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MyFortLauderdaleBeach.com is your Guide to Fort Lauderdale Beach for Fun, Food, Hotels, and Events. Throughout the pages you will find exciting Things to Do, inviting Places to Stay and delicious Food & Drink options. Make sure to check out our Special Offers section for valuable savings and Blog for tips from locals. And if you are new to the area, learn more About Us and find your way around with helpful Maps & Transportation information.
Bring your beach chair, bring your friends and #MeetMeAtTheHub every Friday Night from 5:30 -8:30, March 18 - November 18 for Free Live Music on the Beach at Las Olas Boulevard and A1A.

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America's Air Show returns to Fort Lauderdale Beach, May 7-8, 2016. Join in all the excitement in what's shaping up to be the Super Bowl of Air Shows.

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Looking for a luxury resort, a budget friendly hotel or a superior small lodging guest house, you’ll find dozens of home-away-from-home options, steps from our sparkling sandy shores.

Never leave the sand to eat, with the City of Fort Lauderdale's new Food & Beverage Service to the Beach

Order online from area hotels and restaurants at www.MyFTLB.com




From American to Asian-inspired, classic Italian to seafood, and casual to fine dining, experience a true taste of South Florida, morning, noon or night.

Whether under the water
or riding the waves,
you’ll find everything
under the sun, from
reef diving to parasailing,
jet skis to boogie boards -
get ready for some Fort
Lauderdale Beach fun.
Your Guide to Fort Lauderdale Beach

Things to Do

From world-class spas to water sports, casual shopping to elegant museums, Fort Lauderdale Beach is an outdoor enthusiasts playground for the young and the young at heart.

Food & Drink

If you’re in the mood for mouthwatering cuisine or just want to chill out at a casual watering hole, you’ll find just the tastes you are looking for with a stunning ocean view.

Places to Stay

Looking for a luxury resort, a budget friendly hotel or a superior small lodging guest house, you’ll find dozens of home-away-from-home options, steps from our sparkling sandy shores.

Special Offers

As if Fort Lauderdale Beach weren't special enough, these special offers to eat, drink and play, might just offer that extra special something to sway to you to extend your stay.

Event Calendar: View Calendar

Apr
28
Thu
Basket Weaving Workshop
Apr 28 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Basket Weaving Workshop

BASKET WEAVING WORKSHOP with Mary Catello
Thursday & Friday, April 28 & 29, 10am – 4pm
$180 members / $200 non-members
Click here for supply list

Registration Required
Classes are non-transferable and non-refundable

Palms, Palms and More Palms
This workshop introduces sculptural basket weaving using both palm inflorescence and the palm boot. Two basic weaving techniques, twining and randing will be used to achieve 2-3 completed vessels. Each basket will be unique once adorned with nature’s decorations such as, coconut flowers, philodendron leaves, pine cones, pods, sea grass, and much more. No previous experience is needed.

About the Instructor, Mary Catello

Mary has always enjoyed expressing her creativity. She was a trendsetting salon owner and stylist in New York City where creating masterpieces of tresses was her art form. Simultaneously, she opened The MaryGrace Institute; the first accredited Nail Technology School in New York. At MaryGrace students were taught, along with basic nail theory and practical lessons, award-winning techniques in airbrushing, 3-dimensional and multi-media nail art.

In 1994, after selling her salon and school, Mary relocated to South Florida and began taking classes in sketching, acrylics and water colors. But her true passion began when she met a basket weaver in Sedona, Arizona. Mary was inspired and a fiber artist was born.

Mary took only two basket weaving classes with internationally-known weavers, Flo Hoppe and Mary Hetts. She was introduced to palm inflorescence by Judy Briscoe, another basket weaver. On her own she began to experiment with size and materials determined to transform the traditional basket into art, and art it is. Her work is unique and identifiable.

