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Everything You Need to Know About the Delray Affair

Added: Jan 03, 2018
Category: Festivals & Events


For more than 50 years, the Delray Affair has taken over the streets of downtown Delray Beach for this annual arts festival. Attracting some 300,000 people to the area, the event draws a record number of people each year. This weekend-long celebration is considered the largest arts festival in the Southeast extending over 12 blocks and welcoming artists from across the country and the world. Here, we’ve put together a list of the some of the most exciting happenings that take place.

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What to Expect at the Delray Affair

Arts & Crafts

Considered the most expensive arts & crafts festival in the Southeast, the Delray Affair has no shortage of creative and inspiring displays. Browse the vendor stands to admire and purchase artwork by talented painters and sculptors from across the globe.  Stroll the streets of downtown Delray and take in hundreds of exhibits featuring everything from fine art to unique crafts.


The incredible art exhibits are not the only entertainment at this festival. All weekend long, musicians will take the stage to entertain attendees. You can view a full lineup on the event’s website. Different bands will play on the Swinton Stage throughout the day, but the scene changes once the sun goes down.

After the vendors close up at 6 p.m., you can still walk the streets for the Delray Affair After Dark. Friday and Saturday night, there will be live entertainment pop-ups throughout the downtown area. Check the schedule to find out where performers will be and stop into some of the restaurants along the strip as many offer special deals and promotions during the festival.

The Beer Garden & Lounge

The Delray Affair wouldn’t be an outdoor festival without a beer garden. This year, the beer garden has been moved back to the Old School Square at the corner of Swinton and Atlantic avenues. This vast beer garden covers much of the five-acre site offering refreshing beers and wines.

General Festival Information

The festival takes place along 12 blocks of downtown Delray. Beginning at 4 a.m. on Friday, part of Atlantic Avenue and Swinton Avenue will be closed to traffic until 10 p.m. on Sunday. The festival covered the section of Atlantic Ave. in front of the Delray Tennis Center and extends to Swinton Ave., which intersects with Atlantic. Parking is available for $5 at the County Parking Garage, Old School Square, and the City Hall.

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