Clematis Street, in the heart of downtown West Palm Beach, plays home to a variety of different shops, bars and restaurants. It also hosts events on a weekly basis for visitors to enjoy.

“Summer Thyme” Green Market

Locals have one more afternoon to experience the cream of our South Florida crops at Clematis Street’s Summer Thyme Green Market. Next Wednesday, Aug. 29, more than 40 vendors will set up in the early evening along Flagler Drive to sell their locally grown and created goods. It will be the last market until the debut of the new year-round Green Market, which is slated to begin Saturday, Oct. 6 (9 a.m. to 2 p.m.) and run through April 2013.

The market has supported Southeast Florida’s agricultural community since 1994 by offering an alternative to mass-produced foods. Vendor products range from fresh fruit and vegetables, to house wares and beauty products. Current vendors include Joey’s Home Bakery, Newman’s Soy Candles, The Gourmet Pickle Peddler, and R & R Orchids.

The event is held at 101 S. Flagler Drive, from 5 to 8 p.m.; visitors are advised to park at the Banyan Street Garage, which charges $1.00 for the first 2 hours and $1.00 for every hour more. Admission is free. For more information, call 561/822-1520 or visit wpb.org/greenmarket.


Clematis by Night

The year-round Clematis by Night concert series has hosted more than 750 concerts since its start in 1995 and continues to appeal to visitors looking for an early start to their weekend. From 6 to 9 pm at Centennial Square, music lovers can enjoy a free concert put on by the City of West Palm Beach. The family-friendly venue offers a nearby fountain for children to play and shopping and dining for adults to enjoy.

Restaurants such as Pizza Girls, Sloan’s Ice Cream, and Grease Burger Bar offer convenient dining options for concert-goers. To go along with the food and music, the first Thursday of the month features a “Classic Car Night,” followed on the second Thursday by a “Bike Night” event.

The Latin salsa group, Sabor Latino, is performing Aug. 23; next Thursday, Aug. 30, check out the Valerie Tyson Band, which plays Top 40 and R&B classics. For more information, visit www.clematisbynight.net.


Respectable Street Turns 25

For those about to rock in West Palm Beach, Respectable Street salutes you (and always has). This weekend, rock lovers can return the favor and help celebrate the 25th anniversary of the longest-running nightclub in the Southeastern U.S.

The party starts at 8 p.m.—and runs into the wee hours (4 a.m.)—as Respectable Street hosts a street-side concert headlined by The Misfits, along with various other rock bands. There will be an open bar from 8 to 9 p.m., as well as free wings, a laser light show, and local food and product vendors.

Since its opening in 1987, Respectable has been a staple of the local club scene, with a variety of theme nights that, these days, includes indie rock, classic new wave, dance and occasional live shows.

For more information on the event, call 561/832-9999 or visit www.respectablestreet.com.