The Great American Beach Party 2017

Great American Beach Party

Kickoff the summer and Memorial Day weekend at the 8th Annual Great American Beach Party on Saturday, May 27, 2016 from 10:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Fort Lauderdale Beach near A1A and Las Olas Boulevard. This free event will transform a portion of Fort Lauderdale Beach into an entertainment mecca, featuring live music, live performances, and activities for the entire family including a kids zone, sand castle contest, a classic car show, military tribute and more – all on Fort Lauderdale Beach!

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Seven bands will perform live on two stages throughout the day treating crowds to a variety of surf rock, classic oldies, rock n’ roll hits, country favorites, blues, soul, funk and more. International Rock Star,  Eddie Money, will headline the event in the late afternoon on Saturday.  He first came onto the scene after introducing his self-titled album in 1977. The album, which went double platinum, featured hits like “Baby Hold On” and “Two Tickets to Paradise.” Money followed the success of his debut album with a stream of Top 40 hits, as well as some of the era’s most creative videos for songs like “Think I’m in Love” and “Shakin.” In 1986, Money released Can’t Hold Back, which featured the classic, Grammy-Nominated duet with Ronnie Spector, “Take Me Home Tonight.”  Read more at


SOUTH STAGE- LAS OLAS                                                    

12:00 – 2:00 Big Harvest (reggae)

2:30 – 3:00  Military Tribute/Jump

3:00 – 4:00  Mr. Nice Guy  (classic rock)

4:45 – 6:00   EDDIE MONEY

6:00 – 6:45   Presentation by Mayor Jack Seiler

7:15 – 8:30   Replay Band  (classic rock)


12:30 – 2:30  Six Foot Sell Surfband (surf music)

3:00 – 5:00   Shane Duncan Band (country)

5:30 – 8:30  Pocket Change  (Funk/dance)



Award-winning LivingSand artist and sculptor John May returns to present the Great American Sand Sculpting Contest from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the beach from Poinsettia Street to Cortez Street. No experience is necessary to participate in this spirited, friendly competition that has become an annual favorite among families, children, neighborhoods, and businesses. Prizes will be awarded for best sand sculptures in a variety of categories.


Automobile enthusiasts won’t want to miss the Great American Classic Car Show, presented by Keith’s Rods and Customs from 11:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. More than 70 custom classics will line both sides of A1A from Cortez Street to Castillo Street giving beach-goers an up close look at a unique collection of vintage hot rods, rag tops, roadsters and muscle cars.


From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., celebrity DJ William Pennhouse will bring his one-of-a-kind non-stop energy and excitement to the expanded Family Fun Zone, located on the beach at Poinsettia Street. Activities for children and adults will include music and dancing; face painting; hula-hoop, limbo and Twister contests; water balloon tosses; beach water slides and bounce houses; a cornhole tournament; life-size board games; Florida wildlife exhibits; and much more.


In observance of Memorial Day Weekend, a military tribute will take place at 2:30 p.m. to honor the men and women who serve our country in the United States Armed Forces. The tribute will be highlighted by a precision freefall parachute drill performed by the U.S. Special Operations Command Parachute Demonstration Team.  In an extraordinary display of timing, accuracy, and precision maneuvering, the Para-Commandos will skydive from 12,500 feet over the Atlantic Ocean and land on targets positioned in the sand at Las Olas Boulevard and A1A. 


The Great American Beach Party will also include displays and exhibits from more than 20 well-known and up-and-coming local artists, community booths, collectibles, and plenty of food and beverages.


The City of Fort Lauderdale established the Walk of Fame in 2010 at the inaugural Great American Beach Party to pay tribute to the legendary Connie Francis on the 50th Anniversary of “Where the Boys Are,” the 1960 film which made Fort Lauderdale an overnight sensation and a “must see” destination for visitors.

Walk of Fame Honorees are recognized for outstanding work in their respective fields and for making long-term positive contributions to the City of Fort Lauderdale. As part of the awards program, each honoree receives a commemorative marble paver that is placed in the Walk of Fame to memorialize their outstanding accomplishments. The Fort Lauderdale Walk of Fame is located on the beach along the east side of A1A at Las Olas Boulevard.

Walk of Fame Honorees are announced at the Great American Beach Party, which annually takes place on the Saturday of Memorial Day Weekend. An induction ceremony will take place at 6pm on the South Stage.

Tips on How to Get There and Parking Options

Skip the traffic! The Great American Beach Party offers plenty of stress free, convenient transportation options including a bike valet, flat rate parking at City lots, the Sun Trolley, and even water shuttles.

A FREE bike valet will run from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. located at the foot of the Las Olas Bridge.

Get to the Great American Beach Party stress free by parking in downtown Fort Lauderdale and hopping aboard designated event shuttles. Downtown parking is available for a $10 flat rate at:

– City Park Garage, 150 S.E. 2nd Street
– County Garage, 151 S.W. 2nd Street
– One River Plaza, 305 S. Andrews Avenue
– AutoNation Building, 200 S.W. 1st Avenue

Water shuttle stations will be located downtown at Las Olas Riverfront, 300 S.W. 1st Avenue, and on the beach at Las Olas Marina, 240 E. Las Olas Circle. Round trip fares are only $5. Active military, seniors 65 and over, and kids under 3 are free.

Water shuttles will operate from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. on the day of the event, with the Water Shuttle departing on the hour and the Water Taxi departing every 30 minutes. Round Trip: $5 per person (Active military, seniors 65 and over, and kids under 3 are free.)

The Sun Trolley will be picking up eventgoers at the City Park Garage, located at 150 S.E. 2nd Street. Drop-off will be at the Las Olas Marina, 240 E. Las Olas Circle. Fares are $1 each way or $3 for an all-day pass. The Sun Trolley will operate from 9:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Track Sun Trolley in real time by downloading the app at

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Date(s) - 05/27/2017
10:00 am - 8:30 pm

Fort Lauderdale Beach Park