Art Deco is about as shy as a hailstorm, and it’s infinitely more fun.
Indeed, the Art Deco Era, which enjoyed its heyday in the 1930s and 1940s, has been called history's most playful time. The hallmarks of this eclectic design style are geometric shapes that dare one to look away, bold colors that scream for attention, and sumptuous ornamentation.
Now, thanks to Art Deco Weekend, Jan. 17-19, 2014, you can relive the age of Shirley Temple, Legos and Mickey Mouse. Held along Ocean Drive in Miami Beach, home to the famed Art Deco historic district, this 37th annual festival celebrates with more than 80 events, including art exhibits, concerts, lectures, films, street theater, parades, antique autos, a variety of culinary offerings and even Arf Deco (doggie activities).
The festival features:
- A Music Festival
- An Art Deco Playground created "Just for Kids"
- An Art Deco Weekend Fashion Show
- A Film Festival featuring "The Great Gatsby" (2013) and "Chicago" (2002), as well as a "Just for Kids" Film Series, including a number of movies and shorts starring Shirley Temple, The Little Rascals, and Our Gang
- A Lecture Series
- A Classic Car Show
- An Arf Deco Parade
- An Antique Experience in a more intensely focused ART DECO area (11th Street & Ocean Drive), where you can immerse yourself in the period with information and entertainment, as well as buy antiques and objects
A must-do is a guided personal or group tour of Ocean Drive and the Art Deco District of Miami Beach, offered by the Miami Design Preservation League. The tours are often cited atop the list of the weekend's most enjoyable activities.