A long weekend wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the beach. Take your pick among 24 beautiful miles of golden sand spread among eight distinct beaches. Piers, broadwalks, beachfront promenades with shopping and restaurants all await you here.
On Friday, May 28, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. enjoy live music as you take in the cool breeze and breathtaking views from Fort Lauderdale beach. Each Friday, musical acts of all genres perform at Las Olas Oceanside Park for the free Friday Night Sound Waves concert series. Bring your picnic blanket, folding chairs and snacks and get ready to kick off the long weekend with the perfect backdrop.
Full Moon Kayaking
For the adventurous, embark on a full moon kayak paddling tour on Friday, May 28, offered at each of Greater Fort Lauderdale’s beachfront state parks. At Dr. Von D. Mizell-Eula Johnson State Park in Dania Beach, paddle the winding, watery trails of Whiskey Creek and work up an appetite for treats. Enjoy s’mores and refreshments around the campfire that awaits you at the end of your journey at Whiskey Creek Hideout. Or, take the moonlight kayak tour at Park & Ocean inside Hugh Taylor Birch State Park. Grab glowsticks and follow your guide on a tour of a fresh water coastal dune lake. Before embarking on your hour and a half tour, indulge in Caribbean and Southern-inspired bites and local craft beer at Park & Ocean restaurant and garden as you take in oceanfront views of Fort Lauderdale beach.
Explore Fort Lauderdale’s creative side with a stroll through FATVillage. The artistic enclave within this warehouse district hosts its free monthly art walk on Saturday, May 29 from 6 to 10 p.m. Search for local treasures from various entrepreneurs offering their latest wares. Fill up on delectable food from a variety of food trucks. Watch interactive performances and meet local artists as they welcome you into their galleries.
Beer-lovers need only follow the Ale Trail to find a wide assortment of craft breweries, beer gardens and brewpubs. Choose among the 50+ spots to sip some brews. You can even find live DJ’s spinning tunes, yoga classes, food trucks, trivia nights and more at various breweries.
Over the weekend, check out one of the outdoor farmers’ markets for sweets, baked goods, fresh pressed juices, seasonal produce and unique goods. Visiting these markets is a great way to discover the vibrant communities that make up Greater Fort Lauderdale.
Relax & Unwind
Looking for a place to rest your head during the fun-filled weekend? Enjoy direct beach access, sparkling pools, spa treatments and more at one of Greater Fort Lauderdale’s luxury hotels. Or, book an ocean-view cottage at a boutique hotel for more seclusion.