Live entertainment, art displays, fun for kids – and manatees? It’s all part of ManateeFest 2023 in West Palm Beach!
This free outdoor event is set for 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, February 4, 2023 at Manatee Lagoon – and focuses on the lovable sea animals and protecting the Florida waterways where they reside.
Young manatee enthusiasts can enjoy a KidsFunZone, with activities such as a Coastal Cleanup and Recycling Relay Race, the ever-popular free sea-life themed face painting, free caricature portraits, giant sea-life puzzles and a sidewalk chalk station.
Educational Coastal Chats, environmental exhibitors and arts and crafts vendors round out a full festival experience. During the event, guests can also visit the Conservation Pledge Station and make a pledge to help protect manatees and their habitat. Guests are welcome to interact with environmental exhibitors, help Mia the Manatee complete her conservation challenge by participating in a game called “Mia’s Conservation Mission.”
Visitors can peruse and support various local small businesses and grab a bite from a delicious variety of food purveyors along the way
ManateeFest’s Relaxation Stations & Live Music: Guests can find moments of serenity during the festival fun in these special spots. Visitors can enjoy the tropical ambiance, comfortable Adirondack chair seating, picturesque views of the Lake Worth Lagoon and live steel drum music performances. Attendees are encouraged to look for the large, clear tents designating the three spots: the Main Stage Relaxation Station (closest to the Main Stage), the Lagoon Relaxation Station (southernmost waterfront tent) and the Coastal Relaxation Station (northernmost waterfront tent).
Manatee Lagoon, at 6000 N. Flagler Drive, West Palm Beach, features educational exhibits and a waterfront vantage point for watching manatees. For more information, click here.