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Local Events

Fort Lauderdale knows how to throw a party and we love it when our guests join in on all the fun. With 365 days of sunshine a year, plus swaying palms and an ocean breeze, there’s always something worth celebrating.

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Winter

  • Winterfest Boat Parade
  • Orange Bowl
  • Riptide
  • Art Fort Lauderdale
  • Miami Boat Show
  • SOBE Food Wine & Food Festival
Winter

Winterfest Boat Parade

December

Dubbed the "Greatest Show on H20," this beloved holiday tradition brings together boats of every size - from small boats to megayachts - for a holiday parade on the New River.

Orange Bowl

December

Dating back to 1935, the Orange Bowl is one of college football's top bowl game match-ups. The game kicks off in Hard Rock Stadium in Miami.

Riptide Music Festival

December

With more than 20 bands playing alternative, pop, rock and adult contemporary music, the three-day Riptide Music Festival is a beach party you don't want to miss.

Art Fort Lauderdale

January

This destination art fair seeks to highlight the uniqueness of the city and put Fort Lauderdale on the art world map as a premiere location to view, interact with and purchase art along with giving art aficionados, residents and visitors a cultural experience that is memorable, interactive and engaging.

Miami Boat Show

February

Experience some of the biggest days in boating at the Miami Boat Show. The show features the finest collection of both power boat and sailing products in one location for the first time ever.

SOBE Food Wine & Food Festival

February 

The Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival (SOBEWFF®) is a national, star-studded, five-day destination event showcasing the talents of the world’s most renowned wine and spirits producers, chefs and culinary personalities.

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Spring

  • Miami Winter Music Conference
  • Jazz in the Gardens
  • Tortuga Music Festival
  • Las Olas Art Fair
  • Fort Rock
Spring

Miami Winter Music Conference

March

Now officially a part of Miami Music Week, the new WMC will now offer two distinct segments targeted at industry professionals as well as music consumers looking to learn more about this exciting industry and the music, technology, and culture that powers it.

Jazz in the Gardens

March

American jazz meets a South America and the Caribbean vibe at Jazz in the Gardens, dubbed “the fastest growing jazz and R&B festival in the U.S.” A top-tier lineup showcases the best of R&B, soul, jazz, hip-hop, and funk at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens. 

Las Olas Art Fair

March

Meet more than 200 national artists along the Boulevard at the two-day Las Olas Art Fair, a decades-old event that began as a small block festival and is now considered an annual tradition .

Tortuga Music Festival

April

Held on the white sands of Fort Lauderdale Beach Park in a beautiful oceanside setting, Tortuga Music Festival is a 3-day, multi-stage music festival featuring some of the biggest names in the country, rock and roots music.

Fort Rock

April

This two-day music festival in Markham Park in Sunrise features an all-star line-up on multiple stages, plus lots of festival food and South Florida sunshine. 

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Summer

  • 4th of July Spectacular
  • Bugfest-By-The-Sea
  • Food In Motion
Summer

4th of July Spectacular

July

Celebrate Independence Day at Fort Lauderdale's free 4th of July Spectacular, a family-friendly day featuring live music, beach games, bounce houses, a hot dog eating contest, and more. The fun starts at noon at A1A and Las Olas, culminating in a spectacular fireworks display.

Bugfest-By-The-Sea

July

Join the hunt for spiny lobsters during lobster mini-season in Lauderdale-by-the-Sea. The two-day fest includes the Great Florida Bug Hunt, a lobster chef competition, and free music concert.

Food In Motion

2nd Friday, monthly

Meet local artisans, farmers, and food trucks on the second Friday of each month at Peter Feldman Park from 5-11 pm for this after-dark green market and artisan food event featuring fresh produce, gourmet baked goodies, and live music.

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Fall

  • Crave Greater Fort Lauderdale
  • Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show
  • Pompano Beach Brazilian Festival
Fall

Crave Greater Fort Lauderdale

September

Taste the goodness of Greater Fort Lauderdale every September during Crave GFL Restaurant Month, featuring three-course prix-fixe dinner menus from some of the area's most noteworthy chefs.

Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show

October

As the "Yachting Capital of the World," Fort Lauderdale knows a thing or two about hosting a first-class boat show. In fact, this five-day show has a six-decade history and features more than 1,5000 boats, six miles of floating docks, and three million square feet of exhibit space.

Pompano Beach Brazilian Festival

October

Embrace the art, music, culture and cuisine of Brazil at this lively two-day fall festival held at Pompano Beach Community Park.

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