4 Reasons to Visit Fort Lauderdale in February

Boasting average temperatures in the mid-70s and one hundred percent chance of sunny skies, Fort Lauderdale is the ultimate escape for February’s cabin fever.  Hosting thousands of run-enthusiasts in the annual Publix A1A Marathon, a celebration of epic proportion at Pride Fort Lauderdale, and a foodie’s paradise with the 4th annual SOBEWFF’s Crave Greater Fort Lauderdale series, what more could you ask for in a winter getaway.

Eat your Way Around at SOBEWFF’s Crave Greater Fort Lauderdale Series

The Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival (SOBEWFF®) returns, along with the Crave Greater Fort Lauderdale Series, during the 18th annual festival, February 20-24.

The festival will feature a number of dinners, wine seminars and cocktail parties hosted by local and celebrity chefs including Anne Burrell, Angelo Elia, Adam Richman, Geoffrey Zakarian and more. Along Fort Lauderdale Beach’s shoreline, foodies can feast at a handful of events taking place at The Conrad Fort Lauderdale Beach and the new Gale Hotel, in addition to the first collaborative event with PRIDE Fort Lauderdale, a Saturday afternoon Drag Brunch at The Ritz-Carlton Fort Lauderdale. View Details

Celebrate at Pride Fort Lauderdale

The oldest Pride celebration in the state of Florida, PRIDE Fort Lauderdale takes over Greater Fort Lauderdale February 21-24 for a colorful weekend of celebration and recognition. The weekend line-up features a Runway Fashion Show featuring Project Runway alumni, a gala to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, and no shortage of parties including Bear Beach Bash, Pride Block Party and a Carnaval Parade hosted along scenic A1A on Fort Lauderdale Beach for the first time ever. View Schedule

Run the Beach at the A1A Marathon

Known as one of the most scenic races in the country, Greater Fort Lauderdale’s Publix A1A Marathon, February 17, allows athletes to take on a marathon course like no other. The postcard-worthy route features 26.2 miles of signature South Florida beauty with unobstructed ocean and waterway views – the fast, flat course is also ideal for runners looking to achieve Boston qualifying times. With the ocean as the finish line, this marathon is a personal best for runners with a penchant for sun, surf and speed. Learn More

Off Island Adventure:
Take a Historic Tour at the African American Research Library and Cultural Center

Featuring a 60,000 square-foot museum, 300 seat theater and more than 85,000 books, documents and artifacts, Greater Fort Lauderdale’s African American Research Library and Cultural Center is an homage to African American history and culture. Visit during Black History Month for special programming such as the Destination Black Hollywood Red Carpet Celebration on February 8 or a screening and panel discussion of “My Soul on Ice” a film depicting the journey of Black Hockey Players from their youth to becoming professional players in the National Hockey League, happening February 22.