There are so many reasons to love summer at the Riverwalk Arts & Entertainment (A&E) District in July. Want to take a weekend morning Segway ride? Attend a delightful performance by Ali MacGraw and Ryan O’Neal in “Love Letters”? Enjoy free Thursday evenings of intriguing art, lectures and films? Whether you’re a local or a visitor to Fort Lauderdale, these and many more cultural activities are ideal ways to enjoy The District in July. Following are just a few:
If you’re an art lover, then NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale’s Summer Starry Nights feature free admission from 4:30–8 p.m. every Thursday from July 2–Sept. 3. Summer Starry Nights are a great opportunity to take in wonderful exhibitions, lectures and films, along with two-for-one wine and beer specials along with a light tapas menu in the Museum Café.
Summer Saturday and Sunday mornings are perfect for rolling through Fort Lauderdale’s scenic waterfront and charming neighborhood streets during the Heart of Fort Lauderdale Segway Tour, presented by Fort Lauderdale Historical Society and Segway Fort Lauderdale. Segway Fort Lauderdale representatives will train you to ride a Segway, and in no time you’ll be rolling through Fort Lauderdale, enjoying fun facts and stories of a bygone era. Reservations required; call 954-304-5746.
Parks are a spectacular part of summer fun, and City of Fort Lauderdale Parks and Recreation Department Special Services Supervisor Tim McGovern will be sharing the benefits of recreation and being a community builder during his lecture, “Public Space: The History of Our Parks” on Monday, July 20 at 11 a.m. He’ll focus on the improvements to Stranahan Park and Joseph C. Carter Park in Fort Lauderdale. Presented by Historic Stranahan House Museum, the talk will take place at the Fort Lauderdale Woman’s Club at Stranahan Park, next to the Main Library in Downtown Fort Lauderdale.
Ali MacGraw and Ryan O’Neal are starring in “Love Letters,” a captivating story of enduring romance about first loves and second chances. It’s onstage at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts Tuesday, July 21–Sunday, July 26 during matinee and evening performances. “Love Letters” tells the story of how for 50 years, Andrew Makepeace Ladd III and Melissa Gardner, through personal triumphs and despair, through wars and marriages and children and careers, poured out the secrets of their hearts to each other. They defied a fate that schemed to keep them apart, and lived – through letters – for the one most meaningful thing: their undying love for each other.
Learn about the dreamers and schemers of Fort Lauderdale during Bonnet House Museum & Gardens’ Cruisin’ Down the River: Historical Adventures of Dreamers & Schemers cruise down the New River on Saturday, July 25 from 5–7 p.m. Former Bonnet House Curator Stephen Draft will share this fascinating history during this event on the historic Carrie B paddlewheel boat. $45 for members, $55 for non-members. Includes two glasses of wine and light snack. Sponsored by Kelly’s Landing.
Love all that summer has to offer at The District this July!