View website: earthartbymaryandteri.com

Apr
29
Fri
Basket Weaving Workshop
Apr 29 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Basket Weaving Workshop

BASKET WEAVING WORKSHOP with Mary Catello
Thursday & Friday, April 28 & 29, 10am – 4pm
$180 members / $200 non-members
Click here for supply list

Registration Required
Classes are non-transferable and non-refundable

Palms, Palms and More Palms
This workshop introduces sculptural basket weaving using both palm inflorescence and the palm boot. Two basic weaving techniques, twining and randing will be used to achieve 2-3 completed vessels. Each basket will be unique once adorned with nature’s decorations such as, coconut flowers, philodendron leaves, pine cones, pods, sea grass, and much more. No previous experience is needed.

About the Instructor, Mary Catello

Mary has always enjoyed expressing her creativity. She was a trendsetting salon owner and stylist in New York City where creating masterpieces of tresses was her art form. Simultaneously, she opened The MaryGrace Institute; the first accredited Nail Technology School in New York. At MaryGrace students were taught, along with basic nail theory and practical lessons, award-winning techniques in airbrushing, 3-dimensional and multi-media nail art.

In 1994, after selling her salon and school, Mary relocated to South Florida and began taking classes in sketching, acrylics and water colors. But her true passion began when she met a basket weaver in Sedona, Arizona. Mary was inspired and a fiber artist was born.

Mary took only two basket weaving classes with internationally-known weavers, Flo Hoppe and Mary Hetts. She was introduced to palm inflorescence by Judy Briscoe, another basket weaver. On her own she began to experiment with size and materials determined to transform the traditional basket into art, and art it is. Her work is unique and identifiable.

View website: earthartbymaryandteri.com

Park Ranger Tour
Apr 29 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Park Ranger Tour

Hugh Taylor Birch State Park is proud to offer the following Interpretive Ranger Tour each Friday and Saturday of the month. Please see the walks and programs explanations and their regularly-scheduled rotations.

Park entry fees apply $2 per pedestrian, $4 single person in a vehicle, $6 two or more persons in a vehicle. Guided walks are Free. Donations are appreciated and will be given directly to the Friends of Hugh Taylor Birch State Park, a 501c3 Citizen’s Support

Beach/Dune Habitat & Coastal Walk | 10:30am
This near-1 mile walk will commence at the Beach entrance to the Park. Guests will be lead around the beach entrance and into sensitive habitat areas, with the Ranger demonstrating the residual dune plants still residing on the property opposite A1A. Guests will be lead through the underpass tunnel or across the cross walk to the beach. Here guests will be explained the unique features, flora, and fauna, that constitute the primary dune on the beach. The tour will leisurely browse the coastline, discussing tidal influences on barrier islands, coastlines, and will explore the vast variety of species populating the areas between land and sea.

In Bloom Fashion Show
Apr 29 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
In Bloom Fashion Show @ Ritz Carlton Fort Lauderdale

Join us on Friday, April 29 at the The Ritz-Carlton, Fort Lauderdale for a Champagne Reception at 11:00 AM followed by Lunch and Fashion Show hosted by the The Colonnade Outlets at Sawgrass Mills Mall. Members AND Non Charity Guild Members are welcome as we raise awareness and support for Kids In Distress and Children’s Diagnostic & Treatment Center!

VIP Table sponsored by Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino – Hollywood, FL.
Click here to purchase tickets.

About The Charity Guild

Mission Statement: “To raise funds to provide health care and social services for medically fragile, disadvantaged and emotionally-challenged children in Broward county for the Children’s Diagnostic & Treatment Center and Kids in Distress.”

Throughout our 57 year history, the members of Charity Guild have donated not only volunteer hours to Children’s Diagnostic & Treatment Center and Kids in Distress, but also funds in excess of $1,000,000. We distribute to our two supported charities one hundred percent of funds we raise.

Our membership consists of 65 active women, as a privileged (supporting) membership of over 75 women. We are a fully volunteer organization whose members each provide monetary support to our events. Our women are also active throughout the community including their places of business, children’s schools, churches and other charitable organizations.

Live Animal Presentation
Apr 29 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Live Animal Presentation @ Birch State Park

A Live Animal Presentation will be held at the Beach Gate Entrance of Hugh Taylor Birch State Park – Park Rangers will offer a Live Animal Presentation with our park’s very own resident critters, including the highly Threatened Eastern Indigo Snake, a variation of Florida Rat Snakes as well as variations between Florida-native Corn Snakes. Occasionally the presentation will include native turtle species as well. Rangers will explain the intrinsic value of these wonderful creatures, describe their preferred habits and behaviors and habitats, and allow for direct interaction with guests.

