Open Streets Fort Lauderdale & Winterfest Family Fun Day


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Discover! Engage! Play! Celebrate! all on one of Fort Lauderdale’s most popular thoroughfares, but without cars. Open Streets Fort Lauderdale and Winterfest Family Fun Day will transform E. Las Olas Boulevard into a fun, activity filled "playground" for recreational activities, such as walking, skating, bicycling, dancing, rollerblading, and more. If you really want to see firsthand what Open Streets and Family Fun Day is all about check out the photo gallery below from last year's inaugural event. This year, it's going to be bigger and better than ever! Click here to save the date to your calendar!

Open Streets Flyer
Winterfest Family Fun Day Flyer
Residential Tree Giveaway

Flash Mob Dance
Open Streets Scheduled Events
Open Streets Activities
Winterfest Family Fun Day Activities
Open Streets Traffic Alert
Open Streets Partners
Parking Map
Free Bike Valet
Transportation Options
Connect With Us
Open Streets 2014 Photo Gallery

Residential Tree Giveaway

Save a TreeFort Lauderdale residents! You can help increase the City's tree canopy by taking home FREE trees at OS Tree GivewayOpen Streets during the Quarterly Residential Tree Giveaway. There will be at least 11 species of 2- to 4-foot tall trees in 3-gallon containers available, including Bulnesia, Gumbo Limbo, Pigeon Plum, Silver Buttonwood, White Geiger, Live Oak, Jamaican Caper, Lychee, Edible Fig, Avocado & Dwarf Mango. The free trees are limited to two per household on a first-come, first-served basis (between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.) with proof of Fort Lauderdale residency. Trees may be picked up at S.E. 2nd Avenue on E. Las Ols Boulevard and the closest parking location is in the City Park Garage, 150 SE 2nd Street, which has a special $5 flat fee from 8. a.m. to 5 p.m. The City encourages its neighbors to review the Homeowners and Trees pdf brochure for tips on choosing the right tree for the right place on their properties prior to selecting their trees at the event.

Open Streets Dance Flash Mob

You can really "Shake it Off" at Open Streets this year by dancing in the first-ever Open Streets flash mob! This will be the most fun had on two feet! We'll be videotaping the dance, so get working on your moves. 

What is a flash mob?
A flash mob is an organized routine of a group of performers working together on a large scale to surprise and amuse people with a spontaneous performance for a short period of time . Flash mob performances can include dances, songs or even record breaking attempts.

Scheduled Events

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Time  Event  Location 
 10:30 a.m.  Group Bike Ride with elected officials, city manager, & partners  Huizenga Plaza
 10:45 a.m.  Moms of Broward County Stroller Walk  Huizenga Plaza
 11:30 a.m.  GirlTrek Walk  Huizenga Plaza
 11:30 a.m.
 Vocal Entertainment (to be announced)
 Main Stage
 11:55 a.m.  Ploomie Lewis Caribbean World Music Artist  Main Stage (E. Las Olas Blvd. & S.E. 5th Ave.)
 12:30 p.m.   "Shake It Off" Dance Flash Mob  Main Stage
 12:50 p.m.  Gary Palmer and The GP Project (Smooth Jazz & R&B)  Main Stage
 1:00 p.m.  Gold Coast Roller Derby Grrls Group Skate  Huizenga Plaza
 1:30 p.m.  ADA Walk & Roll Parade lead by Ann Storck Center  S.E. 4th Ave.
 2:00 p.m.  Open Streets Parade lead by Fort Lauderdale High School Marching Band & Cheerleaders  Huizenga Plaza
 2:00 p.m.  South Florida Cloggers  Main Stage


View the Activities Map (11" x 17")

Open Streets Fort Lauderdale and Winterfest Family Fun Day* offer a variety of family-friendly recreational, cultural, educational and safety-related activities throughout the day, many of which encourage attendees to get involved. Make sure to keep checking back as new activities are being added every day. 

