Top 10 Things You Need to Know This October in Delray Beach


Music at St. Paul’s presents Beethoven’s First on Oct. 20. Trillium Piano Trio will play Beethoven’s first publication and more. The trio is made up of pianist Yoko Sata Kothari, violinist Ruby Berland, and cellist Susan Bergeron. A pre-concert lecture will begin at 2:30 p.m., followed by the concert at 3 p.m. Tickets cost $20 at door, kids 18 and under enter for free.

The Delray Beach Orchid Society will present its 30th annual show and sale “Orchids on the Square” Oct. 25-27, at Old School Square’s Fieldhouse. Flowers will be on display between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $5 per day.

The annual Holly House at the First Presbyterian Church of Delray will open its Holiday Gift Shoppe on Oct. 8. The shop is open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to noon this month and will sell fall items. The Holly House is celebrating its 50th anniversary on Oct. 16.

The Delray Beach Historical Society is partnering with the Sandoway Discovery Center to bring ocean conservationist, filmmaker and author of “Emperor’s of the Deep: Sharks—The Ocean’s Most Mysterious, Most Misunderstood, and Most Important Guardians” Bill McKeever to Old School Square on Oct. 17. There will be a VIP cocktail reception prior to the lecture.

The Delray Beach GreenMarket will open for season on Oct. 26. Head to Old School Square to shop for your favorite local goods from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The GreenMarket runs every Saturday.

New York Life Insurance Company agent John M. Campanola will host a free educational session titled, “What’s Different About Retirement?” on Oct. 8 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at 401 West Atlantic Ave. Suite 09. The session will feature an industry expert who will be speaking about the risks in retirement, the “needs and wants” strategy and the strategies to guarantee income. This retirement workshop outlines the challenges that may be faced and helps dispel some common misconceptions about the future. There is no charge for this event. Because of space limitations, reservations are required. For more information, please contact John Campanola at 561-642-5180 or

The Inaugural Picnic-in-the-Park will take place at Old School Square from 3 to 5:30 p.m. on Oct. 20. Grab a group of up to 12 friends and reserve a 12 foot by 12 foot picnic spot at the park for $256. Select any international cuisine and costumes to represent your theme. Match your menu to your theme. Compete for best menu, costume and theme. The community picnic is produced by Living Hungry and has a goal to feed every homeless student in Delray Beach Schools. Every picnic feeds one homeless student for a year.

Grab your witch hats and brooms- or bicycles- and get ready to take flight during the 8th annual Witches of Delray ride benefiting the Achievement Centers for Children and Families on Oct. 26. The four-and-a-half mile charity bike ride route goes through downtown, along A1A and ends at the GreenMarket where there are contests for “Best Decorated Bike,” “Best Witch Costume” and “Best Witch Cackle.” To sign up it costs $25 per rider, $30 on day of ride,

Delray’s National Night Out has been rescheduled to take place on Oct. 3. Head to Old School Square from 6-10 p.m. to support local law enforcement and take a stand against crime.

Trick-or-treat along Atlantic Avenue on Oct. 26. The city will host Kidsfest and Halloween festivities beginning at 11:30 a.m. with trick-or-treating from NW 5th Ave. to the Intracoastal Bridge. Then at 1 p.m., participate in the 56th Annual Halloween Parade. This year the parade will take a new route. Meet at the water fountain at Veterans Park to march down the Avenue and end at the Tennis Center. The parade is organized by the Rotary Club of Delray Beach this year. Once the parade ends at the Tennis Center, Kidsfest will run until 4 p.m. There will be food, entertainment and kid friendly activities.