Art Deco Weekend

Art Deco Weekend

Art Deco Welcome Center - Miami Design Preservation League

The date for this annual event has passed. A new date will be provided when available.

FREE

Today’s Miami Beach is a haven for all kinds of art and artists but, historically, it’s most known for Art Deco. Launched in 1976 by the nonprofit organization, Miami Design Preservation League (MDPL), Art Deco Weekend is a three-day celebration of the design movement – a weekend filled with art, architecture, history, culture, entertainment and more. Originally created as a way to bring more people to Miami Beach at a time when tourism was low and preserving Art Deco history wasn’t a priority, today this popular annual event is still the longest-running free community cultural festival in Miami Beach.

Returning to our South Beach shores January 14-16, 2022, the 45th annual event will be themed "Art Deco Celebrates the Radio."

Miami Beach’s Art Deco History

Dating back to the 1930s, Miami Beach’s Art Deco movement is an indelible part of local history. Found all along Ocean Drive, Collins Avenue and the surrounding area, Art Deco architecture is easily recognizable – it’s bright and colorful, with playful shapes and glamorous elements that simultaneously make the buildings both adorable and ostentatious.

Despite their noticeable traits, the collection of more than 800 buildings that make up Miami Beach's Art Deco scene went virtually unnoticed until 1976, when the Miami Design Preservation League formed to preserve, protect and promote the architectural, cultural, social and environmental integrity of Miami Beach. Highlighting the significance of the Art Deco movement, this organization fought to get the buildings added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1979, making Miami Beach’s Art Deco Historic District the first nationally recognized 20th-century urban neighborhood in the United States.

Art Deco Weekend Events

You can check back here for more information about specific events and event locations, or you can contact the Miami Design Preservation League by calling (305) 672-2014 or sending an email to info@mdpl.org.

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