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From Morning to Night, August Sizzles in The District

Published on Jul 26, 2018 by Riverwalk Arts Entertainment District

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Fort Lauderdale Historical Society offers visitors a weekly interactive walking tour of its campus along the New River.  Guided by skilled docents who are passionate about the city’s history, the tours allow guests to enjoy lively tales while getting in their fitness steps for the day.

This is it … summer’s last hoorah: August! Before Labor Day comes calling and everyone is back to packing school bags and scheduling every minute of the day, we get our last whiff of summer in this warm ― sometimes sticky, but always appreciated ― month. August reminds us that sometimes the best things in life are simple, at our fingertips, and often in our own backyard! So, this month we are making it easy and have curated an entire day, from day to night, in which you can experience all there is to do at Fort Lauderdale’s Riverwalk’s A&E District. Come to one experience, or explore them all. And, if these don’t suit you, or the day isn’t right, then visit for a full month of things to enjoy. August may be known for its warmth, but The District sizzles with the joy of activity and creativity! For a complete calendar of events visit,

Insects and viruses can destroy an orchid collection. In this class from 10:00am to noon on August 11th, students who have a basic understanding of orchid care will learn how to identify pest problems and diseases, and how to intervene. They will also be given an overview of possible treatment solutions, including the proper use of chemicals and household products that can help with orchid pests and diseases. Each class is followed by a guided tour of our orchid display house, as well our orchid greenhouses. Join new Orchid Curator Jose Exposito, and his team of orchid care experts, on the historic Bonnet House Estate for three key orchid cultivation classes. Jose is founder of Soroa Orchids, senior judge of the American Orchid Society, and a world-renowned speaker, including engagements at the World Orchid Conferences in Brazil and Malaysia. He has been featured in Orchids magazine and Vogue, on The Martha Stewart Show, and many other national and international media outlets.

Creativity Exploration workshops promote the benefits of creative exploration and the mind-to-body experience. These interactive sessions for adults are designed to lessen stress, improve mental clarity and relaxation, and increase brain connectivity through visual and cognitive stimulation. During this month’s workshop titled “Growing in Gratitude,” participants will construct their own personal gratitude tree sculpture inspired by artist Yoko Ono’s interactive installation “Wish Tree,” during a 1-hour interactive session August 11th in an intimate setting ― led by art educator and specialist in mindfulness education, Lark Keeler. Limited seating, reservations required RSVP at or 954-262-0258.

Tour the historic Stranahan House that many be referred to as the city’s birthplace. The knowledgeable and passionate docents, who are keepers of Fort Lauderdale’s history, will guide you through the home’s lovingly restored interior rooms, as well as the founders’ history, daily life rituals and customs of the times. You will also be captivated by the claims of spirits who are said to inhabit the home. Daily tours are available and last approximately 45 minutes to one hour.

In honor of New Mount Olive Baptist Church of Fort Lauderdale’s 100th anniversary on Nov. 25, the “Celebrating 100 Years of Worshipping God, Serving Humanity and Embracing Our Community” exhibit will pay reverence to the church’s tradition of community service, and document its path to becoming one of the most influential and dynamic religious institutions in the Fort Lauderdale community Visitors will be greeted by video messages from the last three pastors of the church ― Rev. George E. Weaver, Dr. Mack King Carter and Dr. Marcus D. Davidson ― who have led the church for over 55 years. They will be accompanied by music which has been essential to the church. Archival photographs, including of three of the eight founding members of the church from 1918, and the histories of New Mount Olive’s influential leaders, theologians and valiant agents of change (past and present) who attracted and unified congregants, will also be featured. These individuals worked to revitalize low and moderate-income communities by providing strategic programs that promote economic development, create jobs and focus on strengthening families through public service, affordable housing, and entrepreneurial ventures. The exhibit runs through Sept. 28, 2018. To RSVP to the grand opening, visit

In a 20-year recording career that began when he was just 16, Kenny Wayne Shepherd has established himself as an immensely popular recording artist, a consistently in-demand live act, and an influential force in a worldwide resurgence of interest in the blues. Beth Hart is on fire. Right now, the GRAMMY®-nominated singer/songwriter is riding a creative tidal wave, firing out acclaimed albums, hooking up with the biggest names in music, and rocking the house each night with that celebrated burnt-honey voice. See both these artists perform at 8:00pm August 11th at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts.

Thinking about visiting our area or just want to try a “stay-cation”? Then check out The District’s partnership with Hilton Hotels, an array of beautiful properties and amazing value.

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The Riverwalk Arts & Entertainment Consortium is supported by the Broward County Board of County Commissioners as recommended by the Broward Cultural Council and the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention and Visitors Bureau. For additional cultural events happening throughout Broward County please visit Copyright 2020 ® Riverwalk a&e. All Rights Reserved.