Dates: January 17 – 19th 2014
What began as a grassroots festival to bring awareness to South Beach’s movement to preserve its plethora of neglected Art Deco buildings and hotels, has grown into the largest celebration of historical structures from the 20s, 30s and 40s-era. Today, Art Deco Weekend has evolved to include musical performances, fashion shows, walking tours, movie screenings, lecture series and antique cars. Over 400,000 people attend annually and it’s a must-see event for locals and tourists alike.
Initially, the impetus to recognize South Beach’s Art Deco architecture was spurred on by activists Barbara Baer Capitman, John Capitman and Leonard Horowitz, who founded the Miami Design Preservation League (MDPL) in 1976. Two years later, they held the first Art Deco Festival, which was actually a week long event. As the festival grew, so, too, did the preservation movement, and since 1992, South Beach’s Art Deco buildings are no longer in danger.
This victory, however, has not meant the end of the Art Deco-related festivities. To the contrary. The annual celebration boasts record crowds and multiple events. For one weekend each January, Ocean Drive is closed to traffic as vendors sell antiques, art pieces, photography, vintage clothing—even funnel cake. There is a stunning display of Art Deco-era cars at the southern end of Ocean Drive, which evoke that bygone time with sleek lines and over-sized headlights. It’s a festival in every sense of the word, and some complain the event has become too commercialized.
True Art Deco aficionados prefer to delve into the more “serious” events surrounding the weekend, namely the lecture series. As each year is themed, the speakers highlight the finer points of the topic.
Another component of Art Deco Weekend is the Music Festival, which is led by Musical Director Doug Wimbish, who handpicks lively musicians to jazz up the soiree. There is also a film series, with era-appropriate movies like “Annie,” “Chicago,” and “The Great Gatsby.” And the fashion component, which was introduced in 2011, has proven to be quite popular, with local designers presenting Art Deco-inspired clothes during a runway show.
Of course, the best way to appreciate the Art Deco treasures South Beach has to offer is to see them up close. There are various walking tours offered all weekend, all led by local architects, historians and preservationists. Via these tours, you will gain a better understanding of the unique characteristics of Miami’s Art Deco architecture and its importance. Plus, there are themed tours that span the Art Deco District through the lens of organized crime, gay and lesbian, Lincoln Road, Jewish Miami, neon lights, Espanola Way and even a cocktail “crawl.”
Altogether, the weekend is a true appreciation of how South Beach’s Art Deco architecture has impacted the oceanfront resort destination. This streamlined style of buildings was influenced by the ocean, sand, foliage and weather. Today, due to the hard work of the MDPL, Ocean Drive, and the surrounding streets, is aglow with the neon and pastel colors of these colorful edifices. South Beach has the largest concentration of Art Deco buildings in the United States, and the Art Deco District was understandably placed on the National Register of Historic Places for this very reason.
Regardless if you are coming for a history or architecture lesson or just to have fun, guests of Art Deco Weekend always enjoy the era-appropriate antiques, clothes, cars, fashions, music and general vibe. The three-day event is free and family friendly, with many activities for children. There’s also a party-like atmosphere, with many Ocean Drive restaurants offering food and drink specials. Since Ocean Drive is closed to vehicular traffic, there is ample room to experience the sights and sounds of the event. It’s also a great opportunity to make a whole day of it, between the various lectures, live concerts, shopping, people watching, food stands and browsing.
Art Deco Weekend is a uniquely Miami style soiree, and you can expect to see drag queens, stilt walkers, tourists and locals. There is a happy vibe that permeates the entire weekend. It’s considered one of the major highlights on our annual calendar, and for good reason.
Dates: November 8th – 17th 2013
In 1971, Datsun introduced the 240Z, gasoline was 36 cents a gallon and the Miami lnternational Auto Show launched its first exhibition. Today, this same show is recognized as one of the largest and most prestigious in the nation.
A venue for national product introductions, the auto show showcases more than a thousand new vehicles from over 40 manufacturers from around the world – a collection that auto enthusiasts wait all year to see.
Building from the momentous changes made in 2012, this signature South Florida event is back with popular returning exhibits, including Topless in Miami’s display of convertible cars in a picturesque Miami environment, and Havana Classics, a spin-off of Memory Lane celebrating nostalgia of the 50s. Ride & Drive events, including Camp Jeep will also be back at Convention Center Drive.
Dates: November 15th – 17th 2013
In its 6th year, the Sunny Isles Beach Jazz Fest will celebrate Women in Jazz with tribute performances of the great Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughn, Peggy Lee, Anita O-Day, Billie Holiday and Nina Simone! Featuring Nicole Yarling, Wendy Pedersen, Paulette Dozier and Ashlee Moss accompanied by the Melton Mustafa Orchestra.
The 6th Annual Sunny Isles Beach Jazz Fest is scheduled for Saturday, November 16th, from 7pm to 10pm, and gates open at 6pm. Event will be held RAIN OR SHINE! Choose from two different ticket options:
- General Admission Ticket (Lawn Seating) – This ticket grants admission to the event, but you should bring your own blanket or chair. Food and beverage, including beer and wine, will be for sale.
- VIP Ticket – For a premier experience, select this ticket for access to both the general lawn area, as well as the exclusive VIP only section with dining tables and chairs, food and beverage included.
Ticket sales are final. No refunds will be issued.
The Sunny Isles Beach Jazz Fest has showcased local and national talent in a lavish tropical setting since 2008, including jazz greats Spyro Gyra and the Neville Brothers.
Date: August 30 – September 3 2013
Florida’s Premier Home Show…
The Home Design and Remodeling Shows feature fine home furniture, accessories, remodeling, interior design, kitchens and baths, appliances, home theaters, home improvements, pools and spas, patios, landscaping, and an array of products and services for the interior and exterior of the home… all under one roof.
Open to the Trade and the Consumer
The Apocalypse is infecting Miami on October 12, 2013.
The Zombie Run is an untimed 5K fun run.
Register as a human and wear three life balloons around your waste as you run for your life through our apocalyptic racecourse!
Or, register as a zombie, get an awesome makeover, and pop runners’ balloons as they flee with terror. There is not age limit to participate. When the run is over, celebrate all things zombie at our afterparty.
We’re always looking for volunteers!
Click here to register as a volunteer.
Dates: August 1st – September 30th 2013
Savor some of Miami’s most spectacular cuisine when top restaurants offer mouth-watering meals at incredible savings. Miami Spice is a mouth-watering restaurant promotion showcasing the very best of Miami cuisine. During August and September, Miami¹s top restaurants offer three-course meals (Lunches $19 or $23, Dinners $33 or $39) featuring signature dishes created by world-renowned chefs.