Floyd A Tribute delivers precisely executed renditions of some of the iconic progressive rock band’s signature songs. The 10-member band fully captures all of the dramatic musical elements which were the foundation of Pink Floyd’s distinctive sound: the energetic lead vocals, the signature vocal harmonies, the artful blend of multiple guitarists, the orchestral quality provided by two keyboardists, the punctuating sounds of the solo saxophone, and the solid percussion and bass rhythm section which underlies each of the complex musical compositions. In addition to the perfectly executed musical and vocal techniques of the band, the production is accompanied by a mind-blowing laser light show to enhance the overall musical performance. The light show is complete with multiple computer synchronized lighting fixtures, including multiple laser light displays and a wall of colorful video to compliment each musical sequence.
Mizner Park Amphitheater is located at 590 Plaza Real, Boca Raton, FL 33432. Doors open at 7 pm with the show beginning at 8 pm. ...