The first month of spring is a time for “news” – and at the Riverwalk Arts & Entertainment District, that means new promotions, new lectures, new shows and more. Whether you’re planning a trip to the Fort Lauderdale area or a local resident searching for some great culture, The District is presenting a wide variety of activities in March.
Take in some fresh spring air during a boat ride on the New River, which is combined with a historical tour of Stranahan House during the Historic Stranahan House Museum’s River Ghost Tours. The fascinating hour-long tours, complete with tales of the spirits, will take place on Sundays, March 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29 at 7:30 p.m. Reservations are required; $25 per person.
What’s better than a spring concert under the stars? On Thursday, March 12 at 7 p.m., the Florida Atlantic University Latin Vocal Ensemble will perform during Bonnet House Museum & Gardens’ Concert Under the Stars. Performed on the Veranda Lawn beneath the moon and stars, the concert presents a beautiful evening of sweet music and includes complimentary wine, dessert and coffee among the delightful setting of the Bonnet House. The Concert Under the Stars series takes place once a month on Thursday evenings through April.
Delightful opera and delicious seafood merge for a wonderful night out, thanks to the “Songs of the Sea” promotion. The promotion, available Thursday, March 12 and Saturday, March 14, combines two orchestra level tickets to Florida Grand Opera’s “The Pearl Fishers” at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, and a $50 voucher to Wild Sea Oyster Bar & Grille at the Riverside Hotel on Las Olas. The promotion includes guests’ choice of either an oyster appetizer or red velvet beignet dessert, plus complimentary valet parking, all for $150.
March is Women’s History Month, and the Fort Lauderdale Historical Society is pleased to share the story of Frankee Lewis, an outstanding early woman pioneer. During this free Women’s History Month lecture at the New River Inn Museum of History, attendees will learn about Lewis, who left her Virginia home for the Bahamas and eventually Southeast Florida. History notes that the Lewis family became the first white American settlers in Fort Lauderdale in the late 1700s, and after Mrs. Lewis lost her husband and a son during a storm in 1819, as a single mother, she managed property, animals and crops as her livelihood.
It’s a H-I-L-A-R-I-O-U-S spelling bee! “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” is on stage at the Broward Center for Performing Arts now through Sunday, April 19, during evening and matinee performances. With two Tony Awards® and three Drama Desk Awards, this Broadway smash is complete with audience participation. Follow the cast of six awkward adolescents through a daunting and delightful championship quest. Arrive 90 minutes before the performance and enjoy drinks and a modern menu of tapas-style plates with table service. Bring your date, coworkers and friends for an evening of food, fun and theater!
During March, take in some wonderful art at NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale. Through Sunday, May 31, paintings by Frida Kahlo (1907–1954) and Diego Rivera (1886–1957), two of the most celebrated artists of the early 20th century, will be on view in a group exhibition of 75 works. The exhibition Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera from the Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection & 20th Century Mexican Art from the Stanley and Pearl Goodman Collection will showcase the rich artistic traditions of Mexico and the passionate and patriotic pride of its artists.
These and many more activities await you in March – why not take a revitalizing trip to The District and enjoy all it has to offer?