Oakland Park Historic
The Oakland Park Historical Society hopes to keep the rich history of this town alive for its children. The historical society is a force for education and advocacy for Oakland Park, celebrating the city’s past while preparing for the future. One of its biggest projects has been the Pioneer House & Museum, the 1930s residence that housed the first mayor of Oakland Park, Dewey Hawkins. In the late ‘70s, the house was in danger of being bulldozed, but the Oakland Park Historical Society worked to save it. Membership is available to individuals, families, and businesses.
Culinary Arts Distric
The Culinary Arts District, located in downtown Oakland Park, has been a project years in the making. The district is still in development, but already has restaurants, bars, and stores catering to all of your foodie needs. Among them is the Funky Buddha Brewery, a hipster joint that produces craft beers and culinary delights. The area also hosts a farmers market every Tuesday as well as an event known as the Farm to Chef Showcase on every first Tuesday of the month. Chefs in attendance cook a three-course meal that visitors can sample from only the finest homegrown ingredients.
The month of October would not be the same without Oktoberfest. Oakland Park has its own version, with this annual festival bringing in about 10,000 people each year. This celebration of beer has become the largest in its county, and one of the most well attended in the entire Sunshine State. The event offers plenty to do, including of course sampling craft beer as well as eating traditional German food, dancing to German music, and even a carnival area for your children to play in. The festival is located at Oakland Park’s Jaco Pastorius Park in the downtown area.