It’s been 40 years since the listing of the Miami Beach’s Art Deco architectural district on the National Register of Historic Places, and it continues to be an iconic cultural landmark and internationally recognized symbol of the Art Deco period. Art Deco Weekend, a free, three-day festival, celebrates the country’s largest concentration of Art Deco architecture with events and activities for families and deco enthusiasts alike.
Daniel Ciraldo, Executive Director of the Miami Design Preservation League (MDPL), said the celebration is “a prime time to come and enjoy the world-famous [Art Deco] historic district, its Art Deco buildings, historic Lummus Park and gorgeous Miami Beach.”
The South Beach festival includes 85 unique events running from Friday, January 18, to Sunday, January 20, ranging from guided walking tours and a lecture series, to live music performances and even deco-themed fashion and dog shows. In addition to all the neighborhood restaurants and hotels serving food and drink, there will be a Culinary Tent with top local chefs highlighting their favorite dishes. Wondering if there will be a place to wet your whistle? Of course! Local eateries and watering holes will be open for regular service, as well as eight pop-up festival bars set up exclusively for the event.
Art Deco Weekend 2018.
Youth get to indulge in the world of art deco too, with a special “Deco Kids Club” where littles can make their own art deco-inspired festival posters to be entered into a competition. They can also help create their own unique pièce de résistance in a family art-making class run by teaching artists from Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM). For youth who want to learn a little bit about deco architecture, there’s a “Kid’s Art Deco Tour” led by a Shirley Temple impersonator. Find them in Lummus Park, at the intersection of Ocean Drive and 13th Street. The Kids Club is open Saturday, January 19th and Sunday, January 20th, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. All activities are free.
The list of events and entertainment continues with karaoke, face-painting, stilt walkers, magicians, acrobats, and a slew of others. One special addition this year is the presence of nationally-recognized Antiques Dealers from the Original Miami Beach Antiques Show, the largest indoor antiques show in the US. The MDPL has newly partnered with the show and will be featuring art for sale at the Antiques Promenade on 11th St., adjacent to the Versace Mansion.
Art Deco Weekend. Noon to 10 p.m. Friday, January 18; 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, January 19; and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday, January 20 at Lummus Park, on Ocean Drive between Sixth and 13th Streets, Miami Beach; artdecoweekend.com. Admission is free; visit Shopify for a 2019 Art Deco Weekend poster.