If all the world's a stage, then Greater Fort Lauderdale could be considered South Florida's center stage. From beachfront bandshells to a major concert arena to underground venues, the arts come alive in Greater Fort Lauderdale.
"Greater Fort Lauderdale has a rich tradition in the arts, and as the destination continues to mature, so does its offerings. Families, couples, hipsters, rockers, can visit the area's countless venues, performances and creative outlets to experience it all served sunny side up" said Nicki E. Grossman, president of Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau.
Venues and facilities include:
- THEATER VENUES. Broward Center for the Performing Arts is a 5,455-seat, multi-venue waterfront theater and entertainment complex in downtown Fort Lauderdale with Broadway performances and other shows. The Broward Center has undergone a $56 million renovation to include the addition of a waterside restaurant, a glass-walled pavilion, intermezzo lounge, education center and luxurious premium upgrades to seating and facilities. The Coral Springs Center for the Arts is a 1,500-seat venue for music, dance, comedy and family productions. The 1,200-seat Parker Playhouse hosts musicals, comedians and public speakers.
- CONCERT VENUES. BB&T Center, the 20,763-seat home of the NHL Florida Panthers, also hosts top-tier concerts and other high-profile events. Hard Rock Live, located at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, is a 5,500-seat indoor arena for musicians, comedians, and even rodeos. Other venues include the Pompano Beach Amphitheater and Bailey Concert Hall at Broward College in Davie.
- MUSIC FESTIVALS. Rock the Ocean's Tortuga Music Festival is a two-day music event in April with several stages and dozens of acts performing on the sand on Fort Lauderdale Beach. Concert goers can dip their toes in the golden sands of the area's Blue Wave certified beach. The annual two-day waterfront Lauderdale Live concert will take place June 2015 at Huizenga Plaza on the New River in downtown Fort Lauderdale. The Kiss Country Chili Cookoff is held every January at C.B. Smith Park in Pembroke Pines.
- FAT VILLAGE. The Flagler Arts & Technology Village is an evolving four-block creative district north of downtown Fort Lauderdale where artisans and entrepreneurs ply their trades, and photo and video shoots are the norm. Organizers host an Art Walk on the last Saturday of each month from 7-11pm (excluding December).
- SMALL SPACES. Revolution, located in the downtown Fort Lauderdale Riverwalk Arts & Entertainment District, has two stages accommodating more than 3,000 guests inside and outdoors. Culture Room in Fort Lauderdale features indie and alternative acts in an intimate 650-capacity space. Take in music and moonlight at the Hollywood Beach Theater, a 500-seat bandshell that's the only beachfront venue of its kind in Greater Fort Lauderdale.
- UNDERGROUND MOVEMENT. Greater Fort Lauderdale has an emerging indie arts movement brewing from small studios to large galleries and neighborhoods. ArtServe, which opened in 1989 as one of the original six arts incubators in the U.S., is South Florida's premier arts incubator and host to 14 major exhibits annually in its JM Family Enterprises Gallery. Girls' Club Foundation, the only private collection in the world dedicated to exhibiting contemporary art by women with cutting edge works in painting, drawing, photography and video presented free to the public.
- THEMED FESTIVALS. Take a trip back to the 16th century for the Florida Renaissance Festival, an annual five-weekend visit to a recreated medieval village over President's Day weekend at Quiet Waters Park in Deerfield Beach. Or drop further back to the 12th century and the Camelot Days Medieval Festival held in November at TY Park in Hollywood. Get to know Pompano Beach, and the fish that's the city's namesake, at the Pompano Beach Seafood Festival held annually each April, with a weekend of arts and crafts, a live music and, of course, a limitless supply of seafood. And Las Olas Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale's most iconic thoroughfare, hosts several themed events that close the street to automotive traffic, including the Las Olas Wine and Food Festival each May and the Las Olas Art Fair in January and March, driving tons of pedestrians strolling the areas many restaurants, galleries and restaurants.
- ARTSPARKS, CULTURAL CENTERS AND MUSEUMS, OH MY. Anchored by the Broward Center for the Performing Arts and across from the Riverwalk strolling promenade, the downtown Fort Lauderdale area is home to the renowned Museum of Art | Fort Lauderdale and the Museum of Discovery and Science AutoNation® IMAX Theater - complete with a live otter habitat, Everglades airboat simulator and hands-on fun for the kids. Young at Art Museum in Davie, is a 55,000 square-foot Gold LEED certified art center, with four permanent themed galleries featuring hands-on exhibits. The four galleries include GreenScapes, which encourages a connection to nature; CultureScapes, which celebrates a culturally diverse world; WonderScapes, a world of imagery to discover; and ArtScapes, takes a journey through the history of art. In Hollywood, Florida that is, ArtsPark at Young Circle is a 10-acre family-friendly park, featuring musical performances, festivals, visual arts, fountains, and free glass blowing demonstrations. The Hollywood Arts & Culture Center and the Miramar Cultural Center|ArtsPark, each offer art gallery exhibitions, live stage performances and quality education programs.
- ART WALKS...The county hosts several Art Walks throughout the region including downtown Hollywood (7-10 p.m. on 3rd Saturday of each month), Island City in Wilton Manors (7-10 p.m. on the 3rd Friday of each month, November through April), East Village Uncorked food and wine event in Pompano Beach (6-9 p.m. on the 1st Friday of each month), and the North Beach Art Walk in Fort Lauderdale (7-10 p.m. on the 1st Saturday of each month). Riverwalk Sunday Arts in downtown Fort Lauderdale (11am-2pm, on the 4th Sunday of each month) features area local artists, performers, photographers. Annual Third Avenue Artists ArtWalk is the first Saturday in February from 6-10pm, with artists opening their studios at no charge to the public and can walk to several of the studios or hop on the free trolley service.
- LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION: FILM FESTIVALS. Not only is Greater Fort Lauderdale the perfect backdrop for filming a warm weather locale, the destination's love for the silver screen extends into several annual film festivals that celebrate the art of making movies including the long standing, month-long, Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival (FLIFF), mid-October-mid-November; the celebrated Fort Lauderdale Gay & Lesbian Film Festival (FLGLFF), October; and the Women's International Film Festival (WIFF), March.
- FLL ART. Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport is home to more than 30 art displays, exhibits and collections, from the Lee Wagener Art Gallery in Terminal 2 to terrazzo floor designs and wall murals, to the greenbelt surrounding the airport, to walkways that come alive with "sound art" of birds and children at play. Public art can also been seen at 88 locations throughout Broward County as part of a dedicated program that features 243 pieces of artworks in throughout public facilities, buildings, parks, and libraries, as well as the port and airport. For a virtual tour visit www.broward.org/Arts/PublicArt/PadTour/Venue.
To learn more and see scheduled events, visit the Broward Arts Calendar at www.artscalendar.com/. For information on hotels and accommodations while visiting Greater Fort Lauderdale, please visit our listing of film & entertainment friendly hotels at www.sunny.org.film.
About Greater Fort Lauderdale
From the seagrass to the sawgrass, Greater Fort Lauderdale boasts more than 34,000 lodging accommodations at a variety of hotels, luxury spa resorts, and Superior Small Lodgings reflecting a "beach chic" vibe. Visitors enjoy 23 miles of Blue Wave certified beaches, discover 300+ miles of inland waterways that run from the Intracoastal Waterway to the Everglades, dine at thousands of restaurants and eateries, get immersed in a thriving arts and culture scene and indulge in top shopping. For more info, contact the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau at (800) 22-SUNNY or visit www.sunny.org.
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Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau
Tel: (954) 767-2444