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The Riverwalk Arts & Entertainment District is a unique partnership of arts and entertainment organizations located along the New River in downtown Fort Lauderdale with the express mission of promoting cultural tourism in South Florida.  Known as a signature “sun and sand” destination, Fort Lauderdale today offers an array of exciting entertainment options year-round – world-class concerts and events, unique galleries, shopping and fine dining, with cultural offerings to suit every taste. It is an international destination for those seeking sunshine with a cultural flair.

The concept of the Riverwalk A&E District is a demonstrated success.  A collaborative approach to marketing the offerings along the New River and the shops and restaurants on famed Las Olas Boulevard has helped to define this cultural capital emerging in South Florida. With free jazz brunch Sundays in Riverwalk Park, the bistros of Himmarshee Village, the Water Taxi and Sun Trolley to travel from our fabulous beaches to a vibrant downtown, today’s visitors enjoy a destination experience with a variety of cultural and entertainment options to choose from.  As more visitors continue to travel with multi-generations in tow, the appeal for a wide range of programming continues to attract across demographic and cultural boundaries.

Working in cooperation with Broward County’s Cultural Division and the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitor’s Bureau, the partners in the Riverwalk A&E District include: Broward Center for the Performing Arts, Florida Grand Opera, Fort Lauderdale History Center, Museum of Art│Fort Lauderdale, and Historical Stranahan House Museum.

ABOUT OUR PARTNERS:

Broward Center for the Performing Arts: Consistently ranked in the top 10 theaters in the world by Pollstar magazine, the Broward Center brings a wide variety of exciting entertainment options to South Florida.  From the best of Broadway to award-winning local and international cultural programming, there is something happening on its many stages nearly every evening.  Designated as Broward County’s Cultural Embassy, the Broward Center is also the site for international business forums such as Focus Brazil, bringing together an array of professionals for an annual dialogue on media, business, and culture. Year-round events at the Broward Center include ballet and dance performances, opera, music, theater, and much more.

Florida Grand Opera: The Florida Grand Opera is the 7th oldest and 10th largest opera company in America, celebrating its 70th year of continuous performances.  Their outreach and education programs serve more than 35,000 people annually throughout Broward and Dade counties. The 2010-2011 season features an array of stunning operas including Turandot, The Tales of Hoffmann and Don Giovanni. Florida Grand Opera has attracted a new generation of opera-goers, playing to standing-room-only crowds for many of its performances.

Fort Lauderdale History Center: As the only pioneer village in South Florida with the largest collection of historic buildings in Broward County, the Fort Lauderdale Historical Society is wonderful place for adults and children to learn about the history of For Lauderdale and how this city evolved from Pioneer times through today.  Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Historical Society offers a unique glimpse into the past.  Guided tours are conducted in period costumes.  A charming gift shop offers items reminiscent of “Old Florida”.  The period buildings include the 1905 New River Inn, the Museum of Pioneer Lifestyles, Hoch Heritage Center and Broward County’s first schoolhouse.  With a variety of year-round events and activities, the museum offers interactive learning opportunities for all ages.

Museum of Art│Fort Lauderdale: Located in the heart of downtown Fort Lauderdale, the Museum of Art features an ever-changing menu of exhibitions, along with an ambitious education program offering art classes through its renowned Studio School in a variety of media and subjects for all ages and skill levels.  With its active social calendar and weekly events ranging from wine tastings to jazz concerts, the Museum keeps current with changing trends offering interactive programs that appeal to today’s traveler.

Historic Stranahan House Museum: Built in 1901, this historic location on the New River, served first as a trading post for pioneers and Indians.  Within a decade, it had become a hotel and eatery; a meeting place for the handful of folks that had pulled up roots to begin a new life on the New River settlement.  This beautiful home, listed as a National Historic Registry building, stands today almost exactly as it did then. Stranahan House features a wide variety of unique offerings throughout the year including River Ghost Tours, Victorian Christmas evenings and unique member-related mixers and special events.

Story angles…

  • Luxury travel expanding in Greater Fort Lauderdale.  Arts and cultural offerings are keeping pace with the changing tourist visiting the area.
  • Holiday shopping in all the “unusual places”.  How museum gift shops have expanded their offerings to include unique gifts and a hassle-free shopping experience.
  • Extraordinary wedding venues that will set a magical tone to that important day; destination weddings with an unexpected twist.
  • The Artful Child: Creative programs designed especially for children and families: Art lessons at any age; a glimpse at history, dress in period costumes and experience life as a pioneer; summer theater programs for kids’ ages 7 to 17, and much more.
  • The Museum of Art’s Studio School teaches art technique to both the novice and advanced aspiring artist.
  • Broward’s hotels and resorts showcase art, music and guest cultural experiences in unique ways.
  • A cultural melting pot for a multi-cultural community.  How one performing arts center has made it their mission to unite a community by celebrating each other’s differences.

For information, media inquiries, or group sales, contact:

Carmen Ackerman
Riverwalk A&E District
(954) 414-6910 • cackerman@browardcenter.org