Greater Fort Lauderdale is home to world-renowned musicians, artists, filmmakers, and fashion designers. These creative entities frequently overlap, making the area a hub for fashion and underground events. With an abundance of venues to support every possible creative endeavor, as well as hotels, restaurants, and nightlife to make any visitor’s trip complete, the region is always prepared to draw an audience ready for exciting cultural and artistic experiences.
Forward Fashion in Greater Fort Lauderdale
The highlight of the region’s fashion scene is Fort Lauderdale Fashion Week, an annual celebration of all things sartorial. Two of Greater Fort Lauderdale’s most chic hotels, the Conrad Hotel and The Atlantic Hotel & Spa, become home base for high fashion runway shows featuring designers such as Mariana London, Versa-Lux, Bebe, and Le Premier Miami. Beachy, sophisticated, and elite, Fort Lauderdale Fashion Week is an international exposition promoting body positivity and inclusivity.
Pop-up runway events and evening fashion shows throughout the year are also frequent at many of Greater Fort Lauderdale’s nightlife venues, including W Fort Lauderdale’s Living Room, an upscale lounge with an ultramodern vibe and stunning views over the Atlantic.
Celluloid by the Sea
Featuring scenic shooting locations and fantastic festivals, Greater Fort Lauderdale is the ideal location for both filming and showing films. The Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival (FLIFF) in November is one of the South’s longest running and most prestigious festivals. Housed at both Cinema Paradiso, a church converted into cathedral to cinema, and Savor Cinema, FLIFF pairs world-premiere films with world-class environs. Having hosted screen legends such as Martin Scorsese, Loretta Swit, Peter Falk, Richard Attenborough, Anna Paquin, Richard Kind, Matthew Broderick, and Amy Madigan, FLIFF has a long history of attracting the very best the film world has to offer to Greater Fort Lauderdale.
On a nightly basis, Greater Fort Lauderdale tours the world through music. On Tuesday nights, Champions Plaza at Gulfstream Park presents international entertainment in more than 10 unique languages. Boathouse at the Riverside features relaxing live music on the waterfront every Wednesday. Live jazz is available at Indigo Restaurant on Thursdays until 9:30 p.m., while Fridays and Saturdays feature live music at Portico Beer & Wine Garden.
Also on Fridays is Food in Motion at Peter Feldman Park, presenting live music alongside food trucks plating artisanal food, fresh produce, and vegan options. Saturdays, Greater Fort Lauderdale is filled with sound, including local Florida bands featured at Xtreme Action Park and Latin-flavored melodies at Indigo Restaurant.
Visitors looking to marry a view of the local art scene with the best of Greater Fort Lauderdale’s architecture and design, should plan to attend Art Fort Lauderdale, an annual event that pairs location and curation. Housed in beautiful homes along the Intracoastal Waterway, these villas-turned-galleries provide stunning views of both natural and man-made beauty and give collectors a chance to discover new talent first.
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