Pilates Acapella singing group Las Olas Sunday Market & Craft Fair 
 Bike safety and repair YMCA Zumba  B-cycle bike sharing
 Vintage Seminole
fashion show
Las Olas strut at the crosswalk  Refresh Life Café Healthy Food Demonstration
 FLIPANY bike training  Espresso and coffee bar  Hip Hop for kids
 YMCA Y-Fit  Face painting*  Music theater group
  Brunch in the street at several 
Las Olas restaurants
Paddle up on the
Himmarshee Canal
 Dania Beach PATCH
community garden
South Florida Commuter Services Yoga  Fort Lauderdale tree giveway
 Line dancing  Kids candle making station  Street hockey with Florida Panthers*
 Bike rodeo  Street parklets Spinning
 Fishing activities Grateful Paws Pet Rescue*  Recycled Bicycle Exchange
 Kava Polynesian party &
adult bounce house
Life-size checkers, chess and Connect 4  Hopscotch, jump rope, &
Four Square
 Catabella Express
trackless train rides
Fort Lauderdale Strikers Soccer*  Fort Lauderdale Police Dept. 
bike registration
 Tap, jazz, & hip-hop classes Musical Theater Group  Girl Trek walk 
 LIve bands and DJs Bike helmet fitting station   Sidewalk chalk art
 Bike registration by Fort Lauderdale Police Department Roller hockey with
Gold Coast Derby Grrls
FDOT Alert Today, Alive Tomorrow pedestrian safety activity
 Tree giveaway Pet rescues   On street parklets
 Wheelchair parade  Life-size inflatable maze* Inferno's Challenge obstacle course* 
Fishing activities with the International Game Fish Association  Funderdome*   


Open Streets Traffic Alert

OS Traffic Advisory

The following traffic restrictions will be in effect on Sunday, November 22, 2015 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. for the Open Streets Fort Lauderdale and Winterfest Family Fun Day event. These restrictions will affect E. Las Olas Boulevard and surrounding neighborhoods. Motorists should expect traffic delays in and around the affected area and are encouraged to follow posted detour signs and travel slowly in the area to ensure the safety of pedestrians, bicyclists, and other motorists. 

  • E. Las Olas Boulevard from Andrews Avenue to S.E. 12th Avenue will be closed to all traffic from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    Motorists will have westbound access to E. Las Olas Boulevard from A1A (beach) up to S.E. 12th Avenue.
  • S.E. 1st Avenue from E. Las Olas Boulevard to the south side of the FAU/BC Tower parking lot will be closed 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • The intersections of E. Las Olas Boulevard & S.E. 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th Avenues/New River Dr. will be closed 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Access to N. New River Drive will be limited to S.E. 3rd Avenue south of E. Las Olas Boulevard from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Business and residential traffic should use S.E. 4th Street or the New River Center parking garage driveway as alternatives to E. Las Olas Boulevard to enter and exit the neighborhood.
  • Residents of the WaterGarden, Las Olas Grand, Las Olas Riverhouse, businesses and residents south of E. Las Olas Boulevard and west of US1/Federal Highway should use S.E. 4th Street or the New River Center parking garage driveway to access S.E. 3rd Avenue to enter and exit the area.
  • S.E. 3rd Avenue south of Las Olas Boulevard will remain open during the event.
  • Businesses and residential traffic south of Las Olas Boulevard, east of US1/Federal Highway/S.E. 6th Avenue and west of the Himmarshee Canal should use the traffic officer controlled intersections at US1/Federal Highway/S.E. 6th Avenue or S.E. 8th Avenue for north and southbound local traffic only.
  • Businesses and residential traffic south of E. Las Olas Boulevard, east of the Himmarshee Canal and west of S.E. 15th Avenue should use S.E. 15th Avenue for access to the neighborhood. Access to the streets north of Las Olas Boulevard will remain open.
  • S.E. 9th Avenue, S.E. 11th Avenue, and Tarpon Drive will be closed to vehicle traffic at Las Olas Boulevard.

Transportation Options

Why not consider an environmentally-friendly approach to getting to Open Streets and Winterfest Family Fun Day? Leave your car at home and either walk, bike, carpool, or take advantage of one of the many alternative modes of transportation below that will get you to the event. By doing so you'll save gas and energy, reduce traffic congestion, improve air quality, and avoid the hassle of sitting in traffic and finding parking. 

