It's the Weekend, now what?
Fort Lauderdale is quickly becoming an urban metropolis to rival its southern neighbor Miami. Although graffitied warehouse districts boasting regular artwalks celebrating local creatives, frequent festivals touting outdoor music and revelry with delicious foodtrucks and local vendors, and rooftop yoga pool party events used to be only in the 305, now no weekend goes by without something fun and interesting to do in Broward.
On the last Saturday of every month, Fort Lauderdale's FAT Village and MASS District warehouse areas host the Fort Lauderdale artwalk. On the first Friday, Pompano Beach hosts its own Old Town Untapped with live music, food and fun. In Hollywood, the ArtsPark at Young Circle always has something going on - from foodtrucks to vendor events, face painting for kids, and an open air movie night. Slightly further north on the second Saturday Dania After Dark hosts its own artwalk and artisan market. Downtown Oakland Park constantly has events going on from food festivals to outdoor dancing events and even its own Oktoberfest!
Looking for something to do during the day?
While a casual stroll on Las Olas Boulevard is the quintessential Fort Lauderdale experience, there are plenty of events, fairs, and markets available to keep you busy such as the Indie Craft Bazaar where many of the same artwalk vendors can be seen selling paintings, jewelry and other artisanal things such as handmade soaps and vegan baked goods.
While there are regular outdoor farmers markets from Fort Lauderdale to Pompano, the Yellow Green Farmer's Market in Hollywood is one of my all time favorite things to do on the weekend. This crowded (but gigantic!) warehouse space is full of so many fantastic items and smells from all over the world, you really feel like you're walking through an exotic market in another country. They have organic produce, food, drinks, clothing, accessories - really anything you could imagine (I even tried cricket protein powder brownies here)!
Need some sun?
Fort Lauderdale has some of the country's best beaches, and there's a beach for every personality. The most well-known beach is located at Las Olas and A1A where local institutions such as the Elbo Room (pretty much the only bar open right up to hurricane Irma!) serve up cocktails to regulars and tourists alike.
Want a more quiet experience? North Beach at the Galt Ocean Mile is a residential stretch of beach where there are no businesses on the sand, but you can cross A1A at Oakland Park Boulevard and visit the North Beach Shoppes packed with restaurants, bars with live music and small boutique stores.
Looking for something in the middle? Lauderdale-by-the-Sea with its slogan, "Relax...You're Here" is known as one of the most walkable villages in the country. From Aruba Beach Cafe directly on the sand to a number of other restaurants, bars and stores as well as outdoor music events on weekends in season, there is always something to do here for locals, travelers, couples, and families alike.
Outside of Fort Lauderdale, the Broadwalk in Hollywood has a more laid back retro vibe, and you can often witness people walking up and down the beach with coconuts of rum. Pompano Beach offers a gorgeous outdoor green space adjacent to the beach and a small selection of eateries, ice cream parlors and stores. Our northernmost neighbor Deerfield Beach is always a party from the Cove just west of the bridge to the bustling activity at the local establishments on A1A.
How to recover on Sunday
So you've partied away the weekend, and now you need to recover before going back to work Monday morning. Don't worry - there's a brunch for that! You can hardly walk five feet on the famous Las Olas Boulevard, Himmarshee street or Fort Lauderdale Beach without seeing a sign for bottomless mimosas, endless bloody mary's and decadent all you can eat pancakes.
While you may be sad that the weekend is ending, don't stress! There's always another weekend to enjoy Fort Lauderdale just around the corner.