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Events

The number and variety of upcoming Fort Lauderdale events is truly amazing. Many events are held on a regular basis throughout the year, others occur just once per year and others only once in a life time. This page is laid out in two sections, Ongoing Events and Annual Events. By reviewing both lists, you should be able to see the events that are available at the time when you are considering using the Water Taxi.

Note that only events that occur close to the Water Taxi Stops or on the waterways are included. If you are planning on attending any of these great events, remember to stop at a Water Taxi Cruise and Save Partner for dinner, lunch, drinks and fun. Simply show your Water Taxi ticket for discounts!

Ongoing Events

 

Friday Night Sound Waves

Friday Night Sound Waves

Friday Nights 3/18 – 11/18 from 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM

myfortlauderdalebeach.com

Water Taxi Stop 8

Set against the magnificent backdrop of Fort Lauderdale Beach, the Friday Night Sound Waves Live Music Series takes place every Friday evening. Free to the public, and geared toward area locals, global visitors, the young and the young-at-heart, we welcome you to slide off your shoes and slip into the weekend. Bring a beach chair. Bring a friend. Come #MeetMeAtTheHub. A variety of musical performances will undoubtedly please the crowds. For information on performing artists, please go to the web site.

Ride the Water Taxi to Friday Night Sound Waves for a great Water Taxi tour and night of music. Remember, if you board the Water Taxi after 5 PM, the Water Taxi is only $16, ask for a Moonlight Madness ticket.

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Hollywood, Florida Bandshell

Free Concerts at the Hollywood Bandshell

Check web site for specific dates and performers

margaritavillehollywoodbeachresort.com

Water Taxi Stops H1& H2

The Hollywood Bandshell is a free open air performance venue operated by the Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort. There are several excellent live performances at this venue each week. Performances run from 7pm – 9pm. Check the web site for specific nights and performers.

The Hollywood Beach Bandshell is located just steps from Water Taxi Stops H1 & H2. A trip from your hotel in Hollywood or from Fort Lauderdale on the Water Taxi is an enjoyable part of your day and to top off your day with a free live concert will make it perfect. Note: If you are heading back to Fort Lauderdale after the concert, you must leave the Bandshell at about 8:45 so you can be sure to catch the last scheduled departure from Water Taxi Stop H1 to Fort Lauderdale at 9 PM.

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Sunday Jazz Brunch

Sunday Jazz Brunch

First Sunday of Every Month from 11 AM – 2 PM

fridaynightsoundwaves.com

Water Taxi Stop 1 & Esplanade Park Whistle Stop

This hugely popular monthly event is free and draws several thousand area residents and tourists to hear a number of performers play an exciting mix of Jazz music. The venue includes the entire park and food and beverage booths are set up for refreshments. You can bring beach chairs and blankets or sit on the grass and park benches. Public restrooms are available in the park.

Water Taxi has regular service to the area at Water Taxi Stop 1 and you can flag down a Water Taxi at the dock within the park. We call it a Whistle Stop. The Water Taxi is a great way to get to and from the concert from your hotel. It is also a great activity for after the concert to make a memorable day in Fort Lauderdale.

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Annual Events

 

New Year’s Day

New Year’s Day

1/1/17

All Water Taxi Stops

Federal Holiday; events and activities will be added as they are announced.

Water Taxi is open on a regular schedule on New Year’s Day. Ride the Water Taxi to a holiday lunch or to watch New Year’s Day football at one of Water Taxi’s many Cruise and Save partner restaurants. Show your Water Taxi Ticket and save.

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Martin Luther King Day

Martin Luther King Day

1/16/17

All Water Taxi Stops

Federal Holiday; events and activities will be added as they are announced.

Water Taxi is open on a regular schedule on Martin Luther King Day.  This is a great opportunity spend some time with family and friends on the Water Taxi. Just Take a boat ride or ride the Water Taxi to Martin Luther King Day events. We will post event details as they become available.

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Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day

2/14/17

All Water Taxi Stops

In 2017, Valentine’s Day falls on a Friday which is an ideal day to go out and celebrate with your special someone at the many restaurants along the Water Taxi Route.

Combine a romantic Water Taxi tour with dinner on the Water Taxi. Remember, if you are going to dinner after 5 PM, ask for discounted Moonlight Madness tickets.

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Presidents Day

Presidents Day – Beginning of February School Vacation

2/20/17

Federal Holiday; events and activities will be added as they are announced. For many school systems around the country this also marks the beginning of February Vacation Week.

