Art Deco Weekend Celebrating its 40th Anniversary

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Miami Design Preservation League’s ART DECO WEEKEND celebrates “40 Years of Fabulous” with More Art, More Music and More Family Fun

Celebrating its 40th anniversary, Art Deco Weekend, Miami Beach’s annual community cultural festival, is the Miami Design Preservation League’s largest educational program of the year.

 
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The Miami Design Preservation League’s Art Deco Weekend returns to Ocean Drive for its 40th year welcoming over 150,000 locals and tourists to Miami Beach’s Art Deco Historic District to enjoy more than 85 events over three days — January 13-15, 2017.
Whether you channel the Great Gatsby era, are a history buff or a classic car enthusiast, or are just looking for fun things to do with your kids, the 40th annual Art Deco Weekend community cultural festival brings more art, more music and more family fun to Ocean Drive this year.
  • Get decked out and Charleston the day away with Michael Arenella and his Dreamland Orchestra at the authentic “Jazz Age Lawn Party”… MIAMI’S FIRST!
  • Enter your precious pooch in one or more of the 10 categories of the NEW “Bark Deco Dog Show.”
  • Shop the EXPANDED “Antique & Design Promenade” — featuring antique, vintage and home furnishings dealers.
  • Shop the “Art & Street Fair” with more than 60 NEW fine art vendors, as well as enjoy live performances by Miami’s own Fantasy Theater
  • Bring the little ones to the EXPANDED “Kids Club” full of activities by Miami’s leading cultural institutions.
And everything you loved from previous years is back too!
  • Come see five blocks of impeccable vintage cars on Ocean Drive at the “Classic Car Show.”
  • Enjoy live music and cocktails day and night, including jazz, swing, 50s&60s, rock and classical in the “Starlight Lounge” and “Speakeasy” under the palm trees in Lummus Park.
  • Grab a front row seat at the “Retro Fashion Show” on the steps of the Art Deco Welcome Center.
  • Take an “Official Guided Walking Tour” of the Art Deco Historic District or one of many other specialty tours ranging from “Cocktails with a Twist” to “Miami’s Underworld.”
  • Attend the highly-regarded “Lecture Series” on a wide range of preservation and history related topics.
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All these fabulous events and more take place along or near Ocean Drive, which is closed to traffic and makes room for pedestrians to stroll this world-famous street lined with historic, pastel-colored, neon-lit Art Deco buildings.
“The early architects in the Art Deco Historic District were some of the best architects in the world, and they all happened to come and create right here at one time,” explained Lori Bakkum, Chair of the Art Deco Weekend Committee and a Miami Design Preservation League Board of Directors Member. “They worked with the light and the breeze from the ocean and the native vegetation to create Tropical Deco.  They used the elements natural to here.  The reason it’s fun to sit at a café in Miami Beach is because of all these things.  Art Deco Weekend celebrates the preservation of this unique architectural heritage by the Miami Design Preservation League.”
The Miami Design Preservation League’s Art Deco Weekend is free and open to the public.  The community cultural festival is made possible through the generous support of many corporate, government and community partners.  
 
Preserving Our History
The impetus to preserve South Beach’s Art Deco architecture began in 1976 when Barbara Baer Capitman, John Capitman and Leonard Horowitz founded the Miami Design Preservation League. At the time, many of the buildings in the district were in disrepair and in danger of destruction. The preservation of Art Deco architecture in South Beach was key to the city’s resurgence in the 1980s and ’90s as a desirable resort destination once again. 
 
About the Miami Design Preservation League
Miami Design Preservation League (MDPL) is a non-profit organization devoted to preserving, protecting, and promoting the cultural, social, economic, environmental and architectural integrity of the Miami Beach Architectural Historic District and all other areas of the City of Miami Beach where historic preservation is a concern. 
 
For more information on what to do during Art Deco Weekend, as well as more information on our sponsors and community partners, please visit:  www.artdecoweekend.com