The Riverwalk A&E District, located along the banks of the beautiful and historic New River in Downtown Fort Lauderdale, welcomes October with family fun events, ghostly spirits and “Happy!”ness at every turn. This month is jam-packed full of must-see performances, innovative exhibits and the “cool” factor that only events curated by world-class artists can deliver. Here we have selected just a few for your consideration, but there are many, many more you can check out at

You have 31 days this month, so go forth and explore!

October Highlights
'The Bryans of Fort Lauderdale Exhibit' History Fort Lauderdale. Open daily, noon-4pm weekdays and 9:30am-4:00pm weekends. Free with museum admission. Learn More.
Cool Saturdays. Bonnet House Museum & Gardens 9:00-4:00pm. Free - $10. Learn More.


'Ofrendas' Family Fun Day Exhibit Opening. History Fort Lauderdale. 11:00am - 1:00pm. Free. Learn More.
Peter Pan Pirate Party. Historic Stranahan House Museum. 11:00am-12:30pm. $20 for one child and one adult together; $15 for each additional family member.
Bill Engvall
Broward Center for the Performing Arts | 8:00pm | $39–$89 per ticket

The quality of sharing the humor in everyday situations has made Bill Engvall one of the top comedians today, and one of the busiest. A GRAMMY Award®-nominated, multi-platinum selling artist, Engvall is best known for being part of the enormously successful “Blue Collar Comedy” tour and concert films.

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Spirits of Stranahan House Halloween Tours
Historic Stranahan House Museum | 7:00pm | $25 per person

Listed as one of South Florida’s must-see Halloween events year after year, the annual Spirits of Stranahan House Halloween Ghost Tours are back! Let us introduce you to the dearly, but not really departed, spirits who reportedly still call the Historic Stranahan House Museum and other parts of South Florida their home. The evening tour is guided by authentic Victorian mourners and includes some special tales about our most famous past residents. You may even come across the spirit of Frank Stranahan himself! For those looking to experience an unusual history-inspired Halloween excursion, the Spirits of Stranahan House Halloween Tour is ideal for satisfying one’s curiosity. Advance registration is required. To register, please click the link below or call 954-524-4736.

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“Shrek the Musical” presented by Slow Burn
Broward Center for the Performing Arts
Matinee and Evening performances | $49–$65 per ticket

Based on the Oscar®-winning DreamWorks Animation film, “Shrek the Musical” is a Tony Award®-winning fairy tale adventure, featuring all new songs from Jeanine Tesori and a sidesplitting book by David Lindsay-Abaire. Shrek brings all the beloved characters you know from the film to life on stage, in a hilarious and spectacular production that turns the world of fairy tales upside down.

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Opening of the exhibition "Happy!"
NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale | Noon–5:00pm
$12 per adult, free for kids 12 and under

NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale presents its newest exhibition, “Happy!”, a new show made up of contemporary works produced by artists who aim to emotionally engage the viewer.

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Keith Haring (b. 1958, Reading, PA; d. 1990, New York, NY) Untitled (Pink Smiling Face), 1981
Private Collection. Courtesy of The Brant Foundation, Greenwich, Connecticut
© Keith Haring Foundation

Photo Of the Month
Photo of the month
Bonnie Clearwater, director and chief curator of the NSU Art Museum, served as moderator at the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce Board of Trustees luncheon, held at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts. The group welcomed Craig Robbins, real estate developer, art collector, philanthropist and co-founder of Design Miami, and developer of the Miami Design District.
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