Beautiful weather and vibrant coastal culture are just two of the reasons why Fort Lauderdale is the perfect travel destination. You certainly won’t run out of things to do here, either. Between stunning beaches, premier shopping, fun activities, and a delicious food scene, there’s something for everyone in “The Venice of America.” Additionally, there are always events and festivals taking place in this lively city! Below, we’ve compiled a list of the best Fort Lauderdale annual events you won’t want to miss this year.

While planning a trip around your favorite Fort Lauderdale annual events, be sure to book your perfect home away from home with Fort Lauderdale Stays! We offer several incredible vacation rentals with excellent amenities such as private pools, ocean views, and luxurious master suites. Plus, we offer rentals in all of the best Fort Lauderdale neighborhoods like Wilton Manors and Fort Lauderdale Beach, so you won’t ever be too far from all of the action!

If you’re looking for more things to do during your sunny South Florida getaway, download our free Fort Lauderdale Vacation Guide! In the guide, we include everything you need to know about the best attractions, restaurants, and places to go during your trip.

Don’t Miss These Fort Lauderdale Annual Events

Winter Events

Pride Fort Lauderdale is one of the biggest Pride festivals in the Southeast. The festival usually takes place in February and includes plenty of entertainment, exhibits, and food. The best part? Our stunning beaches serve as the backdrop! Join in on the festivities and learn all about the Pride Fort Lauderdale Festival. This is one of our favorite events!

The Miami International Boat Show, which takes place mid-February, offers an incredible display of some of the world’s best boats. If you’re interested in attending, be sure to read our blog that provides everything you need to know about the Miami International Boat Show. We can’t wait to see you there!

The Las Olas Art Fair is one of the premier art festivals in South Florida. During the event, you’ll see a variety of media on display along the streets of iconic Las Olas Boulevard. It’s held each January and March (see below).

Spring Events

If you missed the first round in January, be sure to catch the second part of the Las Olas Art Fair in March. Centered in the heart of Fort Lauderdale, this festival offers an outstanding display of the town’s flourishing culinary, art, and music scenes. It’s one of many wonderful romantic things to do in Fort Lauderdale!

One of the best events of the season is the Tortuga Music Festival, which takes place in early April. This annual celebration of music is one of the most popular festivals in South Florida and draws crowds from all over the Southeast. Start planning your vacation today to get ready for the Tortuga Music Festival!

Summer Events

The Stonewall Parade and Festival in June is another fun and celebratory pride festival taking place in Fort Lauderdale. Head to Wilton Drive for a celebration of pride with live entertainment, food trucks, and outdoor festivities.

The 4th of July Spectacular is the perfect way to spend your summer holiday every year. This free event on Las Olas Boulevard will feature live music, family activities, and an outstanding firework display. This is the best Independence Day celebration for you and your family!

Fall Events

For another impressive show of boats, attend the International Boat Show in Fort Lauderdale, which takes place in late October or early November. This is one of the area’s most anticipated events, so you definitely won’t want to miss it! Here’s everything you need to know about the International Boat Show.

To have the ultimate Halloween this year, you’ll want to take part in the Wilton Manors Halloween Experience. You’ll enjoy a fun and spooky evening with costumes, nightlife, and lively activities.

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