By Jason Schwartz
One of Delray Beach’s most famous parties, On The Ave, is moving west.
The art-inspired event, which evolved from the popular Art and Jazz on the Avenue, will move from its usual five-block location east of Swinton to the Elizabeth Wesley Plaza at the corner of Southwest Fifth Avenue and West Atlantic Avenue.
The first event will be Thursday, Aug. 8, from 6 to 10 p.m. Organizers say On The Ave will be packed with outstanding entertainment at both a main stage in the plaza as well as at a second stage on Southwest Fifth Avenue and First Street.
“One of the goals of On The Ave is to highlight all that Delray Beach has to offer throughout the year, especially during the off-season months,” said Stephanie Immelman, executive director of the Delray Beach Marketing Cooperative. “Moving the popular one-night festival to West Atlantic Avenue in August and to the Pineapple Grove Arts District in October affords us the opportunity to showcase different areas of the city and support the surrounding local businesses.”
The evening’s entertainment begins at 6 p.m. on the main stage with dance and music presentations by local children’s groups. At 7 p.m., Delray Beach Mayor Cary Glickstein will welcome and introduce a delegation from Moshi, Tanzania, one of Delray Beach’s sister cities.
The Main Stage will feature music from Plaid Blazer, an Arts Garage house band that sets the scene of hip hop’s past and brings you up to speed with today’s classics.
The second stage will feature Powerhouse vocalist Charmaine Forde, whose music makes those in the audience want to get up and dance.
In addition to entertainment, On The Ave will also showcase the works of artists from Artists Alley. The event will also include a beer garden and food trucks.
The Kid’s Corner will include a variety of activities, such as sidewalk chalk drawing, as well as a photo booth and face painting. Visitors will also have a chance to see and touch musical instruments at an “Instrument Petting Zoo” presented by the Arts Garage.
Atlantic Avenue will remain open to traffic during the event, however, Southwest Fifth Avenue will be closed from 4 to 10 p.m.
“We’re excited about the opportunity to bring residents and visitors from throughout South Florida to Delray Beach, especially to areas outside what many think of as the traditional downtown, such as West Atlantic Avenue and Pineapple Grove,” Immelman said. “Best of all, there seems to be a lot of support for moving On The Ave around the city.”
To find out more about On The Ave, visit www.ontheavedelraybeach.com.