Dancing, feasting, drinking, and a seemingly endless supply of sunlight. While this may sound like a typical day in South Florida, these are just some of the ways the Swedish usher in one of their most important holidays, Midsommar.
Dating back to the 12th century, Midsommar, or Solstice celebration, is the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere, which in 2019 arrived on Friday, June 21. A considerable part of the Nordic states core traditions, the short dark days of winter are replaced with warm light-filled days and celebrated by dancing around a maypole, covering oneself in greenery and flowers, and feasting on herring and copious amounts of vodka.
To mark the occasion, Absolut Vodka brings the spirit of Midsommar to Fort Lauderdale's famed coastline in conjunction with the launch of their new Absolut Juice Strawberry and Absolut Juice Apple.
Unveiled at the Wild Thyme VIP Reception on Thursday, June 20 (Midsommar Eve), throughout July through August Absolut Vodka will make a Midsommar Splash on Fort Lauderdale Beach, by popping up at a variety of unique events, experiences, and activities encouraging South Florida locals aimed to gather with friends, and make new ones through food, fashion, community, and cocktails. Skal!
To date, the calendar includes:
July & August, ABSOLUT HEAVEN. Heavenly Spa by Westin adds a splash of excitement to your summer spa routine with a half dozen Absolut Vodka inspired spa treatments which include a complimentary Absolut Strawberry or Apple Juice Frozen Cocktail Pops and a take-home cocktail recipe book.
Every Saturday, JANET & JUICE. Celebrate the season and flavors of summer as Bahia Mar mixologist Janet hosts a weekly tasting at the newly renovated High Tide Lounge every Saturday afternoon 12 PM - 1 PM. Like what you taste, take home a recipe book and 20% off Absolut Juice cocktails at the bar all day.
Thur., July 4, ABSOLUT SPLASH. Before the fireworks take to the sky, make some waves at Bahia Mar at Waves Pool Deck and High Tide Lounge, featuring an open to the public Pool Party and Concert with the Shane Duncan Band, Absolut Juice cocktail tastings, games, food and more.
Thur., July 4, ABSOLUT SPARKLE. Beachside BBQ, 4th of July Fun and Games, and the best seats in town for the City of Fort Lauderdale's Fireworks Show take place at Courtyard by Marriott Fort Lauderdale Beach's Seabreeze Poolside Bar and Oceanfront Sundeck.
Thur., July 11, ABSOLUT UP-CYCLE. The question, 'Where do all the bottles go' is answered at this hands-on workshop with Bottle-Heaven owner Anthony Dee at Spazio, who turns bottles both big and small into functional pieces including glassware, planters, and lamps.
Sun, July 14, VINYASA & VODKA. Bottoms up for this all levels yoga class on the sky deck at Westin Fort Lauderdale Beach, followed by the ultimate detox / retox with crafted cocktails alongside Absolut Vodka's master mixologist, shopping and vitamin 'shot bar.'
Wed., July 17, ABSOLUT INK. National Tattoo Day on July 17 might be the date to get that ink you've been contemplating, even if only a temporary and the henna variety, and there is no place more apropos to get inked than at Lona where tattoo enthusiast and master chef, Pablo Salas reigns at this special Ladies Night.
Thur., July 18, COCKTAIL CRAWL ALONG A1A. Wave your ribbon wand and sound the bells as Spazio, Tsukuro and Café Ibiza celebrate Customer Appreciation Day, with an Absolut Midsommar Tasting Tour along A1A
Sat., July 20, DIG & DRINK. Cultivate your creativity and dig in for two lively hours of planting, creating and laughing with new friends, as Spazio hosts a special Plant Nite Brunch where you will craft your own Absolut Juice Cocktail and keepsake floral Terrarium.
Thur., July 25 ABSOLUT COMMUNITY. One person can make all the difference in a child's life, and this July, during Make a Difference in Children's month, Café Ibiza aims for that person to be you, by hosting an all-day dining fundraiser and Happy Hour in support of the 18th Annual Hispanic Women of Distinction Awards to benefit Take Stock in Children.
Thur., July 25 & Aug 29 ABSOLUT MIX. Experience Steelpan Kitchen & Bar’s monthly mixology program lead by their head bar manager, Cian
The demonstration will feature the new Absolut Juice Strawberry and Absolut Juice Apple vodkas and include an easy to follow instruction booklet for recreating the signature sips at home.
Sun., July 28, SHARK WEEK, DIVE IN MOVIE. Fins Up for a day of fun in the sun as Westin Fort Lauderdale Beach swims into "Shark Week" with an ABSOLUT Megalodon-Size Pool Party & Dive-In Movie Night featuring the 2018 box office shark-thriller, "The Meg!" The all-day event features food, music, shopping, and more.
Wed., July 31, ABSOLUT DARKNESS. Marking the second New Moon of the month, called the Black Moon, Tsukuro celebrates the powerful Moon known for creative manifestation with dinner in the dark blindfold tasting, craft cocktail, fire performances, magic and more.
Thur., August 8, BEACH SWEEP & DRINKS. Absolut Vodka is on a mission to expand how the world thinks about its people and the planet. Join them along with organizers and volunteers from the Fort Lauderdale Beach Sweep for a special Happy Hour Fundraiser at Café Ibiza to bring awareness to Water Quality Month and impact on our beaches.
Sat., August 10, COCKTAILS & FLOWER CROWNS. Every woman deserves a crown, and as part of the traditional Midsommar garb for both girls and boys, florist Shauna Sweeney of Harmony Floral Designs will take guests through an interactive class at Spazio to make one's one-of-a-kind and eco-friendly flower crown to wear all summer long.
Thur., August 15, ROSE SOIREE. Conrad Fort Lauderdale Beach brings together a collaborative of artisanal crafters, cocktails and cuisine, plus live music and interactive experiences, for a full moon celebration on their Sky Deck and Spinnaker Lounge
Sat., August 17, MIDSUMMER NIGHTS DREAM. In true W Fort Lauderdale fashion, the hotelier best known for what’s new and next (and the most outrageous parties) is keeping details under wraps for this invite-only party.
View event details and ticket information, plus ongoing Midsommar Spa Offers, Dining and Cocktail Experience, Specials and Stay & Play Offers at MidsommarSplash.com