Fort Lauderdale’s all-day beach bash is Saturday

From sand sculptures to classic cars and disco music to a Memorial Day tribute, Fort Lauderdale’s fourth annual Great American Beach Party promises to have a little bit of everything.

The free beach bash will be held 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday at A1A and Las Olas Boulevard.

Seven bands will perform on two stages throughout the day including Across the Universe, a Beatles Tribute Band; Tim Blunston, an ’80s tribute band; The Inverted, a classic rock band; Riverside Dixieland Band, a jazz band; Nikki Kidd, an R&B singer; Bahamas Junkanoo Revue and Boogie Knights, a disco revival group.

Among the activities: the Great American Sand Sculpting Contest from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the beach between Poinsettia and Cortez streets, the Great American Beach Party’s Classic Car Show from 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., and celebrity DJ William Pennhouse will play from noon to 5 p.m. in the Kids Zone located on the beach at Poinsettia Street.

There will also be displays and exhibits from more than 20 artists presented by ArtServe Fort Lauderdale, street paintings on A1A created by chalk artists, a sand soccer tournament, volleyball tournament, community booths, and food trucks.

In honor of Memorial Day, there will be a military tribute at 4:30 p.m.; the city will induct new member’s into the Fort Lauderdale Walk of Fame at 6:45 p.m.

The evening will conclude with the showing of the movie Back to the Future shown at 8:30 p.m. on a huge screen set up in the sand.

The city is recommending guests use shuttle and water taxi service rather than parking on the beach.

For information on where the garages are located and the shuttle schedule, visit

For more information about the beach party call 954-828-5363 or visit

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