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Music aficionados with diverse sound preferences will find a melting pot of music genres taking over performance venues in all neighborhoods of the city. Greater Fort Lauderdale reinforces this culture by bringing the very best acts from across the continent for festivals and events.
Tortuga Music Festival: Perhaps the largest musical spectacle of the year, held every April. A multi-day, multi-stage event that combines the best in music with one of the most beautiful settings Greater Fort Lauderdale has to offer. Presented on the beach, and in conjunction with the Rock the Ocean Foundation to raise awareness about climate change, the Tortuga Music Festival has brought in acts like Blake Shelton, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and Kenny Chesney—turning Greater Fort Lauderdale’s coastline into the most stunning music arena in North America. Dip your toes in the sand, kick back, and listen to the biggest and best touring musicians in the nation. It is a highlight of the region’s musical calendar, and deservedly so.
Riptide Music Festival Powered by Ford: Experience the ultimate three-day beach party featuring more than 20 bands within alternative, pop, rock and adult contemporary genres on Fort Lauderdale beach in December.
Jazz in the Gardens: held in March, represents the diverse offerings of Greater Fort Lauderdale, combining artists who embody the rich beats of American jazz with artists from South America and the Caribbean who provide fresh verve to an established form. It’s a wonderful place to encounter old standards reinterpreted through a new lens and, because it’s a proving ground for fresh talent, there’s always the possibility of finding at Jazz in the Gardens new artists who you’ll be able to say you “saw first” while they were still honing their sound.
Fort Rock: also held in April, is an event for revisiting the music you grew up with. Past participants have included Offspring, Soundgarden, Rob Zombie, and Def Leppard. Rock out with 60,000+ of your closest friends while still having easy access to Greater Fort Lauderdale’s hotels, beaches, restaurants, and nightlife.
Pompano Beach Brazilian Festival: a showcase for the senses, presenting samba, brega, and funk styles from performers rooted in these Afro-Brazilian and African-American traditions. Held in October at Pompano Beach, the Brazilian Festival also features food trucks preparing delicacies unique to the area, in addition to traditional and popular Brazilian music.
Music is everywhere in Greater Fort Lauderdale, and those who move to their own beat will find venues, festivals, and events to suit their tastes.