Art Deco Festival Miami Beach 2014

Thursday, January 16, 2014

This weekend Miami Beach celebrates the 37th Annual Art Deco Weekend. This festival allows visitors to relive the glamorous past of Miami Beach with different interesting and fun activities. This year's theme (Art Deco at Play) is focused on toys (remember Legos?), games and characters who made popular this design style in the 20s. 30s and 40s.

More than 80 events are scheduled for this weekend. Check out some of the most worthy to participate:

The Antique Experience: This is a new addition to the Festival that will be intensely focused on Art Deco. Located on the beach between Lummus Park and the Atlantic dunes on Miami Beach (at 11th and Ocean Drive), The Antique Experience will feature a stylized garden, flanked by two large, climate-controlled tents in which vendors will display the finest of vintage furniture, objects and clothing.

Also featured on The Antique Experience will be:

  • Art Deco inspired Films:  The Great Gabsy (2013) and Chicago (2002).
  • Art Deco Lectures: This Saturday at 5pm at The Antique Experience tent will have the lecture "Modern American Design"
Art Deco Playground 
Dedicated only for kids, this area will feature dance and magic shows for kids and classic films such as The Wizard of Oz  (1939), Curly Top (1935) and others. 

Arf Deco Dog Parade
A great outdoor activity to share with your pooch, this Sunday dog owners and their furry friends (in costume or not) are welcome to march north on the Serpentine Walkway between Lummus Park and the dunes, ending at the Children's Playground in Lummus park at 13th Street. They can also participate in The Art Deco Costume Award by registering at The Art Deco Booth located in The Playground. Some of the categories considered for this award are Owner/Dog Look a Like, Most Deco, Most Creative, among others. **FREE**

Art Deco Fashion Show
Returning for a second year are creations by Bettie Page Clothing.  Featuring slim fitting and flattering fashion, Page's line of apparel glamorizes the indoor housewife to an evening out. After the show, visitors will have the chance to buy their favorite styles and jewelry in The Official Art Deco Gift Shop. This has become one of the most popular activities from the Festival so make sure to get there early in order to you save your spot. **FREE**

Art Deco Lecture Series 
Hosted by Wolfsonian museum, attendees will daydream about faraway lands with stunning Art Deco, or relive their youth in discovering which toys originated in Deco 20-40's.

I'm especially excited to learn about Napier New Zealand's treasure of Art Deco buildings in Hawke's Cay. This site is located along the water similar to Miami. But is there Art Deco style akin to skyscraper's of New York and Shenghai or low rise like South Beach? Find out and also win a chance for airfare for two to Napier's 26 annual Art Deco Festival this coming February!

Some other activities are The Classic Car Show and The Music Festival. For a complete schedule of activities visit

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