Water Taxi is open on a regular schedule on Presidents Day.  This is a great opportunity spend some time with family and friends on the Water Taxi. Make a special family day on the Water Taxi with a great tour and access to beaches, parks, restaurants, museums and more. Search around on this web site for all of the fun things to do with the Water Taxi. Water Taxi We will post event details as they become available.

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Miami Boat Show

Miami Boat Show

2/16/17 – 2/20/17

miamiboatshow.com

All Water Taxi Stops

For many boaters around the country, a boat show in February marks the time to start thinking about boating and summer. Fort Lauderdale and Hollywood hotels host many out of town visitors to the Miami International Boat show.

If the boat show gets everyone excited about boating, the Water Taxi is a good opportunity to actually get out on the water to enjoy Fort Lauderdale and Hollywood and all these two cities have to offer.

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St. Patrick’s Day Parade

St. Patrick’s Day Parade

3/18/17 (tentative)

stpatsftl.com

Water Taxi Stop 1 for the parade and all Water Taxi Stops for the rest of the day

In 2017, St. Patrick’s Day is on a Friday, so much celebrating will be on Friday evening, while the parade will be on Saturday 3/18. This all day festival is centered on Huizinga Park and includes a parade and events for the entire family and libations at area pubs. Many of the restaurants and pubs along the Water Taxi route feature live entertainment and special Irish themed menus for St. Patrick’s Day.

If you are going to be out eating and drinking on St. Patrick’s Day why not add some more fun on the Water Taxi. Water Taxi can drop you off near the parade, pick you up and take you to a restaurant or pub and take you back at the end of the evening. Avoid driving and take the Water Taxi.

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Easter

Easter

4/16/17

All Water Taxi Stops

In Fort Lauderdale and Hollywood, Easter is a big Brunch day. With so many waterfront venues to choose from and so many Easter brunch special menus, there is a brunch just for you.

Easter is a great day to be on the water tin Fort Lauderdale and Hollywood. Park near any of the 20 Water Taxi Stops, enjoy a Water Taxi tour and be dropped off at a restaurant of your choice for brunch, lunch or dinner.

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Tortuga Music Festival

Tortuga Music Festival

4/15/16 – 4/17/16

tortugamusicfestival.com

Water Taxi Stops 1, 8, & 9

The Tortuga Music festival is a huge two day country music festival held on For Lauderdale Beach. Your head will spin as you try to keep up with the performances on multiple stages.

The Fort Lauderdale Water Taxi provides transportation from the Riverfront Complex near Water Taxi Stop 1 to and from the event on Fort Lauderdale Beach.

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Patriots’ Day

Patriots’ Day – Beginning of April School Vacation

4/18/16

All Water Taxi Stops

Federal Holiday; events and activities will be added as they are announced. For many school systems around the country this also marks the beginning of April Vacation Week.

Water Taxi is open on a regular schedule on Patriots’ Day.  This is a great opportunity spend some time with family and friends on the Water Taxi. Make a special family day on the Water Taxi with a great tour and access to beaches, parks, restaurants, museums and more. Search around on this web site for all of the fun things to do with the Water Taxi. Water Taxi We will post event details as they become available.

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Rotary Club New River Raft Race

Rotary Club New River Raft Race

4/23/16

newriverraftrace.com

Water Taxi Stop 1

This is a local event that you do not want to miss. A race between Home Made rafts with human propulsion where combat with various water cannon designs is encouraged is a sight to behold. Have fun, watch the race, pick a team and route for them and then, go for a relaxing Water Taxi ride.

Note: This event may cause a disruption in the Water Taxi Service on the New River Route during the event. If you plan to attend or participate in the event, taking a Water Taxi tour after the event will make a great day.

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Las Olas Wine and Food Festival

Las Olas Wine and Food Festival

4/29/16

lasolaswff.com

Water Taxi Stops 3 & 4

Las Olas Blvd is one of the premier attractions in Fort Lauderdale and when they put on a party, everyone wants to attend. Check out the web site for event details.

Las Olas Boulevard is just a two block walk from Water Taxi Stops 3 & 4.

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Broward Navy Days – Fleet Week

Broward Navy Days – Fleet Week

5/2/16 – 5/9/16

browardnavydaysinc.org

Best view of participating vessels is from the Fort Lauderdale to Hollywood Express route; board at Water Taxi Stops 6 or H1.

