West Palm Beach


West Palm Beach, also known as West Palm, is the largest and most populous city in Palm Beach County, Florida, United States. The city is also the oldest incorporated municipality in South Florida. According to the US Census Bureau, in 2010 the city had an estimated population of 99,919. It is the county seat of Palm Beach County, and is one of the principal cities in the South Florida metropolitan area, which has a population of 5,564,635. The area is known as the West Palm Beach-Boca Raton-Boynton Beach Metropolitan Division, which covers the entire Palm Beach County area. It is situated in the northernmost county of the South Florida metropolitan area.

Arts and Culture

  • Harriet Himmel Theater in CityPlace
  • Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts – Built in 1992, the Kravis Center hosts performances of music, dance, opera and theatre.
  • Florida Stage – A professional theatre company in residence at the Kravis Center. (Out of business)
  • Norton Museum of Art – is the largest art museum in Florida and also organizes travelling exhibits. The permanent collection features 19th and 20th century European and American art, Chinese, contemporary art and photography.
  • The Carefree Theatre – Built in 1940, in the historic Flamingo Park district, it was variously an art house cinema and alternative music performance venue until severely damaged by Hurricane Wilma. The venue has re-opened at a renovated church located nearby and under a new name, The Theater.
  • Meyer Amphitheatre – An abandoned Holiday Inn, demolished in 1993 and transformed into an amphitheatre.
  • Palm Beach County Convention Center – A complex with 350,000 square feet (33,000 m2) of exhibit halls and meeting rooms in downtown West Palm Beach.

Festivals and shows

  • SunFest is Florida’s largest waterfront music festival. SunFest – is an annual music, art, and waterfront festival in Florida, founded in 1982 to draw visitors to the area during the ‘shoulder season’, or April and May. SunFest has an annual attendance of more than 275,000 people. Artists who have performed include Carrie Underwood, John Mayer, Ray Charles, Ludacris, Nelly, Lenny Kravitz, Dizzy Gillespie, Bob Dylan, Kenny G, Earth Wind and Fire, Cyndi Lauper, Pink Floyd MGMT and The Wailers. SunFest is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.
  • Palm Beach International Film Festival
  • Palm Beach Boat Show
  • National Horse Show – America’s oldest horse show and a major fixture on the national and international sports and social event calendars.
  • Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction – Classic car auction held every March in the South Florida Expo Center.
  • City festivals – Weekly events such as Clematis By Night on downtown Clematis Street, Moonfest, and a seasonal downtown Green Market held each winter on Saturdays

Notable area residents, past and present

  • Hank Aaron, former all-time home run king. A street is named for him.
  • Andy Abad, former Major League Baseball player
  • Stephanie Abrams, Weather Channel meteorologist
  • Tori Amos, singer-songwriter
  • Otis Anderson former NFL New York Giants, Super Bowl MVP
  • Jeff Atwater, State Senator, Florida Legislature, Palm Beach County
  • Bob Barker, Entertainer/Gameshow Host
  • Dickey Betts, former Allman Brothers Band member.
  • Anquan Boldin, NFL player Baltimore Ravens and graduate of Pahokee High School in western Palm Beach County.
  • Jason Bonham, drummer and son of Led Zeppelin’s legendary drummer John Bonham
  • Don Brewer, Grand Funk Railroad drummer
  • Jimmy Buffett, singer/entertainer
  • Andres Galarraga, baseball player
  • Virginia Spencer Carr, biographer and literary critic
  • Diana Canova, actress
  • Chris Carrabba, singer/song writer from Dashboard Confessional
  • Anthony Carter, former NFL player
  • Glenn Close, actress
  • Bob Cousy, former NBA great and TV commentator
  • Marshall Criser, former president of the University of Florida.
  • Vic Damone, singer
  • Dale Dawson, former NFL player
  • Ted DiBiase Jr., pro wrestler
  • Celine Dion, singer
  • Watson B. Duncan III, acting coach and mentor to Burt Reynolds
  • Heath Evans, Fullback for the New Orleans Saints and graduate of The Kings Academy
  • Mark Foley, former U.S. Congressman
  • Kason Gabbard, MLB Pitcher with the Texas Rangers
  • Willie E. Gary, Attorney and Co-Founder of the MBC Network
  • Anthony Goldwire, former NBA player
  • Jeff Gordon, NASCAR driver
  • Ken Green, PGA golfer
  • Deidre Hall, actress and graduate of Lake Worth High School in central Palm Beach Countyz
  • George Hamilton, Actor, graduate of Palm Beach High School
  • Derek Harper, former NBA player for the Knicks and Mavericks
  • William Harris, former tennis player
  • Alcee Hastings, U.S. Congressman
  • John Havlicek, former NBA great
  • Ryan Hawblitzel, former Major League Baseball player
  • Devin Hester, NFL Player with the Chicago Bears
  • Jay Howard, British professional race car driver in the IZOD IndyCar Series and Indianapolis 500
  • Hey Monday, alternative rock band
  • Alan Jackson, Country singer
  • Tommy Lee Jones, actor
  • Ron Klein, U.S. Congressman
  • Joey Kramer, Aerosmith drummer
  • Larry the Cable Guy, comedian
  • Rush Limbaugh, Radio talk show host
  • Theresa LePore, former Supervisor of Elections; designer of the butterfly ballot, which figured prominently in the U.S. presidential election, 2000
  • David McCampbell, American Naval Aviator during World War II
  • A.J. McLean, Backstreet Boy
  • Marta Fernandez Miranda de Batista, First Lady of Cuba (1952–1959)
  • Edgar Mitchell, astronaut who walked on the moon
  • Ruthie Morris, guitarist of Magnapop
  • Joe Namath, former NFL quarterback
  • Olivia Newton-John, actress, singer
  • Jim Palmer, baseball Hall of Famer
  • Barbara Pariente, former Chief Justice and current Justice of the Florida Supreme Court
  • James Patterson, author
  • Cassadee Pope rock singer
  • Jamieson Price, actor: movies, TV, stage, voice over for animation and commercials
  • Lilly Pulitzer, Fashion Designer
  • Judge Reinhold, actor
  • Burt Reynolds, actor, graduate of Palm Beach High School
  • Randi Rhodes, radio talk show host
  • Adrian Rogers, former president Southern Baptist Convention and pastor of Bellevue Baptist Church
  • Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Catcher for the Boston Red Sox
  • Ron Sellers, former NFL Dallas Cowboys
  • Rod Stewart, singer
  • Vinny Sutherland, former NFL Player and graduate of Palm Beach Lakes High School
  • Fred Taylor, NFL Player New England Patriots and graduate of Pahokee High School in western Palm Beach County
  • Otis Thorpe, former NBA player for the Houston Rockets and Pistons
  • Tico Torres, Bon Jovi Drummer
  • Donald Trump, real estate mogul, TV host
  • Kyril Vassilev, Bulgarian-American portrait painter
  • Steve Walsh, former NFL quarterback
  • Robert Wexler, U.S. Congressman
  • Serena Williams, former No.1 ranked Tennis Champion
  • Venus Williams, former No.1 ranked Tennis Champion
  • Tenth Avenue North, a contemporary Christian rock band
  • Tiger Woods, Professional Golfer on the PGA Tour
  • Yanni, composer
  • Surfer Blood, Indie Rock Band
  • Nick Zano, Actor
  • Virginia Zeani, opera singer

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