Park entry fees apply $2 per pedestrian, $4 single person in a vehicle, $6 two or more persons in a vehicle. Guided walks are Free. Donations are appreciated and will be given directly to the Friends of Hugh Taylor Birch State Park, a 501c3 Citizen’s Support Organization

Dogs Beaches and Brews: April
Apr 29 @ 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Dogs Beaches and Brews: April

Dog Owners and Dog Lovers
Free Admission! Free Drink with $5 Donation to Everglades Angels Dog Rescue

Bring your dog to the beach to meet and socialize with other dog owners or simply allow your dog to enjoy the beach. Then head over to the World Famous Parrot Lounge at 911 Sunrise Lane for doggie happy hour. The dog beach is at A1A and Sunrise Blvd and north.
Look for the Dogs Beaches and Brews banner !.

Come out and show your support for the abandoned dogs at the doggie happy hour. Everglades Angels Dog Rescue will have great Raffle Prizes and 50/50 Raffles.

Enjoy Live Music….by Terry from The Shakey T Band!

Dogs welcomed, of course! In fact , there are often dogs there available for adoption through various dog rescue groups.

Plenty of Food and Drink Specials at The Parrot.
For more information, email johnjhaley@comcast.net

Jesse Jones, Jr.
Apr 29 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Jesse Jones, Jr.

Jazz is alive in South Florida and Jesse Jones Jr. is here to prove it. The Miami native and saxophonist extraordinaire continues to be on the forefront of a burgeoning jazz renaissance in South Florida.

Part of April’s Jazz Appreciation Month Series
Sponsored by Spazio

About JAM

In 2002, the Smithsonian National Museum of American History designated April as Jazz Appreciation Month (JAM), to promote jazz through concerts, lectures, educational materials, and exhibitions. Each year organizers select a theme and featured musician with 2016 dedicated to the exploration of jazz itself is a form of democracy – as a form of communication and as an equalizer – and celebrating the legacy of musician and bandleader, Benny Carter.

During the month of April, and throughout the 36-week Friday Night Sound Waves free live music series, Jazz and its different forms including, Roots, Reggae, Latin, Funk, Gospel, Afro-Cuban and Blues, aim to entertain area locals and global visitors, from the young to the young-at-heart.

“One of our goals with Friday Night Sound Waves was to connect our community through music, as it truly is one of the few things that transcend age and background,” said series producer, Arianne Glassman. “Jazz was born in America, but it speaks a global language; our JAM Series and future Jazz performances aim to highlight all those voices.”

About Friday Night Sound Waves

Friday Night Sound Waves, a FREE live music series takes place on Fort Lauderdale Beach, from 5:30 – 8:30pm, March 18 to November 18, 2016.

Featuring some of South Florida and the region’s best musical talents, performing an eclectic range of genres including Jazz, Blues, Country, Latin Fusion, Top 40, Reggae, World and Classic Rock, Friday Night Sound Waves aims to entertain area locals and global visitors, from the young to the young-at-heart.

Attendees are encouraged to slide off their shoes and slip into the weekend, while kicking back on the sand with family and friends, to take in the ocean breeze and spectacular sights and sounds as a lead into their weekend.

Situated at “The Hub,” the series takes place at the highly visible and central location, known as the heart of Fort Lauderdale Beach, accessible from 17th Street Causeway, Sunrise Boulevard, and its midpoint gateway, Las Olas Boulevard. An on-site information kiosk, which will direct visitors to the areas nearby restaurants, live music venues and attraction options, will also feature details on area hotel and restaurant specials via Fort Lauderdale Beach’s official website, www.MyFortLauderdaleBeach.com.

With major funding provided by the City’s Beach Business Improvement District, additional series sponsors include, the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Fort Lauderdale Beach CRA, Mist Twist, It’s Better on the Beach Restaurant Group, Travelhost of Greater Fort Lauderdale, Fort Lauderdale Magazine and the Fort Lauderdale Media Publications. Local beachfront businesses, Bahia Cabana Beach Resort, Tsukuro and others to be announced, as well as area homeowner’s and business associations, are participating by sponsoring select nightly performances.

