Have you been to the largest arts and crafts festival in the Southeast? Well, you probably should, it is literally in your backyard! The 54th annual Delray Affair is happening this coming weekend from April 8th through the 10th in downtown Delray Beach. The event which hosts a variety of local and international artists has become well known due to its eclectic blend of fine art, arts and crafts and unique one of a kind of products. The event has continued to grow every year. There were over 30 state and 12 countries represented in last year’s Delray Affair. This year an anticipated 800 vendors will be in attendance.
New to this year, is a newly expanded Family Fun Area that will be free thanks to some local sponsor, Delray Honda. The Go Mobile Arcade will be present to provide 30 arcade games including classic games like Ms Pac Man as well as touch screen games like Need for Speed and Batman. A dunk tank will be set up to raise money for education. Who will you dunk? A local dignitary! Parking has also been improved, this year the City of Delray Beach will be providing a FREE shuttle service.
Best of all, the event is FREE!!!
In 1894, Delray Beach was founded by US Congressman William Linton. Congressman Linton had bought the land which is now Delray knowing that Henry Flager’s Florida East Coast Railway was being built. By 1911, the town of Delray is incorporated. The origins of the Delray Affair date back to the vibrant growth of gladiolas in the area. In 1946 the first South Florida Gladioli Festival was held on Atlantic Avenue. The festival was held every year to promote the gorgeous flowers and to keep the seasonal guests a bit longer in the area. As the flower farming expanded into vegetable farming, the festival took on more of an agricultural flare. In 1962 the first Delray Affair began as a way of including not only the agri-world but also to include art and crafts. The event has continued to grow throughout the years; it has gone from 24 vendors in 1962 to over 700 in 2015.
Atlantic Avenue, the heart of downtown Delray Beach becomes a pedestrian mall. It stretches from the Delray Beach Tennis Center (just west of Swinton Avenue) all the way to the Intracoastal waterway.
Hours of Operation
Friday, April 8th 10AM-6PM
Saturday, April 9th 10AM-6PM
Sunday, April 10th 10AM-5PM