Arts & Seafood Fesitval

Dania Beach CRA Event Advisory

Wednesday, March 11, 2020 - 9:38am

We regret to advise that due to concerns about novel coronavirus, or COVID-19, the Dania Beach CRA Board has decided to halt all plans for the 2020 Arts and Seafood Celebration and cancel upcoming Dania After Dark & Art in the Hall Events until further notice. Please note:

  • The Arts and Seafood Celebration will not be held as planned on March 28th and 29th.
  • Dania After Dark our Monthly Street Festival, and Art in the Hall are postponed until further notice.

We will continue to monitor this national health situation and advise on the possibility of a future date for the Dania Beach Arts & Seafood Celebration and resuming our scheduled Dania After Dark installments in 2020. This decision was made with your health and safety in mind after conversations with Dania Beach city officials and recent announcements from the Florida Department of Health regarding preventative measures to help prevent the spread of coronavirus.

Dania Beach 8th Annual Arts and Seafood promises fun for All

Friday, February 28, 2020 - 3:03pm

Dania Beach, Florida: The Dania Beach Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) proudly celebrates its 8th annual Dania Beach Arts & Seafood Celebration on Saturday, March 28, from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m., and Sunday, March 29, from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., at Frost Park, 300 NE 2 Street, Dania Beach, FL 33004.

The award-winning event is free and includes live music and entertainment, a live wrestling show by Gangrels Wrestling Asylum, mouthwatering culinary treats, a chef showcase and tastings, the creation of a live sand sculpture, performance arts, artists and crafters, youth art, interactive activities, culinary vendors, dessert artisans, food trucks, children’s activities and more. Free event admission and free parking at the Casino at Dania Beach.

“While you are here, we want you to experience the energy of the city’s growth and redevelopment, and explore the renaissance of Dania Beach’s downtown, City Center and the Design, Arts & Vintage districts,” said Rickelle Williams, executive director, Dania Beach Community Redevelopment Agency.

At the free festival, enjoy live music featuring the headlining tribute band, Kiss Alive: The Kiss Tribute, as well as other musical offerings from Lazy Bonez, musical stylings of the Wolfepak and local R&B celebrity, Kedash and Band, popular rockers Mr. Nice Guy, Dania Beach classic rock bands Whipping Post and the School of Rock band complete the musical lineup.

Bring your appetites to feast on an array of delicious seafood and specialty treats including a tasty culinary display from local culinary masterminds at the Chef Showcase. Chefs will use local and organic ingredients provided by the PATCH (Peoples Access to Community Horticulture), Dania Beach’s community and market garden and the largest in Broward County.

Event goers will also have an opportunity to experience hands-on arts and crafts while admiring and purchasing their favorite creations from fine artists of all genres. There is more than just viewing the art too. Watch and interact with local artists as they paint masterpieces at the street art live performance theater. There will be fun activities including the popular Choo Choo train for children to enjoy at the Kids Funville.

“Dania Beach is Broward County’s first city and well-known for its vibrant arts and marine communities and what better way to celebrate those assets than to present this family-friendly event that has been a big hit year after year,” added Williams.

Dania Beach: Sea It. Live It. Love It.

For more information on the award-winning celebration visit www.DaniaBeachArtsandSeafoodCelebration.com

7th Annual Dania Beach Arts & Seafood Celebration Brings Home 7 Awards

Thursday, August 29, 2019 - 12:21pm

Dania Beach, Fla.–The 7th annual Dania Beach Arts and Seafood Celebration won seven (7) SUNsational awards at the Florida Festivals & Events Association (FFEA) 25th Annual Conference on August 21, 2019. FFEA is a not-for-profit association dedicated to supporting and promoting more than 4,500 festivals, events, and fairs in the state of Florida through education, networking, and dissemination of information and the cultivation of high standards.

This year there was a record number of more than 500 submissions for the Sunsational Awards. FFEA honored over 40 organizations and individuals representing 140 events.

Nominations were accepted in nine categories, including Printed Materials; Outdoor Advertisement; PR / Media Campaign; Photo; Promotional Item; T-shirt; Broadcast Media; Multimedia Marketing and Programming. Each category included three budget levels.

“The Dania Beach Arts and Seafood Celebration event has been consistent with its creative marketing messaging as it pursues its goal to showcase the City of Dania Beach to residents and visitors alike”, said CRA Executive Director Rickelle Williams.

Since its inception in 2013, the Dania Beach Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) has applied for and won over 29 FFEA awards for the Dania Beach Arts and Seafood Celebration.

This year, the event won in the following categories:

  • 1st Place Commemorative Poster
  • 1st Place Promotional Mailer
  • 1st Place Program
  • 2nd Place Tickets
  • 2nd Place Website
  • 3rd Place Radio Ad
  • 3rd Place Kids T-shirt

Nominations were judged by a blue ribbon panel representing media outlets, printing companies, website designers, photographers, promotional marketing professionals and social media experts. With assistance from the Creative Arts Council Advisory Board, the CRA selected Ms. Gina Santamaria as the commemorative poster artist through a formal call-to-artists.