For the complete schedule of performances, special events and sponsorship opportunities, visit www.FridayNightSoundWaves.com or follow Friday Night Sound Waves on social media: facebook.com/FridayNightSoundWaves, twitter.com/SoundWavesFLB

 

Apr
30
Sat
Live Animal Presentation
Apr 30 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Live Animal Presentation @ Birch State Park

A Live Animal Presentation will be held at the Beach Gate Entrance of Hugh Taylor Birch State Park – Park Rangers will offer a Live Animal Presentation with our park’s very own resident critters, including the highly Threatened Eastern Indigo Snake, a variation of Florida Rat Snakes as well as variations between Florida-native Corn Snakes. Occasionally the presentation will include native turtle species as well. Rangers will explain the intrinsic value of these wonderful creatures, describe their preferred habits and behaviors and habitats, and allow for direct interaction with guests.

Park entry fees apply $2 per pedestrian, $4 single person in a vehicle, $6 two or more persons in a vehicle. Guided walks are Free. Donations are appreciated and will be given directly to the Friends of Hugh Taylor Birch State Park, a 501c3 Citizen’s Support Organization

May
1
Sun
Flora & Fauna Classes
May 1 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Flora & Fauna Classes

FLORA & FAUNA CLASSES
with Paddy Cunningham
Sundays, 2:00pm – 5:00pm
LIMITED TO 25, $20 members – $25 non-members (per class)
Reservations Required – Classes are non-transferable and non-refundable

May 1, 2016:
Gardening for Butterflies & Birds
Want to attract more butterflies and birds into your yard? This class will give you information on the basics of wildlife gardening and specific plants that can attract birds and butterflies you desire to see. The class will include a workshop with hand outs and a walk around the garden to look for birds, butterflies and the plants that attract them.

About Paddy Cunningham
Paddy Cunningham has been a professional Naturalist in south Florida for more than 23 years. She served as the Naturalist Manger II of Fern Forest, Secret Woods, Arch Creek and Anne Kolb Nature Centers. For the last 20 years her classes-Tools and Advanced Tools for Better Birding has focused on a 10 path approach to increasing your speed and ability to identify birds. One of her biggest impacts on south Florida has been the restoration of wetlands and hammocks to their natural conditions from the destruction of exotic plants. Paddy has served on the boards of both Broward County and Tropical Audubon Societies and serves currently as the field trip coordinator for Broward Audubon.

Her business, Birding Adventures takes birders in search of Florida specialties throughout the state, specializing in the Everglades, Big Cypress, Corkscrew, central prairies, Ft. DeSoto and the Keys. Successful trips to Panama, Costa Rica and the Eastern Shore of Virginia have been added to her annual schedule of trips, with future trips to Texas. More than 200 species of birds are found each year on her Florida trips. She is a presenter of Birding by Ear at the top Space Coast Birding Festival and has been published in The Florida Naturalist.

May
5
Thu
Tai Chi and Qigong
May 5 @ 9:30 am – 10:30 am
Tai Chi and Qigong

Join wellness instructor, Kathryn Keating-Kay every Thursday from 9:30-10:30 am at Hugh Taylor Birch State Park for Taichi & Qigong in the Park.

Relax. Rejuvenate. Regenerate. Revitalize.

Enjoy your morning with us so you can relax, rejuvenate, regenerate and revitalize in nature. As we go through these ancient gentle movements you will gain balance, focus , strength and flexibility. You will feel the energy filling your whole being so you can feel calm and at peace anything and anywhere you choose.

$5. for Members; $10 Non-Members
Call 954.566.0660 for more information

The Friends of Birch State Park’s Living Well: Modalities of Wellness Program consists of short seminars, that enlighten and educate on the benefits of natural resources for our well-being. The sessions are designed to enhance health, vitality and awareness of our members. The Wellness Program is held at Hugh Taylor Birch State Park for our members as a way to encourage you to share in our beautiful park and connect with nature.

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