Fort Lauderdale EventsIn addition to its many cultural and historic landmarks, this destination hosts a number of outstanding festivals and events that may coincide with your visit.
Las Olas Art Fair Part I is so highly regarded among artists and attendees alike that it occurs in two installments. Upwards of 300 exhibitors set up along Fort Lauderdale's chic Las Olas Boulevard for each show. The first is in early January, while Las Olas Art Fair Part II occurs in March or early April. Typically, the second fair features artists who did not participate in the first. A third fair is held mid-Oct.
As Florida's mild winter gives way to springtime's near-perfect weather conditions, the first quarter of the year is a popular time to hold outdoor art festivals, and most area towns have at least one such signature event. In addition to Fort Lauderdale's big Las Olas affair, Deerfield Beach hosts the Festival of the Arts in late January. In mid-March, the Coral Springs Festival of the Arts also merits your consideration.
Once upon a time, a medieval festival opened in southeast Florida. Still going strong after 20 years, the Florida Renaissance Festival brings costumed performers, skilled artisans, battling knights on horseback, a royal court, falcon handlers and much merriment to Deerfield Beach for 6 weekends starting in early February.
Things to Do in Spring
Late March or early April brings the Florida Derby , a Thoroughbred racing event at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach. At the Pompano Beach Seafood Festival in late April, two rows of tents on the beach form an inviting chow corridor from which festival-goes can sample their favorite seafood creations. There's plenty of entertainment at stages just off the “foodwalk,” so bring a blanket or chair for seating.
The weeklong Fleet Week Port Everglades is Fort Lauderdale's annual salute to the U.S. military. More than 2,000 sailors converge here in late April and early May for sports events, golf tournaments, civic appearances and celebrity concerts.
Vintage wines from around the world and dishes created by local chefs tempt tasters at the Las Olas Wine & Food Festival , held downtown on Las Olas Boulevard in late April or early May. Tickets for one of the city's hottest events must be purchased in advance.
Things to Do in Summer
Celebrate Independence Day with family activities, concerts and a fireworks display at the 4th of July Spectacular on Fort Lauderdale Beach or Hollywood's Fourth of July Celebration on Hollywood Beach Broadwalk.
Billed as the world's largest show of its kind, the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show takes place over a 5-day period in late October or early November. Watercraft of every size, shape and price along with the latest marine accessories wow enthusiasts at multiple venues, including the convention center and several marinas.
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Fall brings another round of outdoor cultural fetes. Starting in early November and lasting approximately 3 weeks, the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival illuminates the best in independent cinema at several locations.
Mid-November through early January, Tradewinds Park dresses up for the Holiday Fantasy of Lights . Boating is integral to the south Florida lifestyle, even in winter months. During the Christmas holidays, owners deck their vessels bow to stern with lights and all manner of visual effects for The Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade , viewed along a 12-mile water route. Just 14 miles north on the Intracoastal Waterway, 50-75 boats light up an early December evening during the Greater Pompano Beach Holiday Boat Parade .
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Fort Lauderdale, FL
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The sales tax in Broward County is 6 percent. A tourist development tax of 5 percent is levied on rental accommodations.
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512 N.E. 3rd Ave. Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301. Phone:(954)462-6000
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Hertz, at the airport, offers discounts to AAA members; phone (954) 764-1199 or (800) 654-3080.
The Amtrak station is at 200 S.W. 21st Terr. For trip information and reservations phone (800) 872-7245.
The bus terminal serving the destination is Greyhound Lines Inc., 515 N.E. 3rd St.; phone (954) 764-6551.
Cabs are plentiful. Fares are metered and are $4.50 for the first mile and $2.40 for each additional mile (plus 40c per minute during stops). The largest company is Yellow Cab, (954) 565-5400 or (954) 777-7777.
Broward County Transit, (954) 357-8400, provides transportation to all sections of Fort Lauderdale and its outlying areas. Buses also are available between the downtown area and the beach. Sun Trolley offers many routes that service the downtown and beach areas; for information phone (954) 761-3543.