“The SUNsational Awards have recognized and celebrated the talents of our members for more than two decades,” said Suzanne Neve, Executive Director of the FFEA.  “We’re proud of our members and their events – and excited to recognize them in this way each year.”

Mark your calendar for the 8th annual Dania Beach Arts and Seafood Celebration taking place Saturday, March 28, 2020 and Sunday, March 29, 2020.

For more information visit www.DaniaBeachArtsandSeafoodCelebration.com

Seventh Annual Dania Beach Arts and Seafood Celebration was a Cornucopia for the Senses from Palette to Palate

Wednesday, April 10, 2019 - 12:28pm

Dania Beach, FL: One lucky attendee of the 2019 Dania Beach Arts and Seafood Celebration got more than just a taste of Chef Johnny Alarcon’s mouthwatering recipes – she was awarded an entire skillet of cooked paella. Chef Alarcon, the new executive chef at Luxe (located inside the Casino and Dania Beach), headlined along with three other chefs that also cooked up some of their favorite seafood dishes at the Chef Showcase, sponsored by Dania Pointe.

Close to 20,000 people attended the seventh annual, award-winning free festival, held on March 30 and 31, which was made possible with the generous support of major sponsors, Dania Pointe and the Casino at Dania Beach, 25 other sponsors, media coverage including Dania Beach Press and South Florida TV stations WTVJ/6 and WPLG/10, and 90 volunteers.

Dania Beach Mayor Lori Lewellen said it best, “The event is a reflection of our residents, our businesses, and our hospitality. We take great pride in presenting this award-winning event each year. It attracts audiences from near and far to catch a glimpse of the best of what Dania Beach has to offer.”

There was always a generous mix of visual, culinary and performance arts over the two-day celebration -- 78 artist booths, seven live bands, 22 food vendors and food trucks, four chefs, nine featured street artists creating paintings and sculptures live, a Kids Funville, and 50 tons of sand for the signature sculpture.

“I had a great lobster roll and with Shane Duncan Band in the house, there was great country and rock and roll music!” said Jackie Yanks Gonzalez, who opted to attend the Dania Beach event over other events that weekend. She was very happy with her decision and will be back again next year.

The Dania Beach Arts and Seafood celebration is produced by the City of Dania Beach Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) with the support of City Administration. The CRA is currently planning for the eight annual event next year, which promises to be bigger and better than this year.

For a list of sponsors, vendors, participants, and information for next year’s event, visit www.daniabeachartsandseafoodcelebration.com.

Seventh Annual Dania Beach Arts & Seafood Celebration Offers A Generous Mix Of Performance, Visual And Culinary Arts

Tuesday, January 22, 2019 - 4:41pm

Free, Two-Day Music, Fine & Craft Art and Food Festival is Bigger and Better Saturday & Sunday, March 30 & 31, 2019

Dania Beach, Florida: The City of Dania Beach and the Dania Beach Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) proudly presents the seventh annual Dania Beach Arts & Seafood Celebration on Saturday, March 30, from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m., and Sunday, March 31, from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., at Frost Park, 300 NE 2 Street, Dania Beach, FL 33004.

The award-winning event is free and includes live music and entertainment, mouthwatering culinary chef showcase and tastings, visual arts, performance arts, art exhibitions, interactive activities, culinary vendors, dessert artisans, food trucks, children’s activities and more. Free event admission and parking at the Casino at Dania Beach.

“While you are here, we want you to experience the energy of the city’s revitalization and explore the renaissance of Dania Beach’s downtown, City Center and the Design, Arts & Vintage districts,” said Rickelle Williams, executive director, Dania Beach Community Redevelopment Agency.

At the free festival, enjoy live music featuring the headlining tribute band, Chain Reaction: The Journey Tribute, as well as other musical offerings from The Big Rock Band, country music star Shane Duncan and R&B specialists J.M. and the Sweets and Deep Fried Funk. Dania Beach classic rock bands Whippin Post and the Hoodoo Blues band complete the musical lineup.

Bring your appetites to feast on an array of delicious seafood and specialty treats including a tasty culinary display from local culinary masterminds at the Chef Showcase. Chefs will use local and organic ingredients provided by the PATCH (Peoples Access to Community Horticulture), Dania Beach’s community garden and the largest in Broward County.

Event goers will also have an opportunity to experience hands-on arts and crafts while admiring and purchasing their favorite creations from fine artists of all genres. There is more than just viewing the art too. Watch and interact with local artists as they paint masterpieces at the street art live performance theater. There will be fun activities for children to enjoy at the Kids Funville.

“Dania Beach is Broward County’s first city and well-known for its vibrant arts and marine communities and what a better way to celebrate those assets than to present this family- friendly event that has been a big hit year after year,” added Williams.

Dania Beach: Sea It. Live It. Love It.
Major event sponsors include Casino at Dania Beach, Dania Pointe and Kimco.

For more information, visit www.daniabeachartsandseafoodcelebration.com, call 954-924-6801 or email cra@daniabeachartsandseafoodcelebration.com.

Photos, video clips, and interviews are available upon request.
Event poster unveiling will be held on March 14. Previews may be available.