COVID-19 has led to cancelation of countless beloved festivals, games and iconic events around the world, but one beloved Delray Beach institution is not going quietly into the good night.
Forced to postpone festivities that were scheduled to have taken place last weekend, the 58th-annual Delray Affair has announced new dates—and a new theme. Rescheduled for Oct. 17-18 and rebranded as the Fall Affair, the event will once again welcome dozens of eclectic artists and crafters from the around the world to exhibit and sell their artisanal, funky and cutting-edge work across 10 city blocks in downtown Delray Beach.
This time, however, a harvest theme will generate a fresh seasonal ambience, which will tie into the October re-launch of the CRA’s GreenMarket. Indeed, the city is coming together to make this Affair a community-wide morale boost: Arts Garage is booking special concerts for the occasion, local Delray musicians will perform, and beer enthusiasts can partake in a Beer Fest inside Veterans Park. These are just a few of the initiatives planned by the Delray Beach Chamber of Commerce, which is designing the Fall Affair with the intention of coalescing local businesses and nonprofits.
A little good news goes a long way these days. As Delrayers await new dates for Savor the Avenue and Beatles on the Beach, we can take solace that at least one of our signature events has a date carved in (we think) stone. So start marking up your empty calendar.