Art Deco Weekend 2013

At it’s core, Art Deco Weekend, now in its 36th year, is the Miami Design Preservation League’s celebration of Ocean Drive. Celebrating the Art Deco era in Florida’s quincentennial from January 18, 19, and 20th 2013.

Art Deco Weekend fills the world-famous Ocean Drive and is even more energized with over 300,000 visitors, checking out the local establishments and hundreds of vendors exhibiting their art work and wares. Whether Artists, Craftsmen, Chefs, Bartenders, Car Collectors, or any variety of Art Deco Retailers, all showing the best they have to offer.

This year the festival’s spotlight is shining on the larger scope of history and discovery by celebrating the 500th year anniversary of FLORIDA — “The Art Deco Era during Florida’s Quincentennial.”

The only traffic on Ocean Drive from 5th to 13th street will be that of thousands of tourists and locals visiting tents filled with art, antiques and merchandise of all kinds, as well as sampling special menus of the many Art Deco Hotel restaurants that line the Drive!

In addition to the famous guided walking tours and street fair, there will be an indoor Art Deco and MiMo furniture exhibit and sale. If you can’t find the funds to carry home a table, then don’t miss the Betty Paige retro designs that will parade down the runway of the Art Deco/MiMo Fashion Show, and will be available for purchase in the Official Art Deco Gift Shop.

Entertainment is a big part of the fest, with organizers pulling out the deco- era big guns with musical performances all over the drive and during the grand parade of vintage cars. Another highlight of the weekend is the film and lecture series given by the Wolfsonian – Not to be missed.

The Art Deco Festival was started in 1976 by the Miami Design Preservation League to attract visitors to Miami Beach’s Art Deco Historic District and to raise awareness and appreciation of the arts and culture of the Art Deco era (approx. 1925-1945). For more information: or

Read on for a full guide to the Festival.


Everyone loves a parade and this year’s Grand Marshal, MICHAEL ALLER Mr. Miami Beach will lead an amazing procession down Ocean Drive. The lineup includes a fantastic selection of antique automobiles, the Miami Beach Senior High School Marching Band, giant puppets, the Miami Beach police boat, Segways, the Big Pink Police Car, the color guard, bag pipers, the ROTC, shirtless firemen, local civic leaders and much more. Running along Ocean Drive between 6th and 13th Streets, the Art Deco Weekend Annual Parade starts at 7:30pm Friday, January 18.


The popular Arf Deco Parade is back again this year, with Michael Gongora, Miami Beach Commisioner as the Grand Marshal. As in the past, volunteers at Sofi K-9 coordinate the Arf Deco Parade. The dogs will march along with the main parade on Friday night. Doggie owners are encouraged to dress up the pooches and meet in Lummus Park at 6th and Ocean (just north of the yellow wash house) at 7pm.


The popular Classic Car Fest returns for Art Deco Weekend 2013, presented, as in the past, by the South Florida Region of Antique Automobiles Club of America — made up of enthusiasts who own and maintain all makes and models of antique automobiles — cars, trucks, and motorcycles from early 1900’s to the 1980s. Selected cars will participate in the Annual ADW Parade Friday night, with all vintage vehicles displayed on Ocean Drive throughout the weekend starting Saturday, January 19 from 10am to 3pm.

Classic Car Awards

The Classic Car Awards will be given out on Saturday, January 19 and Sunday, January 20th at 3pm at the 7th Street Stage at 7th street in Lummus Park.


A Wonderful Adventure through the World of the Art Deco Era Vintage Cinema. Watch The Leslie Hotel’s facade become the home of the most adorable and well known characters of the 1930′s and 1940′s in a unique blend of movies, music, and emotion. The Leslie Hotel Project(ion), 1244 Ocean Drive. On the Half hour starting Friday at 8:30pm. Saturday at 6:30pm and Sunday at 6pm.


Jazz Cocktails and Special Treats in an underground location on Ocean Drive.

