Community Cultural Festival
The Miami Design Preservation League’s 40th Art Deco Weekend is an annual community cultural festival held on Ocean Drive in Miami Beach every year. The festival welcomes over 150,000 people and offers more than 85 events over three days -- January 13-15, 2017. Festival entry is free!
Whether you channel the Great Gatsby era, are a history buff or a classic car enthusiast, or are just looking for fun things to do with your kids, Art Deco Weekend has it all!
• Get decked out and Charleston the day away at the authentic Jazz Age Lawn Party.
• Take an Official Guided Walking Tour of the Art Deco Historic District or one of many other specialty tours ranging from Cocktails with a Twist to Miami’s Underworld.
• Come see five blocks of impeccable vintage cars on Ocean Drive.
• Bring the little ones to the Kids Club full of activities and live theater by Miami’s leading cultural and educational institutions.
And there is more!
• Enjoy live music and cocktails day and night, including jazz, swing, 50s & 60s, rock and classical under the palm trees in Lummus Park.
• Grab a front row seat at the Retro Fashion Show or Bark Deco Dog Show on the steps of the Art Deco Welcome Center.
• Shop The Promenade -- featuring antique, vintage and fine art dealers.
• Attend the highly-regarded Lecture Series on a wide range of preservation and history related topics.
• Take in the awesome street fair with vendors, food, live theater and other entertainment.
All these fabulous events and more take place along Ocean Drive in South Beach. Ocean Drive is closed to traffic for three full days, giving tourists and locals the opportunity to better enjoy this world-famous street lined with historic pastel-colored, neon-lit Art Deco buildings.
Preserving Our History
Art Deco Weekend began as a small, grassroots festival produced by the non-profit Miami Design Preservation League to save the Art Deco buildings along Ocean Drive, and has grown into the largest and longest running community cultural festival in Miami Beach. The festival is part of the Miami Design Preservation League’s mission to preserve, protect & promote historic preservation in the Art Deco Historic District and throughout South Florida.
This effort to preserve Miami Beach's Art Deco architecture began in 1976 when Barbara Baer Capitman, John Capitman and Leonard Horowitz founded the Miami Design Preservation League. At the time, many of the buildings in the district were in disrepair and in danger of destruction. The preservation of Art Deco architecture in South Beach was key to the city's resurgence in the 1980s and '90s as a desirable resort destination once again.
Art Deco Weekend, which first kicked off in 1978, is an appreciation for this architectural movement and its impact on Miami Beach. Also known as Streamline Moderne or Tropical Deco, Art Deco style in South Beach is characterized by symmetry, floral and aquatic embellishments and nautical designs reminiscent of ocean liners.
Today, thanks to the hard work of the Miami Design Preservation League, the Art Deco District, which has the largest concentration of Art Deco buildings in the United States, is on the National Register of Historic Places.
Art Deco Weekend is free and open to the public. The community cultural festival is made possible through the generous support of many corporate, government and community partners. For more information on what to do during Art Deco Weekend and for more information on our partners, please visit:
• Free events and activities. www.artdecoweekend.com
Some events and activities are ticketed, and admission is limited. To purchase, please visit the following websites.
• Jazz Age Lawn Party tickets. www.jazzagelawnparty.com
• Official Guided Walking Tour tickets. www.artdecoweekend.com\guided tour
Don’t miss Art Deco Weekend -- Miami Beach’s premier community cultural festival!
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