Art Deco Weekend returns to South Beach

01/13/2014 2:23 PM

01/13/2014 3:38 PM

Starting Friday, crowds will take a playful and nostalgic trip to the past in Miami Beach for the 37th Annual Art Deco Weekend.

Running through Sunday, the theme of this year’s three-day festival highlights the toys, games and vibrant characters of the popular design style of the 20s, 30s and 40s.

Across South Florida, influences of Art Deco are seen everywhere. Buildings adorned with vibrant neon lights, contrasting paint jobs and an emphasis on geometric shapes bring to life the unique visual style. Miami Beach is a center for Art Deco, with large portion of South Beach designated historic.

More than 80 scheduled events include a vintage toy exhibition, vintage car show and various art festivals. A large play area will provide activities for kids.

New to the festival this year is the Antique Experience. Located behind Lummus Park, festival organizers teamed up with and the Miami Beach Antique Show to bring two air-conditioned tents featuring vintage furniture, objects and clothing all for sale.

“We added a whole new component, something that we noticed from our surveys,” says Amanda Bush, director of Marketing and Festival Management, “people wanted the authentic art deco antiques back.”

A stylized garden and stage with live Jazz music will also round-out the Antique Experience.

Last year’s festival drew crowds upwards of 300,000, according to organizers. Bush expects a similar turnout this year.

In keeping with the theme, two interactive games will be held throughout the weekend. Decopoly, a Monopoly-type experience where festival-goers collect stickers to fill a game board, and Catch Me If You Can, where players seek out and photograph eight different people dressed up as Shirley Temple and share the images on social media. Prizes include tickets to the Miami Culinary Tour, dinner at Serefina, Jet Ski Tours and more.

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