Broward B-Cycle 
Broward County Transit
Riverwalk Water Trolley
Sun Trolley

Expanded Sun Trolley Service for Northwest Fort Lauderdale

South Florida Commuter Services is sponsoring expanded Sun Trolley service to and from northwest Fort Lauderdale to get to Open Streets. Just wave at the Sun Trolley along the route anytime between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., hop on the Trolley, and you’ll be at the event having tons of fun in no time.

Free Bike Valet

Ride your bike to Open Streets and park it in a safe location using the FREE Bike Valet. The Bike Valets will be located on Las Olas Blvd. just east of SE 3rd Ave. and at SE 9th Ave. They will be in service from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Connect with Us!

We invite you to connect with us using social media to "follow" the City of Fort Lauderdale on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram and "like," "share," "retweet," and "favorite" Open Streets and other City news and happenings. Be sure to use #OpenStreetsFTL in your social media  posts and "join" the Open Streets Facebook event page for updates, pop quizzes, trivia and just fun facts about Open Streets. While you're there "share," and let us know you'll be there.  

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Open Streets Partners

Open Streets Fort Lauderdale would not have been made possible without the incredible effort and dedication of our sponsors. Come learn more about them as they host activities and events all along Las Olas for Open Streets! 

City of Fort Lauderdale




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Open Streets and Winterfest Family Fun Day 2014

Updated on 11/06/2015 5:49 PM

The City of Fort Lauderdale hosted the first Open Streets event on November 23, 2014 in partnership with Winterfest Family Fun Day. People of all ages attended to discover, engage, play, and celebrate on E. Las Olas Boulevard. Open Streets events temporarily close streets to vehicles so people have full access to walk, bicycle, dance, play, rollerblade, skateboard, jog, socialize, or enjoy other activities in a safe, car-free environment.

About Open Streets Events 

Open Streets events, also referred to as Ciclovía events, are all-inclusive events that turn car centric streets into recreational “playgrounds” where people of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds can participate in healthy activities that build community and create liveable cities. Whether looking to get in better shape or receive an emotional boost, Open Streets events make people want to go outside without worrying about traffic and pedestrian safety.

Inspiration for Ciclovías gained popularity following the introduction of the concept in Columbia in the 1970s where main streets were closed off for seven hours each Sunday and on public holidays to allow joggers, bicyclists, skaters to exercise on the car-free streets.  Other outdoor activities, such as aerobics and yoga, took place simultaneously in city parks. Today, more than 70 miles of Colombian streets are open to non-motorized activities on Sundays and holidays with participation rates that can exceed 1 million. Not only are Open Streets events becoming more popular internationally, this sustainable, healthy trend has caught on in the United States, with more 200 municipal events occurring nationwide.

The Rise of Open Streets

The video below created by Streetfilms provides a great overview of the story behind the open streets movement.



Benefits of Open Streets Events

Open Streets events offer Fort Lauderdale’s neighbors and visitors a variety of benefits that impact public health and the environmental, economic, and social fabric of a city. Below are a few of the many benefits Open Streets events present.

Public Health Benefits

  • Address the decline in physical activity that may result in chronic disease and obesity
  • Deliver physical activities to the community and get people moving
  • Promote physical activity and fitness within existing urban infrastructures
  • Provide a fun reason to get outdoors and be active

Environmental Benefits

  • Encourage biking and walking instead of driving
  • Encourage use of sustainable modes of transportation (i.e., biking, walking, public transit, etc.)
  • Reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improves air quality
  • Reduce traffic congestion
  • Remove cars from the road, offering a positive environmental impact
  • Save energy and fuel

Economic Benefits

  • Attract new people to the area
  • Generate foot traffic, increase in sales
  • Help people discover new stores and restaurants
  • Offer new economic opportunities
  • Save on healthcare costs

Social Benefits

  • Create social networks and build community bonds
  • Elevate vitality, mobility, and livability of the City
  • Give neighbors a sense of street ownership
  • Improve quality of life
  • Make streets “friendlier” to pedestrians
  • Provide an opportunity to explore Fort Lauderdale in a whole new mobile way
  • Stimulate family time