Come as a Flapper, or come as you are. Dress like a Gangster, or a Silent Movie Star. No matter what you wear, or who you are, MDPL promises a good time.

 Purchase a ticket to be a special guest. Arrive in the front of the Art Deco Welcome Center (1001 Ocean Drive) on January 19th at 8pm. Check in with the Tailcoats, as they cross off your name from the list, a VIP Key will be given. Follow it’s instructions and don’t tell a soul to gain access to the Grand Ball and Elegant Speakeasy. 1920′s Style!.


 Enjoy the musical talents of the South Florida Jazz Orchestra! Vodka Slavianskaya will be preparing some dazzling cocktails and Soul Premium Cachaca has created 1920′s cocktails. The Soulmates will be dressing in 1920′s Flapper Attire to serve in style! Come try the Soul Daddy, Flapping Soul, and Soul Side Car at the Art Deco VIP Gala! And do not miss the delicious food samplings provided by Egg & Dart, Wynwood Kitchen and Bar, Caviar Bazar, World Resource Cafe, and Mercadito.

To get your Key to the Art Deco Weekend Speakeasy, purchase a ticket online here Proceeds benefits the Miami Design Preservation League.


HistoryMiami will preview their Annual International Map Fair in the Original U.S. Antique Show Tent on Ocean Drive between 6th and 7th Streets throughout Art Deco Weekend.

HistoryMiami’s Twentieth Annual Miami International Map Fair will showcase antique maps, rare books, panoramas and atlases from around the world. Attendees can peruse and purchase antique maps from some of the finest map dealers in the world.

 Not only is this year the Fair’s 20th Anniversary, but it is also the 500th Anniversary of the arrival of Juan Ponce de Leon to La Florida in 1513.

 Select lectures offered during Map Fair weekend will explore Florida’s rich history and diverse cultural heritage including Florida on the International Stage: A cartographic view by Susan Danforth on Saturday at 11:30am and “Mapping La Florida in the Age of Exploration by Michael J. Francis on Sunday at 2pm.

 HistoryMiami is pleased to participate in Viva Florida 500, a statewide initiative to commemorate a significant milestone in our state’s history, at the Miami International Map Fair and at Art Deco Weekend. Admission tickets to the Map Fair include entrance to the international dealer’s marketplace, lectures, and expert opinions, and will be sold at Art Deco Weekend. Visitors can also enter the daily raffle to win an antique map or print to add or start their own collection. Select cartographic-inspired items from the HistoryMiami Gift Shop will also be available for purchase including books and collectibles. For a complete schedule, dealer listings, and event details, visit


The Wolfsonian will host a series of talks throughout the weekend at Wolfsonian-FIU, 1001 Washington Ave; Miami Beach. For more information on Art Deco Weekend, go to

Zora Neale Hurston & Eatonville, Florida (Their Eyes are Watching God)

Saturday, January 19. 3pm – 4pm.

Zora Neale Hurston, daughter of an Alabama teacher mother and Baptist preacher father, was a central figure and international celebrity in the Harlem Renaissance movement that was pivotal in the Art Deco era. Raised in Eatonville, Florida, the setting for many of her novels and stories, she attended Howard University, Barnard College, and Columbia University. Following residences in New Jersey, North Carolina, and other Florida locales, she lived in Fort Pierce, FL in the years prior to her death in 1960. Her home there is a National Historic Landmark. Her four novels include Their Eyes are Watching God (1937), a fictional account of three of strong-willed women, descended from Nanny, a former slave, and Janie, the granddaughter central figure of the tale. The story evolves through Janie’s three marriages, culminating with an apocalyptic epic of death and survival arising from the great Lake Okeechobee hurricane of 1927. At the end, Janie ultimately settles in Eatonville.