Broward County has been hosting Fleet Week for 18 years. This event is mostly for the benefit of our military personnel who deserve a week of relaxation and a place at the center of attention. Each year the United States Navy and the United States Coast Guard send various ships to participate in the event. This year, ships scheduled to participate include the U.S.S. Bataan, an amphibious assault ship; two destroyers and a submarine (to be announced); and two U.S. Coast Guard cutters. Ships are expected to arrive at Port Everglades between 7 a.m. and 11 a.m. on Monday, May 2.

One way to participate is to get one of the limited number of ship tour passes. The other way is to simply jump on a Water Taxi on the Fort Lauderdale / Hollywood Express route and you will transit right through Port Everglades and you will be able to admire these majestic and powerful vessels.

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Fort Lauderdale Air Show

Fort Lauderdale Air Show

5/7/16 – 5/8/16

fortlauderdaleairshow.com

Water Taxi Stops 9 & 10

This event will feature spectacular demonstrations of airplanes in flight. The center of the event is located on Fort Lauderdale Beach across from Birch state Park. HOWEVER, the planes will be zooming all around Fort Lauderdale during the show AND on Friday before the show for practice.

If you are going to the event, Ride the Water Taxi to Water Taxi Stop 9 or 10 and the event entrance is a reasonable walk. If you ride the Water Taxi on Friday, Saturday or Sunday, you will likely see dramatic demonstrations of planes in flight from wherever you are because as the planes circle around lining up for their runs by the beach they use much of the air space over Fort Lauderdale.

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Mothers’ Day

Mothers’ Day

5/8/16

All Water Taxi Stops

Mother’s Day is traditionally a day to celebrate mothers everywhere. This is a popular day for family and friends to treat moms to a special day.

In Fort Lauderdale taking mom to brunch or lunch on the Water Taxi is very popular. Adding a Water Taxi Tour to this special day really completes the day. There are dozens and dozens of restaurants within easy walking distance of Water Taxi stops in Both Fort Lauderdale and Hollywood.

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Great American Beach Party

Great American Beach Party - Memorial Day Weekend

5/28/16

myfortlauderdalebeach.com

Water Taxi Stops 7 & 8

Great American Beach Party; every Memorial Day weekend, the last weekend in May, Fort Lauderdale plays host to a great family weekend event on Fort Lauderdale Beach.

Ride the Water Taxi to the beach for this perennial family friendly event. Check back for event transportation.

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Fathers’ Day

Fathers’ Day

6/19/16

All Water Taxi Stops

Father’s Day is traditionally a day to celebrate Fathers everywhere. This is a popular day for family and friends to treat dads to a special day.

In Fort Lauderdale taking dad to brunch or lunch on the Water Taxi is very popular. Adding a Water Taxi Tour to this special day really completes the day. There are dozens and dozens of restaurants within easy walking distance of Water Taxi stops in Both Fort Lauderdale and Hollywood.

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Broward County End of School Year

Broward County End of School Year

6/09/16

All Water Taxi Stops

Celebrate the end of the school year and the beginning of summer vacation

A Water Taxi Tour combined with family activities is a great way to celebrate the end of the school year. Check out the Water Taxi Cruise and Save program whereby you show your Water Taxi ticket at over 60 area restaurants, shops, bike rentals, Segway Tours, etc. for a discount. Make day of it on the Water Taxi.

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Marine Industry Association Marine Industry Day

Marine Industry Day

4/9/16 – 4/10/16

plywoodregatta.org

MIASF’s Plywood Regatta is a two-day event where middle, high school and college students attempt to build sea-worthy vessels on April 9 using simple hand-tools and only the supplied materials of plywood, 3M 5200 fast cure caulk and zip ties. On Sunday, April 10, the public is invited to watch as the students compete in a fun-filled and friendly rivalry when the finished boats line up and race in a series of heats to determine which boats actually are seaworthy and which boats exude that sinking feeling!

As a member of The Marine Industries of South Florida, Water Taxi supports this event and encourages locals and visitors alike to venture down to Dania Beach to watch and participate.

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Independence Day

Independence Day

6/4/16

All Water Taxi Stops

Do you enjoy fireworks and all of the traditional Fourth of July activities? Well if you come to Fort Lauderdale you are the right place. Both Fort Lauderdale and Hollywood have fantastic fireworks displays over the ocean and you can be at ground zero, if you choose. A day at the beach, refreshments at the local waterfront pubs and restaurants and fireworks, who could ask for more?

