Weekends in The District!
Whether you’ve traveled thousands of miles or walked 25 yards to get to the Riverwalk A&E District, once you’re here, you’ll want to make the most of your day by experiencing all of the new things there are to do. This handy “Day at a Glance” will have you anxiously anticipating the arrival of the weekend so you can explore, discover and delight in something new. Selfie sticks are welcomed so you can be ready at any moment to snap the memories of your life.
Channel Your Inner Artist
It is often said that the early bird catches the worm. At Bonnet House Museum & Gardens, the birds are plentiful and chirping good morning as they welcome you into this haven of garden delights that has been beautifully maintained for generations to enjoy. The Bonnet House offers daily tours from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. of the unique home and lush gardens encompassing five distinct ecosystems. On the second Saturday of each month, you can even sign up for the Spanish language tour, and either brush up on your rusty language skills or enjoy the familiar sounds of your mother tongue.
For those desiring a more interactive experience at Bonnet House Museum & Gardens, there is an assortment of classes and workshops ranging from studies in flora and fauna to birding, orchid care or a two-day pastel painting workshop. Check the schedule for offerings, dates and times. Also, before you complete your visit in this jewel of a spot, make sure you check out the juried art exhibit, on display through May. Dozens of artists have donated their works to benefit the Bonnet House’s preservation efforts. The art is in keeping with the natural beauty on display throughout the house and grounds.
Shop on Sunrise
Since you’re just a half mile away from The Galleria at Fort Lauderdale mall, head west on Sunrise Boulevard. Now will be the best time to stop by Fort Lauderdale’s most fashionable address, featuring sophisticated stores and amazing restaurants. Make sure you stop by the Guest Services desk, mention Riverwalk A&E or bring a copy of this itinerary, and receive a complimentary Galleria Savings Book containing more than 40 offers and valued at more than $300 in savings. It will make your shopping experience that much better.
Meet Up at The Market
If you’re in the mood to do a different kind of shopping, and it’s Sunday, then head over to 333 East Las Olas Boulevard and SE 4th Avenue to check out the Las Olas Sunday Market, open every Sunday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The market is a fun family experience that offers fresh local produce, unique crafts and tempting culinary eats worth the calories.
Explore Italy’s Vintage High Fashion
Once you have visited every vendor and sampled a treat or two at the Sunday Market, you can walk about two minutes due west to the NSU Art Museum. Now is the time to compare your chic, newly acquired finds from The Galleria with the most fashionable exhibition in the country, only found at NSU Art Museum: ” Bellissima: Italy and High Fashion 1945–1968.” This enticing collection features more than 230 vintage high fashion garments, accessories and exquisite jewels by legendary names in Italian design. The exhibition also boasts paintings, films and photography that recreate the alluring atmosphere of Italian high fashion during the remarkable period of creativity in postwar Italy. The Museum is open until 5 p.m. on weekends.
If you’re making a stop here on Sunday, and need some sustenance or a pick-me-up, you might want to check out the Sunday Brunch menu at the Museum Café, available until 4 p.m. The menu features an array of light and delectable offerings including quiche, Belgian waffles and mimosas. On other days, you can enjoy some tasty sandwiches and salads; plus, there are always fresh-baked cookies and muffins along with specialty coffees and teas that hit the spot after a morning filled with exploration.
Discover the City’s Rich History
Another two-minute walk will have you in front of the Fort Lauderdale Historical Society campus. The historic buildings, exhibits and interactive docent tours will have you back at the turn of the 20th century with early pioneers, uncovering with them the wilderness that would someday become the city of Fort Lauderdale. The last docent-led tour on the weekends starts at 3 p.m.
Sip a Favorite Cocktail
This day has been amazing, but it sure has made you thirsty. Reward yourself with a cold beverage of your choice. Next door to the Historical Society is Tarpon Bend, a great local watering hole, perfect to quench a thirst. Enjoy two-for-one happy hour every day beginning at 4 p.m., Saturday–Thursday until 7 p.m. and Friday until 10 p.m. Grab a bite or stay for dinner — the vibe is right and the music flowing, so grab a table or bar stool and stay awhile.
Be Entertained by World-Class Performers
If you’re searching for a cool event in a classic Florida environment, then you may want to check out the Parker Playhouse and its upcoming events. Located just off Federal Highway at 707 NE 8th St, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304, the Parker Playhouse opened in 1967. This charming neo-classic playhouse was built by Dr. Louis Parker and is a 1,167-seat, fully equipped theater that brings some of the best talent from around the world, including music, comedy, magic and off-Broadway theater. Jewel, The Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra and Paula Poundstone are just a few of the exciting programs that will grace the Parker Playhouse stage this spring.
No matter what choices you make, you’re certain to enjoy your time at The District. Check the events calendar at www.riverwalkae.com/events to see what new activities, festivals or performances may be in store for you during your weekend in Fort Lauderdale’s premier cultural destination, The District.