Child of the Sun — Frank Lloyd Wright’s Florida Southern College, America’s First Modern Campus

Robin Hill’s illustrated lecture explores Wright’s ideas of ‘Organic architecture’ through Hill’s own photographs, taken over an eight-year period from 2002-2008. He will focus on the interplay of light and shadow, the inter-connection between nature and architecture, and emphasize the viewpoint that Florida Southern is not a peripheral Wright project but actually fundamental to the understanding of both his practice and philosophy of architecture. Hill was named 2011 Architectural Photographer of the Year by AIA Miami. With over 25 years in the profession, his photographs have featured in major exhibitions, including the Guggenheim Museums in New York and Bilbao. He is well-versed in the architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright and Le Corbusier.

Palm Beach Art Deco

Friday, January 18. 6:30pm – 7:30pm.

With hundreds of eclectic and splendid choices to consider, Sharon Koskoff highlights the most interesting works created by the Art Deco-era architects in Florida’s socially-significant town of Palm Beach, along with those from many other areas throughout this massive county. Koskoff has worked closely with MDPL Founder Mrs. Barbara Baer Capitman and authored Art Deco of the Palm Beaches, Arcadia Publications, as well as founded and led the Art Deco Society of the Palm Beaches (ADSPB).  Koskoff is a Delray Beach-based artist, specializing in large public murals, color theory, photography and architectural tours.

The New Deal in South Florida

Sunday, January 20. 1pm – 2pm.

Perhaps more than almost any other region of the United States, South Florida was transformed by Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s New Deal, which sought to bring relief, recovery and reform to the people and the country’s economy during the 1930s. This lecture, with images, highlights the importance of New Deal projects to the area’s development into one of the nation’s premier urban districts and tourist destinations. Stuart has degrees in classics and applied mathematics from Brown University, a graduate degree in classical archaeology from Princeton University, and his professional architecture degree from Columbia University. Stuart is a registered architect, author, video artist, professor and chairman of the Department of Architecture, College of Architecture+The Arts, Florida International University, Miami, Florida.

Bok Tower and Gardens, America’s Taj Mahal, an Art Deco Gift to Florida

Sunday, January 20. 3pm – 4pm.

This illustrated documentary lecture describes an Art Deco masterpiece, one of the world’s finest works of humanistic architecture, created by luminaries: Edward Bok, visionary; Frederick Law Olmsted Jr., world-renowned landscape architect; Milton Medary, architect; and famous Art Deco artisans: Lee Lawrie (sculptor), Samuel Yellin (metal master), and J.H.Dulles Allen (ceramicist). Treister, FAIA, received a Silver Medal and Lifetime Achievement Award, AIA Miami; created five books and four documentaries on architecture; sculpted Miami Beach’s world-famous masterpiece The Holocaust Memorial; wrote Havana Forever (2009); and in 2013 will publish books on the Maya, Easter Island and, with David Price and photographer Dan Forer, Bok Tower Gardens.


FRIDAY, JANUARY 18, 10am-7pm.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 19, 10am-noon.

SUNDAY, JANUARY 20, 10am-7pm

A large selection of antique furniture, such as this pair of French Art Deco Leaf chairs will be part of the exhibit. Announcing the return of MODERNISM GALLERY for the 3rd ANNUAL ART DECO AND MIMO EXPO AND SALE.

Take A TOUR OF THE SHOWROOM will take you back to an era of romance, design and desire, when ordinary objects became a vehicle for dreams and everyday items were an opportunity to celebrate the hopeful years after the two great wars of the 20th Century. The exhibit will include premier Art Deco home furnishings, including accessories and lighting as well as furniture. From cobalt blue glass mirrored tables to glass-topped chrome cigarette stands, there will be something for everyone. Learn how an injection of the Art Deco and MiMo sense of style refreshed the design of everything from chaises to early radio cabinets.


As the world’s largest indoor antique show, THE ORIGINAL MIAMI BEACH ANTIQUE SHOW is excited to offer a sneak preview at this year’s Art Deco Weekend.

• With a tent at the south end of the festival, we invite visitors to view and purchase a unique array of rare antiques that are normally only seen in major galleries or at the show.