Leave your car in a convenient parking garage and tale a Water Taxi tour on your way to the beach. Ride in the evening and see Fireworks form the boat is the Water taxi polies the Waters of Fort Lauderdale and Hollywood. Specific information will be posted as it becomes available.

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Labor Day

Labor Day

9/3/16 – 9/5/16

All Water Taxi Stops

Federal Holiday; events and activities will be added as they are announced. Historically, Labor Day in Fort Lauderdale and Hollywood is a lay back holiday where people relax and get ready for the fall.

Labor Day weekend is a great day for a Water Taxi tour and a day at the beach.

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Columbus Day

Columbus Day

10/8/16 – 10/10/16

All Water Taxi Stops

Federal Holiday; events and activities will be added as they are announced.

Any day when you do not have to work is a fantastic day to ride the Fort Lauderdale Water Taxi.

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Halloween

Halloween

10/31/16

All Water Taxi Stops

This year, Halloween is on a Monday, which means that most Halloween festivities will take place over the weekend on 10/29 and 10/30.

Ride the Water Taxi to your Halloween events…you may eve n see some Water Taxi staff in costume. Check back for Halloween events.

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Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show

Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show

11/3/16 – 11/7/16

flibs.com

Water Taxi Stops 1, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, & 9

The Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show is regarded as the premier show for mega yachts and recreational boats of all sizes. This enormous show is comprised of 5 venues along the waterfront of Fort Lauderdale,

The Fort Lauderdale Water Taxi provides dedicated transportation from several mainland locations to the boat show venues. One fare allows hop on / hop off service to, from and between the various boat show venues. The Water Taxi is the most efficient way to access the boat show…and it is the most fun! Details of the dedicated Water Taxi service to the show will be posted when available.

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Veteran's Day

Veteran's Day

11/11/16

All Water Taxi Stops

Federal Holiday; events and activities will be added as they are announced.

Take your favorite Veteran for a Water Taxi Tour on veterans’ Day.

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Light Up the Beach

Light Up the Beach

11/19/16 (Tentative)

myfortlauderdalebeach.com

Water Taxi Stop 8

Start the holiday season with style and entertainment on Fort Lauderdale Beach. Seasonal music and with a flip of the switch the holiday lights come alive. After the illumination watch the parade as it wends its way from the beach to downtown.

Leave your car downtown and ride the Water Taxi to Stop 8 enjoying the ride along the way. Whenever you couple a Water Taxi ride with an event in Fort Lauderdale or Hollywood, it makes the day that much more special. Remember, if you board the Water taxi after 5 PM, you only pay the Moonlight Madness discounted ticket price.

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Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving

11/24/16

All Water Taxi Stops

Water Taxi typically closes early on thanksgiving to allow our staff to enjoy the holiday with their friends and family.

What better way to work up and appetite for thanksgiving dinner than to take a ride in the fresh air on the Fort Lauderdale Water Taxi?

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Christmas on Las Olas

Christmas on Las Olas

12/3/16

facebook.com/ChristmasOnLasOlas

Water Taxi Stops 3 & 4

A great holiday season kickoff event; Las Olas Boulevard will be filled with music and celebration along with all sorts of family activities. Stay tuned for details of the 2016 event.

Take a Water Taxi Tour to the event and then take it back to your hotel or parking location later in the evening.

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Candy Cane Parade

Candy Cane Parade

12/3/16

fl-hollywood.civicplus.com

Water Taxi Stops H1 & H2

What fun, a Christmas Parade along the famous Hollywood Boardwalk. It seems a little strange but the fun is overwhelming; Sun, Surf and Santa.

For the last several years, the Fort Lauderdale Water Taxi has participated in this annual event. Take a picture of the Water Taxi float, send us the picture and be entered in a drawing to a prize (TBD).

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Winterfest Boat Parade

Winterfest Boat Parade

12/10/16

winterfestparade.com

All Water Taxi Ft. Lauderdale Routes

This is one on the signature events in Fort Lauderdale and worth traveling to town just to see it. The parade is unique because of the number and size of the participating vessels and because there are many viewing locations that are very close to the route for an unbelievable view.

Water Taxi operations will be closed for the day of the boat parade because the Water Taxi facility and the Water Taxi routes are right in the middle of the staging area and the route itself. However, several of the Water Taxis are available for charter for the night to be entered in the parade. This is popular with local companies, clubs and extended families where decorating the boat and having your own private on board party during the parade is an unbelievable experience. Call the office for details (954) 467-6677.

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Christmas

Christmas

12/25/16

Water Taxi is closed on Christmas Day

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