Annual Fort Lauderdale Area Events
From art fairs, orchid shows and college football to the second-largest boat show in the country to countless festivals and sporting events of all kinds, no matter what time of year you visit Fort Lauderdale, you'll be welcomed by a bevy of fantastic events for everyone.
America's favorite pastime starts cracking in January and runs through June. Our Florida Atlantic University Owls NCAA baseball team plays exciting games all season long.
Los Olas Art Fair
This outdoor art, food and music festival held every year on Los Olas Boulevard is so popular that the city calls for February and even March encores of the Los Olas Art Fair.
Anyone with a passion for flowers will delight in this massive showing of these gorgeous and delicate flowers. The Orchid Show is presented every year by The Fort Lauderdale Orchid Society.
Gulfstream Park Thoroughbred Racing
Thoroughbred racing, concerts, dining and a wide array of entertaining events are held at Gulfstream Park every January through April.
Florida Renaissance Festival and Crafts Village
Kids and adults alike will love the fun of jousting knights, medieval food, ancient crafts, games of chance and all the good times that come along with the popular Florida Renaissance Festival and Crafts Village.
Collectible Glassware Show and Sale
For the past thirty years, The South Florida Depression Glass Club has hosted this wildly popular exhibition of vintage china, glass and pottery. Collectors will especially treasure this chance to see rare works of Americana up close.
This isn't your neighborhood Chili Cook-Off. Virtuosos from all corners of the country descend at Broward County's C.B. Smith Park in Pembroke Pines to show off their particular flare for flavor while fantastic musicians play tunes as hot as the chili you'll enjoy. Call 954-764-7642 for more information.
Fat Tuesday on Hollywood Beach
Laissez les bons temps rouler South Florida-style with Fat Tuesday on Hollywood Beach. Held at Hollywood Beach Theatre and Harrison Street, traditional celebrations feature a parade, live music, gumbo contest and a whole lot more. Call 954-921-3404.
Orange Blossom Festival Parade & Rodeo
Celebrate the state's agricultural roots at The Orange Blossom Festival Parade & Rodeo. The whole family will have a blast while experiencing live country entertainment, rodeo, parade, livestock fair, cook-off and crafts exhibits.
Seminole Tribal Fair
Discover and celebrate the history and traditions of The Seminole Indians of Hollywood at the Seminole Tribal Fair, which showcases a vast array of craft, food, clothing and much more to honor this native Florida tribe's proud cultural heritage.
Hollywood St. Patrick's Day Parade & Festival
Tip your hat to Ireland with a visit to Downtown Hollywood, where the revelatory Hollywood St. Patrick's Day Parade & Festival includes the proud wearing of the green, rousing Irish bands, gorgeous floats, and fantastic food.
Lauderdale-by-the-Sea Craft Fair
Stroll by the ocean at the Lauderdale-by-the-Sea Craft Fair, where plants, gourmet food and handcrafted works of art await for your eating, buying, dining and viewing pleasure. The fair is held at Commercial Boulevard and A1A.
Major League Baseball
Major League Baseball is as much as sign of Spring as Easter and May flowers. Check out the home game schedule and get some tickets for some old-fashioned baseball fun when the MLB Florida Marlins go toe-to-toe with other great MLB teams.
Pompano Beach Seafood Festival
Treat yourself to fresh seafood and great live music at the Pompano Beach Seafood Festival in gorgeous Pompano Beach.
New Times International Beerfest
Beer aficionados will love this! Sample more than 225 beers from all over the world. Doing so will make the already spectacular food, live entertainment and DJ sounds all the more delightful. The New Times International Beer Festival is held every year at Esplanade Park in downtown Fort Lauderdale.
Wine and Culinary Celebration
More than 30 of South Florida's finest restaurants and 200 wineries from around the world host the Wine and Culinary Celebration at the Museum of Discover and Science in downtown Fort Lauderdale. Enjoy food, wine and music, and learn about food and wine pairings.
Cajun & Zydeco Festival
Louisiana meets South Florida at Quiet Waters Park in Deerfield Beach with the Cajun and Zydeco Festival—a rollicking celebration of Louisiana bayou culture featuring all kinds of bons temps including live music, authentic Cajun and Creole food, and dancing!
July Fourth Family Celebration
Celebrate Independence Day at Fort Lauderdale Beach! The July 4th Family Celebration features live entertainment and awe-inspiring fireworks. This is a celebration that is free in more ways than one. Call 954.828.5000 for more information.
Hollywood Beach Clambake
Give yourself a taste of New England...in Fort Lauderdale! The Hollywood Beach Clambake features all kinds of family fun complete with a New England-style clambake, treasure hunt, swimsuit contest, best chowder contest and special activities for the kids. This event is held on the Hollywood Boardwalk between Johnson and Michigan streets.
National Football League
We're proud to be home to the Miami Dolphins. Catch thrilling football matches all season long, and check the Miami Dolphins schedule to book your tickets and find out who they're playing.
The Miami Hurricanes are always a thrill to watch. If you're a football fanatic, the Miami area is a great place to be. Check the 'Canes schedule and book your tickets so you can catch a game while you're in town.
National Hockey League
We may not have snow, but we definitely have a fantastic NHL team—The Florida Panthers. Witness the rough and tumble game whenever you're in town by booking tickets for your favorite match-ups whenever you like.
Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival
The Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival features premiers from up-an-coming filmmakers. See the stars of tomorrow today and catch films from all over the world at this growing-ever-more-prestigious film festival.
Fort Lauderdale International Boat ShowYes. The world's largest boat show—the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show—features more than 1,600 spreads out over six sites with more than 1,600 vessels including super yachts and accessories. Call (954) 764-7642 for more information.
Art in the Park
Enjoy fine weather and fine art as more than 130 artists in 11 fine arts categories compete in this juried Art in the Park show in Plantation—entertainment and kids activities are all part of the fun.
Hollywood Beach Oktoberfest
Celebrate Oktoberfest with strolling bands, food, music and German beer at the three-day Hollywood Beach Oktoberfest held along the Hollywood Boardwalk.
The greater Fort Lauderdale is home to the NCAA Miami Hurricanes, Florida Atlantic University Owls and Florida International Golden Panthers. Book your seats for games running all the way from November and on into March Madness.
Broward County Fair
Fun for the whole family happens every year at the Broward County Fair, where live concerts, yummy food and nearly early 100 carnival rides and exhibits await at the Pompano Race Track.
Riverwalk Blues & Music Festival
National and local blues artists bring this soul-stirring brand of American music to downtown Fort Lauderdale's Riverwalk at the annual Riverwalk Blues and Music Festival.
Candy Cane Parade
Christmas is a blast in Florida with this holiday-themed parade featuring popular children's characters, floats and marching bands. The Candy Cane Parade is held every year on the Hollywood Broadwalk features floats.
Christmas on the BeachTradition meets the ocean as Holy Trinity Presbyterian Church presents Christmas on the Beach at the Hollywood Beach Theatre featuring dance, old-fashioned carolers and gospel singers.
Since we're near Nova Southeastern University, you'll be just minutes away from the vast array of cultural and educational entertainment found on the grounds of this esteemed campus. Please check in with our front desk for details about university events as well as those listed above.