There are always excuses to plan a trip to Florida, including the sunshine, water sports, and annual events. If you're looking to plan a trip to Palm Beach County in south Florida, one festival to check out is the Annual Delray Affair. Held every April, this is the most popular arts and crafts street festival in Palm Beach County. This outdoor festival takes place on tree-lined Atlantic Avenue in downtown Delray Beach
. With brick sidewalks and palm trees, this is a beautiful backdrop for a fun-filled arts and crafts festival.
The Annual Delray Affair is scheduled for April 13 through April 15 in 2012
. The 2012 festival will mark the 50th anniversary of this arts and crafts festival. A favorite event in Delray Beach, this festival features pedestrianized streets from Swinton Avenue to the Intracoastal Waterway
. Each year there are over 800 vendors selling arts and crafts from around the country. The best part is while you are browsing you can talk to the artists, photographers, and craftspeople personally about items for sale. There is also a variety of food and snacks on offer throughout the festival.
Planning a visit to the Annual Delray Affair is easy. The first thing to take care of is choosing the perfect Delray Beach vacation rental
. This is a popular annual event, so be sure to secure an oceanfront villa well in advance of the festival. The next step is to plan when you'll attend this three-day festival. Admission is always free, so there's no need to worry about tickets for individual days. On Friday and Saturday the festival is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Sunday it is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For the latest information on the festival, follow the Delray Affair on Twitter or check out their Facebook page.
The 50th Annual Event
The Annual Delray Affair has been growing for 50 years. It now stretches for 10 blocks along Atlantic Avenue and out into side streets as well. Many visitors come to shop, but it is also a great place to browse. Be sure to bring cash if you intend on buying, as some vendors only accept cash and not credit cards. For larger purchases, some vendors will accept personal checks. Everything from art to crafts to photography is for sale. The best way to approach the festival is to browse through all the vendors first, and then double back to make inquiries and purchases. You never know if you might find something you like better unless you keep looking!
This free event is open to the public and free parking shuttles are available to help visitors reach the action easily. Beyond art, there are also many vendors selling small items that can be purchased to support the local economy, including beautiful flowers. There are also some attractions just for adults, such as the beer and wine garden. Music will also be provided for entertainment in the beer and wine gardens. People that are interested in travel will also want to check out the World Showcase Travel Tent
, located at Northeast First Avenue.
A Tradition of Arts and Crafts
This festival is one of the largest and oldest arts and crafts fairs in all of South Florida. In comparison to smaller festivals, the Annual Delray Affair features a wide range of artists and photographers from Florida and beyond. If you're looking for sculpture, paintings, or photographs to decorate your home, check out the vendors at this long-standing festival. This event is also a great source of gifts for friends and families.
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