As the excitement of Art Basel fades away, Miami rings in the New Year with yet another celebration of its culture. Venture out to Ocean Drive for the 40th annual Art Deco Weekend, scheduled this year from January 13th to 15th. Immerse yourself and your family in early twentieth-century history, while enjoying guided tours, unique events and live music.
Miami’s Love Affair with Art Deco
What is “Art Deco” architecture? Think symmetry, curved corners and stepped rooflines. The movement sprang during the 1920s and ’30s, its name derived from Paris’ 1925 Exposition Internationale des Arts Decoratifs et Industriels Modernes. Developer Carl Fisher brought Art Deco to Ocean Drive during this time. Incorporating bright colors and a beachy vibe led to Miami’s own unique”Tropical Deco” style.
In 1978, the Miami Design Preservation League created the Art Deco Weekend to preserve and share its appreciation for Miami’s beautiful architecture. The non-profit persistently campaigns against the demolition of landmark buildings.
Celebrate Art Deco
There’s much more to Art Deco Weekend than staring at classic architecture, though there’s ample opportunity to do so. Take an Ocean Drive Tour to learn the stories behind Miami’s breathtaking hotels and restaurants.
On Saturday and Sunday try the Jewish Miami Beach Tour or the LGBT Tour, both of which highlight influential locations around town. Snag some lunch from Miami Beach’s top eateries during the Cultural and Culinary Delites Tour (online presale tickets only, adults $59 each).
Experience an unforgettable Saturday night on the town thanks to Cocktails with a Twist. Speaking of exclusive events, don your favorite ’20s fashion for the ever-popular Jazz Age Lawn Party.
There’s also plenty of free events all weekend long. Musical acts pop up throughout the festival, with jazz tunes filling the air late into the night. Stroll from 5th to 10th Street while ogling at gorgeous classic cars.
Show off your furry friends in the Bark Deco Dog Show, or par take in a retro Fashion Show. Families can enjoy Kids’ Club events with activities such as art projects, book readings and a guided tour to keep everyone delightfully busy.