Fort Lauderdale's response to Miami's established arts district Wynwood is FAT (Flagler Arts & Technology) Village.
Still finding its stride, the area already offers a strong creative contrast to Fort Lauderdale's downtown. Fat Village houses vibrant art galleries, studios and of course the very cool C&I Next Door Coffee Shop (http://www.afar.com/places/c-and-i-studios-fort-lauderdale).
An artwalk is hosted on the last Saturday of each month from 7-11PM, where you can meet a wide array of fun locals there, young, old, hipster, techie, and a bunch of pooches!
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