Whether you’re a country fan, only listen to Top 40 hits, or groove and dance to all genres, Greater Fort Lauderdale has a music event or venue for you. 

Tortuga Music Festival

The largest music spectacle of the year with a lineup of some of the biggest names in country, rock, and roots music, the Tortuga Music Festival, normally held in spring, moves to November 12-14 this year on Fort Lauderdale’s famous beach. It’s a perfect opportunity to escape the late fall chill and soak up some warm South Florida sun. This multi-day, multi-stage event gathers the best artists in the industry and works with Rock the Ocean Foundation to raise awareness about ocean conservation. Headliners for this year’s Tortuga Music Festival are Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, and Tim McGraw — turning the coastline into the most stunning music arena in North America. 

Aerial photo of crowds of listeners on Fort Lauderdale Beach with boats anchored in the waters off-shore

Audacy Beach Festival

With over 18 bands on two stages over two days on the beach in the heart of Fort Lauderdale, the Audacy Beach Festival is back December 4-5! Experience the ultimate beach party featuring alternative, pop, rock, and adult contemporary bands. The event’s lineup includes the best of alternative rock like Twenty One Pilots, Swedish House Mafia, the Lumineers, and Weezer.  

back of crowd at a concert - facing a brightly lit stage

Friday Night Sound Waves

Decompress and dive into your weekend every Friday night from 6:30-9:30 p.m. with the free Friday Night Sound Waves music series at Los Olas Oceanside Park (The LOOP). Friday Night Sound waves features South Florida’s best local talent with an eclectic range of genres including jazz, blues, country, classic and roots rock, Latin fusion, Top 40, and reggae. 

Singer, songwriter, and guitarist Peter Mayer makes a special appearance on Saturday, December 25 with his widely acclaimed  Christmas tour, “Stars and Promises.

friday night sound waves

Ali Cultural Arts

The Live and Local concert series at Ali Cultural Arts in Pompano Beach on the north side of Greater Fort Lauderdale is guaranteed to get you on your feet. This concert series expands the South Florida live music landscape with sounds that vary in genres including rock & roll, hip-hop, reggae, blues, and classic pop. 

Stereotomy will play this December, with a full list of bands playing into the new year. On the second Sunday of each month, Ali Cultural Arts also hosts Soulful Sundays celebrating the history and culture of the African American community in Pompano Beach performances including soul, R&B, neo-soul, blues, jazz, and funk. It’s clear that Ali Cultural Arts, like Visit Lauderdale, embraces diversity while hosting music for everyone under the sun. 

Holy Mackerel

Turn it up on the weekend with tunes, brews, and bites at this Wilton Manors joint. Holy Mackerel hosts local bands every Saturday with two sets. From 7-9 p.m. listen to rock, then after 9 p.m. turn up the volume on international sounds from DJs or bands playing salsa, merengue, Top 40, and more. Enjoy a fun crowd, solid tunes, and dancing, and then come back on Sunday for the Boozy Babes Drag Brunch Show that will get you moving all over again.

Gatsby’s Joint

This 1920’s inspired restaurant is truly a hidden gem that pays homage to the subtle rebellion of the Prohibition era. With its intimate atmosphere, Gatsby’s Joint transports you to a time and place where the cocktails flow, the cuisine is divine and live music fills the air. 

The Piano Bar never disappoints and Friday nights are meant for the weekly Burlesque Dinner Party. Anastasia Sky, whose vintage vocal vibes create a true roaring 20’s feeling, makes Thursday jazz nights at Gatsby’s Joint the place to be. The packed entertainment calendar at Gatsby’s Joint includes the Cowboy on Tuesdays, Rick Leonard and Marilyn Soulfree on Saturdays, and the all-request piano bar night on Sundays. 

Music in the Park

Gulfstream Park offers a lot more than horse racing and gaming. With a bowling alley, shops, restaurants, a karaoke bar, and live music, there’s a little something for everyone. 

Every Friday and Saturday Music in the Park is an opportunity to check out a collection of home-grown performers appearing live on the Gulfstream Park Village Center Stage. Sounds range from jazz to today’s top hits. Showtime is from 6 to 10 p.m. Plan your visit with this list of upcoming Music in the Park performances.     

Winners Circle at Gulfstream Park

Sunday Jazz Brunch

Brunch is better along Fort Lauderdale’s scenic Riverwalk with the Sunday Jazz Brunch. This free, live outdoor concert series is an opportunity to enjoy local jazz artists on the first Sunday of the month from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

Bring your blankets and chairs, find a table at a waterfront restaurant or take a stroll while enjoying bands at three different stages along the Riverwalk. You can also browse items from local merchants, and well-behaved pets are always welcome.

Get your bearings and make your plans by exploring the Fort Lauderdale Sunday Jazz Brunch music lineup and more details in advance. 

A riverside view of people sitting and enjoying Jazz Brunch on the banks of Esplanade Park

Hollywood Beach Bandshell

Channel your inner Jimmy Buffett and head to the Hollywood Beach Broadwalk, where you’ll find live music at the Hollywood Beach Bandshell Wednesday through Sunday from 7 to 9 p.m. The entertainment, programmed by the Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort next door, features a wide range of South Florida’s hot bands featuring musical styles including country, rock, Top 40, reggae, and more.   

People dancing under the stars at the Hollywood Beach Theatre

Blue Jean Blues

Find great live music every night of the week at Blue Jean Blues, one of South Florida’s premier jazz and blues clubs. View the scheduled high-quality jazz and blues on the Blue Jean Blues live music calendar, with plenty of pop, Latin, neo-soul, R&B and more as well. You’ll find excellent food along with the music. 

Guitarist performing on a small stage in a dimly-lit jazz club

The Casino Dania Beach 

The Casino Dania Beach brings in tribute bands playing music of your favorite famous bands like Queen, Led Zeppelin, the Beatles, and many more. Their popular Latin Thursdays include free salsa and bachata dance classes with music until 1 a.m. with drink specials and no cover.  

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood

The party never ends at this iconic South Florida entertainment destination. Hard Rock Live hosts A-list celebrities live in concert, while Rooftop Live and the DAER South Florida indoor-outdoor nightclub/day club feature music from DJs and other performers.