• Tent visitor’s will have the opportunity to view and purchase 17th – 19th Century furniture, paintings, porcelain and much morewhile enjoying a lounge like atmosphere with complimentary beverages as they stroll through history.

• Tent visitors will be provided a special code to receive discounted admission to the show taking place January 31 – February 4 at the Miami Beach Convention Center.Additionally, a limited number of free tickets to this year’s show will be given away.

 Art Deco Weekend attendees are also invited to sign up for a chance to win an authentic pearl necklace. HistoryMiami and Humane Society of Greater Miami will also be partnering with the show for this new Art Deco Weekend experience.

OCEAN DRIVE BETWEEN 6TH AND 7TH STREETS. For more information visit

 Humane Society dogs available for adoption

 The Humane Society of Greater Miami has been helping homeless animals in Miami-Dade County since 1936. Today, more than 300 homeless dogs, cats, puppies and kittens each day are cared for at the Soffer and Fine Adoption Center in North Miami Beach.


FREE FUN AND EDUCATIONAL KIDS AREA in Lummus Park at Ocean Drive & 6th Street.

Kids will be able to play tee ball with the Marlins, Discover Miami Beach with Olly Planet, Do Arts and Crafts with the Miami Children’s Museum, Play kazoos and enjoy the musical talents of Rick Hubbard aka The Kazoobie Guy, Explore the sea with the Miami Seaquarium, Enjoy the live performances from Mad Dance

LIVE PERFORMANCES FOR KIDS! 7th Street Stage in Lummus Park


11am – Mad Dance

12pm – Rick Hubbard’s Kazoobie Show

1pm – Mad Dance

2pm – Rick Hubbard’s Kazoobie Show


The 2013 Art Deco Weekend Film Festival will take place in Lummus Park at 8th and Ocean. Bring a blanket, swing by your favorite food vendor, and have a picnic in Lummus Park while enjoying these fabulous films all set in the Art Deco Era.

Saturday, January 19

7PM — “Some Like It Hot”

9PM — “The Artist”

Sunday, January 20

6PM — “The Great Gatsby” (1949 version)

8PM — “Midnight in Paris”


SOME LIKE IT HOT (1959) Saturday 7PM

Starring: Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon. Directed by: Billy Wilder

When two Chicago musicians, Joe and Jerry, witness the St. Valentine’s Day massacre in 1929, they want to get out of town and get away from the gangster responsible, Spats Colombo. They’re desperate to get a gig out of town but the only job they know of is in an all-girl band heading to Florida. They show up at the train station as Josephine and Daphne, the replacement saxophone and bass players. Mayhem ensues as the two men try to keep they true identities hidden and Spats Colombo and his crew show up for a meeting with several other crime lords.

THE ARTIST (2011) Saturday 9PM

Starring: Jean Dujardin, Bérénice Bejo and John Goodman. Directed by: Michel Hazanavicius

It’s 1927 and movie screen idol, George Valentin, is enjoying the success of his latest picture, Peppy Miller is an aspiring young actress, who literally runs into Valentin at a film premiere. That chance encounter launches her Hollywood acting career. The advent of talking pictures brings a reversal to their fortunes as Valentin’s movie studio looks for fresh faces such as Peppy Miller to star in their talking pictures, while Valentin resists talking pictures. Peppy, who appreciates everything that Valentin did for her career, tries to help him as much as she can, but Valentin may have to decide if he fits into the new talking Hollywood.

THE GREAT GATSBY (1949) Sunday 6PM

Starring: Alan Ladd, Betty Field and Macdonald Carey.

Directed by: Elliott Nugent

During the roaring 20s, Nick Carraway, a young Midwesterner now living on Long Island, finds himself fascinated by the mysterious past and lavish lifestyle of his neighbor, the nouveau riche Jay Gatsby. He is drawn into Gatsby’s circle, becoming a witness to obsession and tragedy.


Starring:  Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams and Kathy Bates. Directed by: Woody Allen.

