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Free events, exhibits & activities at Art and Design Week in Fort Lauderdale

Delight in exciting events and interactive displays offered for Art & Design Week in greater Fort Lauderdale.

Art & Design Week in 2023 is January 21 – 29, and it includes arts, entertainment and educational events.

Plenty events and tours are free. Others require a fee.


2-for-1 entry for NSU Museum of Art January 21-29, 1 E. Las Olas Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale, 954-525-5500, website.  Regular fees are $12 for adults; $8 for seniors & military; $5 for students 13 – 17 years old & university students with ID; and free for NSU students, faculty and staff, museum members, and ages 12 and younger. For another deal, NSU Art Museum offers free entry days

Free Fort Lauderdale Art & Design Week events include these and others:

Ignite Broward

Image via Ignite

Ignite Broward features light, video and 3D displays January 25-29 in downtown Fort Lauderdale and in Dania. Feature: Free ‘Ignite Broward’ fest features light, video & 3D displays

Information and other events are featured on the website


Avenue of The Arts festivities include

Kids Art Day 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. January 28, at Sistrunk Marketplace, 115 NW Sixth Avenue, Fort Lauderdale 33311. Local organizations feature art and environmental activities. Free entry Register online for free tickets

Artists participate in live painting event 7 p.m. January 27 at Sistrunk Marketplace, 115 NW Sixth Avenue, Fort Lauderdale 33311. Free entry. Register online.

Sistrunk Marketplace is a food hall with assorted dining vendors.

Information about AOTA FEST is online.


Word Play Florida Road Show 

It’s a “traveling public art adventure” featuring interactive sculpture and other arts elements.

Displays include

  • 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. January 27 and 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. January 28 at Artspark at Hollywood Boulevard and Federal Highway in Hollywood
  • 6 p.m. – 11 p.m. Fort Lauderdale Art Walk featuring music by Russell Mofsky and Gold Dust Lounge band, 844 NE 4th Avenue, Fort Lauderdale 33304

Presented by Revolving Museum

Modeling The Reef workshop

Register online. Ecology presentation and sculpting workshop is 6 p.m. January 28 at  601 City Center Way Pembroke Pines, 954- 392-2120

Urban Sketchers

Urban Sketchers offers an opportunity to sketch with others at picturesque Esplanade Park, 1 p.m.-3:30  p.m. January 28, 400 SW 2nd St. Fort Lauderdale.

Hollywood ArtWalk

Downtown Hollywood ArtWalk is 6 p.m. – 11 p.m. January 21, includes tours, artisan vendors and live entertainment.  Feature: Downtown Hollywood ArtWalk

Pompano Jazz Festival. Photo/Alice Soyer

Pompano Jazz Festival

Register online for free tickets. Pompano Jazz Fest January 20-21  features David Sanborn, Spyro Gyra and others. Feature: Pompano Jazz Fest includes David Sanborn & free entry with registration

Art Walk Wilton Manors

Art Walk Wilton Manors includes 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. January 21 on Wilton Drive, featuring shops and restaurants.

Free film

Free film and panel discussion 12:30  p.m. January 22 presented by Fort Lauderdale Internationl Film Festival. It’s at Savor Cinema, 503 SE 6th Street, Fort Lauderdale, email

Talk with Recording Artist Alexander Star

Recording artist Alexander Star is featured in a discussion 6 p.m. January 24 at  General Provision,  300 SW 1st Ave., Fort Lauderdale. Information,

Please return to this feature as other events are added.

Moss Mural

Festivities for Moss Mural RSVP required, 954-356-7900 or, for reception 5:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. January 26 featuring Moss Mural at AC Hotel by Marriott Fort Lauderdale Beach, 3029 Alhambra St., Fort Lauderdale

Art & Music

Music and Art with Andy Friedman 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. January 26,  404 SE 17th St. Fort Lauderdale. Information is online.

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Other Events

Wednesday, February 8, 2023

Los Trompos art installation

All Day | FREE | Merrick Park

Festival Exhibition

10:00 am to 5:00 pm | FREE | New World Center | New World Symphony

Garden tour

10:00 am | FREE | Society of the Four Arts

Noon Tunes in Fort Lauderdale

12:00 pm to 1:30 pm | FREE | Stranahan Park

Food Trucks In Volunteer Park

5:00 pm to 9:00 pm | Volunteer Park Plantation

Food truck gathering at Pelican Harbor Marina

5:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | Pelican Harbor Marina

$9 deal for roller skating in Davie

6:00 pm to 8:30 pm | Discounted | Galaxy Skateway Davie

Free music at Gulfstream in Hallandale

6:30 pm to 9:30 pm | FREE | Gulfstream Park Village

Free live music at Hollywood beach bandshell

7:00 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | Hollywood beach bandshell

Comedy Night at Pub 52

8:00 pm to 11:00 pm | FREE | Nightlife Brewing Co.

Comedy Night at Exit One Taproom

8:00 pm to 11:00 pm | FREE | Exit One Taproom

SoundScape Cinema Series: Free outdoor movies in Miami Beach

8:00 pm | FREE | New World Center | New World Symphony

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