Fort Lauderdale in July … the perfect time to get out and enjoy some amazing culture with a natural, outdoor twist. From a “jungle fantasy” to cruises on the Intracoastal and New River, Riverwalk Arts & Entertainment (A&E) District partners are presenting cultural events that show appreciation for the nature that surrounds us.
On July 5 from 9 a.m.–5 p.m., guests can explore the beautiful estate and outdoor beauty of Bonnet House Museum & Gardens at a discounted rate during “Cool Saturday.” Adult admission is only $10 and kids 12 and under are free.
Who doesn’t love a concert under the stars? Fort Lauderdale Parks and Recreation Department’s free Starlight Musicals, sponsored by Bank of America, allow guests to swing to the music while enjoying the beauty of Holiday Park. Check out the Turnstiles in a Billy Joel tribute on July 11, Weedline’s classic rock ‘n’ roll on July 18, and country tunes with Tom Jackson on July 25. All concerts take place from 7–10 p.m.
Celebrating the original groundbreaking 1983 exhibition “The Miami Generation,” “The Miami Generation: Revisited” exhibition opens at NSU Museum of Art | Fort Lauderdale on July 13. The nine artists of the original exhibition pick up where they left off over 30 years ago, when they created inspiring works during a pivotal moment in South Florida’s cultural history.
On July 14 at 6 p.m., everyone is invited to enjoy a lecture on Native American medicinal plants by Dr. Michelle Williams, Ph.D., RPA and director for the Southeastern and Southwest Regions of Florida Public Archaeology Network at Florida Atlantic University. The lecture will take place at the Fort Lauderdale Historical Society, New River Inn.
From flipping monkeys to stretching lizards, Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy, coming to the Broward Center for the Performing Arts July 22–27 (matinee and evening performances) embodies animalistic entertainment. Enjoy imagination, athleticism and theatrics in this acclaimed Broadway hit.
Why not enjoy Fort Lauderdale’s beautiful waters during some pleasurable cruises? A summer social cruise benefiting Historic Stranahan House Museum will happen on July 25 (boarding at 6 p.m. and cruising from 6:30–8:30 p.m.) on the Intracoastal Waterway. Guests will enjoy an open bar, food and music on the iconic riverboat Liberty Belle. Half of all ticket sales purchased through Stranahan House will benefit the home.
Guests can cruise and learn about Fort Lauderdale’s history during Bonnet House Museum & Gardens’ “Cocktails and Canapés on the Carrie B” on July 26 from 6–8 p.m. Features speakers include educator and historian Bill Sydnor and Everett Osceola from the Seminole Tribe of Florida. Admission includes two glasses of wine and canapés.
With amazing opportunities such as these all around the Riverwalk A&E District, it’s simply natural to get out and soak up unlimited arts and culture.