 Gil and Inez travel to Paris as a tag-along vacation on her parents’ business trip. Gil is a successful Hollywood writer but is struggling on his first novel. He falls in love with the city and thinks they should move there after they get married, but Inez does not share his romantic notions of the city or the idea that the 1920s was the golden age. When Inez goes off dancing with her friends, Gil takes a walk at midnight and discovers what could be the ultimate source of inspiration for writing. Gil’s daily walks at midnight in Paris could take him closer to the heart of the city but further from the woman he’s about to marry.


Home to so many of the country’s Top Chefs, Ocean Drive and Art Deco Weekend can be a world-class drinking and dining experience.

 Each restaurant will provide affordable take-away food and beverages in booths along Ocean Drive in front of their perspective establishments. Some of the yummy dishes include pulled pork sandwiches, sliders, pizza, crab cakes, wings, and more!

Also, enjoy some cocktails, beer, wine, and beverages to go long with your mobile meal as you walk down Ocean Drive, enjoy our film festival, watch the Fashion Show, or participate in any of our many events and shopping opportunities!

Chef’s are busy creating recipes to dazzle your taste buds! Here is a list of the participating restaurants. All the restaurants are located on Ocean Drive between 5th and 15th Streets.

Ocean Drive restaurants will be filling the Art Deco Weekend menu.

The “Orange Blossom” Special

A classic cocktail that was created during prohibition made use of Florida’s liquid gold.


3/4 oz gin

3/4 oz sweet vermouth

3/4 oz orange juice


Pour the ingredients into a mixing glass with ice cubes.

Stir well.

Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.


WIMBASH MUSIC FESTIVAL SERIES, an eclectic three days of music sure to please the widest and most discerning of musical tastes.

  FRIDAY, JANUARY 18 — An EVENING OF JAZZ. Conducted by virtuoso violinist CHRISTIAN HOWES. The program starts in the 1920s DECO ERA with Vocalist JOHN MARTIN and his DECOTONES, followed by SARAH JANE with THE CHRISTIAN HOWES BAND. The show will continue with the more contemporary Jazz and Blues sounds of ADAM FALCON, and BEVERLY LEWIS & THE MIXX, before CHRISTIAN HOWES returns to close the show with his all-star band and Fiery, Classical-Leaning Violin.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 19 — The Intensity Level is sure to rise with the introduction of LIVING COLOUR BASSIST DOUG WIMBISH, the event’s Musical Director and Host. Doug has assembled an eclectic group of local and WimBash Family musicians and bands, sure to deliver an entertaining mix of POP, ROCK, JAZZ, FUSION, REGGAE, and FUNK. Calling his musical collective the DOUG WIMBISH SOUND SYSTEM, Doug will be joined by both longtime and new collaborators (VINX, WILL CALHOUN, KEITH LEBLANC, TARA HARRISON, DJ RAMPAGE GLOBAL), for a retrospective set of his own, in which he will play a collection of TACK>>HEAD tunes, including THE PREMIERE OF “FUNKY OBAMA,” a just-released tribute to the UNITED STATES’ FIRST AFRICAN-AMERICAN PRESIDENT, appropriately introduced on both ART DECO and MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. WEEKEND.

SUNDAY, JANUARY 20 — Staying in the PATRIOTIC MOMENT, after EARTH CODE’s instrumental set, TIM CHARRON and his band will move the day forward with their ALL-AMERICAN brand of COUNTRY ROCK. Then, flying in from Maui, RAS LI’L’ DREAD brings his HAWAIIAN REGGAE to the BEACH PARTY, followed by Florida Native ALEX BAUGH’s Homegrown Florida SURF POP, Philadelphia PHANTASM’s Free-Minded, POWER-TOOL ROCK, and closing with Miami’s own SUÉNALO and its UNFORGETTABLE FUSION of JAZZ, ROCK, HIP-HOP, FUNK, and AFRO-CUBAN HORNS.


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